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06-26-16 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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06-26-16

Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio we have Tom Spagnola a Senior Vice President for CheapOair, Nick DiGuglielmo a Senior Nightlife manager at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and a member of Partynerdz LIVE Podcast, Jenna Kisby of Kizbee’s Kitchen for you to pick up all your Gluten free food needs, Brion Shreffler of Food Junkets and currently at Garage Philly serving delicious tacos, and Glenn Gross of BBQ Pitmasters and owner of Fat Jack’s BBQ is going to be in studio as a special guest co-host. Also in studio is John Howard-Fusco the Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized blogger for John and Lisa Are Eating in South Jersey and from Hell’s Kitchen Finalist Chef Barbie Marshall to talk about her adventures in Atlantic City, New Jersey and our joke of the week from Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame. Be sure to TuneIn or catch previous episodes on iTunes.

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Small Bites – Episode 17

Deschutes Brewery Pop-up Beer Garden

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(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfood.com written by guest contributing writer William Knowles. He highlights his passions of 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”)

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Saturday, June 11th, marked the date of another great event for Philly Beer Week 2016. Deschutes Brewery, based out of Bend, Oregon, has been touring cities across the nation with a street pub / block party, and the HeadHouse Plaza district on South Street hosted the Philadelphia version.

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The entire area was arranged with numerous wood crafted bars, with over 40 taps of Deschutes beer. The Black Butte Porter, Fresh Squeezed IPA, River Ale, and the Big Rig were favorites that we sampled. Also presented for consumption were some of the brewers “Reserve” series, like The Abyss and The Dissident. Pub fare was also offered for culinary samplings…

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A true city block party offers endless options for entertainment, and this was no exception. Local bands Boy Wonder, Nik Greeley and the Operators, Swift Technique and CRUISR all took their turns on the main stage. Games and swag were offered to attendees, who all seemed to enjoy the free flow spirit of the party.

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It is unique for one brewer to undertake such a massive event, not only for one city but to tour the entire country. Deschutes has their gig down to a tee, and the program was smoothly and efficiently run. Entry to the event was free, with patrons able to purchase token chips for the products they wanted to try. There were no long lines, cold beer flowing and hot food fresh from the grill and ovens. It is my belief that more breweries should attempt this type of strategy, which can only spread goodwill amongst the craft beer community, as well as provide great brand awareness and marketing for a good product.

More events to come, all summer long and beyond, “around town”…

Little Negril – Cherry Hill, NJ

Little Negril – Cherry Hill, NJ

One of the major reasons I enjoy living in the Philadelphia/South Jersey so much is the amount of food variety. No matter what I am craving, for the most part it can be solved usually within a thirty minute drive in any direction. Well Little Negril (LN) was the winner of a craving as I found myself in the Cherry Hill area and wanted Jerk Chicken.

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Well I got jerked indeed. When I have a craving, I really want something, so I ordered jerk wings to go along with a jerk chicken platter. The service was slow, but LN was jammed packed at lunchtime with patrons, not a seat to be had after I sat down, and only one waitress. She was extremely pleasant, but certainly overwhelmed with the duty which is not her fault. If this is the regular amount of people coming to LN, they certainly need to hire more staff, but maybe everyone got hit with the jerk chicken bug the same time I did and the overflow was a fluke. The wings were nice and meaty and just the way I like them. The platter was fabulous as well as the cabbage, rice, and plantains were all delicious, but oddly the chicken in the platter was a bit dry. I enjoyed my visit at LN even with my longer than anticipated lunch due to the crowd and slow service, and would defiantly go back whenever I am in the area with a craving for Jamaican again.

Update 6-18-16

Went to Little Negril for dinner, and the meal was spot-on perfect. Everything was cooked just the way it should be, chicken was moist, and the service was also a step up as well as three servers were there that night busily working and efficient.

06-19-16 Small Bites with Bluejeanfood

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06-19-2016

Small Bites with Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio we have John Bucci the owner of John’s Roast Pork, Richard Dolson of Tavern on the Edge and Dolson Family Catering, Richard DuBois Author or joinmonsterpatrol.com, and special co-host Donato Marino of D and L Coffee Service Inc. as well as segments from Chef Barbie Marshall, Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recogized blogger of John and Lisa Are Eating in South Jersey John Howard-Fusco, and joke of the week from Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame. Be sure to TuneIn or listen to us the following day on all your apple devices on iTunes.

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Small Bites – Episode 16

06-05-16 “Small Bites Radio Show”

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In studio the crew from Dump-N-Roll to talk about the food truck business and what is going on at the Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival. Then we have a call in from Bite Me More sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat as well as segments from NBC News – NBC Latino recognized Chef Hugo Campos from PCK Philabundance, Hell’s Kitchen season 10 finalist Chef Barbie Marshall, Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized blogger of John and Lisa Are Eating in South Jersey John Howard-Fusco, and joke of the week from Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame. Be sure to TuneIn!

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Uptown Beer Garden

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(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfoodcritic.com written by guest contributing writer William Knowles. He highlights his passions of 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”)

Continuing our theme of summer and beer, the Uptown Beer Garden has opened for a second consecutive season.   on Monday evening, June 6th.

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Located at 17th and Market Streets in the heart of the city business district at the BNY Mellon building, this at first hidden gem is now one of the most popular beer gardens in town.  Operated by Teddy Sourias, owner of U-Bahn and BRU Craft and Wurst, the garden will feature three separate bars and an elevated outdoor BBQ grill.  One bar will be anchored by Neshaminy Creek brewery, while other selections include Ballast Point, Pizza Boy and Almanac.  Sangria, frozen margaritas and whiskey sours are also offered alongside the crafts…
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Chef Jonathan Petruce will cook up roast pork sandwiches, BBQ skewers, lobster roll, sausage with peppers and cheesesteak.  Some items not normally associated with such a venue, like cucumber salad and fresh made cornbread, add a unique twist to your dinner.  The pork in particular was a favorite of mine, and is a must try if you are a fan of such a flavor…

Teddy has taken steps to improve and expand on the Uptown experience from last year as well.  In addition to adding the third bar, the previously installed marble slats that served as seating have been replaced by picnic tables and benches, increasing capacity.  Open from Monday through Friday, it serves as a perfect happy hour spot for those who work in the city to get some fresh air, along with great food and drink, before they head home.  Stop by anytime this summer through the end of September.  I’ll see you soon elsewhere “around town”…

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Local Links Market Café – Haddon Heights, NJ

Local Links Market Café – Haddon Heights, NJ

During a visit to the quaint tiny town of Haddon Heights, New Jersey I found Local Links Market Café (LLMC). Immediately upon walking inside LLMC you can tell they are part of the “local and sustainable” mantra of doing business. They have a tiny section of goods to purchase, a few tables and chairs to dine in, and a beautiful display case of their specialty meats and products. I would go with the sausage sandwich special of the day.

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The sandwich consisted of Guiseppi Link Sausage, broccoli rabe, fresh roasted peppers, onions, and was topped with sharp provolone. LLMC impressed with a delicious sandwich with the perfect combination of flavors and cooked it beautifully. I really enjoyed my time at LLMC with extremely friendly service, nice and interesting goods to buy at the truest meaning of a “mini-mart”, a community minded business model, and the ability to take quality fresh meats home. LLMC may abide by the “local” mantra, but I will not. Since I am not local to LLMC, I will be going for a drive to see them more often.

 

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