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Joe’s Steaks & Soda Shop – 6030 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Joe’s Steaks & Soda Shop – 6030 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA

I have enjoyed eating at this location even when it was called “Chinks Steaks”. The milkshakes are always delicious and the steaks are hearty, fresh, and decent in taste. They may have opened a second location in Fishtown, but the atmosphere here is reason enough to make this location the place to visit. Consumed on this visit was cheesesteak with American and fried onions, old bay crinkle cut fries, and milkshake special Orange Creamsicle. The meal was yummy on all fronts.

07-16-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio this Sunday, July 16 at 635pm we have a an amazing lineup for you. Joining us in studio is one of QVC’s biggest “food” star presenters on their network Bobby Chez; the owner of Bobby Chez Seafood who is known worldwide for his “famous” crab cakes. If you missed him on his recent QVC appearance or see David Venable QVC on the TV, no worries you can shop anytime by clicking below:

http://www.shopbobbychez.com/

Then we have joining us extremely acclaimed Chef Darryl Harmon who has won ”Chef of the Year” from the ACF Chefs. Chef Darryl Harmon has teamed up with Kc Macias and Howard Brunner to create Jersey City, New Jersey newest hip and delicious hot spot Beat Street JC and he will be on to talk all about his latest yummy venture.

Need a vacation??? Well the people at Visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina have lined up two people to tell us why we should come down and visit. Becky Billingsley of Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila, ART Burger • Sushi • Bar, Noisy Oyster Seafood Restaurant, and The Chemist – Craft Cocktails and Modern Cuisine and then Heidi Vukov the owner of Croissants Bistro and Bakery and the soon to open, Heidi’s Corner will talk about the amount of delicious dining destinations for any “foodie” when you visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Actor John DiRenzo will also be helping in studio with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world.

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 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 Chef 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 or Player FM.

Courthouse Restaurant Family Diner – Cape May Court House, NJ

Courthouse Restaurant Family Diner – Cape May Court House, NJ

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Chicken parmesan Panini with fries. It was pretty good for a different version of a chicken parmesan sandwich, but it is Jersey diner fare and that is usually good for the basics.

07-09-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

07-09-17

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Derek arrives back from Canada after celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation and Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com returns this Sunday, July 9th at 635pm on Wildfire Radio after a week off. With BBQ season in full force, we are thrilled to welcome on the show Big Moe Cason of Moe Cason barbecue. Big Moe Cason is a self-taught BBQ pit master. The Iowa native has participated in 260+ BBQ contests and was a Season two finalist on TLC “BBQ Pitmasters.” He was also a judge along with Cool Smoke owner Tuffy Stone and Myron Mixon’s Jack’s Old South owner Myron Mixon for Destination America “BBQ Pitmasters” in 2014 and “SMOKED” in 2013. He joins us to talk about Big Red BBQ Across America promotion. Big Red Celebrates their 80th Anniversary with BBQ and Summer Prizes, including a Grand Prize Experience to Host the Ultimate Summer Backyard BBQ Party. Big Moe will give us the five tips to host an Ultimate Summer BBQ. For more information and to enter contest click link below:

http://bbqacrossamerica.com

With the peak of the summer heat in full effect around Philadelphia, who better to join us on the show to have us think cool thoughts then Alex McNeil the Expedition Staff Manager for Quark Expeditions. Since 1991 Quark Expeditions has taken thousands of curious travelers to corners of the world that earlier generations could only dream of visiting. Along the way, we’ve achieved an unprecedented series of firsts in polar exploration and have led the way in polar expeditions, making the Arctic and Antarctica accessible to travelers from 50 countries around the world. They carry the spirit of the great explorers while sharing their passion for regions whose environmental purity transcends political boundaries so we can Save The Arctic and whose beauty defies description. Polar travel is all they do, and they’re passionate about ensuring every passenger has the experience of a lifetime. I was also lucky enough to join them for a visit to Antarctica and they also interviewed me about my experience. Click links below:

https://bluejeanfood.com/…/01/05/antarctica-the-7th-contin…/

http://quarkexpeditions.uberflip.com/…/how-s-the-food-a-pop…

Continuing our worldwide tour, we are pleased to also welcome Chef Farhana Sahibzada author of “Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian/Pakistani Cooking” from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform with book’s introduction from Chef Joanne Weir who has appeared on “Small Bites”. Chef Farhana Sahibzada is full of passion for the South Asian cuisine she cooks, which in turn make her dishes ooze with the authenticity of her homeland Pakistan. Born in Karachi and raised in Lahore, Chef Farhana has lived in Los Angeles, California for the past thirty years. She teaches classes at some of L.A.’s most prestigious cooking schools, turning age-old South Asian cuisine into quick, healthy and satisfying meals for every modern American household. Chef Farhana’s classes are often listed as ‘A Top Event’ in LA Weekly Best of L.A. section. Chef Farhana’s goal is to remove the intimidation and encourage people to cook South Asian food at home. She has performed cooking segments on national and local television shows such as Live with Kelly and Ryan but when Michael was there 😉 , Hallmark Channel USA, and LA 18 television. She was a Semi Finalist on the ABC Television Network ‘Grill Star’ contest and her book ‘Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian and Pakistani Cooking’ Trafford Publisher won the Beverly Hills Book Awards as the Best International cookbook. Chef Farhana’s website is located here:

www.flavorfulshortcuts.com

Getting back to a little closer to home, we also welcome Thomas Monahanin studio. Tom is a very well respected and successful restaurateur with his highly regarded restaurants Chubby’s 1 1/2 Hearth Steak House and Max’s Seafood Cafe as well as being the President of the Gloucester City, New Jersey Business Association. His two dining destinations alone have some thinking Gloucester Great. Only time will tell if Gloucester Citynj will be able to follow Tom’s lead and finally develop their waterfront area after decades of failure and shake their reputation as a tough town. No matter what happens with the town’s development, be rest assured a visit to Chubby’s and Max’s are well deserved and worth the visit to this town anytime to dine at both restaurants. Below click link to see a recent visit photos to Chubby’s:

https://bluejeanfood.com/…/…/chubbys-1-12-hearth-steakhouse/

Still hungry??? We also have a representative to talk about Ardmore Restaurant Week 2017 being back from July 17th-30th, 2017 with budget-friendly offerings showcasing why Ardmore, Pennsylvania is the hottest culinary destination on the Main Line. Experience the difference for yourself by trying one of Ardmore’s diverse dining options, ranging from Malaysian to Moroccan. Fyi, Parking is free after 6pm and on Sundays and Ardmore Restaurant Week is produced by the Ardmore Initiative, Downtown Ardmore’s official business district authority for DestinationArdmore. Marie Suvansin the Assistant the Executive Director of Ardmore Initiative and Joe Petrucci the owner of The Tasting Room by JPM Catering and Events will be joining us in studio. For a list of restaurants and more information click below:

http://destinationardmore.com/restaurantweek/

Actor John DiRenzo will also be helping in studio with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world.

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 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 Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchenfinalist 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 or Player FM.

http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-54/

The Saloon – Newtown, PA

The Saloon – Newtown, PA

Really enjoyed my entire meal at The Saloon from start to finish. Ambiance is really nice, service was top notch, and food was good. Would defintley go back when in the area. I had Clams Casino, French Onion Soup, Chicken Marsala with fresh grilled veggies and a side of escrole, beans, and sausage, and finished it off with creme brulee.

Chubby’s 1 1/2 Hearth Steakhouse – Gloucester City, NJ

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Chubby’s 1 1/2 Hearth Steakhouse – Gloucester City, NJ

Had a fabulous meal from start to finish at Chubby’s 1 1/2 Hearth Steakhouse in Gloucester City, NJ. From the french onion soup, caesar salad with fresh anchovies, filet topped with blue cheese, prime rib, sauteed asparagus, and creme brulee. Service was impeccable, ambiance of the restaurant sharp and clean, and food was delicious. I will certainly be back to dine there again.

Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City is a top 4th of July 2017 Destination

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Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City is a top 4th of July 2017 Destination

Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City is a top 4th of July 2017 Destination

(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 evening, June 29th, I was invited to the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ to experience some new culinary and nightlife offerings that they have in store for the summer of 2017, and a great evening of entertainment was my reward…

They kicked the festivities off at Ivan Kane’s Kiss Kiss Nightclub, located in “The Quarter” destination of the Tropicana Casino and Resort, for a preview of Ivan’s new Kiss My Burlesque show.  Kane is the founder of the legendary Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, and he sought to reinvigorate the formula at his Tropicana Casino and Resort spot, where in his own words you take a “trip down the rabbit hole into the neon-filled nights of Bangkok”.  Two beautiful dancers performed their act for us, and their talents were on full display to show the attendees that this is not your regular night spot. The burlesque show will take place every Thursday through Saturday evening at 10:30till dusk. The gigantic LED video wall and “rabbit hole” entrance make for a fun and colorful way to spend your nights in “America’s playground”…

Following this spectacle, we made our way to Okatshe, Chef Jose Garces’ new Japanese themed izakaya that just opened this past March (along with his other new South American themed eatery at Tropicana Casino and Resort, Olon).  At Okatshe where they specialize in sushi and sashimi, we were treated to many of the resident offerings – chicken, beef, pork, and seafood dishes, as well as some fabulous cocktails.  Offering small plates to spread out your samplings, or full entrées, Okatshe gave me my first real taste of Japanese style cuisine, and I would go back in a heartbeat to try more.  Chef Garces has developed quite a reputation as one of the areas most prominent restaurateur’s, and this spot is an excellent entry to his variety of restaurants (in a prime location no less)…

The Tropicana Casino and Resort has grown into one of my favorite casinos in AC, with a continuously growing supply of retail and food/drink locations.  Their entertainment area “The Quarter” alone has a vibe all its own, the casino floor itself is one of the largest in town, and major renovations have occurred in recent years to keep up with the competition.  Although the city itself has seen it’s share of issues recently, Tropicana Casino and Resort remains one of the crown jewels and reason enough for a visit to Atlantic City.  The evening that I just experienced serves as proof, and I look forward to my next visit…

As the 4th of July weekend has arrived, and you seek to finalize your plans, consider the Tropicana Casino and Resort your must hit destination for the holiday – namely because of unique places like Ivan Kane’s Kiss Kiss and Okatshe.  Everyone have a happy and safe holiday, and I will see you again “around town”…