Afternoon Snacks: Victory garden propaganda, Regrettable food, What it means to be excellent, Meat thermometer basics
Modern Farmer pulled together these "12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters" from WWI and WWII, and guess what? They are actually fantastic—particularly the directive to "Can vegetables, fruit, and the Kaiser, too."
Our favorite French-Vietnamese bakery, Artisan Boulanger shut its doors at the end of April readying for a move to new digs at 1218 Mifflin Street and now it looks like we're going to be back in the baguette-pistachio croissant game pretty soon. Passyunk Post grabbed this shot of the new signage for the spot and is reporting that the plan is to reopen sometime in May. They've also got the scoop about Le Bec alum Chris Scarduzio's plans to take over the old location, tearing it down and rebuilding it suit his new 50-seat Italian-American concept.
Calling all you aspiring realityTV stars/bumbling line cooks, want to be berated by Gordon Ramsay on national television? Of course you do!
We've caught word that Hell's Kitchen is going to be casting in Philly some time within the next six weeks. So if you're into doing fun stuff like getting screamed at, possibly taking helicopter rides and participating in the dreaded/hilarious blind tasting challenge (is that banana? No, wait, it's American cheese. Damn, it's a pickle!) all you have to do is email the casting company and include the following information:
"Name and city in the subject line and in the email include your name, where you live(city/state), age, present occupation, a photo of yourself, contact information, about your culinary experience and why you think you would be a good fit for the show. No info is too much. The more info the better."
Hope to see lots of Philly faces next season!
This Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Walnut Street is home to the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. The street is blocked off from Broad to 19th and lined with all sorts of options for shopping, entertainment and most importantly tons of stuff to eat and drink. Here's a look at some of the edible highlights of this self-proclaimed "most upscale festival":
Sample plates from fancy-pants Rittenhouse favorites like Il Pittore, Sbraga, Vernick, The Dandelion, Lacroix and Village Whiskey plus more casual fare from Hip City Veg, Underdogs, Shake Shack and Capogiro.
The PLCB is setting up tasting stations throughout the fest with samples of Chairman's Selection wines and cocktails plus an on-site pop-up to take a few bottles home. Other cocktail options are coming from the Whisper Outdoor Lounge with music and drinks from Franklin Mortgage, the Corner Foodery and Whisper.
Be on the look out for a Starr culinary demo stage as well as a Starr Smallwares sidewalk sale were you can deck out your place with discounted kitchenwares from Starr restaurants.
This week we've got Adam checking in on new beer garden Brü where vibes might be fratty and self-serve draft beers are not self explanatory but the sausages and pretzels are solid.
Meal Ticket Magazine hits the streets today with our intrepid team goes back-of-the-house at local restaurants plus tales of Philly food folks' first cooking gigs.
To be honest, when visiting Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St., thirrd floor) we usually aren't thinking too much about eating (okay, maybe a few beers) but this Sunday they're hosting an ice cream social and artist talk with members of the collective along with scoops courtesy of Little Baby's and Franklin Fountain. Artists will be on hand to discuss their works in an exhibition entitled Spark Gap. What is a spark gap exactly? Well, in electronics terms it's that magical meeting place in which bursts of energy - sound, light and heat - appear. Or it could just be that magical gallery show with FREE ICE CREAM.
No word yet on flavors but for a preview of the works head on over to Vox's site.
It's that time of year again, Night Market is officially back in session beginning tomorrow night at 6 p.m. This season's first stop is 22nd and Fairmount Avenue and while the full line up hasn't been disclosed quite yet (it's coming atcha tomorrow a.m.) Foobooz got a peek at a handful of this year's vendors.
Some exciting newcomers to the Night Market scene include The Tot Cart dishing up all sorts of topped tater tots, Hawaiian fare from Poi Dog Snack Shop, fried cheese curds from The Cow and The Curd plus never-before-mobile options from Le Bec Fin and Alla Spina.
There is hardly a good thing to say about our fair unfair parking authority but today we've got to give them at least a little bit of credit. Yesterday Sichuan maven Han Chiang was given a ticket while napping in his car. Needless to say he was pissed. So today, for a limited time Han Dynasty customers who bring in a parking ticket get an order of dan dan noodles on house.
Here's the deal via HD's Facebook page: "FU PPA, FREE Dan Dan!! For a limited time get a parking ticket and bring it to Old City that day to get free Dan Dan with your purchase. These parking nazis give you lemons. I give you aide! God I hate those mutherfudhdnnxjengbjrs."
Sure some spicy noodles aren't going to make that ticket disappear but they sure do take away some of the sting.
Rustica (903 N. 2nd St.) is celebrating its 12th birthday today and as a token of appreciation of more than a decade of awesome pizza they're offering dollar plain slices all day long. So you might want to consider saving that brown bag lunch for another day and heading on up to NoLibs for a few slices.
The folks at Federal Donuts do an A+ job piquing our interest via social media. Just take a look at this gorgeous teaser that we spotted on their Facebook page. It's a Banana Cream Pie fancy and while we're not exactly sure when and where it's making its glorious debut, we do know that it's finished with a tropical banana glaze under a vanilla creme ring and sprinkled with a buttery pie crumble.
Update: Banana Cream Pie is available at the Sansom Street location and coming soon to Second Street. You're welcome.
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