Archive: August, 2012
Alright folks, it's T-minus 3 hours until the grand opening of Little Baby's Ice Cream (2311 Frankford Ave.) Meal Ticket got a preview of the brand spankin' new ice creamery last night and we've got to say, it's pretty magical.
The space looks like the cover of a pastel-hued New Wave album come to life, and serves up Little Baby's line of unconventional flavors (Maryland Bar-B-Que? Vegan and dairy versions of Earl Grey Sriracha??!??) as well as new ice cream-y additions like milkshakes made with local Trickling Springs milk, almond, coconut or soy milks, ice cream toppers including wasabi peas, toasted sesame seeds, rice crispies, and candied cinnamon peanuts.
Oh, and there are ice cream sandwiches, mind blowing ice cream sandwiches with chewy-salty cookies from vegan baker Mike Landers formerly of North Port Fishington Cookie Company.
Stop on by at 5 tonight for the premier party with "Music for Meditation and Digestion" from David Fishkin and loads ice cream in the form of floats, shakes, cups, cones, and sundaes. The Little Baby's motto says that ice cream is a feeling and we've got a feeling that tonight is going to be a good one.
Update: Looks like there will be also a magician on hand as well as a face painter and a barber plus a couple of food trucks and a DJs.
How do you take your coffee, macro or micro roasted? The folks at Old City Coffee (221 Church St. and stand in Reading Terminal) held a blind taste test for the coffee connoisseurs and the clueless (yours truly) alike yesterday at the Reading Terminal Market. The coffees were served up in tiny dixie cups where attendees sipped, swirled and gulped 3 different roasts, and tried to figure out which cup came from which company.
Drink Philly has been covering libations all around town for two full years now and to celebrate their anniversary they are hosting an First Friday art show/party tomorrow with benefits going to a very worthy cause, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
On the food and drinks is McCrossen's Tavern who is generously donating a who roasted pig for the event and Philadelphia Distilling will be on hand shaking up Lemon Moonshine Margaritas. And for the artier side of the event Dave Sanders will be preforming and there will be an exhibition of work from local artists for sale.
The party runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., RSVP at Drink Philly.
The fun doesn't stop at 9, there's a pizza after party happening just down the block at the newly opened Barra.
We're not claiming that there needs to be a holiday in order to enjoy the hoppy goodness that is American IPA, but since someone out there officially named August 2nd Imperial Pale Ale Day, here's a round up of some of the more exciting IPAs pouring around town.
Over in City Tap House (3925 Walnut St.) in West Philly they've got Brew Works Hop'solutely on draft with Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo, Summit and Tomohawk hops.
Beer nerd collabo-fav Mikkeller teamed up with Brew Dog for I Hardcore You, an intensely dry hopped 9.5% on tap at Farmer's Cabinet (1113 Walnut St.)
Green Flash doesn't mess around when it comes to IPAs and their Palate Wrecker, available at Misconduct (1511 Locust St.) is a monster of an IPA.
There's nothing subtle about Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp, name included. This tri-hopped Belgian on offer at The Prohibition Taproom (501 N. 13th St.)
Avery Maharaja, an IPA with deranged amounts of hops is representing at Hawthorns Cafe(738 South 11th St.)
Small bites at Square Peg, edible IPAs and grown up root beer floats.
Square Peg's (929 Walnut St.) special Summer Nights in the City menus are happening every Friday and Saturday. Each menu includes three small bites, $5 cocktails and other drink specials that are only available for those two nights. Check it out this week for the following snacks and sips:
Note: In this column, we make leftovers new again. Waste not, want not.
NFTW tabs-keepers, perhaps you noticed I grubbed hard at Zahav last week. The dark, glistening, monolithic braised lamb shoulder was the meal's TKO; my party of four barely made a dent. Gift-wrapped by Zahav's accommodating staff, the extras chilled in my fridge a few days, the meat preserved in its own congealed fat. I broke it out on Saturday for a Doggybag Redux, but there was still so much of it, I had to split the leftovers into two recipes. Here's the first, for a couldn't-be-easier open-faced lamb sandwich.
Adam Erace weighs in on the al fresco options at Morgan's Pier. Spoiler: Burgers and Watermelon Rickeys are where it's at.
Emily Kovach chats with the responsible roasters behind South Philly's Green Street Coffee.
A big round of applause to the folks over at Vulture who have taken it upon themselves to round up every food mention in Rick Ross's repertoire.
Head on over to check out the epic alphabetical list that runs the gamut from lobster bisque (“I Love My Bitches”: Am I really just a narcissist/ Cause I wake up to a bowl of lobster bisque?) and various other shellfish (“Maybach Music”: And the muscle be that muzzle, when I stuff it in your grill/ Stuffed shells — thanks to crack, I crack / Crab and lobsters, not al all mobsters) to donuts (“Shawt Bus Reloaded”: I just found a doughnut under my breast/ I’mma tell you something and don’t think that I’m weird/ I eat leftover food that gets stuck in my beard/ Powdered doughnuts, leftover chili/ Sit in the back of the bus and make it pop a wheelie) and more than a few mentions of Ross's preferred chicken wing joint, Wingstop (“Trap Boomin’” (Gucci Mane song): When I hit a lick it I bought a Wingstop (twenty of em)/ I sprinkle lemon pepper in that re-up).
FYI, Ross's latest God Forgives, I Don't debuts this week with a track called "Diced Pineapples."
Passing by Nick's Roast Beef (16 S. 2nd St.) today a chalk board advertising stuffed long hots was too intriguing to pass up.
Here's what the menu had to say about this unique to Philly take on the popper:
"Hand selected long hot peppers direst from the Italian Market same day, stuffed with sharp provolone and proscuitto, gently grilled to perfection."
Sounds like a dream mash-up of a pepper shooter and a jalapeño popper, these peppers are served three two an order on a bed of romaine accompanied by a cup of spicy marinara and a few slices of garlic crostini.
The verdict? Pretty darned tasty, salty and cheesy with plenty of heat from the not at all deseeded peppers. The marinara gives them a welcome hit of tomato-y acidity but the stale-ish crostini were pretty much a throwaway.
Hot dog lovers take note, Nick's also has a hello, heartburn dog tucked into a bun alongside a stuffed long hot on the menu.
We've got Julia Child dinners, your daily dose of food trucks, ice cream coloring books and beer-lymics all today on Afternoon Snacks.
The new Le Bec-Fin (1523 Walnut St.) is participating in the week-long ode to Julia Child from August 7th to 14th, also known as Julia Child Restaurant Week. Julia Child single-handedly brought French cuisine to the average American. Chef Walter Abrams has plucked a few of her well-known recipes and styled them into a menu that will be served downstairs at Chez Georges. Here's the lovely line up:
- barstool scientist
- Brew Revue
- Chef Salad
- Dirty Dishes
- Don't Front
- Eat This Immediately
- Field Trip
- Food and Art
- Food and Holidays
- Food and Movies
- Food and Music
- Food and Politics
- Food and Sports
- Food and Web
- Food Blogs
- Food Books
- Food Events
- Food News
- Food TV
- Happy Hour Hopper
- In Print
- Meal Ticket
- Menu Time
- Not So Quickfire
- Notes from the Weekend
- On Wheels
- Patio Drinking
- Philly Beer Week 2010
- Private Chef POV
- Product Placement
- Snack Time
- Stiff Drank
- Ticket Stubs
- Top Chef
- Weekly Candy
- Weird Regional Foods
- We're Here to Help
- Where'd We Eat?
- Drew Lazor's Ill-Advised Rant Factory
- Ill-Advised Ranting
- The Week Without Meat
- Philly Beer Week 2009
- Real Big
- Where'd I Eat Last Night?
- Top Chef Masters
- The Good Word
- Next Iron Chef
- Arterial Terrorism
- Food and Radio