Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Reading Terminal Market is gearing up for a special night, Heat Up the Night Valentine to the Market! The night is filled with dining, dancing, drinking, celebrity chefs and guests and live entertainment on three stages. Valentine to the Market is a gala event to raise funds for the Reading Terminal Market Preservation Fund and will be used to preserve and enhance the historic Reading Terminal Market for future generations.

The event is rain, snow or shine on Saturday, February 26th. Most merchants are either attending the event or providing nibbles for the evening, and you can attend, too! Tickets are still available online at Party Tickets Online

At The Flying Monkey, we're donating some of our signature goodies to the VIP gift bags and our stall will be open for the dessert and dance party, where we'll be serving mini whoopie pies, mini cupcakes and our delicious cake truffles. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I have a terrible problem every time I fail to bring my lunch to work, where should I eat? I know that I'm spoiled rotten working in Reading Terminal Market with so many great choices for lunch, but it's a hard decision unless I have a particular taste for something specific.

I hope to find the time to do a series of posts, (not reviews!) about my lunch experiences working in one of the greatest public markets in the country. All of the merchants at Reading Terminal Market are my colleagues and friends and therefore what I have to say here about their offerings should be considered nothing more than me singing the praises of my fellow merchants.

So, amongst all the choices, who is first? The new kid on the block before I was the new kid on the block, Beck's Cajun Cafe.

Bill Beck is the chef/owner of this popular Cajun eatery just one aisle off of center court. A few vegetarian options are available every day, but this place is really for those who get excited about meat (Alligator Sausage!!) Beck's also does a great job of honoring traditional recipes while infusing creative twists.

Behold, the Trainwreck:
Beck's Train Wreck
The po'boys are great, but if Beck's has a signature sandwich, the Trainwreck is it. It's a cheesesteak with the addition of Andouille sausage, salami, cheese, onions and some of their homemade Creole mayonnaise.

Three of us split this for lunch one day and couldn't finish it despite the fact it was delicious, it's just that big.

Other Order Worthy Menu Items: Bread Pudding with Pears and Whiskey Sauce, Shrimp Po'boy, Muffaletta, Alligator Gumbo, Any of the Breakfast options