Watch: Philly Food Crew on the Chew Today

Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia: Pasta at Le Virtu

Joe Cicala making his pasta alla mugnaia | Photo by Jason Varney

Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala, Jose Garces and Holly Ricciardi (Magpie) will be on ABC’s The Chew today. Cicala will be showing off his single strand pasta alla mugnaia, while Garces makes a ceviche and Ricciardi bakes her butterscotch bourbon pie.

Tune in at 1 p.m. (or set your DVR) to see the whole crew repping Philly.

The Chew [Official]

Andrew Zimmern Spotted Around Town

woodland avenue meatHost of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern is in town. Yesterday the chef and writer posted photos on his Instagram feed of Rieker’s Prime Meats in Northeast Philadelphia as well as at Le Mandigue, an African restaurant at 6620 Woodland Avenue. That wasn’t Zimmern’s only stop on Woodland Avenue. The gutsy eater tried also ate Liberian grilled chicken from a sidewalk grill.

Today, Zimmern has been spotted at Dizengoff/Abe Fisher on Sansom Street.

If you spot Zimmern and his film crew around town, let us know.

UPDATE: He has also made it across the street for the Solomonov hat trick, he’s been seen at Federal Donuts.

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Local Tacos Make TV Debut Tonight

From Foobooz: This Wednesday, May 14th, La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount will be hosting its next whole animal barbecue. It will be a whole lamb being cooked in the back courtyard in La Calaca’ Caja China. The barbecue is $29 per person and includes Lima beans, esquites (Mexican street corn) salsa verde and corn tortillas. See the menu here.

Tacos at La Calaca Feliz

On the Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip, four local taco hot spots will be featured this evening. La Calaca Feliz, Sancho Pistola’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real will all be making their TV debuts.

Host Aaron Sanchez hits the taco spots trying out everything from a scrapple taco to one of Tuk Tuk Real’s Thai fusion creations. The show debuts at 9:30 p.m. and Sancho’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real are all hosting viewing parties. Union Taco and Tuk Tuk are both offering $2 tacos. Union Taco is even offering delivery from their Manayunk location if you buy five or more tacos.

Tuk Tuk is also giving away a $25 gift card to the customer who posts the most appetizing photo of them watching Taco Trip and eating the restaurant’s tacos. All posts, tweets, or Instagram pics must be accompanied by #TukTukTacoTrip.

Taco Trip – Philadelphia [Cooking Channel]

Royal Tavern Recreating Bob’s Burgers Specials

jack-o-lentil-burger-royal-tavernRoyal Tavern in Bella Vista has long been known for its burgers and it looks like it about to get a lot more notoriety for them. Starting yesterday and running for the next eleven weeks, the Royal is recreating special burgers that were mentioned on the TV show Bob’s Burgers.

First up is the “Jack-O-Lentil burger,” it’s a Lentil burger with pumpkin habanero aioli, wilted spinach, tomato and poblano salad, served on a brioche bun. New burgers debut every Sunday. Next up, “Mushroom with a View.”

Royal Tavern [Foobooz]

Catch Jen Carroll on Finale of Top Chef Duels Tonight

Tonight is the ultimate showdown for the $100,000 on Bravo’s Top Chef Duels. Philadelphia’s chef Jennifer Carroll is going  after the bragging rights, a feature in Food and Wine Magazine, and the money in tonight’s all-black dish battle.

After creating a dish bursting with flavor but only black in color, two chefs will be chosen to move onto the final Duel, while the other 8 remaining chefs battle it out for the last two spots by cooking up an all-white dish.

Top Chef Duels Finale [Bravo TV]

Spotted: Jon Taffer Rescuing Bars

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Jon Taffer, host of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue has been spotted in Philadelphia this week. Yesterday, he was seen “stressing” West Tavern (formerly Westy’s) at 15th and Callowhill. WXPN’s Robert Drake then spotted him on South Street at Lickety Split.

While Taffer has confirmed that the show is filming in Philadelphia through September 12th, the next location to be hit remains unknown. If you spot Taffer or any TV crews around town, let us know where.

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Jamonera Chef Takes on Chopped

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Philadelphia chef Lindsay McClain of Jamonera will be competing on Food Network’s Chopped this evening. McClain, along with three other chefs, will prepare three courses – appetizer, entree, dessert – using all of the items in her basket, one of which is obscure.

Tune in and show your support tonight, Tuesday, June 24th at 10 p.m. to check out Lindsay compete for the title of Chopped Champ.

Jamonera [Foobooz]

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