Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reason #11 (Food trucks)

 I didn't really believe that Philly had a food truck culture other than the generic, but delicious, halal trucks, cheese steak trucks, fruit salad trucks, etc., but I stand corrected.  No, they don't hang out in Center City where I would frequent them, but seem to focus on West Philly, and at special events.
Kung Fu Hoagie

Manayunk's 2012 StrEAT Food Festival this weekend, which kicked of Manayunk's Restaurant Week, brought in some of the best-- we saw Rival Bros. Coffee, Local 215, the Foo Truck, and Kung Fu Hoagie in just one block of Main Street.

The current food truck phenomenon has hit big cities all over the U.S. and reminds me so much of one of my favorite parts of traveling-- street food culture.  Now, if only they would bring it to Center City!

I love Philadelphia thanks to gourmet food trucks alive and well at street festivals and college campuses around the city!

BJH's Banh Mi from Kung Fu Hoagie
My Spicy Ramen Noodles with Lemongrass Tofu
Check 'em out!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Reason #10 (Local fair trade java)

The beans are roasted in coffee heartlands all over the world, workers, buyers, and consumers benefit from Fair Trade certified standards, and it's sold in my favorite farmer's market and a wonderful coffee shop near 12th Street Gym (and many other places, I'm sure!).  My favorite roast, Koseli, is chocolatey and delicious.

What more could a coffee lover ask for?

So, thanks to Philly Fair Trade Roasters for your rich, caffeinated yumminess whose business practices I applaud.  I love Philly because of you.
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