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Wylder and Joy Ike at Bourbon and Branch – Philadelphia, PA

Wylder and Joy Ike at Bourbon and Branch – Philadelphia, PA

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(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfood.com written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

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Bourbon and Branch is a neighborhood watering hole in the Northern Liberties section off 2nd Street and Fairmount Avenue in Philly.  On Thursday, June 15th, I enjoyed some good food, drink, and music there in another one of my stops around town…

Wylder, an Indie-rock group based out of Washington, DC, headlined the venue’s upstairs rock club on that evening.  Blending a mix of rock, pop and folk, the band was in fine sound that is illuminated by their harmonies and melodic hooks.  Their new single, “Save a Way”, has just been released and is available at their website wyldermusic.com, along with all of their prior work.  The guys in the band were all a pleasure to meet, and take great pride and joy in performing their energetic set.

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Opening up for Wylder was local artist Joy Ike, a very talented singer-songwriter who performed a set of her recent work.  Accompanied by her sister Peace on percussion, Joy played keyboards and sang some beautifully crafted pieces to kick the evening off.  She is in the midst of recording a new album, and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help her reach her dream.  You can visit her website joyike.com to contribute, and listen to her in action…

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Bourbon and Branch was a great setting for both artists to perform, as well as having a menu full of unique American fare food offerings.  Their specialty, of course, is a long list of bourbon drink offerings to sample and choose from.  The vibe was perfect for both musical acts, whom I enjoyed and highly recommend you check out for yourself.

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Until next time, “around town”…

‘Art On Beer’ Philly Beer Week 2017

(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfood.com written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

On Tuesday evening, June 6th, I attended an event at the awesome Frankford Hall in Northern Liberties for a Philly Beer Week event.  ‘Art On Beer’ was a roundtable discussion of what goes into the creative process of beer labels and designs.

The sold out event was a fun and interesting look into the world of graphic art design and how it applies to the world of brews, especially now with the craft beer boom and its many different brands and flavors.  Jason Kernevich, the head of the design firm The Heads of State (which designed the Philly Loves Beer campaign), served as moderator.  Among the artists who participated on behalf of the specific brewery labels they helped design were Lindsey Tweed (Tröegs), Keith Shore (Mikkeller), JP Flexner (Neshaminy Creek), Keith Greiman (Highway Manor), Daniel Endicott (Forest & Main) and Alex Peltz (Hill Farmstead).

Everyone spoke enthusiastically about their work, and their love for what they do is evident.  New flavors and styles of beer are popping up almost weekly by the different brewers both locally and nationally.  The many creative visual pieces shared during the discussion shows how an idea can grow over time into something that is both marketable and iconic to the brewer, as well as potentially becoming a great piece of work in its own right in the art and design world.

For someone like me who enjoys art, as well as having some background in marketing and advertising, it was a fun event to be a part of (the great location and beers on tap didn’t hurt either!).  Philly Beer Week continues to put on more and more unique events such as this, a good thing to bring people together to share their love of the nectar of the gods.  Will see you again soon, “around town”…

2017 Sea Isle Beer Fest

(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfood.com written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

On Saturday, June 3rd, I attended the 2017 Sea Isle Beer Fest in Sea Isle City, NJ.  An early summer event that combines brew and beach. The event and town did not disappoint.

The event was staged in the parking lot of the island’s notable nightspot Kix McNutley’s, which features five seperate bars and a club for vacationers and natives to enjoy.  Over 60 brands of craft beer participated, including many local favorites.  Cape May Brewing Co., Forgotten Boardwalk, Tuckahoe Brewing Co., Evil Genius, Garden State Beer Co., and 7 Mile represented the shore and city scene well.  National names such as Leinenkugel, Travelers, Samuel Adams, Blue Moon, Magic Hat and Brooklyn Brewery all set up shop as well.

Kix McNutley’s own Yum Yum Wagon food truck provided the eats, while patrons partook in fun and games set up on the grounds.  The band Animal House played live music throughout the afternoon.  A festival such as this is a bit different than your normal beer fest, considering that many of the attendees were not just headed to a destination, but rather those vacationing or living in Sea Isle already.  It was my first visit to the island in a number of years, and events such as this provide a nice way to spend time and explore all that the town had to offer, besides the beach.  Kix McNutley’s was the perfect host, and it is easy to see why it is one of the premier locations on the island for good food and spirits…

Cheers to all for a great time.  I’ll see you by the beach, “around town”…

06-11-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-52/

This Sunday, June 11th at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio it is all things BBQ. We will be having a live rib eating competition with an esteemed lineup of special judges in studio. Ok, esteemed may be pushing it since this is our show. Lets talk about who is going to appear.

First we have Mike Peters AKA the BBQ Pitchman as well as the co-manager and host of the “Great American Cookout”. Mike is also the VP of The Kansas City Barbeque Society so this man obliviously knows his BBQ.

The Great American Cookout with stops in all four corners of the country, the 2017 Great American Cookout will bring the art and taste of outdoor cooking to some of the biggest and best barbeque contests, festivals and retail locations throughout the nation. In its eleventh year, the Great American Cookout will stop at 20 food festivals and select retail locations throughout the tour’s seven months on the road. BBQ experts and GAC tour hosts, Mike and Christine Peters, will share grilling tips and free samples with event attendees, so bring your napkins, this is one cookout you do not want to miss!

The GAC tour is presented by McCormick Spice, BUBBA burger, Blue Rhino, Günter Wilhelm, 270 Smokers, Western Wood, Inc., Inc., and more

https://www.kcbs.us/tour

Then we have Bob Trudnak the owner of The BBQ Guru and creator of BBQ Bob’s Hav’n a BBQ which has previously won Best Ribs at the World Food Championships. Oh boy, sounds like we have some big competition coming in.

Joining them will also be one of “Small Bites” good friends, Tom Bera of Philly Blind Pig BBQ who has many awards himself and does a monthly BBQ night with David Wilby at Dawson Street Pub to put is hat in the mix of best rib. This is getting exciting.

Finalizing who is entering the rib contest is Small Bites co-host extraordinaire Glenn Gross owner of Fat Jack’s BBQ and star of BBQ Pitmasters and regular on FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia and just recently featured on FYI Philly with Alicia Vitarelli Pantaleno and Alicia Vitarelli really enjoyed her visit.

Who is going to be doing the judging???? Well we have Russ Hazzon a Master KCBS Judge to keep everyone in line and following the rules, Jeff Belonger the Founder & President of Myphillyalive.com – All About Philadelphia and Social Media Strategist at Jeff Belonger – Social Media – Marketing – Branding, Michael Cappelli the owner of Cappelli Brothers Cigar Company and Pizzeria Cappelli, Darnell Hicks will be joining in the fun as he is the founder of PartyNerdz and one of the twenty hosts 😉 on the show with Gervase Peterson, Kenneth Hicks, Aubrey Johnson, Jorge Vergara, Darrius Doc Rizzo Golden, Karim Byrd, Nick DiGuglielmo on PartyNerdz Podcast, and last but not least our very own Chef Barbie Marshall who was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light. Now that is a tough panel to please.

You say you STILL NEED MORE!!! Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s new book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen finalist and was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light with her tip of the week, and joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie Martling is releasing his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange and is available to pre-order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes.

http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-52/

Cugini Pizzeria – Deptford Township

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I enjoyed a cheesesteak with fried onions and ketchup to go along with old bay fries and a side of wings. Decent pizzeria style food around the Deptford Mall area and service was friendly and efficient.

06-04-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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To stream, download, or get on iTunes click link below

http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-51/

After a week off, this Sunday, June 4th 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com] on Wildfire Radio returns and we are going international. First we are joined by Simran Kochar who is the host of Dine With Colors, a culinary travel show around USA, that airs on Aapka Colors launched by Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. Viacom18. – a joint venture of Viacom Inc. and the Network18 group, catering to the multicultural audience in North America. Simran Kochar is extremely accomplished and versatile. She started her career at Wizcraft International in India and while completing her first year of Law, starred in a few music videos and national ad campaigns. She also hosted the pilot episode of ESPN’S Superselector in India as an adventure sports correspondent. After completing her MBA from Fordham University, New York, she held a corporate career spanning television and radio, with a concentration on developing start-up ventures. While setting up ImaginAsian Radio that showcased over 300 Asian American bands, she handled marketing across TV, film and radio as Marketing Director at ImaginAsian Entertainment, New York where she also guest hosted, scripted and produced several Asian American TV and radio shows like Total Timepass on Dish Network and 96.1 KSQQFM and Pulse-the Desi Beat during the course of which, she interviewed several prominent celebrities and politicians. Later,she joined radiowalla.in Network Pvt. Limited(a B2B music services company) as GM,North America and set up the initial business model, managing its infrastructural core development between India and America. Currently, she resides in New York and spends her time as a brand consultant and hosting Dine With Colors, which is now in its second season.

A friend from our Northern neighbor Canada will be joining us. We are honored to welcome Julie Stewart-Binks to “Small Bites”. Julie Stewart-Binks is a talented and versatile sideline reporter, update anchor and studio host currently doing double duty at both ESPN & FOX Sports and is emerging as one of soccer’s best sideline reporters, but who also can speak to pretty much anything sports-related. Julie Stewart-Binks is the most knowledgeable friend a sports fan can have while becoming a household name worldwide. Julie will be in Philadelphia to cover the Major League Soccer (MLS) Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls game on Sunday, June 18th and will discuss this year’s season and what Philadelphia sports fans can expect in other professional sports this 2017 season with sharp and fascinating analysis. The Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia 76ers can use any help they can get so I hope they listen in to our show!

Then we have an award winning international comedian Vicky Kuperman and co-author Isabella Patrick to chat about their new funny book How to Spy on Your Neighbor about how Russia is secretly taking over the United States. Also Vicky was winner of the United Solo Festival “Best Comic” award recently. Vicky is very funny and you certainly want to hear her latest thoughts. More info on Vicky can be found by clicking below:

http://vickykuperman.com/

When you talk about the Russians, you are probably thinking about President Donald J. Trump. Well who better to talk about presidential theories than author John C. Bednar to discuss his latest book “The People’s President: In the Nation’s Service” from Archway Publishing where he talks about what if the “common man” decided to run for president? In John C. Bednar’s new novel, “The People’s President: In the Nation’s Service,” he gives readers a glimpse into an alternate reality, where money isn’t the ticket to political office and the underdog has a shot at turning the establishment on its head.

Enough about politics you say, OK, OK, how about some food talk. We are also lucky enough to have Ron Sullivan the host of Corner Pub Sports in studio to tell us about his new project with John Cohl, Corner Pub Kitchen at The New Sheffield Tavern. It’s the every person food at affordable prices and outstanding flavors. Hopefully, he’ll bring some samples of these fusion foods they have been cooking up.

What goes good with all this talk. Something sweet!!! Well lucky us, we have Tiffany Nicole the owner of Sweet Tees Treats, LLC to talk to us about this new bakery in Glenside, Pennsylvania and how they will help any sweet tooth craving. Wonder what little delight they’ll whip us for us and bring in studio. Joining her is the CEO of Soundwavez MusicGroup Tracy Laster the must stop destination for all your Hip Hop and R&B music needs.

We need someone to keep track of everything we have going on, so lucky us we will also be joined by Cassie Hepler – Photographer, Model, Actress, Writer & Website Editor – Photographer, Model, Actress, Writer & Website Editor]. Cassie Hepler is a news writer for Metro Philly and owner of ExplorePhilly and teams with Whitney Ullman on Explore NJ. She will take notes of this wild ride of a show and also fill us in on what exactly is a Puffy Taco.

You say you STILL NEED MORE!!! Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s new book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen finalist and was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light with her tip of the week, and joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling is releasing his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange and is available to pre-order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes.

To stream, download, or get on iTunes click link below

http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-51/

Sabrina’s Cafe – Collingswood, NJ

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Really enjoyed my meal here. From the service, ambiance, and food I will certainly be back. I enjoyed fried calamari and Mel’s Chicken Cutlet sandwich which is cornmeal encrusted chicken topped with spinach, marinated long hots, and melted provolone cheese on a Sarcones roll.