Month: August 2009
I haven’t used this service, but apparently there is a Community Sponsored Seafood service right here in Philadelphia. I got the scoop on Twitter today, of course.
Otolith Sustainable Seafood is a family-owned business based in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. They offer seafood À la carte , wholesale, or via CSS (Community Sponsored Seafood). According to the website, the CSS program was initiated to provide savings to the seafood consumer and to share the fixed costs associated with sourcing direct seafood. It works much like a CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture), where you get food in bulk for a fixed price. In this case, you get a 3 month supply of salmon for $180.
Unlike their À la carte offering, it looks like you can only get salmon via CSS at this time.
“It’s the best seafood ever!” proclaims @CaptMarko on Twitter.
Don’t just take his word for it, check ‘em out and report back to me!
I got an email today from Blog Catalog introducing me to a new recipe site they’ve developed called Half Hour Meals.
This is Tony Berkman one of the owners of BlogCatalog. We just launched a new food site called Half Hour Meals and thought you might want to list your blog and perhaps review or submit some recipes. We would love to hear your feedback. http://www.halfhourmeals.com
So I checked it out. Seems they are trying to cash in on the quick fix meals market ala Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals. I’m all for quick, inexpensive meals these days. So far there are 206 recipes, but I’m sure that will grow in time as more people join the site.
It was an easy sign-up process. Setting up a profile is not at all complicated. It looks like submitting a recipe is quick and easy, too. I have not done so yet, but it’s pretty straight forward; mostly you just fill in the blanks and check-off categories.
If you’re into recipe sites and like to share your recipes, by all means, sign up.
A lot of people make fun of my Twitter “habit”, but just tonight I was informed, via Twitter, about a cool site called Veggie Trader. It’s a site where if you’re looking for local produce: you join, enter your zipcode and see what your neighbors have available. Fresh fruits, veggies, and other things your neighbors are growing and want to buy/sell/swap with you. You can also post specific produce you’re looking for in their Wanted section and see which of your neighbors answers your request. What a cool concept, eh?
I joined and did a search within 10-15 miles of Philadelphia, but didn’t find anybody offering, selling, trading, or swapping veggies. How utterly sad. I mean, I know for a fact there are home produce growers in the Philly area. But on this site — well none represented in Philly.
People in the Metro San Francisco and NYC area that are already using this service. NYTimes just did an expose story on the Veggie Patches that people from Manhattan to Brooklyn to Long Island have spawned. People that sign up, meet and exchange veggies, fruits, nuts, and other home-grown foods via this service.
Just a couple weeks ago, via Twitter, I found a user who wanted to part with a bunch of vegetables they had. She had proclaimed “Free zucchini” to anybody who responded. I sent her a message, and via Twitter, we made arrangements for this transaction. I gave her my number, she texted me, and we made plans to meet up, close to my house. Our exchange happened in a minute or less. But it was facilitated through Twitter. I thought, how fucking cool is this?! Really, how awesome is that. I offered money, but she wouldn’t take it, because it came straight from her garden so it wasn’t necessary.
This is a fluke, though. How often does this happen? I have no idea, but I’m guessing not too often. I think people in Philly who grow or need fresh produce need to get up to speed on VeggieTrader.com. If you’re into communal food growing and trading and into helping your neighbors, join VeggieTrader.com. A WIN-WIN situation all around!
Join, also, because I’m willing to take home-grown veggies off your hands!
I totally missed the show today, but thanks to Food Network Humor, I got the 411. Suddenly, I don’t feel so bad about missing it. Absolutely hilarious review!
New IHOP in Center City
A new IHOP will be opening in Center City Philly. The location is at Walnut & Juniper. They are currently taking applications for employment and interviewing at a temporary office on 16th Street (at Walnut) – next door to the Starbucks.
Village Whiskey now Hiring
Looking for a front of house restaurant job in Philly? Want to work for Jose Garces? Check out the ad on Craigslist today. Can’t wait to try it when it opens!
Social Networking Site Required
I can’t say that this is a surprise, but it’s definitely a sign of the times. A “High Profile Rittenhouse Lounge & Restaurant” requires that you provide your MySpace/Facebook profiles along with your resume for FOH positions.
Pizza Maker, Pizza Maker
Stephen Starr’s new pizza restaurant, Pizzaiolo, that is taking over Cosi’s old spot on Headhouse Square, is looking for a Head Pizza Maker. Social Networking not required, just know how to make the dough!
Got a job you need filled? Email us and we’ll let everybody know here on this blog and our Twitter.
I’ve been living in Newbold/Point Breeze for 7 months now. I’ve passed by 16th Street Seafood and had been curious about it. While I’m not a huge seafood fan, I do love fish – fresh, fried, baked, raw. Yummy! Anyways, I was not in the mood to make lunch today and this place immediately came to mind. So I sauntered down to peruse the menu. In addition to big seafood meals and platters – shrimp, scallops, snow crab, and various fishes – they also have sandwiches and hoagies. As the name implies, the majority of the menu is seafood or fish, but they also have cheesesteaks and chicken options.
Today I wanted fried fish! So I ordered the fried flounder hoagie w/ tartar, lettuce, tomato, and raw onion. The verdict? Outstanding. First of all the hoagie is HUGE! Easily a foot-long. The flounder is perfectly fried on the outside, juicy on the inside. According to their menu they also have tilapia and whiting hoagies as well fish cake and crab cake on round rolls. Color me impressed! Oh, but the best part… it was only $5! Screw Subway, this is the $5 foot long you want! Especially if you’re a fish sandwich/hoagie fan. Do yourself a favor and check this place out! (Note: it’s take out only)
Website is “coming soon”, so do a search on Google maps (16th & Tasker) and you’ll see where they are located.
Man I love the Food Network. I also love competition shows. I’ve been watching The Next Food Network Star since the beginning. I’ve pretty much called the winner every season not long after the season starts. This season is no exception. I knew that a woman would have to win this season. Out of the woman contestants, Melissa was the stand out. She’s not only knowledgeable and passionate, but she’s pretty likable and certainly accessible. Which is what the Food Network needs.
According to Bob Tuschman’s blog, her show will premiere next week and will be called Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian. Eh, they are setting her up to be the next Scamdra Lee. I’ll still check it out because I’m certainly on a budget and almost always cooking at home so I hope to learn some new recipes! *fingers crossed*