Food Network Star Season 11 Open Casting Call in Philadelphia

Is it your dream to be on the Food Network? Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Food Network Star? Details on the open casting call coming up in Philadelphia are below:

Food Network Star Season 11 Philadelphia Casting Call

Food Network Star Season 11
Philadelphia Open Casting Call

Date: Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 
Time: 12pm – 3pm 
Location: Doubletree Hotel
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

To apply for season 11 of Food Network Star, click here: http://jscasting.com/food-network-star-season-11-officially-post/

Tasty Vittles: Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips

I was excited when Food Should Taste Good reached out to say they wanted to send me some samples. Already a big fan of their products, I was especially excited to try their Harvest Pumpkin tortilla chips because I’m pretty much a fool for anything pumpkin related this time of year. They also sent a bag of Sweet Potato tortilla chips and Blue Corn tortilla chips.

Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips
Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips

You can’t go wrong with any of these chips quite honestly; they’re all delicious snacks. But the Harvest Pumpkin chips stood out taste-wise because of the distinctive addition of seasonal spices — sweet cinnamon and spicy nutmeg. These flavors practically scream Autumn.

Food Should Taste Good sent some recipe cards along with the chips and I had every intention of trying them, but I ended up improvising instead.

I had some spreadable chevre with honey on hand. Any soft goat cheese would do, but the sweet chevre matched with salty chips was a heavenly match. As delightful as that combination was, I was inspired to take the sweet & salty mix to the next level during my next tasting.

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Food Should Taste Good Pumpkin Harvest Tortilla Chips with Vanilla Ice Cream

The idea of adding crunchy and salty toppings to ice cream is nothing new; at least not to me. I love adding pretzels to vanilla ice cream. Throwing a few Harvest Pumpkin chips into a bowl of vanilla ice cream seemed completely natural to me. It might sound strange, but trust me, it worked. Sweet, salty AND spicy all in one!? Nailed it.

Eventually, I just snacked on the rest until they were all gone. I also did this with the Sweet Potato tortilla chips. They were enjoyed right out of the bag. Sadly, I never did get around to making the Cranberry Compote or Pineapple Chipotle Salsa recipes which would have been perfect with either of them.

As for the Blue Corn tortilla chips, they almost met the same fate as the Sweet Potato chips; but I decided they would be a perfect topping for a most delicious seitan and bean chili we made one night. The chips added a much needed crunchy element to the ultra savory and hearty chili.

Seitan and Bean Chili with Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Seitan and Bean Chili with Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

There’s no wrong way to enjoy Food Should Taste Good chips or crackers — either straight out of the bag, as an add-on to something else delicious or with a special dip, spread or salsa. Whatever you do — get the Pumpkin Harvest chips before they’re gone! YUM!

EVENT: Philadelphia’s Top Chefs Come Together For Grand Tasting Event To Benefit Local Youth

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Tickets are now available for a grand tasting event, including excellent wines and handcrafted beers, on November 3, 2014, featuring dishes from Philadelphia’s premiere culinary masters. Proceeds from the second annual ‘IGNITE: Firing Up Tomorrow’s Chefs’ will support the non-profit Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C‐CAP) Philadelphia Region, which provides culinary scholarships, education, job training and lifetime career guidance to students at 21 area high schools in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties.

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Manayunk Fall StrEAT Festival 2014

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The Fall Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival will be held this Sunday, September 28th between 11:00-5:00 on Main Street in Manayunk. The street will be blocked off to traffic and include fun for all ages. Recess, a kid-friendly zone, located at Canal View Park will have a moon bounce, face painting, Twister, sidewalk chalk and more. There will also be a Beer Garden on Cotton Street where you can sample some of the area’s best brews.

There will also be a photo opportunity with 3D chalk art work by festival sponsor Food Should Taste Good™. Celebrated muralist Michael Macaulay will create a 7’ x 20’ 3D chalk art installation that celebrates both Philadelphia and Food Should Taste Good. They will be sampling products such as their Sweet Potato, Multigrain and Blue Corn tortilla chips.

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Local Vittles: Crum Creek Soy Bites

Disclosure: Crum Creek provided 8 bags of soy bites for this review.  We were not financially compensated and all opinions are our own.

Crum Creek Soy Bites

Crum Creek (based in Springfield, PA) reached out offering to send us some samples of their soy bites and we graciously accepted. Not sure what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised to find these “mini-breadsticks” were actually quite similar in appearance to pretzel bites with a similar (hard, crunchy) texture. These pretzel-like soy-based snacks come in 4 flavors: Sesame, Onion, Rosemary & Garlic and Everything. Our favorite were the Everything and Sesame varieties.

These snacks are perfect for dipping. While they tasted fine on their own, we dipped them in mustard and melted cheese which improved their taste overall. Crum Creek’s website suggests that you can also use them for dipping in hummus, light cream cheese, peanut butter, jelly or whatever else you like. They would be great with French onion or ranch dip, too.

Great for kids and adults alike, we recommend giving these locally manufactured, non-GMO snacks a try.

Crum Creek is generously offering readers of Philly Grub 50% off the purchase of their healthy mini-breadsticks on http://www.crumcreek.com. Simply use the coupon code FOODIEFIFTY” at checkout online.

When you try ‘em, we’d love to hear from you!

Eat This: Honolulu Baby Burger at Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar Cherry Hill NJ

Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar recently hosted their 3rd Annual Create Your Own Burger Contest. Fans were invited to submit their burger ideas on Zinburger’s Facebook page. Three finalists were selected and voted on by the fans of the page. The three finalists were the Ultimate Korean BBQ Burger, Honolulu Baby Burger and Southern Swag Burger. On September 3rd it was announced that the Honolulu Baby Burger, burger brainchild of Sandy Thornton of Atlanta Georgia, had won the contest.

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The Honolulu Baby Burger consists of certified angus beef, Swiss cheese, charred pineapple, fire-roasted red and yellow bell peppers, shredded lettuce, mayo and topped with a grilled square of SPAM. That’s right, folks, SPAM! Talk about over the top!

The burger will be featured on the menu of Zinburger’s East Coast restaurants this week; September 15-21 only. We were invited to preview the burger yesterday at the Cherry Hill restaurant located at 923 Haddonfield Road. We graciously accepted the invite to try this indulgent creation.

We have been to the Cherry Hill location a few times and were always pleased with the quality of food and service. We were greeted promptly by a hostess and the manager on duty that day, Giorgios, escorted us to our table. Within a minute our server, Ryan, arrived to take our order. Naturally, we were there for one thing, the winning burger. But we also selected an order of their amazing hand-cut fries and onion rings. We had the fries before and were already in love with them, but not the rings. We’re often hesitant to order onion rings because they can come out too greasy and the breading can fall off which is not conducive to good onion ring eating in our opinion.

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Zinburger’s onion rings are perfect. You get the full onion ring experience with the breading staying in tact. The BBQ sauce while good, probably isn’t necessary. It was hard to not to eat all of them as we easily could have, but we were purposely conserving our appetite for the main course, especially in light of knowing how utterly decadent it would be.

We both ordered our Honolulu Baby Burgers medium-rare. And that’s exactly how they came out; brown on the outside and a delicate red-pink on the inside, and mouthwateringly juicy. Kudos to the burger chefs who can nail it!

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We’re not going to lie: this burger is NO joke! In fact, it’s pretty overwhelming. The picture above doesn’t do it justice, it is quite large. The kind of burger you need to cut in half to eat it carefully and diagnostically. The full impact of the savory experience didn’t register until after a couple of bites. Then when all of the flavors come together, you can’t help but moan joyfully and become somewhat involuntarily compelled to continue eating. This burger has pronounced flavor notes; savory, salty, and sweet. But certainly not too sweet. Chargrilling the pineapple and roasting the peppers really does temper overt sweetness. The SPAM, while a novel and nostalgic addition, didn’t take away from the burger. In fact, we hardly noticed it.

It was a labor of love, but we were able to (mostly) finish our burgers. The only very minor issue we had was that there was slightly too much mayo producing slippery conditions and some of the ingredients to end up on the plate. No worries; that’s what forks are for. In the end, we felt that the food hangover we had for the rest of the day and risk of heart attack (we kid, sort of) was completely worth it.

This is a burger for the ages, foodies and burger lovers. One that must be experienced to be believed. Totally worth crossing the bridge for it. We sincerely recommend visiting the Cherry Hill Zinburger this week to try it yourself. Not only do you get to sample a one-of-a-kind, limited edition burger, but you will absolutely be treated to wonderful and prompt service, delicious sides (get the rings!) and super tasty beverages. This week’s milkshake is the Snickers, but they have many, many other milkshakes to choose from. They also have many great wines (as their name suggests) and other alcoholic offerings at a full-service bar. If you’re lucky, Ryan will be your server. Ask for him; you won’t regret it.

Thank you Sandy Thornton for the outrageously delicious concept. As always, thank you Zinburger Cherry Hill for another incredible burger encounter; til next time!