Archive: August, 2009
SNACK TIME: big news for lambic lovers, loan droughts for the best and brightest, Mr. Mister goes to Rittenhouse, order a sticker to save trees, Desi pizza on the horizon
Every Wednesday, Meal Ticket pokes around the food blog world to see what's simmering.
- Grub Street Philadelphia has a sneak peek at the menu for the upcoming GHo tappie Resurrection Ale House. Owners Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft plan on offering a "lambic-centric" bottle list to complement watermelon rind pickles and twice-fried chicken.
- Django was the toast of the town while Aimee Olexy and Bryan Sikora were at the wheel; Talula's Table is officially one of the nation's toughest reservations.ï¿½ So why can't two of our most talented restaurateurs get a loan to enlarge their fine-dining dreams? The Insider attempts to explain.
- Outdoor dining in this weather? Ugh, I can sweat at home with a 75 cent sandwich. That is, untilï¿½ The Illadelph provided good reason to climb off the stoop: the cooling awning misters at Twenty Manning. Sheer genius from Audrey Claire.
- The Phoodie.info Fishtown HQ is getting deluged with takeout menu fliers. If you're sick of the soggy menu-tumbleweeds polluting your 'hood, follow commenter Mike's lead and download the form for an official City of Philadelphia Circular-Free Property sticker.
- Score one more for The Insider, who never sleeps on a menu sneak peek. Mike Klein's got the menu for the imminent Tiffin etc.; we personally cannot wait for kati rolls and paratha.
Hands down, my go-to potluck salad is my massaged kale salad. The basic canvas is kale massaged with olive oil and salt to break it down, and I vary the ingredients to the season. This time of year, I like it with blackberries, pumpkin seeds and some shaved pecorino or crumbled goat cheese.
Dumb as I am, I didn't notice Hannah's hyperlink to her blog and recipe.ï¿½ I went out to pick up a big bunch of kale, two pints of blackberries and some pumpkin seeds to make an uninformed copy of Hannah's massage-relaxed kale salad.ï¿½ Massage some kale, after the jump.
|Give the kale a nice massage, then let it relax for an hour.|
Hannah's Massaged Kale Salad, interpreted by Felicia
Yields: One huge salad, enough to feed 8
Go Get This:
One big bunch kale, thoroughly washed and dried
Two to three glugs extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
2 tsps. Maldon sea salt
Two pints blackberries, rinsed and drained
Big handful pumpkin seeds
1/4-1/3 lb. chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino-Romano
Now Do This:
Once the kale is dried, strip the leaves away from the tough central stem.ï¿½ The stems have an earthy, intensely vegetal flavor similar to broccoli; you can steam and eat the stems if you wish, but they don't work in this raw salad.ï¿½ Tear or chop the leaves into fork-manageable pieces and pile in a large bowl.
Pour two generous glugs of evoo and the sea salt over the kale.ï¿½ Remove rings and watch and roll up your sleeves.ï¿½ With both hands, massage the oil and salt into the kaleï¿½ until it begins to wilt and break down a bit. Add more oil if neccessary.
Taste kale for seasoning; add more salt if desired.ï¿½ Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the kale relax for an hour or so (this step can be skipped if there is not sufficient time).
When ready to serve, toss kale again with hands to redistribute evoo.ï¿½ï¿½ Add blackberries and pumpkin seeds to kale; then, with a vegetable peeler, shave thin strips of the Pecorino or Parmigiano to the top of the salad, as much as you want.
We've been talking about burgers quite a bit around these parts lately, what with the P.Y.T. v. Butcher & Singer manly meat clash, so y'all should probably have some good recos idling in the fat stores of your brain. Us personally? Always excited to toss out a plug for one of our favorites, the Kelly's Burger at Grace Tavern ï¿½ we just devoured one last night.
OK, so we were reluctant to post these shots of the Marigold Kitchen Farewell Dinner that we ate two Saturdays back, for fear of seeming like That Guy (Tasting Menu Edition). But what the hell ï¿½ now that Steve Cook, Michael Solomonov and outgoing MK chef Erin O'Shea are edging toward opening Percy Street Barbecue at 900 South, and chef Robert Halpern's Sept. 1 takeover of the well-heeled West Philly BYO is getting close ï¿½ now's as good a time as any to share.
Cook, Solomonov and Shea, the three chefs who've run Marigold in its modern era, got together for this six-courser. Needless to say, it was one of the best meals we've eaten in a long time. Rundown of the menu, which you can also check out after the jump:
- Trio of savory truffles (goat cheese, foie gras, pistachio), chicken liver croquette, poundcake with ham and peaches (Cook, Solomonov and O'Shea, respectively)
- Beef carpaccio with steak tartar and beef tongue-stuffed olive (Cook)
- Sweetbreads with sweet potato gnocchi, arugula jus, pine nuts (Solomonov)
- Rainbow trout with smoked potatoes, grapefruit, poppyseed vinaigrette (Cook)
- Quick-smoked salmon with fried green tomato, yellow squash, buttermilk vinaigrette (O'Shea)
- Lobster-stuffed ribeye cap, foie gras, sour cherryï¿½ (Solomonov)
- Tapioca pudding with lime, vanilla and pineapple (O'Shea)
Chef Halpern, who we featured here on Meal Ticket last month, has got a lot to live up to ï¿½ but given his pedigree and his plans for the 46-seater, the new Marigold seems poised to be just as exciting.
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Chef Matthew Levin, who's opening Rubb this fall at 4445 Main Street in Manayunk, tells us he needs a name for the menacing, tatted-up pig that serves as the barbecue spot's mascot. So whatcha got? Drop you best moniker in the comments. We'll have more on the spot (as well as his still-in-the-works NoLibs restaurant Masano) in a bit.
Jeff Vogel and Ben Kessler of Unbreaded, fresh off their Best of Philly win, just put Meal Ticket on to a huge event the sandwich blog has planned for October 4. Hosted by Esquire food editor Ryan D'Agostino, Sandwich Smash 2009 will bring together five local big-namers to do sandwich demos (and of course, dole out eats) in front of a live audience at the ballroom at the Park Hyatt (200 S. Broad St.). Check out the participants after the jump.
- Michael Solomonov, Zahav
- Peter McAndrews, Paesano's/Modo Mio
- Arthur Cavaliere, Parc
- Rick Olivieri, Rick's Steaks
- Mark Coates, Bebe's Barbecue
|Grey Lodge Pub|
|Your breakfast for the marathon|
Thirteen-year-olds are an awkward lot. Unlike most freshly minted teenagers, who generally want to disappear into a hole until the day they can get their license, The Grey Lodge Pub is celebrating their 13th birthday with the ï¿½lan of a far more sophisticated teen ï¿½ one who possesses his older brother's ID and an insatiable craving for cask beer.
On Saturday, August 15th, starting at 11 a.m., the Lodge will throw themselves a party of epic proportions. Every hour will kick off another event, featuring another brewery, another game, another live band ï¿½ you get the idea. Authors and brewery reps will sign books and body parts, hand out prizes and hold forth. Scoats, Lodge cellarmaster and evil genius behind this bacchanalia, will preside. Highlights:
11 a.m.-noon: Dock Street Triskaidekaphilia (possibly translating to "love of 13") was brewed especially for Grey Lodge's anniversary. For $8, you get half a liter of the local dunkel weisse, two ente wurst (duck sausages) and a soft pretzel.
1 p.m.: Beat Philadelphia Brewing's Chris or Dean at 101 darts to win Philadelphia Brewing Co. T-shirts; their new 6.2 percent ABV Amarillo-hopped Mayfair IPA will be on a gravity-pour firkin.ï¿½ CP assistant Copy Editor Carolyn Wyman, author of The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book, will be on hand to sign copies of her masterpiece.
2 p.m.: Compare and contrast two vintages (2008, 2009) of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, a bomber with no chocolate in it at all.ï¿½ Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver suggested this be paired with chicken mole over rice, so it will be.
4 p.m.: Victory Pils and Phils (wear your Phillies gear to get Victory pint glasses) and really old Old Horizontal. Scoats squirreled away a case of Victory's killer barleywine and is breaking out his 1997 vintage stash for the Phillies game.
5 p.m.: Putting the bar in bar mitzvah will be Grey Lodge's reigning Beer Geek, Steve Hawk, who will read some Hebrew before passing out cake. Pin the yarmulke on the (paper) Steve Hawk for prizes.
10 p.m.: It's Always Sunshine-y at the Grey Lodge: Dress up as the Green Man and definitely win a T-shirt; re-enact scenes from everyone's favorite loser bar-owner slapstick show for prizes; It's Always Sunny trivia contest. Also, a special keg of Keller Trï¿½egs Sunshine Pils and Trï¿½egs Naked Elf on draft.
11 p.m.: Have you ever wanted to wear a traffic cone on your head and allow strangers to attempt to chuck rings onto it? Flying Fish head brewer Casey Hughes has! Flying Fish Exit 11 on draft and Exit 4 in bottles.
Check out the entire schedule for 13 events in 13 hours on The Grey Lodge's amusing Web site.
Jennifer Zoga's Good Food Market, which we first wrote about in early July, has pushed its grand opening back to sometime in September. But Northwest Philly residents can still get preview of what the upscale grocery (12 W. Willow Grove Ave., Chestnut Hill) will offer. If you live within "a reasonable distance" of the storefront, Zoga tells Meal Ticket ï¿½ think CH, Mt. Airy, Germantown, Erdeheim, Lafayette Hill, Wyndmoor, etc. ï¿½ she encourages you to head to her site and sign up as a "test shopper." This'll give you special access to deliveries as they work out their system and menu.
Also, if you're trying to head to GFM's Web site old-school, sans hyperlink ï¿½ note that the address is goodfoodmarket.net, not goodfoodmarket.com. The latter URL leads to a site about falconry. Don't you hate it when that happens?
Yesterday we had a few details for y'all on Fuel, Q102 DJ Rocco Cima's 500-calorie-and-under eatery opening Sept. 10 at 1917 E. Passyunk Avenue. Now we have the menu for your health-conscious perusing pleasure.
Start Erï¿½ Up
Charred Corn Guacamole 6.95 (Heart and Vegetarian) (350 calories 7g protein)
Charred Fresh Corn and Avocado
Black Bean & Tomato Salsa 4.95 (Fiber Vegetarian) (150 calories 10 g protein)
Tomatoes, Black Bean, Red Onion, Jalapeï¿½o with Lime and Cilantro
Sweat Pea Wonton 5.95 (Vitamins Vegetarian) (140 calories 6g protein)
A Puree of Sweat Pees, Olive Oil, and Fresh Garlic Served with Grilled Wonton Wrappers topped with Sundried Tomato
Soy Chicken Lettuce Wraps 7.95 (high Protein) (400 calories 35 g protein)
Diced Grilled Chicken, Chopped Peanuts, Sriracha, Fresh Lime, Soy Sauce
Smoked Salmon Canapes 8.95 (Protein and Calcium) (200 calories 22g protein)
Asparagus wrapped with Smoked Salmon topped with Fresh Melon, Charred Corn and Olive Oil
Spanish Skewered Shrimp 8.95 (Protein) (100 calories 10g protein)
Shrimp marinated in Adobo, Crush Red pepper and Olive Oil Grilled
Fuel Chopped Salad 6.95 (Vegetarian) (200 calories 10g protein)
Spring Mix, Chick Peas, Cucumbers, Plum Tomatoes, Red Onion, Kalamata Olives in Balsamic Dressing
Tuna & Arugula Salad 8.95 (protein and Fiber) (320 calories 22g protein)
Tuna, Arugula, White beans, Plum Tomatoes , Red Onions, Kalamata Olives in a Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette
Caesar Saladï¿½ 6.95 (Vitamins) (350 calories 9g protein)
Romaine Lettuce tossed in a Homemade Caesar Dressing
add Chicken 2.00
Olive and Orange Salad with Endive Leaves6.95 (Vitamins Vegetarian) (195 calories)
Mix Marinated Olives, Celery, Orange Segments, Olive Oil and Freshï¿½ Herbs and Crushed Red ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Pepper
T.B.M Salad 6.95 (Iron, Calcium, and Vegetarian) (200 calories 11g protein)
Tomato, Basil, Fresh Mozzarella with Balsamic Dressing
Skewered Greek Salad 6.95 (Iron, Calcium, and Vegetarian) (200 calories 8g protein)
Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Red Onion Skewered and top with a Red Wine ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Vinaigrette
Tabbouleh Couscous w/ Tofuï¿½ 10.95 (high Protein and Low Fat Vegetarian) (400 calories 17g protein)
Grilled Tofu, Scallions, Garlic, Tomato, Basil, Lemon, Pasley
Soup Du Jour 3.95
Paninis or Wraps
(Homemade White or Wheat Focaccia or Wraps) All Served with a Side Salad
T.B.M. Pesto 6.95 (High Iron and Calcium and Vegetarian) (400 calories 12g protein)
Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella with Roccoï¿½s Famous Pesto
High Protein Grilled Cheese 6.95ï¿½ (High Calcium and Protein and Vegetarian) (400 calories 15g protein)
Mozzarella, Provolone, Fresh Lemon Cream Cheese, Spinach and Tomato
Roasted Portabella & Eggplant 7.95 (low Fat and High Vitamins Vegetarian) (250 Calories 9g protein)
Roasted Portabella Mushrooms with Eggplant, Roasted Red Peppers, Olive Tapenade, Provolone, ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ and Garlic Spread
Grilled Portabella and Bulgar No Bread Sandwich 8.95 (Low Fat Vegetarian) (360 Calories 13g protein)
Grilled Portabella Mushrooms Stuffed with Bulgar, Chopped Peppers, Zucchini, Onions, and Pine Nuts servedï¿½ with Baby Arugula
Grilled Vegetable 7.95 (low Fat and High Vitamins Vegetarian) (150 Calories 18g protein)
Grilled Zucchini, Squash, Red onions, Roasted Red peppers, Ricotta, Arugula, and Balsamic
Roasted Turkey 7.95 (low Fat and Vitamins) (345 calories 35g protein)
Roasted Turkey Breast, Tomato, Goat Cheese and Mixed Greens and Roccoï¿½s Famous Pesto
Grilled Chicken 6.95 (Protein and Antioxidents) (350 Calories 28g protein)
Grilled Chicken Breast, Artichokes, Spring mix, Provoloneï¿½ with Sun dried Tomato Spread
Thai Chicken 7.95 (High Protein) (375 calories 32g protein)
Grilled Chicken Breast, Cucumbers, Shredded carrots, Fresh Basil, Crunchy Noodles, Spicy Peanut Sauce
Tuna 7.95 (Protein and Vitamins) (475 calories 33g protein)
Tuna in a lemon Aioli, Arugula, Tomato, and Artichokes
Smoked Salmon 8.95 (protein and Vitamins Calciums) (335 calories 25g protein)
Smoked Salmon, Fresh Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion, Fresh Lemon Cream Cheese
Performance Juice Bar
Fresh Juices $3
Watermelon, Melon, Cantaloupe, Carrot, or Cucumber
Hangover Helper $4
Carrot, Apple, Orange, Celery
The Hulk $4
Cucumber, Spinach, Lemon, Apple
Fruit Fuzzion $4
Strawberry, Raspberries, Banana, and Protein Powder
Body Slam $5
Strawberry, Banana, Non-fat Yogurt, Fat burner, and Protein Powder
Protein Buster $4
Peanut Butter, Skim Milk, Banana, Honey and Protein Powder
Orange Banana Blast $4
Orange Juice, Banana, Raspberries, non Fat Yogurt
Pineapple Power Lunch $4
Pineapple Juice, Strawberry, Banana, Non Fat Yogurt
High Wired $4
Espresso, Coffee beans, Non Fat Yogurt
Red Bull, Strawberry, Banana, Orange Juice
Booster Shots $1 per shot: Protein Powder, Fat burner, Energy Boost, Creatine, Glutamine
Hot Tea 1.25
Double Espresso 2.95
Java Jolt (Coffee with shot of espresso) 2.95
Iced Coffee 2.95
Ice Coffee Blends 3.95
Flavor Shots (All Sugar Free) $1
|Photo | Drew Lazor|
Stuck for dinner plans tonight? Go check out Tastee D's, chef Adedotun Adepoju's brand-new African eatery at 526 S. Fourth Street (the former Django). Tonight's their first official night. We posted the full menu on Friday.
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