This just in to the Foobooz World HQ news desk:
New York, March 12 2014 — Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (BPO: NYSE, TSX) announces that Chef Jose Garces, the Philadelphia-based James Beard award-winning restaurateur will open his first New York restaurant at Brookfield Place in 2015.
Chef Jose Garces is one of only a few chefs in the country to hold the coveted title of Food Network’s Iron Chef.
Yup, that’s right. Philly’s own Iron Chef is headed for the Big Apple. He’ll be part of a massive, multi-million-dollar renovation and redesign of properties on Vesey Street in Lower Manhattan which will include high-end retail, lots of fancy-pants restaurants and even more quick-serve restaurants. And while sure, Garces has restaurants now scattered all over the country, this will be the first time he makes a run at New York. Though considering the amount of great talent we’ve been lifting from Manhattan lately, giving a little back seems like a downright neighborly thing for us to do.
There’s no word yet on what Garces will be opening in NYC, only that he’ll be “handcrafting a unique restaurant for Brookfield Place designed for the vibrant downtown community of local residents, leading businesses, and tourists from across the globe.”
All Jose Garces coverage [f8b8z]
Free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. today. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest buzz (and there is a lot of it) as we wait for the starting gun.
8:56: According to Jason La Canfora, TJ Ward is drawing “strong interest” from the Eagles and Lions. Ward is largely considered one of the top safety free agents in this class and will likely be paid quite handsomely. Howie Roseman said that if you are going to hand over big money to a player in free agency, ”that person has to be a special person on and off the field.” We’ll see if Ward qualifies.
Around noon Monday, we were told that the Eagles weren’t in on the Ward sweepstakes. Read more »
The Eagles have filled one of their safety holes with 26-year-old free agent Malcolm Jenkins.
It’s a three-year, $16.25M deal with $8.25M guaranteed, a league source tells Tim McManus. Read more »
The Eagles re-signed punter Donnie Jones to a three-year deal just minutes after the official start of free agency, and released safety Patrick Chung.
Jones was only able to sign a minimum-salary deal prior to the start of the league year, hence why nothing was struck until now. He was highly effective in 2013, and set a team record for punts downed inside the 20 (33). The previous high was 31 by Jeff Feagles in ’93. His new contract is reportedly worth upwards of $6 million. Read more »
When it comes to the long-term beautifying that brides typically engage in in the weeks and months leading up to their weddings, the first one that we usually hear about, inevitably and not surprisingly, is dropping a few lbs and/or just getting out and out toned/ripped/built/sculpted or what have you for your upcoming walk down the aisle.
There’s also, usually, the growing out of the hair, that you might have more to work with and more flexibility in terms of style. There’s skin maintenance, so that you’re glowing inside and out on your Big Day. And then, mixed in there, we also always have: the whitening of the teeth.
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Over on Be Well Philly, they’re rounding up healthy cookbooks (because, you know, that’s kinda their thing). The hook? They’re all recent releases by Philly authors.
So if you happen to be looking for a few new recipes (or maybe a nice gift), go check it out.
And for those of you who dig local cookbooks but don’t necessarily need them to be, you know, healthy, there’s always the Foobooz Store where we’ve got all the meat and cheese and pasta and more meat you can handle.
4 Cookbooks By Philly Authors To Have In Your Kitchen [Be Well Philly]
Heads up, Flywheelers: Both local Flywheel outposts are now offering free classes on Wednesdays. The Friends and Family promotion is good for anyone—whether you’ve done Flywheel before or not. (It should be noted that first rides at Flywheel are always free, anyway.)
The rides, at the times listed above, are on Wednesdays. No need to sign up—they’re first come, first served.
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Philadelphia has its company of vegan darlings: Vedge, HipCityVeg, Grindcore House, Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Barclay Prime, Blackbird Pizzeria, Breezy’s Cafe. We love them because they never fail to impress. Being able to coax any semblance of umami out of nothing-from-an-animal is basically a magic trick, and these crews do it day-in and day-out. They’re the mind-blowers and the mind-changers, and they’ve diversified Philly’s dining scene so that it’s accessible to anyone: vegan, vegetarian, and not.
Wait, Barclay Prime?
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In conjunction with its “27 Amendments (in 27 days),” exhibit the National Constitution Center polled Philadelphians on-site and online about what they think the 28th Amendment should be. Crowd-sourcing the Constitution — in Philly — what could go wrong?!
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Generation Run // Photo via Facebook
If you’ve run a race in Philly, like, ever, you’ve probably seen a group of school-age kids, all wearing the same T-shirt, bobbing along toward the finish line beside you. I’m willing to bet that those were Students Run Philly Style kids, local students who participate in a program that uses long-distance running as a tool for mentoring and teaching.
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