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T & N Homemade Kitchen – Philadelphia, PA

T & N Homemade Kitchen – Philadelphia, PA

What a great spot here. I had the Chicken cutlet with roasted red peppers and sharp provolone and an order of gravy fries. Everything was fresh, and service was friendly.

09-08-19 Small Bites Radio

09-08-19

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, September 8th at 635pm EST with a stellar lineup.

We are thrilled to welcome Chef Gemma Stafford who has collected her favorite recipes and newest creations in her first cookbook: BIGGER BOLDER BAKING: A Fearless Approach to Baking Anytime, Anywhere from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Baking beginners, busy parents, university students on a budget, and even pastry pros will find over 115 delectable recipes that transform baking from a weekend indulgence to a daily treat. Most recipes call for less than 10 ingredients and only a few ordinary kitchen tools. Also, Gemma hosts the popular online cooking show Bigger Bolder Baking, which has garnered over 1.9 million subscribers and 170 million views on YouTube and a combined 1.5 million followers on Facebook (Bigger Bolder Baking and Gemma Stafford). By focusing on high-quality visuals and practical tips, she has helped millions learn to bake no matter their skill level.

Then we have on Chef Craig Shelton who is a James Beard Foundation Award Winner and former Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics major from Yale University. Chef Craig just launched a new cold brew line by pioneering a Bordeaux-inspired blending method to create the King’s Row Coffee King’s Brew Nitro Cold Brew selection. After sampling over 280 of the world’s best single origins, he concluded that not one provided a perfectly complex and balanced tasting experience from start to finish. Thus, Shelton using only the world’s best beans, through which he crafted a line of the most flavorful nitro cold brews, to conquer your day.

We are happy to be joined by Chef David Wiederholt the owner/operator of David & Sons 322 BBQ in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. 322 BBQ is one of the best BBQ spots today in South Jersey hitting all the right notes from start to finish from modern décor, family atmosphere, table games to play while dining, and amazing food. If you haven’t heard of them, you are missing out.

Last, but certainly least will be Larry Jorgensen the author of The Coca-Cola Trail People and Places in the History of Coca-Cola from G L Management. The Coca-Cola Trail is a journey for anyone interested in discovering the history and growth of the world’s most recognized product. The trail will take readers to the places in America that tell the story – places where you can see, touch, and remember. Whether a serious Coca-Cola memorabilia collector, a person interested in American business History, or simply a fan – The Coca-Cola Trail provides a fresh new look at a trusted old friend.

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.

Sweet Spice – Savannah, GA

Sweet Spice – Savannah, GA

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Southern charm can make anything taste better. Well the people at Sweet Spice are as friendly as you will find, and the food was pretty decent as well. I had their lunch special of jerk chicken with rice and peas topped with mac and cheese.

08-25-19 Small Bites Radio

08-25-19

Small Bites

08-25-19

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, August 25th at 635pm EST with a stellar lineup.

After globetrotting for the past 3 weeks Derek finally returns to studio so we figured we’d have someone serenade him with a welcome back. Well we couldn’t think of anyone better than Opera Philadelphia to do this, and we will have Frank Luzi the Vice President of Marketing Opera Philadelphia to pick the right song to sing to Derek and also talk about Festival O19 which brings 12 days of opera to Philadelphia from September 18-29th. Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century by delivering outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage our public and propel our genre forward. The third edition of its festival, O19, which comprises two world premieres, two company premieres, and a series of special presentations, events, and recitals at multiple venues across the city in September. Next, the season spotlights renowned Jack Mulroney Music Director Maestro Corrado Rovaris, who leads three productions at the The Academy of Music to mark the 20th anniversary of his company debut. As the Washington Postobserves, “Opera in Philadelphia really can claim to offer something for everyone”. They even have their own beer to celebrate the event Opera Philadelphia Ale (OPA) by Flying Fish Brewing Company. Now it sounds like a party!

Talking about a fun time, named the “best seaside amusement park in the world,” Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks goes beyond serving funnel cake and hot dogs, making a trip to the Wildwoods, New Jersey boardwalk a full culinary experience by adding a dash of gastronomic flair to classic boardwalk fare. We will have join us Morey’s Piers Executive Chef Wally Jurusz the person responsible for making sure it is more than just salt water taffy and fries on their boardwalk while putting a creative flair that tastes delicious and is innovative. Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today and #1 Best Beach Boardwalk by Family Vacation Critic, Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks.

Then born in Visit Japan Go Tokyo to Chinese and Jewish American parents, we are thrilled to welcome Eric Silverstein to talk about his new cookbook “The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas” from Sterling Publishing. He shares 100 recipes for delicious Asian street food . . . with a modern Southern and Southwestern twist including many of The Peached Tortilla’s most-beloved dishes, like the Banh Mi Taco, JapaJam Burger, and Bacon Jam Fries, which has gained rabid fandom. This is Asian fusion at its best, delivering soul-satisfying comfort food with a kick! Erich has been featured in The New York Times, People, Kiplinger, Food & Wine, and DETAILS, as well as on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Food Network, and The Cooking Channel. Silverstein opened his first brick-and-mortar restaurant, The Peached Tortilla, in Visit Austin, Texas in 2014 (named by The New York Times as “One of the Five Places to Go in Austin”). In 2016, Silverstein opened Peached Social House, a one-of-a-kind event and catering space, and in 2018, he opened The Peached Tortilla’s first fast-casual restaurant in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Last, but certainly not least we welcome in studio Amato Bros. Restaurant – Bar – Deli & Catering in Oaklyn, New Jersey Haddon Township. Amato Broswas my Best of South Jersey pick for cheesesteak on Dining on a Dime cheesesteak throwdown episode and the famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure man himself James Pappas said that their cheesesteaks were amazing. They have South Philly roots now planted in South Jersey and an interesting story to tell of a rise and fall and glorious rise again of their original location along with serving some of the tastiest sandwiches around. We can’t wait!

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. Also be sure to tune in at 5pm for Dining On A Dime’s 50th episode party.

Pocono Mountains – Jim Thorpe area – 2019

Pocono Mountains – Jim Thorpe area – 2019

What a fun and beautiful area to visit with plenty of outdoor adventures to be had around every turn. They also have quite a fun little culinary scene going on.

Moya – Jim Thorpe, PA

This was such an enjoyable meal. Every course was delicious and the atmosphere is divine with impeccable service. Highly recommend. Had Ecuadorian style braised lamb shank in beer sauce, boneless beef short rib in port wine sauce, fresh orecchiette with mushrooms and spinach, sautéed vegetable medley with shallots and olive oil, order of flatbread, shrimp with red curry and ginger in coconut milk, crab cake with cilantro vinaigrette, and scallops with green onions in an orange sesame oil vinaigrette.

Cafe Arielle at the Stabin Museum – Jim Thorpe, PA

A great quirky museum with the work of Victor Stabin is housed in the same building as the restaurant. We were lucky enough to be seated for dinner with a stream of water underneath the table that you can look at through glass. Once you order food you can stroll around and look at the art and then enjoy a nice meal. We had sweet and spicy shrimp with ginger noodles, baked brie and pear, chicken piccata, and mussels in champagne cream sauce.

Bonnie & Clyde Pub and Grill – Lehighton, PA

The food here was pretty good and service was top notch. The desserts are made in house and our waitress was actually the pastry chef as well. Cool décor, nice setup, and great beer menu. Had clam chowder, colossal lump crab meat swimming in a creamy butter with sautéed veggies and brown rice, and crème brulee.

Muggles’ Mug Coffee Shop – Jim Thorpe, PA

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A cool little hangout with lots of Harry Potter themed things going on here. Enjoyed this cookie while playing a game of chess on a Harry Potter chess set.

Big Creek Bar-B-Q – Lehighton, PA

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A fancy food truck type of setup with quick service. All the food was tasty, meat was moist, and prices extremely reasonable. Had full rack of ribs, 3 chicken drumsticks, pulled pork, and beans.

Sunny’s Pizza – Lehighton, PA

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This pizza place had some of the friendliest service around, price you can’t beat with specials, and they even have a nice miniature golf course that they let you play in the back of the restaurant while your food is cooking. If in the area and want pizza, you definitely should stop by here as the pizza was delicious as well.

We also hit up all the ice cream places. Wood’s Ice Cream was good for soft serve, Bear Appetite Cafe for hard serve, and Curiosities Coffee and Ice House for a delicious milk shake from fresh homemade ice cream.

Belize – 2019

Belize – 2019

Ever heard of Belize? If you said NO, you’re not alone and I was surprised before I left how many people have not. Maybe it’s because they were previously named British Honduras until the 1980’s or maybe it’s because they are a tiny little country hard to find on map since they are the same size as the state of Massachusetts. Either way, it was a wonderful place to visit and hope to return again sometime soon. My base camp in Belize would be Hopkins Village which is a coastal village in Southeastern Belize. Hopkins is a Garifuna village on the coast of the Stann Creek District in Belize and is considered by some Belizeans to be the cultural center of the Garifuna population in Belize (that last part was from Wikipedia to make this post sound smart). I’m all about the food, not the history, so below are some of the places I visited during my stay around the area, book a vacation for yourself, tell them I say hello, and hope you enjoy now that you have heard about Belize.

Nice Cream – Hopkins, Belize

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I can’t believe I don’t have a single picture of any of their ice cream here as I visited Nice Cream EVERY single night I was there (except Monday as they are closed) as their ice cream is AWESOME and the owner was such a joy to get to know. This is a MUST stop for anyone visiting Hopkins.

Ella’s Cool Spot – Hopkins, Belize

This is a really COOL SPOT with delicious lobster coconut curry. This was the first time I ever had breadfruit fries and I must say they were really good. They have a swing that was able to fit my entire family right at the waterfront for us to relax until the food was ready and service was top notch.

Maxim’s Bar and Grill – Hopkins, Belize

Hidden a bit down the main road is a good meal waiting to happen. We had fresh plantain chips that were to die for and I would love to see some spots in the states add this to their menu, fish fingers that were finger licking good, and an entrée of coconut milk shrimp with rice and beans. This place was hopping with all tables filled and a smile on everyone’s face.

Geckos – Hopkins, Belize

This was such a treat eating here. The jerk chicken was being smoked with wonderful scents floating around everywhere as we sat at the table and the chicken and sautéed veggies were awesome. The owner was really nice and even let us be at the restaurant even though he wasn’t open yet. We’re sure glad he did!

Lucky Lobster Bar and Grill – Hopkins, Belize

A little further down the main road in the Sittee Point area of Hopkins is a nice stop. You have Lucky Lobster and right next door is Oasis Fitness Gym & Café. They are both owned by Gary and Kathy. We were LUCKY enough to run into Gary the night we were there and he was so kind and such a joy to hear his story of how they ended up in Hopkins. He also provided us a flyer map of the Hopkins area that after receiving it I took it everywhere as it was AMAZING and even better than Google Maps. Not only was the company good, but the food was good as well as I had the grilled lobster tail, sautéed mixed veggies, and double baked potato.

Driftwood Beach Bar and Pizza Shack – Hopkins, Belize

They have a nice setup here with a good bar, plenty of games to play while waiting for you food, and beach volleyball available. The food was delicious as well, so that never hurts. I really liked the vibe here. I had a plain small pizza and lobster tacos.

Tina’s Kitchen – Hopkins, Belize

With a great wide open view of the beach, church, and playground area is Tina’s. They even have a few Garifuna dishes as well. I went with a chicken quesadilla that was really good and the traditional Bundiga topped with a whole fish. The fish was so TASTY!!!

Innies Restaurant – Hopkins, Belize

Sitting right on the main street makes dining here a good spot to people watch and see what’s going on around town while eating. I had their chips with fresh salsa and stewed chicken with rice and beans.

Shadel’s Magic Pastry Shop – Hopkins, Belize

This is a tiny little shop with a bunch of different choices that you may not expect from them. I had the vanilla and chocolate cake and lemon meringue pie.

Jashlenn’s Corner Bakery – Hopkins, Belize

Some of the friendliest people you will meet run this bakery. They have a nice variety and I only wish I could have tried everything, but they were going on vacation for 3 weeks. I had the fresh glazed donut with sprinkles and it was great.

MeetU – Hopkins, Belize

Once you tire of eating outdoors and want a little comfort, air conditioning, television to watch, and modern ambiance then MeetU has you covered. The service was very friendly and they brought the food out extremely quick compared to other dining destinations in Hopkins. I had the Spicy Ginger Beef which was extremely tender, flavorful, and overall just phenomenal and an order of wonton soup.

Che’il Mayan Chocolate – Cockscomb Jaguar Sanctuary, Belize

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Sitting at the foot of the Cockscomb Jaguar Sanctuary is a delicious little treat to get you ready to hike the trails. I had the orange mile chocolate and it was divine. The chocolate was so creamy and rich and just melted in your mouth immediately. I even bought another bar leaving the Sanctuary.

Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tour – Stann Creek, Belize

You are able to tour a working Fyffes banana farm that was spotlighted on HGTV and see how their daily operations work. The tour is extremely informative, well done, and definitely worth a visit. Once the tour is over, you get to enjoy fresh green banana chips that were cooked while you are there. They were SOOO good!!!

Martha’s Restaurant and Bar – Pomona, Belize

Sitting in the tiny little town of Pomona is Martha’s where the locals dine. I ordered the coconut rice and beans and stewed beef, and it was out of this world wonderful. Highly recommend.

Hibiscus – Armenia Village, Belize

Just a few minutes North of St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park and Caves on the Hummingbird Highway sits Hibiscus. They place was filled with people the day we stopped and the delicious food and prices couldn’t be beat. I had the baked chicken that fell right off the bone with rice and beans.

Pirate Crab – Voorhees Township, NJ

Pirate Crab – Voorhees Township, NJ

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Pirate Crab is a restaurant within a restaurant as you have to enter in the doors of OkiMaki Sushi Burrito and walk to the rear of Oki Maki to get to the hostess of Pirate Crab to be seated there. It’s an interesting concept and two very different crowds of who is walking through the doors for what. I had the shrimp with head on and crawfish boil with the pirate sauce that includes potatoes, corn, and sausage. This is a messy meal, but it was enjoyable and tasty. The presentation could use a little assistance as they serve you your meal in a plastic bag. Prices are reasonable and competitive for seafood, but not budget by any means.