Allison Steele writes about food and booze culture in Philadelphia and beyond.

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3 items to improve your backyard BBQ, beach trip, or pool day

Taiwanese hot sauce, a tart cider, and lactose-free ice cream.

Spices, meat, cheese, and other tastes of Spain coming to Reading Terminal Market

A Taste of Spain, selling imported groceries, won a contest to be Reading Terminal's newest merchant.

Police search for suspect in robbery linked to murder of Camden City Council president’s grandson

Camden police believe two men stole a cell phone that was later used to demand ransom from the family of Curtis Jenkins, III.

‘A calculated plot to entrap’: Murder charges in death of Camden city councilman’s grandson followed kidnapping, drug ransom demand, police say

The kidnapper texted Jenkins's relatives a picture of the man, bound and blindfolded, and demanded 10 to 15 pounds of marijuana as a ransom payment. His body was found the next day.

Rapper Chill Moody is bringing more ‘nicethings’ to the beer scene

The release of his nicethings cream ale is the next step in hip-hop artist Chill Moody's burgeoning craft-beer empire.

Locally roasted Ox Coffee is now at Whole Foods

Queen Village's Ox Coffee now roasts its beans, and has launched a new blend at Whole Foods.

Misshapen vegetables and puny fruits: Why weird-looking produce is becoming big business

A growing number of businesses are now selling the produce that gets rejected by grocery stores.

Red Bull now makes organic sodas — most without caffeine

Red Bull Organics sodas come in flavors like ginger ale and tonic water.

Why is sushi master Jesse Ito making tacos at someone else’s restaurant?

Pop-up dinners offer chefs a chance to have fun and break the routine from working in their own restaurants. For guests, they're an opportunity to glimpse a celebrity chef.

Anthony Bourdain’s New Jersey Food Trail is getting the state’s stamp of approval

On Friday, the state of New Jersey will formally dedicate the food tour created by the late chef, author and TV host.