Archive: March, 2013
Extraordinary time-sucks, Food & Wine-style: this whole series of "Chef Rituals." Exactly which cleaver does Tim Love use? What does Joe Bastianich like to eat for breakfast? Why does Eric Ripert have so many talismans in his pockets? This is stuff you need to know!
Have you already mastered the finicky arts of macaron baking and Easter egg decorating? Looking to take that next step? Well something something easter egg macarons! No, seriously, these are cute, and the tutorial is very nicely shot.
Speaking of Easter eggs, here's something from BonApp that might make you feel sick: World's Sweetest Thing, Cadbury creme eggs, imagined as a soft-boiled egg with toast soldiers. And the soldiers are sugared, natch. Oof.
Oh hey, GQ's got a guide to Hudson, NY from Fatty Crab's Zac Pelaccio. This has little to no relevance to anything, but take it from someone who took up residence in the Hudson Valley for a comically short period of time and still misses it hard—you should definitely be considering the area for vacations. So click through and start dreaming. (And when you go, stop in Tivoli for the world's best scones.)
Meanwhile, over at Esquire: While some people are just over Josh Ozersky, Josh Ozersky is totes over bone marrow. We're mostly over people opining on what foods are over. But if anybody wants to drop off all the bacon and marrow bones they're, like, sooo totally bored with on our doorstep, we're here for you.
The new re-boot of Mt. Airy's Goat Hollow (300 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave.) has added brunch service, in case you're looking for something new this weekend. And the menu is really extensive—covering all the pancake and omelette standards, but also taking a few detours through dishes like wild boar terrine and a few iterations of moules frites. If you're feeling flush, a cold-smoked cowboy ribeye and eggs should make for a massive first meal of the day. And as you might expect from chef Adam Glickman, who used to run the kitchen at Monk's, there's a slate of inventive toppings (duck liver pâté, pickled pork belly...) that you can pick from to top a beef, chicken, or veggie burger.
The cocktail menu sounds worth some serious exploration, while you're at it. Goat's Blood, the house sangria incorporating pomegranates and blood oranges, sounds like a suitably brunchy option—but our interest is also piqued by the inclusion of a daiquiri made with AITA's Snap liqueur. Get one of each? Well, gee, twist our arms...
Five episodes deep, we guess it was about time for a Very Special Episode of Weekly Wildy. But please, don't shed too many tears for Steve: this does have a happy ending. Also Robert Pattinson. Enjoy!
Taste of the Nation 2013 is coming up on Sun., Apr. 28, and it's time to start thinking about getting your paws on some tickets. Most importantly because the proceeds will feed kids in need via Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry initiative, but it also doesn't hurt that you'll get to sample dishes from all of your favorite chefs in one place—including the rare chance to eat chef David Katz's cooking again.
Katz, formerly of Mémé, is Chef Chair of the event, and the rest of the slate is a total who's-who of the Philly dining scene. Even Joncarl Lachman's Noord will be represented, giving you a taste of what's to come at the highly anticipated E. Passyunk spot.
General admission tickets cost $85 and include three hours of food and booze at the gala at the Hotel Monaco (433 Chestnut St.). If you want to spring for the VIP treatment, tickets run $135 but also include early admission and an after-party at the rooftop Stratus Lounge.
In this week's South Philly Review Phyllis Stein-Novack falls hard for Sophia's (1623 E. Passyunk Ave.) East Passyunk is PSN's stomping grounds and she's "eaten in all of the restaurants that have been in business there ever since Tre Scalini first tempted me years ago with authentic Italian family meals." Being so well-versed in the world of EXP dining, the bar was set high for Christopher Lee's latest venture.
Lighting and music were just right in the dining room and expertly prepared martinis and Rob Roys won extra praise for being fairly priced. Extra points for a $30 bottle of Côtes du Rhône: "Four tips of the toque for charging fair prices for drinks and wine."
Bread was served hot from the oven, a baby spinach salad might have been slightly overdressed (Edward disagreed) but dried cranberries added pleasing sweet-tart notes.
Let's take a minute here to talk about service, which PSN pronounced to be neither formal or stuffy and never aggressive with the pepper mill.
Paella, a dish notoriously difficult for a restaurant to pull off won four star praise with a layer of crispy rice at the bottom of the seafood filled bowl.
Cassoulet was bursting with rich flavor. Asparagus was napped in a hollandaise that didn't separate and the meal ended with a marvelously cinnamon-y apple cake with vanilla ice cream.
As one might expect from such a glowing review, PSN awarded Sophia's a stellar rating of four tips of the toque.
Yesterday Team Meal Ticket headed up to Fishtown to check out the soon to open Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen (2370 E. Norris St.) and we've gotta say, thumbs up. Super solid chicken and waffles, wings and brussels sprouts and an ambitious vegan cheese board were all great but it's one particular cocktail that has us really excited: the kale martini.
Okay, sure, this blend of Beefeater, St. Germain, simple syrup and kale juice seems like it would be right at home on an episode of Portlandia but real talk, it's pretty damned tasty with the floral St. Germain balancing out the vegetal notes of the kale juice. We might not be doctors or anything but we highly recommend that you get your daily serving of dark leafy greens with a healthy pour of gin.
On today's Afternoon Snacks, we've got a bacon tasting menu, a few great sampling and pairing events tonight, and a bonus honey tasting!
While some have recently called into question fat-on-fat cooking in a more interesting way, we sort of can't believe that we're still seeing opinion pieces crop up that just rail against the ubiquity of bacon. But, well, we are. (We hope you'll understand our decision not to justify the latest culprit by name or link—this is our idea of a principled stand.)
Instead of indulging that dismal discourse, we'd rather talk about this week's edition of Pork Sundays at Matyson (37 S. 19th St.). Three guesses as to which form of pork it celebrates! Yup: this Sun., Mar. 24, chef Ben Puchowitz is doing bacon four ways for just $35, BYO. Click through for the full menu.
We love a good made up food holiday around these parts (seriously, we cannot wait for tuna tartare day) and with sentiment in mind we'd like to wish all of you a very happy National Baguette Day! In honor of this very real celebration of the iconic loaf we encourage all of you to do like the French do, grab a baguette, stick it in your bike basket (preferably with a bottle of Cotes de Provence, a round of epoisses and a bunch of leeks) and head home and celebrate. And if you're in the market for baguette suggestions we're big fans of Artisan Boulangerie, Metropolitan and the fine loaves coming out of the Sofitel bakery.
First came Manakeesh (4420 Walnut St.), the Lebanese flatbread-slangin' in an old Spruce Hill bank building. Then came Bliss, with smoothies, sundaes and Middle Eastern fruit cocktails next door. Now, GM Abd Ghazzawi has snipped the ribb on BlissMart, a pop-up grocery within the ice cream parlor. Stacked wire shelves are stocked with small-batch coffees, fancy soaps, raw honey, energy bars and, naturally, a well-rounded trove of exotic spices and products from the Middle East.
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