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A Foodie's Review in the re:View
By Tracy E. Price, Editor

On the Plate . . . How about some Crème
Brulee French Toast...Sliced challah in
vanilla bean custard topped with berry
compote, vanilla anglaise, 100% maple
syrup, Chantilly cream and fresh berries,
I had the pleasure of joining my sons
in South Philadelphia for brunch one
beautiful sunny day in June. They introduced me to Green Eggs Café, a brunchstyle restaurant that takes pride in serving
the highest quality fare, while maintaining
an eco-conscious philosophy.
Green Eggs Café values sustaining life
on our planet. Unlike most conventional
restaurants, Green Eggs has a commitment to doing their part for the environment; they are dedicated to serving high
quality food at a low cost to patrons.
Green Eggs Café participates in buying
fresh products locally which supports
merchants in the area - and in turn, allows
us, the patrons, to do the same.
Every Green Eggs Café location recycles aluminum, glass, plastics, and all paper products. The food and organic waste
is composted, and also not put to waste.
They prohibit the use of all styrofoam
products and plastic bottled beverages. All
take-out containers are biodegradable and
are made from corn, plant materials, and
sugar. By dining at this establishment,
you are contributing to a minimal waste
environment. Although you will not find
any "green eggs and ham" on the menu,
you will find a serving of eco-friendly fare
every time you dine there.
I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at Green Eggs Café... high quality fare, the flavor and freshness of the
food unmatched; the wait staff upbeat
and notably knowledgeable and supportive of the eco-conscious philosophy.

Green Eggs Café Locations:
Philadelphia, PA
South Philly on Dickinson Street
Northern Liberties on North 2nd Street
Midtown Village on Locust Street
Miami, FL on Biscayne Boulevard
North Wildwood, NJ on Olde New Jersey Avenue

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When you hear "green eggs," it is
natural for anyone born in the sixties, or
to have raised a child since, to first think
of the children's book Green Eggs and
Ham by Dr. Seuss. Seriously, when I first
mentioned green eggs, who first thought
of an eco-conscious brunch-serving establishment? After writing the review of
the Green Eggs Café, I felt compelled to
research the ever popular children's book
by Dr. Seuss, first published on August
12, 1960. As of 2016, the book has sold 8
million copies worldwide.
As a child, and a mother of two, I
never quite understood the appeal of this
particular story of a character named
"Sam-I-am" who pesters an unnamed
character to try a plate of green eggs and
ham. The unnamed character refuses,
responding, "I do not like green eggs and
ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am." He
continues to repeat this as Sam persistently follows him, asking him to try them in
eight locations (house, box, car, tree, train,
dark, rain, boat) and with three animals
(mouse, fox, and goat). Finally, he gives
into Sam's pestering and tries the green
eggs and ham, which he does like after all
and happily responds, "I do so like green
eggs and ham. Thank you. Thank you,
After having researched the story,
however, I better understand the appeal.
The writing of the book was a challenge;
the vocabulary of the text consists of just
50 different words. The reception and
cultural impact of Green Eggs and Ham is
* Green Eggs and Ham is one of
Seuss's "Beginner Books," written in
a very simple vocabulary for beginning readers. The vocabulary of the
text consists of just 50 different words
and was the result of a bet between
Seuss and Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss's
publisher, that Seuss (after completing
The Cat in the Hat using 236 words)
could not complete an entire book
without exceeding that limit. The 50
words are: a, am, and, anywhere, are,

be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do,
eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham,
here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me,
mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see,
so, thank, that, the, them, there, they,
train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.
* Green Eggs and Ham was published on August 12, 1960. By 2001,
it had become the fourth-best selling
English-language children's hardcover
book of all time. As of 2014, the book
had sold 8 million copies.
* The book has become so sufficiently
ingrained in the cultural consciousness
that U.S. District Court Judge James
Muirhead referenced Green Eggs and
Ham in his September 21, 2007 court
ruling after receiving an egg in the
mail from prisoner Charles Jay Wolff
who was protesting against the prison
diet. Muirhead ordered the egg destroyed and rendered his judgment in
the style of Seuss.
* Senator Ted Cruz read the book on
the floor of the United States Senate
during his filibuster over the funding
of Obamacare.
* Musician has stated that his
moniker is inspired by the story. One
of the members of the Thrash Metal
band Exodus is wearing a Green Eggs
& Ham t-shirt on the cover of their
1989 release "Fabulous Disaster."
* On September 29, 1991, following
Dr. Seuss's death earlier that week,
the Reverend Jesse Jackson recited an
excerpt of Green Eggs and Ham on
Saturday Night Live during a special
tribute segment.
* In 1965, the book was banned in
the People's Republic of China for its
"portrayal of early Marxism." The ban
was lifted in 1991, following Seuss's


"I do so like green eggs and ham.
Thank you. Thank you, Sam-I-am."


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