Uneven Barbecue in Ambler

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Craig LaBan ventures to Ambler for the promise of barbecue and whiskey at the Lucky Well. What he finds is uneven at best. Chef/owner Chad Rosenthal has trouble with consistency.

I don’t doubt Rosenthal’s passion for BBQ. I could taste those good intentions on the St. Louis pork ribs, the bones dusted Memphis-style with spice, the pink-haloed meat clinging just right. The Lucky Well’s chicken wings also wore their smoke well enough. But I should have stopped there.

Food Network notoriety is no guarantee of culinary genius, a fact made abundantly clear by two meals in which virtually everything else fell flat.

One Bell – Hit-or-Miss

Dining Review: The Lucky Well [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Lucky Well [Official]

Australian Black Truffle Dinner at Blackfish

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Australian black truffles.

Need we say more?

Tuesday, August 26th, Blackfish invites you to their Australian Black Truffle Dinner. The tasting menu is comprised of four dishes featuring the prized ingredient. Guests will start with duck and truffle rillettes, followed by truffle dumpling, albacore and truffle ballontine and finish with beef and truffle parfait.

The dinner, curated by chef and owner Chip Roman with the help of chef de cuisine, Yianni Arhontoulis is $65 per person.

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Sandwich Pop-Up in Jenkintown

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Forcella and Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown are hosting a pop-up sandwich shop today at Leila’s Bistro at 700 West Avenue. Owner Jose Vargas and Paesano’s alum Anthony Pasceri are hosting the pop-up. There will be free samples and $8 sandwiches from 12:30 p.m. till  supplies run out.

If anyone tags Forcella or Leila’s Bistro on Facebook or Twitter (@leilasbistro or @forcellabyob) with a picture of themselves and their sandwich their full size sandwich is free.

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Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell Home Is Pending Sale

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Exterior shot of Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell home.

Ryan Howard’s custom-made home in Montgomery County, placed on the market in June, is now pending sale. The deal is expected to close sometime in August, according to Philly.com. What does it mean? Where is Howard going? When? Will the Phils release him?

From a baseball standpoint, we don’t know right now. But from a real estate standpoint, we do know this: He’s certainly not going to live in his still-in-construction 20-room Florida mansion. He used to spend time in Rittenhouse Square, where pals Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon settled, as PhillyChitChat’s HughE Dillon noted in October:

Whatever the case, the sale of his Deerfield Estates home is a lucky break. The property may have attracted more curious fans than actual potential buyers in the beginning, as hinted by the listing’s closing line: “Only qualified buyers, please. Listing agent must accompany…” 

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Midday Headlines: Rittenhouse Club Horror Story

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New projects in and around the city are thriving (even if approvals can be cumbersome), but not all developments are created equal. Case in point: the Rittenhouse Club condo apartments in Norristown.

In an an article written for the Inquirer, Carolyn Davis tells the home buyer horror story that unfolded with a Norristown condo complex at its center.

The 26-unit project by developer R. Bruce Fazio cropped up with issues from the start. And not just cliché, annoying-leaky-pipes type of issues. No, more like scary naked wiring and wooden fire-escape staircase (what?!) issues. And it doesn’t stop there:

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Guild Hall Brewing Company Launches a Kickstarter

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Guild Hall Brewing Company, a brewpub opening in Jenkintown, has launched a kickstarter. Set to open in Fall 2014, the brewery is looking for your help to complete their vision.

Without impairing the beer, food, sustainable operations and wages for the staff, head brewer Owen Hutchins had to make some budget cuts. “We had to cut something. We had to cut the design,” Hutchins said.

And this is where you come in. The brewery is looking for donations to make the transformation complete. Donations will go towards the design elements of the brewery. With a goal of $25,000 and 29 days to go, there’s still time for you to make an impact. And depending on how much you donate, expect some prizes – have you ever wanted to name your own beer? – to come your way.

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Brittingham’s Father’s Day Food Truck Block Party

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What better way to say thank you to dad than with a few food trucks? Brittingham’s is hosting a Father’s Day Food Truck Block Party on Sunday, June 15th. The featured trucks will be Poi Dog, which serves up a variety of Hawaiian Tacos, Spot, known for its handcrafted burgers, The Whirly Pig, you can get a basket of bacon… need I say more? And finally, for dessert, Sweet Box Cupcakes, where you’ll have to choose between flavors like Dulce de Leche, Chocolate Ganache and Lime Coconut. Or you can just get all three because hey, it is Father’s Day after all. And to wash everything down? Beer by Brittingham’s will be there. So make this Father’s Day count by stuffing your and your dad’s face with good food and beer.

Brittingham’s [Foobooz]

Louis Kahn’s Roche House Is on the Market

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TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach – Blue Bell

Well, this is exciting! The Philip and Jocelyn Roche House in Whitemarsh Township is on the market. Though it’s definitely considered a Kahn home — one of several residential commissions in our area — it may be that Oscar Stonorov had some involvement here. In The Houses of Louis Kahn, co-authors George H. Marcus and William Whitaker say note that the construction drawings from 1948 are marked Stonorov & Kahn, though the job’s start date has been listed as 1945. The home’s origin story is muddied because the home was on a parcel of land that was being considered as the location of the United Nations Headquarters.

We’ll take a minute for you to laugh at that notion.

Now. Onward. As you’d expect from a Kahn home, engagement with nature is in evidence, from specimen plants and private walking trail to hidden grotto and Japanese garden. The listing notes Kahn’s hallmark touches here, like the living room’s brick wall, and the way the living room light changes colors as the sky does.

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