Archive: August, 2012
It may be hard to know what to believe in a world where the Pennsylvania Dutch are actually of German descent, but the annual celebration of their unique culture has been a Reading Terminal institution for the past twenty-two years.
This weekend, the market and surrounding outdoor area played host to handmade crafts, traditional foods, live music and Amish wagon rides in honor of the recognizable Amish that pepper numerous farmers markets in the city and surrounding areas.
Here's a peek at some of the best of the weekend's Amish offerings.
Notes from the Weekend is a feature that sees the members of Team Meal Ticket compiling all the food/drink highlights uncovered during prime eatin' time, Friday to Sunday. We'd love to hear all about YOUR weekend eating adventures in the comments. Go for it! (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
On today's Afternoon Snacks plate we've got repurposed fried chicken courtesy of Michael Solomonov, tasting galore at Tria and an unlikely okra menu.
This week at Tria (1137 Spruce St.), they are honoring Andre Mack of Mouton Noir Wines. Their weekly 5 for 5 happy hour on Wednesday will feature his “Love Drunk” Rosé and Other People's Pinot (O.P.P.). If you want to see more of what this black sheep winery has to offer, there will be a private tasting session on Wednesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. with Andre Mack himself for $11 per person.
Oktoberfest is always a good time. You're drinking outsized steins of beer, laughing with friends, enjoying yourself, and then it hits. Except oh wait, there is a 20-person bathrooom line because, well, it's Oktoberfest.
If you are determined to avoid this inevitable situation this year, get your hands on one of Brauhaus Schmitz's (718 South St.) VIP packages on sale now for their Oktoberfest party on Saturday September 29th. The $100 VIP experience includes 5 private bathrooms in anticipation of the copious quantities of beer sure to be consumed during the celebrations. You will also have in-and-out access to the VIP Brauer Bund Room where chef Jeremy Nolen will be serving complimentary stomach padding German apps from noon 'til 3 p.m. Most importantly, however, you get 6 tickets for beers from the VIP Oktoberfest list or the food stands. Your beer will be served in a take-home Brauhaus beer stein, and T-shirts and other commemorative keepsakes will be floating around too.
As of yesterday, there were only 60 packages left. Call 267-909-8814 or email Marci at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserved your VIP package before they run out.
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Note: Frida Garza is spending the rest of her summer on the trail of Philly’s weirdest foods. First up: BeerCakes
For beer lovers, desserts just got a little more awesome.
Lexi Malmros, local cake artist, has paired beer and baked goods to create BeerCakes (517 S. 5th St., inside Cookie Confidential), cupcakes with beer worked into the batter and frosting. Malmros says she was inspired in culinary school — not in class, but at the bars around campus. Despite all their boozy offerings, “They never had dessert,” says Malmros.
Her weirdest cake? The Dogfish Head IPA cake with grapefruit Italian buttercream frosting topped with fresh grapefruit zest and sugar crystals. You can practically taste the hops, but we promise this treat comes hangover-free. Go ahead, get a dozen.
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Fairmount's La Calaca Feliz (2321 Fairmount Ave.) has a tequila heavy cocktail menu that goes way beyond you run of the mill frozen margaritas. On a recent jaunt up to the bar we sampled I'm a King Bee, an absolutely elegant combo of chamomile infused tequila, honey lemon and basil. The floral notes of the chamomile smoothed out all of the tequila's rough edges, a lone basil leaf offered up licorice notes, and honey and lemon are chamomile's natural go-withs.
Next up was a Garcia Maragrita amped up with fresh watermelon and slivers of jalapeño. The bright sweetness of the watermelon stood up to the raw heat of the chile making for a cocktail with a bite.
Chef Tim Spinner's haute Mexican menu offers up plenty of antojitos i.e. bar eating options including some wonderfully delicate ceviche, tuna and melon on a recent visit and skewers of the most grilled tender guajillo marinated octopus and game changing squash blossom tacos.
For this edition of Afternoon Snacks we've got all sorts of summery seafood happenings.
For all of those who didn't make it down the shore this year, the Piazza at Schmidt's (1050 N. Hancock St.) has got you covered. Head over to Northern Liberties on Saturday the 18th for the 1st Annual Beach Bonanza. Sunbathe, enjoy the music and celebrate summer from 3 to 10 p.m. in your swimsuit for an urban day at the beach. There will be kiddie pools for the kids and beach-inspired cocktails for the parents, so bring your family. Food trucks Delicias, Jimmies Cupcakes, Lucky Old Souls Burgers, Spot Gourmet Burgers, Pork and Steaks and Sweetbox Cupcakes will be there to provide refreshments all day.
Attendees of state fairs and the Pennsylvania Farm Show know all about the curious thing that is butter sculpture. Pounds of sweet butter are lovingly molded into life-like displays for the viewing please of fair goers, with animal and creepy children being a common theme in this bizarre craft. The peroid between 1890 and 1930 was when butter sculpture really took off due to the widespread availability of refrigeration.
It appears that butter sculpture is making a comeback via the big screen. Butter, due for an October release, tells the story of a lauded Iowa butter-carver played by Modern Family's Ty Burrell. The ensemble cast includes Jennifer Garner, High Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, and Alicia Silverstone. Get ready for some serious butter sculpture competition as well as some pretty ridiculously put-on midwestern accents.
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