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Pot Luck

by: JayinPhiladelphia

Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 19:00:00 PM PST


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Pot Luck | 41 comments
Welcoe to the City of Love (4.00 / 1)
:)
Do u know where you want to live? South Philly West Philly? Let me know and I may be able to help.

Politics here..Yea Toomey is a Howdy Dowdy and there's not enough space here to write about Corbett, but we have some bright spots. My friend Nate Kleiman is the first Occupy Candidate. He's for Congress against my own Congresswoman who could use a push to the left. I also just found out that Tina Johnson is running again in Chester. Chester is one of the poorest cities in America and Tina started and runs the Chester Coop.


Thanks! (0.00 / 0)
Can't wait to get home.  I've always been a Philadelphian at heart.  I'm even going to be adopting the Sixers!  :)

Going to be living in Kensington, where I hear they have a new food co-op.  Awesome.  One of the Farm to Philly bloggers is based there too, apparently?

Been looking up farmers' markets, and aside from what very well may be my single favorite place in the world (Reading Terminal Market, which will only be about 20 minutes from my kitchen via the Market - Frankford line!), I was pleased to find out there are at least four year-round markets in the city, the closest being the one at The Piazza in Northern Liberties.

The 24-hour transit system will be endlessly helpful for my school and work schedule over the next five or six years, too, since I'll almost certainly be back on graveyards for a while within the next year or two.

Food recs whenever you get a second, please!  :-D


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Lots of farm markets (4.00 / 1)
here.

and like other cities,Kensington still  has affordable housing and is close to CC And Speaking of Kensington, TACCONELLIS is there HEAVEN!!!!!!!

http://www.tacconellispizzeria...

Ethnic markets...I'll give you a tour. My current fav is
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cousin...
Its not pretty. And while they aren't organic, they have an amazing selection of beans. I also re discovered the market Shop Rite..where I found decent organic chicken and Farro at a good price.
Produce Junction...lots of locations..NOT ORGANIC They buy slightly off veggies and they are CHEAP. I'm careful about what I buy here but there are things like avocadoes ( not on the dirty dozen list) at good prices ( 2 for  1.50) or veggies like Brocolli Rabe, fresh fava beans that I don't see other places. I'm assuming the owners are Hispanic; all help is including a Trangender Mexican at the store in Glenside
West Philly has good cheap ethic food and good Indian Groceries.There's a Trader Joes in Center City near Market Street and transportation.
Kensington need a food coop :)


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And go figure... (0.00 / 0)
After all this time and all these moves, I'm going to end up living just a dozen blocks or so from New Jersey in a few weeks.  Across a river and in another state, but still.  Heh. ;)

Thanks!  Look forward to meeting up again soon, and gleaning some knowledge of my new city...

Ah, pizza!

:-D


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Old City Coffee... (0.00 / 0)
Every try them?

And any other recommendations on local roasters?  Portland spoiled the hell out of me for sure, but I'm hoping I can find at least a couple great local coffees back there!  Oh, and speaking of being spoiled - beer.  But Philadelphia Brewing is based in my 'hood, too, and my old favorite Dogfish Head (Delaware) is local again, so I'm sure I'll manage on that as well.  :)


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my daughter the coffee "expert" (4.00 / 1)
cause she studies in coffee houses. She loves the coffee at Chestnut Hill. Its good and they roast their own
http://chestnuthillcoffee.com/...

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I'll forgive them... (0.00 / 0)
...for the "Seattle" thing.  After all, even Seattleites admit that Portland stands 900 miles or so above that little Starbucks City when it comes to real good coffee!

;-P

But whoa, thanks!  Sounds great!

I'm gonna be bringing at least two months' worth of Portland coffee (probably St. Johns and Trailhead) with me back East.  I'd bring more, but I fear the quality of mid-February roasted beans would begin to degrade considerably by the end of April.  Figure I should be able to find some reliable local roasts by May.  Hopefully!  :)


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19125! (0.00 / 0)
I need to get in touch with these people soon...

:)


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wow didnt know (4.00 / 1)
as far as coffee roasters, I've never had. http://articles.philly.com/201...

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Great read... (0.00 / 0)
Bookmarked, thanks!

Since I have farmers' market info down for the moment, taco trucks and good coffee are what I need to research next.

Thanks again!


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GMO Foods Not Served in Monsanto UK's Cafeteria (4.00 / 1)
from Crisisboom:

The fight to ban genetically modified foods has won more converts - some employees of Monsanto the company that is doing the most to promote GM products.

The Independent newspaper reports that there is a notice in the cafeteria of the Monsanto pharmaceutical factory is High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, advising customers "as far as practicable, GM soya and maize (has been removed) from all food products served in our restaurant. We have taken the steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve."

The notice was posted by the Sutcliffe Catering Group.

Monsanto confirms the authenticity of the notice, but company spokesman Tony Coombes says the only reason for the GM-free foods is because the company "believes in choice." Coombes says in other Monsanto locations employees are happy to eat GM foods because they are "sprayed with fewer chemicals."

Adrian Bebb with Friends of the Earth says the notice in the Buckinghamshire plant is hard to misinterpret. "The public has made its concerns about GM ingredients very clear - now it appears that even Monsanto's own catering firm has no confidence in this new technology."



Talk about irony nt (4.00 / 1)


Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.

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Aaaaand... (0.00 / 0)
...it's mid-March!  I am the proud new renter of a Kensington, Philadelphia studio. :-D

Youze know I'm walking a few blocks over to the Rocky rowhouse as soon as I get in town, right?  :)

Probably leaving PDX on March 12 or 13.  I'm gonna miss youze!  But it's time to move on...

I have a tiny (and I do mean tiny, the studio itself AND the backyard are probably smaller than my Portland apartment) backyard, time to grow!  Not sure how much sunlight it gets, I'll find out soon.  Wonder what I can grow?  Is early April too late to start things in Philly?  Oh, I need to check out Philadelphia's hen laws if I have enough space...


Container growing is the thing for you! (4.00 / 1)
You can grow a lot of greens in trays and flats. You can even grow green garlic in containers, and if you like fresh ginger, get you a 3 or 5 gallon pot, stick it in a window and plant a single root. In 8-12 months you'll be harvesting your own fresh ginger root. And, the shoots are edible as well!

You can to the same with lemon grass and you can re-root celery.

For the lemon grass, buy a bundle, cut the tops, remove any old or dead leaves and stick the plants in a glass or jar of water. Be patient, but they will root. When the roots are a couple inches long, carefully plant them in your container. They'll propagate in there and you can harvest your own.

For the celery, cut the base off an inch or two (I think) and set it in a dish of water. When it roots, plant it in a container. Put in a window and harvest when the stalks get to your liking.

Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.


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free 5 pound plastic buckets at the food coop in Mt Airy (4.00 / 1)
Wed mornings. They are good for growing. We are 6b. Frost cut off is March 15th

Local Roasters.
http://www.valleygreencoffee.c...

I knew Joanne would be a fountain of info :)on plants. When I see lemon grass I'll buy some and save it 4 you. I don't what I am going to be planting yet but I will have extra seeds. Tomato seedlings are started Mid March to be ready Mid May for planting.  


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5 lb. buckets are great for growing tomatoes. (4.00 / 1)
And it's easy to rig up a simple trellising device for 3 or 4 or 5 buckets of tomatoes.

You can grow so many things in containers. And there are now different kinds of vining veggies like cukes and squashes that are bred for containers.

Amount of sunlight will be a determining factor.


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Oh, and thanks! (0.00 / 0)
I have no clue if it's possible, but eggplants are the one thing I'd like to do above all else...

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Check out this article about container gardening. (4.00 / 1)
It gives quite a bit of good info including which veggies grow best in containers and specific varieties of each veggie that are especially suited to containers. It also gives info on growing mediums for containers. Yes, eggplant does well in a container, so says the author.

Check it out. It is a PDF.


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Great article... (0.00 / 0)
Bookmarked, thanks!

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Girard Avenue Trolley... (0.00 / 0)
8 blocks from my new place.  These things are beautiful.  And run 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Like most of the bus lines around me, too, and the Market - Frankford El.  The transit geek is psyched!

:-D


LOL (4.00 / 1)
Happy to see you psyched! I think you'll do well there!

Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.

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Thanks, I sure hope so. :) (0.00 / 0)
Fresh New Start(tm) and all, is what I need...

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The 23 Trolley (4.00 / 1)
which used to run up Germantown Ave http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

http://trolleycardiner.com/din... in Mt Airy I eat breakfast there every Sat  because they serve Le Bus Bread
They have great Diner food


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I love diner food! (0.00 / 0)
Let's meet there for breakfast one Saturday, then.

:)


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ok..it's typical and not typical (4.00 / 1)
but the food is pretty good. And they have a great beer selection.Beer is sold separately in PA not in State Stores

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Yeah... (0.00 / 0)
...I know that about beer.  Fortunately, there's a beer distributor 5 blocks from my place.

:)


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Dig this cat! (4.00 / 1)
It's worth viewing...

February 6, 2012 - Himalayan Highlands

and it's worth clicking on the link too.  


You were there yesterday? (4.00 / 1)
I hear the weather's nice lately.  I hope it stays that way through March.  :)

Fantastic shot...

Haven't ever been to Philly's Zoo, I wonder what it's like.


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I was there yesterday (4.00 / 1)
Smile for the nice photographer,

There that's better, say "Cheese!"

Inca Terns are such hams.


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Love the little white Rollie Fingers 'staches... (4.00 / 1)
Heh.

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That's a beautiful shot Eddie! (4.00 / 1)
I used to love photographing the snow leopards up at the zoo in Portland. When they were on the prowl they always had one ear forward and one ear back.

Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.

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The transit death spiral... (0.00 / 0)
Allow me a long rant. :)

TriMet has announced yet another round of deep service cuts, the fourth(?) in five years, which this time includes the elimination of any possible one-seat ride into downtown for tens of thousands of people in inner NE Portland along Broadway.

Also, they've already announced that next year's cuts are going to be even worse!  I can't even imagine what this could mean.  30-minute headways on so-called "frequent service" lines?  Elimination of Sunday service on all but the so-called "frequent service" lines?  Turning Portland into Jacksonville or Houston?  What?

The transit death spiral is the well-known public transit planning theory which holds that once service cuts are made and when service becomes less frequent and less reliable, an increasing number of people will begin to decide transit's not for them, at which point the transit agency sees even less ridership and makes more cuts, therefore even more people decide they can't rely on the system, and etc etc etc...

See the problem here?  TriMet clearly doesn't, which is pretty inexplicable.  Ridership isn't low on certain lines because people don't like buses.  Ridership is low on certain lines because they know they can't get home in case of an emergency, or they know they can't get to work on time (or at all) if they work outside of peak hours, or they don't want to miss one bus by three minutes and then stand in the rain for forty five minutes waiting for the next one.  Etc, etc, etc.

The solution is not to cut service even further.  That is quite simply the one worst thing which can be done, and only perpetuates the cycle.

This is just common sense once you think about it, even to a six-year old.  Unless your intent is to basically revert a once-wonderful transit system which served everyone into a bare-bones bus system along the lines of what you'd find in suburban New Jersey (except for their shiny new light rail lines and streetcars for rich folks!  Btw, park and rides along MAX are still free... TriMet refused to implement even a nominal daily charge for the ten thousand or so parking spaces it owns and maintains on huge, incredibly valuable urban lots within the UGB and along transit), this makes absolutely no sense.  But perhaps, maybe this is their intent?  A clear result of agency management being completely unaccountable to the public.  In my opinion, at least.

The elimination of Free Rail Zone downtown is pretty much the only good thing they did.  That was initially implemented as Fareless Square 37 years ago as a result of Clean Air violations in downtown Portland, to get people out of their cars and into buses (and later, light rail and streetcar).  Today it's only MAX and Portland Streetcar which are free within the CBD, and it only benefits downtown businesses (not at all a bad thing in and of itself, but they should be the ones, not TriMet, who should be pooling funds to pay the couple million dollars a year it takes to maintain free transit there if the downtown business association are the ones benefiting from it)  and Lloyd Center Mall.

Fare increases, too, which I don't generally mind (although after I move to inner city Philadelphia next month, my monthly SEPTA pass -- in a city with 24-hour transit service and which said service is roughly 100 times more comprehensive and 1000 times more reliable than TriMet; whether bus, subway, commuter rail, streetcars and trolleys -- will actually now cost less than a monthly pass here, which has never been the case before in history), but the problem is?

They're lying about fare increases.  They've eliminated the zone structure, so yes a 2.40 all zone fare now becomes only 2.50.  But?  For those of us in Zones 1 & 2, who've made the choice to live a car-free lifestyle and who are those who generally support the alleged mission of a city's public transit system, a ride around here was only 2.10 prior.  So that's not a fare increase of ten cents.  That's a fare increase of almost 20%, overnight.  Also, I can't find anything on if monthly pass rates are going to increase from the current all-zone $92 rate, but even if they don't... that is, once again, a roughly 15% fare increase overnight for those of us who held Zone 1 & 2 passes and who made the deliberate lifestyle choice to live, work, shop, play and maintain a low-impact life in the inner city.  Why are we the ones being punished while TriMet refuses to even charge a dollar a day at outer Park & Ride train stations?

Here's another - an Honored Citizen (Seniors, people on Medicare and the mentally and physically disabled) fare "stays" $1, but?  Return trips on the same fare within two hours (as was previously allowed) are no longer allowed.  So the fare does not stay the same.  It becomes $2 for a trip to the grocery store.  That's a 100% fare hike overnight.

Which brings me back to the default adult 2-zone fare.  $2.10 gets you to the supermarket and back right now.  But with round trips no longer allowed on a two-hour fare, it's not simply a $2.50 shopping trip.  Now it's $5.  That makes for an overnight fare hike of 138%, to take the bus a couple miles up the street and back home again.

This saddens me endlessly.  TriMet is moving Portland backwards by gargantuan leaps and bounds.  It sucks.


Well... (0.00 / 0)
I started that comment with the intent of it only being like four paragraphs, tops, but it went 200,000 words or so.  Sorry!  Had to get it out.  I feel better.  :)

Greensgrow... (0.00 / 0)
I have a feeling I'm going to become rather acquainted with this urban farm and market 6 blocks from my new place.  CSA and year-round farmstand, too.  Looks really cool on Google Street View.  :)

And I also seem to have stumbled onto the fact that it just very well might be easier to buy raw milk in Pennsylvania than it is to buy a 6-pack of beer...


beer and raw milk (4.00 / 1)
I don't drink either :)

We are a foodie city. And I will introduce you to my favorite foodie Aliza Green. In fact today I am going over there to work on her Facebook page for her new book. If anyone of you use FB Please like it https://www.facebook.com/Makin...

And she's cooking for me:) Menu Pheasant. Ca braised endive and Polenta. Can't wait.


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Nice menu! nt (4.00 / 1)


Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.

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it was wonderful (4.00 / 1)
and the pheasant was very Downton Abbey  

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I love pheasant! (4.00 / 1)
I think I'm going to stick with the broiler chickens though. Pheasants are a PIA to raise.  

Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.

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it was yummy (4.00 / 1)
she cooks all birds at a high temp after marinating and left uncovered in the fridge overnight ( it makes the skin really crisp) The marinade was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

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Trader Joe's signs fair food agreement with tomato workers. (4.00 / 2)
At long last Trader Joe's has signed onto an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group that represents tomato pickers in Florida.

Jill has written about the plight of the tomato workers, and the efforts of the Coalition to improve the working conditions in the tomato fields. These are the very fields from which much of our winter tomatoes come.

All I can say is it's about damn time Trader Joe's signed on to this.  


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