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Organic foods in high demand

The 21st century is known for its focus on healthy choices and environmentally friendly involvement, so it’s no surprise that sales of organic foods have sky-rocketed over the last decade. Contrary to what people suspect, organic farming has a long history.…

Starlight, starbright: Stellastar* shoots at North Star bar

Two hours of traffic and a wrong number later, I was finally able to speak with Amanda Tannen, bassist for Stellastarr*. “Shaun, Arthur and I met at art school and we were in different bands and broke up [from each respective band] when school ended.…

Margaritaville south of Broad

Philadelphia went far south of the Rio Grande with the opening of the new Mexican cuisine restaurant and tequila bar Xochitl (pronounced So Cheet) last month. While the weather still isn’t any better, the heat is on at Xochitl with an extensive offering of the best in hot and spicy across-the-border food and a 50-bottle selection of tequila as varied as the wine list of any high-end restaurant.…

Getting beyond the velvet rope

Broke college student syndrome affects most of Temple’s campus, but so does the need to get out and party after a hard week of classes. With wallets permanently running on empty, going out to a posh Center City or Old City bar requires etiquette.…

You can find them in the club

Around 2 a.m. on Saturday nights in Old City, the party moves from the clubs to the streets. Club-goers excitably stagger onto the sidewalks of Market Street, desperate for a cab to the next after-hours spot or just trying to push their way through the drunken crowd to the nearest pizza joint.…

Curry up and get in line at Tandoor India

When it comes to restaurants with an all-you-can-eat sign on the front door, I am, as I recently saw on a teenager’s shirt, a “buffet molester.” For cheap, yet savory Indian food, Tandoor India is a must for those who think four trips to the buffet line are never enough.…

Instant Classic: For years, students have indulged in ramen…

…Without knowing the side effects. College students owe a lot to Momofuku Ando. He helped create a well-known cuisine appreciated by students because it is cheap, tasty and filling. But despite the low monetary price, consuming it on a regular basis may result in a debt to one’s health.…

Super Bars XLI

This Sunday isn’t just an average holy day – it’s the holiest of all days for pigskin fans. Even if your favorite team has ended its season prematurely, as happens so often in Philadelphia, it’s still time to leave the living room and exercise your elbow at some of the city’s finest watering holes to watch the game.When it comes to finding a place to watch the big game, there are plenty of choices.…

Whats Grubbin’ with Bri: all pints and chips report to ‘Deck’

Aside from the lack of thick, Irish brogues and boisterous footballers, New Deck Tavern fits the bill of an authentic Irish pub. This shouldn’t be surprising to find, since millions of Irish immigrants docked on American shores in the 1800s and 1900s, bringing their culture and food with them to cities like Philadelphia.…

Home is where the plague is

My cycle of getting sick each year can be described exactly like K-Fed’s musical career: predictable, irritating and full of crap. It seems that the day after I set foot back in central New Jersey every winter break, my lungs and sinuses begin to protest because I’ve left scenic North Philadelphia behind.…