Monthly Archives: August 2014

Buzz: Main Line Restaurant Week Launch Party at 30 Main

Source: AroundMainLine.com -- Food

Photos courtesy of Blue Pear Photography

Join us and hundreds of the Main Line and western burbs top movers and shakers Thursday evening, September 18th for the biggest party on the Main Line this fall at Berywn’s 30 Main!

Join us and hundreds of foodies from the Main Line and western burbs Thursday evening, September 18th for the biggest party on the Main Line this fall at Berywn’s 30 Main!

Save the Date! We are planning the most amazing kickoff to Main Line Restaurant Week Fall 2014 with our sweet friends of Berwyn’s popular 30 Main! Join us and hundreds of of foodies from the Main Line and western burbs Thursday evening, September 18th from 6pm to 9pm for the biggest party on the Main Line this fall.

If you have ever ...

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Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General

Source: NY Times Food

Mr. Kass, the first family’s personal chef, has one of the highest public profiles of anyone in the East Wing and a window into the zealously guarded space and tastes of the Obama White House.

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The (Temporary) Shutter: The Original Location of Dirt Candy Closed Last Night

Source: Eater NY

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[Photo: Dirt Candy/Instagram]
Beloved vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy closed its doors after last night’s service in order to gear up for a relocation to 86 Allen Street. The new restaurant, Dirt Candy 2.0, is going to be even bigger and better according to chef/owner Amanda Cohen. Expect the kitchen to be in the middle of the dining room and, possibly, dim sum carts. The new Dirty Candy is expected to open in November.

· All Coverage of Dirt Candy [~ENY~]

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Radio Recaps: Five Things You Missed on Heritage Radio This Week

Source: Eater NY

Heritage Radio is the food-focused, listener-supported internet radio station that broadcasts from a studio attached to Roberta’s in Bushwick. Every week, many of the big players in the food world host and appear on shows, and oftentimes they reveal interesting tidbits about their work. Here’s a guide to five notable pieces of recent programming:

237745913ea738611cf03f658a7d1560-bpfull.jpg1) Heritage Foods & Heritage Radio Decline a Monsanto-Backed Speaking Invitation:
In a special opinion segment Heritage Radio Director Erin Fairbanks explained why the organization declined an invitation from a Conde Nast Sustainability Conference that turned out to be underwritten by the seed and pesticide giant ...

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7 Ways to get your bacon fix on National Bacon Day

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Yes, August 31 is National Bacon Day. We must be a little cliché and celebrate the smoky, salty, savory side of pork (or well, not always pork). We decided this would be an opportune moment to share some of those bacon dishes we always gasp when they appear on menus. What’s the strangest way you’ve eaten your bacon?
7 Ways to get your bacon fix on National Bacon DayGrindhouse Blue Cheese Bacon Fries (Photo Credit Grindhouse)
Bacon fries
Where: Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Dish: blue cheese bacon fries.
Bacon-Wrapped pickles
Where: Smoke Ring
Dish: The Best Grilled Cheese ever! with fire roasted poblano peppers, Fontina, smoked gouda, gruyere, & parmesan cheeses, & Vidalia ...

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Greatest Hits and What You Missed: La Peg, Beast & Ale, Society Hill Society, Crow And The Pitcher, Corn Dogs, Cooking With Vetri and More

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Bar Area | Photo by Kevin Monko

La Peg | Photo by Kevin Monko

The week running up to Labor Day weekend can be kind of slow, but that doesn’t mean things were completely quiet in the restaurant world. Here’s what you might’ve missed.

Crow And The Pitcher Reviewed It’s got Georges Perrier and Cool Ranch Doritos omelettes

Learn To Cook From Marc Vetri And some of his friends

The Menu At Abe Fisher You know you want to check it out

Beast & Ale Opens In Manayunk And we have the details

La Peg Opens, Too Pictures and menus, right this way

Holiday Weekend Corn Dogs ...

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Sauf Haus Bier Hall, Downtown

Source: DCDining

Wedged between Public Bar and Shake Shack, in the nebulous area between Dupont Circle and Downtown, is the month-old Sauf Haus Bier Hall, the hottest, noisiest place I’ve been to in years. Read on …

If you got a knock on the head, and woke up inside of Sauf Haus on a busy night, you might briefly think you were at Eighteenth Street Lounge. I passed a young customer-counter outside, then walked up long flight of stairs to get there (it’s on top of Shake Shack), and immediately got in a three-person line for what turned out to be a surprisingly nice unisex restroom. As I reached the front of the line, a rather desperate-looking young girl asked me if she could go in and quickly wash her hands, and I said of course (props to her because she really was in there for about fifteen seconds, giving me a thankful nod on the way out).

But it’s odd to me why someone here would want to wash their hands because this place is a *dive*! There is but one plausible explanation which I shall address in a moment.

Sauf Haus was packed, and I mean Eighteenth Street Lounge packed, so I was stunned to see one, single barstool available, and nabbed it pronto (thus not seeing the rooftop patio and bar). It was very hot in there, perhaps eighty degrees, so a cold beer was starting to sound awfully good.

This was a very young, boisterous crowd, probably averaging in their late 20s, and with very few people over 40. Umm …

Which is why I was so surprised – no, make that shocked – to see their beer selection. All-German, and 16 taps pumping out ice-cold half-liters and liters of some very worthy beers – names like Stiegl, Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, Hoffbrau, and Spaten (which my auto-correct just changed to Spittoon). Honestly, I thought I counted 18 taps when I was there, but everywhere I fact-checked online says 16, so we’ll go with that number for now.

Not immediately realizing how German this place was in spirit, I ordered a “pint” of König Ludwig Dunkel Weiss ($8), and got served my beer perfectly poured into a Weizen glass. Yes, it was served too cold, but it was hot enough in the bar where you wanted your beer nice and frosty.

I’m not sure how many decibels were flying around Sauf Haus last night, but have you ever seen those conversion tables? The ones where 30db equal a quiet library whisper at 6 feet distance? Well, this would have come out somewhere between a motorcycle and a sandblaster – I was shocked to see the sign that said “60 Maximum Capacity,” although the room was not all that large, so 50 people bouncing their shouts off the walls can make a lot of noise.

They have sausages on the menu here which, I believe, are locally sourced, but the thing that attracted my attention (recall now the young girl washing her hands) was the large, blue, circular plastic tray on my left which contained the single largest pretzel I’ve ever seen. This pretzel was so big that if you unraveled it, it would probably be about a yard long, and it had the thickness of a russet potato, or a girl’s arm.

Looking at the menu, I saw these pretzels in addition to the sausages, and they sell three sizes: 1) two little ones, 2) a one-pound pretzel, and 3) a two-pound pretzel. Yes, a two-pound pretzel – for twenty dollars! Apparently, these are baked at Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, and having been to Heidelberg dozens of times before, I believe it. I’m assuming the pretzel on my left was the two-pounder, but quite frankly, I’m surprised it only weighs two pounds.

I finished most of my beer, then hopped off my barstool, headed back down the stairs, and went out into the night.

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Eaterwire: Washington Market’s Sunday Suppers; Free Snap Dogs

Source: Eater NY

washington-tavern.jpgTRIBECA — Newcomer Washington Market Tavern is launching a 12-course tasting menu on Sunday, September 7. Courses include caribou moss, gooseneck barnacles, and caramel corn. A similar dinner will be available every other Sunday going forward. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing events@washingtonmarkettavern.com. Dinner costs $250 a person. [EaterWire]

CROWN HEIGHTS — The New York Times stops by the just-opened beer hall Berg’n. Co-founder Jonathan Butler explains the space’s super clean aesthetic “We were conscious of not creating something that was Brooklyn 2010….We want it, hopefully, to be timeless.” [NYT]

CHELSEA — Snap Dog will ...

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“The Trip to Italy” a journey beyond food

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

“The Trip to Italy” a journey beyond food
In “The Trip to Italy,” currently showing at the Landmark Midtown, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play versions of themselves on an all-expenses-paid culinary roadtrip.
They drive a Mini Cooper convertible through landscapes of lush vineyards and around breathtaking coastlines, listening to Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” (to say more about that would be a spoiler).
They eat lavish meals at great restaurants and sleep in luxurious little hotels. Along the way, they engage in ongoing comedy routines and do spot on impressions of other British actors, including Richard Burton, Michael Caine, Sean Connery and Roger Moore, all guaranteed to ...

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EaterWire: Daily Specials; Whiskey Classes; Wine Dinner

Source: Eater Atlanta

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The Shed.

DECATUR &#8212 Wahoo! Grill will host its September wine dinner on Wednesday, September 3, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Guests will taste wines of Laetitia Vineyard & Winery in California with light food pairings from chef Scot E. Davis. Reservations can be made online or by calling (404) 373-3331, and cost $28 per person. Stay after for dinner and receive 20 percent off entrees. [EaterWire]

GLENWOOD PARK &#8212 The Shed at Glenwood now offers specials every day of the week except Monday. Slider night returns on Wednesday, and other deals include a dozen oysters and a ...

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Coming Attractions: The father and son team of…

Source: Eater NY

20140829-001-baluchiFresh.jpgThe father and son team of Rakesh and Rohan Aggarwal are set to open Baluchi’s Fresh in Bryant Park on September 4, and more down the line. The fast casual spot sounds a lot like Chipotle by way of Mumbai. Rakesh Aggarwal founded Baluchi’s 20 years ago and opened the Michelin starred Devi a decade later. [EaterWire]

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Curbed Cuts: Instagram Loves #SSHP; Labor Day Open Houses

Source: Eater Philly


Ass, as in, “that’s a kick-ass house.” Pictures via James Roletter and Redfin

PENN’S LANDING — Spruce Street Harbor Park, one of the best urban beaches in the entire world, will remain open until September 28th. To celebrate, we gathered the absolute best Instagram posts we could find — including a marriage proposal!

LABOR DAY OPEN HOUSE — Yo, are you looking for a place to buy in South Philly? Check out our roundup of some of the most amazing places that are having an open house this holiday weekend. There are some real sweeties in here!

RITTENHOUSE — Wanna ...

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Week in Reviews: Return to KR SteakBar; First Look at Southbound

Source: Eater Atlanta

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KR SteakBar [Photo: Alex Lassiter]

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s John Kessler returns to KR SteakBar for the first time since executive chef Chris McDade’s departure. While he finds the pasta a bit disappointing, Kessler says everything else is quite good:

In fact, not that KR Steakbar is no longer the jamming hotspot and more like a normally busy restaurant, the experience feels so much better. The lighting is so perfect on a summer evening, and the sheer, translucent drapes hanging in the center of the room reinforce the easy, breezy vibe of this appealing spot. Maybe the pasta isn’t what ...

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Video Interlude: Ramen burger creator Keizo Shimamoto ditched…

Source: Eater NY

ramenburgerlaopening640-thumb.jpgRamen burger creator Keizo Shimamoto ditched a six-figure income to study ramen making in Japan. Now, his Ramen.Co is pulling in $5,000 a day, and there may be many more of them in the future, he tells Crain’s NY. “The goal is to really introduce the many different types of ramen that you can find in japan and then open a couple more stores and possibly even franchise it in the future.” [Crain’s NY]

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We’re Starting Our Last-Minute, Late-Summer Road Trip a Few Hours Early

Source: Grub Street NY


You want sprinkles or not?

We’re shoving off a few hours early, but just remember there’s a lot to look forward to coming up right after the break: Thoughtfully devised Champagne and fried chicken pairings, smoked meat on Martin’s potato rolls, killer ramen, and innovative Manhattan clam chowder piqued with mezcal and chiles. Also in the Department of Things to Look Forward To: Team Torrisi will go coastal on the high line, Alex Stupak will cook tacos al pastor, and Jody Williams and Rita Sodi will fry baby artichokes and stuff sardines with delicious things. ...

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Food Event at Housing Works; FeelFood’s Fashion Week Special

Source: Grub Street NY

Housing Works will bring together the authors of The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail (Robert Simonson), The Meat Hook Book (Tom Mylan), and Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal (Ava Chin) on September 3 at 7 p.m. More info here. [Grub Street]

FeelFood will offer an $18 prix fixe “Fashion Week Ready” menu, where you get one main, one juice, and one dessert. It’ll be served from September 1 to 14. [Grub Street]

The Cleveland‘s hosting a Labor Day cookout, with an à la carte menu of ...

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Revamps: Alex Day and David Kaplan Are Keeping 151’s DNA Intact

Source: Eater NY

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[Photos by Gabi Porter]

If you lived, or even just hung out, on the Lower East Side in the mid-to-late 2000’s you probably clocked a fair number of hours and drinks at 151. It was a divey hub for the neighborhood with its graffitied walls and unmarked door. Alex Day of Death & Co. explains that he “used to go there a little too often.” He now owns the space, which very recently reopened, with his partners David Kaplan, Cedd Moses, and Eric Needleman, from L.A.’s Honeycut.

Several months ago when the bar went up on ...

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Brunch Wire: Asian comfort food purveyor Makan, which…

Source: Eater Atlanta

makaneat0829.jpgAsian comfort food purveyor Makan, which opened inside the Courtyard Decatur Downtown Hotel on July 24, will begin serving brunch this weekend. Entrees include Korean fried chicken and waffles, pork belly and eggs, and seafood pancakes. Bottomless weekend cocktails, such as mimosas and Korean Bloody Marys, are $15. Check out the full brunch menu here. [EaterWire]

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