• Hey, Broad Streeters (or anyone else with lofty running goals this year): Need a surefire way to keep yourself motivated throughout your training? These nine running reads will keep you more than motivated. [Huffington Post]
Friday, December 27th marks the opening of Steve Laurence’s Vegan Commissary at 1703 South 11th Street, just a half-block off of Passyunk Avenue. You may have already seen Laurence’s spreads, scrambles and sandwich fillings at Sook Hee’s Produce in the Comcast Center, the Last Drop coffee house or at Good Karma Cafe.
Laurence just sent over what will be on his opening chalkboard menu tomorrow. The menu features starters like edamame hummus with Togarashi won tons, salads, sandwiches and bigger dishes like Za’atar grilled eggplant.
For more on Laurence and Vegan Commissary, check out this article on Be Well Philly.
Mount Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery has rolled out a new menu. It’s out with the barbecue chicken, Rio Bravo and veggie flatbreads. New to the menu is a winter ratatouille, veggie verde and chicken korma.
Nicole Marquis’ HipCityVeg has recently rolled out catering. Now you can get everyone’s favorite quick-serve vegan fare at your location. HipCityVeg is offering miniature versions of its menu for groups from 8 to 10, as well as for large groups of more than 25.
Check out more of the catering details over at Be Well Philly.
¡Juice! opened last weekend in Graduate Hospital. The juice shop replaces Betty’s Speakeasy at at 2241 Grays Ferry Avenue and offers a menu of juices and blends (shakes). There are also rotating selections of soups and starting Monday, November 25th, the attractive store will also offer vegetarian and vegan sandwiches. There’s also L’Aube coffee for those looking for a jolt from more than just fresh juices.
Be Well Philly’s Emily Leaman has an interview with Steve Laurence who is opening a vegan restaurant near East Passyunk. Vegan Commissary is as you might guess, a casual vegan restaurant that will offer dinner and weekend brunch. But that’s just part of Laurence’s ambitious plan that calls for including gratuity in the price and paying wait staff a living wage.
For more on Vegan Commissary, check out Be Well Philly’s interview.
More Details on Passyunk Square’s Soon-to-Open Vegan Commissary [Be Well Philly]
The address is 126 S. 19th Street–which, yes, is right next door to Zama and currently home to a pop-up boutique (Smak Parlour), but will soon to be the location for Vedge’s smaller, cooler and more casual little-sister restaurant.
It might seem weird to some to test a vegan menu item from a national chain in Philadelphia. But we know better, there’s never been a better time to be a vegan or vegetarian in Philadelphia. So we’re not too surprised (ok we’re still surprised) that Chipotle has chosen Philadelphia as a test city for its new vegan menu item. Sofritas, which are defined as “shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblano peppers and a blend of aromatic spices” will be available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads starting next Monday, October 21st.
Adam Erace publishes his thoughts on Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen, which he describes as “a haven of tempeh Reubens and Nitro Milk Stouts catering to the Memphis Taproom/Johnny Brenda’s set”. Erace praises the restaurant’s all-inclusiveness, but scratches his head at some of the cuisine choices.
He has this to say of Cedar Point’s menu and patronage:
Dougherty’s menu balances meaty (jambalaya, pulled-pork grilled cheese) and meatless (vegan cheese board, fried-green-tomato po’boy) fare, and the down-to-earth staff makes Old and New Fishtown equally welcome. When I arrived just after happy hour — deals include $2 off draughts, $1 off cans and wine and half-price wings — all sorts were camped out and enjoying the late sun on the deck: couples, CrossFit buddies, beer philosophers, grandparents, teachers celebrating graduation, girls in short-shorts and tank tops, guys in short-shorts and tank tops, dad groups with curly haired Little Leaguers in tow. At one point a woman wandered in with a Hula-Hoop, and no one batted an eye.
Photo by Neal Santos