Valanni Is Offering a “Banged Up Brunch” on Saturdays

valanni-banged-up-brunchEvery Saturday, Valanni Restaurant is throwing a “Banged Up Brunch” featuring happy hour drink specials and a selection of brunch favorites, tapas style for $5. No need to decide sweet or savory, just select tapas plates like cinnamon French toast and applewood smoked bacon grilled cheese for the best of both worlds.

The brunch runs from noon to 3 p.m. every  Saturday and includes drink specials like half-off sangria, wine and specialty cocktails. Bloody Marys and mimosas are also available for $5.

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Amada Launches New Happy Hour

amada-happy-hour-940Earlier 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.

Amada [Foobooz]

Paella and Sangria Night Tonight at Jamonera

sangria jamoneraAs 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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Italian Market Lands Tapas Bar

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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.

Posted LIVE from Foobooz on Location at McGillin’s.

Tinto Is Showcasing Spanish Beers Tonight

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Beginning this evening, July 15th, Tinto will showcase Spanish beers on draft and by the bottle. Starting at 5 p.m. you can learn about these beers with the help of Kevin from Shelton Brothers and Jason from Bella Vista Beverage. Along with the new beers from Spain, Tinto is also rolling out new pintxos this week.

The beers are available as part of a $20 pairing at the bar, that features three pintxos paired with three samples of beer. Or you can order the beer a la carte for between $7 and $25 per bottle.

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Seafood Tapas Tasting at Jamonera

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So you’ve got your Thursday plans for the 4th of July. If you’re like us, you’ve probably got Friday all mapped out, too. But then the holiday weekend just keeps on going.

Saturday? We’re confident you can handle that on your own. But come Sunday, if you’re not already in some kind of party-coma, how ’bout checking out the 10-course seafood tapas menu that Jamonera is laying down?

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Cuba Libre’s Tapas Tuesdays Start Today

image001Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is known for providing a gateway to the forbidden pleasures of Cuba and now chef/partner Guillermo Pernot is updating and expanding his menu with new dishes inspired by his recent travels in Cuba.

The new menu features Tapas Tuesdays, a fun, all-you-can-eat tasting experience for the entire table going for just $26.95 per person.

It starts today, Tuesday, June 18 and guests can choose from over 20 delicious items to tailor their Tapas Tuesday experience, including mariquitas, the restaurant’s popular trio of dips, ceviches, Barrio Chino Chicken Wings (pictured), Asian BBQ-glazed wings served with pickled seaweed salad and sweet chili dipping sauce and Boquerones, marinated white anchovy fillets with organic grape tomatoes, seedless cucumber, Kalamata olive salpicón salad and crispy Lavash flatbread.

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Ansill’s Triumphant Return to Philadelphia at Bar Ferdinand

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Craig LaBan bestows an enthusiastic two bells on David Ansill’s version of Bar Ferdinand.

The fennel-crusted tuna, essentially Spanish-inspired sashimi draped over haricot verts, caper berries, kalamata olive vinaigrette, boquerone anchovies, saffron-tomato conserva, and shaved bottarga (“a little smoked tuna dust!” says Ansill), pushed piquance to the edge of boldness without sliding over. His citrusy, sous-vide-cooked octopus was meltingly tender. A simple crab “croqueta,” almost fluffy with sweet meat beside a crunchy nest of shaved fennel and citrus, showed classic elegance.

A crock of crispy noodle fideos tossed with sherry cream and wild mushrooms brought focused, earthy vegetarian flavors. But Ansill’s talent for alt-meats is also on joyful display. Aside from the shoestring shreds of fried pig ears with purple mustard, there were juicy squares of pork belly with a bacon-sherry reduction, and pork cheeks, brined overnight, then sublimely braised in tomato brava sauce sparked with ginger.

Two Bells – Very Good

From Jamaica to Northern Liberties [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Bar Ferdinand [Official Site]

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