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06-23-19 Small Bites Radio

06-23-19

Small Bites – Episode 113

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Small Bites – Episode 113

D and L Coffee Service Inc. presents the #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia”, Small Bites with Donato Marino and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio Podcast Recording Studio this Sunday, June 23rd at 635pm EST with a stellar lineup.

With the summer season in high-gear, and everyone dusting off their grills we are thrilled to welcome Jamie Purviance to talk about his new book “Weber’s Ultimate Grilling: A Step-by-Step Guide to Barbecue Genius” from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. From the experts at Weber Grills, the must-have guide for total grill mastery, with 100 all-new recipes and more than 800 inspiring and instructive photos. This is your new go-to companion from the most trusted name in grilling. Much more than just a recipe collection, Weber’s Ultimate Grilling is an entirely new take on grilling today, with every recipe step visually depicted in full-color photography. Jamie Purviancegraduated from the The Culinary Institute of America with high honors and launched a food career that has included multiple New York Times best-selling cookbooks and a James Beard Foundation Award nomination. He has appeared as a grilling authority on the Today Show and Good Morning America. His latest book, “Weber’s Ultimate Grilling,” is a culmination of his 20 years as Weber’s master griller and teacher.

Philadelphia is the birthplace of America and there is no better way than to celebrate all summer long. We will have in studio Austin McGrath the manager of Plough & the Stars in Old City District. They are in the heart of the historic area where Thursdays from 5-8pm until August 29th will be a part of Old City Eats Block Party 2019. FIFTY participating restaurants and bars around the neighborhood will offer at least one half-priced small plate, and at least one discounted beer, and one $5 cocktail. Now in its fourth year, Old City Eats continues to grow, adding some of the neighborhood’s newest restaurants to its comprehensive list of participants. There are fifteen new participants in the summer-long dining program on Thursday evenings, including nine restaurants at the new The Bourse Philly Food Hall! Old City Eats features food, cocktails and atmospheres that will appeal to every taste including constant trendsetters like High Street on Market, the ever-popular The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar – Philadelphia, neighborhood mainstays like Khyber Pass Pub and Nick’s Bar and Grille, and outdoor dining destinations like Positano Coast by Caffe Aldo Lamberti and Keating’s Rope and Anchor Bar. Offerings are designed to appeal to neighborhood locals, to people looking to enjoy sips with their co-workers, and to tourists exploring America’s most historic square mile.

We will also have on the show Justin Weathers the owner of The BercyAl Pastor, and Stove and Tap which is opening another location very soon. On top of all of that he will discuss Ardmore, Pennsylvania‘s first annual Bastille Day Block Party on Sunday, July 14th from 11am-4pm presented by Ardmore Initiative, The Bercy & Delice et Chocolat along with more community partners! The event is free entry for all ages. The daylong event features live entertainment for the entire family including can can dancers, live music, games & arts and crafts and more along with plenty of food & drink specials! And for the adults, a French Wine Garden sponsored by Veuve Clicquot! The Bercy will be hosting a special Bastille Day Grand Brunch Buffet from 10am-3pm. Reservations available at OpenTable.com/thebercy

Then we have joining us Michele Tartaglione the Managing Director of the State Fair Group which owns both State Fair Meadowlands and the New Meadowlands Market. The New Meadowlands Market which is New Jersey’s premier flea market is located within the Meadowlands Sports Complex (Lot J) MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; the market is open every Saturday and features hundreds of merchandise vendors along with delicious food, free entertainment and games. The State Fair of Meadowlands happening from June 20th – July 7th is 18 days of summer fun with fantastic food, rides, and games. State Fair of Meadowlands will feed everybody’s ravenous appetite for fun, food and thrills without bursting anyone’s budget. New Jersey’s Great Escape has more free entertainment than ever before including the all-new Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Jurassic Kingdom and the Jungle Island High Dive along with fan favorites including the Racing Pigs and Cycle Circus Live. This year’s menu is more well-rounded with exotic foods that include alligator bites, gator kabobs, shark kabobs and gator mac and cheese along with more ethnic choices including Mexican (e.g. Mexican bowls, churros, Greek (e.g. gyros, assorted kabobs, sausages and Italian (e.g. meatball on a stick, rigatoni pasta, pepperoni and cheese super stick dipped in a garlic batter and deep fried on a stick. Sounds like a great time to us!

Small Bites Radio’s resident Vegan Chef Christina Martin of Cooking to Nourish will also be back in studio for some fun and food talk with us and our guests.

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” Martlingof 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, 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.

Small Bites – Episode 113

Steve’s Grilled Cheese and Quesadilla Company – Glassboro, NJ

Steve’s Grilled Cheese and Quesadilla Company – Glassboro, NJ

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This was a delicious comfort food meal. I had the Fried Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese topped with BBQ sauce. It was really good with fresh cut fries that were perfectly cooked and yummy. This place is certainly a guilty pleasure and service was friendly and quick.

Reggina Gelato & Espresso Bar – Mullica Hill, NJ

Reggina Gelato & Espresso Bar – Mullica Hill, NJ

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What a find and gem this little off the beaten path gelato and espresso bar is. If you blink, you will miss it and hard to see off the road. For an easier way to find them, they are located right next door to William Heritage Winery. Reggina had REALLY good Madagascar Vanilla Bean gelato. They also have all sorts of tasty Italian treats for sale there too so I decided to have a few ricotta cookies. The service was TOP NOTCH and super friendly. My only regret is I wish they were closer to where I live as I would visit them daily for a wonderful dessert or treat.

Bud and Marilyn’s – Philadelphia, PA

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When Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine said on Small Bites Radio that Chef Marcie Turney‏ is one of Philadelphia’s best chefs, I finally took notice. The name was familiar, and I was aware of the restaurant group that Chef Marcie and her partner Valerie Safran ran, and who knows why, but I had never been to one of them. Well I should be ashamed of myself. I like to call myself a foodie, and was missing a big portion of why Philadelphia is receiving so many accolades nationally due to our wonderful restaurant scene with Chef Marcie being one of the driving forces and reasons why.

I decided that my birthday would be a good excuse to make my first visit to one of Chef Marcie’s restaurants. If she is indeed that talented, then why not go during a time that should be celebrated and special. Well I can honestly say, she and her team did not disappoint in the least. The choice was made to dine at Bud and Marilyn’s. It was the chosen destination since I would have my 6 year old son join us, and the menu looked approachable for all palates. As soon as we stepped inside and saw multiple families dining there, I knew things were off to a good start.

From start to finish it was an impeccable experience at Bud and Marilyn’s. The décor is simple and tasteful. The service was flawless. The drinks were strong and mixed to perfection. The food was amazing, and dessert delectable. I can’t say enough of how much fun and how wonderful the meal was. Now don’t get me wrong, Bud and Marilyn’s will not be for everyone. We had American comfort food at its finest, and this type of cuisine is not for everyone. Chef Marcie does this style well, and I am now intrigued to try her other restaurants to sample her versions of Italian, Mexican, and Mediterranean. Give them try, and maybe you will become a fan of Chef Marcie like me and Chef Robert Irvine.

Below is what I had:
Warm Pretzel Rolls, Thai Style Mussels, Fried Cheese Curds, Soft Shell Crabs, Fried Chicken, and Funfetti Cake. They were ALL delicious as could be!

Myrtle Beach Eats 2019

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Myrtle Beach Eats 2019

Vietnam House Restaurant – Myrtle Beach, SC

Informal Pan-Asian eatery doling out familiar Chinese & Vietnamese eats in unadorned surrounds. Everything was tasty and service was friendly. I had the fresh spring rolls and shrimp fried rice noodles.

Maggi D’s – Myrtle Beach, SC

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This is a homey eatery serving straightforward Italian dishes. The bread makes a good sandwich, and their bread is good. I had the Frank “The Bodyguard” which is fried chicken cutlet, fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, and balsamic reduction.

Johnny Rockets – Myrtle Beach, SC

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Sitting in the heart of the tourist entertainment complex Broadway at the Beach is Johnny Rockets. Service was fast and prices reasonable. I enjoyed an original double burger with a side of fries.

05-19-19 Small Bites Radio

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05-19-19

Small Bites – Episode 111

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05-19-19

Small Bites – Episode 111

D and L Coffee Service Inc. presents the #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia”, Small Bites with Donato Marino and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio this Sunday, May 19th at 635pm EST with a stellar lineup.

We are thrilled to welcome Teri Turner the founder of the popular blog nocrumbsleft. She is also a regular contributor to HuffPost and editor and columnist for The Feedfeed. Being a part of the Whole30 community, Teri loves helping people cook nourishing meals and have fun doing it so she has released an wonderful cookbook “No Crumbs Left: Whole30 Endorsed, Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous” from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As millions of people know, one of the toughest things about completing the Whole30 is figuring out what to eat next, the other 335 days of the year. Food is Teri’s love language, and her approach to getting people into the kitchen, rolling up their sleeves, and cooking is contagious. Teri’s recipes, most of which are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and Whole30 compliant, are what makes No Crumbs Left so unique. Simple and incredibly delicious dishes such as Pistachio Pesto Chicken Breast, Shrimp Pad Thai, and Spicy Pepperoncini Beef are on the dinner table quickly. Sounds great!

Then joining us will be Chef Christine Hazel a recent Food NetworkChopped winner on episode that was judged by Martha StewartAlex Guarnaschelli, and Geoffrey Zakarian. A graduate of The Art institute of Philadelphia with honors, Chef Christine is a private chef and consultant in the Pop-Up Dining Experience. She does short term residencies in restaurants nationwide where patrons enjoy multi-course interactive dining experiences. As the Chef/Owner of Hazel Private Chef and Catering, Chef Christine is also known for her upscale private dining experiences and for being one of the lead chefs at The Masters Tournament each year. Chef Christine has worked for renowned Iron Chef Jose Garces and served as Culinary Advisor to the Chickie’s & Pete’s restaurant group, as well as spent time at the The Farm and Fisherman Tavern – Cherry Hill, NJ. In addition, Chef Christine was at Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a brand ambassador for Flint & Flame USA, has been featured on Silvio Lelli’s RVN TV an AppleTV program “Cooked and Uncorked”, and she is the Cause Champion for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, helping to feed over 120,000 families in the Philadelphia area through the United 2 Feed Campaign. We can’t wait!

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner, so that means for many of us the Jersey Shore is on our minds again. Well we have Andrew Thulin the General Manager of Daddy O Hotel Restaurant and Hotel. Daddy O opened in April for the season and is a boutique hotel and restaurant with an incredible rooftop bar. Andrew wants everyone to know about the many new menu items and activities planned for the summer of 2019 in Long Beach Island.

Last, but certainly not least we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome back in studio one of our favorite pit-masters Tom Bera of the wildly popular and award-winning competition barbeque team Philly Blind Pig BBQ. We can only hope he will spoil us with some of his amazing smoked delights.

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, 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.

Small Bites – Episode 111

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.

Grand Canyon and Route 66 – 2019

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Hualapai Ranch – Grand Canyon West – Western Rim – Peach Springs, AZ

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Things started out at the Western Rim of the Grand Canyon. The top picture was at Guano Point and this is what you have to do to make sure your child doesn’t veer off and fall off the cliff while you get your picture taken. I didn’t take a picture of the food, but it should be noted. You will get corn on the cob, a salad bar, and roasted chicken if you get your meal at Guano Point. The ranch was a fabulously fun time and we stayed at the cabins on site which were clean and modern and I was happy we stayed overnight. I didn’t know what to expect, but the stay was fantastic. The staff and crew around the area were amazing and beyond friendly. There were tons of games and things to do for the entire family. The dinner on-site was ribs with steamed vegetables, a snack of fireside s’more at night, and the breakfast the following morning was scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast. If you have kids, this is a must to do while in the Grand Canyon area and staying overnight is well worth it.

El Tovar Dining Room – Grand Canyon National Park -Southern Rim – Grand Canyon Village, AZ

The El Tovar Dining Room is an elegant American restaurant inside the El Tovar Hotel with Grand Canyon vistas from some tables. Well we were lucky enough to be seated at one of the tables with a view. The view was stunning, service impeccable, and food was delicious from start to finish. I had the signature French onion soup gratinee, crab stack with lump blue claw crabmeat, diced avocado, red onions, diced tomato, fried onion, cilantro oil, and entrée was sautéed duck breast with blueberry compote, roasted red potato, and carrots.

Goldies Route 66 Diner – Route 66 – Williams, AZ

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Goldies Route 66 Diner is a Casual throwback with 1960s styling offering classic American breakfast, lunch & dinner eats. Once again the theme of this post is me forgetting to take a picture of the food. I can tell you this though. Goldies Route 66 Diner was as good as any famous Jersey or Philadelphia Diner around. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better diner experience outside of Tri-State area. I had delicious marbled rye bread, with over easy eggs, and fried potatoes. The décor is exactly what you want to see and done tastefully with a nice gift shop area, and service was down home and bubbly while being extremely affordable. The town itself is cool to explore as well to spend the day.