Photo by Jaeson Han
Craig LaBan checks out Talula’s Daily and finds that Aimee Olexy has another hit on her hands.
My favorite dish of all my Daily meals, though, was the paper-wrapped surprise of skate en papillote. Almost always seared, the flesh took on an unexpectedly luxurious quality in a tangerine-scented steam, and concealed beneath its butter-glossed wing a trove of root vegetable treasures. Each was cut and cooked to a unique shape and texture, from weird and squiggly little crosnes, to earthy soft Jerusalem artichokes, snappy shaved ribbons of multihued raw carrots, bittersweet marbles of tender baby turnips, and crunchy cubes of al dente kohlrabi.
Three Bells – Excellent
Talula’s Daily cafe & market is affordable Olexy excellence [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Talula’s Daily [Foobooz]
Photo by Courtney Apple.
The spell was lovely while it lasted. The gourmet market at Talula’s Daily had closed for the day at 7 p.m., and the “Secret Supper Club” had begun.
A glass bell jar capped a pint-sized cupcake platform. A ceramic owl was also a cookie jar. Bone china plates painted with chameleons or honeybees alternated with stoneware bearing zigzags or abstract circles. Delicately etched wine goblets sparkled above the dull gleam of mismatched silver-plated utensils.
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With an actual chill in the air today, the cider glazed scallops at Talula’s Daily are talking to us. Check out the full menu of fall and earthy bites. The Talula’s Daily five-course supper is served Tuesday through Sunday and is $50 per person.
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Great news for caffeine addicts and returning students in University City: Joe Coffee officially opened its new location on Drexel’s campus. “Joe Chestnut” is the first business to open in Drexel’s Chestnut Square complex, though Shake Shack is getting close.
In addition to Joe brand coffee, the bi-level shop is offering local food coming from Aimee Olexy’s Talula’s Daily, pastries, muffins, scones and cookies arriving every day from the flagship Ovenly bakery in Brooklyn.
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Talula’s Daily has been serving dinner for more than a week now. Reserve your table now for and enjoy the August menu which features fresh baked bread, simmered meatballs and of course a cheese cart.
The dinner costs $50 per person and the menu changes monthly.
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Aimee Olexy’s Talula’s Daily is open on 7th Street across from Washington Square. In addition to being a gourmet grocery with fresh bread, cheeses, tea, wine and beer, the casual offshoot of Talula’s Garden is also a showcase for retailer, Anthropologie. Talula’s Daily’s table decor is provided by the locally based home and apparel store. The video above showcases Olexy’s newest venture and introduces her to the Anthropologie audience.
Talula’s Daily will also begin offering dinner on August 1st.
At the table with Aimee Olexy [Anthro Blog]
Talula’s Daily [Official Site]
Back in September we reported that Talula’s Garden expanding with Talula’s Daily. Then in April we snapped a photo of the construction site and gathered a few more details. And now we have a little bit more info, as reported by Philly.com. Talula’s Daily will open in mid-July as the less-expensive, more relaxed version of Talulas’ Garden. Talula’s Table sous chef Scott Megill will take the helm at the new restaurant, which will offer sit down options as well as on-the-go sandwiches, cheeses, and pastries. The hours for the 22 grocery will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Then, after 7 p.m. the restaurant will serve a $50 four-course menu that will change each month, highlighted by a cheese cart that will roam the restaurant.
Talula’s Table expanding on Washington Square [The Insider]
Last September we gave you word that Aimee Olexy was planning to open Talula’s Daily, a Talula’s Table like enterprise next to Talula’s Garden. Since then, nary a word about the project has been spoken. But today we spotted an open doorway at the Ayer Building and snapped the above photo. The space is still quite raw but bigger than we expected. It appears that the second room has a complete kitchen of its own. A liquor license application is also on the door, expanding Talula’s Garden’s liquor license to the new space.
Earlier: Talula’s Garden expanding with Talula’s Daily
So this is one of those weird things… It feels like it has been forever since we’ve written anything about Talula’s Garden, the Aimee Olexy / Stephen Starr project over on Washington Square that got one of Philly mag’s highest rankings ever when Trey Popp reviewed it back in August of last year. And when we were writing about it with some regularity, it was all because of the revolving door Olexy seemed to have installed in the kitchen–running through three exec’s in four months.
But then things cooled out, the kitchen righted itself and, suddenly, there was nothing more to say. We knew the place was good. We knew everything was ticking along smoothly. And no one really wants to read a post entitled “Everything At Talula’s Garden is Just Swell.”
We knew that what it would really take to get Talula’s Garden back onto the radar was some kind of big news. Something huge happening over there that would shake up the game. And lucky us, that’s just what we found in our inboxes this morning…
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