Foobooz PSA: Grilling Tips From Famous Chefs for This Holiday Weekend

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Photo via Shutterstock

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

Remember how long this past winter was? Remember how cold and wet and gross and awful? Well that’s all done now because while we’re already in the middle of a lovely spring, this long weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and, more important, the totally official start of the grilling season. Read more »

A New Chef’s Counter Series At Sbraga


Here’s another chance to have a great dinner for a good cause.

Sbraga is going to be doing a six-course chef’s counter tasting menu on Tuesday, May 26 to benefit CHOP (specifically Daisy Days). The meal will be inspired by backyard summer barbecues, seats are $100 a pop, and 50% of the proceeds from the dinner will go straight to the charity–so yeah, you get to go to a great restaurant, eat a fine meal and walk away knowing that you’ve done something good for someone else. Win / win / win.

We’ve got a copy of the menu below, too. Just in case you need a little more convincing…

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Cheu Noodle Bar Rolls Out A New Menu Style (Plus New Bowls)


As if the ever-changing menu and new happy hour program at Bing Bing Dim Sum weren’t keeping them busy enough, partners Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Daragh are also shaking things up at Cheu Noodle Bar.

They’ve got five new bowls on the menu, plus some tinkery upgrades, and they’re rolling it all out tonight, starting at 5pm. So for those of you out there who’ve been gorging yourselves on soup dumplings and getting messy with pitchers of ginger-flavored happy juice, maybe it’s time to get back to Shawn and Ben’s original fusion laboratory for a change of pace–or maybe just for some peanut noodles with shrimp and Vietnamese pickles because that sounds awesome right about now.

Cheu Noodle Bar [f8b8z]

A Double-Shot Of Good News From Bing Bing Dim Sum


Right from the start, we’ve been pretty into Bing Bing. Slap down a fusion-y dim sum joint on Passyunk and fill it with soup dumplings, reuben bao and pitchers of rum-heavy cocktails, and really, what’s not to like? No, not everything there has gone perfectly smoothly (Trey Popp had a bone or two to pick in his recent review), but sometimes that’s the risk you accept when dealing with a place where the kitchen’s menu design ethos is something akin to try everything once, try the good stuff twice.

But now, we have two things happening that actually make us like the place even more. First, they’ve just added delivery through Caviar and, starting tomorrow, they’re gonna have a happy hour.

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Gastronaut: Summer in the City

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods? Whatever. People have been spouting that trite crap since the notion of the neighborhood was invented, about any municipal area with a population larger than three. And while arguments can be made for the neighborhood-iness of Philly during the lethargic heat of the dog days (when no one wants to go farther than the corner bar for a cold beer and some company) or the depths of snow-day winters (when having a good restaurant within walking distance can make the difference between sane survival and going all Jack-Nicholson-at-the-Overlook), what Philly really is is a city of festivals. Read more »

Retro Week: Your Favorite Throwback Dishes In Philly


It being Thursday and us being in a retro kind of mood this week here at Foobooz World HQ, we decided to do our own little game of Throwback Thursday. But rather than asking for ridiculous photos of you passed out drunk in someone’s basement rec room with your parachute pants and Flock Of Seagulls hair, we’re looking for something better. What we want you to reminisce about are your favorite throwback dishes being served in Philly–what you like and where you go to get it today.

What’s that? You want some examples? We’re here to help.

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Chef (And Bartender) Shuffles: Stipo, Glass And Leonti

That's Vince on the right, standing next to Sara Justice, who still has her job at the Franklin.

That’s Vince on the right, standing next to Sara Justice, who still has her job at the Franklin.

You know what they say in the newspaper biz–three makes a trend. And with the news we reported on yesterday of pastry chef Monica Glass coming back to Philly (to work for Kevin Sbraga) after two years in Boston, we now have two more moves to report on: one up and one…sideways kinda?

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