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
Carolione Russock: CR
Following an extended farewell happy hour at Oscar's to send off our former news editor Samantha Melamed (seriously, where did all of those Jameson shots come from?) I headed home and threw together a quick-ish dinner of pesto-arugula pasta with Italian sausage, more arugula and some chopped shiitakes. Verdict? Never underestimate the power tossing a Parmesan rind into your pasta sauce.—CR
On Saturday afternoon I headed to Suburban Station to do some research for an upcoming feature about the restaurants that line the underground corridors of the train station. This was all well and good until I realized that pretty much everything down there was closed. Figuring that the joys of robot-made sushi could wait until Monday, I made my way over to the new Franklin Flea at the old Strawbridge's building. If you are in the market for Little House on the Prairie-meets-Brooklyn home-wares and a billion flannel shirts, the Flea has got you covered. After that I stopped by the newest outpost of Di Bruno Bros. to pick up snacks (Truffled ham! Tuscan salami! Schmancy cheese!) and then to the boutique state store at Garces Trading Company. Do fancy cheeses and charcuterie plus several bottle of wine count as dinner? Sure. We're all grownups, right?—CR
Saturday night rode out to Manayunk to eat at an absolutely mobbed Taqueria Feliz for Official City Paper Business. Read about all the antics in this week's issue. There will be lamb hearts.—AE
On Sunday I took advantage of the unseasonably perfect weather and spent the afternoon at the zoo. Aside from nice walking around weather, the warm temperatures that all of the animals were out enjoying the sun, particularly the penguins and polar bears. Lunch was at the not so hot zoo caf -- cheeseburgers and fries. Having woken up with a serious hankering for Chicago-style deep dish pizza, I make a batch of cornmeal dusted pizza dough. By the time I got home from the zoo the dough was ready to go. I layered it into a 12 pan, layered it with sharp provolone, mozzarella, Italian sausage and a layer of homemade tomato sauce. This thing was an absolute monster. I only made it through a slice but I'm pretty sure the leftovers are going to to good lunch use all week long.—CR
Sunday I classed up some canned refried beans with Feliz lamb barbacoa leftovers, a side to these baby backs I braised all day in tangerine juices, mango, garlic and cilantro.—AE
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