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Vietnam Palace – Philadelphia, PA

Vietnam Palace – Philadelphia, PA

Such a great place in Philadelphia’s Chinatown district. I had the shrimp & pork rolls with bean sprout, lettuce, mint leaves, rice vermicelli wrapped in fresh rice paper and their salt-battered soft shell crabs lightly battered with salt, pepper & garlic seasonings. Both were delicious.


Joe’s Peking Duck House – Marlton, NJ

Joe’s Peking Duck House – Marlton, NJ

This place is an absolute gem in South Jersey. One of the best Chinese restaurants outside of Chinatown Philadelphia. BEWARE though as they are CASH only. I didn’t know this until the check was served, but they do have an ATM right in the restaurant. Everything I had here was fabulous and delicious. I highly recommend them and their prices are extremely reasonable for the quality that you receive compared to the prices of comparable dishes in Chinatown restaurants. Pictured below is the wonton noodle soup, pan fried dumplings, duck roll, honey roasted pork, Peking duck, pork fried rice, and clams in black bean sauce.

Happy Holidays in Alexandria, VA and National Harbor, MD

Alexandria, VA and National Harbor, MD

The holiday season is in full effect and if you are looking for a nice mixture of history, shopping, adult fun, family fun, and delicious eats, then the area of Alexandria, VA and National Harbor MD is a great destination. You can start things off in Alexandria, VA with many different historical places and things to see and explore. A good mid-priced place to stay a little off the main tourist area is Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria. It is only about a 10-15 minute walk to all the hot spots on King Street and the Marina area, but if you don’t feel like walking, they do offer a complimentary shuttle back and forth.

To get even more into the holiday spirit you just cross the bridge into National Harbor, MD and stay at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. They offer an array of holiday packages to suit every need from budget to luxurious or even family friendly. The resort has everything and anything you could want or desire while there with multiple restaurants, stores, spa, pool, arcades, activities, and shows. The main attractions are ICE At Gaylord National Resort where they bring in the famous Harbin, China ice sculptors to build a cartoon land to walk through, the world famous Cirque du Soleil team puts on a holiday team show Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, and the Christmas Wish extravaganza in their amazing atrium where they make it snow every night during the holiday season with a laser light show. Gaylord National is a city within itself. Outside around the National Harbor there is the Capital Wheel for an amazing view of the surrounding area, many great shops and restaurants, and a water taxi to get around the waterfront.

While visiting a few places that I highly recommend to eat at are below as I really enjoyed these spots and you just might as well.  The highlight was an amazing meal at Thanida Thai.

Thanida Thai – Alexandria, VA

Kanom Jeeb, Tod Mun, Tom Yum soup with shrimp, Pad See-ew with pork, Fried Ice Cream that they light on fire

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque – Alexandria, VA

3 Meat Plate with Huney Muney Cluck Rubbed Pulled Chicken, Black Angus Beef Brisket, and Baby Back Ribs with sides of Brunswich Stew and Jacks Peach BBQ Baked Beans and Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie A La Mode

Extra Perks – Alexandria, VA

American Breakfast with apple wood smoked bacon, multi grain bread, and fruit

Grace’s Mandarin – National Harbor, MD

Hong Kong X.O. Shrimp

Mason’s Lobster Rolls

Lobster Bisque topped with lobster, Connecticut Roll with full lobster

I would like to thank the following individuals for making this trip special:

Trey Newstedt – Specialist, Global Crowne Plaza Hotels

Julie Sharp – Corporate Liaison, Marriott International Inc.

Tim Moyer – Guest Experience Manager, Gaylord National Resort

12-02-18 Small Bites Radio


The #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia”, Small Bites on Wildfire Radio returns for their last show of 2018 and we are in the holiday spirit.

The show will begin with a holiday song from country music icon Martina McBride who has sold over 14 million albums and has released a new holiday album called “It’s The Holiday Season” from Broken Bow Records. She will then join us on air to talk about her new cookbook “Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life” from Oxmoor House Books Time Inc. Books. In this gorgeously photographed cookbook, readers will find more than 100 simple and satisfying recipes filled with fresh, seasonal ingredients and down-home flavor. Martina encourages cooking “outside the lines” and shows you how to make cooking fun with creative “ad-lib” tips for recipe riffs you might consider.

Then keeping us jolly in Philadelphia we are thrilled to welcome Tobias Fischer of German American Marketing, Inc. and he is the PR & Social Media Manager for Christmas Village in Philadelphia and Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. To join him is Charisse McGill, Owner/Producer of Lokal Artisan Foods Group, LLC who is debuting at Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market with her French Toast Bites stand. Through Christmas Eve, Christmas Village will transform LOVE Park for the month into an authentic open-air German Christmas market, with holiday sights and sounds featuring thousands of twinkling lights, festive Christmas decorations, live music, children’s activities, and photos with Santa presented by ACME Markets. Shoppers will find high-quality international and local gifts along with beautiful decorations and are invited to warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate while enjoying the great variety of European food and drinks. Admission is free as always, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go. Spread the cheer by following @philachristmas on Instagram and Twitter, liking Christmas Village in Philadelphia on Facebook and visiting Across the street at Dilworth Park until Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Christmas Village in Philadelphia presented by Bank of America will be accompanied by the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market sponsored by B101 Philly MORE FM. More than 50 local artisans, designers, crafters and confectionaries will offer unique selections for gifts and special holiday foods in white, festively lit tents topped with original Herrnhuter Sterne Stars. In contrast to the authentic German Christmas Village with international vendors, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market offers a wide variety of arts and crafts from local vendors from the greater Philadelphia area. With such a wide selection, visitors will be sure to find the perfect gift for their loved ones and themselves, like fashionable jewelry and clothes, unique decoration items and so much more. At the same time, a wide choice of locally-made sweets and foods will be available for visitors’ enjoyment, as well as the beautiful Wintergarden presented by TD Bank with an extended seating area, the ice skating at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Ice Rink and the Rothman Cabin, all conveniently located in Dilworth Park. Admission is free, so come by and enjoy the vibrant holiday atmosphere and shop local to find unique gifts for your family and friends!

To finish our holiday show off with the perfect stocking stuffers, we welcome back Irene At Spotlight Levy Baker, who is also author of 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die and owner of Spotlight Public Relations who now brings us her new book Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia published by Reedy Press. If you’re hungry for a good meal and a delicious story, Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia is here to serve you. The newly-published book includes the sweet and spicy stories behind 90 of the Philadelphia area’s most fascinating restaurants. Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia is available online at for $20.95 plus tax and shipping, as well as on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble and in independent bookstores. Updates can be found at Facebook & Instagram: @100ThingsToDoInPhiladelphia and Twitter: @100Philly.

Last, but certainly not least we are excited to welcome in studio Amaris Pollock a Philly area restaurant and dining influencer and regular contributor for Philly’s #1 food blog Philly Grub.

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo is out and about with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world so be sure to catch him on QVC selling the high quality Copper Chef products.

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 book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia PublishingThe History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist, appeared on Season 17 of FOX Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars, named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light will delight us with her tip of the week, and a joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling with his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Langeavailable to order on Our blog hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated LIVE Sundays on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, distributed by satellite through the Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, and TryThisDish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world! Also repeats of our shows are available to be listened to daily on the above platforms 5:30pm-6:30pm and on Mondays at 10am on Wildfire Radio, and as usual the newest episodes are available the following day on iTunes and PlayerFM.

Also Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of wishes everyone a very happy holiday season and a great new year 2019!

Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef – 2149 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA

Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef – 2149 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA


Oh boy, its the roast beef combo overboard with long hots and gravy fries. This is a messy delight that your taste buds will thank you for.

Smack Shack – Minneapolis, MN

Smack Shack – Minneapolis, MN


What kind of food do you think of first when you think of Minneapolis? Probably not lobster, but Smack Shack will try to have you change that. Pictured is Connecticut Lobster Roll and it was so yummy. I would eat here again for sure.