The Naked City blog posted by Chris Sikich on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM
The Naked City blog posted by Chris Sikich on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM
The Naked City blog posted by Patrick Rapa on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM
I'm sad to report that Philly jazz legend Jimmy Amadie has passed away. He was, simply put, an amazing man. After a promising start to his career — playing with the likes of Red Rodney, Mel Torme, Woody Herman and so many more — he was diagnosed to severe tendonitis and limited him to just a few minutes of practice per month. Still, this didn't stop him from recording CDs, writing books and, as recounted in Shaun Brady's cover story from 2011, playing one final concert at the Art Museum.
Meal Ticket blog posted by Caroline Russock on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM
According to the barrage of New Year's Eve-related emails that have landed in our inbox over the past couple of days (Open Bars! Lobster Thermidor! Weird stuff from the State Store!), it looks like it's about time to start making NYE plans.
Our buddies over at Cheu Noodle Bar (255 S. 10th St.) are rolling out a very special New Year's Eve menu for the 31st including plenty of schmancy stuff like lobster, foie, encapsulated oysters (!) and sparkling sake. The four courser is going for $75 a head and there are four seatings - 6, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m. Cheu is promising a night of amazing food, music and awesome drinks and we're going to agree that this is definitely going to be one of the more exciting NYE prix fixes happening this year. Seating is reservation only so give 'em a call at 215-287-2533 to reserve your spot. Here's a peek at the menu:
Meal Ticket blog posted by Caroline Russock on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM
We generally like to keep things on the up and up here at Meal Ticket but this is too good. Over at Foobooz Victor Fiorillo got his hands on this truly shameless pitch from a local PR person. Basically said PR person (we're not naming names) is asking for a restaurant to host her and her family for Christmas eve dinner in exchange for, well, PR? What kind of PR you ask? Basically a handful of Facebook and Instagram posts plus a shoutout in her newsletter. Apparently this is a "great way to reach tens of thousands of foodies." Jeez.
Meal Ticket blog posted by Caroline Russock on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM
As you ay or may not know, there aren't too many options for Filipino food in Philly. Sure you can head way out to the Northeast on weekends to the Philippine Jeepney Grill (seriously, it's awesome) but today you've got another Filipino option. Beginning at noon today Audrey Claire chef Lou Boquila is serving up Filipino boxed lunches to take out at COOK (253 S. 20th St.) Chef Boquila is going to be making silog-style lunches to go i.e. your choice of chicken, beef or eggplant served with garlic fried rice, lumpia (Filipino spring rolls), fried eggs, flan and sago (kinda like tapioca pearls). All proceed from this lunch pop-up are going to benefit Typhoon Haiyan relief.
Meal Ticket blog posted by Caroline Russock on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM
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
After some Friday evening family action including a haven't-had-one-in-years ice cream pie from Baskin Robbins I headed back into the city for late dinner burgers and beers at Fountain Porter. After that we made our way over to The Dolphin to check out a few of their new Art in the Age cocktails. There must have been a run on the Negronis since there was no Campari in house but the Sageside (sage, gin, lime and mint) that I sampled was awesome and about a billion times classier than my usual citywides.—CR
After a late night flight to snowy Denver (and dinner at the awesome, serving-till-midnight Euclid Hall), C and I skipped down to Punta de Mita, a town about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast. There, the weekend's working vacation involved yours truly eating bushels of tropical fruit and tacos everyday, drinking too much mescal and generally relaxing by the beach between interviewing assorted hotel personnel. Not a bad gig. If you're ever down that way, hit us up in the comments, and try to get to Sayulita, an awesome little village with an expat surfing community, roadside ceviche stands and cool little farmers' market.—AE
The Naked City blog posted by Daniel Denvir on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
On Thursday evening, a flurry of articles announced that Gov. Tom Corbett had a plan to use Medicaid funds to help 500,000 Pennsylvanians buy private insurance on the federal exchange. Remarkably, none of the stories (The Associated Press, The Inquirer, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) included a comment from Democrats, unions, hospitals, or healthcare advocates who insist that Gov. Corbett should simply adopt the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion.
Meal Ticket blog posted by Caroline Russock on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Well, folks, this is big news. The Insider has announced that George Sabatino is opening his first solo venture this spring. Sabatino and his lovely wife Jennifer are going to be taking over Noche, the upstairs bar at the corner of 19th and Chestnut. With windows overlooking both streets and a truly unique location, we're thinking that the space is going to be transformed into something nothing short of stunning.
The Rittenhouse spot is going to be called Aldine, after a theater (pictured above) that stood on the southeast corner opposite the Sabatino's new venture.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Sabatino is currently manning a makeshift kitchen in a shipping crate down at the Waterfront Winterfest. But once the season is over we're banking on George and Jen going into serious R & D mode.
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