Philly beer nerds aficionados know Mike Fava from his days brewing at Sansom Street nanobrewery Nodding Head. He packed up and made his way up to Newcastle, Maine a while back but next Thursday he's going to be back in town debuting beers from his new gig at Oxbow Beer.
Beer Lass a.k.a. Suzy Woods has caught word that Fava's showcasing his funky farmhouse ales beginning Thursday at Monks and continuing through the weekend. For the full line up of bars where Oxbow is going to be pouring, times and taps head over to Beer Lass.
In things that sell themselves news: take the nicest day in recent memory, carve out a few hours to eat roast pig and drink beer, and note that it's all to raise money to fight blood cancer. Looks like you're headed out to Downingtown this weekend.
The pig roast is being hosted by Victory Brewing (420 Acorn Ln, Downingtown), and runs from 12-4 p.m. this Sunday, Apr. 7. Your $40 ticket includes a couple of beers and a buffet-style feast featuring a roast pig and plenty of sides. Find out more and buy your tickets right here.
Hey guys, just wanted to let you all know that yours truly is going to be a guest on Snacky Tunes, a real live radio show, seriously, not even a podcast braodcast on Heritage Radio in Brooklyn. On Monday at 2 p.m. I'll be chatting with hosts Greg and Darin Bresnitz about, well, I'm not sure yet but I'm assuming that the Philly food scene will most likely be a pretty major topic of discussion.
Each week the hour-long show has a food guest (me, obvs) plus a musician or DJ. Not sure who's going to be joining me yet but with a line up of past guests that include Blood Orange, Light Asylum and Surfer Blood, I'm pretty sure it'll be tight. Tune in here on Monday at 2 p.m. to listen to me ramble about food on the radio, er computer.
Good morning! If the spring-ish weather and impending weekend wasn't enough to make your Friday we'd like to toss some very important made up food holiday news your way. Were you aware that today is National Deep Dish Pizza Day? No? Well, now you are. In honor of this totally legit holiday we would like encourage all of you lovely Meal Ticket readers to celebrate with a Chicago-style slice or but unfortunately there aren't any deep dish spots in town which is really kind of a bummer. (Ahem, potential milltion dollar iidea here.)
While you could certainly celebrate by heading out to Franklin Mills, the closest outpost of Pizzeria Uno, why not make your own using this cast-iron skillet deep dish recipe from Serious Eats?
She begins her review by stating that her first tweet was about food: "I highlighted grilled beef, chimichurri and Malbec — the rich, fruity red wine from Argentina that has been gaining in popularity in America and just might appear in restaurants and on family tables. Many tweets were about Malbec." Seriously guys, follow her on Twitter.
And it was a grilled flank steak with chimichurri that drew PSN and husband Edward into EGG. A pleasing soundtrack of Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson along with jumbo cocktails set the mood right for PSN from the get-go.
Chicken wings with homemade blue cheese dressing were among the finest she'd sampled in some time. Shrimp lettuce wraps with spicy soy sauce delighted and a salad of apple, arugula, gorgonzola and spinach was perfectly seasoned. Chili mayo served with fried cauliflower was outrageous in flavor.
If the first portion of PSN's meal at EGG sounds good, just wait until she gets to the steak and Malbec. The $10 glass of wine took PSN back to Argentina: "During a walk through Buenos Aires, one will discover numerous restaurants with large slabs of beef grilling in the windows. The people of Argentina take their beef quite seriously."
And about that beef: "Hanger steak was a site for the eyes and the senses." Served medium-rare with in season asparagus and fingerlings, the star of the show was mortar and pestle ground chimichurri. "Jackson Pollack-like squiggles of this sumptuous sauce were all over the beef, which, by the way, just melted in my mouth."
Expert service plus truly moderate prices made for a glowing three and a half tip of the toque review for East Girard Gastropub.
Afternoon Snacks: Crowdfunding initiatives, Donuts 'round the world, Social carbo-loading, A history of restaurant criticism
Here's a little local crowdfunding update for you: Zea May's truck needs a new generator, a currently online- and smattering-of-coffee-shops-only bakery by the name of Eden's Touch has their eyes on a bread truck, and Jason Mercado is looking for a boost for JUST Cookies. Split $75 between all three and you'd have a pretty handsome stash of cookie, bread, and empanada thank you gifts on your hands...
Foobooz sat down with Joncarl Lachman, the Philly-born force behind Noord, the new Nordic spot set to open on EPX in early May. They talked renovation plans (think communal table and seating for 40) and got a sneak peek at the opening menu. We've got to say that we're more than a little excited to check out difficult to pronounce but sure to be awesome menu items like shellfish waterzooi (a seafood stew in beer broth), konijin in het zuur (rabbit leg confit and wild boar belly with zuurkool, er, sauerkraut) and smorrebrod (open faced sandwich board).
Eater has the latest of Kermit's Bake Shoppe, the newest venture from The Sidecar and Kraftwork folks. This 22nd and Washington storefront will be home to a pizzeria and bakery serving up whole pies, slices, soups, salads and baked goods like sticky buns, cookies and loaves of bread. No word yet on an opening date.
The Insider shares news that Strangelove's, the newest beer-centtic endeavor from Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida (you might recognize the duo from craft beer meccas such as Memphis Taproom, Local 44 and Resurrection Ale House) is on track with an April opening date TK. 18 draft lines are installed and the food is coming from Paul Martin who has put in time at Rittenhouse brasserie Parc as well as Nola by way of South Street restaurant Catahoula.
Meal Ticket World Headquarters is located smack in the middle of Old City but our real home base is Newbold, happily just around the corner from The Daily Meal's newly nominated Best Coffee Shop in America, Ultimo (1900 S. 15th St.). When we first moved into the 'hood we were super stoked that there was a place where you could not only get an expertly pulled macchiato or pour-over but also pick up a sixer of craft beer or just drink a beer in a coffee shop, something that's pretty much unheard of around these parts.
When it came down to choosing the number one shop, The Daily Meal's panelists cited not only quality coffee but a refreshing lack of pretense, focus on coffee ed and the newly introduced line of grab and go sandwiches from American Sardine Bar.
Congratulations to Aaron and the whole Ultimo crew!
Remember on Monday when we reported that our beloved restaurant Adam Erace was leaving his position at the paper to open a cafe specializing in detox juices and an online magazine with a focus on urban fitness? Well, APRIL FOOLS!
Seriously, it was just a joke and Adam's not going anywhere.
We thought the idea of Adam resigning himself to a life of clean living and green juice seemed pretty preposterous but we've had more than a few panicky responses to the post so we just figured we'd go ahead and clear the air.
We're looking forward to Adam being our go-to guy for Philly restaurant news and reviews for a good long time.
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