Monday Morning TL;DR: This Is the Craziest Way to Get a Free Shot of Whiskey

Welcome to another Monday and another week here at Foobooz. If you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you want to know more about the “Trump 10”, the naked onion terrorist in Pittsburgh, or how to get a free shot in Thailand (hint: it isn’t worth it).

But we’re going to start off this week with something that everyone wants to know about: weed pizza.

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Where To Eat This Weekend: When Fried Chicken Is All That Matters

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You made it to Friday, and this weekend looks like it’s going to be a hot one. So you should be prepared with some plans for dinner, drinks and amusement.

But relax. We’ve got you covered. There’s fried chicken, cold beer, fried cheese and fancy riblets just waiting for you. So here’s everything you need to know about where you should be eating this weekend.

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Of Ramps and Riblets: Mistral Reviewed

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The only thing worse than a hotel restaurant is a mall restaurant. And the only thing worse than a mall restaurant is no restaurant at all. That’s just wisdom — a thing that’s been as true as anything for as long as it’s mattered.

But we’re in a different world now. Hotels in Philly have restaurants that are actually worth going out of your way for. Not all of them, certainly, but some. And the mall?

Well, the King of Prussia mall has been investing big in its restaurants. Philly-based Hai Street is in there rolling sushi burritos, there are two Shake Shack locations (one inside, one freestanding), plus several other reasonable fast-casual options. There are still terrible restaurants and boring restaurants and restaurants that exist only to serve deep-fried food in table-breaking volume. But in the strangest possible move, the KOP mall also snagged the second location for New Jersey’s lauded farm-to-table restaurant Mistral, which is where I’m sitting on a Saturday night, eating riblets and loving them nearly as much as I’ve loved anything in as long as I can remember.

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Where to Eat Fried Cheese Curds in Philly Right Now

I sometimes wish I’d been born in Wisconsin. Not for the funny accents or the cows or the hats with the furry ear flaps (they have those, right?), but because, in my mind, Wisconsin is a magical land of rolling hills and green fields where fried cheese curds essentially grow on trees. They’re everywhere — bars and diners, fine-dining restaurants and gas stations. On every street corner, there’s a cart selling hot bags of them. In every home, a countertop deep fryer that’s never cold and never empty.

Sure, it’s a dream. But it’s my dream and I’m hanging onto it. Wisconsin is a deep-fried cheese heaven, but Philly now has several places around town offering fried cheese — both curd and otherwise — for those of us looking for a taste of the Midwest’s greatest culinary contribution to our edible culture.

So if you love fried cheese the way we love fried cheese, here’s where you should be eating it right now.

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Monday Morning TL;DR: Here’s How Robots are Taking Over the Service Industry

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Welcome to another Monday morning. If you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you want to know about that girl who got into Yale by writing an essay about ordering pizza delivery or the robots serving Korean BBQ in California. Or maybe it’s the guys who got arrested for making an alligator shotgun a beer.

But let’s begin this week with something a bit closer to home: The tale of Kevin Sousa‘s Braddock, PA restaurant, Superior Motors, and how food was supposed to save one dying town.

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Where To Eat This Weekend: Inside, Outside and Out of Town

Last weekend? That was a wash. Sure, it was a nice, long holiday weekend, but it was also Memorial Day — the spiritual start to summer. And this being Philly, that meant that the city pretty much emptied out with everyone headed down the shore.

But this weekend? This is an actual weekend, with everyone around and the sun in the sky and everyone looking for somewhere to eat, somewhere to drink, and something to do. The good news? We’re here for you. So if you’re looking for a bar, a restaurant, a patio, a beer garden, something new, something interesting or something just plain awesome, you’ve come to the right place. This is where you should eat this weekend. And we’ll start things off with…

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Sneak Preview: July Classes at COOK

You guys got plans yet for July? I mean, the 4th, sure. Fireworks and hot dogs and whatever. But there are plenty of other days left in the month, so if you’re looking to gain a little cooking knowledge, learn about regional Asian BBQ or Greek food, meet some local chefs (like Joncarl Lachman or Lou Boquila), or maybe just hang out with the Foobooz team for an extra-special Foobooz Open Stove Night, you should pay attention.

Tickets for July classes at COOK are going on sale Monday, June 5th. But because you’re all such dedicated fans, we’re giving you a special early look. The full class schedule is below, so make your plans, and be ready to get online at 2pm to make sure you get your spot.

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This Is the Only Dinner In Philly Worth $500

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In May of 2015, chef Eli Kulp of Fork and High Street on Market, was hurt in the deadly Amtrak train derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. He was mostly paralyzed, but has been doing rehab ever since, working a lot with doctors at the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center who are developing technologies which allow people with neurological injuries to regain function.

That kind of thing? It’s expensive. Which is why a bunch of Kulp’s chef friends, along with a few local luminaries, are hosting a benefit dinner with Karamoor Estate winery (which has done some work with Kulp and Ellen Yin’s High Street Hospitality Group before) in order to raise money for the Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University, which the Cleveland FES calls home.

The lineup of chefs is one of those once-in-a-lifetime things, and the cause couldn’t be better. Here’s how things are going to shake out.

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Here’s a Collaboration You Didn’t See Coming: Pizzeria Vetri and Ghostface Killah

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This one surprised me a little bit. Because it’s not often that you see Vetri and the Wu-Tang Clan mentioned in the same sentence, right? Just to be sure about that I Googled “Vetri” and “Wu-Tang Clan” together. And nope. The internet came up with nothing.

But hey, the world is a big, strange place and there’s room in it for all manner of oddities. So if you are a fan of both Pizzeria Vetri and Ghostface Killah, then man, do I have the perfect event for you.

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