Archive for January 2013

Mobile Food Events in February

On Saturday, February 23 the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association is having another winter Food Truck Round Up at the Piazza. (If you went to the last one in December you would know the lines moves fast and we were able to try food from trucks that were brand new to Philly). This time Spodee wine is sponsoring- each of the 8 trucks will offer a FREE small appetizer using Spodee. To keep warm, King’s Oak is allowing us to bring the truck food inside their bar. Vote for your favorite Spodee bite at King’s Oak and each vote counts as a raffle to win an alcoholic gift bag from the folks behind Spodee.

More info/RSVP here:

And before that, coming up on February 16th is an event relevant to anyone who owns a mobile food business in Philadelphia or anyone thinking about starting one. The UPenn Law School Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic is hosting a day full of informative seminars on the biz, including how to protect your unique menu items and how to manage local regulations. During lunch time, the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association is having its 2013 kick off meeting for all current and prospective members. I hear that a food truck lunch may be free to those who RSVP.

The schedule and the RSVP link after the jump

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Laotian Meat Sticks from Ratchada

Recently, Ratchada replaced Cafe de Laos on 11th and Washington. New owners,  but thankfully still serving Laotian food, which is scarce in this city. The already attractive interior has been spruced up a bit more. Ratchada offers a classier experience that might appeal to those seeking something other than the cafeteria like experience a la Pho Ha and others.

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Healthy Israeli Sandwiches from Hummus in University City

For a relatively quick, healthy, and cheap lunch in University City, Hummus is a decent option. You can choose from sandwiches, salads, and platters ranging from $6 to $13 dollars.

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Lunch Links (The “Local and Foreign Pizzas” Edition)

Photo Courtesy of Meal Ticket
  • Perch Pub’s avocado, arugula, pecan-smoked bacon, tomato, and Point Reyes blue cheese topped burger is a good choice [BridgesBurgersBeer]
  • Grab a fresh pretzel next time you are at Ultimo [Meal Ticket]
  • A $66 kobe beef pizza exists in Japan [Slice]
  • The spicy pepperoni is Two Eat Philly’s favorite at Pizza Brain [Two Eat Philly]

Mexican Inspired Brunch Food for Lunch at Cafe con Chocolate

Cafe con Chocolate is a brightly covered cafe open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner down on 21st and Snyder. The menu has something for everyone; juices, coffee drinks, eggs, and the part that tempted me- Mexican food.
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Brisket and Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese from Valley Shepherd Creamery/MeltKraft in Reading Terminal

They Valley Shepherd Creamery, a Jersey based cheese farm, opened in the back of Reading Terminal last week. Besides offering their own cheeses, other people’s cheeses, and a sweet pickle bar, they make grilled cheese sandwiches. The good folks are happy to give you cheese samples to help you pick your poison. As the braided mozzarella is made fresh all day every day, I suggest at least trying a cube of that.

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Getting the Most Out of Restaurant Week: Lunch at Amada

Philly’s Restaurant Week is here (from now until January 25th and then January 27th until February1st). You know the drill, $35 for a 3 course dinner and $20 for a 3 course lunch. With so many participating restaurants, including some that are so not worth it, its hard to pick where to spend your time and money. I did some menu surfing and concluded that getting to try a whole slew of Jose Garces tapas at Amada for $20 was going to be worth it. Instead of putting out sub par dishes just for the Restaurant Week crowd, Amada lets you pick from tapas that are already on their menu.

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