Renowned cookbook author, New York Times writer, and premiere authority on Jewish cooking in America, Joan Nathan, is coming to Abe Fisher for a special evening of food and conversation on Wednesday, May 17th.
On Saturday night, Abe met Diz and 15 minutes later it was over. The pastrami pita pop-up at Mike Solomonov’s Dizengoff saw 50-sandwiches walk out the door starting at 10 p.m. By 10:15 the final sandwich had been snapped up.
But have no fear, the pop-up returns the next three Saturday nights (September, 17, September, 24 and October, 1) for pastrami tucked into a caraway rye pita and topped with beet-pickled turnips, dill tehina, sumac slaw and fried onions. Also back is the frozen riesling – which was also a big success. Dizengoff will have more frozen riesling on hand as many showed up just for the icy wine.
But there is one big change. The pop-up now will begin at 8 p.m. now, with doors opening at Dizengoff at 7:30 p.m.
The sandwiches are $12 each and we suggest getting there early.
On the next four Saturday nights, Dizengoff is going to open back up at 10 p.m. to sell Montreal-style pastrami sandwiches. The promotion, called When Abe Met Diz runs September 10th, 17th, 24th and October 1st.
The pastrami will be served, tucked into a caraway rye pita and topped with beet-pickled turnips, dill tehina, sumac slaw and fried onions. The sandwiches are $12 each and we expect that they will go extremely quickly. Wash down the sandwich with “friesling,” a frozen riesling drink spun up in Dizengoff’s lemonnana machine.
Around the office, some of our co-workers have lamented that everyone knows about their favorite happy hours and perhaps the Foobooz crew has some undiscovered happy hours options where they could drink and eat cheaply without the crowds.
So here is our list of previously undiscovered Philadelphia happy hours.
Sure it’s fun to order just what you want off of a restaurant’s menu but sometimes the camaraderie of a shared feast is what you’re really hungering for. That’s when a large format meal at one of Philadelphia’s best restaurants is what you have in mind. So gather up some friends and make reservations for these family-style dinners.
Just over two years ago, Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov invited New York “spice whisperer,” Lior Lev Sercarsz to come down to Philadelphia to collaborate with Percy Street’s Erin O’Shea. The results were spectacular as this post lays out.
On Wednesday, June 15th, Sercarsz, the owner of New York’s famed spice shop, La Boîte, returns to Philadelphia for a night at Abe Fisher. At Abe Fisher, Sercarsz will join with executive chef Yehuda Sichel for a four-course meal that will combine the Eastern European Jewish influences of chef Yehuda’s cooking with the powerful flavors found in La Boîte spices.
Okay, so I learned something last night. I learned that not everyone is quite as big a Star Wars nerd as I am. Or, really, that maybe no one is as big a Star Wars nerd as I am.
Or at least no one who showed up last night for our Foobooz Open Stove May the Fourth Spectacular. I mean, no one knew the name of the Wookie homeworld. Only one of the chefs (and none of the crowd) was able to remember what Luke’s aunt and uncle on Tatooine did for a living. And I ended up bagging the sound effects contest completely. In the end, I could barely get the chefs to use the Force to identify spices by smell while blindfolded, and we were only playing that game because COOK’s insurance wouldn’t allow me to make them cook blindfolded.
But whatever. The food was good. And there were certainly plenty of drinks. Art spent last night documenting the dishes from Abe Fisher’s Joseph Howard and Felias Peralta of Marigold Kitchen via the Foobooz Instagram, so if you missed the fun live, here’s a recap of how it all went down.
For one night only, Abe Fisher executive chef Yehuda Sichel will collaborate with Manhattan’s Deuki Hong for a short rib feast.
Hong and writer Matt Rodbard are releasing a cookbook: Koreatown: A Cookbook. Hong is the chef at the hit Korean barbecue restaurant Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in Manhattan’s Koreatown. Rodbard is familiar with Sichel and Abe Fisher after calling the restaurant’s Montreal-style short ribs “smoked meat nirvana” for Food Republic.
On Tuesday, March 1st, the two chefs will come together on a four-course short rib focused dinner. Tickets to the dinner are $150 per could and include one cookbook. There will be two seatings, one at 5:30 pm and a second at 8:30 pm.
Whether you’ve tired of Center City Sips, your go-to bar, or simply drinking at home, here’s a round-up of the newer additions to the list of Philadelphia’s happy hours this summer. With the heat of August on the horizon, we’re probably all going to need a drink (or three), so let these newcomers reinvigorate your weekday drinking.
We’ll accept a cocktail as thanks.
Starting today, happy hour at Abe Fisher is getting even happier.
How, you ask? First, by extending an extra hour and running from 5pm ’til 7pm, offering every cocktail and 16 different wines-by-the-glass for $7. And also by extending into the weekend, making happy hour at Abe Fisher at 7-day-a-week event.