Meals / Recipes

Turkey Burger with Goat Cheese & Avocado

It’s Memorial Day Sunday and I don’t have any plans today. In fact, most of this weekend is going to be relaxing and simply enjoying time to myself. I’m going to a house party tomorrow which will be “potluck “style so I’m unsure what will be available. In the event that burgers won’t be on … Continue reading

Italian Market / Pennsport / Philly Restaurant Closings / Philly Restaurant Openings

Philly Food Notes (5/22-5/28)

Al Zaytouna (906 Christian Street; next to Sabrina’s Cafe) is now open much to my delight! I haven’t tried it yet, but since it’s so close to where I live, it won’t be long. Pictures and menu on Meal Ticket. In case you missed it, The Witch in Pennsport closed. There’s much speculation about what … Continue reading

Fairmount / Wine Bar

Fairmount’s Fare Restaurant Opens

I have to admit, I haven’t visited the Fairmount neighborhood in about two years. Which is surprising because I lived near 26th & Brown for three years (2002-2005). I guess I just haven’t had a reason to go North… until now. Fare Restaurant (2028 Fairmount Avenue) opened its doors today and one look at their … Continue reading

Italian / Queen Village

Talk Cheese with Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno’s at The Village Belle

Head’s up cheese lovers! Make plans to go to The Village Belle (757 S. Front Street) tomorrow, from 6 to 8 p.m., to sample some Di Bruno Bros. cheese and for a rare opportunity to talk all-things cheese & more with DB’s VP of Culinary Pioneering Emilio Mignucci (aka “my boss”). Chances are I’ll be … Continue reading


Philadelphia Cheese Experiment Ticket Giveaway

Cheese cook-off to be hosted at World Cafe Live during Philly Beer Week On Sunday, June 5th, The 1st Annual Philadelphia Cheese Experiment will showcase Philly’s finest amateur chefs pushing the culinary boundaries of cheese by creating their own special savory or sweet cheese-based dishes. All in all, over 20 home chefs will face off … Continue reading

Brunch / Mexican / Society Hill

Xochitl to debut Brunch Menu on Sunday, May 29th

Xochitl will begin offering Brunch every Sunday starting on May 29th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Executive Chef Lucio Palazzo will prepare and serve goodies including:  Marilyn JohnsonFood enthusiast. Travel lover. Social media maven. Independent Journalist. Food marketing/PR expert. Email: Continue reading

Old City

Cuba Libre to launch new menu; 50% off May 23-27

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary and inspired by recent trips to Cuba, Cuba Libre is launching a new menu on June 1st. Cuba Libre in Philadelphia will be previewing the new menu, offering a 50% off, from Monday, May 23rd to Thursday, May 26th. Then from Friday, May 27th to Tuesday, May 31st the … Continue reading


To Yelp or Not to Yelp Philadelphia?

When Yelp first appeared on the scene, I used it a lot. I never became an “Elite” yelper, but I enjoyed writing about the places I liked. I never really used it as platform to gripe or complain about poor experiences. I believe in providing honest “reviews”, but sometimes yelpers go a little overboard with … Continue reading

Italian Market

Italian Market Festival

Last weekend was the Annual Italian Market Festival on 9th Street in Philadelphia. As always, it’s a good time complete with great food, drink, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and prime people watching! Despite the rain, the turnout was great. As for the food, I had jerk chicken & roast pork sandwiches from Esposito’s Porchetta … Continue reading

Fishtown / Newbold / South Philadelphia / Stephen Starr

Philly Food Notes (5/15-5/21)

Circles Contemporary Asian Cafe at 1514 Tasker Street in South Philadelphia is now open! It’s open every night for dine-in or take-out dinner as well as weekend brunch. I attended a preview party a few weeks ago which featured a sampling of some of their popular dishes – all quite tasty! Frankford Hall, Stephen Starr’s … Continue reading