The Dutch | Photo by Emily Teel
Breakfast is the last great, untouched frontier. Of all the meals available to us (lunch, dinner, supper, elevenses, fourthmeal, midnight snacks, etc.), breakfast is the most pure, the most un-fuck-with-able. No one in his right mind tries to innovate during breakfast. No one tries to dazzle you with technical wizard-powers or supply lines to long-lost fruits and vegetables. Breakfast is toast and jelly. Coffee. Pancakes. Eggs and bacon. Waffles in all their myriad glories. It is, occasionally, oatmeal. Complicated (but comforting) pastries. Half a grapefruit doused in Wild Turkey. Whatever.
I love congee and chilaquiles as much as anyone, but Americans own breakfast the way the French do dinner. We have stolen all the great ideas ever had about breakfast and made them our own. Americans are so good at breakfast that our canon doesn’t extend merely to regional variations, but to social, religious, economic and historic ones as well. The trucker’s breakfast is a thing. The yoga breakfast. The camp breakfast. The Lutheran pancake social or Continental or Southerner’s petit déjeuner. Breakfast knows no bounds save temporal. And brunch? Well, brunch doesn’t even have those rules to adhere to. Brunch laughs at the notion of rules.
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• We’ve all been there: You’ve been working away at your desk, incredibly focused, when all of a sudden your stomach lets out a big growl and you realize and you realize you need to eat — like, now. You quickly call up your favorite delivery joint and order the most drool-inducing, satisfying meal you can think of. But newsflash: You should be ordering way earlier. A recent study suggests that ordering food at least an hour before you’re usually hungry could help you save in the calories department. [Futurity] Read more »
A bowl at AGNO | Photo via Instagram
If you’re sitting at your desk right now, wondering if you read that headline correctly or if you’re going nuts, let me reassure you: You are not crazy. Our friends over at AGNO Grill, Rittenhouse’s gluten-free build-your-own-bowl Mediterranean joint, tell us they will indeed be doling out free sangria all summer long. Read more »
Photo courtesy CorePower Yoga
Picture this: It’s a Thursday, mid-morning, and you’re slumped over at your desk trying to decide what’s more vital when it comes to getting you through the day, an afternoon sweat session or a running to grab a healthy, energizing lunch. But before you waste time making a pros and cons list, listen up: Our friends over at Rittenhouse’s CorePower Yoga are helping you kill both birds with one stone.
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During the workday, lunch is something to look forward to. If you’re not big on breakfast, it’s your first meal of the day and even if you did chow down on a morning meal, by the time noon rolls around, dreams of stuffing food into your face are probably floating around in your mind.
But, alas, the never-ending problem with work lunches: Making a healthy lunch every morning before can be impossible. And in comes Sweetgreen (and a Sweetgreen-sized dent in your bank account). But not anymore, friends: Here are 14 recipes for salads you can make the night before (or earlier!) and grab on your way out the door in the morning. They are guaranteed to make your lunch break the happy hour it is supposed to be — and help to deal with your eating-out addiction. Read more »
Falafel at Agno Grill
The fast-casual restaurant segment is booming. We’ve even taken to ranking it on Foobooz via our Fast Casual Tracker. But now it’s your turn to vote for the Best Quickie Lunch Spot in this month’s Best of Philly poll.
Vote once a day now through April 26th and when you cast your ballot, you can also enter to win two tickets to the Best of Philly party.
Vote for the 2016 Best of Philly Quickie Lunch Spot [Philadelphia Magazine]
Very early this morning, The Insider dropped the news that Marc Vetri–after years of being pestered by his fans–would open his namesake restaurant (which remains one of the best in the city) for lunch.
Not every day, of course. Not even on most days. But for three days: The first Friday of the month for the next three months.
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Skate wing at 26 North | Photos courtesy of Mike Stollenwerk
The 1990s were a bad time for the American restaurant scene. We were, as an emerging culinary entity, in our first youth—like awful (if precocious) toddlers who’d gotten into Daddy’s special juice. All we did was copycat, put things in our mouths and stagger around blindly from impulse to impulse. Sure, we were occasionally cute. Occasionally (accidentally) brilliant. There were great restaurants that somehow managed to avoid all the foibles and excesses of the age, but on balance, almost everything was terrible all the time.
Consider a brief list of things restaurateurs and chefs thought were good ideas in the 1990s:
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• If you spend most of your lunch breaks hunched over in your cubicle, shoveling leftover pizza into your mouth with your left hand while responding to emails with your right, stop. Just, stop. And take note of these lunch-break habits of healthy people — one of which is stepping away from work for a minute. [Huffington Post]
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In just a couple of weeks, one of Philly’s lunch spots, Matt & Marie’s, will be opening its second location at 118 South 18th Street.
In addition to the Italian sandwiches, salads, bagels, and pastries the flagship shop on 18th and Arch Streets serves, the new Matt & Marie’s will also have fresh ravioli, stuffed shells, and baked Campanelle pasta, along with four house-made sauces to choose from.
All of Matt & Marie’s food is either made fresh in house or picked up early in the morning, like the bagels from South Street Bagels, and the pastries from La Colombe.
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