Sunday, January 25, 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: We've got plenty to talk about today, including the LeSean McCoy-PYT tipping feud . . . I've got some thoughts, but I'm officially changing the star's nickname from Shady to "Twenny Cent." Also, I got a kick out of Taney Dragons' Mo
The wines of Portugal remain among the Old World's greatest wine bargains - especially as the country known for port makes the case that it can produce excellent dry table wines, too. This red blend by Altivo from the Dão is a prime example at a pretty price.

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