Back in January, the stand that formerly housed Border Springs Farm lamb changed hands, landing in those of the butcher who was already running it. When he took ownership, Nick Macri re-christened the shop La Divisa Meats.
His first move was to add some variety to the case, so in addition to Border Springs’ lamb, the shop now offers pork from Hamburg, PA-based Country Time Farm and grass and milk-fed veal from Birchrun Hills Farm in Chester Springs, PA. Why is this great news for Philly eaters? Because they needn’t plan a trip all the way to Kensington Quarters to access fresh cuts of local, pasture-raised meats butchered with care. Additionally, Macri’s culinary background means that, even though his dry-cured salumi won’t be ready for a bit, he’s bringing some serious interest to charcuterie and adding ready-to-cook options for those looking for convenience. Here are our picks for new meats to add to your grocery list next time you head to Reading Terminal.
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It seems like we’ve been waiting around forever for Tria to open up in Fitler Square. But now, it seems like everything is finally coming together.
The new location is set to open in early April at the old Dmitri’s location at 2227 Pine Street.
Executive chef Karen Nicolas now leads the kitchen with a larger, more dinner-focused menu, featuring seafood and pasta dishes. But don’t fret. Management promises you’ll still be able to find some of their most popular small plates and sandwiches.
Along with a larger menu, Tria Fitler Square will also have 30 outdoor seats (open as soon as things warm up a little outside). Meanwhile, the inside of the restaurant will be a bit different than you might remember from Dmitri’s, with additional windows for views of the park.
These arancini are available for lunch or as an appetizer for dinner.
Clark Gilbert, ex of Bisou and Gemelli On Main, is the new chef over at Isabella in Consohocken, and has just released his first lunch and dinner menus.
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The $5 burger at Fountain Porter
You can’t have Meat Week and not talk about burgers. So here is our list of the best burgers in Philadelphia.
Compiled from Best of Philly winners who have to stood the test of time to some of our new favorites. From the blue cheese stuffed classic at Good Dog to the meat bomb that is the Whiskey King at Village Whiskey to our current fave, the $5 bargain at Fountain Porter.
Philadelphia’s Best Burgers [Foobooz]
In case you haven’t noticed lately, bacon is kind of a big deal. There’s all kinds of bacon wrapped foods, weird bacon novelties, and to top it off, a website completely dedicated to bacon.
Well, we here at Foobooz are also a little obsessed with bacon (well, with all meats, really), so in honor of Meat Week, we decided to ask local bacon-maker and meat enthusiast Ari Miller of 1732 Meats a few questions about his business.
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Get your wine bra and funnel (or your judgmental high society attitude, whatever) ready: Philly Wine Week is kicking off this Sunday, March 22nd from 5-8 pm with an event called “Opening Corks” at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
The springtime themed wine tasting reception will feature over 20 wine vendors pouring samples of champagnes, sparkling wines, whites and rosés. Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided by Tria Café, Murray’s Cheese, Panorama and Alla Spina.
Dress is springtime cocktail attire, which I assume means you should come dressed as a springtime cocktail. I’m going as a gin fizz.
Tickets for Opening Corks are $60 (but they go up to $75 if you wait till after 5 p.m. Friday). You can get them here.
Philly Wine Week [Official]
The build-out on Mitch Prensky’s Scratch Biscuits storefront at 1306 Chestnut Street is on schedule, maybe even ahead of schedule. This, Prensky told me as he frantically looked for some wood to knock on, means the Midtown Village biscuit spot will be ready for inspections in about three weeks.
Yesterday, I sat down with Prensky to try a sampling of his breakfast and lunch biscuit sandwiches. Also on the agenda, identifying which sandwich was served on a gluten-free biscuit. I failed.
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The St.Patrick’s Day crowd at Bridget Foy’s
Philadelphia-based startup Everything Clicks helps businesses and brands connect with their customers and fans via social media. And for Saint Patrick’s Day as well as the Saturdays of Erin Express they took a deep look at social data to see what Philadelphians were getting into. The company analyzed over 475 million data points to find out where people were drinking, what they were eating and where people were checking in.
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As 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…
Sakura, more commonly known as cherry blossoms, bloom once spring begins in Japan
Gyu-Kaku, a relatively new Japanese BBQ restaurant in Fairmount, is celebrating Sakura Fest by offering special deals on food and the chance for people to win prizes, gift cards and, maybe, a free trip to Japan.
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