Celebrate Mexican Independence Day Today


Too many people think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day but it is actually today, September 16th. And thankfully several Mexican bars and restaurants in Philadelphia are looking to educate the masses through margarita deals and food specials.

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Six Pack: Suckling Pig In Philadelphia


Editor’s Note: This week, we’re going to be introducing our new army of interns to you, the Foobooz readership. And it occurred to us that what better way for you to get to know them a little then for them to tell you all about something they loved to eat. Thus, we set them each to assembling their own Foobooz Six Pack, focusing on something they loved.

Our first submission came from Alex Tewfik, a student at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. As a food and restaurant enthusiast, Alex spends every waking moment of his day inventing new ways to keep himself eating while hiding how fat he actually is from the rest of the world.

Take it away, Alex…

Matyson’s Suckling Pig Sundays are no more. They have moved on to bigger things. Fortunately, the rest of the city hasn’t. So if you need to satiate your suckling pig cravings, there are plenty of places in and around the city that know how to cook that piglet just right. So with that in mind, here it is: The best places to get suckling pig in Philadelphia.

Slow Roasted Suckling Pig at Il Pittore

Chef Chris Painter’s claim to fame at his semi-eponymous restaurant, Il Pittore, takes three whole days to perfect, and that’s exactly what it ends up being: perfect. Cured in salt, sugar, and herbs for 15 hours, it’s then slow roasted for 12 hours, then buried in pig fat, then portioned and pressed over night. The slow-roasted meat sits on a bed of whole baby carrots and sautéed cavalo nero, swimming in a rich guanciale jus. Crowned with sweet pear mostarda, this pig is a real beauty.

Il Pittore (Rittenhouse)
2025 Sansom Street

More suckling pig this way…

Tasting Menus at Cantina & La Calaca Feliz

Two new tasting menus will be gracing the tables of La Calaca Feliz and Cantina Feliz. The first is the “Back to Cool” menu served at both restaurants now through September 23rd. For $30 at La Calaca or $25 at Cantina, each guest will receive a multi-course meal of dishes prepared by chef Tim Spinner and Cantina’s line cooks, some of whom hail from Mexico, based on their favorite hometown dishes. An optional beverage pairing with Herradura Tequila will be available for $12.

Look for the full La Calaca “Back to Cool” menu and details on the second menu after the jump. Read more »

Summer Classes at Cantina Feliz

This summer at Cantina Feliz chef Tim Spinner will be teaching cooking classes on how the Cantina’s favorite dishes are made. Spinner will bring guests into the kitchen to see how it’s done, then sit down with them to sample the food and with a special tasting menu. The cost for the class, tasting menu, and beverage pairing is $75 but only 15 spaces are available for each class. The classes will be on Wednesday nights at 6pm and the themes are as follows:

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Celebrate National Margarita Day at Distrito in University City (And Elsewhere)

Happy National Margarita Day everyone!

As far as made-up holiday go, National Margarita Day always features prominently on the calendars ’round Foobooz World HQ–a day ordained by the agave gods for the drinking of high-proof cactus juice and getting weird in public. And while Philadelphia as a whole doesn’t go nuts for the day, there are a few places around town throwing down in South of the Border fashion.

Show me the list (and a video)

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