Frozen Budino Pops Are Back!

Barbuzzo- Budino Pops - HighRes - Credit Jason Varney

Yes, they’re back. Frozen Budino Pops have returned to Midtown Village. Beginning Friday, July 11th summer on 13th street can officially begin.

All hail the return of chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s ever so decadent, totally scrumptious, melt-in-your mouth dessert. If you’ve never tasted the perfection that is the frozen budino pop, its the grown-up version of your favorite summer popsicle.

Chef Turney wraps a core of magic salted caramel and dark chocolate cookie crumbs with frozen caramel pudding, then hand-dips it in happiness dark chocolate and sprinkles Maldon sea salt on top. The pops are a seasonal play on the best-selling Budino dessert offered at the restaurant duo’s acclaimed Barbuzzo.

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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]

Paella and Sangria Night at Jamonera

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Jamonera is hosting a Paella and Sangria Night tonight, Monday, June 23rd. Attendees will get a tapas appetizer, a pitcher of either red or white sangria and, of course, paella. But your decision may get tough when it comes down to what type of paella you’re getting because Jamonera is offering up three options – seafood,  vegetarian and a mixed dish, which includes seafood and meat.

Dinner is $35 per person. To make reservations, call 215-922-6061 or visit http://jamonerarestaurant.com.

Jamonera [Foobooz]

Summer Souvlas at Drury Beer Garden

Drury_beer_garden_Logo Celebrate the first official day of summer with a Summer Souvla at Drury Beer Garden. On Saturday, June 21st and July 5th, Drury Beer Garden, behind Opa, will be celebrating grilled meat. Roasted goat will be served up on the 21st and roasted pig on the 5th. Drink specials, which will be announced the day of the roasts, will also be available too.

Drury Beer Garden [Foobooz]

Brickstone: Mercantile Library to Become Coworking Space

The Mercantile Library at 1021 Chestnut, as seen in 1964. Photo courtesy MSC.

The Mercantile Library at 1021 Chestnut, as seen in 1964. Brickstone aims to make it a coworking space. Photo courtesy MSC.

This morning’s membership meeting of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC) at the Union League was standing room only, and it wasn’t for the coffee and danish. The numerous guests in attendance were there for “New Center City Demographics: The Upside for Retail Leasing & Development,” a panel moderated by Center City District’s Paul Levy that included Larry Steinberg, Senior VP of CBRE|FAMECO; John Connors, VP of Brickstone Realty; and Eddie Gindi, VP of Century 21 Department Stores.

Despite interesting overall updates on the Center City residential market (Levy) and its retail market (Steinberg), the crowd was perhaps most interested in the presentations by the two who got specific about the projects they’re bringing to Market East — projects that will radically alter the shape of the neighborhood, or at least that’s what everyone is hoping.

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Restaurant Review: Petruce et al

Whole grilled sea bream | Photo by Jason Varney

Whole grilled sea bream | Photo by Jason Varney

Philadelphians have a lot of things to be thankful for, and one is that Justin and Jonathan Petruce aren’t trying to sell them pizza. There’s been some confusion about this. “When people hear that we have a restaurant with a wood oven and grill, the first thing they ask is if we make pizza,” says one of the brothers. “Actually, they’re more like, ‘What kind of pizza do you make?’” says the other.These are understandable assumptions. The Petruce brothers in fact wanted to open a pizza parlor. They even went to Italy, in 2010, to learn how.

“But then everybody in Philadelphia decided to open a pizza place,” Justin says.

So they just kept on cooking for other people. Between them, the Petruces have worked — occasionally together — at Mémé, M Restaurant, Fish and Little Fish. In March, they hung out a wooden shingle etched with their own name.

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Tale of the Tape: Jake’s Sandwich Board

yotc-jakes-sandwich-board-940Center City Philadelphia isn’t quite a cheesesteak desert but besides the new Steve’s and several options at the Reading Terminal, most of your cheesesteak options come from food carts. If you’re looking for a roof over your head, somewhere to sit and cool Philadelphia imagery on the walls, then Jake’s Sandwich Board might be what you’re looking for. As we continue our Year of the Cheesesteak, we see how the Midtown Village cheesesteak and sandwich shop measures up. 

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Charlie Was a Sinner. Is a Week from Opening

Photo via designer Mike Smith

Photo via designer Mike Smith

Michael Klein has been given inside access to chronicle Nicole Marquis’s Charlie was a sinner. (yes, that’s the official capitalization and punctuation). In his most recent report, Klein has details on what will be on the menu created by the Mildred’s Mike Santoro. What Klein doesn’t have, despite several requests, is the final menu. Inside access doesn’t mean all access. But we all should know what is on the menu when Charlie was a sinner. opens in the next week or so.

The making of Charlie was a sinner.: Menu sampling [The Insider]

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