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I know some of you might disagree with me, but I personally believe that red meat has its place in a healthy diet if you enjoy it and it makes you feel well; it provides nutrients such as B vitamins, zinc, and iron, not to mention a boatload of protein. If your budget allows, choose grass-fed, locally raised meat, as it’s better for the environment and your body.
This salad provides everything a good dinner should involve: variety in temperature, color, texture, and nutrients. A feast for your eyes as well as your mouth, it come together quickly for a perfect weeknight dinner.
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Sweetgreen, the farm-to-table quick serve salad spot has been looking for a Center City location since it landed in University City in 2011. And now comes word that D.C. based chain has secured a lease at 924 Walnut Street in the former home of Bonte Coffee.
Sweetgreen [Official Site]
Saladworks has recently launched an Interactive Allergen Menu where customers can plug in what they’re allergic to and see what they can still eat at Saladworks.
So if you have a corn allergy or just want to see what your recently diagnosed celiac sufferer cannot eat, check it out the Allergen Menu in the navigation at saladworks.com.
Stir-fry and salad spot honeygrow will open tomorrow, Friday, June 8th at 11 a.m. Today, honeygrow will be offering free samples between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Honeygrow promises nutrient packed dishes in a high-tech fast-casual environment.
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Brodo has opened on the now booming lunchtime strip of 18th Street (HipCityVedge, Crisp, Nom Nom Ramen). Brodo offers soups, salads and sandwiches and we were there for a soup and salad combination this afternoon.
We had the Harvest salad with romaine, diced chicken, crumbled blue cheese, glazed walnuts, craisins, red and green apple and a honey Dijon mustard dressing. The salad had excellent balance with plenty of each ingredient to last right to the last bite. We’re already plotting what else to try this week. We tested out the chicken noodle soup as well, finding it several notches above your normal lunchtime soup, it was truly a broth and not just hot water with some seasoning.
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HipCityVeg opened today on 18th Street and the curious lined out the door onto the sidewalk to check out the Vegan quick serve spot from Nicole Marquis. A co-worker and I were there as the vegan, vegetarian, health conscious and just those trying to undue the excess of their weekend waited for fajita wraps, udon noodles, Ziggy burgers and groothies.
I tried an arugula taco salad with black beans, grilled corn, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, avocado, topped with cilantro dressing. It was a satisfying lunch with enough flavors and textures that it will certainly make itself a member of my lunch-time rotation. And yeah, I just licked the last of the dressing from the side of the bowl.
HipCityVeg Menu (PDF)
HipCityVeg [Official Site]
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We’ve causally been monitoring the state of the tableside Caesar salad since Rick Nichols trashed the opening preparation at Butcher & Singer. So we were intrigued when we saw that Jason Wilson of the Daily News ventured into the Steak 38 in Cherry Hill.
The true star of the show, however, was the waiter who prepared the tableside Caesar. We closely followed his performance as he crushed the garlic, anchovies and mustard powder in a giant wooden bowl, then dashed in the Worcestershire sauce and worked it into a paste.
He quickly added a coddled egg yolk and a drizzling of olive oil, working the mixture into a mayonnaise that he finished with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of red wine vinegar. Finally, he added a head of crisp Romaine lettuce, Parmigiano cheese and housemade croutons, tossed it all together, and served it on chilled plates. The mix of bold flavors was better than just about any other Caesar salad I’ve eaten over the past, say, two decades.
Caesar Salad done right [Philadelphia Daily News]
Last week when Victor Fiorillo showcased the terrifyingly pale tomato he received from Saladworks we were struck with two thoughts; “oh my god that’s disgusting” and “why didn’t you go to Morris’?” Morris’ for those not in the know, is the hidden in plain sight cafeteria and salad bar located in the United Plaza building at 17th and Ludlow.
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No, it is not some distant nebula as viewed through the Hubble Space Telescope. No, it is not a dried bonito flake from my okonomiyaki. And no, it is not the infamous testicular cyst removed from then Philly Mag editor Larry Platt (now of the Daily News). So what is it? Read more »
I’ve just completed a ten-day detox that saw my normal intake of burgers, pork sandwiches, fried chicken, pizza, pretzels and alcohol plummet to zero. After ten-days of vegan eating and three days that saw nothing more than lettuce, apples, pears and cruciferous vegetables cross my lips, I’ve happily shed more than a few pounds and hopefully going forward will have a healthier perspective on what to eat. But that doesn’t mean I’m not ready for my return to a fuller palate of food. After ten-days without meat, sugars, bread and alcohol, what would you eat first?