Matt Levin to Appear on Beat Bobby Flay

Matt Levin at his restaurant Adsum in 2010.

Matt Levin at his restaurant Adsum in 2010.

Matt Levin, executive chef for Brûlée Catering at the National Constitution Center, will be appearing on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay on Thursday, March 3rd at 10 p.m. Previous to working for Brûlée, Levin came to the forefront of Philadelphia dining as the chef at Lacroix. Under Levin’s reign, Lacroix was awarded four bells by the Inquirer’s Craig LaBan. After Lacroix, Levin opened his own restaurant Adsum, which was as noteworthy for its serious cuisine as for its stunts like a Four Loko dinner and burgers served on Tastykake Kandy Kakes.

To have the chance to take down Flay, Levin will first have to defeat Sanaa Abourezk of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Beat Bobby Flay [Official]

Brown Betty’s Closing Liberty Place Location

brown betty liberty place 400Brown Betty Dessert Boutique will be closing its “petite” location within the Shops at Liberty Place. The bakery is consolidating its brick-and-mortar operations in Northern Liberties while it pursues what a release is calling “several very exciting new wholesale opportunities.”

The flagship location at 722 North 2nd Street will remain open for business and extend its hours slightly, opening the bakery at 11am daily (instead of 12pm) beginning February 19th.

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

LISTEN: Nick Elmi Talks Philly Cooks on WMMR

preston steve philly cooks 400Tune into Preston & Steve this morning as Laurel chef Nick Elmi participates in the morning show’s Meet & Eat. Elmi will be on between 9:30 am and 10 am. talking Philly Cooks.

Speaking of Philly Cooks, tickets still remain for the Tuesday, February 16th event at the Philadelphia Marriott.

For more information, check out the Philly Cooks web site.

Philly Cooks [Official]
Philly Cooks Tickets [Official]
Preston & Steve [WMMR]


Armenian Restaurant Comes to Northern Liberties

apricotstone 400On Friday, ApricotStone opened on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties. The restaurant is owned by Ara Ishkhanian and chef Fimy Ishkhanian runs the kitchen. Ishkhanian is turning out a menu of seasonally inspired Mediterranean and Armenian cuisine.

 Ishkhanian grew up in Aleppo, Syria and came to the United States in 1981. In 1993 she opened Fimy’s Kitchen on the Main Line and added a second location in 1995. Now she’s bringing her cooking to Northern Liberties.

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Bar Hygge Readies for Opening

The taps at Bar Hygge

The taps at Bar Hygge

This week (Wednesday, February 3rd will NOT be the day) will see the opening of Bar Hygge at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The brewpub is a collaboration between two couples, brewer Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver (Earth Bread + Brewery) and Julie and Stew Keener (West Conshohocken’s Bagataway Tavern).

Hygge means a sense of happiness in the present moment or conviviality in Danish. It is pronounced HOO-ga and makes Bagataway seem like a simple name in comparison. But Hygge is definitely a word worth seeking out and the bar was already warm and comfortable on a pre-opening Friday afternoon where Team Foobooz was lucky enough to check out Baker’s opening six taps.

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Takeout for a Winning Super Bowl Party


Fish tacos from Buena Onda, just one Super Bowl takeout/delivery option.

Whether you’re rooting for the Panthers or the Broncos (or Team Fluff, for you Puppy Bowlers), one thing we can all agree on is that it isn’t a true viewing experience without consuming an unhealthy amount of food.

Unless you’re dedicated to spending most of the day in your kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of great takeout options to make party planning a little easier.

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East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week Highlights

east passyunk restaurant week 940East Passyunk Avenue is hosting its own restaurant week starting on Sunday, February 21st and running through Saturday, February 27th. The week of deals on Philadelphia’s hottest restaurant stretch come in three flavors. There are $15, $25 and $35 options that are available for lunch/brunch or dinner. Of the 24 restaurants participating six of the restaurants participating are in Philadelphia magazine’s latest 50 Best Restaurants list.

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Pat’s Steaks Owner Frank Olivieri Fires Back Over Health Inspection Coverage

Pat's Steak owner Frank Olivieri is all whizzed up over recent reports about his restaurant's cleanliness.

Pat’s Steak owner Frank Olivieri is all whizzed up over recent reports about his restaurant’s cleanliness.

On Thursday night at 5 p.m., 6ABC’s Monica Malpass and Brian Taff put on their most serious news anchor faces possible to introduce the night’s “Big Story,” a report from station veteran Vernon Odom about restaurant health inspections at two iconic Philadelphia institutions: Pat’s Steaks and Di Bruno Bros.

By Friday morning, their coverage as well as coverage from other outlets (the original story seems to have come earlier in the week from Sam Wood at were the No. 1 Facebook trend in Philadelphia and remained in the top three as of lunchtime. NBC10’s report remains one of the lead stories on the station’s website.

So what’s all the fuss about? Was Pat’s shut down for serving up ratsteaks? Was Di Bruno’s shuttered because employees were caught on secret video getting a little too intimate with the pepperoni? No. As it turns out, although the city deems some of their violations “serious” (an example of one of Pat’s “serious” violations: an open coffee cup … read the full inspection here), they fared pretty well as far as city restaurants go.

We got Pat’s owner Frank Olivieri on the phone to see what he thought of their report.

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Taqueria Feliz Now Open in Horsham

Taqueria Feliz Tacos

Photo by Courtney Apple

Chef Tim Spinner and business partner Brian Sirhal have brought Mexican to the ‘burbs with the opening of their fourth contemporary Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Feliz. The restaurant took the place of Pizzeria Felici in Horsham, the Neopolitan-style pizzeria they nixed after deciding to stick with Mexican.

The new restaurant has a much larger kitchen than the original Taqueria Feliz in Manayunk, so the menu is more extensive. The wood-fired oven is perfect for making their spins of classic taqueria dishes like crab and lentil enchiladas, tempura battered fish tacos, tlayudas (Mexican-style pizza) and their signature Feliz carnitas tacos. For the kids, there’s also a “Little Amigos Menu.” Because this is the ‘burbs, after all.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend


After a well-deserved week off, all area farmer’s markets are back on schedule for tomorrow. That means that Rittenhouse, Fitler Square, Clark Park, Bryn Mawr, and Chestnut Hill will all be present and accounted for, so you can stretch your legs and restock on local food following a shut-in weekend.

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