Ventuno Opens at 21st and Chestnut

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Ventuno, the new Victor Fellus restaurant (Victors Bar and Mix Pizza) has just opened at 21st and Chestnut. As promised, the menu features quick salad, soup, and sandwich options, with nothing above $9. Perhaps even more important is that you can finish off your meal with a scoop of ice cream ($3.50) from Penn State Creamery.

In addition to some standard salad choices (think Greek Salad, Chicken Caesar, Cobb Salad), the menu boasts a spinach salad with pumpkin seeds, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, dried cranberries and avocado in a curry vinaigrette, as well as a roasted beet salad with goat cheese, avocado and walnuts in a balsamic vinaigrette. If none of those options strike your fancy, though, you can design your own salad with four toppings for $6.50 (additional toppings are $0.50 each).

The menu offers 13 soup options (French onion, turkey chili and butternut squash bisque to name a few), and seven sandwiches, any of which can pressed into a panini.

Ventuno is open for lunch and dinner.

Ventuno Opening at 21st and Chestnut

ventuno-riverwestVictor 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.

New Menu Items at Cheu Noodle Bar

Cheu's new noodles: Spicy Shrimp Broth - egg noodle, shrimp balls, onion

Cheu’s new noodles: Spicy Shrimp Broth – egg noodle, shrimp balls, onion

Working towards opening Bing Bing Dim Sum on East Passyunk doesn’t mean Cheu Noodle Bar is stagnating. The Washington Square West noodle shop is showing off six new menu items for the new year. Charred beets and an oyster bun are the new small plates. In the noodle department, Chef Ben Puchowitz is now offering:

Spicy Shrimp Broth – egg noodle, shrimp balls, onion

Short Rib Mazeman – tomatillo, green chile, soft egg

Sichuan – hot bean paste, pea leaves, tofu, sesame

Yakisoba 3.0  – chorizo, mushroom, egg, cilantro

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What to Eat This Week: 5 Hearty Soups That Will Seriously Fill You Up

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You know what this cold streak calls for? Soup. And lots of it. But the thing about soup is, come dinnertime, a simple bowl of soup can leave you asking, “And what’s for the second course?”

Not these recipes, though: These five soup recipes are chock-full of all sorts of super-filling, nutrient-packed goodies like sweet potatoes, black beans, coconut milk and more. And if you want to bulk ‘em up even more, throw some tofu, chicken or extra veggies in the mix!

And just a tip: These recipes taste best when paired with a cozy blanket and a Netflix marathon. Happy cooking!

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10 Fall Soups and Salads at Philly Eateries That Will Knock Your Socks Off

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Smoked Sweet Potato Soup at Supper | Photo via Facebook

My list of reasons for loving fall is pretty much endless: It’s finally okay to bust out my Uggs (I’m using the term “okay” loosely); my drives back home to D.C. are made much less boring thanks to the beautiful changing leaves lining 95; I no longer have to worry about sweating my mascara off en route to the subway; and so on. But my number one favorite thing about fall is the food—squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, pumpkin, apples, kale. It’s all so drool-worthy.

And if you, like us here at Be Well Philly, like to eat your way through the fall season, squeezing in all the autumn fruits and veggies you can, then we’ve got some suggestions for you: Here, 10 scrumptious fall soups and salads at restaurants around Philly. Jot these dishes down on your must-eat bucket list and get to grubbin’, people!

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I Tried It: The Vegan and Gluten-Free Soups at Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe's Thai Vegetable Soup // Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe’s Thai Vegetable Soup // Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Cafe

You wouldn’t expect a business best known for baking some of the best bread in the city to be home to a host of gluten-free soups, but Metropolitan Cafe—the much-loved Metropolitan Bakery’s only sit-down location, which opened in February 2013—offers just that: A steadily rotating seasonal soup selection, with a great deal of those soups boasting “gluten-free” and “vegan” titles.

And in case you’re wondering if they’re any good, the answer is Oh. My. Gosh. Heck. Yes. Last week, I went into the Cafe—located just a few steps away from Metropolitan’s Bakery’s Rittenhouse location—to get a taste of a few of their soups, and let me tell you, the cafe’s’ super seasonal and creative offerings are not the run of the mill tomato-basil concoctions you find at many cafes this time of year.

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Good Spoon Soupery Coming To Fishtown

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Just in time for the cool weather to set in, popular farmer’s market vendor Good Spoon Soup is opening up shop!

On the border of Fishtown and Kensington, the Good Spoon Soupery will open at 1400 N Front Street at Front and Master, just across from the El Bar. Kate Hartman, owner of the four year old business,  is clear that the primary function of the space will focus on production with the goal of expanding Good Spoon’s wholesale availability around town, but she’s also carving out enough room in the big-windowed space for about ten seats–not so much a cafe, but a solid grab-and-go lunch option. Daily, there will be three or four hot soups available, plus bread and a few baked goods, and maybe one salad and one sandwich. There will also be refrigerator and freezer space for seasonal soups to go, similar to their farmer’s market offerings, and a few provisions and sundries from other local producers.

When is it opening? Soup season, of course. Look for it in early November.

Good Spoon Soupery [Official]

Mushroom Festival This Weekend

fun-gus-mushroom-mascotKennett Square, The Mushroom Capital of the World, will host its 29th annual Mushroom Festival on September 6th and 7th at 600 Broad Street in Kennett. Saturday’s portion of the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Sunday’s will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Proceeds from the sale of the admission wristbands goes toward the Mushroom Festival’s grant program.

The Festival will feature various street vendors (including Mushroom Sale Booths selling the freshest mushrooms you’ve ever tasted), a souvenir booth, the official festival mushroom soup and painted mushrooms from local artists as a part of the silent bid. Most importantly, joining the Festival will be Fun Gus, the Festival’s adorable mushroom mascot.

A soup and wine event in which local restaurants bring their own mushroom soups for a head-to-head battle will also take place. Restaurants participating include Buckley’s TavernFire Hill PubOle Tapas Lounge and Restaurant and others.

And if soup and wine doesn’t float your boat, there will also be a separate culinary tent, mushroom growers exhibit and the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship.

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival [Official]

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