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10-16-16 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of



This week we have American Idol on FOX Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks to talk about his new show State Plate on Insp which has its Series Premiere October 21st at 9p ET where he travels Wisconsin and enjoys foods from Saxon Creamery, Schwai’s Meat and Sausage, Glk Foods, Hannon’s, O&H Danish Bakery, and more. Then we have Gervase Peterson of Survivor on CBS, owner of Burnz Cigar Vault & Lounge, and part of the Partynerdz LIVE Podcast crew with Darnell Hicks, Aubrey Johnson, Angela Cottone, Kenneth Hicks, Nick DiGuglielmo, Edward Figueroa, Devinwade Robinson, Leonardo Herrera, Jorge Vergara, and many more talented people. Jersey Foodies know how lucky they are to have great diners, but have you ever heard of a good diner in Paris, France? Well we have Craig Carlson the author of Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France from Sourcebooks to tell us how Pancakes in Paris is doing and chat about his new book. Getting hungry? Lucky us we have one of Philly’s most talented BBQ Competitors Tom Bera of Philly Blind Pig BBQ which sets up a special BBQ menu quite regular at David Wilby’s Dawson Street Pub coming in studio. STILL NOT ENOUGH!!!!! OK, OK, we have Kevin Gross co-owner and VP of operations for Fat Jacks BBQ joining us as well don’t forget we will still have segments from our weekly contributors Chef Barbie Marshall who was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light and a Hell’s Kitchen finalist, Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco, and joke of the week from Jackie Martling. and Fat Jack’s BBQ can’t wait and hope you will join us.

Small Bites – Episode 29

Mike’s Steaks Comcast Center – Philadelphia, PA

Mike’s Steaks Comcast Center – Philadelphia, PA

The market and shops and the Comcast Center provide a diversified picture of what Philadelphia has to offer. It may not be the greatest selection of what we have to offer, but a decent showing and possibly the best food court in town. At one of the far ends of the market sits Mike’s Steaks (MS). MS is a no frills sort of operation, with higher than normal menu prices for their basic offerings, but I am sure the rent is not cheap in this part of town. The service was nothing more than herding the lunch crowd through taking an order, giving a receipt, and waiting for your name to be called. With my turn in line finally, I would go with a cheesesteak with fried onions, American cheese, ketchup, and a side order of spicy Cajun fries with a cup of melted American cheese.


MS provides food for the masses, and they do it quickly like a well-oiled machine. Cheesesteaks are the original fast-casual food and MS has that part down to a science. The fries were tasty and cheese hit all the right notes, but fries were not fresh and cheese I am sure probably came out of a can. They fill a niche for the office workers who do not want to take a chance on a food cart or have a sub-par cheesesteak from an average pizza-joint, so for that I commend them.


10-09-16 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of



This week the CEO & Founder of Brownie Brittle, Sheila G Mains who will talk about her new book Butter and Chocolate and her upcoming appearance at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks Ultimate Women’s Expo with other keynote speakers such as Susan Lucci, NENE LEAKES, and Ramona Singer. Then we have Brio Tuscan Grille coming in studio bringing delicious food for us to try and talk about their Fall Flavors promotion, Holiday Banquets and Gift Card promos, we will also be joined by Marie Thorpe the owner The Pierogie Kitchen who did an amazing job at the Philly’s BBQ Fest at Citizens Bank Park and will hopefully surprise us with a special pierogie. Then as usual we will have segments from Pennsylvania’s Most Influential Chef by Cooking Light and Hell’s Kitchen finalist, Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco of John and Lisa Are Eating in South Jersey, Kristin DeJesus of Food Bank of South Jersey, and joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame.


Small Bites – Episode 28

Donkey’s Place – Camden, NJ

Donkey’s Place – Camden, NJ


Some places are so over hyped with so many awards or foodies telling you that you have to try somewhere that sometimes I do my best to avoid going there as I usually avoid the places where everyone else wants to be. Well I can tell you that Donkey’s Place (DP) in Camden, New Jersey is worth every good piece of good press or positive word of mouth they have ever received. I am not going to delve into is it the best around, as I am not a believer in “best”. What they are though is damn good, delicious, fun to be at, and someplace you have to experience in person to really “get it”. I had the cheesesteak with fried onions, fries, and used their house hot sauce on both that made the meal flat out AMAZING! It is an adventure to get there, the neighborhood is rough, the patrons are a colorful group, and the staff is great. Take one of these components out and I believe DP would not be what they are, and what they are is a full-fledged foodie experience. I know DP has a Medford, New Jersey location as well, but part of me just does not think it could not be anywhere as great as their Camden spot. Then again I did not think DP in Camden was worth the trip and boy was I incorrect. For someone who is always right (insert joke here) I would find it unbelievable to be wrong twice about the same subject. If I am wrong, I know why. It is because DP is a special place, with a mindset that only the owners of DP could duplicate. So until I visit their Medford location, just take my word along with the thousands of others who sing DP’s praises. GO, GO NOW, and ENJOY!



Revolutions at Penn Treaty


(The following is a special series on 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 the night of Wednesday, September 28th, I attended the red carpet VIP opening night party at Revolutions at Penn Treaty, the new entertainment complex located at the corner of Frankford and Delaware Avenues.  Featuring bars, a restaurant, bowling alleys on both levels, and interactive gaming, the city is gaining another lively nightlife spot that is helping to revitalize the Fishtown area of the city.

Randy Alexander, the head of Randex Communications, was eager to show off this new gem for adult fun and recreation.  A fantastic buffet of food greeted us as we entered the main doors, which in turn lead to the lower-level bowling alley, and soon to be famous Flair Bar.  This is where bottle tossing, cocktail mixing bartenders will be showing off their mixology skills, and will be a spot for competitions to be held for those all over the country to demonstrate the art of  the unique process known as flair bartending.


Proceeding upstairs, one will encounter another bowling alley, along with other recreational activities such as pool tables and table shuffleboard.  One of the most popular stops of the evening was to the house gaming arcade, which featured many interactive video games such as electronic beer pong, carnival type skill competitions, and old school fun like air hockey, basketball shooting, and ski ball.  Like games at the boardwalk down at the shore, wins equal ticket accumulations, which can be turned in for prizes.


Also located upstairs is a giant sports bar, with a beautiful view of the Philly skyline through the warehouse windows.  Live entertainment in the form of bands and DJs will keep the joint jumping every evening.  Burger and Beer Joint, a growing chain of gourmet burger restaurants, has its first Philadelphia location settled here as well.  The menu features a list of build your own burger choices, as well as their in-house creations, which all look phenomenal. Wings, pizza, and salads are also available, along with desserts.

Being a lifelong resident of this area, I am continually impressed by some of the new ideas that have come to fruition for making nightlife fun and enjoyable in the city. This particular area has experienced enormous growth over the span of the past several years, starting with the Sugar House Casino.  The opening of The Fillmore music venue last fall, along with the Punch Line comedy club that opened in the summer, shows the good that resident developers have done simply by converting old abandoned warehouses into something viable for the public to utilize.  Revolutions at Penn Treaty is the icing on the cake for a spot that badly needed improvement, and now will become one of the top destinations for entertainment seekers in the area.

Revolutions is now open to the public, and you should check it out as soon as you can.  I will be back with more soon, “around town”…

Woodbury Station Café – Woodbury, NJ

Woodbury Station Café – Woodbury, NJ

I always find old train stations to be an interesting look into the past. What I find most interesting about the old train station that sits in Woodbury, New Jersey is that is has been transformed into a dining destination called Woodbury Station Café (WSC). I did not expect too much from WSC, but I can say that I was thoroughly impressed.


I would go with a simple dish of chicken marsala, but WSC provided an delicious spin on an old favorite. Everything was cooked to perfection, with fresh giant chunks of mushrooms, asparagus, and potato wedges to go along with juicy chicken breasts topped with one of the better marsala sauces I have had in quite some time.  Add to the mix a friendly and efficient service throughout the meal, and WSC has me planning to visiting them again sometime soon and hoping next time to catch a glimpse of a train riding by during my stay.

09-25-16 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of



We have current season of Hell’s Kitchen on FOX contestant Chef Aziza Young, then we have Chef James Laird the owner of Restaurant Serenade and recent contestant on Bobby Flay’s show on the Food Network Beat Bobby Flay, also we have in studio Jesse Morgans the Mid-Atlantic region President of Prepared Food for Whole Foods Market and he will talk about the recent opening of Whole Foods Market – Wynnewood and Whole Foods Market Philly that is getting a new store, joining him in studio will be Chef Arjun Thakar and Vaishal Soni the owner of Masala Kitchen : Kati Rolls & Platters who were just featured on FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia with Karen Hepp, Scott Williams, Bill Anderson,and they will bring in food and their sauces that they are selling, and last but certainly not least to finish out our United Nations lineup of guests this week is comedian Jimmie Lee AKA “The Jersey Outlaw”. WOW, Oh, not enough? Then don’t forget we will have our segments as usual from Chef Barbie Marshall who was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light and a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen finalist as well, food news update from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco, and joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame. WHAT A SHOW! SO be sure to TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes.

Small Bites – Episode 26