Archive: August, 2009
David Gilberg, who last cheffed at Bar Ferdinand, and his wife Carla Goncalves are about 30 days out for Koo Zee Doo, their Portuguese-inspired BYOB in the former Copper Bistro (615 N. Second St.) in Northern Liberties.
The menu, which is still in the works, will be inspired by Goncalves' Portuguese heritage. Gilberg says it'll feature four sections ï¿½ small bites, soups/salads, a section of family-style house specialties and one more dedicated to grilled meats. ("Cozido" means "cooked" en portugues, and the name of the restaurant is how you pronounce it.) Specs? "The Portuguese are notorious for combining proteins somewhat unusually," says Gilberg, citing matchups like pork with clams. The chef's also amped on his frango, a young chicken roasted on a rotisserie.
Those who ate Gilberg's food during his time at the Ugly American probably remember Goncalves' truly unbelievable biscuits. Good news: That flaky manna just might make a reappearance at the couple's spot. "We're going to try to work the biscuit in in one way or another," Gilberg says. But also note that Goncalves will be preparing traditional Portuguese breads, too, including broa, a dense corn bread that's traditionally put out with grilled sardines and roasted peppers.
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The originator of the cheesesteak got a shout-out on AMC's Sunday episode of Mad Men.ï¿½ Betty Draper's parents drive up to New York City from her childhood home on the Main Line to visit, and Dad enters the scene holding up a large paper bag.
"We went to Patï¿½s Steaks," says Dad, who later adds that they got a "half" for one of the kids and a chicken parmesan. Pat's Steaks owner Frank Olivieri, Jr. confirmed to Dan Gross of the Daily News that Pat's did indeed sell half-steaks, but the chicken parm was a bit of poetic license.
I wonder what cheese Dad Draper Betty's dad chose for his family's sammies. With the show set in 1963, he would have had the full range of choices:ï¿½ Cheez Whiz debuted in 1953.
It's true 'cause Twitter tells us so.
If you end up getting one, let us know what varieties they're rocking. And pick us up a "Mexican-style" steak fajita pocket please?
We recently tried to get Daniel Stern to spill the beans on hyper-regional culinary approach of his upcoming "modern taproom" MidAtlantic (3711 Market St.), but he was all coy about it. Now it looks like his peeps have launched a Twitter account for the restaurant, designed specifically to torture us through the power of cryptic updates that casually mention proposed menu items. We like crab. We like scrapple. Tell us moreeeeeee.
Marcus Samuelsson, chef/owner of NYC's Aquavit (and several other restaurants), cookbook author, TV personality and all-around prolific ambassador of slept-on Scandinavian cookery, will visit the International House (3701 Chestnut St.) on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for a cooking demo, tasting and book signing. Samuelsson will prepare dishes from his forthcoming The New American Table, which comes out in October.
Pre-sale tix for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, cost $65 a head or $120 a pair for I-House/SACC members; they'll go on sale tomorrow. GA tix will go for $80 and $150 and will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Robert Halpern, who's taking over Marigold Kitchen starting Sept. 1 (check out our July 16 chat with the chef), has posted the menu for his redux of the West Philly BYOB (501 S. 45th St.). Check it out here or after the jump. Halpern, who's trained at forward-food-thinking proving grounds like Chicago's Alinea and Maine's Hugo's, characterizes his cooking style as "postmodern," which translates, in basic terms, to the chef using techniques and ingredients uncommonly. (See the seared avocado dish served in the style of foie gras.) No prices just yet, but there are options for a $55 tasting and a $95 "chef's tasting." More food pics here.
Housemade Mozzarella, Lavender, Toasted Pepitas, Watermelon Radish
Cucumber-Peanut Relish, James River Oyster, Cilantro Oil
Point Reyes Blue, Bacon Toffee, Quail Egg, Avocado, Ice Wine Vinaigrette
Creamy Grits, Pickled Carrots, Pickled Fennel, Spicy Caramel Froth
Apple Salad, Saffron-Nutmeg Vinaigrette, Crouton
Fresh Parsley, Garlic, Yuzu, Shallot
Black Truffle, Sweet Potato Puree, Essence of Pineapple
Vanilla Croquettes, Baby Beets, Fennel, Berries, Housemade Yogurt
Consomme of Tomato, Local Basil, Baby Artichokes
White Bean Puree, Proscuitto Crisps, Brussel Sprouts, Guinness Foam
Feijoida Beans, Herbed Chimmichurri, Collard Greens, Garlic
Chocolate Ragout, Raisin Puree, Braised Shiitakes, Spinach Compression
Seared Avocado, Fruit & Vegetable Medley, Chilled Almond Broth
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Aug. 15 saw the grand opening of Soul of Jamaica, a DelCo offshoot of the Jamaican Jerk Hut (36 E. Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne, 610-622-2882). They're doing pretty much everything they do at the original on South Street ï¿½ dinner platters (jerk chicken, jerk snapper, mango chicken, etc.); curry shrimp and goat; rotis (flatbread stuffed with mashed chickpeas and curried meat); stews; vegetarian options and more. Full menu after the jump. Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m.
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Matt Mealey of the adorably named Sprinkles Yogurt (we first told you about them in July) says they're aiming for the week of Sept. 13 to open their first Philly location at 36th and Chestnut. More info on the growing local brand here.
Dancing on the corpses of the fallen: Positano Coast to accept Oceanaire, Bookbinder's gift certificates
Positano Coast (212 Walnut St.) is gettin' real cold/smart with it, as they just announced their intention to accept gift certificates from two defunct Philadelphia seafood houses: Bookbinder's, which closed in March (and still has a completely functional Web site ... ?) and the Oceanaire, which fell last month. They'll honor gift certificates at full face value up to a $100 limit.
The city has spoken ï¿½ all the paperwork's taken care of, and Buttercream Philadelphia maven Kate Carrara will launch her mobile Cupcake Truck this coming Friday, Aug. 28, at noon at LOVE Park. (She's previewed her cupcakes at several stationary places prior to this, but now she's got the clearance to sell as an official licensed street vendor.) Here's all the info on the sugar rush facilitator on wheels, and some July preview shots of the sprinkly vehicle courtesy of the Center City District.
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