May. 20, 2016
Herban Quality Eats offers healthier, cheaper dining options
I don’t know about other college students, but I am at a point in my life where I actually want to eat healthy food. The only problem with that is that it usually does not taste great and it can be expensive. This has been a continuous problem for me while in school and I know I am not the only one that feels that way. I have heard my peers complain about the same problem. If you want wholesome, affordable and delicious food, you can usually only find food that consists of two of those three qualities. There is no win-win-win solution — until now. Herban Quality Eats is the answer. It is an eatery that provides tasty, inexpensive and nutritious food.
Apr. 8, 2016
Restaurant Expo wows with food and drink at Academy of Natural Sciences
The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival was everything I wanted and more. As if straight out of a foodie’s dream, at every corner of the Academy of Natural Sciences was a table set up with a delicious sample as well as an exhibit of some sort. I love food, culture and learning, so this is exactly how I wanted to spend my evening March 31.
Aug. 21, 2015
Stepehen Starr’s restaurants provide unique experience
Stephen Starr is respected for owning over a dozen restaurants and a catering company. He started at the early age of 21, when he opened his first club in an Old City diner, called Grand Mom Minnie’s. After that he continued to open restaurants, performance venues and more. Many young singers and comedians performed at his various establishments and are now famous. Among them include Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper and Jerry Seinfeld. In 1990, Electric Factory Concerts bought Starr out and gave him the money he needed to open several new venues. In 1995, Starr founded STARR Restaurants, one of the largest multi-concept restaurant companies in the country, with restaurants in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, NJ, Washington D.C. and Florida. Starr believes that the dining experience is similar to attending a theater production, where the players, props, backdrops and lighting are critical factors of the experience. I have been to a few of his restaurants in Philadelphia and would recommend them in a heartbeat.
May. 1, 2015
Waka Flocka Flame for President
As college students, most of us are eligible to vote. Many of us, however, are not registered, don’t care about politics or just don’t vote. But what if Waka Flocka Flame was running? According to an article from MSNBC, he said, “I’m very pleased to announce today on 4/20, the best day of the year, I will be running for president.” He continued, “The first thing I’m gonna do when I get into office is legalize marijuana.” This be enough for him to win, or at least secure the millenial vote. (Waka being only 28 and ineligible for office is not within the scope of this article.).
Mar. 13, 2015
‘Cinderella’ brings classic tale to silver screen yet again
As a 20-year-old, Disney’s new “Cinderella” is all I needed to make me feel like a little girl again. This new, realistic version was just as magical as the cartoon version I used to love many years ago. In the beginning, Cinderella’s family have everything they could want, until tragedy strikes and Cinderella’s mother becomes ill and dies. After a while, Ella’s father marries Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett), who moves in, along with her daughters Drizella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger). Tragedy strikes again when Ella’s father falls ill and dies while away on a business trip. Having nowhere else to go, Ella becomes the victim of the greedy step-mother and step-sisters. What follows is the story we have all been familiar with since childhood — Cinderella being helped by her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) to attend the ball thrown by the prince, her losing her glass slipper and destiny reuniting the prince and Ella to finally be together.
Feb. 13, 2015
El Vez offers authentic food but in an inauthentic setting
Mexican food is possibly my favorite cuisine. I have come to find that there are two kinds of Mexican restaurants — fake and authentic. I found El Vez to be in the middle. As far as the food goes, I felt the authenticity. However, I didn’t feel it in the environment as well as the decoration of the restaurant.
Jan. 23, 2015
Long-established Pat’s King of Steaks provides adequate food, quality service
If you are from Philadelphia or in the surrounding area, you know how big of a deal cheesesteaks are. Even if you are not, many people across America know that this city is home of the original cheesesteak. In fact, Philly is so famous for its cheesesteaks that when you go to other cities in the country, that city will have cheesesteak restaurants that try to replicate Philly’s. They will go as far as calling it a Philly cheesesteak. Caution: If a restaurant has to say their cheesesteaks are Philadelphia cheesesteaks, it is more than likely that they are not.
Nov. 7, 2014
Franklin Fountain charms guests with traditional atmosphere
The Franklin Fountain, named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, is by far one of the most pleasant ice cream shops I have ever been to. The Franklin Fountain opened in 2004 by the Berley family, who had a passion for antiques and were inspired to build an ice cream parlor and soda fountain. After buying a building in 2002 in the heart of Old City, Ryan and Eric Berley recognized that the original porcelain mosaic tile floor and decorative tin walls and ceiling of the first floor would be the perfect setup.
Oct. 17, 2014
Max Brenner offers good food and great atmosphere
Max Brenner — creating a new chocolate culture worldwide. As cheesy (or chocolatey) as it sounds, that is what this restaurant, this man, is actually doing. When Max was 10 years old, he read “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, and swore that one day he would find a river of chocolate and sail in it, as he explains in his story on the website. He had a dream to become a writer.
Oct. 10, 2014
Mad Mex offers fun atmosphere, affordable food
As humans, we are wired to make judgments based off first impressions. There is no difference when it comes to walking into a restaurant. If the place is clean, decorated, dirty or old, customers take notice. Not only do they notice, but their opinion of the restaurant is already predetermined despite the fact that they have not even touched a menu yet.