Food

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Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Though it seems like an ordinary coffee shop, The Monkey & The Elephant in Brewerytown is an entirely unique organization. Its only employees, besides management, are young people who have just recently exited the foster system. Lisa Miccolis, the founder and executive director of The Monkey & The Elephant, pictured above, had years of experience working […]

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Somerton: Five Must-Try Food Spots

Somerton: Five Must-Try Food Spots

Somerton is not your typical Philadelphia neighborhood. With Bucks County and Montgomery County at its borders, it is a part of the Northeast that feels more like the suburbs. There are a wide array of cultures, offering a plethora of places to dine at that will satisfy anyone’s taste buds. So, where does this neighborhood […]

 

Newbold: Restaurant Owner Brings Homestyle Indonesian Food To An Award-Winning Restaurant

Newbold: Restaurant Owner Brings Homestyle Indonesian Food To An Award-Winning Restaurant

Hardena Resto Waroeng Surabaya is home to authentic Indonesian food located on the corner of Hicks and Moore streets in Newbold. Customers can enjoy tahu seafood, tempe orek, beef ending, bala bala (an Indonesian favorite of fried vegetables) and more, all cooked with love by Ena Widjojo. Ena Widjojo, her husband Harry Widjojo and their […]

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Manayunk: Five Unconventional Food Items You Can Find On Main Street

Manayunk: Five Unconventional Food Items You Can Find On Main Street

Main St. in Manayunk is the perfect place for anyone looking to escape the limitations of a mundane menu. These five eateries provide unique offerings for Philadelphia’s more adventurous food lovers. Tacos de Chapulines at Taqueria Feliz These grasshopper tacos are exactly what they sound like. The crispy insects have a taste similar to roasted […]

 

Bridesburg: Descendant of Lenni Lenape Tribe Strives for State Recognition

Bridesburg: Descendant of Lenni Lenape Tribe Strives for State Recognition

Thousands of years before Bridesburg became the neighborhood we know of today, it was the lush lands that the Lenni Lenape (meaning “original” or “real” people) farmed, fished, hunted and thrived in. On April 13, 2016, residents of Bridesburg gathered at Point No Point Republican Club for an eye-opening presentation by Carla Messinger, a descendant […]

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South Philadelphia: Where Old Meets New

South Philadelphia: Where Old Meets New

It’s a Saturday afternoon, and Vincent Iannelli is working in the back of his bakery on Passyunk Avenue. Iannelli, 29, wears a sauce-smudged cooking apron and a baseball cap atop his dark, slicked-back hair. He takes his time while he pours homemade red gravy across freshly-rolled dough, scoops it onto a wooden paddle and into […]

 

Northeast: Supermarket Closures Leave Food Pantries Scrambling

Northeast: Supermarket Closures Leave Food Pantries Scrambling

It was 8:40 a.m. on a recent sunny, spring-like day. In addition to the birds chirping, chatter could be heard as a line from the front of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church wrapped around Sackett Street onto Tyson Avenue. Many were gathering and waiting for the Feast of Justice’s Community Cupboard to open. Feast of […]

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Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

It was in the 1970s when drug use and the violent state of the neighborhood spurred a unique change among a small group of Puerto Rican women in West Kensington. These women, called the Grupo Motivos, worked with an elementary school teacher and a professor to reclaim land and create a place for growth and […]

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Brewerytown: Gardeners Grow Strong Roots in Community

Brewerytown: Gardeners Grow Strong Roots in Community

The Brewerytown Community Garden brings fresh, inexpensive fruits and vegetables back into the community while also engaging residents with various events. “I love gardening, it kind of calms me down, it’s good for you,”said garden member Jeannie Brooks. “I grew up in a family of farmers and singers from Hopewell Township in New Jersey.” When Brooks relocated to […]

 

East Passyunk: After Success In South Philly, Brothers Expand Grocery Business

East Passyunk: After Success In South Philly, Brothers Expand Grocery Business

More than six years ago, two brothers dove into their savings and maxed out their credit cards to follow their passion and share it with the people around them. “There was a demand for a store specializing in this (local and organic) kind of food, and we thought if we don’t do it, someone else […]