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Kensington Quarters – Philadelphia, PA

Kensington Quarters – Philadelphia, PA

The Fishtown area is one of the hippest in Philly and for good reason. Kensington Quarters is one of the places that has seen the growth of the area. They are a hip destination with cool décor and vibe. The service was top notch and meal was pretty good also. I had the KQ burger on a brioche bun that has cheddar, garlic aioli, jus, and caramelized onions with a fried potato.

As usual don’t forget to listen to the #1 listed “Food Radio Show Philadelphia” and the #1 listed “Food Radio Show South Jersey” Small Bites Radio on Sundays at 635pm on Wildfire Radio at:

https://small-bites.simplecast.com/

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12-01-19 Small Bites Radio

12-01-19

Small Bites

D and L Coffee Service Inc. presents the #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia” and #1 listed “Food Radio show South Jersey”, Small Bites with Donato Marino and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio Podcast Studios this Sunday, December 1st at 635pm EST with a stellar lineup. Heck some would say it’s going to be MUMderful.

This is our last show of 2019 so it’s bound to be a good time. How do Philadelphians close out one year and properly ring in the New Year? With the Philadelphia Mummers Parade presented by Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Philadelphia String Band Assn., and perennial crowd favorite 2020 Fancy Brigade Finale at Pennsylvania Convention Center – Philadelphia, PA (Philly) of course! Who better to get the party started then Angelo Lutz who will be joining us in studio. Angelo has appeared on Food Network as well as QVC and is the Executive Chef and Owner of Kitchen Consigliere Cafe an OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award Winner, TripAdvisor Excellence Award Winner, and PHL17 HOTLIST Award Winner in Collingswood, New Jersey and he also oversees Consigliere To Go Catering @ Fralinger String Band Hall. On top of it all, he has an offer you can’t refuse 😉 You dine with him, and you’ll fall in love with his signature Sausage Meatballs.

Also joining us will be Dennis Pellegrino the Captain of Murray Comic Club which has been voted 1st Place for over a decade. The Mummers is a family tradition and Dennis has been lucky enough to have all three of his children join and march with him in the Mummers Parade since they were infants. The Comic Division may seem like it is all fun and games, but it’s serious business as Captain Dennis oversees a 2,000 member comic club that builds and prepares every year their routines and costumes from scratch. He has the most wins of any comic club captain in the 119 year history of the Mummers Parade with 16 first place prizes and was also inducted into the Philadelphia Mummers and Shooters Hall of Fame in 2016 at the MUMMERS MUSEUM.

Last, but certainly not least Cahill’s Comic Brigade Group Captain, our very own Donato Marino will be talking about all things MUM as his group has placed 1st the last 3 years. Going to be a great show!

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, iHeartRadio, 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.

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.

Nicaragua 2019

Nicaragua 2019

Let me begin by saying you would have thought I was traveling to Iraq or Afghanistan with the amount of people who told me I should reconsider my travel plans to Nicaragua.  Even the US Department of State has an advisory still posted to exercise extreme caution if traveling to Nicaragua. I don’t know how things were in the past, but I can tell you currently it was nothing but a wonderful and pleasant experience with some of the nicest and friendliest people around. Every place we visited the hospitality went above and beyond.

It was easy to tell that gringos such as myself have not descended upon the country in large groups yet because in some areas it was entertaining to watch groups of school children pretend not to stare at you or even trip over and walk into things while acting like they weren’t looking your way and then wave, shyly say “Hola”, and smile at you. I haven’t experienced this since my travels in certain parts of China.

My visit was solely up and down the Western portion of the country. The scenery and landscape is absolutely stunning, lush green, beautiful, luxury eco-resorts to stay at, and places to experience nature mostly unspoiled from mass tourism or development. How could you possibly go wrong in a country where you can see an active volcano with an actual lava lake flow happening right now at Masaya Volcano National Park? It truly was a wonderful adventure everywhere we went. Two pieces of advice though. Brush up on your Spanish as it helps tremendously during your travels there and don’t always trust the GPS if it wants you to go on dirt roads even though for the majority of the time the roads are in really good condition and well-marked, some of dirt roads are enter at your own risk.

I am also happy to report that I didn’t have a single bad meal during my stay either. It’s not often I can say that, especially since I didn’t have high expectations arriving. Photos do not do this trip justice and you really need to go there yourself to appreciate Nicaragua so I haven’t included any except for the food. For once, I was extremely off my game as I did not photograph every meal. It was mostly living in the moment. Below are some of the places and meals I had. As I said, they were all great, so I recommend them all.

A Falta de Amor otra Cerveza Por Favor Bar y Restaurant – Granada, Nicaragua

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How can you go wrong with a place named “In the Absence of Love another Beer Please”. Had a wonder pan fried fish fillet with fried plantains and white rice.

The Garden Café – Granada, Nicaragua

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Just a truly pleasant meal here in a beautiful tranquil setting. I had the Gringo which is 3 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, 2 pieces of homemade toast, and sautéed potatoes.

Restaurante El Zaguan – Granada, Nicaragua

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Love how this restaurant just opens up into a wonderful space as soon as you enter the doorway. Had the Nicaraguita which is grilled filet with sweet fried plantains, fried cheese, and rice and beans.

La Palapa Restaurant at Aqua Wellness Resort – Tola, Nicaragua

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With a breathtaking view which is enough of a reason to visit this location alone, I went with the surf and turf option with grilled vegetables and rice. Every bite was stunningly delightful and extremely delicious.

Juntos Beach Bar and Grill – Playa Gigante, Nicaragua

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A beachfront location with a hammock, darts, tree swing, and a children’s playground next to it was a joy to find and the food was just as nice. Had the Fish and Chips that was great.

Factory Steak & Lobster – Managua, Nicaragua

High end elegance in a hustling and bustling city. I had pure empanada bliss in a crispy shell with their Filet Mignon Empanada appetizer, the lobster bisque soup topped with puff pastry, and whole Lobster Thermidor with grilled vegetables.

Helados Pops – Metrocentro Mall – Managua, Nicaragua

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Good old fashioned Vanilla milkshake in a really cool, hip, and happening mall.

As usual don’t forget to listen to the #1 listed “Food Radio Show Philadelphia” and the #1 listed “Food Radio Show South Jersey” Small Bites Radio on Sundays at 635pm on Wildfire Radio at:

https://small-bites.simplecast.com/

Centanni Trattoria – Collingswood, NJ

Centanni Trattoria – Collingswood, NJ

Sitting a little distance from the main drag of restaurants and shops in Collingswood, New Jersey sits Centanni Trattoria. The ambiance is mellow, service was personable and quick, and food was pretty good. I enjoyed a meal that was reasonably priced, paced well between courses, and filling. They are another welcome addition to the dining scene and even though I didn’t order one, I really like the variety and option of ordering many different kinds of personal sized pizzas to enjoy dining in. I had Cauliflower and crabmeat soup, Pappardelle Verde with sautéed shrimp, crabmeat, and fresh tomatoes in a white wine pesto sauce, and Vanilla gelato with Chocolate.

As usual don’t forget to listen to the #1 listed “Food Radio Show Philadelphia” and the #1 listed “Food Radio Show South Jersey” Small Bites Radio on Sundays at 635pm on Wildfire Radio at:

https://small-bites.simplecast.com/

Thomas Murphy’s Pub – Gloucester City, NJ

Thomas Murphy’s Pub – Gloucester City, NJ

There are sports teams, organizations, and charities all around the country that depend on the generosity of local businesses in order to operate and survive. I find this connection interesting at the sports team level as it builds brand loyalty at a young age for many youth sports players. One such area establishment is Thomas Murphy’s Pub that sponsored a team for the Gloucester City Youth Soccer League and their team just so happened to win the 2019 Gloucester City Youth Soccer League Season Championship. Does a champion on the field equate to a winner in the dining room of the sponsor?

What I can tell you about my visit to Thomas Murphy’s Pub is that I was pleasantly surprised. From the décor, ambiance, service, and food everything hit it all the right notes and they scored a happy customer from me. I had low expectations entering, but I left with a feeling of them being a true gastropub with a well-executed meal and an extensive beer and liquor selection. They are one of the perfect examples of don’t judge a book by its cover. It may look like a nondescript local drinking establishment on the outside, but once inside they have a sleek modern look with generous amounts of seating. To complement a spacious first floor, the second floor has all the entertainment options you need to have a fun time with a pool table, foosball, golf arcade, and a pinball machine. This not only creates the atmosphere of fun for the adults, but they are certainly a family friendly establishment as well. My meal consisted of Guinness Irish Onion Soup and the Dubliner Burger topped with rashers, over easy egg, cheddar cheese, Guinness onions, and Jameson BBQ with a side of shoestring fries. The price point is extremely reasonable for the quality of product being served and everything was delicious and spot on. I hope they stay on the path they have carved out for themselves and they will continue to be a jewel in the neighborhood pub category.

As usual don’t forget to listen to the #1 listed “Food Radio Show Philadelphia” and the #1 listed “Food Radio Show South Jersey” Small Bites Radio on Sundays at 635pm on Wildfire Radio at:

https://small-bites.simplecast.com/

The Taproom & Grill – Haddon Township, NJ

The Taproom & Grill – Haddon Township, NJ

The Taproom & Grill is a big facility with a large bar, banquet area, as well as dining rooms and outdoor seating available. The menu is varied and pictured above is what I had. Crab bisque soup, fried zucchini, smokehouse wings, and burnt ends with old bay fries. Their beer selection is extremely diverse and they have many happy hour specials throughout the week. Dined here on a Friday night. Wanted to try the ribs, but they stated they sold out of them the day prior and maybe have them the next day. I may have ordered wrong as nothing really hit that sweet spot for me. Let me know your thoughts on their food if you go.

As usual don’t forget to listen to the #1 listed “Food Radio Show Philadelphia” and the #1 listed “Food Radio Show South Jersey” Small Bites Radio on Sundays at 635pm on Wildfire Radio at:

https://small-bites.simplecast.com/

Villari’s Lakeside Restaurant – Sicklerville, NJ

Villari’s Lakeside Restaurant – Sicklerville, NJ

 

With a lake view at many seats in and around Villari’s Lakeside Restaurant, you have a good probability for a scenic meal.  It is a large location with friendly service and a decent meal overall. I had a bowl of seafood bisque that was filled with many different types of seafood and was a very generous portion for the price, clams casino, and chicken saltimbocca. They are definitely well suited for large parties and events.

As usual don’t forget to listen to the #1 listed “Food Radio Show Philadelphia” and the #1 listed “Food Radio Show South Jersey” Small Bites Radio on Sundays at 635pm on Wildfire Radio at:

https://small-bites.simplecast.com/