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Just about every restaurant worth its salt has is celebrating local tomatoes with at least an heirloom tomato salad nowadays. But a couple of restaurants are going to the next level by creating whole menus with the tomato as the centerpiece.
Meritage is offering a special tomato tasting menu from Friday, August 28th through Friday, September 4th. The four-course dinner includes lobster with tomato conserva to a tomato sorbet with lemon biscotti.
At Jamonera, the Midtown Village Spanish restaurant is celebrating Lo Tomatina, Spain’s huge tomato throwing festival. On Sunday, August 30th and Monday, August 31st, Jamonera is offering a 10 dish, tomato tapas dinner for $45 per person. The local tomato menu will feature everything from tomato gazpacho to tomato sofrito with chorizo.
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Earlier this month, we told you about Tinto’s new happy hour. Now, Jose Garces’s other Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia is getting a similar happy hour makeover.
Beginning today, Amada is offering a $5 tapas and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Look for favorites like Piquillos Rellenos (crab-stuffed peppers), Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes), and Croquetas de Jamon (ham croquettes) all to be on the happy hour menu.
In the drinks department, Amada will be offering $4 beers, $5 sangria, $6 wine and $8 cocktails.
Tinto is now offering happy hour Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jose Garces’s Basque restaurant is offering their most popular pintxos for $5 each. The restaurant is also offering $5 white and red sangria, plus $7 wines.
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Amada, Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Old City Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, is hosting its bi-annual Pig Out on Sunday, September 28th. There will be two seatings for the dinner; the first is at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m.
The dinner itself will feature a three-course meal starring endless amounts of the Amada’s signature dish, Cochinillo Asado, or roasted whole suckling pig. The pig is carved table-side by a chef and is accompanied by side dishes including rosemary scented white beans, crispy roasted fingerling potatoes and for dessert, indulgent bacon and peanut butter macarons.
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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.
Join Bar Ferdinand as they host Al Fresco Paella Cooking Classes on Saturday, June 28th, July 26th and August 23rd. The classes begins at 7 p.m. and will include cooking, tasting and learning about Spain’s most famous dish with the help of chef David Ansill. Chef Ansill will demonstrate the traditional ways of cooking the dish for participants to learn.
Tapas appetizers will be served and if your dish doesn’t turn out too good, don’t worry because Bar Ferdinand’s signature dish, Paella Valenciana, will be served as well.
Tickets are $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and include a starter paella kit with calasparra rice, chorizo and paella stock.
To learn more about the event, visit barferdinand.com. And if you’re interested in taking the class, call 215-923-1313 to make your reservations.
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A Twitter follower had tipped us off that the postage stamp-sized Cafe Nhu Y had closed its doors at 8th and Christian. And after a lot of denial, we’re willing to admit that our favorite bargain banh mi spot is indeed gone for good. A similarly distressed Naked Philly confirms the closure.
And in the Italian Market, there’s the odd story about the closing of five-month old Torero Tapas Bar. The Torero web site has the paella and tapas bar moving/merging with Tabblon in Drexel Hill. The Passyunk Post reports that a neighbor says it was a landlord dispute that led to the closing.
If you’re anything like me you’re looking forward to starting your Christmas shopping this weekend. And if you’re really like me, you’re already looking forward to the distractions that will keep you from completing your shopping.
One option that is sure to beckon like a siren, churros and chocolate at Jamonera. From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday the 21st, the Midtown Village tapas hotspot will be offering churros for $8 plus some hot drinks.
As Estelle Costanza once said, “what am I going to do with all this paella?” Well the answer at Jamonera is to serve it up with Spanish tapas and a pitcher of sangria.
Tonight, the Midtown Village hotspot is offering a paella and sangria night. Dinner is $35 per person and includes salad, croquettes, papa frita, a choice of paella and a pitcher of blanca or roja sangria.
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The Italian Market is getting a
topless tapas and paella bar. Torrero Bar is replacing El Costeno taqueria at 940 S 9th Street. Passyunk Post has some more details on the upcoming project.
Tapas place called to Torero Bar coming to Italian Market [Passyunk Post]
UPDATE: Passyunk Post gets an inside look in the tapas and paella bar with chef Miguel Martí Rossello.
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