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A Slice of Civic Duty, By George

I’ve never been called for jury duty. Never. Even though I vote (I swear!) and have a driver’s license. I guess it’s because I’ve moved around a fair amount, between states and interstate, over the last several years? Well, maybe … Continue reading

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Queering the Cheesesteak–Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies

As Brian Freedman correctly noted in his recent review of Vedge in the Philadelphia Weekly, we live in a food world defined by a binary–carnivorous or vegetarian. And, like any binary construction, each term earns connotative qualities over time, dependent … 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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Little Thai

An Amish woman passed us carrying a wide- and teary-eyed baby on her hip. Sad babies always amuse me so I nudged my companion who immediately leaned forward and joked “guess William James was right, ‘To children the world is … Continue reading

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Looking for Grace–Four Seasons Juice Bar

Americans have a tumultuous relationship with food and drink. From 19th century vegetarians who advocated abstinence to contemporary fitness gurus who urge dieters to pour salt over uneaten desserts, we haven’t figured out how to guiltlessly enjoy the prodigious bounty … Continue reading

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Basic 4, Vegetarian Style

After 12 years of vegetarianism, I decided I had done my time. I was never an animal rights vegetarian, but an environmental one, albeit with serious foodie tendencies. In a city like Philadelphia it’s ridiculously easy to be veg, but … Continue reading

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Not Since Nineveh: Kamal’s Middle Eastern

I’m not sure if the 1955 movie Kismet was my first introduction to representations of the Middle East–perhaps the Douglas Fairbanks picThe Thief of Baghdad? I don’t think my mother read me anything from 1001 Arabian nights–but it certainly summarizes … Continue reading

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Nanee’s Kitchen

Chill. Shake. Drink. Transcend. The words printed on the label of Nanee’s Kitchen cardamom lassi are both instructions and index to the consumption of Indian food in America. Ha, ha, the drinker (or at least this one) thinks, looking at … Continue reading

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Herbiary, or Why Oil of Oregano is Not as Benign as it Sounds

The interminable sniffles caused by the shift from summer to fall was getting me down. Seemed like I couldn’t live without a box of Kleenex at hand (or suffer the consequences on my clothes and in my hair). A coworker … Continue reading

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The Best Bread in Philadelphia?–Metropolitan Bakery

Metropolitan Bakery first came into my consciousness several years ago. I was in Philadelphia to attend an academic conference and stopped by Reading Terminal Market on my way to the Marriott. Wanting to treat myself, I chose a raspberry filled … Continue reading

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