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|Photo | Drew Lazor
Meal Ticket had a great time attending Unbreaded's Sandwich Smash event last night at the Bellevue. So much so that we'd love for you to provide a caption for this photo of the participants onstage for a post-cooking Q&A.
L-R: Arthur Cavaliere of Parc, Peter McAndrews of Modo Mio, Rick Olivieri of Rick's Steaks, Mark Coates of Bebe's Barbecue, Michael Solomonov of Zahav, and the evening's MC, Esquire food editor Ryan D'Agostino.
Scheduled for this Sunday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m., Unbreaded's Sandwich Smash will feature five Philly chefs ï¿½ Michael Solomonov (Zahav), Arthur Cavaliere (Parc), Peter McAndrews (Paesano's), Rick Olivieri (Rick's Steaks) and Mark Coates (Bebe's Barbecue) ï¿½ï¿½ putting live sandwich-making demos at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Tickets (there are still a few available) get you tastes of each chef's signature sandwich, plus beer from Anheuser-Busch, chips from Herr's and gelato from Capogiro.
Want a free pair of tix to the event? (Don't worry, Iggles heads ï¿½ it's bye week this week.) All you gotta do is send correct answers to the three trivia questions after the jump to email@example.com. (Do NOT leave answers as a comment.)
UPDATE: Well, that was fast. Meal Ticket reader Andy checked in with the correct answers a mere 7 minutes after this post went live. Well-done, sir. We've added the answers after the jump.
1. On the show House M.D., what is Dr. House's go-to sandwich?
2. Which Philadelphia institution, famous for its sandwiches, also serves a gigantic six-egg omelette stuffed with 12 ingredients?
3. Which prolific American author/poet wrote a semi-autobiographical novel that's also the name of a sandwich?
Charles Bukowski (Ham on Rye)
... Meal Ticket reader Jeff, who submitted this response to our Tuesday contest query: "If Andrew Zimmern came to visit you in Philly, where would you take him to eat and why?"
Iï¿½d take him to a cheesteak place that also sold Taylorï¿½s Pork Roll. Then Iï¿½d ask the steak maker to combine them both into a sandwich and weï¿½d eat that. This would confirm my suspicions that this might be the greatest culinary combo that hasnï¿½t (to my knowledge) been attempted yet.
On a weirdness scale, does this even stack up to some of the "bizarre" stuff Zimmern's eaten over the years? Not at all. But we gotta give it to this dude for one simple reason: Putting pork roll on a cheesesteak is a GREAT IDEA.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the new 3-D animated movie inspired by Judi and Ron Barrett's classic children's book, sneak-peeks this coming Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at AMC Cherry Hill ï¿½ and Meal Ticket has TWO four-packs of tickets to give away. The movie follows the exploits of bumbling inventor Flint (voiced by Bill Hader), who develops a device that causes it to rain food. An amazing discovery for his hungry town ï¿½ until he realizes the machine has a mind of its own.
Want to squeal with glee alongside family and/or friends as a giant pancake hilariously crushes a school? All you have to do is send the correct answers to the three trivia questions after the jump to firstname.lastname@example.org. (DO NOT leave answers as a comment; if you win, you must pick up your tix from the City Paper offices no later than this Friday, Sept. 11.)
Good luck, and watch out for spaghetti tornadoes.
UPDATE [1 p.m.]: Congrats to Meal Ticket readers Mark and Erik, our two winners. We've added the answers to the trivia questions after the jump.
1. Judi Barrett wrote a sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. What is it called?
2. Which Cloudy voice actor has also written a cookbook about barbecuing?
3. Mr. T voices policeman Earl Devereaux in Cloudy. What pro athlete will play B.A. Baracus ï¿½ a role T originated ï¿½ in the 2010 film adaptation of The A-Team?
Win a copy of Andrew Zimmern's The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked Out the Door Mouth First ... and Came Back Shaking My Head
The Bizarre Truth, the new book from Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern, drops today, and Meal Ticket's giving away a copy of the brand-new tome, a collection of experiences the food personality gathered during the filming of his new Travel Channel show Bizarre Worlds. Want to win? All you gotta do is submit a funny, apropos answer to the following question (you can leave it in the comments, or e-mail it to email@example.com):
If Andrew Zimmern came to visit you in Philly, where would you take him to eat and why?
We'll be accepting submissions until tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. That gives you a little more than 24 hours to come up with a winning answer. Get to commenting/e-mailing, and good luck!
Last week, Andres Sanchez of Positano Coast (212 Walnut St., 215-238-0499) won the regional round of the 2009 Bombay Sapphire "Inspired Bartender Search" at Union Trust, earning the mixologist a trip to Vegas at the end of this month to compete with 39 others for a chance to be featured in GQ's Men of the Year issue. The barkeep's weapon of choice? The summery Shiso & Samba. Recipe after the jump; we'll keep you posted on Sanchez's exploits. Or just go get at the dude yourself, as he's behind the bar at Positano Wednesday through Saturday.
Shiso & Samba
1 1/2 parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 1/2 Parts Koren Melon
1/2 part St. Germain
3/4 parts Aloe Vera
1 oz. Pellegrino Water
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass in the order listed above.
Shake all ingredients and pour into a chilled martini glass
Top with 1oz Pellegrino water and garnish with a fresh Japanese Shiso Leaf
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.
|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.
|Photo l Michael Persico|
|You Must Eat the Sidecar's Reuben|
By now you've peeped PW's exhaustive Must-Eats cover story, penned by restaurant critic Adam Erace (interviewed here by Drew for The Good Word), Field Guide-er Tim McGinnis and native Texan and Music Editor Brian McManus. You've probably ingested a few of the 50 items, but now PW has thrown down the gauntlet to ambitious omnivores.
Prove you've tackled the entire list (after the publish date of Aug. 5; no points for precognition) and score $100 in gift certificates to "fabulous Philly restaurants" as well as gluttonous infamy. Here are the official rules.
- 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