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!

image: Zinburger Honolulu Baby Burger

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!

4th of July Cocktails Anyone?

Fine Wine & Good Spirits sent us a list of summer cocktails to review and share with you. While they all sound exquisite, our picks are the Red, White and Bluetini and the Key West Cooler.

Red, White and Bluetini

2 oz. Hpnotiq
1 oz. citrus vodka
1 oz. lemon-lime soda
½ oz. grenadine
shaved coconut

Red White & Bluetini
Key West Cooler

1 oz. Margaritaville Silver Tequila
½ oz. Gran Gala Orange Liqueur
1 oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. cranberry juice
2 Tbsp. sugar

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
Shake and pour into a chilled margarita glass.

Find more drink recipes here.

What will you be drinking this July 4th? Cheers!

Bed Bath & Beyond World Market Cherry Hill NJ

We recently visited the Bed, Bath & Beyond in Cherry Hill and were delighted to find a gourmet food emporium inside. They call it the “World Market” and that’s just what it is — a market of specialty foods from around the World!

image: Bed Bath & Beyond Cherry Hill NJ World Market

A gourmet specialty food market right in Bed, Bath & Beyond? Yup!

You can literally find distinctive food products from just about every regional cuisine — Asian, Southeast Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian, Mexican, etc. Many countries are represented with imported food & drink products; some of which you can’t find anywhere else locally.

You’ll find a nice variety of meats and cheeses, pasta and grains, condiments and sauces, spices and seasonings, flavorings, cooking oils and potions, soups, meals and meal starters, jams and spreads, cookies and cakes, candy and chocolate, coffees and teas, specialty sodas and beverages, and food gifts. It’s quite impressive how much they fit into a relatively small space.

In addition to being impressed by the variety, we were pleased to see that most items were reasonably priced, too. We really didn’t see anything that was too outrageous or gave us sticker shock. Let’s put it this way – nothing was priced out of the ordinary. It’s all either comparable or even less than Wegmans or Whole Foods.

You won’t find fresh foods such as any produce, fruits & vegetables or frozen items here. It’s all non-perishables with the exception of cheese; most of them are aged, vacuum-packed and do not need immediate refrigeration.

Here’s what we got on our 1st visit:

image: food products from Bed Bath Beyond World Market Cherry Hill NJ

Snacks & condiments for around $25. The salames were quite reasonably priced.

image: Dr. Oetker Chocolate mug cake

For when I ABSOLUTELY must have a piece of cake!! :)

We didn’t take a picture, but the sheer amount of specialty sodas they carry is mind-boggling. I’ve never seen so many different root beers in my life! If you love retro and gourmet sodas, you’ll love the selection here. It’s not really our thing, but some of them are so cute & kitschy that I was very tempted to grab a few. Maybe next time!

If you’re in or around Cherry Hill — perhaps shopping at Wegmans or Whole Foods? — it’s worth a trip into the Bed, Bath & Beyond to check out the World Market inside. If you’re a foodie like us, we’re quite sure you’ll find something you like in there! :)

A Philly Seafood Feast at Crabby’s Cafe & Sports Bar

Last Wednesday evening, we were invited to a media event at Crabby’s Cafe & Sports Bar at The Piazza in the Northern Liberties. The event was a lot of fun and ridiculously delicious. We met a lot of great people, too; fellow local food bloggers and food enthusiasts. We all couldn’t get over how much food we had! Check out some of the highlights of the event in the slideshow below:

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Drink Tip: try the “Happy Crab” cocktail – it’s basically alcoholic jungle juice! That might sound gross but trust — it was awesome!

Check out these upcoming summer events:

Crabby’s Luau Party will be accompanied by leis, fruity cocktails, and of course, a pig roast. Starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday July 19th, show up at the Piazza set for a festive summer celebration. Guests can enjoy unlimited food and drinks for the first two hours, then dance the night away indoors or outdoors.

The Crawfish Boil will be held on Saturday, August 9th starting from 4 p.m. Inspired by the traditional Louisiana events, Crabby’s is one of the only places in Philadelphia to host an authentic crawfish boil, complete with a live jazz band. Get ready to suck the head and pinch the tail!

Lastly, Crabby’s Clam Bake is September’s special event. On Saturday, September 13th, guests can choose from three reservation times: of 1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m., and 7-9 p.m. for their classic New England-style meal. In tradition with true clam bakes, Crabby’s will consist of clams, crab legs, and vegetables served by the bucket.

All of Crabby’s summer specials are $40 with a $25 non-alcoholic ticket available. Each one will provide delicious seafood, Corona Light and Yeungling beers on special, great entertainment, and a guaranteed fun time. Event dates are rain or shine.

Seriously, if you’re looking to feast on seafood in Philly, we recommend checking out Crabby’s. You won’t be disappointed.

Lambertville NiteFare – Lambertville NJ’s First Food Truck Festival – This Thursday

NiteFare Lambertville

Lambertville Area Chamber of Commerce, The City of Lambertville, and Humdinger Events announce that the first ever Lambertville NiteFare will be held on Thursday June 12 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. The semi annual event will feature cuisine from Lambertville’s top restaurants, the Greater Philadelphia region’s top food trucks and a Yards Beer Garden. The free, public event will occur on four blocks of North Union Street from Bridge to York Street. In the event of rain on June 12July 10 will be the rain date.

Last year, Lambertville was ranked as one of the 15 prettiest places to live in the United States by Forbes Magazine. Lambertville NiteFare is intended to expose guests from all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the wealth of dining and shopping experiences available in the quaint small town. “Building on the success of the annual Shadfest event, we can’t wait to show people what wonderful experiences this town has to offer,” said Lambertville’s Mayor Dave Delvecchio. “We’ve gathered a collection of the region’s best food trucks to complement Lambertville’s exciting array of dining options. Guests should come hungry! We want people to discover or rediscover Lambertville again and again and again…”

Restaurant participants include:

Food truck participants include:

Yards Beer Garden: Drinking bracelets will be available that allow wearers to purchase a maximum of three, 16-ounce beers. Yards will offer three varieties including Pale Ale, Brawler and Saison. Guests  must present proof of identification in order to purchase the bracelet. Only bracelet wearers may enter the Yards Beer Garden. Bracelets are available for sale in advance at www.hunterdonbucks.com/deals/nitefare.

At the event, bracelets are for sale at Bridge and North Union, York and North Union and the Chamber of Commerce table at Church and North Union. In the event that both June 12 and the rain date July 10 are rained out, bracelet fees will be returned to buyers. A total of 3,000 bracelets will be available for sale, including 2,000 for pre-sale via the website and 1,000 for sale at the event.

Iron Hill Brewery To Celebrate National Burger Month With 31 Daily Burgers

Celebrate National Burger Month at Iron Hill Brewery

Beginning on Thursday, May 1, all 10 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations will celebrate National Burger Month with 31 Daily Burgers.  Each day, a different burger will be offered, and guests are encouraged to return frequently to sample several.  Every guest will receive a Burger Month Punch Card, and for every five burgers they sample, they’ll earn a $15 reward to use on their next visit to Iron Hill.

2014 Burger Month offerings will include:

  • May 1 – The Czar Barrar Burger, a playful ode to Iron Hill’s most award-winning brewer, Bob Barrar, and his much-lauded Russian Imperial Stout: Cajun-spiced twin patties with Maytag blue cheese, Russian Imperial Stout-braised onions and tomato
  • May 2 – The Ryne SandBurger, with aged cheddar, sautéed peppers and onions, exotic mushrooms and Thousand Island dressing
  • May 3 – The Tombstone Burger, with a stack of fried onions, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce
  • May 4 – The Good Day, Sunshine Burger, with sunny-side up egg, American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and maple mayo
  • May 5 – The Flaming Lips Burger, with sautéed poblano peppers and onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese and spicy chipotle mayo
  • May 6 – The Educator Burger, with bacon, American cheese, bread and butter pickles and special sauce
  • May 7 – The Bahn Mi Burger, with pickled vegetables, cucumber, sriracha mayo and cilantro
  • May 8 – The Voodoo Burger, with grilled peppers and onions, smoked gouda cheese and spicy barbecue sauce
  • May 9 – The Reuben Burger, with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing
  • May 10 – The Bacon Lover’s Burger, with tomato-bacon jam, black pepper bacon, bacon aioli and smoked cheddar cheese
  • May 11 – Hamburguesa Mamacita, with pickled red onions, guacamole, lettuce, pepper jack cheese, bacon and ancho honey mayo
  • May 12 – The Hangover Burger, with fried egg, bacon, Vermont cheddar cheese, sriracha aioli and crispy onion rings
  • May 13 – The Souvlaki Burger, with tomato-cucumber relish, pickled onions, arugula, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce
  • May 14 – The Godfather Burger, with capicola, roasted long hots, grilled onion, tomato and provolone cheese
  • May 15 – The French Quarter Burger, with spicy ham, olive-pepper relish, provolone and roasted garlic mayo
  • May 16 – The Arc de Triomphe Burger, with bacon-onion jam, baby arugula and Roquefort cheese
  • May 17 – The Armed Forces Tribute Burger, with pulled pork, ham, bacon, cheddar cheese, onion rings and barbecue sauce
  • May 18 – The Jersey Diner Burger, with Taylor pork roll, fried egg, cheddar cheese and ketchup
  • May 19 – The A2 Burger, with roasted mushrooms, Swiss cheese, crispy onion rings and house-made steak sauce
  • May 20 – The Popper Burger, with pickled jalapeño, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon
  • May 21 – The Sweet Caroline Burger, with pulled pork, mustard sauce, grilled Vidalia onions and coleslaw
  • May 22 – The Spanish Burger, with chorizo, Manchego cheese and romesco sauce
  • May 23 – The Smoky Steer Burger, with hickory smoked brisket, griddled onions, smoked cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce
  • May 24 – The Chili Cheese Burger, with chorizo chili, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, chopped onion, jalapeño and tomato (“Fork and knife required!”)
  • May 25 – The Black Sabbath Burger, with blackening spice, chorizo chili, fried egg, pepper jack cheese and red onion
  • May 26 – The Yogi Bear Picnic Burger, with potato salad, onion rings, bacon, barbecue sauce and American cheese
  • May 27 – The Hot Mess Burger, with sweet potato fries, jalapeño, bacon, onion, bread and butter pickles, lettuce and Thousand Island dressing
  • May 28 – The Magic Goat Burger, with roasted exotic mushrooms, chevre and basil-pesto aioli
  • May 29 – The Gringo Burger, with poblano aioli, bacon, red onion jam and smoked Gouda cheese
  • May 30 – The Big Cheesowski, with balsamic onions, chipotle ketchup, lettuce, tomato, Cabot sharp cheddar cheese and provolone cheese
  • May 31 – The Hawaii Five-0 Burger, with grilled pineapple, shaved ham, crispy onion rings and teriyaki-barbecue glaze

I think it should be National Heart Attack month. With that said, I think I’ll swing by a couple of times. :)

Iron Hill Brewery Hawaii Five Oh Burger

Iron Hill has 10 locations across the mid-Atlantic, with an 11th location, in Ardmore, PA scheduled to open in the coming year.

Locations include:  

For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit www.ironhillbrewery.com, follow them on Twitter (@ironhillbrewery) and like them on Facebook.

Valentine’s Cocktail – Red Stag Cherry Fizz

Fine Wine & Good Spirits is offering some Valentine’s Day cocktails that you can find on their website HERE.

Our choice?

Red Stag Cherry Fizz

Image: Valentine's Cocktail by Fine Wine & Good Spirits

 

  • 1½ oz. Red Stag Black Cherry
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. sweet and sour mix
  • 3 maraschino cherries
  •  1 oz. lemon-lime soda and lemon wedge

Combine first four ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a tall glass and top with soda. Garnish with lemon wedge and additional cherry, if desired.

Enjoy!

Ham, Bean & Veggie Stoup

We had a nice block of leftover ham from Christmas. We’ve already nibbled at it; made a breakfast hash and a sandwich with mustard. But there was STILL some left. I’m the leftover queen. I don’t like when anything goes to waste. Since it’s been crazy cold around here lately, I decided a nice hot, comforting ham & bean stoup was in order!

What’s a stoup?! Well, if you’ve ever watched Rachael Ray on 30 Minute Meals she’s famous for making stoups. A stoup is thicker than a soup but not quite a stew. It’s the perfect balance of all of the ingredients, in my opinion. I’ve always veered more towards thicker or chunkier soups. Anytime I make soup, they tend to be more on the stoup-y side.

Anyways, let’s get down to the ingredients and pictures! Please forgive me, pictures are poor quality because I’m too lazy to touch them up this time.

  • Leftover cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 can of Great Northern Beans
  • Leftover homemade turkey broth – I made this from leftover Thanksgiving turkey carcass! (about 2 cups)
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 2 large celery stalks
  • 1 large parsnip
  • 1 large leek
  • 1/2 of medium sweet onion
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • haphazard amount of sea salt (*haphazard is whatever looks/feels right)
  • haphazard amount of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 c. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup of water
Aromatics

Chopped aromatics: carrots, celery and parsnips

Onions & leeks

Chopped onions and leeks

Hot Dutch Oven Shot

Veggie & seasoning Dutch Oven sauna with white wine

Great Northern Beans

Great Northern Beans join the party!

Pot Herbs

“Pot Herbs” AKA flat leaf parsley

At some point between now and the next picture I added the ham & liquids and let the stoup simmer.

Ham, Bean & Veggie Stoup

It might look like a murky mess, but it’s DELICIOUS!

Hot stoup for a cold day. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Let me know what you’re cooking up on cold days.

Osteria – Moorestown Mall

We stopped by the new Osteria in Moorestown Mall yesterday for a couple of drinks before we took care of some Christmas errands. Here’s a view from the bar looking right into the kitchen. You can also dine right in front of the kitchen.

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I enjoyed a glass of Prosecco and the hubs savored a pint of Victory something or other. Service was prompt and pleasant. The manager (Gabe) was sure to introduce himself. We will be back very soon for dinner and, perhaps, a review to follow shortly after that.