Archive: July, 2012
If you haven't experienced the beauty that us the garden at Rittenhouse Tavern, next Thursday, July 12 is the day to do it. The tavern will be hosting a Henricks happy hour featuring all $5 gin refreshers like the Wetherill Cup, a cool blend of gin, elderflower liqueur, chartreuse, and cucumber.
Ice cream afficionados take note: On July 26 Eric Berley of Franklin Fountain will be at the Arts Alliance talking ice cream and art. And yes, there will be plenty of Franklin's creamy creations to sample.
On July 14 Aimee Olexy of Aimee Olexy's Talula's Table and Talula's Garden will be bringing her entertaining skills to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she'll be sharing her hostessing chops. Look forward to an afternoon of ricotta making, prosecco sipping, tea sandwich nibbling, and hostess gift crafting.
While he might be known for all things hot dog related, local illustrator extraordinaire Hawk Krall's oeuvre includes all sorts of unique to Philly eats.
To experience the glory of Krall's food portraiture head over to Space 1026 tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Be on the lookout for wild Philadelphia street scenes, Texas Wieners, pizzaz, and John's Roast Pork.
Krall has thoughtfully opted to forgo run of the mill First Friday medicore wine and middling cheese for icy cold beer and awesome tomato pie from Conshohoken Italian Bakery.
Hey, did you know that it's national Fried Chicken Day? There's only one way to celebrate this very real holiday and it obviously involves sitting down to a crisply fried plate (or bucket) of wings, breasts, and thighs.
Fried chicken fixes can be found at Alla Spina where they're serving maple glazed birds with fries, Resurrection is twice frying their honey drizzled chicken, Memphis Taproom is plating theirs with macaroni salad and chard, and Square Peg's got an over the top plate of fried chicken with Kool-Aid pickled watermelon, collards and hot sauce. Oh, and if they haven't sold out yet, the za'atar fried chicken at Federal Donuts is tops.
If the wild world of West Philadelphia is a mystery to you, mark your calenders for University City Dining Days. This Restaurant Week style promotion means that for two weeks beginning July 12, diners have the opportunity to enjoy three course meals at 34 University City restaurants offering menus priced from $15 to $30.
For a mere $15 you can sample soup at Sangkee Noodle house, cheeses at Tria, and pizzas at Dock Street. Up in the $25 range, there are tacos at Zocalo and pastas at Sabrina's. And If you're game to spend $30 on a night out, farm dinner at JG Domestic and conveyer belt sushi at Pod can be yours.
July 23 is National Hot Dog Day, but this year the celebrations are getting started a little early with a full five days of encased meat excitement. This year's events include a Wienermobile birthday party, a night of dog-centric history and art from local hot dog portraitist Hawk Krall at Hot Diggity, and tours of noteworthy hot dog hawkers.
The tour includes plenty of memorable dogs, old timers like Texas Wieners, Jimmy John's, Levi's, Moes, and Holyland, home of the only in Philly hot dog hoagie along with hot dog new kids like Underdogs and Yo Dog.
The coordinators of this year's Hot Dog Days are looking for more tube steak lovin' participants to join the fun so if you'd like to be a part of this year's Dog Days shoot 'em an email.
The fine folks manning the bar at Franklin Mortgage have revamped their cocktail menu for summer sipping with drinks including the Haunted Graffiti (mezcal, Aperol, St. Germain, and lime) and the rum-pineapple-mango Sideways Glance. Grub Street's got the full rundown on the summer menu.
Curious about canning? This Saturday Marisa McClellen, author of Food in Jars will be signing copies of her new cookbook at Greensgrow Farm along with Homesweet Homegrown's Robyn Jasko. Stop by for demos, dilly beans, and beet sangria.
Today is the last day to nominate your favorite mobile food vendor for the Vendy Awards. So if you'd like to see Vernalicious, Pitruco or Lucky Old Souls take home the gold on July 28, head over and give 'em your vote.
Beginning this evening Mica is getting it's crustacean on with a $45 lobster prix fixe featuring cucumber gazpacho, ravioli with corn and okra, and butter poached lobster tail with white peaches.
Iconic Mt. Airy co-op Weavers Way is in the process of a major expansion. After 30 years of providing members with all sorts of good for you and and everyone else food, the storefront is getting a major makeover.
With sustainability in mind, Weavers is planning a big bulk section on the second floor where members can fill reusable containers with everything from pastas and coffee to laundry detergent.
Also in the works are two independent storefronts featuring wellness products and pet food. Energy efficient refrigeration and lighting are being installed as well as a new floor, and layout that will make shopping at the co-op more shopper friendly.
In order to keep shoppers stocked with cage free eggs and almond milk, Weavers Way is going to be operating a pop-up shop at 555 Carpenter Lane beginning July 11. During construction the co-op will be running a shuttle service between Mt. Airy and the Chestnut Hill location.
Ever order out, only to be left waiting... waiting... waiting so long for your pizza/lamb vindaloo/Penang curry you wonder if the restaurant forgot you? Eat24, an online ordering app a la Grub Hub, has just launched an industry-first feature allowing users to live-chat customer service to check to the status of their orders. Local restaurants served by Eat24 include Plenty, Quick Fixx, Tiffin and dozens more, formatted in an easy-to-nav interface that includes scrolling, searchable menus. App is free, too. Download this immediately!
There’s no doubt that there is a scarcity of Khmer restaurants in Philadelphia but Rich Nith is eager to change that. Located on the corner of Sixth and Morris in South Philadelphia is two-week-old Khmer Kitchen. “I want to introduce the unique flavors of Cambodia at an affordable price that everyone can enjoy,” he says. Indeed, the prices are almost as friendly as the staff. They’ll gladly answer any question you have about the menu.
If the warm orange glow that emanates from the corner restaurant doesn’t attract you, you’re going to miss out on a treasure of authentic Cambodian recipes that have been passed down through generations. It’s truly a family operation with Rick’s wife, sister and mother cooking Cambodian classics. Prah-Hok Kateeh is their signature dish that is prepared by caramelizing ground pork with a savory blend of spices, prahok (fermented fish paste), and coconut milk. It’s served crudité style with cabbage, radish, eggplant and assorted bell peppers. Most of the menu is served family-style, so order any one of their sah-law (stews) and share with a friend. Not ready to jump in with both feet? Their appetizer and salad menu is a great way to introduce beginners to the flavors of Cambodia.
“Be adventurous and explore the tastes of Cambodia with me and my family,” says Rick. Indeed, you’ll be glad you did.
Khmer Kitchen Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily except Monday. 1700 S. Sixth St., 215-755-2222.
Adam Erace extends an uni-filled welcome to Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink.
Dining after hours? Check out these chef-approved late night spots for fried chicken, Mexican, mai tais and jellyfish.
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