Trans Fats 101: What They Are (and Why You Should Steer Clear of Them)

Photo by Flickr user Ezra Wolfe

Photo by Flickr user Ezra Wolfe

Earlier this month, the FDA announced it was banning artificial trans fats from food products. It set a 2018 deadline to remove all partially hydrogenated oils from food products.

Obviously, this has major implications for one staple of Philadelphian diets: Tastykakes. A 2013 study from the Harvard School of Public Health said that the Tasty Baking Company had made some of the biggest strides in removing trans fats from its products already.

So how’d they do it? We don’t know, because the company declined several requests for an interview. A quick scan through the convenience store, though, shows that trans fats are still present in Tastykakes: Donuts listed as an ingredient partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening, a trans fat. But it’s not all bad: A package of cupcakes listed hydrogenated cottonseed oil; fully hydrogenated oils do not contain trans fats.

This is silly, in a way: Hydrogenated cottonseed oil isn’t great for you either. And they’re Tastykakes! They’re going to be unhealthy. But it does make us ask, why are trans fats so dangerous, anyway? I got Dr. Daniel Edmundowicz, chief of cardiology at Temple University Hospital, to answer a few basic questions. Read more »

BizFeed: UberEATS Coming to Philly

Uber is hiring a general manager to launch a Philly UberEATS delivery service.

Uber is hiring a general manager to launch a Philly UberEATS delivery service.

1. Uber’s food delivery hiring Philly GM

The News: Uber isn’t just a people-delivery service, it’s also a food-delivery service through its vertical UberEATS. Now the company is hiring a general manager to head up the Philly operation, according to Technically Philly. It’s currently available in just five cities: New York, Barcelona, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto.

The job listing said the company is looking for someone with a “get shit done attitude” and the “fear tolerance of a honey-badger:” Read more »

SmartPlate that Detects Nutrition Facts of Food Completes $100,000 Kickstarter

This plate will calculate the nutritional value of your food.

This plate will calculate the nutritional value of your food.

When I spoke to Anthony Ortiz on Thursday, he couldn’t help being a little nervous. His company’s $100,000 Kickstarter campaign sat at $96,258 with just three days to go. With Kickstarter, if you don’t hit your goal, you don’t get a dime.

“Talk about a nail-biting nerve-wracking process,” said Ortiz, the CEO Fitly. “That’s the risk you take with a platform like Kickstarter – it’s all or nothing.” Read more »

Campbell Soup Makes $231M Fresh Food Bet

Campbell Soup Co. headquarters in Camden, N.J.

Campbell Soup Co. is making another acquisition to continue moving the company toward a fresher, healthier product line.

On Tuesday, it agreed to acquire Garden Fresh Gourmet for $231 million. Garden Fresh makes refrigerated salsa, hummus and other dips. It generated $100 million in net sales last year and has 500 employees in Michigan. Read more »

Brick and Mortar Opening

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Last night Michael B. Welsh’s much anticipated Brick and Mortar (BAM) opened up at 12th and Pearl Streets in the Loft District of Philadelphia. The New American tavern seats up to 110 people and is located on the first floor of the Goldtex Building, which features large windows letting in a lot of light and banquet style tables as well as having a community table for large parties. Chef Brian Ricci’s menu will serve lunch and dinner, as well as late-night snacks, plus the best cocktails you could imagine.

Last night’s opening served as a fundraiser to support Friends of The Rail Park, attracting supporters including Inga Saffron, Connor Barwin, Sam Sherman and Paul Steinke, who enjoyed signature cocktails + hors d’oeuvres crafted by the BAM staff. Friends of The Rail Park had a lot to celebrate last night as the Philadelphia Art Commission had given final approval for the anticipated park’s design on Wednesday. During the event Philly’s favorite rapper, Chill Moody performed with Yufi Zewdu & DJ Ricochet.

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What’s on the Menu at Boxers PHL

The menu at Boxers PHL does a body good, apparently.

The menu at Boxers PHL does a body good, apparently.

It took a few months, but Gayborhood sports bar Boxers PHL finally fired up that brick oven on its second floor and is cranking out the delicious grub it’s been promising since it opened in October.

So here’s the deal, for those of you who haven’t ventured in for a bite yet: The kitchen is open 7 days a week: on weekdays from 4 pm to 10 pm (sorry lunch-goers) and weekends from noon to 10 pm.

The main focus of the menu are their cheekily named pizzas, which bar manager Keith Stiles tells me are crafted from fresh ingredients. The “Lei’d,” for instance comes with pineapples, Canadian bacon, mozzarella cheese and barbecue sauce. The “Orgy” is topped with sausage, pepperoni, red onions, mushrooms, tomato and extra-virgin olive oil. There’s a “Twink,” too, which, as you might imagine, comes with a slim amount of toppings: tomato sauce, garlic and mozzarella. Stiles says you can always add on a few things if that’s not enough.

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Feds to Scrutinize 25 Popular Philly Eateries for ADA Compliance

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Philly restaurant owners beware: The feds might soon be on your doorstep, checking to see if your restaurant is compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Philadelphia announced today it will do an ADA compliance check at 25 of the city’s top restaurants. The restaurants were chosen using “recent third-party restaurant rankings” to identify Philadelphia’s “most popular and frequented restaurants.” Read more »

Palladino’s Restaurant Opening

Kristina Jenkins, Michelle Cassidy and Madison Alpern

Last night Chef Luke Palladino celebrated the opening of his new restaurant, Palladino’s, on Philly’s latest restaurant row — East Passyunk Avenue — with a VIP Party including Mike Jerrick, Pat Ciarrocchi, Barbara Rittenhouse, Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin and his wife Karen, Councilman Mark Squilla and wife Brigid, and Cory Wade (America’s Next Top Model) in attendance.

Guests were greeted by a 50-foot-long red carpet, where they posed for photos before entering the upscale Italian restaurant with bar, open kitchen and a dining room with 80. They enjoyed tastes from his extensive menu as well as specialty drinks by Punzone Vodka. The kitchen features a wood-fired grill where they prepare steaks, fish, and chops, as well as an Italian oven that will be used exclusively to bake focaccia. The official opening of the restaurant is tonight, but is sold out. Palladino’s is located a stone’s throw from Broad Street, at 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue.

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