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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PW's Year of Beer: Carton Regular Coffee
By Eric San Juan

It tastes like a cup of iced coffee from that national donut place, but you’d never know it.

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Aye, There’s the Rubb: Barbeque you'll sink your teeth into
By Brian Freedman

Manayunk’s new BBQ joint pairs great brisket and ham with a fine selection of beer and whiskey.

FOOD > REVIEWS

Chinatown's Hippot Shabu Shabu offers a kaleidoscope of hot pot wonders
By Brian Freedman

The range of meats and vegetables and other dunkables is far too broad to ever be able to experience them all even over the course of several visits, but I do plan on returning often to try to work my way through them.

FOOD > REVIEWS

Spit-roasted octopus and more surprises at Lo Spiedo
By Brian Freedman

Borne in an oval-shaped cast-iron trivet and lined up like the winning float in the chicken-pride-day parade, each delicate knob shimmered with a pancetta agrodolce and was studded with dimples of charred flesh.