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
Carolione Russock: CR
Not too much eating happened on Friday night mostly do to the fact that I was distracted by a particularly thrilling find from the 12th and Chestnut state store. This bottle of Portuguiser from Agrina in Serbia had all of the wonderful acidity of a Loire Valley cab franc and even a slight effervescence. I will definitely be stocking up on a case of these bad boys for Thanksgiving.—CR
Laid low culinarily on Friday night in preparation for a monster weekend of eating. Saturday started out in the country with C's college pals for our annual Friendsgiving. Not only was there turkey but brown sugar-glazed ham smoke five hours, the clear star of the meal. Standard sides were on display: green bean casserole, sweet potatoes studded with marshmallows, etc. I made mac-n-cheese veined with crushed Korean chilies and huge fruit salad with sidecars of fresh cinnamon whipped cream and ginger cantaloupe sauce. Someone made cheesecake brownies, and I ate about a dozen more than everyone else.—AE
The next day I made the mistake of thinking that a pre-Black Friday Saturday was an okay day to venture out to King of Prussia. Long story short, it was not. I decided to stop into the newly opened (and packed to the gills) Shake Shack where the scene was a borderline barroom brawl with suburban moms and teenagers vying for tables. But the burgers and root beer floats were predictably awesome. Post mall errands I headed to Vernick for dinner with the family. I could easily eat at Vernick multiple times a week and be very, very happy. The toasts (crab, pumpkin and avocado) were amazing as always, the tuna poke was killer and that pork blade steak? Killer.—CR
Although I could stayed home and done in house brunch on Sunday morning, instead I decided to bundle up and brave the elements for my new obsession, the Turkish-Israeli fare at Hamifgash, Tucked away on an unassuming stretch of Jeweler's Row, I cannot get enough of this place. The combination salad isn't quite Zahav level but the flavors are just as satisfying, the garlic and parsley-flecked Hamifgash lamb kabob is incredible and that rice? Well, I have to get me hands on the recipe. Back at home I opted to lay on the couch and watch a billion episodes of Mind of a Chef--if you haven't watched it, seriously, watch it. And when it was time for dinner I decided to do something about the overage of cheese ends in my fridge. Inspired by the Mornay sauce that Dave Chang and Sean Brock whipped up for Kentucky Hot Browns in the Gluttony episode of MOAC, I made a baked, panko-topped Mornay mac and cheese and a caesar salad, because, you know, vegetables.—CR
Sunday afternoon saw another get-together, this one a cousins' brunch featuring these twin frittatas, baked French toast, bagels and more fruit salad (again by yours truly). There were no brownies here, only pumpkin cheesecake, which I managed to avoid.—AE
About an hour after brunch, shot to Jersey to check out the very new Osteria in Jersey. I was on duty so I can't say much. But check out this sorbetto sundae. It was as good as it looks.—AE
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