Archive: February, 2013
Pending next week's inspection, March 1 should see the opening of Breezy's Cafe (2011 Reed St.), the latest sign of vitality in the emerging Point Breeze 'hood. Since coming to Philly for art school in 2003, owner Kristin Wolak has lived in several different parts of the city, but hearts P.B. best; she lives at 22nd and Reed and hopes her cafe will be "a meeting place for the longtime residents and newcomers to get to know each other, over great sandwiches."
Local, organic meats will grace those between-bread options--think grass-fed cheesesteaks, hot roast beef with house-made ranch, an Italian hoagie for 2013--but Wolack, a vegetarian, promises meat-free choices as well, like the Kennett Square mushroom melt on a pretzel roll. Add to the soups and chili for lunch and dinner, pastries from nearby bakery the Sweet Life and coffee from Fonseca, a locally based fair-trade co-op.
We're taking off a little early this afternoon on some official Meal Ticket business (spoiler: it involves cocktails) but we thought we'd leave you with this dazzling image of the dining room at the Madonna Inn, arguably the most romantic place in the world. What makes the Madonna Inn so magical? Well, how about you head over to their site and check out some of their absolutely incredible themed rooms. Next Valentine's Day we're booking the Caveman suite for sure. And speaking of fantasy suites, wonder if there are any openings at the Inn of the Dove over in Cherry Hill...
Anyway, happy Valentine's Day!
Today on Afternoon Snacks, Day of Love Edition: a comprehensive restaurant guide for last-minute planners, heady chocolate dessert recipes and some pretty hilarious conversation hearts.
Foobooz has done procrastinators a favor and rounded up places to wine and dine this evening. You can narrow down your options by selecting categories like “BYOBs,” “Good Value,” and “A La Carte Available.” And they've courteously marked single-friendly establishments for those rolling solo.
We've got to admit that the latest episode of the Weekly Wildy is kind of a head scratcher, in fact, much like WW star, Steve Wildy, we had to watch it a couple of times before fully wrapping our heads around it.
This week Wildy is sharing the hard to grasp concept of an upcoming collaboration dinner that Alla Spina and Lemon Hill are hosting with Yards on Tuesday, March 5th. Not to get into too much detail (that's what the video is for) but the dinner will include bourbon, bourbon barrels, barrel aged beer, food somewhere in there, barrel aged cocktails, more beer and some classy black Uber cabs to shuttle diners from Lemon Hill to Alla Spina. Got it? Neither do we but we're pretty sure that it's going to be a good time anyway.
Before delving into Phyllis Stein-Novack's review of Redwood in this week's South Philly Review we'd like to mention that CBS Sunday Morning is one of the finest news magazine programs on air and PSN watches it religiously.
Okay, now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about Redwood redwoodphilly.com (340 South St.), a newly opened American bistro on South Street. A segment on Sunday about Tabasco sauce and gumbo left PSN with a serious craving for the New Orleans staple and happily it's on the menu at Redwood.
Cocktails (not specified but we're thinking a Rob Roy and a martini) were icy cold and expertly mixed and small plates were small in name only, both big pluses in the PSN book of restaurant criticism.
House-made chips fried in duck fat had an indescribable flavor and proscuitto wrapped asparagus was grilled just right.
PSN was dubious about the pairing of Southern fried green tomatoes with feta and marinara but the disparate flavors worked together so well that the duo could have ordered another round.
There were a few issues with the gumbo that initially lured PSN into Redwood, namely a not dark enough roux, skimpy sausage and overcooked rice.
PSN described the service at this fine addition to South Street as first rate, noting that her conversation was not once interrupted during dinner. She also mentions that it is located right next door to Copabanana, which apparently serves a killer burger (really?).
All and all Redwood passed the PSN test with flying colors and was awarded a very nice three tips of the toque.
First off, happy Valentine's Day from Meal Ticket. In place of a wilted gas station bouquet or a Whitman's Sampler we're bringing you something a little sweeter, in other words, ice cream.
Our favorite ice cream impresarios, Little Baby's Ice Cream, are looking west to Cedar Park, bringing hand-made, small-batch, super-premium Philadelphia-style ice cream and non-dairy and vegan frozen desserts (read: scoops of bourbon bourbon vanilla, Earl Grey sriracha and vegan speculoos) as well as cookies and milkshakes to the proud denizens of West Philly.
Nothing has been set in stone (cooler? coffin freezer?) but riding on the whims of the approval of the neighborhood and the ice cream loving city of Philadelphia, we've got our fingers crossed that the opening of Little Baby's Ice Cream Cedar Park Embassy is going to be happening sometime in the spring.
If you'd like to show a little support for this infinitely noble cause head on over to the Calvary Community Center on February 21 at 7:15 p.m. and scream for ice cream or at least hum the Mister Softee jingle.
Christina Tosi cooks with Fallon, better chocolate cake, a perfect Anti-Valentine's Day tap list in Bella Vista, and a good read about the state of fast food marketing.
Thanks to Franklin Fountain chef Sara May for bringing this to our attention on Twitter today: Momofuku Milk Bar chef Christina Tosi was on Fallon last night, and you can watch a clip right here of them making cereal milk daiquiris and malted chocolate cake truffles.
In local news the Old City Civic association is reporting that the long awaited Trust Market is finally becoming a reality. There have been rumors of this high-end market moving into the stately Trust Building at the corner of 3rd and Arch for quite a while now and OCCA is promising to share details as they emerge. So what does this mean for us? Another lunch option for Team Meal Ticket.
Hey, do you guys remember yesterday when we told you where to get FREE BEER pretty much every day for the rest of the month? Of course you do. Well, we realized after this public service post went live that we missed a few. Here are a few more for your gratis drinking enjoyment.
On Thursday, February 21st Fair Food Philly Farmstand is teaming up with Philly Beer Scene magazine at Reading Terminal from 4 to 6 p.m. for a beer and cheese tasting. The raw goat milk cheeses are coming from Yellow Spring Farms and beers are TBA but there's a good chance that Victory will be pouring since one of the cheeses featured, Yellow Brick Road, is washed in Golden Monkey.
Bell Beverage (2809 S. Front St.) hosts tastings every single Friday just in time for totally free happy hour i.e. from 4 to 6 p.m. They've got Smuttynose sampling on the 15th and Weyerbacher coming your way on the 22nd.
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