Thursday, January 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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4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

What a difference a little oak can make. The Nihilist already made one serious splash in May when Sly Fox Brewing Co.'s Russian Imperial Stout won the title of "Best New Beer" in The Inquirer's 2014 Brew-vitational competition for local beers. &
Dennis Hewlett has long been a fan of the French New Wave - La Nouvelle Vague - the generation of filmmakers whose iconoclastic works, often experimental and realist, revolutionized modern cinema. Brigitte Bardot was not so much a Nouvelle Vague star even though she collaborated with Jean-Luc Goddard on Contempt (Le Mépris). She was more pop-culture bombshell than counterculture artiste.
Ham and butter baguette, a French icon in Philly
A new place on tap for a brew
Bangles melds S. Indian flavors, American twists

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