Tony Luke’s coming to Sicklerville

6 Feb

It’s been months since the sign pictured above was slapped in the window of a Sicklerville shopping center off of Cross Keys Road. Via Twitter, @ChewJersey asked @TonyLukeJr. what’s up. He verifies that the shop will open sometime in April.

Bad news for your bikini/banana hammock diet, but great news for your inner fat kid.

Food for thought: Coffee Talk

6 Feb

Once in a while, we get to thinking beyond what our next meal will be. Some things about food culture and the behaviors that surround it are really intriguing, no?

Nothing too deep here, just scratching the surface and wanna get your opinion on it.

So, how loud is too loud?

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Blackbird and West Side Gravy to open tomorrow

3 Feb

We mentioned in January that Chef Alex Capasso temporarily closed his restaurants, West Side Gravy and Blackbird Dining Establishment, to relocate and reconstruct on Haddon Ave.  Construction is wrapping up this week and Capasso is readying to welcome the crowds back to his dining rooms tomorrow.

West Side Gravy will let you in at 11 a.m. and Blackbird at 5 p.m.

Grand opening of Coffee Works Cafe

27 Jan

A few weeks ago, Chew Jersey stopped in Coffee Works Cafe in the Voorhees Town Center for a quick sip. This Saturday will be the cafe’s grand opening ceremony.

Stop by Saturday, January 29 at 2 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Michael Mignogna. Stick around for live music from local artist David Falcone, complimentary coffee, smoothies, hot chocolate, homemade kettle corn, and some other giveaways. Things will be going on until around 5 p.m.

What’s the incentive to get there early? The first 100 guests will receive at $5 gift card.

Tequila time at Tortilla Press Cantina

26 Jan

Thursday sounds like a good day for a few rounds of tequila, yes? Yes. Use this as motivation to shovel yourself out and head over to Tortilla Press Cantina in Pennsauken for a five-course tequila laced menu on Thursday, January 27.

UPDATE 1.27.11 – This event has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 3.

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Local food peoples on national TV

25 Jan

Some friends, local food personalities and amazing chefs from the area are on the big screen this month. Here’s the who/what/where/when:

Food Network: Restaurant: Impossible. Already aired so check here for viewing options.

Philadelphia City Paper food/web and Meal Ticket editor Drew Lazor, South Jersey food bloggers, John and Lisa Howard-Fusco, and South Jersey magazine’s Beverly Bretlmann were brought together to taste the new and improved (?) samplings at Villari’s in Palmyra, NJ.

Travel Channel: Andrew Zimmern Bizarre Foods. Airs tonight, January 25 at 9 p.m.

Philadelphia-based writer and blogger Felicia D’Ambrosio guides Zimmern around Philadelphia’s bizarre eats from the Italian Market to the Reading Terminal Market and beyond.

Food Network: Iron Chef America. Airs Sunday, January 30 at 10 p.m.

Philly’s Iron Chef Jose Garces (Garces Restaurant Group) duels another of Philly’s most lauded chefs, Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Xochtil, Percy St. BBQ), in Kitchen Stadium. Love that Solomonov opted to battle Garces. Philly food fight!

National Nibble gets a booze glow, grubs lion tacos, heeds the food trendwatch

24 Jan

photo from AP

Nibble on a bit of savory (or sweet) national food news with Chew Jersey’s weekly roundup. Here, we highlight stories, recipes, events, and must-have products popping up around the web. If you’ve nibbled on something good this week, let us have a bite in the comments.

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Light Bite: Chipotle Bean soup

18 Jan

In this chill, who couldn’t use a few more soup recipes for their arsenal? My chipotle bean soup is a lower-fat, meatless version of my father’s recipe, which he cooks with ham hocks, butter and, I think, some beer. If this were an existence without consequence, I’d eat his soup over mine. But, it’s not and we’ve gotta watch those waistlines and my soup will do you just fine.

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National Nibble savors sperm whale secretions, Vermont vs. McDonald’s, and other superfoods

13 Jan

Nibble on a bit of savory (or sweet) national food news with Chew Jersey’s weekly roundup. Here, we highlight stories, recipes, events, and must-have products popping up around the web. If you’ve nibbled on something good this week, let us have a bite in the comments.

from the Chicago Tribune

 

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Local Flavor: Fat Tomato Grill and Pizzeria

13 Jan

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 When looking for some good grub in South Jersey, we sometimes forget that there are options other than those looming, neon-lit, tackily-decorated corporate concepts with over-imagined yet bland menus. To remind you, we’ll highlight those unique places that offer not only an original bite, but a tasty one. Get some local flavor at Fat Tomato Grill and Pizzeria.

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