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.

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


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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