Sunday, November 29, 2015

Craig LaBan

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I joined the Inquirer as its restaurant critic in 1998, after a stint covering the food beat for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Having eaten about 500 restaurant meals a year here ever since, I never cease to be amazed by the diversity and sophistication of Philadelphia's kitchens. To travel from its many authentic ethnic neighborhoods to the gastronomic temples of Walnut Street to its beery gastropubs, cozy BYOBs and multitude of greasy-but-great steak joints, is to know this town delivers satisfaction at every level of the food chain. Including online dish.

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Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat. Craig LaBan: I'm curious to hear about last week's Night Market in Chinatown. I really enjoyed the first one there a couple years ago - it's such a natural neighborhood for a street party. But the lines can get so long at any Night Market, my enthusiasm h
Paolo de Marchi respects his ancestors, but insists history is written by those who dare to innovate. As one of the great winemakers of Chianti Classico at Isole e Olena, he's certainly been a transformative figure in Italy.

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