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One of These Is Not Like the Others

24 Sep

From the special 25th anniversary edition of Elle magazine coming out this month:

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Chinatown Restaurant Week

23 Sep

Sweet pic huh?

So Philadelphia Restaurant Week wraps up tomorrow. I didn’t get to go this year, and I didn’t go last year. For those of you who don’t know (or don’t care), Restaurant Week is an opportunity for participating area restaurants to attract customers who normally wouldn’t patronize these places. Each spot formulates several multi-course menus designed to showcase what each respective establishment has to offer. Honestly, I understand what they are trying to do but I don’t like the execution. I have eaten at some of these places, and have blown less than 50 dollars (the price for dinner, not including drinks) per person. I guess the price should be relatively high so as not to attract any riff raff but whatever.

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23 Sep

In beer news, brew titan Anheuser-Busch is offering up 500,000 free Budweiser’s at restaurants and bars, as part of its largest ever national free-sample campaign. The product being offered is traditional Budweiser, or “Bud heavy”, as some may refer to it. Supposedly, sales of “America’s favorite beer” are down 9 percent this past year and 4 out of 10 people in their mid-20s have never tried it. National trends in the beer drinking crowd point to a shift from the traditional brands (MGD, Bud, Coors) to either craft, light, or more budget friendly brew. College kids are drinking what’s cheap, and when they graduate they move to something classier.

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Continental Midtown

30 Jun

When one thinks of the Philadelphia restaurant scene, one name comes to mind, Stephen Starr. This impresario has established multiple restaurants each with its own distinct “theme” and “style” throughout the city. This concept may seem corny, but the elegance and sophistication found in each truly makes for an unforgettable dining experience. As a way to celebrate the end of my summer classes (I always need an excuse), I decided to head to one of Starr’s flagship eateries, Continental Midtown.

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Tommy DiNic’s

25 Jun

Philadelphia is known for two things: an astronomical murder rate and cheesesteaks. I am not big on the first issue, but am a big fan and consumer of the latter. I have spent a lot of time and money traveling around this city for the perfect combination of chopped ribeye, fried onions, melted cheese, and a fresh baked roll. I have my own thoughts about what shop makes the best steak, but I’ll save that for another day. Any true Philadelphia food connoisseur will tell you that the city’s best sandwich isn’t the famous cheesesteak, it is in fact the Italian roast pork sandwich.

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Sakura Mandarin

24 Jun

I am a full-time college student. I am poor. These two things have gone together since the dawn of time. Despite this setback, I try to go out to a nice sit down restaurant on a monthly basis. To amplify the experience, I pay little to no attention to the prices on the menu (Dad, I’m lying) and let my date do the same. I do this for a reason. Not to come off as conceited, but I like to try and envision the type of lifestyle that I would like to someday attain. Kind of like that adage, “dress for the job you want.” If you want to be a CEO, wear a power suit to your interview. I hate fancy clothes for the most part, so instead I like to eat well.

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