FOOD > THINK LOCAL

By Dan Packel

Paris Chocolate in Philly

For Antoine Amrani, as a young boy in Paris, the dream was about making chocolate. He appears to have realized that dream, having just opened up his own chocolate factory in East Norriton, just outside of Norristown.

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Posted Oct. 16, 2009 | Comments: 5

FOOD > THINK LOCAL

By Dan Packel

Philadelphia Distilling: More Than Bluecoat

Luckily for Philly, Rob Cassell found a way to get past early challenges to start turning out Bluecoat Gin in April 2006. That blue glass bottle has become ubiquitous wherever mixologists turn out labor-intensive cocktails.

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Posted Oct. 2, 2009 | Comments: 1

FOOD > THINK LOCAL

By Dan Packel

A Moveable Feast

If you've visited the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market, and you’ve found coolers filled with raw milk, pasture-raised eggs and humanely raised meats. But what you probably haven't done is ask about the story behind these locally produced items. That's about to change.

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Posted Sep. 17, 2009 | Comments: 2

FOOD > THINK LOCAL

By Dan Packel

Beekeeping at Bartram’s

Bartram’s Garden, the pre-revolutionary home of naturalist John Bartram, is an unlikely location to begin with. Located next to a housing project in Southwest Philadelphia, the unassuming entrance masks Bartram’s stone house, the historic garden and the woods along the river. Even more unlikely are the five sets of beehives tended by local beekeepers.

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Posted Jul. 31, 2009 | Comments: 0

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New Italian wines: Yes, please
By Brian Freedman

This beautiful wine region, while relatively small in terms of the amount of land under vine, is having a significant impact on serious American wine lists.

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At Crow and the Pitcher, mushrooms are “a revelation”
By Brian Freedman

Roasted hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, lacquered with honey and arriving a shimmering, burnished mahogany color, were a study in flavor-layering.

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Townsend is cooking up a Gallic storm
By Brian Freedman

Black bass with cockles embodied the season perfectly: Each delicate bite of fish, dragged through the zucchini-basil purée, was like a transmogrification of the farmers market onto the plate.

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Café Ynez does Mexican, rotisserie—and breakfast, too
By Brian Freedman

Rough-mashed with the perfect amount of lime (i.e.: mucho), onions, tomatoes and cilantro, it’s a study in the seemingly disproportionate joys of simplicity and balance.