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Spotluck APP Launch Party with Philly Weekly at Uptown Beer Garden

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(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfood.com written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions 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”)

On Thursday, August 25th, I was invited to attend the launch party with Philly Weekly for the Philadelphia based version of the Spotluck app. A fun and innovative way to help you choose a local pub or restaurant with special deals, the app will soon become a popular download for those who enjoy trying new cuisine in and around the city, at a discounted rate…

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Originating in the Washington, DC area some two years ago, this unique technology has grown to begin expanding to other areas, and we will be the beneficiaries. By spinning the Spotluck roulette, you will instantly download a discount to the featured eateries on the wheel. Wherever the wheel stops will garnish you an even bigger discount. Over 100 local spots have signed on to take part in the program, as the overwhelming popularity in the DC area has created a win-win for restaurants and consumers alike.

To raise awareness for the Philly area launch, a massive party was thrown at the Uptown Beer Garden, located at 17th and Market Street’s. Previously featured here on Around Town, the locale has become quite a hot spot for events such as this, and the turnout showed the excitement that this app will generate. Free beer was provided to all by Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co., and prizes given out to various game participants (including those spinning the real-life, giant Spotluck wheel onsite). Swag with the bright green company brand was handed out, and all guests got to see firsthand the benefits of the app and how to most effectively utilize it.

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Spotluck CEO and co-founder Cherian Thomas is putting forth a unique and refreshing way to partner with the city’s restaurants, and taking full advantage of a technology that will only continue to grow and change the way we do things. Not to mention that he throws a hell of a party to celebrate a launch! Try downloading the app now to see for yourself, and let it decide for you where to eat your next meal. You may stumble upon something new that you will enjoy, and may not have necessarily tried in the past…

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See you next time “Around Town”…

08-28-16 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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1732 Meats sponsors Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio. We will have in studio respected Philly blogger Marilyn Johnson of Philly Grub, Philly Mobile Food Association and Vendy Awards recognized #1 fan and food truck ambassador John Cohl, Philly based actor John DiRenzo of Plaza 7 Talent (PA & NYC) to chat about iPic Theaters iPic Fort Lee food from City Perch Fort Lee Sherry Yard, also we will have Michael Murphy of The Dude Hates Cancer – Philadelphia, PA, and then a call in we have NBC News NBC Latino recognized Chef Hugo Campos of PCK Philabundance and don’t forget we will still have segments from Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light and Hell’s Kitchen finalist Chef Barbie Marshall, and joke of the week from Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling.

Be sure to TuneIn or catch the following day on iTunes and don’t forget LIMITED TIME ONLY!!! Enter SmallBites at checkout of 1732meats.com and receive 15% OFF your ENTIRE ORDER of 1732 Meats.

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Small Bites – Episode 24

 

Abby’s Café – Pennsauken, NJ

Abby’s Café – Pennsauken, NJ

Cooper River Park has had a dramatic transformation with a fancy new restaurant, running trials, bridge, dredging of the water, ice rink in the winter, and more. I decided one morning to try Abby’s Café (AC) for breakfast. The area surrounding AC may be up and coming, but AC seemed a little behind the advances. The gentleman behind the counter could not have been nicer with a bubbly personality and extrememly friendly and welcoming, but the food was surprise for me.

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I would go with bacon, egg and cheese on rye. The eggs were cooked on an electric griddle that was giving some problems and took longer than desired, but the real downfall came when the sandwich was topped with prepackaged bacon out of a box sitting on the counter. It was such a shame as AC is now sitting on prime real estate in my mind with all of the new happenings going on a Cooper River Park and the man behind the counter was nice as pie and outgoing, but location and charm only go so far with me. Hopefully something can be done to upgrade the cooking method and use more fresh ingredients, and if so, AC could be a breakfast destination to the new crowds coming to the area.

 

08-21-16 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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1732 Meats sponsors Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio. Live this Sunday, 08-21-16 at 635pm in studio we have world renowned Chef Ashley James who is the host of PBS PBS Food show Cuisine Culture and he is the Culinary Director for Starr Catering Group. Joining him in studio we have Chris Maynes the CEO of Whole Hog Cafe with 15 different locations to visit to get delicous BBQ. Then Donato Marino of D & L Coffee Services will join us in studio as well as the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Tricia Yeo will be in studio this month instead of calling in. Still not enough? Well don’t forget we will still have segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized 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 catch the following day on iTunes and don’t forget LIMITED TIME ONLY!!! Enter SmallBites at checkout of 1732meats.com and receive 15% OFF your ENTIRE ORDER of 1732 Meats.

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Small Bites – Episode 23

 

 

 

Society of Burgers – Sewell, NJ

Society of Burgers – Sewell, NJ

With a catchy nickname SOB, I was hoping Society of Burgers stood out from the crowd. What I can tell you is that the service was very friendly, interior fresh and modern, and a large variety of things to eat with SOS Society of Salads in the same space SOB/SOS has a little something for everyone. I would get their BBQ bacon cheese burger with applewood bacon, American cheese, haystack onions, bbq sauce and a side of crinkle cut fries.

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SOB/SOS was nice, but just did not stand out and scream a must visit for me to go out of my way to go there. I think they have a very nice concept to be able to franchise and become a new fast casual destination, but they need a little more something for me to make it a staple of my food travels. If you are in the area, certainly give them a try though, you might find a new stand-by for the nights you do not feel like cooking.

1732 Meats Sponsors 08-07-16 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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Tiffin – Cherry Hill, NJ

Tiffin – Cherry Hill, NJ

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I find that great service goes a long way. Great service and good food go even further. I enjoy dining with my wife and three-year-old son. Some establishments I can see the hostess, server, or owner cringe when they see a toddler walk through the door. Others such as Tiffin embrace it. The staff as Tiffin was not only impressed with my son’s palate, they treated him like family and made sure he enjoyed himself and felt right at home. That alone would make me want to go to Tiffin again, but thankfully Tiffin served up some pretty good food as well.

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I would be served fish kali mirch which was tilapia marinated with crushed black pepper and fried, garlic naan, and lamb roganjosh which was cubes of lamb leg cooked with spinach, spices, and herbs. Tiffin’s food was not the best Indian food in the area, but they held their own, were very affordable, and were the first Indian restaurant that embraced a family dining atmosphere that I have dined at. A decent meal that the whole family can enjoy is hard to come by, and I commend Tiffin for being able to deliver.