Archive: February, 2012
SNACK TIME: Let's be friends with Yael Lehman, fast food ballads, Lily Robinson is an adorable genius, Princess Bride wines, your kids are eating ammonia, and ridic Chinese chain knock-offs
- Meal Ticket contributor and donutness extraordinaire Felicia D'Ambrosio sat down for a Generocity.org Q&A with Yael Lehmann, executive director of The Food Trust. Not only does Yael oversee an org whose goal is keeping all of Philadelphia fed and healthy, she also plays bass in a band called Happy Accident. Dude, Yael is badass.
- Ever wonder if a takeout order at Sonic could make you cry? No? Well, troubadour Giorgio Fareira nails it with this vid. This is like Dashboard Confessional type shit.
- BBC News posted about 3.5-year-old innovator Lily Robinson, who suggested that Sainsbury's supermarket rename its tiger bread to giraffe bread because of the closer resemblance. Maybe it's because I'm still thinking about the singing Sonic order, but this article is making me tear up again. It's so cute I can't stand it.
Friend of Meal Ticket MB recently shared this photo of what appears to be the single most gorgeous Bloody Mary in the history of recreational alcohol consumption, so it behooved us to find out more. Don't let the Good Dog-ian glassware fool you — this is actually the house Bloody at Atlantis: The Lost Bar (2442 Frankford Ave.). The piece of flawless tomato-juice art is the handiwork of bartender Marianne Morrison and GM Fritz (just Fritz), both of whom run the Kensington tavern on Sundays.
In addition to Morrison's guarded-like-a-CIA-secret mix, each $8, double-shot Bloody is dressed like a boozed-up antipasti plate, with adornments including (but not limited to) a salami/provolone rollup, a grilled shrimp, pepperoncini, cherry tomatoes, onions, olives, cucumber, bell pepper and pickles. They only do them on Sundays from 12:30 to 7, and Morrison says she typically has the ingredients to crank out about 25 of them during her shift. Your day-drinking mission, should you choose to accept it, is to become of those 25.
Yesterday we shared this panel comic "formally" announcing the partnership between Pizza Brain (2313 Frankford Ave.), which Brian "Brain" Dwyer has been working on for more than a year, and Little Baby's Ice Cream, which rolled out its trike last spring and just locked up zoning for 2311 Frankford, right next to Guinness World Record holder Dwyer and his crew. Both parties have remained impressively mum about the whole thing, but Dwyer and LB's Pete Angevine met us yesterday to share some of their preliminary plans. "We're in cahoots. It's for real," says Dwyer. This means that not only are the pizzeria and the ice cream parlor partnering, they're actually sharing a single large Frankford Avenue space.
Out-of-state craft beer just got substantially easier to obtain. You can thank Sean Nevins, who dreamt up Philadelphia-based Beerjobber.com, an online marketplace and home delivery service for brewery-fresh craft beer. On Feb. 13, consumers can begin creating Beerjobber accounts, profiling their personal tastes by way of a survey. After that, the site automatically generates a list of brews that align with the surveyed drinker's palate. Once clicked and paid for, your order will show up on your stoop in five or fewer days.
It's taken Nevins and his team years to wade through the mire of state beer laws, but they've been met with success — as of this week, consumers from 35 states are legally able to have beer shipped directly. And Nevins, a Philly native, made sure Pennsylvania was one of them.
Met up with the minds behind the impending Pizza Brain/Little Baby's space in East Kensington (2311-2313 Frankford Ave.) this a.m. to get some long-awaited details. Full report tomorrow, but for now they've sent over this hyper-realistic artist's depiction of their courtship. (It's by Ethan Harper, who's been featured in CP's Comics Issue in the past.) Second panel after the jump.
Takeru Kobayashi must be a great dinner date, because it seems like everyone's sitting down for a meal with him. Dan McQuade of Philly Mag's Philly Post and Enrico Campitelli Jr. of The 700 Level both had the opportunity to break bread with the world-renowned Japanese competitive eater, who's in town to compete in/probably massacre the Wing Bowl. Both documented their experience for their respective publications. Kobi, as his friends call him, dined at Osteria with McQuade and at Garces Trading Co. with Campitelli, and guess what? He's a true food nerd, just like the rest of us. From McQuade's piece:
Kobi isn’t just an eater; he’s a foodie. He takes photos of everything he eats. (He really enjoyed the octopus salad at Osteria.) He goes out to eat all the time. He clearly thinks about food a lot. He claims he can’t cook, but James says she'll see him frying things for himself on the grill. "We’re thinking about cooking classes," she says.
Over the The 700 Level, Campitelli found it difficult to get past Kobi's pre-meal "snack," but still managed to get him to comment on our requisite cheesesteak-vs.-roast pork imponderable:
Whereas my own breakfast and lunch consisted of a bowl of oatmeal and half a meatball sub, Kobi had already polished off… wait for it… 300 chicken wings, a couple of Tony Luke's Italian Roast Porks and a few Cheeesesteaks, and a whole box of cookies to wash them down. The tiny man sitting across from me cleaning his plate had already eaten 300 wings earlier in the day as part of his training for Friday's big event, the top prize of which is a $20,000 pay check.
Three hundred wings. For practice.(He also weighed in on the age-old Philly debate: "If I want to have a heavier food, I order the cheesesteak. If I want a bit lighter food, I'd order the Roast Pork.")
Talk about an underhand lob down the middle. Don't say WWE? never did anything sweet for you, loyal comment guessers!
A week ago we made note of Mike Naessens' Bierstube Tsingtau getting super-close at 206 Market; at the time, the Eulogy owner was shooting for Feb. 3, aka First Friday, to debut his German beer hall, which'll also boast a Sino-themed bottom floor in the near-ish future. (Just call her Bierstube for now.) Naessens actually ended up swinging the doors open a couple days early to get his staff's feet wet — dropped in last night for a few beers and a few photos. The bones of the space, last Old City Asian Bistro, are pretty much the same, but the room's been sharply dressed for Oktoberfest. While Deutsch is done right on the draft system (your Jevers, your Weihenstephaners, etc.), Naessens plans on serving plenty of interesting Euro choices beyond Germany — we peeped the LoverBeer Madamin, a friendly Italian sour, and the Brit-brewed Meantime IPA. Chef Richard DiPietro's quite-Teutonic menu is live, too, though we went gringo and copped a plate of his honey hot wings. It's worth mentioning that we spotted nary a dirndl in the house. Sorry, gents.
Naessens is focusing primarily on this new project and Eulogy for the time being; his nearby Beneluxx Tasting Room (33 S. Third St.) is no longer operating on an everyday basis, but he continues to rent out the space on Friday and Saturday nights for wine/beer tastings and events.
Damien Malfara of Old Forge Brewing Co. will be visiting Perch Pub (1345 Locust St.) tomorrow, Feb. 3, to host a guided beer tasting with Jason Miller of Bella Vista Beverage. This event serves as the official introduction of Old Forge into the Philly retail market — it's the first time the beers are being made available outside their Danville, Pa. brewpub, located about three hours northwest of Philly near Bloomsburg. "We're big on craft beer in cans," says BVB's Miller. "We heard about Old Forge canning their beer to sell to an outside market, so we wanted to jump on the chance to spotlight the brewery."
The tasting comprises three beers — Ol' Smithy, a winter imperial stout; Endless Summer, a pale wheat ale; and T-Rail, an American pale ale. The event is $10 a person and runs from noon to 2 p.m. (day drinking!). Bella Vista, meanwhile, will be debuting one different Old Forge brew a month moving forward.
- Adam Erace visits In Riva, on the banks of the Schuylkill in East Falls, to try out chef Arthur Cavaliere's pizzas and Southern Italian small plates. He's able to get over the slightly vexing name to appreciate the top-notch pies, though he IDs room for improvement elsewhere.
- In Feeding Frenzy: Tokio Global, Marrakesh Express and Green Olives are off and running, PBR's got a new chef and Nomad Pizza's coming soon.
- In What's Cooking: Vegan wing-off at The Abbaye, Dickens by the fire at The Dandelion, a taste of a new local brewery at Perch Pub and more.
- In Icepack: A.D. Amorosi's got scoop on a new cigar lounge opening in Center City.
Photo: Mark Stehle
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