Check Out the Gluten-Free and Veggie-Friendly Options at the Linc This Year

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Lincoln Financial Field Concourse | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Our friends at Foobooz hit up Lincoln Financial Field this week to check out the new concessions on tap for the 2014 Eagles season. They were kind enough to scope out a few of the veggie- and allergen-friendly items on the stadium’s menu this season, too—and they sent back pictures to boot.

From a vegetarian Buffalo falafel wrap to gluten-free sweet treats from Sweet Christine’s Bakery, take a peek at the photos below to see what’s in store.

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Confession: I Ditched Vegetarianism for a Pat’s Cheesesteak

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

Plate after plate of potato salad makes everyone uncomfortable. I know, because I’m pitied at cookouts. Thanksgivings are worse: touching the turkey like tainted goods, skipping the stuffing with giblets and au ju, waiting for green bean casserole like some sort of a godsend.

Those nightmares were recalled as I stood in line at 9th and Passyunk. A few minutes later, a soggy lump of simple carbs and gummy beef landed at the bottom of my stomach, transporting me back to a glutton’s heaven that no tofu can reach.

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Restaurant Review: Charlie Was a Sinner

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Just how much sinning do you like to do over dinner?

That’s a good question to chew on at Nicole Marquis’s mysterious new bar on 13th Street, where you can drink bourbon and absinthe beneath a looming hardback edition of In Cold Blood, watch sultry projections of Marilyn Monroe flicker upon the ruffles of a diaphanous wall curtain, and soak up your alcohol with food completely untainted by animal products.

In an era abounding with culinary hobgoblins—gluten for him, fructose for her, GMOs for the guy down the street—veganism still reigns unrivaled as the diet of the ethically upright. But the plant-only jawn feels a little racier at Charlie Was a Sinner, and not just because it’s next door to the last surviving porn shop on this once-seedy strip. Marquis, the woman behind HipCityVeg, named her lounge the way Elmore Leonard started crime novels. Who’s Charlie? Has he—or she—repented? Exactly what sort of sin are we talking about here?

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8 Questions Every Vegetarian Is So Over Answering

So ... you can only eat vegetables? | Shutterstock

So … you only eat, like, vegetables? | Shutterstock

You’re probably a really nice person, and I’m sure we’d really get along. But when you ask me one of these questions, I can’t help but hate you just a little bit.

1. But why?

When people ask me why on Earth I would willingly choose to be vegetarian, I give them the same response I give to strangers who ask me what my tattoos mean on the subway: some serious side-eye followed by silence. I didn’t ask you why you willingly decided to crimp your hair today, or what possessed you to purchase that tie-dye A-line skirt—and I really don’t understand or agree with those decisions, but I’m not pestering you about them.

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Philadelphia’s First VegFest Is This Weekend

Philadelphia VegFestTomorrow, Saturday, June 14th is Philadelphia’s first VegFest. The outdoor festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the shambles at Headhouse Square. The event features speakers, cooking demos and of course, lots of vegetarian food vendors.

Among the highlights, Vedge’s Rich Landau, freshly back from Paris will be showing off the plant-based cuisine that will be part of his new endeavor, V Street.

In addition to the food, speakers and cooking demos, the afternoon will also feature veg-friendly vendors and live music.

Philly VegFest [Official]

Gastronaut: The Meat of the Matter

First off, let me say this: I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to portraying Philly as a mecca for twig-and-berry eaters.

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Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Like just about every other food writer out there, I was won over the very first time I stepped into Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s Vedge in Midtown Village. After years of sharkishly eating my way through several major American cities as an itinerant restaurant critic, I’d formed some pretty strong opinions about the depth and limits of vegan cuisine, and all of them were burned away the minute I tasted Vedge’s sweet potato pâté.

This, I thought, is what every vegan restaurant in America should be aiming for. This is a cuisine to be proud of.

Immediately I began telling people about it. Loudly and repeatedly. I brought people to Vedge specifically so I could share the weird sideways joy of finding a groundbreaking and totally unexpected version of something you were pretty sure you were going to hate going in.

And it wasn’t just Vedge. It was the bloody beet steak at the Farm and Fisherman. It was the daily lines outside HipCityVeg, and the vegetarian prix fixe at Le Bec-Fin (which, as things turned out, didn’t go so well), and the sudden explosion of plants on so many menus around town. It was the fact that here, of all places, genius vegetable cookery had become the direct heir of the farm-to-table movement, offering the city’s best chefs a whole new range of flavors and textures to play with. After all, if the people of the city appeared willing to eat turnips and roasted brussels sprouts, someone had to charge them for it.

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Mark Your Calendars: The First-Ever Philly VegFest Is Coming June 14th

Philadelphia VegFest

Dear fellow Philly vegetarians, get ready to do a happy dance because the first ever Philly VegFest is just about one month away, and let me tell you, this festival is the stuff vegetarian food-dreams are made of.

The festival, hosted by The Humane League, will fill the Shambles, the open-air space at Second and Pine, with local vegetarian and vegan food galore, vegan-friendly shop vendors, cooking demos and more come June 14th. Eeeeee! (I am totally happy-dancing right now.)

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A Peek into Rich Landau’s Plans for V Street

Korean tempeh tacos

Korean tempeh tacos

Vance Lehmkuhl of Philly.com’s V for Vegan sits down with Vedge’s Rich Landau to discuss plans for Landau’s Rittenhouse bar, V Street. Landau lifted the curtain on the highly anticipated vegan bar a bit during the Rittenhouse Row Festival but Lehmkuhl gets a bit more out of him. 

Most notably, Landau plans to continue to push vegan cuisine forward, not vegan-izing meat dishes but by producing edgy dishes that will appeal to a “food warrior.”

Landau’s V Street may alter space-time continuum [Philly.com]

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