Where to Watch the World Cup Outdoors

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During the US’s World Cup game against Ghana, the broadcast frequently cut to reaction shots of people watching the game outdoors in Chicago, Bethlehem and a host of other locales. It got us wondering where we could watch the World Cup outdoors in Philadelphia. And with the weather coming around, this will be a great weekend to be outside and enjoying the sunshine and the soccer.

Here are your outdoor World Cup hotspots » 

Crabby Cafe and Sports Bar Replacing Max’s at the Piazza

crabby cafe sports barIt’s a new year and another new concept for the Piazza at Schmidt’s. Max’s Brew Bar and its 30 or so beer taps is giving away to Crabby Cafe and Sports Bar. Crabby Cafe promises the interesting combination of Cajun and Vietnamese cuisine on a seafood-focused menu.

Crabby Cafe and Sports Bar follows on the heels of the original Crabby Cafe, located at 6905 Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. That location opened about 8 months ago and has solid Yelp reviews. The new spot offers a menu consisting of seafood-focused appetizers and a variety of pho. The seafood section of the menu offers crawfish, shrimp and a variety of crabs in Cajun spices.

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PYT Brings Back Its Thanksgiving Burger

We all know what a turkey burger is. This isn’t a turkey burger. This is PYT’s Thanksgiving Dinner Burger. For the fourth year the Northern Liberties extreme burger joint will be serving up this monster:

We start with a deep fried turkey leg meat patty, topped with homemade mashed potatoes, bacon stuffing and cranberry spread…with a side of hot turkey gravy to pour on as desired.

The PYT TDB is available for a limited time.

PYT Thanksgiving Dinner Burger [Facebook]

Brooklyn Flea Philly Is Looking for More Food Vendors

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Brooklyn Flea Philly already has a significant food presence with Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Red Hook Lobster, Wursthaus Schmitz, Nomad Pizza and this week, Alchemy Creamery from Brooklyn is joining the fun. Also look for Hot Diggity in a week or two. But that’s not enough, Brooklyn Flea Philly is still looking for more food vendors to serve under the flea market’s tents.

So if you’re a chef with a side-project, a startup with a great idea that you want to test at the market and have the intestinal fortitude to make it through the City’s Office of Food Protection’s Special Event licensing process, the Brooklyn Flea wants to hear your idea.

Pitch your concept at http://www.brooklynflea.com/sellphilly or email philly@brooklynflea.com with questions about eligibility.

Brooklyn Flea Philly [Official Site]

Springtime Alchemy Happening at Emmanuelle

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Brian Freedman finds that Christian Gaal and Phoebe Esmon have created a warm weather menu of seasonally appropriate cocktails at Northern Liberties’ Emmanuelle, that are far from dumbed down

Several weeks ago, I had a chance to check out a number of the new drinks as they were approaching their final stages of development, and the results, as I expected, were stunning. One drink in particular I can’t stop thinking about is the Satyricon, a brilliant assembly of gin, dry curaçao, lemon, cinnamon and cardamom tinctures, and an ingenious red pepper-carrot-ginger syrup. An hour after I tasted it, I was still trying to parse it in my mind: It goes down both dangerously easily (as is the goal of this season’s drinks) and lingers on the palate beautifully. Esmon and Gaal are alchemists as much as they are mixologists, and the payoff of their painstaking work is evident in every sip.

Philabeverage: Emmanuelle goes to the light side [Philadelphia Weekly]
Emmanuelle [Official Site]

What Food Do You Want at the Piazza’s Brooklyn Flea Philly?

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Over on the Philly Post, I just broke the news that Brooklyn Flea Philly will debut at the Piazza in June, meaning Smorgasburg Fishtown can’t be far off. Brooklyn Flea co-founder Jonathan Butler was mum on details about what Philly food favorites we’ll find at Brooklyn Flea Philly, but he did tell me that Brooklyn Flea staples Red Hook Lobster Pound and Grady’s Cold Brew have signed on.

Here’s my wish list for Brooklyn Flea Philly:

1. HyBird, the Questlove/Stephen Starr collaboration.
2. Pete McAndrews with a whole roasted pig, a very sharp knife, and some good bread.
3. The Marc Vetri Mobile Pizzeria.
4. Scott Schroeder making sardine sandwiches.
5. Lil Pop Shop.

What do you want to see at the Brooklyn Flea Philly?

[Photo courtesy The Piazza at Schmidts]

Food Truck Round Up with Spodee at the Piazza

piazza_at_schmidtsEight food trucks will be descending to the Piazza at Schmidts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23rd to offer free Spodee (that chocolatey wine) spiked appetizers. Vote for your favorite and be entered to win a Spodee themed gift bag. The food trucks will also be selling from their regular menus and you can even take your food into King’s Oak to dine in warmth.

The line up of Food Trucks »

PYT Is Offering a Han Dynasty Burger

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PYT’s Tommy Up loves himself some Han Dynasty. So this week his Northern Liberties burger spot is offering a special burger created by Han Chiang himself. The burger is a blend of dan-dan sauce marinated pork belly and beef patty topped with spicy cucumbers and dan-dan aioli, served on a soft Chinese bun. Each burger is accompanied by a side of sichuan fries.

Get it now, because this special won’t last forever.

Han Dynasty’s Dan Dan & Spicy Cucumbers Turned into a Burger [Facebook]

Blatstein Gives Up Controlling Interest in Piazza and Liberties Walk

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The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Bart Blatstein has sold 60% of his interest in the Piazza at Schmidts and Liberties Walk. Kushner and Oaktree Capital Management L.P., a real estate investment fund are the buyers and the Inquirer estimates the deal is worth $130 million to Blatstein.

It would appear the deal gives Blatstein a cash infusion for his North Broad casino project, The Provence.

Blatstein sells controlling interest in Piazza, Liberties Walk [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Deconstructing Bart Blatstein [Philadelphia Magazine]

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