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Macona BBQ – Collingswood, NJ

Macona BBQ – Collingswood, NJ


The BBQ game is just getting better and better around the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. This is a tiny little spot, but a nice diverse menu with a good choice of specials daily. I had the 3 meat platter with ribs, pork, brisket, beans, mashed potatoes, and corn bread. The brisket and pork were a highlight. The brisket was some of the best around and the pork had a Latin sort of flair to it with its seasoning which was a nice touch. The corn bread was a surprise as well as usually I am not a fan, but their version is delicious and closest to a muffin that is moist, silky smooth, and yummy with real pieces of corn throughout. They are a welcome addition to the wonderful Collingswood dining scene.

Olor de Mar at Palo Verde Hotel – El Zonte, El Salvador


Olor de Mar at Palo Verde Hotel – El Zonte, El Salvador

Situated on the Pacific Coast with a black sand volcanic beach front dining view is Olor de Mar at Palo Verde Hotel from Chef Carlos Burgos. If ever in the area, this is a must stop and stay destination and somewhere you can watch surfers catch some waves or take a surf lesson and do it yourself. Pictured is Ensalda Extrema with snapper carpaccio, Snapper Pargo Verde, and traditional pizza. As with many places around the world, the majority of El Salvador gets a bad rap, but this area is a tropical paradise with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. You could even brush up on your Spanish or try to learn it from scratch while attending lessons right at the hotel with Spanish School El Zonte instructors. Travel the world and find out for yourself. It is what is inside each other that matters, not what politics tell you.


The Bourse Food Hall – Freebyrd Chicken & #getfried fry café – Philadelphia, PA

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The Bourse Food Hall – Freebyrd Chicken & #getfried fry café – Philadelphia, PA

My oh my, what a beautiful renovation at The Bourse Food Hall. So many choices and only so much I can eat at one time. Well you’re getting a 2 for 1 deal on this week’s post. You get two different food vendors in one post. For the price you pay to read this blog, that’s a steal. Let me start with the one I really enjoyed. That would be Freebyrd’s Nash-Vegas Honey Hot Chicken Sandwich with slow roasted pulled chicken, honey hot sauce, and beer mustard braised onions on a soft roll. It was delicious and devoured in seconds. I will definitely give them a repeat visit and try some of their other offerings. The other selection was from #getfried fry café with their Oh Canada Poutine with bacon topping. I’ll say I’ve had worse and I’ve had better. They have quite a selection of different things to try fried so I recommend you try them and let me know.

El Manantial – Woodbury, NJ

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El Manantial – Woodbury, NJ


At first I wasn’t sure if I was in the right location when I walked through the doors of El Manantial as you enter into a nice Mexican Tienda and have to walk through to find your way to El Manantial. Once inside El Manantial it is quite a sight to be seen. This is sensory party for the eyes and you can see they are setup for some fun at night. They have specials every day for discounts and things going on which is nice. The food was pretty darn good as well and a large menu to choose from. I had 3 Mexican tacos of bistec, carnitas, and barbacoa which were a decent value, tasty, and filling.

Island Dreams Cuisine – Camden, NJ

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Island Dreams Cuisine – Camden, NJ


What a delight, or should I say a dream dining here. South Jersey has had a mix of Jamaican restaurants come and go. Some have been great. Some have been terrible. For one reason or another it has never really taken off like I assumed it would years ago. I don’t know why it took me so long to try Island Dreams Cuisine, but my guess would be that due to Donkey’s Place sitting right across the street I always just went there. Well I can say now I will be torn. Island Dreams Cuisine is one of the best Jamaican in South Jersey right now. It’s a tiny little place without much ambiance, but it’s the food that really matters and the food was delicious. I had a large jerk chicken with rice and peas and cabbage and carrots. With Donkey’s Place recently spotlighted on the New Jersey Bourdain Food Trail and a new throng of visitors dining there, I’ll know when the crowds are too large at Donkey’s, I can just walk across the street to still get a great meal.

Pho Garden – Cherry Hill, NJ

Pho Garden – Cherry Hill, NJ


Have to say this is one of those great Jersey strip mall foodie finds. I really enjoyed my meal here. Had their Pho Mi Bo Kho which is beef stew with rice noodle. It was so fresh and flavorful and service attentive and friendly. I will certainly go back when in the area again to try some more of their menu.

06-23-19 Small Bites Radio


Small Bites – Episode 113


Small Bites – Episode 113

D and L Coffee Service Inc. presents the #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia”, Small Bites with Donato Marino and Derek Timm of on Wildfire Radio Podcast Recording Studio this Sunday, June 23rd at 635pm EST with a stellar lineup.

With the summer season in high-gear, and everyone dusting off their grills we are thrilled to welcome Jamie Purviance to talk about his new book “Weber’s Ultimate Grilling: A Step-by-Step Guide to Barbecue Genius” from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. From the experts at Weber Grills, the must-have guide for total grill mastery, with 100 all-new recipes and more than 800 inspiring and instructive photos. This is your new go-to companion from the most trusted name in grilling. Much more than just a recipe collection, Weber’s Ultimate Grilling is an entirely new take on grilling today, with every recipe step visually depicted in full-color photography. Jamie Purviancegraduated from the The Culinary Institute of America with high honors and launched a food career that has included multiple New York Times best-selling cookbooks and a James Beard Foundation Award nomination. He has appeared as a grilling authority on the Today Show and Good Morning America. His latest book, “Weber’s Ultimate Grilling,” is a culmination of his 20 years as Weber’s master griller and teacher.

Philadelphia is the birthplace of America and there is no better way than to celebrate all summer long. We will have in studio Austin McGrath the manager of Plough & the Stars in Old City District. They are in the heart of the historic area where Thursdays from 5-8pm until August 29th will be a part of Old City Eats Block Party 2019. FIFTY participating restaurants and bars around the neighborhood will offer at least one half-priced small plate, and at least one discounted beer, and one $5 cocktail. Now in its fourth year, Old City Eats continues to grow, adding some of the neighborhood’s newest restaurants to its comprehensive list of participants. There are fifteen new participants in the summer-long dining program on Thursday evenings, including nine restaurants at the new The Bourse Philly Food Hall! Old City Eats features food, cocktails and atmospheres that will appeal to every taste including constant trendsetters like High Street on Market, the ever-popular The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar – Philadelphia, neighborhood mainstays like Khyber Pass Pub and Nick’s Bar and Grille, and outdoor dining destinations like Positano Coast by Caffe Aldo Lamberti and Keating’s Rope and Anchor Bar. Offerings are designed to appeal to neighborhood locals, to people looking to enjoy sips with their co-workers, and to tourists exploring America’s most historic square mile.

We will also have on the show Justin Weathers the owner of The BercyAl Pastor, and Stove and Tap which is opening another location very soon. On top of all of that he will discuss Ardmore, Pennsylvania‘s first annual Bastille Day Block Party on Sunday, July 14th from 11am-4pm presented by Ardmore Initiative, The Bercy & Delice et Chocolat along with more community partners! The event is free entry for all ages. The daylong event features live entertainment for the entire family including can can dancers, live music, games & arts and crafts and more along with plenty of food & drink specials! And for the adults, a French Wine Garden sponsored by Veuve Clicquot! The Bercy will be hosting a special Bastille Day Grand Brunch Buffet from 10am-3pm. Reservations available at

Then we have joining us Michele Tartaglione the Managing Director of the State Fair Group which owns both State Fair Meadowlands and the New Meadowlands Market. The New Meadowlands Market which is New Jersey’s premier flea market is located within the Meadowlands Sports Complex (Lot J) MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; the market is open every Saturday and features hundreds of merchandise vendors along with delicious food, free entertainment and games. The State Fair of Meadowlands happening from June 20th – July 7th is 18 days of summer fun with fantastic food, rides, and games. State Fair of Meadowlands will feed everybody’s ravenous appetite for fun, food and thrills without bursting anyone’s budget. New Jersey’s Great Escape has more free entertainment than ever before including the all-new Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Jurassic Kingdom and the Jungle Island High Dive along with fan favorites including the Racing Pigs and Cycle Circus Live. This year’s menu is more well-rounded with exotic foods that include alligator bites, gator kabobs, shark kabobs and gator mac and cheese along with more ethnic choices including Mexican (e.g. Mexican bowls, churros, Greek (e.g. gyros, assorted kabobs, sausages and Italian (e.g. meatball on a stick, rigatoni pasta, pepperoni and cheese super stick dipped in a garlic batter and deep fried on a stick. Sounds like a great time to us!

Small Bites Radio’s resident Vegan Chef Christina Martin of Cooking to Nourish will also be back in studio for some fun and food talk with us and our guests.

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” Martlingof The Howard Stern Show fame and his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press is available for purchase on & L Coffee Services Inc. and 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.

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Small Bites – Episode 113