It’s Really Frigging Cold, So How About Some Free Soup?

You can get this loaded baked potato soup for free today. Why? Because it's really, really cold outside.

You can get this loaded baked potato soup for free today. Why? Because it’s really, really cold outside.

The only thing better than a really good bowl of homemade soup on an Arctic-blasted day like this one is a really good free bowl of homemade soup. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Read more »

You Need to Make This for Dinner: Protein-Packed Meaty Minestrone

Meaty Minestrone | Photo by Becca Boyd

Meaty Minestrone | Photo by Becca Boyd

Ah, Sunday. I love you so much — why can’t there be two of you? These days, Sunday means football, fires, and soup. Giant pots of soup. Sometimes the soup attracts extra diners at my dinner table, but when it doesn’t, we have dinner set for Monday night —and sometimes even Tuesday. I’ve convinced my children that the vegetables in soup just taste like “soup” so they’re on board; my gluten-free, hungry husband can eat as many servings as he likes; and I like that it’s light and healthy. This particular soup has been made too many times to count this fall, and the colors make it fitting for holiday fun.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Sip-Worthy Philly Soups Edition

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Coconut Curry at Cheu Noodle Bar | Photo via Facebook

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

It may only be a relatively balmy 39 degrees outside right now, but when you get caught in an urban wind tunnel or your umbrella breaks mid-rainstorm, it can feel more like the Arctic Circle. The best way to combat that chilled-to-the-bone feeling? A nice, piping hot cup of soup. Is there anything more quintessentially winter than holding a bowl of soup between your thawing fingertips, delicious steam lazily wafting up towards your nose? Just thinking about it makes me want go ice skating in Dilworth Park — not because I particularly enjoy ice skating, but because I want that bring-me-back-to-life experience that only sip-worthy soups can deliver after being out in the cold for too long.

We asked some of our favorite (similarly soup-obsessed) Philly fitness folks to dish on their go-to, mouth-watering, sip-worthy soups around the city for the next time you’re craving a cup of comfort. Whether you’re sick in bed, just getting back from a cold day outside, or simply want to get into a hearty bowl of comfort, this sip-worthy soup list is for you.

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The Perfect Rainy-Day Dinner: Kielbasa, Kale and White Bean Soup

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

Kielbasa: At the mere mention, many of us experience visible excitement. That said, sitting down to a big plate of grilled kielbasa for dinner at night probably wouldn’t help us be well, Philly — but there’s no need to omit this flavor powerhouse from our diets altogether. Though I use the turkey variety to keep the calories and fat in check, the flavor is all there. If you choose to use the classic, every ingredient and direction remains the same.

We enjoy soups in the fall as the weather turns crispy, but we fill the bowls in late winter for a slightly different reason: Spring break is looming and bathing suit season’s on deck. That’s where this soup comes in: It’s comforting on a rainy day like this one — and also bikini-friendly. Read more »

What to Eat This Week: Warming Winter Soups

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If you plan on leaving your house this weekend, you deserve like 1,623,928 gold stars. The highs are in the low 20s — the highs! — and the lows are too scary to talk about. So, I figured there would be a strong demand for soup this week: Here, five soup recipes, from Spicy Thai Curry Noodle to Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle, to warm your insides over the next few days. Read more »

Rooster Soup Company in the Wall Street Journal

Pastramen soup from a Rooster Soup pop-up

Pastramen soup from a Rooster Soup pop-up

It’s nice to see that the Wall Street Journal has discovered Philadelphia’s dining scene. Just a month after featuring Kensington Quarters, the paper is back with a story on Michael Solomonov, Steve Cook, Broad Street Ministry and Rooster Soup Company. While the charitable background of Rooster Soup will be familiar to Foobooz readers, there are new details about Rooster Soup Company to share.

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Make: Creamy (Low-Cal!) Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

I mentioned recently to a friend that I’d put on a few pounds and intended to use soup to shed them. She replied, “Will that really fill you up?” I think she was picturing a clear broth with a few sad veggies floating around — so not what I meant.  Read more »

What to Eat This Week: 5 Soup Recipes to Ring in Soup Season 

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As I type this, the temperature is 48 degrees and it’s been raining for hours. So yeah, I think it’s safe to say that soup season has arrived. And to make sure you don’t fall into a soup slump — because it’s way too easy to make the same butternut squash soup recipe over and over again all season long — we give you this: Five healthy, filling and oh-so-delicious soup recipes to try. (I’d start with the ginger and lemongrass Thai soup. Mmmmmm.) Happy slurping! Read more »

Rooster Soup Co. Lands on Sansom Street

rooster soup 400Rooster Soup Company, the Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry backed soup restaurant that ran a successful and highly publicized Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2014 has announced its location. The soup and sandwich restaurant will open at 1526 Sansom Street, in the former home of Sansom Street Kabob House.

The concept behind Rooster Soup is to turn Federal Donuts’ unused chicken backs into chicken stock, soup and gravy – transforming what would be food waste into profits that will go directly to Broad Street Ministry, helping the organization to further their work in providing meals and services to vulnerable and homeless Philadelphians.

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Ventuno Opens at 21st and Chestnut


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.

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