Sweet corn ice cream

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It’s been so hot here in Philadelphia lately.  All we have been craving is something cold. I love making homemade ice cream, but I currently do not have an ice cream maker, so it takes a little longer to make. This recipe will take up to 8-24 hours to set nice and firm, but it’s totally worth the wait. Since corn is another staple crop of summer I wanted to incorporate it into an ice cream. This recipe will not disappoint with its sweetness from the kernels.  Stay cool!

Ingredients:
2 cups fresh corn kernels or frozen 
1 can condensed milk
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Preparation:
In a medium saucepan bring the heavy cream and kernels to a simmer. Pour the mixer through a sieve into a bowl. Set aside to cool and then place in the refrigerator with a plastic wrap on it.

Take the kernels from the sieve and pour it into a blender or food processor to get a creamy texture. Next place in the refrigerator to cool.

After 1 hour remove the corn mixture and cream from the refrigerator. Pour the cream into a mixing bowl. Now pour in the can of condensed milk. Take electric mixer and mix for one minute on medium speed. Next pour in the corn mixture. Mix for another minute.

Finally take a piece of plastic wrap and place inside a loaf pan. Making sure all sides are covered with plastic wrap. Pour the ice cream mixture inside loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 8 hours or overnight. Enjoy!

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Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #summersoiree below:

The Lemon Bowl: Pesto Pasta Salad with Green Beans and Corn
Devour: Fire Up the Grill for a Mexican Grilled Corn Fiesta
Feed Me Phoebe: Sweet and Spicy Gluten-Free Corn Pasta with Ricotta and Chives
Creative Culinary: Grilled Corn Salsa with Poblano Chiles, Cilantro and Honey
TasteBook: Esquites (Mexican-Style Corn Salad)
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Corn, Pluot and Grape Salad
Napa Farmhouse 1885: A Cornucopia of Corn Recipes For Summer
Healthy Eats: 7 Summer Salads That Put a New Spin on Corn
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Easy Homemade Creamed Corn
FN Dish: If You Cook Any Corn This Summer, Make It One of These 5-Star Recipes

Lizzy Jays Juice

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As some of you may know, I love to try different cleanses and juices. I love to make my own as well. This time I got to try Lizzy Jays juice. I was super excited to see what blends they had. I have to say these juices are super refreshing and the smoothie for night time was the perfect way to end the day. Like I have mentioned before, cleanses are a great way to eliminate toxins from your body. I’m no health expert but I know that for me I feel energized and healthy.  Cleanses are mind over matter. I have never done something longer them 3 days. I think 3 days is perfect to jump start getting back to eating healthy. 

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This is a little note from Founder, Casey Sabol

“As a personal trainer, coach and instructor for 20 years, it has been my goal to help people find balance; become less toxic, more energized and in control of their bodies, their weight and their lives.

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Real energy comes from real, live food. That’s why I developed these programs. Everyone should age beautifully with glowing skin, a lean body and calm inner balance.

Juicing is fun and empowering. We’re here to make it easy for you. Commit to this healthy juice journey and LizzyJays fresh pressed juices will make you feel alert, happier, younger and more alive.”

Here are the flavors that I tried and also had to share some because my kids wanted to try them. 
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Balanced dose of healthy unsaturated fat, protein and antioxidants!

Rich in Vitamin E, K and B6.

Use this for your morning cereal, coffee or as a daily dose of an easily digestible protein!

Ingredients
 Raw Cashews Vanilla
 Agave
 Sea Salt
 Cinnamon
Veggie Mix
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Miracle Juice! Power packed with Antioxidant and anti-aging benefits!

A liver and kidney detoxifier!

Drink any time of day to fuel your cells and hydrate your body!

Ingredients
 Kale
 Spinach
 Romaine
 Celery
 Cucumber
 Parsley
 Beet
 Carrot
 Lemon
 Ginger
 Apple
 Pineapple
 
Crisp Greens
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Get above and beyond your recommended daily dose of raw fruits and vegetables! Packed with Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants and more!

Provides more true Energy than any caffeinated drink!

Enjoy 1st thing in the morning on an empty stomach to nourish your cells with real LIFE FORCE nutrients!

Ingredients
 Kale
 Spinach
 Romaine
 Celery
 Cucumber
 Parsley
 Lemon
 Ginger
 Apple
 Pineapple
 
Watermelon Cooler
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Lycopene rich to help protect your heart, skin and body from cancer. Also helps fight inflammation!

Contains Citrulline that converts into arginine, an essential amino acid for improving blood flow and relaxing blood vessels! Natural stress reducer!

Perfect for Workout Recovery! Helps remove lactic acid from muscles.

Ingredients
 Watermelon
 Apple
 Mint
 
Carrot Twist
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The Ultimate Beauty Elixir for glowing skin!

Helps reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure!

Loaded with Vitamin K, essential for the protein building process in the body!

Ingredients
 Carrot
 Apple
 Ginger
 
Spicy Lemonade
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Rev up your metabolism with this delicious lemonade!

Lemon helps neutralize the body’s pH by making it more alkaline. pH imbalance has been attributed to numerous disorders as well as chronic illness.

Replace your morning coffee with this natural energy booster!

Ingredients
 Filtered Water
 Lemon
 Agave
 Apple
 Cayenne
For more information on their products visit www.lizzyjaysjuice.com

Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

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I have been wanting to try a Volvo out for a while now. I have heard so many amazing things about them being top rated on safety, which to us having 2 littles ones is a must when reviewing cars. The XC60 received a top five-star rating in government crash tests for overall, frontal and side crash protection. It also received the best possible rating of “Good” in all of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests, which is a rare achievement. Finally, the 2016 XC60 received a rating of “Superior” for its frontal crash prevention technology. One of the greatest features as a parent other the safety is the car has built in carseats. It’s so convenient and from what I hear it’s so comfortable. 

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The exterior of the XC60 T6 AWD is a small luxury crossover. It’s has a modern look with some sleek touches. I love the back of the car which offers a stylish look, but I think the front could be amped up a bit in terms of style. 
The interior offers seating for 5 along with the built in car seats.  XC60 cabin is a modern design. Volvo offers comfortable and supportive front seats, and is great for long road trips. The middle console is okay. I think that could be worked on. The screen is very tiny, which makes it hard to navigate at times.  I wasn’t a big fan of the middle console.  I think Volvo could change that up to make it more convenient for the driver and passenger. 
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The drive is easily the highlight of this vehicle. The pick up on the car is amazing and provides you with great acceleration.  It also offers great fuel efficiency, better perhaps than any of the other vehicles I’ve had the pleasure of testing.  I could easily see myself driving one of these every day.
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All in all I give this car an 8.5 out of 10 for me. Volvo has come a long way from its boxy look and is high on the scale of classy vehicles. Visit http://www.volvocars.com/us

Sartori Chipotle Cheese Chile Rellenos

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I’m keeping this post short and sweet. I had to share one of my families favorite easy recipes with my all time favorite cheese brand Sartori cheese.  They just launched their new flavor chipotle and I figured this would be the perfect filling for my chile rellenos. The flavors are so delicious. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. 

Ingredients:

4 poblano chile peppers
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 jar Goya sofrito sauce
1/2 cup sartori chipotle cheese, per poblano 
2 large egg whites, plus 2 egg yolks, room temperate
1 tablespoon water
Vegetable oil, for frying
All purpose flour, for dredging

Preparation:

Char poblano chiles on top of the stove top or in broiler until blackened all around. Remove and place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrapper for 10 minutes (this will help with softening the peppers and easy to peel).

Do not rinse the peppers after removing skin. Using a knife make a slit on the side of the pepper length wise. Remove seeds and inner membrane. Repeat step with each pepper. Next add both cheeses to all of the peppers. Season with salt and pepper.  Take a tooth pick and close the pepper making an X. This is to secure the filling so it doesn’t leak out while frying. Dredge the poblanos in flour and set aside.

In a large bowl beat the egg whites and water with a pinch of salt until soft peaks. Next add the egg yolks and gently stir them into the egg whites. Batter is ready.

Heat about 1 1/2 inches of vegetable oil in a deep large skillet over medium to high heat.

Holding each chile by the stem gently dip them into the batter and place them in the skillet. Fry each side for about 2 minutes until golden brown. Place on to paper towel to drain.

Mean while add the sofrito to a pot and heat. Once heated add to a shallow bowl. Top with poblano chile and extra cheese, if desired. Serve immediate and enjoy.

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

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I’m not sure about you but we have lots of BBQ parties to go to this summer; including some of our own.  A staple at a lot of BBQs are potato salads.  Some people have recipes that have been passed down and some are very traditional.  For this potato salad I wanted to turn it up a bit.  I have seen lots of loaded baked potato salads out there, but it seemed like something was just missing so with this recipe I added broccoli florets. It can be served warm or cold, and is so delicious it will not disappoint.  I hope everyone is having a great summer.

Ingredients:

8-10 red skin potatoes
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
12 pieces cooked turkey bacon, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped chives
2 cups cooked broccoli florets, chopped
Dash of EVOO, optional

Preparation:

Place the potatoes into a large pot.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat cook for about 20-25 minutes, until tender. Drain the potatoes, and allow to cool to room temperature. Cut into cubes and place into a large bowl.

Next add all of the remaining ingredients and toss together until well incorporated. Place in a serving dish and serve.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #summersoiree below:

The Mom 100: Classic Potato Salad with Celery and Fresh Thyme
Feed Me Phoebe: Creamy Red Potato Salad with Capers, Radishes and Chives
Homemade Delish: Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Creative Culinary: French Potato Salad
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Italian String Bean & Potato Salad
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Salmon and Potato Salad
The Heritage Cook: Potato, Spring Vegetable and Bacon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Taste with the Eyes: Pretty Petite Potato Salad, Vinagre de Jerez Dressing
Healthy Eats: 5 Potato Salads for a Lighter Picnic
FN Dish: The New Age of Potato Salad: 7 Ways to Do It Up Right

 

The Twisted Tail

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Philadelphia has become a great foodie destination.  We have so many amazing restaurants.  I went to a media event a couple of weeks ago and got to sample some stuff at The Twisted Tail. After leaving I told my husband we have to go back to try this place, and a week later we took the kids there for lunch.

The staff is super friendly and very knowledgeable about their menu.  The brunch menu offered delicious varieties from omelettes to sandwiches.  I think what I really loved were the cocktails.  They are insanely good and refreshing.  The cheese board variety is also outstanding.  I’m obsessed with a good cheeseboard.
This is what we ordered (of course we had to start with 2 cocktails for myself and the hubby.) One of my favorite drinks at twisted tail would have to be the thyme after thyme.  It’s super light and fresh.  Another would have to be the geisha (an egg white frothy cocktail.)  Next we moved on to an Artisanal Cheese Plate, which included 3 cheeses, jam, pecans, and crostinis.  We also had some of their prosciutto, which was the perfect accompaniment.  Now for the main course.  My husband got the smoked turkey sandwich which had avocado, rosemary mayo and lettuce this sandwich was huge and delicious.  My kids both decided to split the praline french toast, which was perfect for them to share.  It was with Brioche bread, Pecans and Bourbon Pineapples. YUM! I wanted something light so I went ahead and had the Big eye tuna which was with Radish, Avocado, Jalapeno. It was the perfect size and very refreshing.

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On to dessert.  You can’t finish a delicious meal without having something sweet.  The kids loved the homemade Popsicles and we enjoyed the bourbon peach Panna cotta.

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If you live in Philly or are planning on visiting this is a must try place. They have lots of fun things going on right now in July including a Christmas in July bash on the 23rd.  It’s free to attend with holiday beers on tap (including Troegs Mad Elf) live music, Santa Claus and….snow!
For more information visit http://www.thetwistedtail.com

BBQ jalapeño poppers

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I can’t believe the 4th of July weekend is already here. It’s time to celebrate our Independence with lots of delicious foods. I’m sure many of you will be hosting a BBQ or going to one. These barbecue jalapeño poppers are the perfect addition to any get together and will leave the crowd wanting more. I hope everyone has a safe weekend.

Ingredients:
12 jalapeños, cut in half and remove membranes and seeds
8oz package cream cheese
1/2 cup barbecue sauce, homemade or favorite store brand
24 slices turkey bacon or regular bacon

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a bowl add cream cheese and barbecue sauce and whisk until smooth. Next take jalapeños that have been sliced and seeds removed, add about 1/2 to teaspoon of the bbq cream cheese mix to the center. Now wrap a slice of bacon around the jalapeño and set on a baking sheet.

Place poppers in the oven for 25-30 minutes until bacon is nice and crispy.  (You can also grill these instead of baking.)

heck out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #sensationalsides below:

Devour: Add Asian Flair to Grilled Ribs with These 4 Recipes
The Lemon Bowl: 20 Healthy Marinades for Grilling Season
Homemade Delish: BBQ Jalapeno Poppers
Napa Farmhouse 1885: BBQ Beef on Toast
TasteBook: Skewered Grilled Prawns with Spicy Peach Glaze
Domesticate Me: 37 Foolproof Recipes for Your Fourth of July BBQ
Creative Culinary: Apple Cider and Brown Sugar Pulled Pork Barbecue
Healthy Eats: 6 Lighter Alternatives to Classic Slow-Cooked Barbecue
Taste with the Eyes: BBQ Shrimp and Grits with Lobster Butter
The Mom 100: Farro Arugula Salad with Orange Herb Vinaigrette
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Best BBQ Ribs + 19 Recipes for 4th of July
FN Dish: Food Network’s Top Recipes for Barbecue Favorites: Ribs, Pulled Pork and More

Avocado Bread

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Avocados have become the new craze on the Internet.  I had appearances on the Dr.Oz show and Fox 29 here in Philadelphia and they wanted me to prepare different avocado recipes for each.  Being that my dad is a baker I wanted to try what I’d been taught since a child and resorted to baking an avocado bread.   I know it sounds weird but why let all the other fruits and veggies have fun being bread?  Avocados are so versatile and I promise this recipe will not disappoint.

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Ingredients:
 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mashed avocado*
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Preparation:
 Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla throughly and then the mashed avocado and lemon juice.
Gently fold in the flour mix, being careful not to over mix.
Spoon the batter (it is very thick) into the prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until an inserted wooden skewer is clean with a few crumbs clinging. Cool completely, slice and enjoy.

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Mitsubishi Outlander

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I had the pleasure of trying out the new 2016 Mitsbushi Outlander a couple of weeks ago.  I have heard on and off reviews on the Outlander so I was excited to check it out.  It had a cute look with nothing too stylish compared to its opponents.  The interior was standard for a crossover.  The 3rd row seating in my opinion isn’t worth having, but it is a convenient option.  It’s super cramped even for my kids who are still little.  I say get rid of the whole 3rd row. The trunk is very small , this is why I think they should just get rid of the 3rd row all together, but the leg room for the passengers in the middle seats and front is wonderful.

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To my surprise the Eco feature on it actually saved us on gas.  I loved that feature.  EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2016 Outlander are average for this class, starting at 27 mpg combined (25 city/31 highway) with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive and dropping to 26 mpg combined (24/29) with all-wheel drive.  The V6-powered GT returns 23 mpg combined (20/27). 
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Standard safety features on the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, hill-start assist, a driver knee airbag, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags for the first and second rows. 
The dashboard has a sleek, subtle look, and it’s covered with a refined soft-touch material that’s matched by supple trim on the door panels. Infotainment features are class-competitive, highlighted by standard voice controls and a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface that’s standard on all but the base ES trim.
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There is not too much power to the acceleration if you’re in eco mode on the highway.  Driving around town isn’t to bad. 
All in all it’s not bad for the average starting price of 22,995, and of course you can add other features.  I think it’s a great car for people who are just starting a family or for people who have older kids.  Out of a 10 I give it a 7

Philly Burger Brawl!

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The Sixth Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl presented by Comcast Business will be held on Sunday, June 26, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., VIP access starts at 3:00 p.m. XFINITY Live hosts the event at 1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148. The event will be held rain or shine.

The event will feature restaurants presenting their versions of Philadelphia’s best burger and (for the first time) best taco. Organizers expect 40 burger contenders and 12 taco contenders. Guests 21 and over also can sample signature specialty cocktails using Jim Beam and Sauza Hornitos from approximately 20 competing bars.

Winners will be determined by a panel of judges including Mike Jerrick from Fox 29, Matt Cord and Steve Morrison from WMMR, former Philadelphia Phillies player Garry Maddox. Im also so excited to be part of the judging panel. Prizes will also be awarded for the People’s Choice winner in each category and every attendee’s vote counts.

Burger Brawl contenders scheduled to participate to date include:

2312 Garrett Bar, A. Bar, Amanda’s Bar None, Bareburger, Blue Duck Sandwich Co., Butcher & Singer, Broad Street Ministry, Burger Fi, The Dandelion, Fine Palate, Fireside Smoke House, Harvest Seasonal Grill, Hugo’s Frog Bar and Chop House, La Peg Brasserie, Lucky’s Last Chance, Moonshine Philly, NBC Sports Arena, New Wave Café, Parc, P’unk Burger, Pineville Tavern, Prime Stache, Revolution House, Rogue’s Gallery, Rouge, Samwich by Suppa, Spot Burger, Steam Pub, Taproom on 19th, Twisted Tail, Valley Beach, Village Whiskey, Vintage Wine Bar.

Taco Takedown contenders to date include: 

1100 Social, Buena Onda, Café Ynez, El Vez, IndeBlue, Heffe Tacos, Loco Pez, Lolita, Revolution Taco, Sancho Pistola’s, Taqueria Feliz, Wahoo’s Tacos.

The event began as a neighborhood fundraiser for founders Rob and Maggie Wasserman’s children’s school, The William M. Meredith Elementary School, in South Philadelphia. Five years ago, their goal was to gather a few restaurant industry friends to create a small event at Fleisher Art Memorial that would eventually fund a new computer lab for Meredith. Burger Brawl soon outgrew Fleisher and in 2014 moved to the XFINITY Live! Complex. More than 3,000 people attended and more than 50 restaurants participated. After funding one computer lab and two technology initiatives, Burger Brawl has set even higher goals.

The Philadelphia Burger Brawl is one of the partners with The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, the Olitsky Family Foundation, AIM Academy (Academy in Manayunk), and The Philadelphia School District to run a four year pilot program for two Philadelphia public schools that were selected based upon district- wide RFP process in 2014; Andrew Jackson Elementary School located at 1213 South 12th Street, in South Philadelphia and the William H. Ziegler School, located at 5935 Saul Street in Northeast Philadelphia. This four year pilot program will utilize technology to increase literacy for elementary school age children. If the program proves successful, it could be rolled out district-wide. A portion of the proceeds from this day will go to Compete 360, an organization founded by Garry Maddox to support the education and development of urban youth.

Ticket information:

Tickets are available at www.phillyburgerbrawl.com and sold exclusively through Ticketfly.com.

General admission tickets are $50 and include one vote for the best burger and a complimentary beverage.

VIP tickets are $125 and provide early access for one hour to explore and sample the 60 contenders at this year’s event, as well as access to a VIP lounge, opportunities to meet celebrity judges and one vote for your choice of best burger. 

Children ten years old and younger will be admitted free.  Guests who are ages 11-21 can purchase tickets for $35. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Parking for the Burger Brawl at XFINITY Live! is free.

The Sixth Annual Burger Brawl is presented by Comcast Business. SloaneAutos.com (Sloane Toyota Malvern, Sloane Toyota Philadelphia, Sloane Toyota Glenside, Sloane Honda, BMW of Devon) is the Heavyweight Sponsor. Other supporters include Agile Cat, Arc Document Solutions, Arway Linen Co., Comcast Spectacor, Eastern Pass Tattoo Company, EMR Company, Firstrust Bank, The Governor’s Woods Foundation, Home Depot, Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls, Multi-Flow Fountain-Dispensed Beverage Solutions, Origlio Beverage, Peco, Southern Wine & Spirits of Pennsylvania, Sugar House Casino, The Tuttleman Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank. Media partners are Billypenn.com, CBS Radio, Philly.com and WMMR 93.3.

For more information please visit www.phillyburgerbrawl.com. Stay in touch with the latest event updates on Twitter @PHLBurgerBrawl and Facebook @Philadelphia Burger Brawl.