Attention Philly Food Bloggers: Get Featured on Philly Grub

spotlightWant to be featured here on Philly Grub? It’s easy – I promise! But first, a little about me…

When I started Philly Grub in 2008, I wanted it to be about my journey of finding and eating great food in Philadelphia and sharing that with whoever wanted to read/hear about it. This blog and associated social media profiles still reflect that, but I feel that it’s evolved into more of a resource of all things food-related in Philly and South Jersey.

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Philly Blogger Spotlight: Glenn Walker of French Fry Diary

Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Philly Grub Blogger Spotlight. This new series will shine a spotlight on bloggers in our local area who like to write about food, recipes, and/or the local Philly food scene.

Next in the spotlight is Glenn Walker of French Fry Diary.

Glenn Walker French Fry Diary
Glenn Walker of French Fry Diary

Name:
Glenn Walker
Age:
Older than I want to be
Location:
Cherry Hill NJ area
Blog Name:
French Fry Diary
Blog URL: http://www.frenchfrydiary.blogspot.com
Blog Focus:
Everything you wanted to know about French fries, and more – potato chips, recipes, restaurant reviews, onion rings, fast food, and good food – all aspects of the potato and fried food, and especially where the two meet.
Launch Date:
2004
Why did you start blogging?
They always say ‘write what you know’… I know French fries.
What do you like best about blogging?
I have more than a few blogs, but in the case of French Fry Diary, I do it for fun.
What platform do you use?
Blogger
How do you promote your blog?
Social media mostly.
Do you write all of the blog posts yourself?
Most of the time, but I accept guest blog posts from vetted writers.
What are your favorite/most popular blog posts?

What is your favorite “foodie” or food blogging experience so far?
I was interviewed a few years back for Travel + Leisure about who has the best French fries. That was fun.
What are your favorite cuisines/meals/recipes?
French fries obviously. ;-) Seriously, I like American, I am a meat and potatoes man. 
What are your favorite Philly area restaurants? The British Chip Shop, The Pub, Donkey’s Place, Cool Dog Cafe, Village Whiskey, The Continental, Zinburger, Benihana, and the late and much missed Little Shanty Fries. 
Who are your favorite Philly area chefs or food business personalities?
I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know many.
How often do you go out to eat at Philly area restaurants?
2-3 times per month
How often do you cook at home?
Several times per week
What are your favorite stores/shops/markets to shop for food products? Trader Joe’s in Marlton and Whole Foods in Marlton are favorites, followed by Wegman’s in Cherry Hill. 
Tell us a few things you think our readers would find interesting about the local food scene.

  • Best fries in the area are at the British Chip Shop, period. And don’t forget to leave room for the deep fried Mars bar. 
  • Forget Pat’s, Geno’s, and Tony Luke’s, the best cheesesteaks in the area come from Donkey’s Place, either in Camden or Medford. 
  • Best Chinese food is at Pineapple in West Berlin, may not look like much, but the food is fantastic. 

Tell us more about yourself.
I’m associate editor and contributing writer of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop!, and on the board of the South Jersey Writers’ Group. I write and blog about movies, television, comics, gaming, and music at Welcome to Hell. And French fries.
What other food blogs do you follow?
Philly Grub, Disney Dining Blog, The Daily Fry, Hungry Girl
Twitter URL:
https://twitter.com/monsura
Facebook URL:
https://www.facebook.com/monsura
Instagram URL:
I don’t have this… yet.
Pinterest URL: https://www.pinterest.com/glenn1400/
Other social media profiles:
My website: http://www.glennewalker.com
My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/monsura
Did we miss anything?
Nope.

Thanks Glenn! We agree, French fries are pretty frickin’ great. :)

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Philadelphia, Delaware & Chester County Public High School Students Competed in Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Cooking Competition for College Scholarships

C-Cap (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program) Competition Features Local High School Students Being Critiqued by Philadelphia Area Chefs

30 high schoolers representing Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester County public high schools re-created the intensity of a four-star restaurant kitchen as they faced off in a savory and sweet challenge on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Drexel University’s Paul Peck Problem Solving & Research Building. Continue reading

Largest Bonefish Grill in the Nation to Open in King of Prussia; Partners with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Largest Bonefish Grill to Open in King of Prussia on Monday, April 13; Kicks Off By Donating 50 Percent of Sales to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Bonefish Grill has a great fish story to tell when it opens its doors for business on Monday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at 160 N. Gulph Road. Recognized as the “Fresh Fish Experts,” Bonefish Grill offers a selection of fish species daily such as Chilean Sea Bass and Ahi Tuna as well as meat options such as Rib-Eye Steak with choice of signature sauce. The restaurant’s polished casual approach appeals to those who crave high-quality seafood and wood-grilled specialties at a good value.

From 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on opening day, Monday, April 13, the King of Prussia Bonefish Grill will donate 50 percent of sales to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s new 115,000-square-foot Specialty Care Center in King of Prussia, 401 N. Gulph Road, to open this summer.

Bonefish Grill King of Prussia CHOP Benefit

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Philly Blogger Spotlight: Kelly Pipich of shake mixology DNA

Welcome to the very first Philly Grub Blogger Spotlight! This new series will shine a spotlight on bloggers in our local area who like to write about food, recipes, and/or the local Philly food scene.

We’re happy to feature Kelly Pipich of shake mixology DNA first.

Kelly Pipich shake mixology DNAName:
Kelly Pipich
Age:

Thirties
Location:

Philly burbs
Blog Name:
shake mixology DNA
Blog URL:
http://shakemixologydna.com/ 
Blog Focus:
Our focus centers on three areas – restaurant reviews (local or travel), things we like (very broad category – we like a lot of stuff, lol), and recipes we’re sharing. 
Launch Date:
2015 
Why did you start blogging?
We felt like jumping off from the mixology business and getting some recipes and personal opinions out there in our spare time. We’re just getting our feet wet but have had a great response so far!
What do you like best about blogging?
I love the freedom to just put an opinion out there in the world in my own way, without worrying about language, sarcasm, etc. and not really worry about what people are going to think (though they seem to find us pretty funny). We all like to use a lot of humor in our writing over at DNA.
What platform do you use?
WordPress
How do you promote your blog?
We use Twitter and Facebook, but it’s not a monetized blog, so we’re not really beating down doors or shouting from the rooftops.
Do you write all of the blog posts yourself?
Most of the time, but I accept guest blog posts from vetted writers.
What are your favorite/most popular blog posts? 
These are our favorites – our most popular were on Stitch Fix and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which we apologized for writing about. ;-P

What is your favorite “foodie” or food blogging experience so far?
Jason Cichonski did an amazing chef’s tasting menu at Ela for my birthday this past year – we didn’t cover it on the blog, but the whole company was there. It was a memorable night and a definitely “foodie” high.
What are your favorite cuisines/meals/recipes?
Honestly, I’m a free agent when it comes to recipes and cuisines. I definitely have a soft spot for sushi (be on the lookout for our upcoming post on how to use leftover tobiko), but I really just love trying anything new and exciting and have a very adventurous palate.
What are your favorite Philly area restaurants?
Blackfish has to be on top, but Ela is a strong contender, too, as I can’t get enough of the gnocchi. For a fun night, I love El Vez; Serpico definitely won my heart and stomach with their Cope’s Corn Ravioli. You can never go wrong with Zahav, and I have had the pleasure of being at several of their special once/year dinners (Passover, etc.), which is always incredible. For cocktails, in my “professional” opinion, The Gaslight is tops.
Who are your favorite Philly area chefs or food business personalities?
Well, who could not love Le from Hop Sing? I’m also a huge Cichonski, Roman, Sbraga, Vetri, and Solomonov fan.
How often do you go out to eat at Philly area restaurants?
2-3 times per month
How often do you cook at home?
Everyday
What are your favorite stores/shops/markets to shop for food products?
I’m a legit food snob, so Whole Foods is pretty much my go-to. I also shop at all the farmer’s markets, and am a CSA member of North Star Orchard. I’m one of those organic, happy animal, in-season produce people.
Tell us a few things you think our readers would find interesting about the local food scene.
I think readers would be shocked to know that the chefs they idolize are much easier to approach than they may think. I’m NOT saying I have personal connections – far from it, but I have exchanged tweets with, for example, Marc Vetri about Boardwalk Empire, of all things (and I was giving him a hard time about it, too!). If you have something to say or a question to ask, or even just want to say hi, reach out! You will most likely hear back!
Tell us more about yourself.
I love to travel – a lot of our restaurants, recipes, etc. at DNA are featured from trips I’ve been on. More are coming, so be on the lookout!
What other food blogs do you follow?
Philly Grub, of course ;-) I’m also an avid Bon Appetit reader and follow Andrew Knowlton and Adam Rapoport on Twitter. At the end of the day, though, I am more old school and still prefer my print trade magazines.
Twitter URL:
https://twitter.com/shakemixology
Facebook URL:
https://www.facebook.com/shakemixologyDNAblog
Instagram URL:
N/A
Pinterest URL:
N/A

Thank you Kelly! Please visit the shake mixology DNA blog now. Don’t miss the recipe for Limoncello While Chocolate Crumb Cake while you’re there!

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New Website FoodPub Seeks To Empower Restaurants and Diners Nationwide

 

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Do we really need another restaurant directory or restaurant review site? That’s what I asked myself when FoodPub reached out to let me know about their newly launched platform. Since I like to keep an open mind about things, especially new start-ups, I decided to give it a whirl before I passed any judgement. While they are headquartered in Austin, TX they also have an office in Ardmore, PA — so there is a local element.

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