March 15, 2013
Mark Bittman likes Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy The New York Times)
Mark Bittman, the award-winning food columnist for The New York Times, has been showing love for Philadelphia of late.
In an article this week about grand food markets, he proclaimed to New Yorkers that, “well, the grandest market ‘we’ have is 80 miles away, in Philadelphia.” Referring of course to our beloved Reading Terminal Market.
And we’re certainly not going to argue with his assessment.
But that was only part one.
Bittman was also in town this week for a free lecture on “The Future of Food.”
During the talk at Rodeph Shalom, among the many complementary things Mark had to say was this gem: “Philadelphia is the most underrated city in the world.”
Thanks Mark! It’s always nice to hear from a visitor that loves us back.
Mark Bittman, Award-Winning New York Times Food Writer, Is Coming To Rodeph Shalom For A Free Lecture On March 13
July 11, 2012
Eater Philly dug up a great nugget we couldn’t resist sharing with you. Filmmaker David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive) recently joined forces with Dom Perignon to design a signature bottle; at the reveal party in L.A., PAFA-educated Lynch discussed how Philadelphia became his “greatest inspiration.” But wait. It gets better: “The mood of the place, the architecture, what I saw and heard and felt. It was very magical…. And, I ate many steak sandwiches there.” Such an awesome endorsement of Philly, including the fact that he calls cheesesteaks “steak sandwiches.” Day = made. [Eater Philly]
February 29, 2012
Remember the Mural Arts’ new Roots Mural that is coming later this year to 6th and South Streets? It’s a big deal. Not just for the Mural Arts Program but for The Roots as well. And the group knows as much. In an interview with WHYY, Black Thought, aka Tariq Trotter The Roots frontman, placed the honor above receiving a Grammy: “Grammy-shrammy — I’m not excitable about many things in life. This is something I’m very excited about. I’m a Philadelphian.” Well said, Tariq. We’re pretty excited too. [Newsworks]
February 22, 2012
One of the early sound bites coming from the first few days of the Phillies Spring Training is this gem from one Roy Halladay: “The greatest thing that’s ever happened to me was coming here,” Halladay said. “People have been great to me, they really have,” he continued. “It’s been unbelievable. […] It really has been an unbelievable experience, and I’d tell any player that. The fans are phenomenal. There’s nowhere like it in baseball right now. It’s been an incredible run, something that hopefully continues.” We think you’re pretty great too, Doc! Go Phils! [Inquirer]