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Reggina Gelato & Espresso Bar – Mullica Hill, NJ

Reggina Gelato & Espresso Bar – Mullica Hill, NJ

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What a find and gem this little off the beaten path gelato and espresso bar is. If you blink, you will miss it and hard to see off the road. For an easier way to find them, they are located right next door to William Heritage Winery. Reggina had REALLY good Madagascar Vanilla Bean gelato. They also have all sorts of tasty Italian treats for sale there too so I decided to have a few ricotta cookies. The service was TOP NOTCH and super friendly. My only regret is I wish they were closer to where I live as I would visit them daily for a wonderful dessert or treat.

Bud and Marilyn’s – Philadelphia, PA

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When Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine said on Small Bites Radio that Chef Marcie Turney‏ is one of Philadelphia’s best chefs, I finally took notice. The name was familiar, and I was aware of the restaurant group that Chef Marcie and her partner Valerie Safran ran, and who knows why, but I had never been to one of them. Well I should be ashamed of myself. I like to call myself a foodie, and was missing a big portion of why Philadelphia is receiving so many accolades nationally due to our wonderful restaurant scene with Chef Marcie being one of the driving forces and reasons why.

I decided that my birthday would be a good excuse to make my first visit to one of Chef Marcie’s restaurants. If she is indeed that talented, then why not go during a time that should be celebrated and special. Well I can honestly say, she and her team did not disappoint in the least. The choice was made to dine at Bud and Marilyn’s. It was the chosen destination since I would have my 6 year old son join us, and the menu looked approachable for all palates. As soon as we stepped inside and saw multiple families dining there, I knew things were off to a good start.

From start to finish it was an impeccable experience at Bud and Marilyn’s. The décor is simple and tasteful. The service was flawless. The drinks were strong and mixed to perfection. The food was amazing, and dessert delectable. I can’t say enough of how much fun and how wonderful the meal was. Now don’t get me wrong, Bud and Marilyn’s will not be for everyone. We had American comfort food at its finest, and this type of cuisine is not for everyone. Chef Marcie does this style well, and I am now intrigued to try her other restaurants to sample her versions of Italian, Mexican, and Mediterranean. Give them try, and maybe you will become a fan of Chef Marcie like me and Chef Robert Irvine.

Below is what I had:
Warm Pretzel Rolls, Thai Style Mussels, Fried Cheese Curds, Soft Shell Crabs, Fried Chicken, and Funfetti Cake. They were ALL delicious as could be!

06-02-19 Small Bites Radio

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06-02-19

Small Bites – Episode 112

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Small Bites – Episode 112

D and L Coffee Service Inc. presents the #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia”, Small Bites with Donato Marino and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio this Sunday, June 2nd at 635pm EST with a stellar lineup and Courier-Post’s John Howard-Fusco will be in studio as special guest co-host.

We are happy to welcome award-winning creators of the popular travel inspired cooking blog Husbands that Cook, Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrinwho have written their very first vegetarian cookbook: HUSBANDS THAT COOK (St. Martin’s Press Griffin). Written with the same endearing, can-do spirit of their blog, the husbands present more than 120 brand-new recipes―plus some greatest hits from the site―that yield delicious results every time. Each entry in Husbands That Cook is a reminder of how simple and satisfying vegetarian meal-making can be, from hearty main dishes and sides to healthy snacks and decadent desserts and drinks. Ryan and Adam also outline common pantry items and everyday tools you’ll need to fully stock your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for one or feeding the whole family, this book is chock-full of great creative recipes for every day of the week, all year long. Adam is one of the founding members of the indie-rock band The 88 and Ryan sings classical music and acts in TV shows and commercials.

In studio we are ecstatic to be joined by Jessica Jenkins the Director of Marketing & Communications for FCM Hospitality. FCM Hospitality is a Philadelphia-based hospitality and entertainment company, managing bars, restaurants and seasonal pop-ups throughout the region. The company is owned by Avram Hornik, a leader with more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, who has created some of the area’s most popular permanent and temporary venues in the city. Jessica will talk about their newest venture Craft Hall which is an experiential dining, drinking and entertainment concept. It is home to Mainstay Independent Brewery, Lost Bread Co. Bakery, a fully furnished kitchen, two bars and several seating areas. Guests will get to see how the beer is brewed, bread is baked, and food is cooked along with other interactive elements like a playground for kids and adults alike, lawn games, a live music stage and more. They invite guests to watch how the flour is milled, meat is smoked, and beer is brewed, providing a unique experience and better understanding of the foods’ origins and craftsmanship that went into creating them. She will also chat about one of Philly’s favorite waterfront destinations Morgan’s Pier which is Philadelphia’s backyard beer garden. Morgan’s Pier is named after George C. Morgan, a construction worker on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge 85 years ago, who is credited as being the first person to cross the bridge. He defied his boss’ orders and shimmied across the wires before the deck was completed. Each season, Morgan’s Pier invites a different celebrated chef to take over the kitchen with their own version of a chef-hosted backyard barbecue, allowing a larger population of Philadelphia and its visitors to enjoy the casual cuisine while soaking up the outdoors and its scenery just steps from the Ben Franklin Bridge. In 2015, Morgan’s Pier was named “Most Popular Bar in Pennsylvania” by BuzzFeed. We can’t wait!

Hailing from NYC, and with celebrity fans such as Denis Leary, we are pleased to have on New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Lt. John Sierp out of Ladder 8 in Tribeca with his newest restaurant endeavor Home Base Bistro in Murray Hill. The New York native boasts multiple cooking championships and has been featured on a variety of prominent television shows including Food Network’s CHOPPED, The Rachael Ray Show, The Martha Stewart Show and has even served as a judge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. John’s acclaimed cooking embody’s the spirit of New York: diverse, progressive, and timeless. His latest cullinary endeavour, Home Base, is a collaboration with the rising entertainment connoisseurs at One Creative Marketing Group. Dubbed as an “American Bistro” the cuisine will represent a mix of John’s famous dishes and new boundary pushing menu items devised specifically for this restaurant.

Circling back to Philly and representing Philadelphia in season 12 of Ink Master: Battle Of The Sexes which premieres Tuesday, June 11th at 10 pm EST on Paramount Network Viacom we can’t wait to talk to Fon from Money & Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing Studio. This season, titled Ink Master: Battle Of The Sexes, features teams of male and female artists competing against each other in the ultimate battle for a chance to win $100,000, an editorial feature in Inked and the coveted “Ink Master” title. In addition, past contestants and fan favorites will return throughout the season to coach the teams in various challenges during the competition. Throughout the competition, the artists will be tested on their technical skills along with their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on “human canvases.” Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing and, as always, while the artists’ masterpieces will last a lifetime, so will their mistakes. Contestants face a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro (musician, filmmaker and artist) and renowned tattoo artists Chris Núñez (Handcrafted Tattoo And Art Gallery) and Oliver Pecker (Elm Street Tattoo).

Then we are thrilled have on Mark Matthews who is the person behind the keyboard on one of South Jersey’s most popular blogs 42 Freeway that was recently spotlighted by Kevin Riordan in the philly.com The Philadelphia Inquirer. If there is something going on in South Jersey around Camden County Government and Gloucester County NJ, there is a good chance Mark has a pulse of what is happening with the who, what, why, and where. Whether it is a new restaurant, store, road change, or closures Mark has been the first to break these types of stories many times and is quickly become an authority and the go to voice for many in these communities.

Last, but certainly not least joining us in studio will be Ettore Ceraso the General Manager of the soon to open Rosalie Restaurant at the Wayne Hotel. Most recently, Ettore was with Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse as Vice President overseeing 10 restaurants for the last 18 years, and prior to that Ettore was with The Philadelphia’s Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for 15 years. At Rosalie, they will feature Italian soul food described by Rosalie Executive Chef Merick Devine as, “Italian cuisine, deeply rooted in tradition, heritage and technique, adapted to the local landscape with a gentle-contemporary approach with a perpetually changing menu sculpted by seasonality and the best of local and traditional Italian ingredients.” Rosalie is named for Fearless Restaurants Owner Marty Grims mother whose family emigrated from Italy. Rosalie will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner daily and will offer outdoor dining, as well as private event space. For information about hosting an event at Rosalie, contact Fearless Restaurant’s Private Events Concierge Christian Leo at 484.451.7414.

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 for Blog Eating in SJ, 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 Publishing The History Press is available, 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, as well 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 “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press is available for purchase on Amazon.com.D & L Coffee Services Inc. and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, Indie Philly Radio, Player FM, iTunes, and TryThisDish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world.

Small Bites – Episode 112

D & L Coffee Services has an expert staff of highly qualified, certified, and experienced office, technical, and sales personnel. D & L Coffee Services are able to provide your business, home, or special event the absolute best from the beans they sell, vendors they work with, Italian delicacies available for delivery, catering on-site for any sized affair, hands-on barista training, equipment available for purchase, and maintenance/repair services for your espresso and coffee machines. You can stop by their warehouse at 7000 HOLSTEIN AVE, SUITE 3, Philadelphia, PA 19153 during business hours or call the office at 215-365-5521 for an appointment, consultation, or any questions.

Small Bites – Episode 112

Tony Luke’s Old Philly Style Sandwiches – 39 E Oregon Ave Philadelphia, PA

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Tony Luke’s Old Philly Style Sandwiches  – 39 E Oregon Ave  Philadelphia, PA

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Yep that’s right, a cheesesteak wit wiz and fried onions. Yummy 🙂

Celebre’s Pizzeria – Philadelphia, PA

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Celebre’s Pizzeria – Philadelphia, PA

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Situated near the stadiums, this is a perfect spot to grab a nice bit to eat dining in or take out for tailgating parties. Pictured is the Spimato Pizza, a white pizza with spinach and plum tomatoes and seasoning. It was really good!

Myrtle Beach Eats 2019

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Myrtle Beach Eats 2019

Vietnam House Restaurant – Myrtle Beach, SC

Informal Pan-Asian eatery doling out familiar Chinese & Vietnamese eats in unadorned surrounds. Everything was tasty and service was friendly. I had the fresh spring rolls and shrimp fried rice noodles.

Maggi D’s – Myrtle Beach, SC

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This is a homey eatery serving straightforward Italian dishes. The bread makes a good sandwich, and their bread is good. I had the Frank “The Bodyguard” which is fried chicken cutlet, fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, and balsamic reduction.

Johnny Rockets – Myrtle Beach, SC

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Sitting in the heart of the tourist entertainment complex Broadway at the Beach is Johnny Rockets. Service was fast and prices reasonable. I enjoyed an original double burger with a side of fries.

05-19-19 Small Bites Radio

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05-19-19

Small Bites – Episode 111

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05-19-19

Small Bites – Episode 111

D and L Coffee Service Inc. presents the #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia”, Small Bites with Donato Marino and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio this Sunday, May 19th at 635pm EST with a stellar lineup.

We are thrilled to welcome Teri Turner the founder of the popular blog nocrumbsleft. She is also a regular contributor to HuffPost and editor and columnist for The Feedfeed. Being a part of the Whole30 community, Teri loves helping people cook nourishing meals and have fun doing it so she has released an wonderful cookbook “No Crumbs Left: Whole30 Endorsed, Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous” from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As millions of people know, one of the toughest things about completing the Whole30 is figuring out what to eat next, the other 335 days of the year. Food is Teri’s love language, and her approach to getting people into the kitchen, rolling up their sleeves, and cooking is contagious. Teri’s recipes, most of which are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and Whole30 compliant, are what makes No Crumbs Left so unique. Simple and incredibly delicious dishes such as Pistachio Pesto Chicken Breast, Shrimp Pad Thai, and Spicy Pepperoncini Beef are on the dinner table quickly. Sounds great!

Then joining us will be Chef Christine Hazel a recent Food NetworkChopped winner on episode that was judged by Martha StewartAlex Guarnaschelli, and Geoffrey Zakarian. A graduate of The Art institute of Philadelphia with honors, Chef Christine is a private chef and consultant in the Pop-Up Dining Experience. She does short term residencies in restaurants nationwide where patrons enjoy multi-course interactive dining experiences. As the Chef/Owner of Hazel Private Chef and Catering, Chef Christine is also known for her upscale private dining experiences and for being one of the lead chefs at The Masters Tournament each year. Chef Christine has worked for renowned Iron Chef Jose Garces and served as Culinary Advisor to the Chickie’s & Pete’s restaurant group, as well as spent time at the The Farm and Fisherman Tavern – Cherry Hill, NJ. In addition, Chef Christine was at Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a brand ambassador for Flint & Flame USA, has been featured on Silvio Lelli’s RVN TV an AppleTV program “Cooked and Uncorked”, and she is the Cause Champion for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, helping to feed over 120,000 families in the Philadelphia area through the United 2 Feed Campaign. We can’t wait!

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner, so that means for many of us the Jersey Shore is on our minds again. Well we have Andrew Thulin the General Manager of Daddy O Hotel Restaurant and Hotel. Daddy O opened in April for the season and is a boutique hotel and restaurant with an incredible rooftop bar. Andrew wants everyone to know about the many new menu items and activities planned for the summer of 2019 in Long Beach Island.

Last, but certainly not least we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome back in studio one of our favorite pit-masters Tom Bera of the wildly popular and award-winning competition barbeque team Philly Blind Pig BBQ. We can only hope he will spoil us with some of his amazing smoked delights.

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 for Blog Eating in SJ, 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 Publishing The History Press is available, 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, as well 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 “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press is available for purchase on Amazon.com.D & L Coffee Services Inc. and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, Indie Philly Radio, Player FM, iTunes, and TryThisDish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world.

Small Bites – Episode 111

D & L Coffee Services has an expert staff of highly qualified, certified, and experienced office, technical, and sales personnel. D & L Coffee Services are able to provide your business, home, or special event the absolute best from the beans they sell, vendors they work with, Italian delicacies available for delivery, catering on-site for any sized affair, hands-on barista training, equipment available for purchase, and maintenance/repair services for your espresso and coffee machines. You can stop by their warehouse at 7000 HOLSTEIN AVE, SUITE 3, Philadelphia, PA 19153 during business hours or call the office at 215-365-5521 for an appointment, consultation, or any questions.