Archive: October, 2012
If you're hard up for Friday post-work plans allow us to suggest making your way out west to City Tap House (3925 Walnut St.) for Omme-Dog-Agash happy hour. Beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing into the wee hours the taps at the Tap House are going to be taken over by a trifecta of breweries: Allagash, Dogfish Head and Ommegang. All three are will be tapping some rare finds and reps will be on hand to discuss the finer points of each pour. We're hearing that Allagash's Suzy Woods is going be trucking in her turntables and playing DJ for the evening. Check out the full draft list right here.
Rachel Klein, vegan hostess with the mostest, is moving around her hours a bit at her West Passy commissary, Miss Rachel's Pantry (1732 W. Passyunk Ave.) She's closing weekdays to focus on catering and her lunch delivery service, while weekends will be dedicated to her Saturday night Farmhouse Table dinners and all-day walk-in brunch service on Saturday and Sunday from 9 in the morning till 4 in the afternoon. The menu features alterna-egg scrambles, coconut "bacon" and French toast casserole, as well as lunchier items like Klein's amazing barbecued seitan wrap.
Suzy Woods a.k.a Beer Lass is celebrating Porktoberfest all month long and we've been enviously tracking her adventures. Last year Woods decided to pair her beer adventures with all things pork-related for the entirety of October and this year she's back at it.
She kicked off the month with the Industry's (1401 East Moyamensing Ave.) pork sausage with fennel and carrot salad and has been hitting up newly opened spots like Growlers http://www.growlersbar.com (736 South 8th St.) and Fountain Porter (1601 S. 10th St.) for pork belly tacos with crab and corn salsa and charcuterie.
Head on over to Beer Lass to follow all of the bacon, pulled pork and lardon action.
The First Person Arts Festival is kicking off on November 7th and they've lined up some pretty serious food personalities to share their stories. Next Wednesday, October 24th New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov is in town talking about new memoir at a dinner hosted by Chaddsford Winery at The Omni Hotel.
On November 7th Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson is in town to share tales of his Swedish-Ethiopian roots and signing copies of Yes, Chef over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at The Racquet Club of Philadelphia.
Our own Rich Nichols will be recounting Philadelphia's candy history at Christ Church Neighborhood house on November 10th. Look forward to old timey tales of Sno-Caps and Goobers along with candy newcomers like John & Kiras and Eclat.
Cookbook collectors and amateur food historians, the National Museum of American Jewish History (101 S. Independence Mall East) have an event coming up next week that you’ll want to check out. On Wed., Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., they’ll present Just a Pinch: A Brief and Unofficial History of Jewish Cooking in America. (The event is part of the ongoing What is Your Food Worth? series that we’ve mentioned before.)
The exhibit will feature tons of vintage cookbooks and other materials, plus readings by special guests including Audrey Claire Taichman and Siobhan A. Reardon, the director of the Free Library. Afterward, there’s a reception offering tastes of some of the recipes found in the exhibition’s pages. Tickets are available right here and cost $8 for Museum members and students, $12 for everyone else.
The paint is barely dry at Bella Vista's new beer bar Growlers (736 S. 8th St.) but that didn't stop longtime South Philly Review restaurant critic Phyllis Stein-Novack from weighing in on the new beer bar and she's smitten.
Back when the Philadelphia gastropub scene was in its infancy seeing duck confit on The Standard Tap's menu almost knocked PSN off her stool and years later she's pleased with how this this style of elevated bar fare has evolved.
According to Stein-Novack the potato chips and bacon dip is a must-have along with mussels (plump and squeaky clean), "tasty and unusual" brussels sprouts and a crab-studded red quinoa salad. Always particular about her cocktail order, she was pleased with her Bombay martini.
Three tips of the toque from Phyllis Stein-Novack is making us thing that a trip over to Growlers should happen sooner rather than later.
Today's Afternoon Snacks brings gluttonous news from the Garces camp, something we never thought of doing with candy corn that suddenly seems sorta crucial, and a bunch of must-make soups courtesy of Saveur.
All-you-can-eat steak frites doesn’t really need much said about it, right? It’s hanger steak, duck fat fries, and your choice of sauce (béarnaise, bordelaise, or sauce au poivre vert)—and then, if you like, it’s all of those things all over again. It sells itself. So we’ll just tell you that the deal goes for a measly 25 bucks, it comes with a salad, and you can find it at Garces Trading Co. (1111 Locust St.) during lunch and dinner.
Your past experiences combining drinking and public transit may have been limited to a pre-game tallboy concealed in a brown paper bag, but October 2012 seems bound and determined to show you that it doesn’t have to be that way. This weekend and next both bring decidedly non-hobo-esque opportunities to cultivate a buzz while riding the rails.
First up, Ardmore’s Tired Hands Brewing is hosting an R5 Pub Crawl in honor of their R5 Saison this Saturday, Oct. 20. The crawl kicks off in Downingtown at noon and wraps up at Monk’s, with stops in Wayne and Ardmore in between. Each stop will feature a different version of the brew to keep things interesting:
Station Taproom – Motueka dry-hopped R5 Saison
Teresa’s Next Door – Brett fermented R5 Saison (Jaune)
Tired Hands – R5 Saison (Straight up)
Monk’s – Brett Fermented R5 Saison (Marron)
The crawl is pay-as-you-go and you’ll need to pay for your train fare (hint: an all-day, all-system, hop-on, hop-off Independence Pass costs $11). Tired Hands is unveiling a brand new beer on Saturday, too: Zombie Double India Black Ale clocks in at 11% ABV, so you might want to pace yourself on that one. No one wants your queasy self sitting next to them on the train.
On the following Saturday, Oct. 27, Boxcar Brewing Co. will hold their annual Ride the Rails event. You’ll board the historic West Chester Railroad at 5 p.m. and head to Glen Mills for a beer-fueled picnic/bacchanal, with the return trip to West Chester scheduled for 9 p.m. They’ll provide the beer, food, and music; you bring picnic gear (tables, chairs, blankets) and a festive costume. Ok, the costumes aren’t required, but you’re fun, right?
Tickets for Ride the Rails are $40 ($25 for designated drivers) and can be purchased right here.
Amrut Distilleries has been crafting IML (that's Indian Made Liquor) since 1948, producing artisanal and award-winning spirits like Two Continents single-malt whisky, Whiskey Advocate's champion "New World Whiskey of the Year" in 2012. There are reportedly fewer than a dozen bottles in the States, at least one of which can be found at Tashan (777 S. Broad St.). Next Wed., Oct. 24, Munish Narula and chef Sylva Senat are partnering with Amrut and its exec director Rick Jagdale for a special dinner. Including tax, tip and paired drinks, $125 gets you six courses, the first of which takes place in Tashan's lounge with passed hors d'oeuvres (nine-spiced kofte pops, Senat's killer gol gappa) and sips of Amrut's acclaimed single-malt. Venison soolay, screw-pine-scented palak tikka and the signature Shikari Quail all follow as plated courses in the slick, obsidian dining room, and desserts will be attended by tea set aflame with Amrut Old Port Rum. Reservations, please.
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