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Cheap eats in Philadelphia under $15



There’s something about finding a “hole in the wall” restaurant that you can then call your own. (or worse, brag about it to others) On most weekends, I head over to Philadelphia to explore. During these times, I do my best to push myself to try new things. Some days the theme could be a big salty bowl of pho. Or maybe a hearty sandwich that makes you warm and fuzzy inside. Or maybe it’s the another cuisine that screams authenticity and takes you to that country.

As you can tell, I like to eat. While eating can be costly in terms of your health, it can also be costly to your wallet…IF you don’t research where the good places are.

Whether you’re a native to the city of Philadelphia, a transplant, or maybe a tourist, I’d like to go over my ever expanding list of cheap food in Philadelphia that has the absolute BEST quality, all under the price point of $15.

UPDATE* This list has last been updated on January 12th, 2019 and will continue to grow as I further explore the city.

Center City

Goldie (Vegan/Vegetarian options)

Dizengoff (Vegan/Vegetarian options)

Dinic’s Roast Pork (BadVegan option)

The Foodery

South Philadelphia

Nam Phuong

Pho 75 (BadVegan option)

Hardena (Vegan/Vegetarian options)

Fountain Porter

Ba Le

China Town

Tom’s Dimsum



Sketch Burger

Old City

Khyber Bar



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How to Pour Coffee Like a Pro



Coffee has been essential for those people who are always on the go. Sometimes, people are so dependent on it whenever they need a sudden boost of energy for their jam-packed day. But do we all know how to pour coffee the right way?

And, there has been a surge of cafés all over the world and it one of the most “hyped” and one of the most “experimental” drinks in the industry. From unicorn frappes to basic black coffee, people were able to enjoy coffee.

But, sometimes it is not feasible to wait in line for your favorite cup of coffee. However, you can totally make your very own coffee blend, follow these simple, quick, and easy tips on pouring the perfect cup of coffee like a pro:


Things You Need to Create Your Perfect Cup of Coffee

Of course, we need to start of the basic needs to make your perfect cup. Don’t fret! These ingredients and tools can be found in your local deli.

  • Coffee Bean / Coffee Grounds

Let’s start with the base ingredient of your cup, which is coffee bean/grounds. In making the perfect cup you must opt for high-quality coffee bean/grounds, and if possible you must choose the organic ones.

  •   Coffee Filters

It is important that you use a coffee filter for a smoother and free from leftover grains, which no one wants!

  •   Sweetener

The most popular sweetener hands down is sugar, however, you can opt for healthier and calorie-free alternatives such as stevia, agave, and honey. But in my opinion, adding raw organic honey is the best option since it is also packed with nutrients and anti-inflammatory components.

  •   Creamer

Another important ingredient to achieve the creamy taste which most people like, but other people dislike. When it comes to creamer there are tons of alternatives that your usual creamer, you can opt for coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, and rice milk.

  •   Coffee Pot

This is a no-brainer! To be able to make a coffee brew you must have your trusted coffee pot.

  •   Garnish

If you like mixing things up, you can add additional ingredients or garnishes and the perfect example are mint, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, white chocolate, and more!



Now, let’s get our hands dirty! In this section, I will discuss the process of pouring the perfect cup of coffee.

  • Clean your tools

No one wants greasy pots! In order for your coffee to taste good, make sure that your pots and other tools are clean and well-sanitized. Because we do not want that unwanted flavor which will ruin a perfect brew.

  • Boil water

Before proceeding with other stapes make sure that you’re all set with your water, to save time.

  • Clean drinking water

Make sure that you use clean drinking water because we do not want those unnecessary diseases to will slow us down.

  • Grind your coffee beans

If you are using ground coffee, skip this step and proceed to the next one! Well, is very important that you grind your coffee in order to extract the rich flavors of coffee. However, learn the balance of grinding them.

You do not want to over grind but you do not also want to under-grind it. For me, it is best to grind your coffee for at least 30 seconds to a minuted.

  • Set up your coffee filter

Set up your coffee filter to a clean dry pan and evenly distribute your coffee by pressing it onto the filter.

  • Find the perfect ratio

Just like grandma said “4 is to 8. Always,” meaning every 1 tablespoon of pure ground coffee must be diluted by 2 cups of water. As they say, it is the perfect coffee ratio for it will not be as bitter.

  • Heat ‘em up!

Not too hot though! No one wants a taste of burnt coffee. After your water has boiled, let it sit until it has a temperature of 95°F and 205°F after a minute od removal from heat.

Slowly pour your hot water into the dripper or filter until it’s ½ up to ¾ full.

  • Wait

The perfect brewing time is between 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Clean your dishes

While waiting for your coffee to brew, clean your dishes!

  • Enjoy

Slowly pour your perfect cup of coffee to avoid residue coming through your drink and of course, enjoy!

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The Ultimate Vietnamese Coffee Recipe



Whether you are a coffee connoisseur or not, chances are you’re probably intrigued how the hype surrounding Vietnamese coffee started. To add more fuel to the fire, they use different types of coffee beans and ingredients which make them different from your usual cup. We spent the better half of the past 6 years trying to perfect the ultimate Vietnamese coffee recipe. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Hence, their most famous type is the iced milk coffee, but there is a range of coffee recipes which you must try! Don’t worry, they are very easy to make and ingredients are readily available.

What is a Vietnamese coffee?

For starters, Vietnamese coffee is very easy to make and what separates it from other coffee types is that it uses a Vietnamese mixer and then they usually add condensed milk then hot water or ice.

Plus it uses either Robusta or Abarica coffee bean. Both of which are high in caffeine, however, Robusta is cheaper and has a higher caffeine level of 2.7% in comparison of Abarica’s 1.7%. Robusta coffee bean is said to be 60% higher in lipid fat and has lower sugar levels than Abarica coffee bean.


Different Types of Vietnamese Coffee

There are tons of Vietnamese coffee recipes out there but it is safe to say that these recipes are the most popular and well-liked recipes as of date, but of course, we’re going a Bad Vegan twist to it!

Cà Phê Sua is the basic Vietnamese coffee which is made of robusta coffee bean. It is sweetened with condensed milk. But, when you’re ordering out you can say “ca phe sua da” for iced coffee, and “ca phe sua nong” for hot coffee.

Cà Phê Den is a Vietnamese black coffee. FYI, Den means black in Vietnamese. This coffee is usually made of black coffee and sugar instead of condensed milk.

Cà Phê Trứng is short for egg coffee in Vietnamese, and it’s actually quite delicious even if at first it’s quite bizarre and icky. It has this velvety and creamy texture, with a hint of sweetness which makes it perfect for dessert. In my own opinion, it’s like an uncooked flan with coffee which is very delicious.

Cà Phê Muối is Vietnamese salt coffee, but no, it doesn’t taste like Salted Caramel Macchiato rather it has this rich dark chocolate taste with sea salt. It reminds me of those fancy boxed artisanal chocolates. It’s very unique because the salt brings a smokier flavor while balancing out the sweetness of condensed milk.

This drink gives me a fancy vacation in cabin vibes at the Swiss Alps.

Cà Phê Sữa is coffee mixed with yogurt. I mean, I’ve always ordered a cappuccino or coffee-flavored frozen yogurt, but never have I tried yogurt mixed into coffee.

I mean it’s probably delicious and nutritious! To me, it’s like a coffee-flavored milkshake but instead, the base is coffee.

Cà Phê dừa or Vietnamese coconut coffee is consists of coffee and coconut milk.  And this is by far, the most popular type of Vietnamese coffee. It is the perfect vacation drink because Vietnam is a tropical country and the coconut gives more of an island vibe.


What are the things you need?

Essentially you do not have to spend a lot of money, time, or effort when making it. Because you will only need the following:

  •    High-quality coffee bean / Exotic coffee beans / French dark roast coffee
  •    Ice or Hot water
  •    Condensed milk / Coconut Milk

However, if you want to be fancy, you can also add ingredients or spices whichever tickles your taste buds the best:

  •    Honey
  •    Almond milk
  •    Soy milk
  •    Cinnamon
  •    Salt
  •    Coconut Water
  •    Eggs
  •    Whipping cream
  •    Yogurt
  •    Fruit

And if you want to be even fancier and partially ratchet, you can add these:

  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Kahlua

The tools you will need to make your Vietnamese coffee are:

  •    Vietnamese coffee press / French press
  •    Bottle mixer (optional)
  •    A tall glass or ceramic mug


  • Prepare your ingredients namely coffee, creamer (milk or yogurt) hot water, and other optional ingredients
  •    Add about 4 tablespoons of coffee into the phin
  •    Then add your creamer (milk or yogurt) at the bottom of the cup
  •    Add your other ingredients (optional)
  •    Place the phin on top of the lid
  •    Pour just enough amount of hot water to wet the grounds, but do not soak it
  •    Stir it then press the coffee grounds to level
  •    Then wait 3 minutes to bloom
  •    Place the phin on top of the lid then pour at least 20 ml of hot water
  •    Then wait 3 minutes to brew
  •    Once the water has filtered through the phin, stir it up, or add some ice.
  •    Enjoy the drink!

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How To Make The Perfect Meatball



Perfect meatball recipe

Italy. This culinary rich country has provided some of the best food that we’ve ever seen, most famously, pizza. Have you ever been in the mood for some Italian food, but you find yourself broke from the stresses of life to even afford a nice evening out in that Italian restaurant that all of your co-workers have been raving about for the past 2 weeks? I get it. Life can be pretty unfair at times, and as much as you want to join your friends on an evening on the town, your expenses DO come first. But still, that succulent spaghetti and meatball dish (which might even be overpriced, by the way) is mocking you for not being able to afford it.

However, just because you can’t have the ‘premium’ spaghetti and meatball dish at that restaurant, doesn’t mean you can’t make a kickass Italian dish, right from the comfort of your own kitchen. Today, I’m going to share with you a recipe, designed to show you how to make meatballs to go with that spaghetti you may have sitting in the cupboard, just waiting to be cooked. Ready?


The Ultimate Meatball

Prep time: 50 minutes



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ lb ground veal
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of freshly grated Romano cheese
  • 1 ½ of Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups of stale Italian bread, crumbled
  • 1 ½ cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 cup of olive oil


Okay, I know that a couple of the ingredients listed here may initially be a turn-off for some of you, but just trust me and bear with it. The end product is what we’re interested in, and it’s going to be ultimately delicious.



  1. Combine the beef, veal, and pork in a large bowl.
  2. Add garlic, eggs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. Blend bread crumbs into your meat mixture. Next, slowly add the water at a rate of ½ cup at a time. The mixture should be very moist by now, yet still hold its shape if rolled into meatballs. Shape into meatballs – or any shape that you prefer really, especially if making for little kids.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet, and fry meatballs in batches. When the meatball is very brown and slightly crisp remove from the heat and drain on a paper towel.
    • If your mixture is too wet, cover the meatballs while they are cooking so that they hold their shape better.
  5. Serve with your side dish, be it rice or spaghetti. This will serve 8 persons.


And there you have it! Rather than waste money at some stuffy restaurant, why not have a party at your place and invite some of your co-workers over? Not only would be much more economical, but it would serve to be a much more memorable experience.


Have you tried this meatball recipe? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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