And Philly Mag’s Next Food Editor Is….

Hi. Tom McGrath here, editor of Philly Mag. For a couple of months now — ever since the very smart, very funny, very talented Kirsten Henri announced she was stepping aside as the magazine’s food editor — we’ve been searching for someone to take over our food coverage both in the magazine and here at Foobooz. Someone who understands food; who’s as passionate about restaurants as you, our readers, are; and who might be able to give us a fresh perspective on Philadelphia’s ever-growing, ever-more-exciting food scene.
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Kirsten Henri is New Philly Mag Food Editor

Former Foobooz Advisory Panel head Kirsten Henri has been named the new Food Editor for Philadelphia Magazine. In experience that probably made her resume, Kirsten has been the Grub Street Philadelphia editor since its launch, an entertainment editor at Comcast.net and reviewer for Philadelphia Weekly.

In addition to all that, she’s our favorite IM partner. We’re pleased as punch (alcoholic punch) for her and look forward to her work at Philly Mag.

Grub Street Comes To Town

grubstphlNew York Magazine’s Grub Street is going national, launching Sunday in five new markets including Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. It’s a heady sign of the times that Philadelphia was chosen above food cities like New Orleans, Washington DC and Portland.

Kirsten Henri, who has been lending a guiding hand at Foobooz for the last year and a half, will be writing the Philadelphia version of Grub Street.

I’m very happy for Kirsten and much like when she was writing regularly for Foobooz, I will be eagerly awaiting her posts.

Philadelphia’s tide of food blogs has risen again and we’re all the richer for it.

Arthur Etchells
Editor
Foobooz

The Weekender Happy Hour: Blush

What to Drink: With all beers, wines, and cocktails discounted 50 percent, you can’t really go wrong

What to Eat: Any of the flatbreads, like the pulled chicken with goat cheese, mushrooms, and pesto, or the tuna ceviche with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro — both $6.50

When to Go: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; if the weather is good, head to the roof deck

Blush, 24 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr; 610-527-7700.

Foobooz Nooz

If you read this site regularly (like I do), you’ll notice something new starting today. Or maybe you’ll notice it once you sober up. My chocolate is all up in foobooz’s peanut butter: Team foobooz has graciously invited me to guest blog for the next few weeks.

You might know me from my foodish work at Philadelphia Weekly. Or you might know me because I went to high school with you and this is Philadelphia and you can’t escape it. Don’t even try.

For those who fear change (like I do), worry not! There’ll be the same weekly features you love, plus more. Let us know what you think of our bloggy experiment.

Shine A Little Bit

Kirsten Henri checks out Clementine’s Bistro on East Passyunk and finds an “often lovely” bistro that could use a little more pizazz.

Clementine’s Bistro, a BYOB on Passyunk Avenue that opened last spring, could use a little help in the vibe department. While the food is solid, it’s a shrinking violet in the atmosphere department. It’s positioned itself as a bistro, with all the trappings—a plat du jour, a prix-fixe menu option, a cheese and charcuterie plate—and it’s mostly successful, but it could use a bit more atmosphere.

Oh My Darling, Clementine’s [Philadelphia Weekly]
Clementine’s Bistro [Official Site]

Citygrange Puzzles

City Grange

Photo by Ryan Charles

Kirsten Henri takes on Citygrange, a hotel restaurant that promises much more than it delivers.

Then there’s that great middle ground of mediocrity, where Citygrange—the new fresh ’n’ local, farm-forward and allegedly foodie-centric restaurant in the Westin—squats on its irritating corporate haunches, spinning twee commentary on its menu about how it feels “a little warm bread and room temperature butter can cure almost anything.”

Hotel Reservations [Philadelphia Weekly]
Citygrange [Official Site]

Salento Is “Endearing”

Kirsten Henri may be suffering from Italian BYOB overload but there’s no denying Salento’s charms.

A special of homemade ravioli stuffed with ground veal is rich enough on its own, but you’ll need superhuman willpower to push away any of the accompanying truffled cream sauce. The same goes for that highly addictive ricotta gnocchi, lightly crisped from a quick trip to the saute pan and heavily doused with garlic and wild mushrooms. Ciceri e tria—a humble Salentine specialty of ribbons of pasta smeared with crushed chickpeas and garnished with fried pasta—is hearty and workingman-homey.

Gnocchi on Heaven’s Door [Philadelphia Weekly]

Colonial Power

Kirsten Henri reviews one of Philadelphia’s true tourist traps, the City Tavern. And surprise, surprise, the German based menu is pretty good. Just don’t let Johnny Goodtimes know she called the Martha Washington Turkey potpie “outstanding.”

Kraut Of This World [Philadelphia Weekly]
City Tavern [Official Site]

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