Archive: August, 2011
Inspired by some Maine Lobster Tracks ice cream we had last week, we asked you to come up with a "Tracks" recipe to represent our fair town. From Bee Tracks to SEPTA Tracks to Teenage Flash Mobber Tracks, we received some rad scoop suggestions, but the clear fave was reader Phanatic Tracks, an easygoing strawberry-studded pistachio ice cream coined by reader smellody. It taste subtly sweet, nutty and unequivocally like victory. Learn how to make it after the jump.
Meal Ticket's Nicole Rossi snagged this shot of the just-shut-down Potbelly Sandwich Shop at the corner of 12th and Walnut. A source on-site floated the possibility that a Chipotle location could be moving in — that'd put it just three blocks east of the flagship location the chain opened last October. A rep for the company could not confirm that the burrito kings are eyeballing this specific address, but did let on that Chipotle is definitely canvassing the neighborhood and speaking with landlords. Regardless of who lands the primo space, we're guessing they'll be corporate. (Don't even think about it, Le Pain Quotidien.)
- Recently released in its latest unabridged English translation, legendary chef Auguste Escoffier's Le Guide Culinaire is as close to a holy text as it gets as far as cooking is concerned. Can a quasi-capable amateur cook pick the book up off a shelf and make an amazing meal? No, the answer is no (see above). But we tried super hard!
- Adam Erace visits My Tho, the Vietnamese crawfish joint in Wing Phat Plaza, to get down on some noodle soup and Southeast Asian-style mudbugs.
- In Feeding Frenzy: The particulars on Tryst, the new subterranean hang in Le Bec-Fin, Percy Street's new location, Turney and Safran's upcoming Jamonera and more.
- In What's Cooking: Nicole Rossi with details on a honey-sweet Fourth Friday at Cookie Confidential, brunch at The Twisted Tail, Oktoberfest (early!) at McGillin's and more.
Photo: Neal Santos
Bar AIDS, a national initiative supporting the fight against AIDS, is back in Philly for its second annual citywide fundraiser. For today and today only, dozens of area bars, restaurants and coffee shops, from West Philly to NoLibs, are donating a percentage of their sales to local charitable orgs like ActionAIDS, The Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia FIGHT and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. To support the cause, be sure to purchase your morning caffeine, lunch, cocktails and beers (go ahead and splurge) at one of the many participating locations, which include Café 12, City Tap House, PYT, Woody’s and XIX. For a complete list of donors visit the Philly Bar AIDS Facebook page, and see the site for more information on donating and volunteering.
SNACK TIME: Zen for carnivores, ZIP code honey, Waffle House homicide, illustrated food blogs, and the death of a not-so-iconic icon
- Think Zen rock gardens are cool but crave something meatier? How about a Zen Meat Garden? Ranjit Bhatnagar has created these contraptions to keep on your living room coffee table. Nothing like raking a fork through ground beef to settle one's soul.
- Collin Flatt breaks down one of the city's niftiest products: ZIP Code Honey. Annie Baum-Stein partnered with Trey Flemming (a beekeeper whose home base is Two Gander Farm in Fleetwood) to set up apiaries all over the city and harvest the honey for lucky locals.
- What kind of heathen would destroy a Waffle House? One who wants to kill his wife. This dude drove his truck into a Panama City Beach Waffle House in an attempt to murder his better half. Why he couldn't wait for her to get home from her tasty job is beyond me.
- Johanna Kindvall has one heck of a blog: She's a designer who loves to cook, so each of her entries is illustrated. This particular entry is a guest post, but definitely take a look around her site and marvel at the creativity. The shortcuts for topics on the side are my favorite.
- It's about time. Burger King is retiring its creepy "King," who's been haunting the dreams of children for way too long. Why are they dropping him? To focus more on their products.
Joey Vento, of Geno's fame and infamy, suffered a fatal heart attack last night at the age of 71. Outside Philadelphia, Vento is probably best-known not for his glowing Passyunk steak shop but for the small piece of paper he hung in its window in 2006. It asked customers to order in English, provoking the ire of some and the applause of others — a controversy that eclipses hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable donations. Tourists visiting the neon temple of cheesesteakery today will be greeted with one extra addition to the everyday throngs: a life-size cutout of Vento. Never one to shy away from spectacle, the man would probably be very pleased.
For more on Vento's passing, see the Naked City blog.
In the past, Chifa (707 Chestnut St.) has hosted Brooklyn Brewery, Oskar Blues and other craft breweries for beer dinners at its sultry Seventh-and-Chestnut digs. Tomorrow, Aug. 25, Orange Country's The Bruery (a personal favorite of Meal Ticket) comes to town with a $65-per-person Canto-Peruvian feast. To start, expect broiled egg from the Garces crew, accessorized with avocado mousse, white soy-marinated habanero and citrus rice puffs and paired with out-of-commission Orchard White. To finish, there’ll be mini creme fraiche sorbet and lemon and blueberry ice cream sandwiches, served with Bruery's hopped strong ale, Mischief. What lies between, you'll have to make reservations and find out for yourself.
Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room (1509 Mifflin St.) tells Meal Ticket he's got wieneriffic event in the works for his Newbold bar — Sept. 18's Sausagefest will see him, Nick Macri of Southwark/La Divisa Meats, Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz, Gene Giuffi of Cochon and Pascual Cancelliere of 943 serving dishes highlighting their unique handmade sausages. Running from 4 to 8 p.m., it'll be a pay-as-you-go event bolstered by a large amount of Oktoberfest and fall beers on tap. No nitty-gritty menu details yet but let's hope Schroeder will find a way to work his homemade garlic/beer Country Time pork sausages (above) into the fray.
Photo: Courtesy of Scott Schroeder
Cheers to the Meal Ticket tipster who passes along word that Garces Trading Co. (1111 Locust St.) shut down for renovations yesterday. The plan is for them to reopen Thursday (whether they'll open for lunch or wait till dinner is TBD). They're moving the dessert and coffee counters, now located in the rear of the space, to the same area that houses GTC's cheese and charcuterie cases. That'll make room for additional high-top seating in the back, a section that will be reserved for walk-ins with no reservations. Once they reopen, they'll expand their pastry offerings, too, selling seasonal pies and cakes for special occasions.
Gee wilikers, Philadelphia! Did you feel that earthquake? At first I thought it was my washing machine shaking my entire (poorly built) home.
As I sit here, reflecting on the utter lack of destruction and whether or not I would have frantically run around the apartment to save my cats if I knew what was really going on, I'm finishing my lunch. I realize now that when I tell the story of my first earthquake, it will include eating. Obviously this is a sign from the gods that I should never stop eating.
I was eating two spelt ThinCakes with tuna and white bean salad, homemade spicy fridge pickles, and Apple Tree Goat Farm feta cheese with a Gatorade bottle full of lukewarm water.
What were you eating during the earthquake? Prior to being evacuated from your office building in Center City or running, arms flailing, into the street? A friend of mine sent me this one via Twitter: "I just got off the phone with grandmom. She was in Shop-Rite in the macaroni aisle. The macaroni boxes fell on top of her."
Anyone else craving an Oreo Brownie Earthquake from Dairy Queen?
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