Han Chiang Decapitates A Pig For Munchies

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Munchies has another “Chef’s Night Out” videos, and this time they’re hanging out with Han Chiang, some of his crew from Han Dynasty, and a bunch of other Philly notables. It takes all of 49 seconds before the director shows the Rocky statue for the first time, but after that, things settle down into a kind of pinwheel of debauchery in which Han and his crew drink, talk Szechuan food, drink, talk shit, do shots, talk with Ben and Christina Miller from Barbacoa, eat some testicles, do more shots, eat a lamb eyeball taco, go to Amis, decapitate a pig, drink more, go to Prime Stache for wings (and more drinks), then head back to Han Dynasty for Szechuan hot pot and a philosophical walk-off where Han talks about playing Clash Of Clans and wonders where all the strippers are.

Really, it’s the kind of thing you have to see for yourself.

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The Gaslight Is Taking A Do-Over

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Things did not go well for Jason Cichonski when he debuted his Old City bro-haven and drink-a-teria, The Gaslight. He got kicked around pretty good by our own Trey Popp, who handed down one lonely star (“The Ela chef’s sophomore effort feels like an Old City boite for singles who’ve almost outgrown them, but who aren’t quite ready to choose between Manayunk and Cougar Town.”) and given a single mercy bell by Craig LaBan in a review most notable for the fact that the chef himself knew an ass-kicking was forthcoming.

Still, he kept things going–serving crowds who didn’t seem dissuaded at all by the bad press. Right up until February 28 when a burst pipe upstairs forced a “temporary” shutdown (which has now lasted nearly a month) and Cichonski decided to use the time to re-do, well, pretty much everything.

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Wine Week: Okay, Now This Is Just Totally Bonkers

FLXLogoNow this is the way that Wine Week ought to be celebrated.

For one night only, the crew at Alla Spina are bringing in chef, manager and Master Sommelier Chris Bates from FLX Wienery in the Finger Lakes to do a special Wine Week menu.

First things first, check out this guy’s bio: “Christopher Bates not only helmed one of the country’s greatest wine programs as General Manager and Executive Chef of 5 star Hotel Fauchere, but won the International Best Young Sommelier competition.” He then went on to bail out of the hotel scene and open a “Modern Hot-Doggery” where he could sling wieners and dogs for a living, which is just awesome.

Second things second, you’ve got to take a look at the menu being offered tonight. There are two options–drop in at the bar for a snack, or sit down in the dining room at Alla Spina for a full tasting menu, with pairings, of course.

Show me the menu!

Marigold Kitchen Teases New Spring Menu

MarigoldHummusChefs Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza generally like their tasting menus at Marigold Kitchen to be a surprise for diners. But what with spring coming and a new menu now taking shape in the kitchen, they’ve decided to give a little preview.

As they did with their secret New Year’s Eve menu, the crew at Marigold are now teasing a couple dishes from their new, 12-course spring menu. That one above? That’s edamame hummus with lemongrass, black sesame seeds, chile oil and a puffed rice cracker.

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The Gastronaut: It Gets Better

MO-gastronaut-032015-400-kagan-mcleodI was at Aldine for dinner on opening night, and it was awful.

Of all the dishes set before me, I only found two of them appetizing enough to finish, and with another one, I had to pull the old Oh look, some of it fell on the floor trick just to make it appear as though I’d taken more than one bite.

But it’s okay. Don’t worry. Aldine got better.

I ate at Sbraga years ago, shortly after it opened. It was one of the most talked-about restaurants in the city, but not all the talk was good. And, frankly, neither was dinner. It was gimmicky, too clever, muddled in a way that I think was supposed to feel casual and fun but didn’t.

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Meat Week: Can You Cook Ribs With A Flamethrower?

flamethrowerAs far as I know, the good folks over at Kotaku.com are not celebrating Meat Week the way we are, but it just so happens that they found some videos of people doing some truly awesome stupid things–like trying to cook bacon with a machinegun or, in the case of the video below, making some ribs, popcorn, s’mores and watermelon (?) with a flamethrower.

You KNOW you want to see the video…

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