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The Dutch Eating Place (Reading Terminal Market) – Philadelphia, PA

The Dutch Eating Place (Reading Terminal Market) – Philadelphia, PA

In my opinion the two things that immediately come to mind when I think of the The Reading Terminal Market are great food and Amish vendors. The Amish are the longest tenured vendors and a major contributor of its revival and continued success. Strolling the market makes me want to eat almost every time I visit, so I decided to get a bite at The Dutch Eating Place (DEP). I ordered the open-face fresh carved hot turkey sandwich with gravy and fresh cut French fries.

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This meal is all about comfort. On a cold day, what better way to warm up then with nice slices of fresh turkey drowned in gravy. DEP is not a dining destination worried about current trends or fades. They serve what people have eaten for hundreds of years and do it in an affordable and efficient manner. Their space is surrounded with booths to sit and eat, but you either have to get there early or wait in line to sit on one as they serve the masses. The meal was delicious as the turkey was fresh, platter was swimming in gravy the way I like it, and the fries were the perfect way to top it all off and have me fat and happy. DEP is not somewhere I could eat every day or very often, but if and when the opportunity presents itself that you just want something good and your belly full, DEP may just have what you are looking for.

Overall

Three and Three-Fourths Stars out of Five

Beer Fest Returns to Navy Yard May 30 Philly Beer Week’s Largest Gathering of Brewers

Press Release:

Beer Fest Returns to Navy Yard May 30
Philly Beer Week’s Largest Gathering of Brewers

PHILADELPHIA, PA-April 14, 2015.   Starfish Junction Productions, co-producer of the award-winning Philly Craft Beer Festival, selected as one of the “Top Ten Beer Festivals in America”, returns to Philadelphia for the 7th Annual Great Beer Expo.  The biggest names in brewing will gather on the Parade Grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard onSaturday, May 30, 2015 for what promises to be the summer’s best beer fest.  The event will raise funds for the Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC), a local Philadelphia charity.  The Navy Yard Parade Grounds is located at 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112.  Tickets and info at www.GreatBeerExpo.com/philly

“This is going to be our best show yet,” said Andy Calimano, owner of Starfish Junction, producer of the event.  “We can’t think of a better way to kick off Philly Beer Week than with this star-studded lineup of breweries. This will host the largest festival during the week and we’ll have the most brewers at a single event.  For attendees, this will be an amazing experience.”

This beer tasting extravaganza will showcase nearly 100 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement. Shoulder to shoulder with Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, and more. 

The event will feature beer from top American and international breweries, special guests, and educational seminars led by industry pros and pioneers covering topics as varied as PairingBeer with Chocolate, sponsored by Parfections Handmade Gourmet Chocolates, and How to Age Beer presented by Jery Vietz, brewer, Unibroue (Canada).

Food will be available for sale from select members of the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association (PMFA), presenting the city’s most desirable, delectable, and Vendy award-winning local food trucks.

The event will help raise funds for the Philadelphia Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC), a local charity that provides resources for treatment, care and family support to benefit area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders.  The CBC will be conducting a toiletry drive for local needy families in their network. Attendees are encouraged to bring soap, deodorant, infant diapers, shampoo and other basic toiletry items.

The Great Beer Expo will have two sessions:  VIP 12:30-5:00 pm and General Admission1:30-5:00 pm.  The VIP session will give VIP ticketholders an additional hour at the festival, more intimate access to brewers, and the ability to try rare and sought-after beers that are only being poured at this VIP session.  VIP tickets are $75 each. General Admission tickets are $46 each.  Designated Driver tickets are $10 each.  All ticket types can be purchased at the event website www.GreatBeerExpo.com/philly.  A sell-out is expected.

VIP and General Admission tickets include admission, a souvenir tasting glass, and the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the Expo. No one under 21, including designated drivers, will be admitted.  All attendees must show valid photo ID for entry.  A limited number of tickets will be sold.  The event will take place outdoors under tents and will be held rain or shine.  The Expo is produced by Starfish Junction.  For tickets and information about the Great Beer Expo, visitwww.GreatBeerExpo.com/philly

THE ALS ASSOCIATION GREATER PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER BENEFIT AT CHAMPPS IN MARLTON

Press Release:

CHAMPPS IN MARLTON, NJ TO HOST BENEFIT FOR

THE ALS ASSOCIATION GREATER PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER

ON THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015

 

MARTLON, NJ (April 2015) – Champps in Marlton is teaming up with The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter to support the ALS patient care and research.  Champps, located at 25 Route 73 South, will host a celebration to benefit The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter on Thursday, April 30, 2015. 

 

The party will be held from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., where guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary sampling of Champpssignature dishes, including Harvest Chopped Salad, Chipotle BBQ Burger, Pepper Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos. Spinach-Artichoke Dip and Calamari Fritti.

Featured signature cocktails include Grand Sangria, Island Rum Punch and Champps Long Island Tea for $4 each; draft beer will be available for $2 each.

Champps will donate 10% of sales for the entire day and night of Thursday, April 30 to The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, which empowers people with ALS and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Champps for their benefit event and are so grateful that they are supporting the fight to end ALS,” said Jim Pinciotti, Executive Director of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter.  “Champps puts on quality events and this will certainly be a fun, delicious, and positive day for all who participate to support the ALS cause.  We look forward to seeing everybody on April 30!”

 

Champps in Marlton offers 41 High Definition TVs; nearly 100 kinds of beer, including 54 beers on tap, 40 craft beers and seven local beers; and a deliciously crafted menu for sharing, snacking and dining.

 

Champps in Marlton is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday – Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday – Saturday; 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.Sunday.  For more information, reservations or to book a private event, call Champps at (856) 985-9333, or visit us at www.champps.com on Facebookand Twitter.

 

About The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.  The Greater Philadelphia Chapter provides support and resources for ALS patients, their families, and caregivers living in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.  Visit their website at www.alsphiladelphia.org and follow on social media @alsphiladelphia.

The Durand Foundation 2nd Annual Gourmet on the Runway at Flying W Airport!!

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From Durand Foundation:

DURAND FOUNDATION’S 2nd ANNUAL GOURMET ON THE RUNWAY

FOOD TRUCK FETE JUNE 5 TO BENEFIT SPECIAL NEEDS INDIVIDUALS

Medford, NJ – , 2015–On Friday, June 5, from 7-11 pm, the Flying W Airport

hangar at 60 Fostertown Road, will be filled with vehicles, of the non-flying

variety, when a number of gourmet food trucks serve succulent samplings at The

Durand Foundation’s Second Annual Gourmet on the Runway Food Truck

Fete. The Foundation fundraiser will benefit children and adults with autism and

other developmental disabilities and learning disorders throughout southern NJ

that are served by Durand, Inc.’s multi-service organization.

The Durand Foundation will be honoring Assemblyman Troy Singleton with the

Durand Outstanding Community Service Award.

Join us as we raise awareness by celebrating the nation’s fastest growing dining

trend, which will feature all gourmet food trucks, entertainment, cocktails and an

outdoor cigar lounge.

Tickets are $125 per person for general seating. All tickets can be purchased

online at http://durandfoundation.org/gourmet-on-the-runway/

or by calling Jennifer Hill, Development Associate at 856-235-3540 ext. 101.

This is a rain or shine event. No Tickets will be mailed. Attire is business

Durand, Inc exists so that individuals with special needs can lead fuller, more

independent lives. Founded in 1972, the multi-service agency comprises a K-12

School in Woodbury, an Adult Services Training Center at Durand’s Mt. Laurel

headquarters, an Adult Training Thrift Shop and Center in Woodbury where

Scentsations bath products are made and sold, Group Homes for adults in

Marlton, Cherry Hill, Willingboro and Delran, as well as Workshops and Respite

for more than 250 families in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland and

Salem counties. The Durand Foundation was established in 1999 to raise

needed funds to support the good works of Durand. For more information, visit

http://www.durandac.org or http://www.durandfoundation.org.

 

Be sure to join me as this was indeed one of the best event in South Jersey last year. Buy your tickets ASAP before they sell out by CLICKING HERE

Café V – Philadelphia, PA

Café V – Philadelphia, PA

When you are looking for lunch, sometimes you end up in the most unexpected places. Café V fits that bill. One would assume they are just a coffee and tea destination, but they have quite the extensive breakfast and lunch menu as well. The interior is very nice, calm, and modern. I was warmly welcomed upon entering and ordered their version of a cheesesteak.

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Café V’s cheesesteak consisted of filet mignon, sautéed onions, and mild provolone. The roll had a nice texture and suited the sandwich perfectly. The steak was a little overdone, but the onions were cooked beautifully and plentiful with just the right amount of cheese.

As much as the sandwich stood out and was a decent price for the quality, there were a few bumps. First I was charged more than what the menu stated. I was informed I was accidently charged a delivery fee. Then even though I was the only person in Café V at the time, I waited thirty minutes for the sandwich to be brought out from the kitchen. With time frames like that it almost felt like I was waiting for a delivery. Café V is a nice café and if you have time to relax, sip a coffee or tea, and order food they may just the place you have been looking for.

Overall

Three out of Five Stars

The Mac and Beer is HERE!!!! Collingswood, New Jersey benefit for Crossroads Programs Inc.

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Press Release:

NJ…When you combine America’s favorite comfort food (Macaroni & Cheese)

with America’s favorite adult beverage (beer), the results are bound to be tasty. That’s what Crossroads

Programs, along with the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts, is counting on in their upcoming Mac &

Beer event on Thursday, April 23 at the Grand Ballroom in Collingswood. The event runs from 5pm –

9pm. This “over 21” event will feature a dozen independent restaurants and breweries from all over

New Jersey for all-you-can-eat tastings of every conceivable kind of Mac & Cheese. Tickets are

$35/person and are available by calling 856 858 1000, ext 210. Only a limited number of tickets will be

available at the door.

“We have Italian mac and cheese, Mexican, Indian, Greek, Middle Eastern and traditional

American,” explains Crossroads CEO Michael Snyder. “You may come to the event hungry and thirsty

but I guarantee you won’t leave that way.” Snyder runs Crossroads Programs, a charity that works with

young people who are abused, abandoned, homeless or at-risk. The Collingswood Foundation for the

Arts is responsible for the operation of the Scottish Rite Auditorium and Grand Ballroom in Collingswood

which holds a variety of social events, concerts and theatrical performances.

Chef Jim Malaby of blueplate in Mullica Hill, and Connie Correia, who runs the Pop Shop in

Collingswood, both past winners, are eager to polish their laurels and show the public how great

homemade Mac & Cheese can be. “This is not your ‘made from a box’ macaroni and cheese,” says

Malaby. “When you make this dish from scratch, with great noodles and aromatic, delicious cheeses,

you have an excellent source of calcium that just happens to taste great. Macaroni and cheese is not

just for kids anymore.”

Chef Mark Smith of The Tortilla Press & Tortilla Press Cantina restaurants agrees. “Each

independent restaurant is adding their own style and flavor to the dish. For instance, we add black

beans and salsa to give it a Mexican flavor. Every style change only makes traditional mac and cheese

that much better and tastier.”

Beer tastings are being given by Flying Fish Brewery of Somerdale as well as other New Jersey

based breweries. “This is a unique South Jersey event,” explains Snyder, “so it’s fitting that two very

worthy South Jersey charities are being honored with the proceeds. It’s a good event where everything

tastes good too…and it will be a lot of fun!”

Peru

Peru

Recently I was lucky enough to visit Machu Picchu and Cuzco, a small slice of beautiful Peru. It was (literally) breathtaking, mystical, and surprisingly tasty. Below is a short synopsis of my dining experiences and a few spectacular views. Hope you enjoy.

After arriving at Inkallpa Valle Sagrado Lodge & Spa I enjoyed a few light bites in their restaurant. They were divine.

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inka food

Of course when in Peru, one must visit Machu Picchu.

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After a long day in the mountains, I enjoyed a delicious French-Peruvian fusion lunch in Aguas Calientes at Indio Feliz.

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Stopped by Deva Restaurant Tipico and kept the kitchen staff up late.

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Which one of these was my dinner?

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The chef invited us to the kitchen to watch the preparation of a traditional guinea pig meal.

 

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The guinea pig in all its glory.

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Sights around Cusco.

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cus parade

food truck peru

Enjoyed an amazing meal at Mutu Food & Drink in Cusco.

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Experienced sensory overload of the most incredible kind while dining at Falling Angel

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falling an food

Urpi Pizzeria Restaurant where you will witness the wood for the traditional terracotta oven chopped by your tableside if you order their homemade pizza. I enjoyed delicious fresh cut french fries and one of the better breaded chicken dishes I have had in some time.

urpi

urpi food

This is just a taste of what Peru has to offer. Go there and see for yourself. If you go to any of the restaurants I’ve recommended, tell them Bluejeanfoodcritic sent you!

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