Win VIP Tickets to Philadelphia’s Wine + Food Festival

wineandfood-logoOn Wednesday, May 6th, Philadelphia magazine is hosting the annual Wine + Food Festival at Lincoln Financial Field. The event will offer over 650 samplings of exclusive wines from around the world; food from some of Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants and an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store.

And we here at Foobooz are giving away a pair of VIP tickets to the event (a $450 value).

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Get Cow and the Curd Curds at Kraftwork

kraftwork-cow-curdsChef Brian Lofink alerts us that Kraftwork in Fishtown will be the first restaurant serving cheese curds from the Best of Philly winning Cow and the Curd food trucks.

Rob Mitchell, owner of the Cow and the Curd has been working with Drexel University’s Food Lab to get his cheese curds out to the masses.

The Curd Caprese Salad, served with classic curds, basil aioli, aged balsamic vinegar, oven dried tomatoes and micro basil salad will be available for a limited time only. So get out there and get yours while you can.

The curd salad will also be available at the Sidecar Bar & Grille starting next Friday, April 24th.

I was lucky enough to try the “salad” yesterday  with some friends and it was a hit. Just one word of advice, don’t pop the whole curd in your mouth at once, bite halfway through and stretch that curd out. It just makes it even better.

Cow and the Curd [Official]
Kraftwork [Foobooz]
Sidecar Bar & Grille [Foobooz]

Gallery Gets a New Name, Market East Could Still Get Eataly

gallery-interior-concourse-940This morning, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) and Macerich announced their grand new plans for the Gallery at Market East. The new mall will be called the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia and will feature lower-cost outlets of high-end retailers. The Gallery’s dead-to-the-outside exterior will also be revamped, opening the solid walls with glass fronts and sidewalk cafes.

Since 2013, Eataly, Mario Batali’s Italian wonderland of food and restaurants, has been rumored to be coming to Philadelphia and the location that keeps coming up is the former Strawbridges building at 8th and Market. The old department store is considered part of the Gallery project and despite Century 21’s recent opening on the second floor, the first floor remains vacant and available.

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Our Guide to Philadelphia’s Seasonal Beer Gardens

Silk City's Beer Garden

Silk City’s Beer Garden

With weather predictions hitting the 70s, outdoor drinking is on people’s minds. Here’s where you can go now for outdoor drinking, and when you’ll be hitting some of your favorites from years past.

Bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating our beer garden list as more details are announced.

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Second Filipino Pop-Up from Pelago Goes on Sale Today

pelago logoPelago, the Filipino pop-up concept from Chef Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire is preparing for their second pop-up. The first sold out quickly after we mentioned it and there’s no reason to expect tickets to this one to linger either.

The second Pelago pop-up is set for Monday, May 4th at Win Win (931 Spring Garden Street) and the four-course prixe fixe menu is $45 (cash only). There will be two seatings, the early one at 5:30 p.m. and a later option of 7:30 p.m.

Reservations open online at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 14th.

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The Smell of Beer Returns to Brewerytown

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Crime & Punishment’s Adam Fussaro

Over the weekend, Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. began brewing its first production beers. It marks the first time the Philadelphia neighborhood, named for its at-one-time numerous breweries, has had the smell of brewing in the air for more than twenty years.

In the fermenters and conditioners, Crime & Punishment’s Pale Ale, IPA and Farmhouse beers. It won’t be long now before the beer starts pouring.

Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. [Foobooz]

PSA: NoLibs Criminals, Dos Segundos Has Cameras

dos-segundos-suspect-400Attention to Northern Liberties criminals: Cantina Dos Segundos has cameras, and they’re pretty high resolution.

Last week, footage emerged of a female customer at Dos Segundos swiping a backpack that contained a gun belonging to a Philadelphia Police officer.

Yesterday, police say Dos Segundos’ cameras picked up another crime. A suspect, described as a white male, 20-30 years-of-age with brown hair walked in and made off with a money bag containing an unspecified amount of cash.

Criminals, you need to start noticing those surveillance cameras, they’re watching you.

Anyone with information is asked to call East Detectives Division, 215-686-3243/3244.

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Rai Rai Ramen Is Now Open in Chinatown

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Rai Rai Ramen is now open on at 915 Race Street in Chinatown. The “House of Noodle” offers seven varieties of Japanese ramen plus another 21 specialty ramen that run from seafood to pork intestines. The location is open Sunday to Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The menu also lists the North Brunswick location that was closed do to fire and a location in Kailua, Hawaii.

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V Street Starts Brunch

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V Street is now serving brunch.

Brunch begins this weekend at V Street. Of course one brunch staple that won’t be on the menu at Rich Landau’s and Kate Jacoby’s vegan restaurant is eggs. But with dishes like Togarashi Home Fries; Pho Spiced Mushrooms and Biscuit; and Waffles with Ponzu Maple Syrup you won’t go wonting.

And since brunch is just breakfast without booze, V Street is offering a special breakfast cocktail of La Luchadora (tequila, tomato, house grenadine and hot sauce). And to get the day going, there will also be Horchata Iced Coffee.
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