East Passyunk Ave. Construction Update

passyunk-constructionA trip to East Passyunk Avenue is always an occasion for good food and drink, but there’s also likely the sound of saws hammers and other construction noises as the Avenue continues to add new spots.

While we’re all patiently awaiting the completion of Bing Bing Dim Sum (early 2015), they’ve recently posted some construction photos:

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TODAY: Preview LaColome, Yards, Icelandic Beer

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Maybe you’ve seen a can of the Icelandic beer, Einstök? The beer can features a too-cool-for-school viking, complete with hip sunglasses. I’ll admit I was sceptical as it felt a bit more Los Angeles ad agency than Arctic Circle. But it turns out it is a real brewery and not just a marketing concept.

Even better, Yards Brewing’s Tom Kehoe and La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael were recently in Iceland where they brewed up a collaborative beer with Einstök. Kehoe and Carmichael were in Iceland to film an episode of Dangerous Grounds and visited Einstök Brewery’s founder, Jack Sichterman. While there, they brewed a coffee pale ale called Snorri’s Awakening and you can preview it today at the Yards Tasting Room at 4 p.m.

Get to the brewery promptly in order to raise a pint with Kehoe, Carmichael and Sichterman, and figure out what the heck a Snorri is.

Yards Brewing [Official]

Local 44 Wants to be Your Beer Gift Superstore

HolidayShoppingThe Bottle Shop at Local 44 is ready for all of your holiday shopping needs. The compendium to Local 44 is stocking a host of beer meets food products not to mention tons of beer as well.

Among the beer and food products available are several Victory Brewing related items including Victorious B.I.G. jerky, Crisp & Co. Pint Pickles and Punch Drunk hot sauce. There are also items like draft beer flavored jelly beans, beer soap and dog biscuits from spent brewing grain. The Local 44 team is also excited to have

There is also a pop-up freezer section offering Weckerly’s Cinnamon Toasted Oat on Chocolate Stout Brownies and pints of Porter Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Brown Butter Short Bread.

Of course the bottle shop is also offering beer specials for the holidays. For one, all magnums of beer are $30 through the end of the year.

Holiday Shopping [Bottle Shop at Local 44]

Pierogie Kitchen to the Side Dish Rescue

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If you’re still bogged down with the task of bringing a side dish to your family’s Thanksgiving meal and you have yet to decide on what you’re bringing, Pierogie Kitchen’s seasonal options may sway you towards an Eastern European flair.

Located at 648 Roxborough Avenue and celebrating its eleventh anniversary, the restaurant and store offers 29 styles of pierogies, some more fitting for Thanksgiving than others.

Among the seasonal options are Prune (butter, sugar, prunes), Blue Crab (lump crabmeat, blend of cheeses and seasoning), Kielbasa and Kraut, and Potato Sweet Cabbage (50/50 blend of potato and sweet cabbage) pierogies are available for the holidays, but old favorites such as the Buffalo Bleu Chicken pierogie and Philly Cheesesteak pierogie are for sale as well.

Pierogie Kitchen [Official]

Top Chef Episode 6 Recap: A Very Top Chef Thanksgiving

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Since we have to wait two weeks until the inevitable disaster that is Restaurant Wars, I decided to hold off a bit on this recap so you could avoid the Top Chef shakes (guys, don’t tell my editor, but I’m actually just a lazy sonofabitch who failed to get to this until now-ish. Sorry, Jason.).

But anyway, the holidays are upon us! So what does that mean in Top Chef TV-land? That’s right! Thanksgiving in the middle of the summer. And since, apparently, outfitting the cheftestants with old-timey elephant guns and sending them on a turkey shoot was disallowed by the lawyers and insurance adjustors, what do we end up with? Right again! A cranberry bog race.

You guys are smart.

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Garces Is Opening a Lounge Below Rosa Blanca

nacional-56-400Jose Garces is opening Nacional 56 downstairs from Rosa Blanca at 707 Chestnut Street on Wednesday, November 26th. The lounge will offer Latin music, cocktails and light Cuban fare four nights a week.

While Garces handles the food and drink, David Pena and Pena Productions (Boogie Nights at the Tropicana in Atlantic City and a host of other casino venues around the country) will handle the DJs and live music. Pena says “he [Garces] does food. We do nightlife and we’re both Latino; you know it will be the real deal.”

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Joe’s Steaks in Fishtown Makes Progress

Joe's Steaks at Girard and Frankford.

Joe’s Steaks at Girard and Frankford.

Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop’s new location at Frankford and Girard was announced back in May and work has finally begun to convert the old Acropolis Diner into a cheesesteak emporium. Pictured are several shots of the exterior and interior being overhauled.

Despite the current look, owner Joe Groh is still aiming for a mid-December opening.

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Saint Benjamin Brewing Pays Homage to Little Pete’s

saint-benjamins-little-petes-beerSaint Benjamin Brewing Company’s latest release pays homage to to Philly’s beloved Little Pete’s. The beer, “Little Peat” is a 4.2% alcohol by volume dry stout with a hint of smoke and roasted flavors from the roasted barley, caramel malt and smoked peat malt.

Saint Benjamin’s Tim Patton said “we were engineering a rich yet easy drinking dark beer with a slight smoky peat essence that you might want to enjoy while sitting beside a fire on a cold night, when we learn that Philadelphia’s beloved Little Pete’s was doomed.” Realizing just how attached Philadelphians are to the 24-hour diner, he decided to name the beer after the landmark.

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The Fat Ham Is Celebrating Its First Anniversary With An Oyster Roast

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The Fat Ham is hosting an Oyster Roast on Tuesday, December 9 to celebrate its one-year anniversary, and chef Kevin Sbraga is going all-out, serving a variety of dishes family-style. He’s also got a solid list of sides and accompaniments for the oysters, and the whole thing will only run you $60 a head for 3 courses.

Check out the menu below.

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