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This icy weather calls for soup. So how about a warming bowl that also supports a good cause? The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance is hosting a Souper Bowl (get it?) fundraiser right now to help generate support for its nutrition programs for critically ill Philadelphians.

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Warm Up with Some Good Soup

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When we polled our readers and distilled down their answers about the best soups in Philadelphia, we figured it would be a good post for a cold day. And what do you know, today qualifies.

So here are our suggestions for the best soup for lunch in Philadelphia as well as the best soups served in Philadelphia restaurants.

Where To Get the Best Soup for Lunch in Philadelphia [Foobooz]
Best Soups in Philadelphia Restaurants [Foobooz]

Good Lord, It’s 17 Degrees Outside—Make These Warming Soups Now

Leftover Bruschetta Soup—recipe below!

Leftover Bruschetta Soup—recipe below!

You would not believe how many layers I’m wearing today—and even still, I’m barely tepid over here. That’s why I’m taking the cold-weather battle to the kitchen and whipping up a honkin’ batch of warm-me-up soup pronto. Won’t you join me? Here are five of our most popular soup and chili recipes to help you fight the cold.

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Where To Get the Best Soup for Lunch in Philadelphia

Soup Kitchen - Photo by Courtney Apple

Soup Kitchen – Photo by Courtney Apple

A couple of weeks ago we crowd-sourced where to get the best soup around Center City Philadelphia and beyond. We received suggestions in the comments, on Facecbook, via Twitter and email as well.

Here is our list of the places and soups that came up the most. For what restaurants serve a can’t miss soup as part of their meal, check out our best soups in Philadelphia restaurants list.

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Do You Have “The Best Chili in Philly?”

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The Cambridge is getting set to hold its second annual chili cook off. The event takes place on Sunday, November 10th at 3 p.m. and the South Street bar is still looking for a few more contestants who want to compete for the title, “Best Chili in Philly.”

Guests get to sample as much chili as they like and vote for their favorite. The Cambridge will also have more than ten pumpkin beers on tap.

The competition will be held in the outdoor courtyard, so dress accordingly.

Contestants may sign up by emailing their contact info to: events@cambridgeonsouth.com

Cambridge [Foobooz]

The Great Foobooz Soup Hunt

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Pretty much everybody here at Foobooz World HQ (and everyone among the wider Philly mag team) is walking around with a case of the sniffles right now. As such, talk has turned to where in the city everyone goes for their favorite bowls of soup.

But out of these many conversations has come a depressing realization: In a city as broad, diverse and food-focused as Philadelphia is, we have a serious lack of truly great soup. I mean, yeah. There are places to get ramen. And a couple places to go for decent bowls of chicken soup. But where are the true soup savants in this town? The cooks for whom soup-making is not just an afterthought, but a true calling?

So with the weather turning chilly and the skies going gray, we’ve decided to turn to you, the Foobooz community. Where do you guys go when you’ve got an itch that only a really great bowl of soup can scratch?

Let us know in the comments. And please, for those of us who are stuck at our desks and living vicariously through you, don’t spare any details.

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Kermit’s Bake Shop Gets Close

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend a pre-noon hour checking out the progress at Kermit’s Bake Shop, the pizza + bakery from Adam Ritter (Sidecar and Kraftwork) opening at 2204 Washington Avenue. Ritter, along with chef Brian Lofink and pastry chef Chad Durkin are in the final stages of preparation. I was able to check out the progress and sample pizzas and some of the pastries.

The pizza is a traditional American pie, not the Neapolitan variety that is so much the rage. Ritter wants it to remind you of the pizza of your youth, but better. Yesterday, Lofink was still playing with the sauce, tweaking the sweetness and amount of herbs.

The storefront will offer takeout and delivery, there will be no room to eat inside the surprisingly large space. That space is full of mixers for Chad Durkin’s baking operation. Durkin, who appeared on TLC’s Next Great Baker is producing cakes, fudge, pastries and yesterday, croissants. I got to try several and am still obsessing over the egg and herb filled one.

When Kermit’s Bake Shop does open it will offer ordering by mobile phone and a fleet of eight custom bikes offering delivery.

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HipCityVeg Offers Some Warming Dishes for Winter

HipCityVeg has recently added some new warm offerings for winter. New to the menu are:

Cream of Zucchini
Simple and delicious topped with crispy leeks

Quinoa Chili
Organic quinoa, kidney, pinto and black beans
fire roasted tomatoes
corn tortilla strips

Hot Chocolate
Dutch processed cocoa, organic soy milk
topped with a coconut whipped cream

HipCityVeg [Official Site]

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