Notes from the Weekend is a feature that sees the members of Team Meal Ticket compiling all the food/drink highlights uncovered during prime eatin' time, Friday to Sunday. We'd love to hear all about YOUR weekend eating adventures in the comments. Go for it! (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Adam Erace: AE
Caroline Russock: CR
After some Friday evening family action including a haven't-had-one-in-years ice cream pie from Baskin Robbins I headed back into the city for late dinner burgers and beers at Fountain Porter. After that we made our way over to The Dolphin to check out a few of their new Art in the Age cocktails. There must have been a run on the Negronis since there was no Campari in house but the Sageside (sage, gin, lime and mint) that I sampled was awesome and about a billion times classier than my usual citywides.—CR
After a late night flight to snowy Denver (and dinner at the awesome, serving-till-midnight Euclid Hall), C and I skipped down to Punta de Mita, a town about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast. There, the weekend's working vacation involved yours truly eating bushels of tropical fruit and tacos everyday, drinking too much mescal and generally relaxing by the beach between interviewing assorted hotel personnel. Not a bad gig. If you're ever down that way, hit us up in the comments, and try to get to Sayulita, an awesome little village with an expat surfing community, roadside ceviche stands and cool little farmers' market.—AE
On Saturday we road tripped it out to Ephata, PA, the unlikely location of a totally incredible Colombian restaurant, Aromas Del Sur. We settled into a selection of starters - beef empanadas, arepas with cheese and some really excellent cumin-studded Colombian chorizo. We brought our own beers to this Lancaster BYO and mixed them with Colombiana (kinda tastes like cream soda) to make refajos. The mains were totally out of control - a bandeja paisa, a mountain of rice and beans, plantains, chorizo, grilled steak and pork, chicharrones all topped with a fried egg. I went with sobrebarriga a la criolla, brisket braised in a tomato-onion sauce with boiled potato, yucca, a vinegary cabbage salad and serious side of rice, beans and plantains. Everything was amazing but not nearly as amazed as the owner were when we told them that drove all the way from Philly. Saturday night adventures continued with with beers and cage fights at Harrah's in Chester but that's another story.—CR
After catching a few last-minute rays on Sunday, we were about to depart for the Puerto Vallarta airport when we found out (like so many other Americans on vacacíon) our connecting flight from Dallas to Philly had been cancelled. The ticket agent routed us through Chicago, where we'd pick up a flight home yesterday morning, only to find out on yesterday that flight had also been cancelled! (We finally got in about 10 pm last night, after spending most of the day in the juggernaut that is O'Hare airport. So in essence: lots of airport food, some of it really good (the matcha yogurt at Agno Tea, the milanese torta from Rick Bayless' coming-to-Penn sandwichery), some of it gross. Also, big shout out to Suparossa outside Chicago, who sweetly delivered veal parm sandwiches and minestrone to my airport hotel at midnight.—AE
Against better judgement we hit the King of Prussia Mall on this slushy Sunday and ended up, once again at Shake Shack. I'm thinking a snowy Sunday night is the way to go at the perennially packed burger joint. Somehow we scored free beers and a gratis Liberty Shell concrete with Termini Bros. cannoli crumbles, strawberry puree and lemon ricotta. Still not sure how that happened but I'm not mad.—CR
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