iCreate Café Draws People To Pottstown With Healthy, Plant-Based Meals

icreatelogojanuaryPottstown, PA – “Vegiterranean” might not be an official word in the dictionary but it’s the word iCreate Café owner Ashraf Khalil uses to describe his dishes that are a combination of vegetarian and Mediterranean food.

The café at 130 King St. may seem like just another building from the outside but once customers walk in, they are greeted with a variety of colors, comfortable couches and plenty of seating. The small café does a lot with a little including also being a computer training center. But in recent years, it’s been the vegetarian fare that keeps people coming back.

Khalil, or Ash as most customers know him, said Mediterranean fare uses a lot of legumes such as chickpeas, fava beans and lentils. As a native of Syria, he grew up on dishes that included more plant-based foods than meat. He said there were very little animal sources in meals, partly because it’s very expensive to buy overseas.

“That’s one of the reasons we love hummus. We grew up eating it back in Syria, not knowing it has all this protein but because it’s cheap and affordable,” he said during a recent cooking demonstration at the café.

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http://www.pottsmerc.com/lifestyle/20150323/icreate-cafxe9-draws-people-to-pottstown-with-healthy-plant-based-meals

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Diane Mastrull: Working To Build An Empire Of Healthy Fast Food

Location of Horsham Township in Montgomery County

Location of Horsham Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bryn Davis ate his way to entrepreneurship.

Davis, who lives in Horsham, says he entered college a “lean-as-you-can-imagine” 170 pounds.  By his junior year, he was stressing the scales at 240.

A doctor scared him into committing to a healthier lifestyle.  Davis took it one step further: He started a business featuring only healthy fast food.

“When I opened up with smoothies and popcorn, people thought I was insane,” said the founder of Bryn & Dane’s, a low-calorie, low-fat, high-fiber fast-food company in Horsham with a freestanding restaurant – and a recently added catering arm – that expects to exceed $2 million in sales this year.

“Now, people say, ‘Holy crap! I t’s probably going to happen.’ ”

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/small_business/20130617_Diane_Mastrull__Working_to_build_an_empire_of_healthy_fast_food.html#v9g7mH0Su6dqwGCt.99

McDonald’s Getting Rid Of Items From Menu

English: The McDouble, a cheeseburger from McD...

English: The McDouble, a cheeseburger from McDonald’s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK – McDonald’s is getting rid of its Chicken Selects and Fruit & Walnut Salad and is considering the removal of Angus burgers.

The changeup comes as the world’s biggest hamburger chain plans to step up the number of limited-time menu items in the year ahead.

Most recently, the chain introduced its Fish McBites.  It plans to introduce McWrap chicken sandwiches with lettuce, tomato and cucumber and a choice of three sauces later this year.

The McWrap sandwiches will be larger than the chain’s Snack Wraps.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20130301_ap_mcdonaldsgettingridofitemsfrommenu.html#ixzz2MJkAwVQN

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Bistro 137 Opens On High Street In Downtown Pottstown

We have a new restaurant in the 100 block of High Street in downtown Pottstown.  Bistro 137 opened this week. 

They are open daily between 7am and 2:30pm serving breakfast and lunch.  I stopped in to grab a menu so that my readers will know about this new addition to our downtown.

Located in the building that formerly housed Churchill, Bistro 137 has a nice offering at very reasonable prices.  Breakfast includes bagels, pancakes, waffles, french toast, Danish, muffins, turnovers, oatmeal, low-fat granola with yogurt, yogurt, eggs, omelets and hash browns.  Everything on the breakfast menu is under $5!

Lunch includes appetizers, salads, cold sandwiches or wraps, New York style sandwiches and wraps, Bistro 137 signature sandwiches and wraps, Panini and soups.  Nothing over $9.

Drinks include coffee, tea, smoothies (a variety of flavors) soda, juice, bottled water and an expresso bar!

Bistro 137 also does catering!

I will be stopping in and giving Bistro 137 a try soon.  Look for a restaurant review!

Voice (484) 300-4826

Fax (484) 300-4829

Email: bistro137@gmail..com

Internet: www.bistro137.com