"When I was younger, every day I would wake up afraid — am I going to have to speak? Am I going to be able to say what I want in a restaurant, or am I going to have to order something I don't even want because it's easier to say?"
[Sept. 10] You don’t need to see the parched, limitless landscapes adorning the cover of the new The Dusted Sessions (Thrill Jockey) to suspect that Bay Area zone-out unit Date Palms have a thing for deserts.
Old City i.e. the location of Meal Ticket World Headquarters is something of a coffee dead zone. Sure there are coffee shops but they're not exactly up to our fair trade, pour over standards.
Happily today all of that has changed with the grand opening of Menagerie Coffee, an absolutely lovely newcomer to 18 S. 3rd Street. The airy cafe features rustic, repurposed wood with a few mid-century touches thrown in for good measure.
On the coffee menu are a variety of offerings from Ceremony Coffee out of Annapolis and Dogwood from Minneapolis for pour over and espresso drinks. Menagerie is sourcing dairy from two local farms, Tricking Springs and Maplehofe.
As far as eats go pastries from Narberth's Au Fournil are available along with Flying Monkey cookies and for something a little more substantial there is a small, rotating menu of made to order sandwiches. Today Menagerie is offering a ham and havarti on brioche, an heirloom caprese, and a turkey, brie and apple butter on pumpernickel.
Co-owner Gerry Lenfest has spoken out against plans to cut the Inquirer's two-page opinion section in half, according to an email addressed to fellow owners, publisher Bob Hall and editor Bill Marimow, and obtained by City Paper.
According to a knowledgeable source, prominent Philadelphians have been contacting Interstate General Media — which owns the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com — opposing the move. Lenfest's e-mail was sent Thursday and states that "based on all the appeals received and my strong belief, do not reduce the number of Op-Ed pages in the Inquirer." Editorial-page editor Harold Jackson circulated an email on Monday urging contributors to complain about the change, WHYY reported this week.
Looks like Kevin Sbraga is expanding west and going Southern for his second Philadelphia restaurant venture. The Fat Ham, slated to open sometime in the fall at 3131 Market Street is planning on serving a menu of comfort-style Southern standards with a Sbraga twist - think pepper crusted bacon with quail egg, coffee and arugula, pigs feet with smoked gemelli pasta and tomato gravy and country fried lobster with succotash. Drinks-wise things are looking whiskey and bourbon heavy with two cocktails on tap, seasonal juleps and sweet tea plus local and Southern beers on draft and by the bottle.
Fruit and vegetable CSAs are great and all but what if there was a magical world where you got a monthly shipment of ice cream instead of kale and apples. Well, the good folks at Little Baby's IceCream have once again made our dreams come true with their CSIC (community supported ice cream, right?). For the autumn CSIC Little Baby's is offering up to tiers of ice cream subscriptions, a full share (4 pints per month) for $75 or a half (2 pints) for $45.
Along with LBIC classics like peanut butter maple tarragon and earl grey sriracha they are including exotic and exclusive,never before seen flavors to CSIC subscribers plus non-dairy options.
There are pick up locations scattered throughout the city at Little Baby's Ice Cream shops in Fishtown and West Philly, Metropolitan Bakery in Rittenhouse and Green Aisle Grocery. Sign up for a full season of ice cream excitement right here and the first shipment is happening on the first Saturday in October and continues through December.
Well folks, we're just a few hours away from the grand opening of Little Nonna's (1234 Locust St.), Marcie Turney and Val Safran ode to everything Italian American.
Meal Ticket stopped by this afternoon and we've got to say it's looking way cozier than our grandma's living room and smells like Sunday gravy. They've done an A plus job cozying the place up with all sorts of antiques, mismatched china and glassware and comfy, worn in red leather banquettes.
We had a chance to sample the totally out of control linguine vongole with Virginia cherrystone clams, cured pork cheeks, garlic and white wine and pastry chef Sara May's milk & cookies Italiano - dark chocolate cherry thumbprints, ditti di mandrole (almond cookies), cranberry pecan biscotti, tarralli and a Manhattan Special egg cream.
There are still some tables available for tonight and plenty of walk in seating at the open kitchen bar and totally adorable (think aprons and doilies on clotheslines and lovely hanging plants) patio area. We suggest you head there immediately and don't miss the bottled cocktails or the meatballs.
Okay folks, we really love this series of Absolut Lunch Break presented by Flavorpill dance parties that have been happening over the summer. Because, after all, who doesn't want an excuse to get out of the office and into the club at least for an hour or so.
Tomorrow the (FREE!) party is happening again at a top secret location (ahem, somewhere in Rittenhouse) and the good folks at Absolut and Flavorpill have DJ Rich Medina on the decks from 1 to 2 p.m. for your lunchtime dancing pleasure.
The party is free and includes a cocktail - the Lunch Break with vodka, cranberry, lemon and club soda, Citron Punch, a blend of Citron, pineapple, cranberry and general or a chilled glass of Absolut Tune, a sparkling mix of white wine and vodka. Lunch breakers are sent back to the office with a complimentary bagged lunch with a PB & J from the 215 Truck, pretzel crisps and a KIND bar. RSVP right here to guarantee your spot on the guest list.
It's no secret that we've been waiting for the opening of Pizzeria Vetri(1939 Fairmount Ave.) with bated breath ever since we caught wind of the project (good job with the social media, you guys). Well folks, tomorrow is the big day.
We swung by to check out the Granary digs and we've got to say it's pretty awesome. The Renato oven was fired up and turning out perfectly leopard spotted pies, we sampled the Quattro Formaggi with gorgonzola, smoked provolone, mozzarella and fontina and a Wood Oven Salad of prosciutto cotto and charred corn, chanterelles and green beans. Big thumbs up.
In where-will-we-get-our-$100-a-pound-jamon-Iberico-now news, Jose Garces has eliminated the retail counter at Garces Trading Company (1111 Locust St.). In its place, an 18-seat full bar opening this Saturday. Old-world wines, a German-and-Belgian-focused beer selection and cocktails will complement a separate bar menu broken into three categories: meatballs, mozzarella and antipasti. The bar is an interesting turn for GTC, which caused a minor kerfluffle when it opened with an attached PLCB wine shop. The bottle boutique remains, and guests will be able to BYO with $15 corkage.
Is it 5 o'clock yet? Well, not really but it is time to start solidifying those happy hour plans. We suggest this totally awesome new happy hour from Fette Sau (1208 Frankford Ave.) that has killer deals on drinks plus some very good lookin' food specials.
Drinks-wise, Fette is offering up every one of their beers in all sizes (yes, half pints to growlers) at half price along with dangerously cheap $5 Manhattans and Old Fashioneds.
Continuing his series of guest sandwiches at American Sardine Bar (1800 Federal St.) this month wayward Meal Ticket contributer/sandwich artist is welcoming Amis' chef Brad Spence. Spence's creation, dubbed the Steak in a Blanket is a Franken-sandwich that brings together a trifecta of pizza, cheesesteak and a hoagie. Sounds pretty incredible, right?
When we last left former Fish chef, Mike Stollenwerk, he had just started cooking at Branzino BYOB in Rittenhouse. That was, like, three weeks ago.
He's since resurfaced as the chef of the newly renamed Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. (117 South St.) Owner David Ralic confirms it's not just a consulting position: "He is our full-time chef," Ralic told Meal Ticket via email. Check out the new menu, relaunching soon, after the jump. Fish fans will recognize the lobster grilled cheese.
This show is exactly as advertised: Two companies, DanceFusion and NYC's 360 Dance, presented historic works from the modern dance canon, as well as new choreography from each ensemble. There were two different programs, with only one piece repeated in both, so if you wanted to see the whole of this production, you had to attend on both Friday and Saturday.
So yeah, you can certainly see The Society and draw symbolic parallels to contemporary culture, relating to xenophobic intolerance to outsiders and how even ordinary folks can be drawn to torture, or, you can just watch and enjoy it as incredibly agile absurdist physical theater.
An affecting, if sometimes baffling, experience. At one point, Beauvais visibly struggles to heave a large rock while speaking in French about her secluded Swiss apartment. Later, Sherman stands over a sheet of clear plastic as Beauvais pours cups of water over his face and clothes.
This kind of low-tech puppetry — a bundle of fabric animated by black lights, a hand with Groucho Marx glasses on the wrist, or just a well-placed flashlight beam — doesn't leave room for error. But Leila Ghaznavi doesn't need it.
The quintet of short one-act plays exhibited at the Alternative Theatre Festival are, if nothing else, earnest. That much should be expected from iNTUITIONS, UPenn's only student-run experimental theatre group, and it is comforting to experience the seriousness with which these young artists dedicate themselves to performing original works (and only two weeks into the school year!).
Beer Week is great and all but have you ever wondered why other libations don't get their own dedicated weeks? (Hello, if someone out there wants to start a gin week we'll love you forever.) Well, the good folks at Cantina Los Caballos (1651 E. Passyunk Ave.) and Cantina Dos Segundos (931 N. 2nd St.) have decided to celebrate all things agave related with their first ever Tequila Week.
Philly teachers made it through their first day back at school, in many cases without counselors, assistant principals, librarians and nurses — but it wasn't always pretty. How they're going to make it through 179 more of them isn't totally clear.
Take Robeson High School in West Philly, which received students from closed schools including Bok, University City and Lamberton. The school is sharing a counselor with six other schools, according to 9th- and 11th-grade English teacher Andrew Saltz. That's already proving to be a problem: One student had experienced a death in a family, but the school has no grief counseling available. Saltz scrambled to come up with an external referral. And many of his other students need fee-waivers for the SATs, and they need the counselor to apply for them. "She said that was not on the list of things she was doing," Saltz says. "I don't know who's going to send out transcripts — kids are already appying for rolling admission, so I have no idea. And some schools require a letter from a guidance counselor. So I don't know what we're going to do."
"I found this app for their smartphone, which helps them search scholarships, and I got really excited. And then I got really depressed, because I'm trying to replace a guidance counselor with a dollar smartphone app."
The King of Prussia Beerfest Royale is happening on Saturday, October 5th and it's shaping up to be quite the suburban drinking event with over 100 beers to sample from 50 breweries, a beer garden and a German band. New this year is the Donnerstag Happy Hour happening Thursday, October 3rd from 5 to 9 p.m. Expect live music, beer pairings from KOP restaurants, plus a pumpkin beer bar and a beer cocktail lounge.
If you're planning on heading to the KOP Beerfest Royale we've got a $5 off promo code (CITYPAPER) good for Thursday and Saturday ticket discounts from now until September 14th. And as an added bonus Team Meal Ticket is going to be judging the beer competition on Saturday.
It seems that all Ensemble Real Estate can do for Philadelphia is an ensemble of Dead-Ass Proposals. Though they did finally get something done recently (Courtyard by Marriott in the Navy Yard), these motherfuckers seem to be full of broken promises. This, the Penn's Landing Tower, is just one of many.
Have you ever suffered from a case of dreaded pronunciation anxiety a.k.a. the old point to the menu trick? Do words like vichyssoise and jicama strike fear into your heart? Well, if the answer is yes than you'll be more than pleased that the good people of BuzzFeed have put together this handy, illustrated guide to 22 Food Words You Might Be Pronouncing Wrong.
So next time you're looking for the secret ingredient for the perfect bloody mary you can confidently ask for wus-tuh-shur or order a bowl of fuh at Nam Phoung sans embarrassment.
Well folks, Labor Day may have come and gone but there's still plenty of time to clock in those outdoor drinking hours. This week Morgan's Pier(221. n Columbus Blvd.) is hosting Pumpkin Week, a full seven days of pumpkin beers and very exciting menu additions courtesy of chef George Sabatino.
This Sunday at 7:30 JG Domestic (2929 Arch St.) is hosting a pop up dinner with Ambler's Forest and Main Brewing Company and Tela's Market, the soon to open Fairmount grocery-by-day, family-style-chef's-table-by-night from Garces alum Chad Williams. We've got to say that the beer pairings and menu are looking pretty darn impressive. Here's a look at the menu:
The "Reclaiming Vacant Properties" conference, organized by the Center for Community Progress, has assembled hundreds of politicians, planners and code enforcement officials, appropriately, in Philadelphia. Yesterday, after a morning of predictably forceful commentary on tackling blight from Mayor Michael Nutter and other politicians at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the afternoon tracked deeper into practical policy.
The lessons a big city like Philadelphia could take from smaller cities coping with blight, in places like West Virginia and California, were striking.
Personal monologues make light of money, employment, health, happiness, love and forgiveness, employing ridiculous bumper-sticker mantras and self-help clichés. (Example: "Life isn't about the breaths you take, it's about the moments that take your breath away.")
With its penchant for the paranormal and its autobiographical focus, Jeffrey Stanley's one-man show could come across as overly strange or egotistical, but his charisma and fascinating tales from the crypt kept it on track.
In today's totally made up and not at all ridiculous food news we'd like to wish all of you a very happy National Hot Cross Bun Day! Serious, who makes this stuff up? Anyway, this British pastry has quite the history and plenty of folklore surrounding it. Apparently sharing a hot cross bun with someone ensures friendship throughout the upcoming year. Other hot cross benefits include protecting against shipwrecks, fires and if hung in a kitchen means that the bread that you're baking will turn out perfectly anytime. Not bad for a pastry, huh?
If you'd like to get in on the hot cross bun action head over to Beiler's Bakery at Reading Terminal where they bake them fresh every day.
Mark your calendars for September 24th, folks, Cheu Noodle Bar (255 S. 10th St.) is getting into the ramen burger game. (if you've been living under a rock, here's some intel about the current sweetheart of the fashionable food world.) Co-owner Shawn Darragh just dropped this burger bomb, telling us that he and chef Ben Puchowitz have been talking ramen burgers since their Round Eye pop up days.
While the menu hasn't been solidified yet they're thinking three or four sandwich and burgers (think fried chicken, filet of fish, pork and beef) plus fries and obviously plenty of beers. The ramen burger pop up is happening from 6 to 10 p.m. and is strictly first come-first serve.
Is it just us or does it feel like Pub & Kitchen (1946 Lombard St.) has been around way longer than five years? Anyway tomorrow and Friday the P&K crew are celebrating five years on the corner of 20th and Lombard by bringing back a few favorites from the Johnny Mac days.
Chef Eli Collins is going to be resurrecting the legendary Churchill burger in all of its marrow-enriched, custom LaFrieda glory along with P&K's classic fish and chips. On the drinks end of things the bar is going to be pouring dark and stormys as well as glasses of house label wines for $5.
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