This is what happens at a hot pot restaurant: you get raw meat, uncooked noodles and a pot of broth and prepare to have the time of your life (or at least a fun lunch).
Considering that until recently Philadelphia had no shabu shabu restaurants, it’s pretty exciting that we now have two (soon to be three, with Nine Ting). Shabu shabu is not just me stuttering on the page. It’s the name of a special kind of cook-your-own Asian noodle soup.
Hippot Shabu Shabu can get somewhat pricey if you go for dinner (because you’ll invariably look at the menu with pages of meats, noodles, and balls and want to try them all) Unfortunately, those little additions all come at a cost (usually about $3.95 a pop, to be precise), and that’s on top of $10-$20 you’re paying for the soup itself.
But then there’s Hippot Shabu Shabu’s lunch deal.
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Starting today and continuing every Thursday through fall, food trucks will be at the Marine Parade Grounds on Broad Street in the Navy Yard. Today’s lineup includes Gigi & Big R, Mucho Bueno, PB and U, Say Cheese and Wonderland Cakes.
To make it easier to decide where to eat, the Navy Yard’s Facebook page has posted all of today’s menus.
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Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce has added weekday lunch. The menu offers snacks, soups, salads and sandwiches. Enough “S”s there? Did we mention Fitler is on Spruce Street?
Highlights of the menu include the 9th Street, a house-made sausage with provolone, broccoli rabe, long hots and a fried egg and the pictured grilled eggplant sandwich with fresh mozzarella, basil and dried tomatoes.
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If you’ve ever wandered into a cafeteria or food court and immediately lost the will to maintain any dedication to a healthy diet, you are not alone. The smell of cheese fries and pizza tends to have that effect. But a new study, conducted by the Philly-based Center for Urban Health Policy and Research at Einstein Medical Center and published in the journal Appetite, has revealed what could just be the trick to resisting not-so-healthy temptations at a cafeteria: Decide what you’re going to order before you actually step foot inside. That way, the smell of melted cheese (or hot donuts or sweet-and-sour chicken) isn’t even a factor.
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Victor Fellus, the owner of Mix and Victor’s Bar, is opening Ventuno, adjacent to those businesses, at the base of the Riverwest condominium at 21st and Chestnut.
According to Fellus, the restaurant is intended to open in about a month, with a menu focused on, “fun food, with 15 different homemade soups and a salad bar similar to saladworks.”
The restaurant will also serve grab-and-go style sandwiches and ice cream. Fellus said that he intends Ventuno to operate as a quick and easy lunch or dinner option for the neighborhood.
You know the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen”? Well, we took it to heart and asked five Philly fitness pros (who all have stellar abs, if I do say so myself) what they pack for lunch. And, man, did they give us some serious brown-bag-lunch inspiration: From sesame-crusted salmon to turkey roll-ups to taco salads, these personal trainers and fitness instructors are eating well.
If you’re looking to replicate their healthy eats, the takeaway that I gathered from them is this: Pretty much all of them said they like for their lunches to be high in protein and healthy fats, most of them paired protein with a side of veggies or fruit. Spinach popped up on a few of their plates, and you’ll note that not a single sandwich made the cut—or any starches really, aside from a sweet potato. Check out their photos and more details about their lunch routines below, and watch the brown-bag-lunch inspiration flow in.
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George and Kim Mickel, who already own By George! in the Reading Terminal Market are getting ready to open a second stall, Hunger Burger. The burger stand is scheduled to open on February 2nd on the center court of the market.
Hunger Burger will serve up Black Angus beef burgers, fries, breakfast burgers, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and milkshakes made with the Terminal’s Bassett’s Ice Cream.
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This past Sunday, we posted 5 Things to Do on Sunday to Prep for the Best Week Ever. In case you haven’t read it yet (tsk tsk), number three on the list is to whip up your lunches for the week ahead, so that you don’t have to worry about it during the week. And if you aren’t already doing this, you need to start, stat. Not only will you save yourself from weird hastily thrown together lunches made in a morning panic (a whole avocado and a can of cannellini beans?), you’ll save a boatload of cash if you’re eating out every day (think about it: $9 for a salad five days a week rings in at whopping $180 for the month. That’s, like, one month’s worth of cable WITH HBO, plus a delivery pizza and a six-pack of beer!).
And if you are already making your lunches ahead of time, chances are your go-to recipes have gotten a bit stale—a girl can only eat a quinoa, white bean and tofu salads so many times, am I right?
So, whether you’re new to the Sunday lunch-prep game or a veteran player, the 11 recipes below should help you out. From burrito bowl mason jar salads to nori vegetable wraps to make-ahead breakfast quesadillas (because who says you can’t have breakfast for lunch?), there’s something for everyone. Your homework: This weekend, whip up one or a few of these recipes and watch your workweek get a whole lot easier.
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Lunch is back at the Fat Ham | Pimento cheese with grilled country bread
Beginning today, the Fat Ham is offering lunch and happy hour. Kevin Sbraga’s Southern restaurant in University City is offering lunch weekdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lunch includes the Fat Ham burger, shrimp and grits, pork belly and a hot chicken sandwich.
Happy hour consists of $4 snacks, discounted beers, wines and cocktails.
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Kevin Sbraga’s Juniper Commons has started serving lunch. Now your lunch can feature ’80s highlights like peel-and-eat shrimp, a tableside Caesar,a hot roast beef sandwich, pastrami reuben or Fettuccini Alfredo.
Check out the full lunch menu below and look for brunch to start this weekend. Sunday brunch will feature complimentary champagne and a jazz band.
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