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Chester County Baker to Compete on Food Network Reality Show


Food Network’s new reality show, America’s Best Cookwill feature Devon’s Christina Verrelli competing  for the title of America’s Best Cook. Verrelli won the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off’s million-dollar prize in 2012 for her Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream (um, yum), and, funny side note, she recently judged a friendly inner-office bake-off we had here at Philly Mag.

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Pat Toomey Leads Fight Against Euro Cheese Claims reports: 

U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) are working together to protect American dairy farmers and producers from an absurd European initiative that would change common names for cheeses Americans enjoy every day.

In a bipartisan letter signed by more than 50 of their Senate colleagues, Sens. Toomey and Schumer urged the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to fight European Union (EU) efforts to prohibit American dairy producers from using dozens of common cheese names. The EU claims that dairy products baring names such as asiago, feta, parmesan, and muenster are “geographical indicators” and can only be appropriately displayed on products made in certain areas of Europe.

If the United States were to be subjected to a ban of these traditional brand names for various cheeses consumers may be confused and American dairy farmers could suffer.

“Can you imagine going into a grocery store and cheddar and provolone are called something else?” said Sen. Toomey. “Generations of dairy farmers and producers have worked hard to cultivate a product and brand that resonates with consumers. Efforts by the EU to establish trade guidelines which would restrict branding are ridiculous and threaten Pennsylvania jobs. I urge the USDA and the USTR to fight back against any attempt by the EU to restrict the use of these familiar brand names.”

French fries, though, we’ll happily re-name.

Where Should I Eat In Philly If…


The writers behind Philadelphia magazine’s food section come together to answer questions about where to eat in Philadelphia. Here are the secrets to pleasing dining companions of all flavors, from Art Etchells, founder,, Jason Sheehan, food editor, Trey Popp, Restaurant critic, and Victor Fiorillo, food writer.

Where should we go if we have guests from New York?

Art Etchells > Zahav. This is the restaurant Michael Solomonov was born to run, and it hasn’t fallen off by a single notch over the years. Skip the tasting menus and just start ordering à la carte—hummus foul, fried cauliflower that’s better than any other cauliflower served anywhere, watermelon salad with smoked honey, grilled duck hearts, duck kebabs with pickled blueberries. New York might have just about everything under the sun, but it doesn’t have Michael Solomonov or his signature restaurant.
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All Your Philadelphia Restaurant Questions Answered

“So what’s the best restaurant in Philadelphia?” As food writers, food editors and restaurant critics, that’s the question we get asked most often. Here, the writers behind Philadelphia magazine’s food section have come together to answer all the other questions people ask. Read their answers about where to take guests in the most specific situations, and find out what chefs think about the Philly food scene. But it all starts with…

What’s Your Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant Right Now?

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The Day We Ate Arnold the Pig


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It’s not every day that a family of Jews hosts a pig roast, but that is exactly what my sister did at her suburban Washington home Sunday.

Not just any pig roast, mind you, but a whole pig roast, complete with Porky’s head, ears, snout, mouth and teeth. All festively festooned with a red ribbon. It was the centerpiece of the feast, which I had dubbed  pigapalooza. Read more »

Philly’s Thanksgiving Parade Is a Turkey, but Our Block Parties Rock. Here’s a Better Idea.

2009 Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia. Photo | AP/Matt Rourke

2009 Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia. Photo | AP/Matt Rourke

The nation’s oldest Thanksgiving parade is right around the corner, and as is tradition this time of year, the eyes of the nation will be fixated on the spectacle unfolding on the streets of… New York.

The 6ABC-Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is a pageant of color, sound and balloons, like its more-watched cousin 90 miles up the road. But as with most of the other parades that take place in this city, one feels somewhat underwhelmed by the spectacle. Residents in cities smaller than ours turn out in greater numbers for similar parades, or at least so it appears to this observer. That lack of spectator participation has even caused this city’s one true world-class parade, the Mummers affair on New Year’s Day, to lose some of its luster in recent years.

What Philadelphians do turn out for, however, are block parties.

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