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Today, Philly Weekly music writer Bill Chenevert with another one of those memoirs that made us spit coffee across our desks. You can keep up with Bill via philadelphiaweekly.com, where he covers local events and, in his weekly music column, “On the Record,” dishes on the most note-worthy album releases.
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On Wednesday morning, the new Philadelphia Weekly hit the honor boxes, with a cover story about the alt-weekly’s favorite things in Philadelphia. The cover (seen here) proudly claims Vietnamese restaurateur Benny Lai as one of those favorites, and we couldn’t agree more. Except the guy on the cover is not, in fact, Benny Lai. Read more »
Philly Mag’s “Being White in Philly” cover story has received a lot of angry rebuttals. Here’s the first light-hearted one, which graces the front of today’s Philadelphia Weekly.
Inside, a bewildered man feels the pain of an attractive woman in Rittenhouse being trailed by two unseemly fellows, and holds his nose while observing the unkempt masses who shop at his neighborhood organic grocer. Read the whole parody here.
For a week, at least. As Newark Mayor Cory Booker finishes up his “food stamp challenge,” PW reporter Randy LoBasso will embark on his own week-long attempt to live on five dollars a day. Here’s LoBasso:
The holidays are coming up, and for lots of us, that means time with our families, a day or two off work and a general massive increase in food consumption. But for the 473,037 people in Philadelphia (31 percent of the city’s population) who rely on food stamps, things aren’t always so dandy. According to statistics by the Hunger Coalition, the average food stamp (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipient in Philadelphia gets $5 a day to spend on food. Which, if I’m calculating correctly, is about two slices of pizza, and maybe a drink. Or, one latte. Or, 3/5 of a burrito. Or, one craft beer. Or … you get the idea.
With $27 of the $35 at his disposal, LoBasso has already bought “pita, bread, cheese, tomato sauce, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, milk, butter, oats, bananas.” Follow the challenge @randylobasso. [Philadelphia Weekly]
Brian Freedman takes a look at Milk & Honey Cafe on the Parkway, the offshoot of the popular West Philly market, and finds that while the food is good in theory, the execution could use a little help.
The company’s website touts a mission as laudable as any: supporting the local farmers, purveyors and residents in an effort to benefit both the planet in general and the immediate community in particular. It’s impossible to argue with these goals; they are as important and beneficial as can be. But at the end of the day, the food, to paraphrase that same mission statement, speaks for itself. And in that regard, Milk & Honey’s new cafe has some work to do.
Milk & Honey’s New Cafe Strives to Balance Local Ingredients with Quick Presentation [Philadelphia Weekly]