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|The Krimpet gets a new home|
Today, Inquirer staff writer Harold Brubaker takes a look at the new Navy Yard home of the Tasty Baking Co., makers of iconic local favorites Krimpets and Kandy Kakes since 1914.
Facts of note:
- The new facility cost $78 million, including $31 million in publicly subsidized financing
- Plans for the 350,000-square-foot bakery and warehouse were announced in May 2007
- Tasty Baking Co.'s market value is $60 million.
- "Tasty has estimated that it will log annual pretax savings of $13 million to $15 million, which would amount to a cost reduction of about 11 percent, based on last year's results. A one-third reduction in the bakery workforce, from 500 to 315, made possible by automation, is the biggest factor in the cost savings."
Keeping this Philadelphia company in Philadelphia is a good thing, right? Bu should public money go to fund expansion by publicly-held companies, especially when no new jobs are created?
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Cafeterias have been getting lots of wack press lately. First the Inky's Craig LaBan finds a big-ass hair in the cheesesteak he orders at the already-health-code-violation-beleaguered Capitol CafÃ© in Harrisburg. Now ?uestlove, Roots Crew icon, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandmember and unapologetic Overtweeter, shares this pic of a Black History Month special in the NBC employee eatery, accompanied by the caption "Hmm HR?"
So is this racist? It's definitely the safe play to say yes, but peruse the comments section on Vulture, or on the TwitPic itself, for some alternate takes. Seems like a lot of people feel that labeling this whole deal insensitive is a knee-jerk overreaction. We've compiled a few of our favorite comments after the jump. One or two of them are notably insightful and the rest of them are pretty much just funny/true.
I don't know about the rest of ya'll FOOLS, but I eat that on the regular. And for the record the look of hurt on the BLACK chef's face when she was told that BLACK people were offended by her idea is really sad.
Um, it's not the soul food. It's the "in honor of Black History Month" part that's racist. Kind of like saying, in honor of Lunar New Year, we're going to give all Asian people driving lessons.
Racism aside, that is a lot of food for 7.50
I am going to make a huge issue with HR when our cafeteria does the corned beef/cabbage/sourdough bread combo for St. Patrick's Day. What, just because I'm Irish I eat corned beef and potatoes all the time and that's how you label me? Not to speak of the leprechauns and other such nonsense that patronizes our culture and reduces us to boorish alcoholic stereotypes who like listening to fiddles and causing fights. Outrage!
post-racial menu quandry of the day: do you eat the fried chicken even if it is racist?
Soul Food's not complete without a side of heart attack inducing Mac & Cheese. Sayin.
Last week, we told you all about the Vaudevillains Mummers brigade's "Philly Phood Phantasia" New Year's Day performance. Here's a clip of the troupe in action on Broad Street Jan. 1.
Apparently, one of the pizza slices in the clip is none other than Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross. "Iï¿½ve known [co-captain] Hillary [Rea] and a few of the other Vaudevillains for a long time and loved their performances the last two years," Gross tells Meal Ticket. When Rea sent out a note welcoming new members to the troupe, Gross and his wife Holly ï¿½ she was also a slice ï¿½ jumped at the chance. "It was awesome," Gross adds. "Can't wait for next year."
[Leslie] Pope and John Wagner were hauled away by police and charged with theft for not paying the mandatory 18 percent gratuity totaling $16 after eating at the Lehigh Pub in Bethlehem, Pa. with six friends.
Pope claimed that they had to wait nearly an hour for their order and that she had to get napkins and silverware for the table herself.
After the $73 bill came, the group paid for food, drinks, and tax but refused to pay the tip. After explaining the bad service to the bartender in charge, Pope claimed he took their money and called police. The couple was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car.
Arresting officers charged the two with theft, since the gratuity was considered part of the actual bill. Chang opined in the piece that the charge is unlikely to hold up in court, where the couple appear next month.
Seriously though, dinner for eight people ringing up to just $73 with tax?ï¿½ For that kind of deal, maybe you should be getting your own silverware and drink refills.
Watch out, food industry professionals! Vince McMahon of World Wresting Entertainment is making threatening legal rumbles towards The Wine School of Philadelphia over their wine class series "Sommelier Smackdown".
WWE lawyers issued a cease-and-desist letter to Keith Wallace, founder and director of The Wine School of Philadelphia, over the term.ï¿½ Wallace's series pits a professional sommelier's food and wine pairings against those of a member of the Wine School team, with the students voting for the winner.
Wallace has no plans to cease using the phrase in contest. ï¿½They don't have a leg to stand on. I am not going to bow down to a bully,ï¿½ he says in a press release. ï¿½They claim that they own the term ï¿½smackdownï¿½ but they don't.ï¿½ï¿½ In response to the WWE threat, Wallace is calling out Mr. McMahon and the wrestler Chris Jerico to a wine-tasting double-team cage match.
ï¿½I feel kind of special,ï¿½ says Keith Wallace.ï¿½ ï¿½I am being picked on by Vince McMahon. I better start working out.ï¿½
Michael Klein reports that First Lady Michelle Obama treated daughters Malia and Sasha to Capogiro Gelato this past Saturday while visiting Philadelphia; and apparently, Michelle likes chocolate. She chose chocolate banana and cioccolato scuro, Capogiro's signature dark-dark chocolate, for her cup.ï¿½ Malia paired fior di latte with dulce de leche, while Sasha went all-dulce. Yum.
The Obama ladies took in historic sights, visiting Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House before hitting South Street and the Gayborhood for some Philly atmosphere.
Meal Ticket heartily approves of the First Family's selection of Capogiro for a quick cool-off; we have only one recommendation for future visits.
Capogiro offers complimentary, lightly sweetened, homemade panna (whipped cream) to top off your gelato.ï¿½ Double up your treat by asking the barista to fill a cone with the panna, then put the gelato on top.ï¿½ Now the sad moment of no-more-ice-cream becomes a happy, all-new-dessert-moment of a delicate French gaufrette cone full of fluffy panna.ï¿½ You can thank us later.
Apparently, news travels fast when hoagies are involved: On Tuesday, we wrote about CNN.com's glorious decision to post a picture of just-freed journalist Laura Ling posing with a delicious-looking sandwich. On Wednesday, it was the subject of a bit on The Colbert Report. We don't need credit, Stephen ï¿½ we do, however, need you to ship Team Meal Ticket a hoagie or 90. No cheapo pre-packaged ham, please.
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We told you about this yesterday, so consider this your official reminder ï¿½ tonight, Bridgid's (726 N. 24th St., 215-232-3232) is tapping a keg of Ommegang's ultra-rare 2009 Inauguration Ale (aka "Obamagang," in goblet above) to honor of President Barack Obama's 48th birthday today. Order a glass and you'll get a slice of cake, too.
The big news right now is Kim Jong-il's decision to free U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who've been detained in North Korea since late March. Of course, this is the first story on CNN.com as we speak (see above). But take a closer look at Ling's photo ï¿½ wondering what that odd object in the bottom left corner is? Here's how Ling and Lee's pictures were originally displayed up until a few minutes ago, when a web editor cropped the image:
That, friends, appears to be a hoagie. Most likely an Italian hoagie.
This raises a few questions.
First ï¿½ the credit on the photos suggest that they were provided by the families of the just-freed journos. Could it be that the Ling clan was so overwhelmed with joy and emotion that they simply shot off the first picture of their daughter they could find, which just so happened to be the 32-year-old posing with a delicious-looking sandwich wrapped in wax paper?
Second ï¿½ why did CNN decide to zoom in/crop the image after its initial posting? Is it inappropriate to show a former detainee brandishing a sandwich like a motherfucking microphone? We certainly don't think so. On the contrary ï¿½ nothing, in our opinion at least, screams democracy quite like this. Fuck you, Kim Jong-il, you evil commie bastard! This shit has THREE KINDS OF HAM ON IT!
This Beer Summit feature from Pittsburgh's KDKA (featuring booze podcaster Should I Drink That) is innocuous enough. But skip to the 2:15 mark, when bepearled anchorwoman Mary Robb Jackson announces her personal pick for the one beer to neutralize racial strife ï¿½ Yards' George Washington Porter, part of its Ales of the Revolution series. She says it's brewed in "Pennsylvania," but doesn't shout out Yards or Philly by name. Aw, c'mon Mary!
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