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What’s Cooking On 1060: Insomnia, Dreaming, and… a Swap?

(David Lasus, outside the new Manayunk location for Insomnia Cookies, prior to its opening.  Photo provided by David Lasus)

(David Lasus, outside the new Manayunk location for Insomnia Cookies, prior to its opening. Photo provided by David Lasus)

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By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (CBS) — Insomnia Cookies has opened its seventh Philadelphia area store (and its 44th nationwide), on Main Street in Manayunk.

“We have six in the city itself — Temple University, Drexel, University of Pennsylvania, we have a store on 16th Street, 13th Street, and then we have a store out in the suburbs, at Villanova, and then Manayunk makes number seven in the area,” says chief operating officer David Lasus.

Insomnia bakes fresh cookies and delivers until 3am in most locations.

Hear the full “Insomnia Cookies” interview (runs 6:45)…

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The first “American Dreaming pop-up food court of the year takes place on Saturday, January 25th, at the Dreamg Building, 618 North Front Street.  That’s the building where the Philly-based American Dreaming magazine is published.

Brandon Davis, founder and editor-in-chief, explains it’s a magazine geared toward entrepreneurs.

(Brandon Davis, during a visit to the KYW Newsradio studios.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Brandon Davis, during a visit to the KYW Newsradio studios. Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

“The people who are actually vending, are trying to grow their business,” Davis tells What’s Cooking.  “So this is an opportunity for them to get like a sneak peek and a sneak look at what it possibly could look like to own your own restaurant.”

 

Hear the full “American Dreaming” interview below (runs 9:38)…

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And speaking of food gatherings, the next Philly Food Swap takes place on Monday, January 27th, at the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

What’s a “food swap”?   Here’s the description:

“A food swap is part silent auction, part village marketplace, part fun-loving open house where your homemade creations (breads, preserves, special concoctions, canned goods, etc.) become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants.”

(Participants bid on food trades at the first Philly Food Swap, in 2011.  Photo provided by Marisa McClellan)

(Participants bid on food trades at the first Philly Food Swap, in 2011. Photo provided by Marisa McClellan)

Co-founder Marisa McClellan says participants can choose what to accept in trade for the items they bring.

“There is always that one item at every food swap where everybody’s like, ‘I want that!,’ and so you become sort of the Belle of the Ball if you are the one who brought the thing that everybody wants.”

The event is free but space is limited, so tickets are required.

Hear the full “Philly Food Swap” interview (runs 8:53)…

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And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

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