Eat This Now: Baked-to-Order Madeleines at Hungry Pigeon

Photo by Scott Charles Schroeder III

Photo by Scott Charles Schroeder III

Look for the nipple. That’s the secret to a great madeleine — the nipple, or téton as the French would say. It’s the bump on the backside of the shell-shaped dessert native to the town of Commercy in the Lorraine region; the bigger the nipple, the fluffier the cake.

Hungry Pigeon’s madeleines? Well, you’ll see.

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Alt-Valentine’s Day is the Best Kind of Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day From Ting Wong

This weekend coming up? It’s gonna be a disaster. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, EVERYONE is going to be out this weekend, filling up every seat in every restaurant you care about, drinking too much wine, eating all the oysters (which is bullshit, by the way) and getting their lovey-dovey cooties all over everything.

Like drinking on St Patrick’s Day, dining out on Valentine’s Day is amateur hour, a sucker’s game, great for restaurateurs (who need all the help they can get), but not so awesome for the dedicated gastronaut. But don’t worry, we have a very simple solution for you that will work particularly well this year.

We call it Alt-Valentine’s Day.

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DanDan Bringing Szechuan-Taiwanese Fire to the Main Line

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Courtesy of DanDan

The Rittenhouse DanDan was an instant success. In just two years, owners Kevin and Catherina “Cat” Huang grew their first restaurant into the neighborhood’s premier spot for solid noodles and dumplings, giving 9-to-5ers and the happy hour hordes something to sweat about without having to leave the comfy confines of Center City.

Come April, Devon’s heat-seekers will receive the same treatment.  Read more »

Parks On Tap is Back for 2017

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On a cold and gray day like today, it’s good to look forward to spring and summer. It’s even better to look forward to spring and summer knowing that the return of the sun, the warmth and the flowers will also mean the return of Parks On Tap.

Last year, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks and Rec and FCM Hospitality all got together and thought, “Hey, you know what would be cool? If we put together some kind of mobile beer garden that went around from park to park, allowing people to hang out in hammocks and drink in the sunshine.” And then they did exactly that.

And this year, starting on May 17 (which, really, isn’t all that far away), they’re going to do it again with another full season of Parks On Tap.

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East Passyunk’s Townsend Landed a Hot-Shot New Sommelier

Gordana Kostovski is a big deal in the Philly wine community. The Macedonian Master-certified sommelier was awarded two of Wine Spectator’s Awards of Excellence, including a Best of Award of Excellence. And for close to three years, she’s remained the driving force behind Volvér’s wine program — easily one of the most consistent (and consistently great) aspects of the restaurant and bar. Last year, she was credited in the Wall Street Journal for inspiring a major New York wine purveyor to bring his business to Pennsylvania, despite the state’s restrictive conditions. To say the least, she’s been a major player in helping shape this city’s burgeoning wine scene.

Yesterday, at Philly Cooks, when I found her in front of Townsend’s table and not Volvér’s, I thought nothing of it — she’s married to Townsend’s chef-owner Tod Wentz. But lo and behold, she actually works there, too.

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Happy Snow Day Everyone!

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I know, I know… Everyone was predicting a Snowpocalypse today and what we got was just a little bit of snow, in February, which is when snow is supposed to fall.

But still, it has been the only real snow we’ve gotten this year, and everyone kinda wanted this to be a bigger deal than it was, so I get it. People are looking for an excuse to celebrate and we here at Foobooz World HQ are squarely in favor of that sort of thing, so here’s what some of the bars and restaurants around town are doing to make your snow day a little less cold, a little more drinky and a lot more fun.

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One of North Philly’s Best Korean Restaurants is Expanding to Center City

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As Philadelphians, we should consider ourselves lucky to have our own thriving Koreatown — many U.S. cities don’t have the pleasure. We have Olney, a small enclave in North Philly home to some of the city’s — and country’s — finest Korean restaurants, bars, and karaoke. And last year, Philly Mag declared Seorabol, the neighborhood’s powerhouse restaurant specializing in everything from Korean barbecue to sushi, best-in-city.

This summer, Seorabol will open a second location in Center City.

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