Monthly Archives: August 2011

7th Annual Block Party Host’s Mission INPASTABOWL!

That’s right! LABOR DAY Weekend (Monday, Sept 5th) folks; bring the heat!!

The Mission: Win.

BigBite presents the 1st Annual Mission INPASTABOWL, a pasta salad cook-off at the 7th Annual Montrose Block Party. The best dang Labor Day Party in the city!To enter email us at BigBitePhilly@gmail.com and for more information go here.


Introducing MISSION: INPASTABOWL…

Yup, we are back at it again! BigBite is bringing another of our patented impromtu food competitions to town.

So, you know when you go to a BBQ at some random’s house and you wander around for a bit after relizing you don’t know ANYONE there?  You quickly decide your best move is to book to the food table to check-out the food selections and shyly say hi to a few random folks.  You then find yourself lingering by the food WAY too long because you just discovered the best dang pasta salad you’ve ever had in your lifetime!! You want to be polite and socialize with the randoms, but you can’t: your mouth and eyes are glued to that pasta salad!  You decide you can start your meet and greet once you’ve secretly finished that ish off. Yea? Sound familiar?

Well, the time has come to find those top secret cooks…and get them to display their cold pasta masterpieces.

BigBite presents….LABOR DAY, LABOR DAY, LABOR DAY, LABOR DAY!!!!!! MISSION: INPASTABOWL PASTA SALAD-OFF!!

Monday, September, 5 2011, 2 p.m. at the 7th Annual Montrose Block Party 1622 Montrose St. , Philadelphia, PA

What, what?? We are thrilled to bring some competition to this staple block party in South Philly with the best and most beautiful folks in the city.

So what kind of pasta salad can you enter? Macaroni, orzo, penne, OH MY! Nothing hot.  We don’t want your granma’s lasagna. Just a good ol’ fashion cold, summatime banger!

Your mission–if you choose to accept it–is to prepare a cold pasta dish with an appropriately descriptive name for us to chow down on.  However, this time around, isntead of having several winners, there will only be ONE winner: the people’s choice winner IS the winner and will be taking home the coveted trophy!

Join or ENTER our latest competition!! Are you the one who makes that “bomb” pasta salad? Email us at bigbitephilly@gmail.com and let us know. Or, hit us up on Facebook.


Thoughts on Vendy Award Winner

So with the recent hype around the Vendy Awards BigBite was curious to see what these top trendy carts in the Philadelphia area had to offer.

Before I continue, let’s note…Philly is a crazy cart city. The amount of culinary skills found in hot, tight, shoe-boxes on wheels – in about every neighborhood – is incredible. With so many available carts to choose from, I guess I understand not all food cart could have been chosen. I mean, I can suggest at least six good carts in West Philly alone that I like to throw my dough at.

I know that most of the carts were gourmet/trendy heavy, but I’d like to see some diversity in the carts chosen. There’s got to be a super esteemed around-the-way-jawn offering a $5 cheesesteak somewhere in this city that could have been considered.

Anywho. We decided to throw our two cents in on this cart craze. Recently we visited the vendy winner, Gigi and Big R’s. I’ve always heard good things about this cart, AND it’s in close proximity…so I had to try it.

A few associates and BigBite supporters and I went on a little lunch trip to the Vendy Awards winners’ food cart. I was so stoked to get my grease on in the early afternoon and had heard that they really piled it up on their orders. 2 fish sandwiches, and this beautiful (small) fried chicken platter later, here is what I have to say:-Servings were generous. I mean I got enough for two meals and I certainly can put food away!! However, the size of my meal was about all that got me excited. I am not one to complain about service…but dang…Gigi must of had a bad day. The folks are not very nice at this spot, but I could get over that.

What really disappointed me was flavor. I got the fried chicken with greens and mac and cheese. It was, for lack of a better word…blah. Not a Wing King winner-type. The chicken was crispy (how I likes), but flavorless. The greens were a funny texture, and the m&c could’ve used a punch of salt. Sauces would’ve been a great addition to the chicken…but they didn’t offer any. At least hot sauce?? Really?? For comfort food. Really?? Nothing? Nada? REALLY?? *sigh*

As for the fish sandwiches….yea…samsies. Bland and yearning for sauce.

All in all, I wasnt impressed with this cart, which has me wondering what the winning dish was for the Vendy’s. I may try again. For the meantime I am just going to assume that I had a bad meal, because Gigi had a bad day.

-Ryllis