|Mustafah Abdulaziz for The New York Times|
Hey fun! Alexandra Harcharek, current City Paper foodtern and founder of the blog A Food Coma, was featured in the Times' Jersey edition in a piece about NJ-based food bloggers. (That's her mealing at Cantina Dos Segundos.) Nice work Alex.
Giant clams fleeing before
the giant clambake
Design Philadelphia, now in its fifth year exalting all things as pleasing to the eye as they are useful, is getting down with the food crowd with Dining By Design, a new series of events highlighting creativity and innovation in the kitchen.
They invited OpenChefAMe masterminds Bart Mroz and Jesse Middleton and uber-bearded Web cooking-show-host Tim Crowe of Eating Crowe to come up with an event for Design Philadelphia's week-long program. The men went big, joining their skill sets to bring you a small sea's worth of clams, crab, lobster, mussels and 5 tons of sand in which to cook them.ï¿½ Also sausage, which is generally not found in the ocean, but goes with mollusks like Ritz crackers and spray-on cheese.
The Piazza at Schmidt's (N. Second St. & Germantown Ave.) is hosting the party on Wednesday, October 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., with burger lounge P.Y.T. offering drink specials to complement the intoxicating shellfish liquor.ï¿½ Tim Crowe and team will be filming a live episode of Eating Crowe to add to the frenetic atmosphere of consumption.ï¿½ Tickets are $25; get them here on OpenChefAMe.com.
|Keith Haring pancakes, by Matteo Oliverio|
One of the best things about a physical copy of a cookbook is the illustrations. From breaking down a duck to how to truss a roast, there are some things that make so much more sense when illustrated instead of explained.
Recipelook.co.uk blogs for visual learners with their drawn-out recipes, ranging from elementary (baking a potato) to avant-garde (Keith Haring pancakes). The site's creators, Tom Ballhatchet and Amelie Labarthe, welcome submissions from those who can wrangle "a pan in one hand, and a pen in the other."
I'm sending in the visual version of one of my favorite Mark Bittman recipes, Grilled Eggplant Salad with Yogurt. Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philadelphia's own Urban Vegan, Dynise Balcavage, has been teasing us with just the ideas of recipes on her blog UrbanVegan.net since March of 2006.ï¿½ On October 1,ï¿½ Three Forks will release The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes, From Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine, and satisfy the curiosity that has consumed us for the last threeï¿½ years.
You can pre-order the cookbook now on Amazon.com and save 32% off the list price of $16.95; if you'd rather keep your dollars local, look for the cruelty-free cookbook at The Cookbook Stall in the Reading Terminal Market when it drops this fall.
The impatient can check out a few of Balcavage's contributions to local sustainability mag GRID;ï¿½ see her methods for blood orange cupcakes with easy chocolate ganache and a Jamaican curried couscous salad on the GRID online page viewer.
We've been talking about burgers quite a bit around these parts lately, what with the P.Y.T. v. Butcher & Singer manly meat clash, so y'all should probably have some good recos idling in the fat stores of your brain. Us personally? Always excited to toss out a plug for one of our favorites, the Kelly's Burger at Grace Tavern ï¿½ we just devoured one last night.
Came across this dope and artery-threatening new food blog, eggs benny files, that follows one man's quest to locate the best Eggs Benedict in the city. So far, the author ï¿½ fairly sure it is local DJ Froz1, but hoping to confirm as much soon ï¿½ has hit up a number of well-loved brunch destinations, including many in Northern Liberties (Honey's, N. 3rd, Dos Segundos).
While we work on tracking more details on this adventure down, let's come up with some more destinations for our dude. One of my favorite bennys? Ants Pants, of course, where they smother airy brioche with eggs, spinach, ham and tomato. Leave your pitch in the comments.
Still in its early going, the blog's nailed a nice cross-section of our area's between-bread best thus far, including Grace Tavern's oyster po'boy, Table 31's short rib burger and one of Felicia D.'s faves, the veggie hoagie from Chickie's.
We bugged Kessler for a sec to get more info on the project.
Meal Ticket: You seem to be pretty well-versed in all sorts of dishes and delicacies. What specifically about sandwiches merited this blog's creation?
Ben Kessler: There are a lot of food blogs out there right now that cover everything: restaurant dishes, new openings, recipes and more. Jeff Vogel and I co-founded Unbreaded because we figured that the way to start a new food blog was to pick a niche and focus on it. We also both are huge fans of all kinds of sandwiches. Being Philly natives, we both realize the ever-growing sandwich culture here, and figured why not type up our thoughts for the world to see? Plus, in economic times like these, the sandwich is really the ultimate recession meal.
MT: What types of different columns/features should we expect to see on Unbreaded?
BK: We've started Unbreaded primarily with reviews of Philadelphia places
because we want to expose the greatness of Philadelphia sandwiches and
build it out from there. Eventually, we'd like to expand Unbreaded to
the point where people around the country and around the world are
sending us photos and mini-reviews of amazing sandwiches they've
encountered. I also could see us getting into doing video in the future.
MT: Quick — top three favorite sandwiches in Philly!
BK: It's hard to pick just three and it's always changing, but off the top of my head: Cheesesteak from John's Roast Pork, Tuscan Tony from Paesano's and the Windsor burger at Pub & Kitchen.
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