The Best Dinner of my Life

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As a 32 year old man, I’ve had many dinners in my life. Sometimes I’ve had two a day, sometimes zero dinners if a vacation is rounding the bend, I’ve cooked dinners for myself, ordered, ate out, got dinners cooked for me. They’re all bullshit compared to Barclay Prime. I went with my friend, and the minute that I walked in, there’s just no way to not feel like you’re the most important person in the world. The server was outstanding, the company and weather was pretty perfect, my Delirium beer was super strong and fruity. It was a perfect night. I ordered the 24 oz. dry aged Porterhouse, and I honestly never order steak. But, when you eat at Barclay, it’s a necessity. It’s like going to Federal Donuts and ordering a Salad. We also ordered sides: Baked Truffled Mac N Cheese and also the Broccoli Rabe. Both amazing.

Save up your pennies and get ready for the best dinner of your life. I honestly can say that last night was mine. Go here if you haven’t yet.

-Josh

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New Restaurants in Philly

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With all the drama surrounding Rat-infested local eatery, Green Eggs, and a lot of restaurants closing…. I figured that I’d help focus on your eyes on something new.
here’s a complete list of all the BRAND NEW restaurants in Philadelphia.
Agno Grill - Mediterranean grill for Chestnut Street.
Animo Juice - Haddonfield’s Animo comes to Center City.
Avenue Delicatessen - A Jewish/Italian deli in Lansdowne.
Boot & Saddle Bar - Avram Hornik has a applied for a liquor license at the old Boot & Saddle.
Border Springs Lamb Farm - All-lamb deli, selling their own lamb cuts and lamb dishes opening in the Reading Terminal.
Cafe L’Aube – Rittenhouse - The third Cafe L’Aube is at Rittenhouse Square.
Devon & Blakely - Upscale sandwich/salad spot replacing Pikkles Plus at 18th and Market.
Garage - Jason Evenchik wants to open a bar that brings in food trucks to serve the hungry masses.
Hummus Grill – Center City - Best of Philly winning Hummus comes to Center City.
Jerry’s Bar - Marshall Green will be in the kitchen at the recently rebuilt Jerry’s Bar.
Kermit’s Bake Shop - Adam Ritter opens a pizza shop and bakery at 22nd and Washington.
Lil’ Pop Shop – South Street - Second location for our local popsicle spot.
Mugshot Diner - An offshoot of the Mount Holly, New Jersey diner, this location is at the base of the 2424 Studios.
Noord - Joncarl Lachman of Chicago’s Home Bistro is looking to open a Dutch eatery.
Pinkberry – Bryn Mawr - First area Pinkberry lands in Bryn Mawr.
Plenty – Rittenhouse - Passyunk’s sandwich and coffee shop is coming to Rittenhouse Square.
Rybread in Brewerytown - Rybread opening a Rybread with beer on Girard Avenue.
Serpico - 52-seat open kitchen restaurant
Spread Bake Shop - Fresh baked muffins, biscotti, scones and pies from the same people who gave you Spread Bagelry.
Sweetbox - The Vendy Award winning cupcake truck gets a storefront.
Talula’s Daily - Imagine the market portion of Talula’s Table with an urban kick.
Tango - Ken Poon opens a froyo, Korean Fried Chicken and noodle spot in Chinatown.
Taqueria Feliz - Jose Garces alums Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal are opening their third spot, this one in Manayunk.
Tiffin Bistro - Tiffin and Tashan owner Munish Narula has another concept up his sleeve.
Zoes Kitchen – Main Line - Fast-casual Mediterranean.
Butttttt, I ate at Pennsylvania 6 a few weeks ago, and it was absolutely amazing.  It’s owned by the same people that own Field House, and it is honestly one of the best dinners I’ve had in a long time.  The everything is perfection.  So try that one out too!

Hummus is for Smart People

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Rewind to age 17, when I had a date with my fancy lesbian Aunt, who wanted to take me to a nice restaurant. I never had been to a nice restaurant, as my south Philly mom limited me to Olive Garden and Outback. So, I remembered thinking “Josh, whatever you never had on this menu…order it. Think outside of the food box.” I did and I wound up and said proudly: “I would like the HEW-MUSS” ….The server and my aunt laughed at me…and ever since then, I order Hummus every chance I get, and have moved beyond my embarrassment. So here’s a recipe for it! HEWMUSS for errrbody!

There’s a new healthy-food overlord dominating the nation and it’s… the humble chickpea. In response to the growing demand for hummus, tobacco farmers in Virginia are planning to plant chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) alongside their tobacco crops, just in case there’s a chickpea shortage due to weather where the beans usually grow — the Pacific Northwest.

This trendy investment from farmers could mean a big bonus for us consumers: new varieties of the chickpea, which means more delicious choices for the low-fat, high-protein hummus we use as a nutritious dip today. The stuff is also a healthful snack for kids.

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To jump on the hummus bandwagon (if you haven’t already!), whip up this decadent dip, which comes together in just 10 minutes and features the fresh flavors of lemon and basil. Be sure to make plenty… it will go fast.

Josh’s Lemon Basil Hummus Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves 10, unless they greedy as fuck

1 can chickpeas
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
Whole-wheat toasted crackers

Preparation:

1. Drain the chickpeas, reserving 1 tablespoon of liquid. Rinse the chickpeas with cold water and drain well in a colander.

2. Place the chickpeas, reserved liquid, basil, garlic, lemon juice, oil, black pepper into a food processor OR a blender if you’re a hood bitch. Cover and process until the mixture is smooth.

3. Serve with the wheat crackers for dipping.

Blazoww, healthy snack

-Josh

Food Trucks Dining Out for Life

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Josh Schonewolf from Josh Can’t Cook will be at the Food Truck event all day, on the day of Dining out for Life! Thursday, April 25th, starting at 11am. So, not sure what to have for lunch? Then swing by Passyunk Ave, and enjoy some of the best Food Trucks in town, and know that your money will be going to ActionAIDS.

EAT UP & FIGHT AIDS

See you there!

Make This: Josh’s Banana Bread

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While shopping yesterday with two of my closest friends, one of them was telling us that Bananas are one of the worst things to eat for your stomach being flat.  He claims that Bananas are so horrible, for your stomach, and during summer….avoid them at all costs!  So, naturally, that made me hungry for BANANA BREAD.  So What Who Cares.
 
Josh’s Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf of whatevs bread you want
 
Ingredients:
1 cup raw sugar
1 tablespoon butter (nondairy)
1 cup mashed overripe bananas (2 or 3)
1 egg
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1 cup oat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
 
Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 350° F. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of a loaf pan. Put it in the bottom of the pan and spray it with cooking spray. Pour in the batter and cover it loosely with foil.
3. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, then bake for another 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out almost clean. Cool completely, then slice and serve.
 
 
So, Andy, enjoy your abs….and I’ll enjoy my BANANA BREAD.  ; )
 
 
-Josh
 

DINING OUT FOR LIFE: All the Details, including how the Food Trucks are getting in on the Action!

Dining Out for Life Adds Gourmet Food Truck Round-Up,

14 New Restaurants for 23rd Annual Event on April 25
Dining Out for Life raises more than $250,000 annually for local AIDS service organizations. Book
your reservations now for Thursday, April 25
PHILADELPHIA (April 10, 2013) – More than 150 restaurants across the Delaware Valley, including 14 newcomers, have
generously signed on to take part in the 23rd Annual Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 25 in an effort to fight
HIV/AIDS. And new for 2013: a lunchtime pop-up with a nine food trucks at 12th and Passyunk in South Philly from 11am
until 3pm.
Dining Out for Life is thrilled to add the fun and trendy Gourmet Food Truck scene to this year’s event with a Food Truck
Round-Up. The afternoon will feature nine of Philadelphia’s hottest food trucks – a combination of sweet and savory –
showcasing their culinary talents, along with special prizes for Food Truck Round-Up participants during our first-ever
lunchtime event.
Participating trucks include: Vernalicious, The Cow and the Curd, Spot Burgers, Delicias, Gigi’s & Big R, The Farm Truck,
Cupcake Carnivale, Mac Mart and The Sunflower Truck.
“We are really excited about the addition of the Gourmet Food Truck Round-Up in 2013,” said ActionAIDS Executive
Director Kevin Burns. “Having all of those great trucks, all in the same place, all making a difference in the lives of our
clients, is inspiring! Not to mention, really fun and delicious.”
Dining Out for Life has a simple, yet powerful mission: Dine Out. Fight AIDS. Participating restaurants each donate 33-
percent of the day’s food sales, which is then invested through local AIDS organizations to fund care, prevention,
education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services.

Last year, participating restaurants across the Delaware Valley raised more than a quarter of a million dollars. Locally,
nearly 20,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, and the rate of new infections is about four times the national average. At
the same time, government HIV/AIDS prevention funding has been drastically cut. Your support for this event will enable
us to deliver life changing services, including “treatment as prevention” – a proven approach to creating the first AIDSfree generation.
All funds raised through Dining Out for Life benefits HIV/AIDS services at the following: ActionAIDS, AIDS Delaware,
Family and Community Service of Delaware County, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania (PPSEPA).
For more information call 1-877-EAT4LIF (1-877-328-4543) or go http://www.diningoutforlife.com/Philadelphia.
ABOUT ACTIONAIDS
In 1986, a group of 84 committed volunteers came together to form a community of care to provide services to 100
people with AIDS. These were the partners, family and friends of our founding volunteers. Over these many years, thanks
to dedicated volunteers, talented staff, generous donors, and ongoing support from city, state and Federal agencies,
ActionAIDS has grown to become Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS service organization. We currently serve more than 5,000
clients a year through the efforts of over 350 dedicated volunteers and 91 professional staff. We are privileged to be

invited into the lives of thousands of men, women and children who are faced with the challenges of living with HIV
disease. ActionAIDS volunteers and staff focus on building relationships one person/one family at a time. Our services are
relationship focused, client centered and individualized. We continue to build a strong, diverse and committed community
of caring to make sure that “No one faces AIDS alone.”
ABOUT AIDS DELAWARE
AIDS Delaware is the first and largest AIDS service organization in the State of Delaware. Their focus is targeting
prevention and education programs to youth, while offering services to clients with HIV/AIDS.
ABOUT FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICE OF DELAWARE COUNTY
Family & Community Service of Delaware County is a private, non-profit, multi-service counseling agency serving
Delaware County. The agency’s HIV/AIDS Service Program began in 1988, and the staff now provides case management
and supportive services to about 200 people each year. The program provides case management, referrals to medical
care, support groups, emergency needs, housing assistance, mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as
planning and advocacy.
ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania is one of the few health care providers that offer accessible, free and
confidential HIV testing and counseling in Chester County. Additionally, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern
Pennsylvania provides HIV prevention and AIDS education awareness to pre-teens, teens, and college students across
Chester County.

The following is the complete list of participating restaurants sorted by neighborhood/region.
Art Museum/Fairmount
Alla Spina
Jack’s Firehouse
London Grill
McCrossen’s Tavern
Rembrandt’s
Rose Tattoo Café
Route 6
Trio

Bucks County
Bowman’s Tavern
Poco’s Restaurant
The Raven
Rick’s Restaurant

Center City East
Amis
Barbuzzo
Caribou Cafe
Chifa
El Vez
Garces Trading Company
Giorgio on the Pine
Jamonera
Jones
Knock
Lolita
M Restaurant at The Morris House
Mercato
More Than Just Ice Cream
Morimoto

New Harmony Vegetarian

Opa

Pennsylvania 6
Perch Pub
Sampan
Singapore Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant
Tabu
Talula’s Garden
Tashan
terra
Time
Tria Wash West
Valanni
Varalli
Varga Bar
Venture Inn
Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro
Westbury Bar
Woody’s
Zinc Bistro a Vins

Center City West
10 Arts by Eric Ripert
Alma de Cuba
Audrey Claire
Barclay Prime
Bellini Grill
Bistro St. Tropez
Butcher and Singer
Continental Midtown
The Dandelion
Day by Day
El Rey
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Good Dog
Il Pittore
Matyson
Meritage
My Thai
Nineteen
Oyster House
Parc
The Prime Rib
Seafood Unlimited
Square 1682
Tinto
Tria Rittenhouse
Twenty Manning
Village Whiskey

Chester County/Main Line
Cedar Hollow Inn

Chester County/Other
PJ Whelihans Pub Downington

Chester County/West Chester
Doc Magrogan’s
High Street CaffeSide Bar & Restaurant
Three Little Pigs

Chestnut Hill/Mount Airy
Avenida
Bacio
Cafette
Geechee Girl Rice Café
Tavern on the Hill
Trolley Car Cafe

Delaware County
2312 Garrett Bar
La Belle Epoque
Lotus Farm to Table
Nais Cuisine
Picasso Restaurant and Bar
Pinocchio’s Restaurant.
Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen
The Original Clam Tavern

Greenville/Centreville – DE
BBC Tavern and Grill

Manayunk
Adobe Cafe Manayunk

Montgomery County
Justin’s Carriage House
Roberto’s Trattoria
Spring Mill Cafe
Trax Cafe
White Elephant Restaurant

Newark – DE
Soffritto Italian Grill
Timothy’s of Newark
Trader’s Cove at Penn Place

New Caste – DE
Trader’s Cove at Penn Place

Northeast Philadelphia
Las Margaritas

Northern Liberties/Fishtown
Barcade
Fette Sau
Frankford Hall
Johnny Brenda’s
North 3rd Restaurant
Silk City Diner
Old City
Amada
Buddakan
Continental Restaurant
DiNardo’s Famous Seafood
Forkositano Coast by Aldo Lamberti
Race Street Café
Red Owl Tavern
Ristorante Panorama
Spasso
Zahav

Society Hill/South Philadelphia
August
Beau Monde
Bistro Romano
Bistrot La Minette
Blue Belly BBQ
Café Nola
Cochon
Copabanana
Izumi
Las Bugambilias
Le Virtu
Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine
Paradiso
Percy Street Barbecue
Pizzeria Stella
Redwood Restaurant
South Philly Tap Room
Southwark
The Industry
Ulivo
Villa Di Roma

University City/West Philadelphia
Dahlak Restaurant
Distrito
The Gold Standard Cafe
JG Domestic
Lemon Grass Thai
Pod
The Restaurant School @ Walnut Hill College

Wilmington – DE
Bellefonte Cafe
Blue Parrot
Cromwell’s Tavern & Restaurant
Domaine Hudson
Extreme Pizza
Melting Pot, The
Santa Fe Mexican Grill and Bar
Stoney’s British Pub
Tutto Fresco
Ulysses American Gastropub
Union City Grille

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Goji or Go Home

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Goji…don’t get intimidated or think that it’s dark-sided.

Here are amazing ways to serve up this superfood.

You can find goji berries (also known as the wolfberry… Schonewolf if you’re nasty) at any health food store. Like blueberries, raspberries and other berries, this superfruit is a nutrient-rich fruit — packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These red berries grow on a shrub that’s native to China, and it can be enjoyed cooked, raw or dried.

Below are a few fun recipes that highlight GOJI:

Kale Avocado Salad with Raw Olives

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1) First, take the kale off of the stems. Place it in a large bowl and put salt on the leaves.

2) Start massaging the leaves so that the salt starts to “cook” the leaves, i.e., break down the leaves so that they are “wilted”.

3) Next, massage the leaves with lemon juice.

4) Then, massage the leaves with avocado until it’s well incorporated.

Taste. You might need more lemon juice or more salt.

Place it in a serving bowl and add the GOJI, tossing to combine.

Goji Strawberry Smoothie

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1 1/2 cups plain or vanilla almond milk (I really like almond milk and/or hemp milk in this smoothie, but you can use another non-dairy milk if preferred)

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cups frozen sliced banana

1 cup frozen strawberries (or fresh)

1/4 cup goji berries

2 tbsp whole flax seed

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Blender…Drink dat shit.

Goji Protein Bars

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Buy:

Ingredients

1/2 C Almonds

1/2 C Cashews

1/2 C Coconut, Shredded

15 Dates

3 T agave (honey, coconut nectar, etc)

Pinch of Salt

1 T Mesquite Powder

Handful of goji berries, cocoa nibs, and white mulberries

How:

1) Process almonds and cashews together until a fine flour is formed.

2) Add everything else and process until a dough forms and it comes together.

3) Press dough into a square pan, refrigerate until set (about 1 – 2 hours)

4) Cut into bars, wrap.

Can be left out at room temp, but better is refrigerated

In Season Veggies: A Guide

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A lot of foodies, love slamming their heavy penises on the table, at certain points throughout their lives.  And sometimes, they love showing others how much they actually know about food, when it’s in season, what goes with what, blah blah.  So, I will slam my heavy penis on the table, and show you my guide to what fruit and vegetables are “In Season” at what time of year.  (Clears Throat) … Just so you never make a fool of yourself, around your foodie friends, who we ALL have.  Below is my guide!

 

January

Vegetables

  • cabbages
  • leeks
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower

Fruits

  • oranges
  • grapefruit
  • tangerines
  • tangelos
  • lemons
  • papayas

February

Vegetables

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower

Fruits

  • oranges
  • grapefruits
  • lemons
  • papayas

March

Vegetables

  • broccoli
  • lettuce

Fruits

  • pineapples
  • mangoes

April

Vegetables

  • zucchini
  • rhubarb
  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • spring peas
  • broccoli
  • lettuce

Fruits

  • pineapples
  • mangoes

May

Vegetables

  • okra
  • zucchini
  • rhubarb
  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • spring peas
  • broccoli
  • lettuce

Fruit

  • cherries
  • pineapples
  • apricots

June

Vegetables

  • corn
  • lettuce

Fruit

  • watermelon
  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe
  • cherries
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • apricots

July

Vegetables

  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • summer squash
  • corn
  • green beans
  • lettuce

Fruits

  • watermelon
  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • apricots
  • kiwi
  • raspberries
  • plums

August

Vegetables

  • cucumbers
  • corn
  • eggplant
  • tomatoes
  • summer squash
  • green beans
  • lettuce

Fruits

  • watermelon
  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • apricots
  • kiwi
  • raspberries
  • plums

September

Vegetables

  • eggplants
  • pumpkins
  • tomatoes
  • spinach
  • lettuce

Fruits

  • grapes
  • pomegranates

October

Vegetables

  • sweet potatoes
  • pumpkins
  • winter squash
  • broccoli
  • spinach lettuce

Fruits

  • cranberries
  • apples
  • pomegranates
  • grapes

November

Vegetables

  • pumpkins
  • winter squash
  • sweet potatoes
  • broccoli
  • mushrooms
  • spinach

Fruit

  • cranberries
  • oranges
  • tangerines
  • pears
  • pomegranates

December

Vegetables

  • sweet potatoes
  • mushrooms
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower

Fruit

  • pears
  • oranges
  • grapefruit
  • tangerines
  • papayas
  • pomegranates

 

 

 

Bananas, potatoes and celery seem to always be in-season. For bananas, at least, I think it’s because they have to be shipped into just about everywhere.  You can send yo momma some nanners today, and she’ll love them, and she’ll kiss them, and say “Mmmmm these are always in season.”

 

-Josh