Articles by Jared Ely
Mar. 8, 2013
Abyssinia dishes authentic Ethiopian cuisine
When it comes to just about any institution, the name of the game is showmanship. So long as your product is eye-catching and unique, you’re in business. Flashing lights and pretty sights turn consumers into rooks, ready to grab anything that sparkles.
Feb. 8, 2013
Beck’s Cajun Cafe adds unusual kick to traditional bayou recipes
Have you ever had the urge to eat something out of the ordinary? That longing that emanates from deep within the pit of your stomach, the one that moans and cries out in agony for a delicacy it knows it wants but just can’t seem to find? The one that begs not only for sustenance but also a certain degree of pizzazz?
Feb. 1, 2013
Pure Fare a healthy, friendly option
Whenever a restaurant strives to be more than a just a business, it really shines through. The food can taste great, the staff can be polite, and the place can comfort with carefully arranged decor, but when there’s a purpose behind the service, it adds a whole new dimension to the eating experience. It’s that special, embraced purpose that really makes Pure Fare feel like more than just another hole-in-the-wall eatery.
Jan. 18, 2013
Sweetgreen offers fresh alternative
One of the absolute worst things one can do to oneself is to go on a diet. Now I fully understand that being healthy is important, but to sacrifice food for that goal is abhorrent. There is a small point of merit in that by starting a diet you may expose yourself to new foods or perhaps find different healthy choices. But the majority of the time, diets are about measly portions and exceptionally boring, repetitive food choices.
Nov. 30, 2012
Banana Leaf inspires customers to break out of their comfort zone
Banana Leaf, a Malaysian restaurant located in Center City, has a spacious and decorative interior. The menu features a wide variety of entrees.The art of enjoying food is governed by many rules. Truly, it is these rules that separate my craft from that of simple ingestion. Now, I must apologize to all of my readers, for I fear that I may have violated one of these most important tenets in my quest to bring you even closer to your food.
Nov. 16, 2012
Manakeesh expands the palate
Lebanese cafe bakery Manakeesh, located at 45th and Walnut streets, serves as a welcoming hang out spot for students and serves exotic cuisine, including shawarma and falafel.Before regaling you with tales of culinary adventure, let me make something perfectly clear: judging food is difficult. Now, that may sound as if I’m being a braggart considering that I am, in fact, about to judge food (well), but that is simply not the case. All I wish to communicate is that for one to truly know whether or not he or she will enjoy a dish, one must actually taste it. Stands to reason, right? But it’s not that simple. Restaurants obviously aggrandize their food or premises with flattering pictures and overly ornate descriptions. I’ll admit, even I find myself sometimes painting a picture that may slightly exaggerate the quality of a dish if the mood strikes me (though my overstatements are warranted under creative license; restaurants are simply being manipulative). But fear not, reader, for there is one dependable gauge of a restaurant, and that is the customer base.
Oct. 26, 2012
Academy of Natural Sciences shells out family fun in malacology exhibit
You might not think too much of them, but it turns out seashells have a long and fascinating history, and that’s exactly` why they were the focus of the latest exhibit at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The Academy hosted the Philadelphia Shell Show Oct. 21 and overhauled its facilities to house shell-based displays and activities. Although most of the events were catered to children, the subject matter was incredibly in-depth, as malacologists and hobbyists alike came to display their prized specimens and teach others about their craft. All in all, there was something for everyone at the event.
Oct. 19, 2012
Doc Magrogan’s reels in comforting seafood
It’s rare, but every once in a while I’ll discover someone who doesn’t like seafood. They’ll tell me something along the lines of “they swim in their own filth” or “it smells funny.” I’ve tried to understand these people, but despite my best efforts I just cannot find it in me to sympathize with them. Their reasons for refusing seafood never have anything to do with how a dish tastes. If someone took a bite of lobster meat, chewed thoughtfully and then looked me straight in the eye and calmly expressed their disapproval, I would accept their opinion readily, just as soon as I came out of catatonic shock.
Oct. 5, 2012
Lemon Grass is worth the price
Then one day, when I asked myself, “What restaurant would most please my readers?” I came to the conclusion that both you and I could benefit from me visiting this Asian inspired restaurant.
Aug. 17, 2012
Rustica is worth the extra dough
When it comes to Italian food, you have to be adventurous. All too often I find myself attending group events where the organizers invariably make the decision to order the same dreary thing every single time: a tall stack of plain pizzas and another of, hold on to your seats ladies and gentlemen, pepperoni. Fine, I’ll eat them. Heck, I’ll even enjoy them. One should never be rude, and besides, all pizza tastes great, especially when compared to a big ol’ pile of nothing.