An influx of European immigrants to Argentina in the 20th century left the country?s kitchens reeling with new recipes. Not surprising then that Argentine chef Daniel Lucci deftly knits together flavors from South America, the United States, and the Mediterranean. Pastas pop with Argentine reggianito cheese, and South American fish marinated in cajun spices or white-wine sauces perch atop beds of rice. After dining, companions can tote home bottles of Chef Lucci?s balsamic dressing, which once emptied, double as guestrooms for visiting genies.
Slinging high-quality meats directly into home kitchens for nearly a century, Passanante's Home Food Service?s butchers hand-trim antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, chicken, and pork and deliver the flash-frozen cuts straight to doorsteps. To forge their naturally aged steaks and burgers, they only use meat from grain-fed Angus steers raised without hormones, steroids, preventive antibiotics, or sugary cereals.
Additionally, they sell locally raised pork, which gleans its uniform color and succulence from a farm-fed diet of corn and grain. For their poultry, they enlist the help of farmers in Maryland and Pennsylvania to raise the birds on seeds and grains, unlike factory farms, which fatten up their chickens with insults that undermine their self-esteem.
The Newton Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer's Market collects sixteen vendors within its single building every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These vendors—a combination of cooks, local growers, and Amish farmers—meet at the market to showcase international flavors, often made with local produce. Zook's BBQ Barn, for instance, does most of its business within the farmer's market, offering classic American, slow-smoked, barbecued meats. Some of their specialties include whole roasted chickens and hickory-smoked baby back ribs. To complete the comfort food pictures, they pair these creations with sides such mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or even barbecued carrots.
Ocean Health & Weight Loss?s resident physician harnesses the pound-shedding power of HCG, a natural hormone found in both men and women but best known for boosting the metabolism of expectant mothers. When injected in potent doses, it has the same effect on dieters. As the cornerstone of a four-stage weight-loss plan, the hormone helps participants slash calorie intakes to as little as 1,200 calories per day depending on lifestyle?the same amount a bear consumes when getting back in shape for the summer. Even without exercise, HCG safely shaves off extra inches by evacuating bulk from adipose tissue instead of muscle or structural fat, which bodies need to function. Shots of B12 and other vitamin-rich injections can augment the program with boosts of much-needed energy.
For more than 35 years, Sea-Lect Seafood has curated an ample selection of fresh wild Alaskan salmon, sushi-grade tuna, wild-caught shrimp, and other sea-caught treasures. Each day, the staff crowds a case with crab cakes and prepares other foods—homemade soups and creamy chowders—to be savored at home. At the Maple Shade location, chefs craft hot dishes for diners who devour steaming meals in the cozy dining space rather than at home to avoid offending the family goldfish. Owner George Gladden first started working at Sea-Lect Seafood at the age of 15 as a dishwasher, then climbed his way to the top through his love of cooking fresh seafood, desire to please customers, and ability to speak lobster.
Brown is the color of choice at Newton Chocolatier's sleek new location—from the warm wood floors to the cocoa-hued walls to the handmade treats that change with the seasons and holidays. The tasty wares, presented beneath a gleaming glass case, may include ghost-shaped pops or snowmen made the traditional way—with chocolate and stuffed with peanut butter.