Bar Bombon Has An Opening Date And Menu

BarBombonspaceOnce upon a time, the space pictured at left was going to be a Latin-themed vegan joint from Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg, Charlie Was A Sinner) called JoseJose. We’d already been tracking the opening for a long time when word came down that the name was going to be Bar Bombon and that the inspiration was going to be a bit wider–a little Spanish, a little Puerto Rican, a bit of straight-up Mexican. Because this was Nicole Marquis, it was obviously still going to be vegan, but it wasn’t until this afternoon that we got much in the way of specific details.

Now we can tell you that Bar Bombon (which will still be opening in the former Crumbs space at 133 S. 18th Street) has a date. It’s switching on the lights officially on Monday, August 24. And what’s more, we have a full menu.

Check it out after the jump.

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Frustrations of a Wishy-Washy Vegan

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The staples of my diet are oatmeal, bananas, peanut butter, brown rice, beans, berries, tofu, apples, greens, broccoli, broccoli, and more broccoli. Nothing makes me more excited than dinner at Vedge, where I am guaranteed a magnificent and entirely plant-based meal, and I am not shy about telling anyone I meet about what I believe are the unfortunate consequences of America’s high meat and dairy consumption. If you assume, based on all of these statements, that I am a vegan, you would actually be wrong — but only slightly. Confused? Let me explain. I am what some might call a wishy-washy vegan.

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The Veggie Cheesesteaks Everyone Needs to Try, As Chosen By You

Blackbird's Seitan Cheesesteak | Photo via @phillyvegans

Blackbird’s Seitan Cheesesteak | Photo via @phillyvegans

Last week, we asked you guys to name your favorite veggie cheesesteaks in Philly, and a few picks popped up over and over again, which leads us to believe every fake-meat fan should have ‘em on their bucket list. Below, your guys’ top three picks. Read up, then go get your lunch on.

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Best Sandwiches in Philadelphia

Best Cheesesteak: Philly's Finest Sambonis | Photo by Courtney Apple / Styling by Lisa Russell

Best Cheesesteak: Philly’s Finest Sambonis | Photo by Courtney Apple / Styling by Lisa Russell

The Washington Post acknowledged it yesterday and we’ve known it practically from the crib. Philadelphians know good sandwiches. And here are the Best of Philly winning sandwiches for 2015, including the best cheesesteak, hoagie and roast pork sandwich.

Best Sandwiches in Philly [Best of Philly]

What’s Your Favorite Veggie Cheesesteak in Philly?

HipCityVeg's Philly Steak | Photo via Facebook

HipCityVeg’s Philly Steak | Photo via Facebook

Philly is the land of cheesesteaks, and not just meaty ones: A veggie cheesesteak of some sort can be found on pretty much every menu, whether it’s a Mexican restaurant (Hi, Cantina’s vegan cheesesteak burrito), a bar, or a true-blue cheesesteak shop (though, this is more rare).

But knowing which of these is actually a good veggie cheesesteak and which would be better left off the menu is a whole lot harder than finding one. So, since you guys had such strong opinions about Philly’s veggie burgers, we figured we’d get you to help us weed out the veggie cheesesteaks worth skipping and ask: What’s your favorite meat-free, veggie cheesesteak in Philly? Tell us in the comments section below!

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9 Weekly Podcasts for Every Type of Health Nut

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I’ll say it right off the bat: I’m a big fan of the podcast. It’s like a free on-demand radio show you can listen to while driving your kids around, on your morning commute, or, my personal favorite, while running. Listening is a great way to stay up-to-date on whatever interests you. And whatever your interest, there’s a podcast talking about it. For the fit foodies among you who haven’t tapped into the podcast scene, here: a podcast to satisfy every type of heath nut. They’re all free to subscribe and air a new episode every week. Enjoy!

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Packing Lunch Made Easy: 20 No-Cook Lunches Under 400 Calories

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Pb & J on whole wheat every day was cool in third grade, but I need a little more variety in my lunch these days. I could go out to HipCityVeg and Honeygrow every day, but that would put a strain on my wallet. And honestly, I don’t have the time or resolve to cook my own lunch every single day. But as I recently discovered, you don’t need an oven and a ton of elbow grease to prepare healthy, tasty, not boring lunches. That’s where these recipes come in.

These 20 recipes should take you through the next month of work lunches, and not a single one of them involves cooking. And because most meats need to be cooked, most of these recipes are vegetarian-friendly. Better yet? They’re all under 400 calories, nutritious, and satisfying, so you and your waistline can relax until dinnertime.

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Change of Plans: Philly VegFest Won’t Be at Clark Park This Year

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Photo via Facebook

A few weeks ago, we told you guys VegFest, the free festival celebrating all things vegetarian, would be making its way back to Philly June 6th (Sadly, the same day as Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our day-long fitness fest — but no worries, you can go after you get your sweat on!). And when we announced that the festival would be back for a second year, the location of the 2015 festival was supposed to be Clark Park, but looks like there’s been a change of plans.
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Tiffin’s Vegetarian Tuesday Deals Kick Off

Saag Paneer | Photo via Facebook

Saag Paneer | Photo via Facebook

Tiffin is urging you to kick the Taco Tuesday habit and get on board with Tiffin Tuesdays. All eight Tiffin locations are offering their vegetarian entrees for just $8. And that counts for eat-in, takeout and delivery (Just use the code VeggieTues for you delivery discount).

The $8 entrees (normally $12) include the immensely popular saag paneer, as well as the tasty malai kofta, vegetable dumplings cooked in a creamy cashew nut sauce; and the Southern Indian vegetable korma.

Tiffins are located in and around the Philadelphia area including two new New Jersey locations.

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Taste Test: Our First Impression of the New Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Farmer’s Keep

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Rittenhouse’s newest restaurant addition, Farmer’s Keep, is kind of like the fast, casual restaurant version of a Whole Foods salad bar: The menu offerings are all over the place (On my plate, I had scoops of eggplant caponata, soy rice noodles, quinoa tabbouleh, Greek salad with tofu, and much more), they aim to use local and seasonal ingredients, and you are charged by the pound. And like Whole Foods, it’s easy to fork over way more money than you thought you would. To wit: I walked away with what was, I’ll admit, a pretty full plate, that weighed 1.8 pounds and cost me $20.  Read more »

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