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
Tomorrow our favorite South Philly Thai spot, Circles, (1516 Tasker St.) is celebrating its fifth anniversary. There are plenty of reasons to be thankful for chef Alex Boonphaya and his crew (excellent Thai, late night delivery, cheesesteak spring rolls, we could go on and on) but tomorrow they're giving us yet another another reason. From noon to 2 p.m. Circles is celebrating with free lunch. That means that anyone who stops by can takeout a complimentary basil fried rice, pumpkin curry, tofu pad thai or pad prik king with tofu. Pretty sweet deal, right?
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The Insider is reporting that Capogiro is opening up a fifth location in Old City. Slated to move into 233 Chestnut Street, the new newest Capo is planning on transferring their existing liquor license from the U City location to its Old City digs. Fingers crossed for gelato cocktails!
Mark those calendars, folks, next Wednesday, November 27th The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest (101 S. Columbus Blvd.) is open for business. The Waterfront what? Oh, well, if you haven't heard yet it's a big old wintertime entertainment complex (made of recycled shipping containers) complete with awesome entertainment like an Olympic-sized skating rink and holiday light show from Klip Collective, holiday shopping via Art Star Craft Bazaar food and drinks courtesy of none other than George Sabatino and Scott Schroeder.
Self-proclaimed sandwich artist Schroeder will be handling the grab-and-go section of the menu during the day and Sabatino is going to be manning the stoves at The Lodge after 5 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on weekends. If you've been following Sabatino's Winterfest progress on Instagram you've probably already seen a few sneak peeks of the menu including smoked turkey legs, mashed potato fritters, sweet potato and kale pocket pies and white chocolate and cookie crumble fudge. All sorts of warm, boozy drinks will be on offer - think mulled apple cider, hot cocoa and spiked chai.
Did we mention that James Murphy is DJ opening night? Yeah, we're pretty stoked.
Jasper Avila, chef of the Twisted Tail, was born in the Philippines and lived there till he was nine years old. So when Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the archipelago last week, the devastation hit especially close to home, spurring the chef to organize a benefit dinner co-hosted by former CP food editor/noteworthy Philly Filipino, Drew Lazor. The four-course $35 modern Filipino meal goes down this Monday, November 25th, at Cuba Libre (10 S. 2nd St.), and 100% of profits will be donated directly to the American Red Cross. Make reservations (available from 5 p.m. on) by calling Cuba Libre.
Here at Meal ticket the bulk of our Jersey eating adventure are limited to the chain restaurant variety (we're looking at you, Cheesecake Factory and Pei Wei) or the beloved Pub. But as of today there's another reason to heard over the bridge.
Marc Vetri and company have opened up the second outpost of Osteria (400 New Jersey Route 38) at the Moorestown Mall. We had a chance to preview the new space last week and its got all of the same warm vibes as the north Broad original, no food court ambiance here (check out the space over at Zagat). Mike Deganis has left Alla Spina to take over the head chef position and is killing it with house-made pastas favorites like chicken liver rigatoni with cipolline onions and sage, wood-fired pizzas including the egg-topped Lombarda and an impressive and sharable house-aged ribeye Fiorentina. Dominique Piscetella is heading up the pastry program and turning out incredible dolci like bomboloni with blood orange marmelata and a dreamy polenta budino with candied hazelnuts. And unsurprisingly beverage director Steve Wildy is killing it with the wine list.
Dinner is being served seven nights a week and lunch is kicking off next Monday, November 25th.
This time of year our inbox is nothing less than flooded with seasonal food and drink related emails. Usually we prefer to ignore 101 ones with headers like "how to turn your leftovers into panini" and "helpful wine-pairing infographic" but yesterday we got one that was too good not to share with all of you.
When a subject line reads "Cocktails with Thanksgiving Leftovers. Yes, Really!" well, consider our interest piqued. We were not so secretly hoping for something, like, say, stuffing sangria or a gibson garnished with a turkey leg, but the cocktails in said email are equally scary for a couple of reasons. Does anyone really want to drink sweet potato puree? Ugh.
Unless you're fan of Jägermeister and chunky cranberry sauce we're going to suggest not trying these at home.
The 56 Holiday Feast
In a shaker combine:
2 parts Jägermeister
2 scoops of cranberry sauce
10 mint leaves
1 lemon slice
Shake well with ice, strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wedge
Sweet Potato Smash
In a shaker combine
2 parts Bärenjäger honey and bourbon
1 scoop of leftover sweet potato puree
3 sage leaves
1/2 part of orange juice
Shake all ingredients well with ice, fine strain into a rocks glass full of fresh ice. Garnish with a sage leaf or an orange slice (optional)
The Cosmopolitan Pilgrim
In a shaker combine
1.5 parts American Harvest
2 scoops of leftover cranberry sauce
3/4 parts fresh lime juice
1/4 part orange liqueur
Add ice and shake well, strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge