Notes from the Weekend is a feature that sees the members of Team Meal Ticket compiling all the food/drink highlights uncovered during prime eatin' time, Friday to Sunday. We'd love to hear all about YOUR weekend eating adventures in the comments. Go for it! (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Adam Erace: AE
Caroline Russock: CR
An empty fridge on Friday afternoon was the inspiration for a drive north on Broad to H-Mart in Elkins Park. And while I probably should have taken my cart full groceries home and made dinner, I was powerless over the draw of the food court and ended up with a plate of fried mandoo, bubbly bowl of kimchi jjigae and some A+ banchan. —CR
Friday I made my now famous (in my head) zucchini gratin for the umpteenth time for dinner. I think this version was the best yet, guys, with a blend of dried and fresh mozzarellas that created gooey deposits of melted cheese all throughout the casserole. Baked it at 450 half covered (which thickened, but didn't dry out the tomato sauce) for about 40 minutes. Make this before squash season in gone!—AE
Saturday was set aside for responsible grown up things i.e. a long overdue basement clean out. There are probably a billion things I'd rather do than spend a sunny summer day in a dingy basement but when you add lunch from Chickie's (an Italian hoagie and their totally insane fried tomato special) plus a few tallboys of Old Forge Brewing T-Rail Pale Ale to the equation it's not all that bad.
Post clean out I marinated some flank steak in chimichurri, threw together a tomato and avocado salad and tried my hand at yuca con mojo. Verdict? Steak and salad turned out great but my cocina Cubana needs a little work.—CR
Tried a newish Mexican joint in Atlantic City for dinner on Saturday night: El Charro, a pseudo-nightclub/restaurant with a few Mexicanos idling along the bar and one waitress in a strappy tramp stamp-bearing vest working the floor. It was a classy place. Tecate and aguas taramindo flowed, and the baskets of chips and salsa never ran dry. My kind of place. I had the molcajere, a meat-lover's mix of chicken, beef and killer crispy nugget of chorizo woven with ropes of Oaxaca cheese.—AE
On Sunday morning I stopped by the South Philly Tap Room for a few pints of Allagash White before heading out to Glen Mills for brunch at the ever-lovely, oh-my-god-I-want-to-buy-everything Terrain. Mimosas with BYO sparkling Riesling and fresh-squeezed orange juice, a late summer salad of grapefruit, wax beans and shaved fennel, a Camembert-apple tartine and a very serious lamb burger followed by a slice of custardy-wonderful salted honey cake. A scenic walk through Longwood Gardens and a stop at Wine Works to re-up my rosé cache. Apparently that lamb burger didn't satisfy my lamb quota for Sunday, dinner was merguez sandwiches on laffa with herbed yogurt and a tomato-radish-cucumber chopped salad with a drizzle of chile oil and a scoop of mustardy potato salad. After dinner beers with friends before passing out on the couch during Breaking Bad like a champ.—CR
Back in the city on Sunday with a trip to Headhouse Square. Market Day Canele hooked it up with this pretty little tart and an heirloom tomato salad, a perfect summer lunch. Later, barbecued burgers and dogs with the fam and lost appetite during Miley Cyrus' VMA performance.—AE
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