Monthly Archives: February 2011

Old City, Coffee

Old City may be my least favorite neighborhood in Philadelphia. During the day, it’s swarmed by tourists and smells constantly of horse manure. At night, thick-necked Jersey dudes and girls shivering in tank tops wend their way drunkenly to the … Continue reading

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Romancing the Stone (fruit, that is): Iovine Brother’s Produce Corner

The pretty blond girl behind the cash register seemed to be keeping her own in what was clearly a flirty conversation with two customers at Iovine Brother’s Produce Corner. I couldn’t quite hear exactly, but it sounded like they asked … Continue reading

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Where It’s At: Beck’s Cajun Cafe

Cajun food exists in my memory mainly from that faddish moment in the late 80s when jovial Dom DeLuise look-alike Chef Paul Prudhomme became a sensation. Suddenly, everything was blackened (not like minstrelsy, kids, don’t worry).. My mother, perennially excited … Continue reading

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Le Bus: The Battle over the Best Bread in Philly

I don’t have cable, so I couldn’t watch the recent epic Philly phood battle on Iron Chef America–Michael Solomonov, of Zahav and Percy Street Barbecue, among others v. Philly’s own Iron Chef, Jose Garces, of Amada, Chifa, Village Whiskey and … Continue reading

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