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Lau Kee Restaurant – Chinatown – Philadelphia, PA

Lau Kee Restaurant – Chinatown – Philadelphia, PA

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New on the scene in Chinatown Philly is Lau Kee. It’s a tiny place with a large menu. I had their half of Hong Kong style Peking Duck and an order of flounder filets in black bean sauce. Both were delicious and a welcome addition to the wonderful selection of culinary wonders around this part of Philadelphia. Will be back for sure to try more of things on the menu.

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:

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Vitale’s Italian Bistro – Gloucester City, NJ

Vitale’s Italian Bistro – Gloucester City, NJ

This location was sadly closed for quite some time after they suffered an accidental fire. They have finally reopened and the new interior is fresh and modern with a sleek yet nostalgic feel. The menu is classic Italian with some flair. They covered the basics well and the meal was decent and enjoyable. I had the stuffed long hots, clams casino, Gnocchi Special with sautéed shrimp, spinach, and roasted red peppers in a brandy cream sauce, and bananas foster to end the meal. Cost of meal was average while service was friendly and efficient.

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/

Carolina Blue by J. G. Cooks – Pitman, NJ

Carolina Blue by J. G. Cooks – Pitman, NJ

I have to say that my entire meal here was pretty good. From the she crab bisque, steamer clams, smoked peach wood wings (which were the highlight of the meal and AWESOME, I would come here just for a few beers and wings), and the half rack of ribs with fries and coleslaw. The place was packed to gills with patrons and the service was still fast, attentive, and personable, with a price point that was reasonable. A nice spot to dine really in the middle of nowhere as it comes up quickly to spot in the pitch dark.

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/

10-06-19 Small Bites Radio

10-06-19

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 Recording Studio this Sunday, October 6th at 635pm EST with a stellar lineup and special co-host John Howard-Fusco.
We are happy to welcome Jordan Zucker, a University of Pennsylvania graduate to talk about the first of its kind cookbook harmonizing food, wine, and sound “One Dish – Four Seasons: Food, Wine, and Sound – All Year Round” from Home Sauce Publications. The cookbook is a thoughtfully laid out family collaboration and sophisticated labor of love. Zucker also known as the ringleader for the modern female sports fan (who hosts A Girl’s Guide to Sports, appeared on Food Network’s Grill It! with Bobby Flay, and was a recurring character on the popular TV series Scrubs) takes a base recipe, and by varying seasonally available ingredients, creatively builds four versions of each dish (with help from her expert cook mom): for winter, spring, summer and fall. Then the dish goes from good to great when matched with a complementing wine (with suggestions from her former- sommelier dad) and hip tunes. Jordan also has a book signing at University of Pennsylvania Bookstore Barnes & Noble on Monday, October 14th at 6pm.
Then we are thrilled to welcome Daniel Leader the pioneer from Bread Alone Bakery, who revolutionized American artisan bread baking to talk about his new book with Lauren Chattman called “Living Bread: Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Bread Making” from Avery Publishing of Penguin Group (USA). At twenty-two, Daniel Leader stumbled across the intoxicating perfume of bread baking in the back room of a Parisian boulangerie, and he has loved and devoted himself to making quality bread ever since. He went on to create Bread Alone, the now-iconic bakery that has become one of the most beloved artisan bread companies in the country. Today, professional bakers and bread enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Bread Alone Bakery’s headquarters in the Catskill, New York to learn Dan’s signature techniques and baking philosophy. Living Bread provides a fascinating look into the way artisan bread baking has evolved and continues to change–from wheat farming practices and advances in milling, to sourdough starters and the mechanics of mixing dough. Influenced by art and science in equal measure, Leader presents exciting twists on classics such as Curry Tomato Ciabatta, Vegan Brioche, and Chocolate Sourdough Babka, as well as traditional recipes. Sprinkled with anecdotes and evocative photos from Leader’s own travels and encounters with artisans who have influenced him, Living Bread is a love letter, and a cutting-edge guide, to the practice of making “good bread.”
Also joining in on the fun will be John Stewart the owner and Executive Chef of Kitchen 519 a standby for American comfort food prepared with local ingredients in a cheerful, art-lined space in Glendora, New Jersey. A former mechanics garage has been transformed with high ceilings, eclectic design, and lots of flair giving Kitchen 519 a feel not found around the area. The menu is constantly evolving and innovative with a focus on fresh and sustainable always trying to give back to the community while still being affordable for all to come out and dine.
Last but certainly not least is Michael Gabriele to talk about his fourth book on New Jersey history “Stories from New Jersey Diners: Monuments to Community” from American Palate The History Press Arcadia Publishing documenting colorful stories from the Diner Capital of the World. Michael is a graduate of Montclair State University and has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, diner blogger for Jersey Bites, and author for more than forty years. He is a member of the board of trustees for the annual New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers University and a member of the executive board for the Nutley Historical Society and serves on the advisory board of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Diners are where communities across the Garden State go to celebrate milestones, form lifetime bonds and take comfort in food. Daily life at the counter or in the booth inspires sentimental recollections that reflect the state’s spirit and history. Late-night eats fueled Wildwood, New Jersey wild rock-and-roll days. An entrepreneur traveled eight thousand miles from India and opened a diner in Shamong, New Jersey. From an impromptu midnight wedding in an Elizabeth lunch wagon to a Vietnam veteran sustained by a heartfelt note from a beloved Mount Holly Township NJ waitress, these are true tales from the soul of New Jersey.
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.

 

Local Bar and Kitchen – Gibbstown, NJ

Local Bar and Kitchen – Gibbstown, NJ

With a neighborhood watering spot feel and atmosphere it is easy to feel at home here, but where Local  Bar and Kitchen really shines is their wings. Man these wings were delicious. I had the hot and honey wings which were just phenomenal and the Garlic Parm wings that were some the best around. Highly recommend dining or getting a take-out order of wings from Local if in or around the area. I also had their version of Classic Cheeseburger with old bay fries. It did the job of filling me up, but next time I’m just sticking with the wings and trying a few other flavors of wings they have.

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/

 

Chubby Cattle – Philadelphia, PA

Chubby Cattle – Philadelphia, PA

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Chubby Cattle is certainly an experience to dine at the restaurant with a refrigerated conveyor-belt they combine the age-old tradition of hot pot with a twist and serve premium A5 Wagyu Beef for a unique dining experience. Well you can’t always go in person, so what about take-out? Well that is where things change dramatically. I was told out of the entire menu, only two items are available for take-out. So what did I do? I ordered them both.  They were good, but the thing to do is visit Chubby Cattle in person. Pictured is Wagyu Ya Style Bibimbap and Wagyu Shabu Shabu Don

Pizzeria Beddia – Philadelphia, PA

Pizzeria Beddia – Philadelphia, PA

Named by Bon Appetit one of the best Restaurants of 2019 in America and also named by Time magazine as one of the top 19 best places in the world is a lot to live up to. Well when you serve one of the HOLY SH#! best tasting pizza I’ve ever had, the accolades are well deserved. Best of the World and America? I’m not sure, but the Squash Pizza made 3 ways topped with arugula was hands down an out of body experience regarding pizza and my thoughts on pizza. When ordered, it was the pizza I was least looking forward to eating, but figured I would try the special of the night. The special of the night??? They need this pizza on the menu EVERYDAY!!! I’ve never even been a fan of specialty pizza previously and considered them a gimmick and overdone. I am happy I was proven wrong.

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I will say this. They are certainly the best around anywhere as far as specialty pizza is concerned. There are A LOT of great pizza places in Philly that I really enjoy in regards to plain cheese pizza and tomato pie so competition is tough here. Pizzeria Beddia does not disappoint and ranks up there with a great plain pie and tomato pie. This is Philly style pizza done well with the crust, sauce, and cheese you are used to, but better than most.

Again where they excel is taking good quality and high end fresh ingredients and making them shine. By putting roasted onions, crimini mushrooms, and sausage on top of another pizza, it really elevated it and brought it to another level.

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They really top it all off with an AMAZING sweat cream soft serve dessert. It was like a heavenly fancy version of Mr. Softee. Perfect and the perfect way to end the meal. The check-in process is a little clunky, but the service and food were top notch. I know to eat there isn’t easy, but if you like pizza they are MUST destination to try. You can even enjoy some good adult beverages while there and who doesn’t like that.

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