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Quark Expedition Interview of Bluejeanfood.com

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Quark Expedition interviewed me about the Antarctic expedition I was a part of and my thoughts about the food. Click link below to read all the interview.

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05-21-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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05-21-17

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After a week off, Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio returns this Sunday, May 21st bigger and better than ever. Be sure to buckle up, because we have a jam packed show filled with entertainment. We have Phillip Mannery, co-owner of Dump-N-Roll food truck in studio bringing delicious samples of their award winning fare which they will be serving June 23rd to 25th at the Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival. We will also quickly chat about the Sea Isle City Beer Festival upcoming Saturday, June 3rd, both events happening at Kix McNutley’s SideKix from Stallion Marketing LLC‘s Denis Brown.

With a food truck in studio, who else but John Cohl the ambassador to Philly Mobile Food Association will be in studio as well to talk food trucks and his new venture with Ron Sullivan of Corner Pub Sports at The New Sheffield Tavern the Corner Pub Kitchen. He will be joined by his social media proclaimed “foodie wife” and good friend of Small Bites Marilyn Johnson of Philly Grub.

Then we also have Puyero Venezuelan Flavor joining us. They are one of South Street Headhouse District‘s newest restaurants that everyone is raving about from the mind of Manuela Villasmil. Can’t wait to talk to them and hopefully they’ll bring some tasty snacks for us all to try.

From Wayne, Pennsylvania we will have Autograph Brasserie at Eagle Village Shops Chef Ralph Patrick Fernandez on the show to chat about this unique dining destination that has vintage vinyl & celeb photos cover the walls at this classy eatery serving a diverse American menu.

Still want more??? Well how about Demet Güzey who writes about food history and culinary travel, lecture on Food Writing at Le Cordon Bleu Paris in Paris, and teach Food and Culture at University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) and has a Ph.D. from UMass Amherst, a Diploma in Gastronomy from University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne and a Level 2 certificate from WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust). She is also a member of Association of Food Journalists IACP: The International Association of Culinary Professionals and The Guild of Food Writers. She is on to talk about her new book “Food on Foot: A History of Eating on Trails and in the Wild (Food on the Go)” from The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group,

We’re still going, you still with us? With it being National Vegetarian Week from The Vegetarian Society we also have Elizabeth DeRosa to talk about her book “Finding the Way: Anti-biotic overload, Chemicals, and Processed Foods are Destroying the health of Our Children. Learn the facts and transform your child’s health for a lifetime” from Amazon.com and she will let us know Health Benefits Of Being A Vegetarian, Tips To Get Your Kids To Eat More Veggies, Meat Free Recipes, How To Transition From Being A Meat Eater To Being A Vegetarian, Power Packed Veggies and Which Are The Ones You Should Eat.

Did I mention Actor John DiRenzo will be joining us after his visit to Philadelphia Burger Brawl. Why don’t you join him for this great event for an even better cause.

http://www.phillyburgerbrawl.com/

STILL NOT ENOUGH!! Ok, don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s new book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, on Amazon.com, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen finalist and was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light with her tip of the week, and joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie Martling is releasing his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange and is available to pre-order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes.

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05-07-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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We have legendary actor Paul Sorvino of Goodfellas, Law & Order, and he is the father of talented actress Mira Sorvino, as well his lovely wife Dee Dee Sorvino who is a Emmys / Television Academy award winner and she has appeared on Fox News Channel Fox Business Channel, and CBS This Morning join us to talk about their book “Pinot, Pasta, and Parties” from Hachette Book Group Center Street available at Amazon.com. Each of the ten chapters in the book contains a menu inspired by a theme then kicked off with a signature cocktail, tempting appetizers, mouthwatering main dishes, and decadent desserts. Combine Paul’s Italian-American roots with Dee Dee’s Scottish-Irish ancestry and toss it with the places they have lived and traveled. What a joy!

Then we have De’Bronya Hodges aka #ChefDee305 who is DJ Khaled’s personal chef and she is opening her own restaurant called The Empty Plates Restaurant in Miami, Florida’s Little River neighborhood serving up soul food fusion including Shrimp n’ Grits, Jerk Chicken Pasta, Variety of Signature Wings, and more.

You say we haven’t been on in a few weeks. Ok, how about this then. Also joining us will be Domenick Crimi the General Manager of Cappuccio’s Meats A Family Affair Since 1920 In The Heart Of 9th Street Italian Market.

Also Stuart Gordon joins us to talk about Hava NaGrilla Smoke BBQ Festival The 1st Kosher BBQ Festival in the Greater Philadelphia area sanctioned by the The Kansas City Barbeque Society – For more info and to buy tickets click below:

https://phillykosherbbq.com

STILL NOT ENOUGH!! Ok, don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s new book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, on Amazon.com, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen finalist and was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light with her tip of the week, and joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie Martling is releasing his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange and is available to pre-order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes.

http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-49/

Philly Gringos visit La Habana

Philly Gringos visit La Habana

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Philly Gringos visit La Habana

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A lot can happen in sixty years. A man walked on the moon. People started to watch television in color. Doctors stopped recommending smoking. There have been inventions from Atari, Apple, and Microsoft. The internet was invented. We have driverless cars. And can you believe it, businesses and citizens from the United States (under certain regulations) are allowed to visit and do business in Cuba again?

Everything I mentioned certainly happened in the United States and many other places around the world, but for better or worse Cuba is a touch like visiting what it was like to live sixty years ago. This is not to say that Cuba is not modern, as they certainly are, just not at the level most Americans are used to. The majority of cars are classic cars, many houses are well “worn” and patchworked in order to be livable. The internet is not easy to access. If and when you do find access, it is not reliable. Finding information of where someplace is or where to eat is not a “Google” or “Yelp” search. Everyone recommends that you ask a taxi driver. Many people respond, “Taxi should know, they know everywhere.” These were just a few minor adjustments and I actually enjoyed them. What I saw and loved that was really different was the absolute lack of visual and audible garbage advertisements and constant grab for attention from some sort of marketing, while walking and driving. It was a relief. You could view the world as is, without trying to be sold something. You would see many kids running around playing, not staring at screens of one sort or another, with nothing but pure joy on their faces. Nature is embraced. Food was fresh and delicious, and the lack of junk food was welcomed instead of having it pushed in your face at every convenience store. The people were extremely warm and hospitable especially when they found out we were from the United States. They assumed we were Dutch (which I took as I compliment, since it meant that I did not stand out as a typical American tourist). When we said we were from the United States, a millisecond of shock registered on their faces, but immediately afterward most would respond, “We are so happy you came to see our home for yourself. Please tell your friends to visit as well.”

Our main base during our stay was the Starwood Hotels and Resorts brand “Four Points by Sheraton” the first American hotel and leisure company, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut to offer hospitality on the island. The resort is situated in the affluent Miramar district of Havana. The pool area was beautiful, the staff extremely friendly, the room spacious, and the breakfast buffet was varied and tasty. By Cuban standards these were very high end accommodations. For the rack room rate of $800 a night (around $500 a night online), one certainly expects more though. This may change over time as it is evident Starwoods is working hard to improve the conditions and services offered at the resort, but certain aspects of the stay just do not make the grade yet. They may be better suited to offer concessions of some sort for booking Four Points Havana that you can use at another resort worldwide or Starwoods points credit to be used at a later date.

I am happy I was able to visit Cuba now. You can tell Cuba is changing and it will look a lot different in the near future. In Miramar there are signs showing that a sandy beach is going to be built where a beautiful natural reef exists now. In Old and Central Havana, China is building hotels, rebuilding the markets, docks, and train stations in several locations around the city. The agreement, as we were told, is that China is going to completely own these properties which was previously unheard of in Cuba. They have been permitted to use Chinese workers and bring in Chinese products and produce. This could be a deal with the devil as the United States knows all too well. I checked the labels of everything we were consuming and purchasing, it was comforting to see that at least eighty percent of everything we were using or buying was directly grown, produced, or made in Cuba. When dealing with China, this will change rapidly and probably not for the better, when it comes to the quality of products or economic gain for the people of Cuba.

To be able to walk, talk, eat, and be entertained in a mostly socialist style economic system was a priceless and educational experience. There are no easy answers to which lifestyle is better or worse. It is not possible to weigh which is right and which is wrong. Even after traveling the world, visiting all seven continents, the solutions to obtain peace, decent wages, and standards or rules for fair housing are still elusive. Whether it be democracy, republic, autocracy, dictatorship, or communism one would have to assume there must be a middle ground somewhere that could make utopia on earth possible. Information is power, and hopefully with more people connected to each other, this dream, this compromise, could one day become a reality.

Even with the proliferation of cell phones, it was surprising that at some locations, it was not recommended or forbidden to take pictures. The answer was not given as to why, nor did I ask. I would assume it is because they do not want anything that could be construed as negative to spread or be seen by others. I experienced this before in China and certain parts of Africa where quite frequently you were told cameras had to be put down or turned off, but everything I saw in Cuba was positive and nowhere near the atrocities that we hear about in parts of Philadelphia or Camden on a daily basis. Yes, certain areas were more economically distressed than others and some unsavory characters were present, but at no time did I feel threatened or unsafe in any manner during our visit.

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What is Cuba?

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Cuba is beautiful and Cuba is rough

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Cuba is old yet Cuba is refined

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Cuba is forbidden but Cuba is welcoming

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Cuba is plain while Cuba is a kaleidoscope

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Cuba is loud until Cuba whispers to you

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Cuba is Cuba and for that I am thankful

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We came to Cuba for food exploration, but we left with so much more. Below are some pictures of the places and food we enjoyed during our stay that I would recommend if you ever have the chance to visit Cuba. There are many people and services that made our stay in Cuba possible that we are forever indebted to, but first, I would like to give a special mention to the following:

Spirit Airlines – https://www.spirit.com/

Airline Brokers Co. – https://www.airlinebrokers.net/

U.S. Department of State – https://www.state.gov/

Four Points Havana – http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=4531&language=en_US

Kerstin Sachl – Director, Public Relations and Social Media – Caribbean & Latin America for Marriott International

Madaly Tun – Director of Marketing – Four Points by Sheraton La Habana

Alain L. Gutiérrez Almeida – www.alaingutierrezphotography.com and https://atasteofcuba.org/

Yudith Vargas Riveron – Art Historian/Agent – yvriveron@gmail.comhttp://oncubamagazine.com/author/yudith-vargas/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CUBA – La Habana

04-07-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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Derek returns from WWE WrestleMania events, and is back in studio, and then leaves for Cuba next week returning May 7th, but enough about Derek. This week we have Guinness World Records holder Panorama at Penn’s View Hotel who has one of the world’s largest wine selections. Chef Matt Gentile, will be happy to talk about wine, but he is the genius behind the delicious food that even Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan gave 3 bells to.

 

Then we have FUEL. Fuel was the First restaurant to offer a full menu under 500 Calories. Fuel features a delicious menu of panini, wraps, salads, rice power bowls, and more all made fresh with 100% organic ingredients. We use only the best local ingredients and many grown right in our own greenhouse in Philadelphia. Fuel also features a juice bar and coffee bar to quench all your thirst needs.

 

Also joining us will be Chef Anthony Bonett of Moshulu down the street from The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Their deck is opening up and they have just completed extensive renovations throughout the ship and kitchen, and Chef Anthony will tell us about some of their menu specials.

 

NBC News – NBC Latino recognized Chef Hugo Campos of Philabundance PCK will be in studio as well to talk about healthy tips.

 

To show we are hip and happening we also have Jack Pattillo of Rooster Teeth on to talk about Let’s Play Live which brings your favorite YouTube entertainers to one stage for a non-stop frenzy of gaming and comedy. Prepare to laugh your asses off at the idiots from Achievement Hunter and FunhausTeam, doing what they do best (and worst). It’s all of the insanity and energy of a rock show, but without the annoying drugs, vomit, and nudity. Get your tickets so you don’t miss out because it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on April 24, 2017!

Click here to buy tickets

https://roosterteethlive.com/letsplaylive

 

Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s new book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen finalist and was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light with her tip of the week but she was stuck in a tunnel so missed the show again this week, and joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie Martling is releasing his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange and is available to pre-order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes.

 

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http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-48/

American Whiskey Convention – Philadelphia, PA

American Whiskey Convention – Philadelphia, PA

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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 Friday evening, March 24th, I had the good fortune of attending an event in the luxury Hall of Fame Club at Citizens Bank Park.  The home of the Phillies had no ball games on this night, but instead hosted the country’s finest distillers and distributors for the American Whiskey Convention.

During the course of the event, I was able to sample some of the best whiskeys and bourbons around, with over 50 vendor’s present.  Some of the most well known names in the biz were there – Jim Beam, Jack Daniel’s, Evan Williams, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace were all onsite.  The true highlight of these events though is the opportunity to try something new, or maybe have never even heard of…

Among the many tastes that I sampled from others not as well know, but regardless had an equal (if not superior) product were: Wigle, Big Spring Spirits, Whistlepig, Filibuster, Hidden Still Spirits, Manayunk Moonshine, Bulleit Bourbon, Five Saints, Hewn, Calumet Farm, Rittenhouse Rye and George Dickel.  All of the representatives were enthusiastic and eager to discuss their product and demonstrate what makes them unique…

Food was generously spread out for enjoyment, with some of the vendors bringing their special whiskey based creations.  Masey & Leigh maple syrup manufacturers showed off their spread of whiskey and rye syrups, which were awesome to taste.  John & Kira’s Chocolates, a local favorite, had some bourbon infused treats.  There also were numerous exhibits showing how whiskey is distilled; book, craft and novelty items for sale, as well as tasting contests…

Many notable guests were on hand for the events to discuss their craft.  Jimmy Russell (of Wild Turkey fame), noted author Lew Bryson, historian Fred Minnick and others presided over forums about their love of the drink, and their thoughts on modern day distilling.

The event was well worth attending if you enjoy all things whiskey, and had a great turn out.  The organizers did a fine job in utilizing the unique setting of this part of the ballpark to make the evening even more special.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next convention of this sort, “around town”…and I will see you there!

03-26-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

03-26-17

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What a show Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio has for you this Sunday. We have Chef Christopher Siversen the owner of Maritime Parc near Liberty State Park with panoramic views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, and the Manhattan, New York skyline. He also runs Burg at Military Park in Newark, New Jersey next to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Chef Chris’s restaurants have been named one of the Best in New Jersey 6 years in a row by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Also, Chef Chris’s menus have garnered praise from The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, WCBS Newsradio 880, GAYOT.com – The Guide to the Good Life, The Wall Street Journal and Inside Jersey.

 

Good food deserves a good drink, but you say you want to have your cake and eat it too. Well your in luck! Full Spirited Flavours – Liqueur Cakes, one of the best known liquor infused bakery’s that ships cakes worldwide and is based in the Philly area will be visiting us. Owners Sue Katein, Carole Algier, and Kathy Lanyon here to tell us how this match made in heaven happens.

 

Food, booze, and cake sounds like a party to me, and what kind of a party is better than a PIZZA PARTY? Well the crew from Visit Valley Forge’s marketing team Dan Weckerly and Joe Tacynec is also joining us in studio as they slice through the competition to find out which local pie is primo in Montco’s Best Pizza Tourney. The tourism board launched a bracketed competition – NCAA March Madness-style – pitting 64 pizza palaces against each other and down to the final 8. The best-pizza topic reached more than 400,000 people on Facebook, and its associated YouTube videos were watched more than 80,000 times.

 

Each of the 64 contenders was also given a marketing kit, delivered by hand in a carton that resembled a personal pizza box. Inside were giveaway magnets, a pad of tear-off voting requests (to accompany customers’ checks) and a copy of Crave, the VFTCB’s award-winning dining guide. Chiaro’s Pizza & Restaurant was winner last year and is still in the running this year against Vinny’s Pizzarama, Bacco Restaurant, Penny’s Pizza, Nippers Bar and Pizza, BRAVO PIZZA WORCESTER, Nicoletta KOP, and Angelo’s Pizza. Who will win???

 

STILL NOT ENOUGH??? We’ll also have Actor John DiRenzo in studio to talk about his recent visits to The Halal Guys, The Florida Keys & Key West cook off at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College , Garces Group Wedding Showcase, and Garces Foundation’s Garces Foundation 2017 Benefit this Friday at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

 

Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s new book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press will be available April 3rd, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen finalist and was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light with her tip of the week, and joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie Martling is releasing his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange and is available to pre-order on Amazon.com . Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes.

 

We at Small Bites Radio are also thrilled to announce that the sports reporter icon from CSN Philly Leslie Gudel who has joined Crossing Broad as a reporter on the Philadelphia Phillies with her first piece about Howie Kendrick. Leslie Gudel will be following our show on WildfireRadio.com with her first episode Sunday, April 2nd, with show called “Inside Corner” live at 8pm at Paddy Whacks Pub – South Street joined by Sportsradio WIP host Glen Macnow talking all things MLB and Philadelphia Phillies. Glen is already a member of the WildfireRadio.com team as he has another successful show called Bar Talk with Glen Macnow & Joe Sixpack Don Russell and Don is the owner of the recently relaunced Philly Weekly. They are joining another recent addition of Ron Burke and Jason Ashworth on the entertaining “Any Given SportsDay” and their first guest was Philadelphia Eagles alum Randall Cunningham. This to go along with Big Daddy Graham, Ava Graham, Darnell Hicks, Gervase Peterson, and many many other great talents, WildfireRadio.com is the place to go for all your entertainment needs.