Sometimes we just crave paella. The mix of spices, fresh seafood and rice is a dish that works no matter the weather. So here are six paella dishes in and around Philadelphia that deliver.
Halloween falls during the week this year, which means you have a choice of two weekends to don your freaky costumes and roam the streets, but there’s only one Dia de los Muertos. So pour one out for your fallen homies at any of the following…
La Calaca Feliz
2321 Fairmount Ave
Tim Spinner is offering a four course Day of the Dead tasting menu for $29. It begins with tamal de rana (slow braised frogs legs and green chili), moves to cemita sliders, then pork cheek mole coloradito with blue cheese grits and mustard greens, finally ending with traditional pan de muerto. At Cantina Feliz, the $28 menu (with the option to add a beverage pairing for only $12 more) is completely different and looks equally tasty. Red chili duck tamales with Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen by Neshaminy Creek Brewing, anyone?
Oh, don’t get too excited. Verdad — that’s the restaurant in Bryn Mawr that got into trouble with overactive animal rights people over its “backyard sausages” – did not figure out some loophole in the drug laws. No, the pot brownies that Chef Nick Farina is cooking up do not contain any THC, sadly. Read more »
This morning, Bryn Mawr restaurant Verdad sent out notices about its new Salchicha de mi Patio (aka Sausages from my Backyard) dish. “Rabbits destroy the vegetable gardens, ducks feast on flowerbeds, and deer destroy millions of dollars in landscaping,” said chef Nick Farina in an e-mail. So, he found revenge in a $28 shared dish featuring house-made rabbit, duck and venison sausages.
“Diners can make sandwiches or tacos out of the furry creatures that trash their yards and flower beds,” Farina explained. “What a delicious way to flip the paradigm and take something from a few species that takes so much from us.”
Not everyone is enthused. Read more »
Happy National Margarita Day everyone!
As far as made-up holiday go, National Margarita Day always features prominently on the calendars ’round Foobooz World HQ–a day ordained by the agave gods for the drinking of high-proof cactus juice and getting weird in public. And while Philadelphia as a whole doesn’t go nuts for the day, there are a few places around town throwing down in South of the Border fashion.
Georges Perrier’s Art of the Bread will be opening on June 1st in Narberth. The bakery-cafe will serve breakfast pastries, light fare, salads, sandwiches, Illy coffee, cakes and of course bread. The bread will be baked twice daily and pastries will come direct
Cantina Feliz got a very nice two-bell review from Craig LaBan but as is LaBan’s wont, he smacked them for the noise levels where he noted that the noise can hit 92 decibels without a full room. So Cantina Feliz is installing acoustic tiles in the front and back dining rooms in order to bring the noise level down 25%. Chef Tim Spinner will be monitoring the success with an iPhone based decibel reading app.
Verdad in Bryn Mawr is extending their Monday meal deal through June. It’s $20 for three-courses picked from the left side of the menu. Seems like the perfect bite before taking in a movie at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute next door.
Main Line Dish brings home the pies from Bake 425 and tries out the bake-at-home pizzas. [Main Line Dish]
Columbus Inn in Delaware has a new chef in Ross Essner. Essner rings a bell as he bought Django from Aimee Olexy and Bryan Sikora. Former Columbus Inn chef Chris D’Ambro is now in the kitchen at Olexy’s Talula’s Garden. [Second Helpings]
Bryn Mawr’s Verdad is hosting Tequila University tonight and on the first Thursday of every month.
Classes are $30 per person and held in Verdad’s Agave Room. Guest professors educate students on the history, origins and flavors of tequila.
Each class will feature three varieties of tequila, which will be paired with food tastings chosen to for the class.
Tonight’s class will feature Michael Owens of Dulce Vida Tequila.
Seating is limited. Call 610-520-9100 for reservations.
Verdad [Official Site]
Bart Blatstein has been running Vino at the Piazza at Schmidt’s and effective Monday, February 1st he’ll be handing the reins over to Italian restaurateurs Fabio Auguadro and Andrea Scotacci. The new name will be Apollinare and upgrades to the setting and staff can be expected. [The Insider]
Dmitri’s third location is about a month out at 944 N 2nd Street. [The Insider]
Among the dinner additions coming to Hawthornes on February 3rd, a french fry menu with toppings like pulled pork, jerk chicken and dipping sauces. [Meal Ticket]
Verdad is adding 30 seats upstairs as well as a garden deck. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Freehouse in Wayne is a drama queen of a location. JD McGillicuddy’s is not opening there. MLD floats Mexican as a possibility. [Main Line Dine]
The writing was on the wall for Blush when chef Nick Farina and much of his staff headed down the road to Verdad. [The Insider]
Margot closes in Narberth. This bad news is coupled with some good though. Former Taquet chef de cusine Clark Gilbert is taking over the space as an Italian BYOB, Gemelli. [Main Line Dine]
Bertolini’s at the King of Prussia Mall has been shuttered by its corporate overlord Morton’s.
Did you blink? Spring Garden Street’s Siam Lotus reopened for a split second but was shut down by L&I this week.
Latimer Deli gets the candy stripe treatment too. [Meal Ticket]