Well, 2015, it’s been real. But as we prepare to bid you a fond farewell and welcome a new year, Team ProTip is doing it the way we do best: with amazing things to eat and drink, of course.
Some of our favorite chefs are offering special holiday prix fixe options, either in addition to or in lieu of their a la carte options: a.kitchen ($75 per person, plus a midnight toast)
High Street on Market ($75 “Leave It To Us” Tasting menu
Fork ($99 per person, four-course prix fixe, plus optional wine pairing and caviar supplements)
Miss Rachel’s Pantry ($160 per couple, six-course vegan, kosher meal exclusively for 12 guests)
SOUTH ($45 early seating, with four-course menu, in the dining room; $65 early seating, with four-course menu and live entertainment from Juanita Holiday, in the jazz parlor; $65 late “celebration” seating, with five-course menu, in the dining room; $85 late “celebration” seating, with five-course menu and two sets of live entertainment from Juanita Holiday, in the jazz parlor)
Townsend (two seatings, five courses for $75 or seven courses for $125, plus optional wine pairings and a midnight toast)
Whetstone Tavern ($55 per person three- or $65 per person four-course prix fixe options, in addition to the a la carte menu)
If food alone won’t do, there are also some all-night parties happening everywhere from Center City to Stone Harbor:
Brauhaus Schmitz “Haus” Party ($95 per person, 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., open bar, appetizer buffet, live music, midnight champagne “Prost!”)
SAX at The Reeds at Shelter Haven No-Cover New Year’s Eve (beginning at 8 p.m., live music, food specials, $5 champagne by the glass, festive décor) plus rooms from $129 per night and a four-course prix fixe dinner available from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. for $90 per person
Estia DJ Dance Party ($90 per person, reservations available from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., four-course prix fixe dinner plus a complimentary midnight toast, party favors, a live DJ and dancing)
Supplement your meal at these favorites with festive New Year’s Eve specials, in addition to their tempting a la carte menus:
Brigantessa will offer caviar, oysters, truffles and Abruzzese sparkling wine Cococciola spumante
Le Virtù plans to feature traditional good-luck fare for the New Year, from cotechino with lentils to three-year house-aged prosciutto, capon-stuffed ravioli to roasted capon, plus seasonal biscotti di natale
a.bar will pour champagne all night, including specials on bottles and oysters to enjoy along with them
No New Year’s celebration would be complete without some bubbles to sip, and there’s no shortage thereof in Philadelphia:
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company will tap Bonne Année, their festive new New Year’s beer brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops and released annually on New Year’s Eve both on tap and in cork-finished bottles, allowing fans to ring out the old with the old (last year’s batch, from the bottle) and ring in the new with the new (this year’s batch, on draught)
Zavino and Tredici will continue their month-long Champagne Campaign, pouring Moët Brut for $12 a glass and Veuve Clicquot Rose for $14 a glass, with $1 from each glass sold donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Tria will feature 10 sparkling wines for $10 a glass at their Rittenhouse Square and WashWest locations; Tria Fitler Square will pour the year’s top 10 wines for $10 a glass, and will feature special menu additions; Tria Taproom will offer a $30, three-course menu to accompany their Prosecco on tap. And all locations will offer a complimentary toast at midnight!
The only way to make New Year’s Eve complete is to keep it going with brunch on New Year’s Day:
London Grill will serve from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., including their famed Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar, plus a hangover-busting all-day lunch and brunch menu
However you choose to ring in the New Year, best wishes from Team ProTip. We’ll see you in 2016!
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a.kitchen + a.bar (135 South 18th Street, 215-825-7030) @akitchenphilly
Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street, 267-909-8814) @BrauhausSchmitz
Brigantessa (1520 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-318-7341) @BrigantessaEPA
Estia Philadelphia (1405 Locust Street, 215-735-7700) @EstiaRestaurant
Fork (306 Market Street, 215-625-9425) @forkrestaurant
High Street on Market (308 Market Street, 215-625-0988) @HighStPhilly
Le Virtù (1927 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-271-5626) @LeVirtuPhila
London Grill (2301-03 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545) @LondonGrill
Miss Rachel’s Pantry (1732 West Passyunk Avenue, 215-798-0053) @RachelsPantry
SAX at The Reeds at Shelter Haven (9601 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ; 609-368-0100) @TheReedsResort
SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Bar (600 North Broad Street, 215-600-0220) @SOUTHPHL
Townsend (1623 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-639-3203) @townsendphilly
Tredici Enoteca (114 South 13th Street, 267-928-2092)
Tria (multiple locations across Philadelphia) @TriaPhilly
Whetstone Tavern (700 South 5th Street, 267-239-0906) @whetstonephilly
Zavino (two locations, in Midtown Village and University City) @Zavino
With one week to go before Thanksgiving, Team ProTip plucked a few of our favorite solutions to common Thanksgiving woes and stuffed them all into this email. Scan the list below to cherry-pick your problem, then let us solve it with a little help from our favorite food friends. Easy as pie!
Cloves! Cinnamon! Nutmeg! OVERKILL!!!
We’re not scared of many things. The Eagles’ play-off chances. The Polar Vortex (thank you, El Niño!). Getting to the bar too late for happy hour. But what’s truly scary – and awesome – are the Halloween activities that some of our favorite spots have on deck for this year. Check it out (if you dare…)
Here at ProTip, we don’t take kindly to being out-punned. Unless, of course, those puns come courtesy of the curd nerds at Di Bruno Bros. – and translate into new and delicious ways to enjoy cheese. To that end, we’re proud to find ourselves smack-dab in the gooey, delicious center of American Cheese Month, with two tempting new ways to get a cheese fix from our favorite culinary pioneers.
We might not be bold enough to don our leiderhosen and dirndls this month, but over in Bavaria, our German brothers are sisters are doing more than that: they’re raising a pint (or several) to Oktoberfest, and that is a seasonal activity we can get behind.
With summer in full swing, we’re craving the warm breezes and sweet smells of the countryside. (Not to mention farm-fresh produce, humanely raised meats, just-laid eggs and artisanal cheeses.) But making the trek out of the city among all the other vacationers cramming onto SEPTA trains or clogging up the highways is downright unappealing.
We’re a bit long in the tooth for “Thirsty Thursday,” but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good the-week-is-almost-over happy hour. Our go-to these days is at a.kitchen, where sommelier Mariel Wega and her #ThuWineCru feature special pours at special prices from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Led by guest wine lovers, from fellow somms and wine producers to cheese experts and pairing pros, the #ThuWineCru events have included everything from Barossa Shiraz to French rose, with tons more great guests planned for the coming weeks.
What makes a perfect summer day? Maybe it’s rising with the sun for a private yoga class in a rooftop garden. Maybe it’s sleeping in, then slapping on a pair of shades and flip-flops and ordering a frosty frozen drink overlooking the bay. It could be renting a kayak to explore tidal inlets; then again, it could be catching a ride to the beach, where complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas await you. In the evening, you might dream of a casual meal with friends al fresco, watching the sun dip below the skyline. Or perhaps it’s a lavish multi-course meal in an elegant dining room, paired with fine wines, that helps you unwind. In any case, we can all agree that a perfect summer days ends between high thread-count sheets as the shore breeze ripples the curtains, dreaming about all of the fun things we’ll do tomorrow.
The end of Beer Week always kind of makes us want to die, and the beer lovers at London Grill must feel the same way. How else to explain tonight’s dinner-and-a-show combo, A Murder in London? Beginning at 6:15 p.m., gather at the neighborhood favorite for a beer cocktail reception, then settle in for a multi-course dinner while the improv players of Blue Suede Productions stage a murder-mystery that you’ll pitch in to solve – all while sampling beer pairings from London’s enviable list. Tickets are $70 in advance or $80 at the door, if any are left, and we can’t think of a better way to toast the tragic end of our favorite 10 days of the year.
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London Grill (2301-03 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545)
Midwestern craft brewers Boulevard launched their first-ever line of Beer in Cans during PBW, and today is their final event at The Foodery Rittenhouse Square, with cans, bottles and draughts available, plus special meet-and-greets with brewery rep Mike Burke and pairings featuring cheeses from Di Bruno Bros. From 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., sample their refreshing Ginger Lemon Radler or hearty Heavy Lifting IPA and grab a pack to go. Bring them with you to your next barbecue. We guarantee everyone will complement you on your sweet, sweet cans.
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Sure, we’ll admit it: we’ve been known to wax a little poetic about beer. But we’re not alone, and tonight, we’re joining up with some like-minded wordsmiths at London Grill for their Robert Frost-y Friday Poetry Happy Hour, featuring – act surprised – special pours from CT’s Two Roads. From 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., we’ll sip and scribble, and every hour on the bottom of the hour, local poets will share some of their (and Frost’s) best work. We’re already working on our boozy limericks. Now, what rhymes with “IPA”…?
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Two Roads Brewing Co.
London Grill (2301-03 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545)
While having beer for dinner is never beneath us, to limit ourselves to liquid meals would be to miss out on the joys of pairing beer with food. Enter Chef Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz and his cookbook, New German Cooking, a must-read for anyone who has ever harbored a craving for comfort food. Tonight at 7 p.m., Chef Nolen will prepare and serve a four-course dinner drawn from the book, all paired with rare and delicious German beers. $70 gets you the whole shebang, and just in case you want to try your own hand at cooking and pairing, copies of the book will be on sale, and Chef Nolen will sign them, to boot. Prost!
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Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street, 267-909-8814)
Sure, we love getting out to all of the great beer bars in town. But some nights, you just want to stay in. Get your homebody self and your beer-loving self on the same page tonight at 2nd Story Brewing Co., where homebrewing expert and author Randy Mosher will host a meet-and-greet and sign copies of his latest book, Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer. For $10, you get a pint of 2nd Story beer and light snacks, plus the chance to chat with Mosher and buy a copy of the book. Then, when PBW has come and gone and you find yourself wanting to stay home for the night, you’ll have a volume worth of delicious ways to pass the time until next year. Or, you know, the next day.
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2nd Story Brewing Co. (117 Chestnut Street, 267-314-5770)
Local microbrewery Saint Benjamin is the ultra-exclusive, invite-only club of craft beer, and we can’t get enough. Join us tonight, when they’ll participate in not one, but two great events: a collaborative drink-off at Johnny Brenda’s with their buddies at Manayunk Brewing Company, with a special joint brew, plus gems from both breweries, on tap; and at Standard Tap for their playful King Pin competition. Talk about an embarrassment of riches.
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Saint Benjamin Brewing Co.
We’ve reached the first weekend of PBW2015! What better way to spend the day than with Deschutes Brewery and their Capital-E Epic Street Pub, a portable bar that will fuel a day-long block party at 2nd and South Streets?? We’re talking about 400+ feet of one-day-only taps and treats, with well over a dozen Deschutes beers complemented by food from their chef, Jeff Usinowicz, as well as local favorites like Alla Spina and Mom Mom’s Polish Food Cart. Not enough? Factor in live music from The DJ Williams Project and special guest Boy Wonder. Now, imagine that 100% of Proceeds benefit The Vetri Foundation for Children (because they do). If you miss this one, you’ll spend the rest of PBW listening to your friends tell you that “you just had to be there.” And with 10 hours to arrive (the pub will serve from 12 noon until 10 p.m.), you’re fresh out of excuses.
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We’ve waited all year, and the day has finally arrived: welcome to Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2015! You’ve got thousands of options all over town, including Opening Tap in just a few hours (but you already have your tickets, RIGHT??), and just in case that’s not enough, why not get your 10-day beer bender started with Gose Gone Wild at Brauhaus Schmitz? Their importing wizard, Doug Hager, is bringing in a world-class selection of rare and special pours, including Leipziger Goseator, which is aged in tequila barrels, and Bayrischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse “Oak Smoke”, to help you get into the beer week spirit. And who wants to turn down a smokin’ German??
You know what we at love about Germany? (Besides the delectable quads of their World Cup-winning soccer team and their eagerness to mark every possible occasion with a beer?) They know how to party, and they’ll throw a festival for just about anything.
What do turkeys, stockings and your belly all have in common?
Is it any wonder Easter makes us hungry?
Luckily, we’re not alone – and whether you’re staying downtown or enjoying an escape from the city, Team ProTip knows just the place to indulge in a great meal this Sunday.
With the second-annual Philly Wine Week poised to kick off on Sunday, Team ProTip has got wine on our minds – and we’re here to let you pick our brains and explore our tailored itinerary, with stops all week long at some of our favorite places to savor a glass. Get your grape on:
It’s nearly St. Patrick’s Day, and if the thought of green beer makes you think, “Erin Go Blarghh,” well, you’re not alone. Team ProTip knows there’s more to the holiday than temporary shamrock tattoos, and we’ve picked a few of our favorite ways to celebrate the Irish: every bit as magically delicious as Lucky Charms, but sans the pesky leprechaun paraphernalia.
Alcohol. Butchering. Cookbooks. You know: the ABCs. The ABCs of local eating, that is, and they’re just the beginning of the unbelievably comprehensive offerings at the fourth-annual Philadelphia Farm & Food Fest, which will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Sunday, April 12. Team ProTip is already looking forward to the once-yearly opportunity to chat with talented area farmers, slurp PA-distilled spirits in the Local Libations Lounge and learn a thing or two from our favorite cookbook authors during their live demo sessions; if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to lock down your ticket right away, and lucky you – they’re on sale now.
We might not be in New Orleans, but that’s no excuse to ignore Fat Tuesday – especially not with tempting cocktail specials and fresh donuts at two of our favorite restaurants. Kick off your Mardi Gras crawl at Fairmount’s London Grill, where the bar will offer special Mardi Gras pricing all week long on Sazeracs, French 75s and more. Then, head down to at Brauhaus Schmitz, where pastry whiz Jessica Nolen is whipping up her famous Fastnachts, a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition for pre-Lenten indulgence: German potato donuts that are tossed in nutmeg-spiced sugar and available by the half-dozen ($8) and the dozen ($14). They’re perfect for sharing among friends over a beer or taking home for breakfast (or both). Whether you’re preparing to fast for Lent or just need an excuse to knock back a cocktail (or two) and wolf down a donut (or 12), Team ProTip has you covered.
This weekend, whether you’re feeling the love or loving yourself, the city’s best bars and restaurants have a host of Valentine’s Day specials to make your holiday that much more delicious. Here, a few of our favorite ways to treat your date right (even if your date is…you).
Welp. It’s snowing again.
Are you a proud resolutionary, colonizing the gym in the name of a new year and a new you? Or did your resolution disappear with the last head-ringing thuds of your New Year’s Day hangover? Either way, through the end of January, there’s no better place to blow off your resolution – or treat yourself for keeping it – than London Grill, where owner Terry Berch McNally is serving up her famously generous New Year’s Customer Appreciation Specials.
With Chanukah in full swing, Team ProTip has a gift for you: eight great holiday events, gifts and party ideas that will keep you feeling festive and full of light long after the menorahs have been put away for another year. So prepare to eat, drink and be merry – after all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Look, casual attire has its time and place (and an increasing number of them, it seems, these days)…but what happened to dressing to the nines and making the weekend, well, special? For those who prefer a little swank in their Saturday, it’s no surprise that retro-cool Pennsylvania 6 has you covered with their new “[Not Your] Same Old Saturday Night” specials (named after the famed Frank Sinatra song).
If Team ProTip has to hear one more sorority girl in a North Face fleece gush into her iPhone that she is obsessed with pumpkin spice everything and just can’t even with all that fall flavor, we’re going to choke on our pumpkin ale. And since we’re not the types to waste perfectly good booze, we’ve moved on to our own seasonal obsession: winter truffles. Earthy, funky and savory, they’re a cold weather goodie we wait all year to enjoy.
Happy (early) St. Martin’s Day! Over in Europe, zee Germans are preparing to spend their Thursday lighting paper lanterns and processing through town to celebrate this holiday we’d never heard of, an entire day devoted to a Catholic saint so shy that he once hid in a pen full of geese to try and avoid being named bishop. (Not a great plan: the geese honked, he was found and guess what? He was named bishop after all.) Stateside, Chef Jeremy Nolen has a delicious way to mark the occasion: skip the lantern procession (fire hazard!) and go right to the traditional meal: a multi-course feast featuring a centerpiece of whole roasted goose.
With Halloween thisclose, the question has shifted from “What are you going to be?” to “Where are you going to party?” and – no surprise here – Team ProTip has a convenient list of options (curated by our very own Drinkerbell…but more on that later). We’ve even neatly categorized them for you, so you can find a libation that will complement your costume. Just, please, don’t show up in one of those “Sexy Ebola Hazmat Suits” and say we sent you. We’ll pretend we don’t know you (even when you take off that ridiculous mask).
Here at ProTip, we have our share of vices (yes, that was us you saw at happy hour on Monday…and Tuesday…and Wednesday…and…), so whenever we can, we try to build a little health-consciousness into our lives. This fall, it’s courtesy of Cathy Walthers and her eye-popping new cookbook, Kale, Glorious Kale, a contemporary version of her classic Greens, Glorious Greens. Loaded with brilliant ways to grow, buy, cook and eat the buzziest superfood around, the book has been making the rounds in our office as we chomp our way through the dozens of delicious recipes. Below, two of our faves for fall (and, yes, one includes bourbon. Act surprised.)
Sunday mornings are for two things: lying around in bed and then stumbling down the block for brunch with friends. Luckily, here in Philadelphia, we have no shortage of great places to recover from Saturday’s festivities – or fuel up for a full day of football. For a solid meal (and a little hair of the dog), here are four of our favorite brunches.
Everybody’s got one (heck, some of us have two or three) – so today, Team ProTip is tipping our digital caps to our woman crushes with our first-ever Woman Crush Wednesday (#wcw). They’re the ladies keeping us fed, serving us cocktails and generally making Philadelphia a better place to eat, drink and be merry. Won’t you join us in offering our gratitude (and maybe making this into a #wcw restaurant-and-bar-crawl)??
It’s not time to set the clocks back just yet – though we’re already daydreaming about that sweet, sweet extra hour of sleep. Rather, we’ve got a #tbt that’s perfect for fall: seasonal dishes and drinks at some of our favorite Philadelphia institutions. Because naturally, our #tbt is all about sense memories. Delicious, edible and drinkable sense memories.
Gulp. Fall is here. And no, that wasn’t us swallowing our panic as we wait for the first polar vortex to descend; rather, we’re meeting the new season head-on with some of our favorite potent potables. Who said drinking isn’t a legitimate coping mechanism??
It seems like just about everyone in town is heading to Made in America fest this weekend, and with good reason – the line-up has something for nearly every taste. And speaking of taste: here at Team ProTip, our musical proclivities may be wildly divergent, but our food and drink game is so strong. Here, then, is our guide to eating and drinking your way around town during the festival. Whether you’re a hip hop devotee or an indie rocker at heart, you’re bound to fall in love (uh-huh, honey)…
Something’s fishy around here, alright – but in a good way. This August, our favorite chefs and restaurants are all pitching in to make sure we don’t have to venture “downthashore” for a seafood fix. Which is just as well, because during this – the most gorgeous, mild summer we can remember – we’re happy to stay in the city and eat our way around town (got your bikini body right here!) Here, then, is your ProTip guide to getting your ocean on without leaving Philadelphia…
We’re not exactly chomping at the bit for snow and evergreens and twinkling lights – who would, with a summer this gorgeous in full swing? – but some of our very favorite holidays are, in fact, coming up. And they’re all about food and drink. Act surprised.
It’s not every day that the city’s leading importer of gourmet goodies gives out free samples.
The heart of the summer is upon us, and at ProTip, that means just one thing: we need a cold drink. Like, yesterday. So we’ve compiled some of our favorites for you here – and who knows? – you might just run into one of our familiar faces as you take that sweet, sweet first sip of your newest summer obsession. (Take it easy, kids; we’re still talking about the drinks.)
Every four years, people in literally every other country lose their collective minds for one glorious summer month. Allies become enemies, and enemies allies. Grievous injuries (and those purporting to be grievous) occur on both sides. Over the incessant roar of the crowd – or the ear-splitting buzz of the vuvuzela – teams march into battle, and only one will emerge victorious.
On Mother’s Day, it seemed like everyone and their brother was posting pics of Mom to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. And why not? Most of us have made our peace with having Mom online, shaking her head as she scrolls through our latest exploits. (Hi, Mom!) But social media isn’t exactly Dad’s style – so this Father’s Day, instead of cluttering up your friends’ feeds, why not feed Dad a great meal? Bonus offspring points for tasty beverages to go with it, and of course, Team ProTip has you covered…
When talented culinary types come together, there’s bound to be a good meal. When two of those types are brothers who have long hungered for a kitchen of their own, there’s bound to be a good restaurant. When the other two are among the city’s top wine and spirits professionals, well…there’s bound to be something really special.
While it’s unlikely that you’re planning to give up delicious food or drink for Lent (you’re a ProTip reader, after all!), that’s no reason to be a teetotaler on Mardi Gras. We’ve got no shortage of options to indulge (before all those other suckers spend the next 40 days complaining about all they’re missing), and here are some of our favorites:
Let’s just admit it: none of us enjoyed watching our hockey team lose or that reporter making Bode Miller cry. At this point, we’ve got Olympic fatigue, and we’re relieved that our athletes are safely back on American soil. Just in case they get a hankering to be “Back in the USSR,” though, our friends at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant have just the thing: a special steak menu to complement their most award-winning beer, Russian Imperial Stout. Dubbed “a beer fit for a steak,” this robust stout had racked up a medal total that would put most Olympians to shame: nine medals from the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, the most of any of Iron Hill’s much-lauded beers. To honor its achievements, Iron Hill kitchens will cook up a variety of kingly steak entrees, from pan-roasted filet to red chile-rubbed flat iron, all crafted to pair with their championship-caliber beer. So raise a glass to the U.S.’s achievements in Sochi – or, ahem, their happy return home – at Iron Hill.
Someone who loves baseball as much as we do once said, “There are two seasons: winter and baseball. Today is the solstice.” That’s right, friends: as of today, position players are reporting to spring training, meaning that it’s only a matter of time until Chase and the boys try and help us forget the bummer that was the 2013 Phillies season.
It’s Valentine’s Day week, and here at ProTip, we’re feeling all the love – which means, of course, that we can’t stand to limit the festivities to just one day, especially with the holiday falling on a Friday this year. Here, some of our favorite spots to skip the Friday night crowds and make your Valentine’s plans last for days:
It’s not that we don’t love snow. It’s white. It’s fluffy. It’s a great excuse to post up on the couch and binge-watch bad TV. But enough is enough, 2014! With today’s storm, we’re putting our foot down – down into our boot, that is, and marching out into the fray in search of delicious, cozy places to eat and drink. Because Team ProTip cannot subsist on delivery and ramen alone.
This holiday season, a bumper crop of new cookbooks from Philadelphia-area authors hit bookstore shelves, and we’ve been preheating our ovens in excitement. From starters to sides to sweets, these local authors combine to set one hell of a table – and make one hell of a gift.
As the United States prepares to celebrate the historic confluence of holiday cheer known as #Thanksgivukah – that’s when Thanksgiving and Chanukah coincide, a rare and exciting occasion that happens once every 1.2 billion years (it’s science!) – Restaurants across Philadelphia are offering their own festive takes on the food. Smoked Turkey to go! Deep-Fried Challah Donuts with burnt marshmallow and sweet potato! Thanksgiving Latkes! It boggles the mind (and tempts the tummy).
It’s not that we ever get tired of our tried-and-true favorites, but there’s just something about a brand-new restaurant that gets us all riled up – and coming this season, Philadelphia’s got a wealth of fresh spots opening up from industry vets and new faces. Forks and knives: ready! Make sure to follow them on social media for opening updates.
If you’ve taken a walk around town this week, you probably noticed that there are more cherry blossoms on the streets of the city than there was snow all winter long: spring has sprung, and with it, a wealth of excuses to get out of the house and eat, drink and make merry at some of our favorite spots.
Everyone has a story. “To know where you’re going know where you’ve been,” isn’t that what some say? Chef Jose Garces can relate. His second cookbook, The Latin Road Home: Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Peru, takes readers on his personal and professional journey through the five Latin countries that shaped him. From his family’s ancestral home in Ecuador to his culinary education in Spain to his wife’s Cuban roots to his award-winning Mexican concepts to boundary-breaking cross-cultural cuisine in Peru, the book is a travelogue, memoir and cookbook in one.
Look, don’t get us wrong. We loved Andy Reid (well, for as long as we could). Tara Murtha is the kind of writer newspapers dream of keeping on retainer. And Roy Halladay? Come on. The dude is an animal. But there’s a new ginger in town, and we can’t hide it any more: we’re smitten, spring-fever-style.
Whether we’re posting photos of our third grade field trip to the Liberty Bell or what we drank last Thirsty Thursday night, we’re all about Throw-Back Thursdays – that’s #tbt to you Tweeps and Instagrammers! So, welcome to ProTip’s first installment of #tbt. In this edition, we’ll feature classic dishes from some of our favorite restaurants that helped make Philadelphia the vibrant, exciting dining town that it is today. And after exhaustive sampling, we’re proud to report that these old-school bites and bevs are every morsel as delectable as we remember.
You’ve been hearing it all year: the world is going to end December 21, at least according to some long-dead civilization that vanished without a trace centuries ago. Well, that day has come and gone and with the wealth of awesome goings-on this New Year’s Eve, we’re glad the Mayans were dead wrong.
Giving is an art – and nothing is less artful than still another tie for Dad or the 1,000th kitchen gadget for Mom. This year, instead of evergreen scented soaps or fanciful socks festooned with cats, give your friends and family gifts that they’ll remember and recall fondly all year long. Having trouble coming up with ideas? Browse our guide below, sorted by recipient, and let the profusion of thanks begin.
Plenty of things just aren’t kosher (late-night cheesesteaks, the Eagles defense and the week-old leftovers in our fridge all come to mind), which is why we’re so thrilled to introduce Rob Kandler, the mashgiach who keeps Chef Michael Solomonov on the glatt-kosher straight and narrow at the new Citron and Rose in Merion, PA.
Last year, you swore it would be different. You wouldn’t spend all day at the stove. No more canned cranberry sauce, no more soggy green bean casserole, no more doing dishes while everyone in the house naps in front of the football game on TV. No. More.
This Thursday, November 8 beginning at 5 p.m., celebrate Percy Street Barbecue’s (900 South Street, 215-625-8510) third birthday with Happy Hour Deals all night long with Half-Price Snacks including its popular Turkey Tails, Country Ham Plate and BBQ Brisket Fries. As for the rest of the menu, dishes will “roll back” to their opening day prices.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: we couldn’t be happier that Chef Jose Garces found the road to Philadelphia. And we can’t wait to hear more about how he got here – and how he’s become the great chef he is today – when his second cookbook, The Latin Road Home, is released on October 8. The book is part memoir, part travelogue and part recipe collection that takes us along on his professional and personal journeys through the five Latin countries which greatly shaped his life: Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Peru.
It’s not that we don’t want to eat healthy. Really, it’s not. But it’s hard to turn down end-of-summer staples like cotton candy in favor of…grapes. Happily, thanks to T. M. Kovacevich Produce, now we don’t have to.
Summer is shellfish season in Philadelphia, and our favorite restaurants are getting in on the action in a big way – with discounted deals, multi-course menus, fish fests and more. Today, for example, you can get your lobster fix four ways:
With everyone and their brother boasting about their ‘farm-to-table’ and ‘local’ and ‘sustainable’ foods lately, it can be tempting to just say ‘farm this’ and head for the grocery store. But as of this month, there’s a better way, and you’ll know for sure that your food is ‘farm-fresh,’ because you’ll be buying it AT the farm.
There’s a lot to love about happy hour: inexpensive drinks, affordable snacks and the company of friends after a long day. The only thing that could make it happier is if we could fly off to an exotic location for our after-work goodies… minus the headaches of travel, of course.
It’s tough to think of a subject more likely to bring an otherwise pleasant dinner conversation to a standstill than the migratory habits of Atlantic game fish. But beginning on Monday, March 12, the migration of American shad inspires a delicious three-course dinner at Oyster House (1516 Sansom Street, 215-567-7683) that will have everyone talking.
Nothing against books, but Chaddsford Winery has a library we can really get behind: their wine library, home to unusual and rare vintages of their finest wines, often in large-format bottles and aged to perfection in a tightly controlled climate. How we’ve schemed to try and get a card that would allow us to, ahem, borrow from that catalogue!
Not that we’re counting down or anything, but our favorite week of the year is only 184 days away: Philly Beer Week 2012 starts on Friday, June 1! But to tide us over until then, there’s the second-annual PBW Raffle on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. at City Tap House (3925 Walnut Street, 215-662-0105).
Percy Street Barbecue is making a Thanksgiving Feast To-Go. The deadline to order has been extended to this Saturday, November 19 by noon. For each turkey sold, Percy Street will donate the cash equivalent to Philabundance.
- You can go for either the Smoked Take-Home Turkey, $65 per turkey (approx. 15 lbs.), including gravy and home-made cranberry sauce or the Smokin’ Thanksgiving Feast, $225, which feeds six to eight pilgrims, and includes one Take-Home Turkey with gravy and home-made cranberry sauce, plus Mashed Sweet Potatoes with bruleed marshmallows; Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing; Collard Greens; Baked Apples; and Pecan Pie.
- Garces Trading Company is offering Holiday Pies to-go. Now through December 31, GTC will offer three special pies – Pumpkin Gingerbread, Bourbon Pecan and ABC (apple, bacon, caramel). Each pie is $30 and available for pick up with 24 hours notice. These are the creations of Pastry Chef Jessica Mogardo.
- Need some coffee to go with that? Rival Bros Coffee has got the brew for you. Choose from these four blends: Featherweight, with citrus and caramel notes; Revolver, a rich, chocolaty and spicy blend; Whistle & Cuss, a sweet hazelnut and berry variety; and Palooka, a decaf blend with a toffee and thyme finish. Rival Bros Coffee can be purchased online at www.RivalBros.com or at the Rival Bros Coffee Truck located at LOVE Park (16th & JFK Boulevard) every Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Tonight is going to be a night of Naked Cowboys and Three-Headed Aardvarks, really, it is!
True, there’s no place like home (just ask the Phillies, who are coming home tomorrow night for GAME 5 of the NLDS, hopefully to clinch the title!), but with all four of Philly’s sports teams now suiting up, we thought we’d try to lure you from the comforts of your recliners and couches into some of the liveliest spots in the city, offering some of the best deals. Get out there and catch the Phever!
Fall brings a lot of great things (football, foliage, relief from the brutal humidity), and while we’re excited to see the Phillies in the play-offs, we also hate to pack up our grill for the year. Surely there’s still time for one last summer cook-out?
Did you know tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16 is National Rum Day?
Owner George Reilly has opened The Twisted Tail (509 South 2nd Street, 215-558-2471), a restaurant, bar and live music hall, with every intention of letting the good times roll in Queen Village. And starting today, lunch is served! Every Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. feast on tasty items such as, Crawfish Mac & Cheese with a blend of Asiago, Monterey Jack and Gouda, Kettle Chip Crusted Crab Cakes with smoked tomato jam and Old Bay citrus remoulade, Buttermilk Chicken on a waffle-pressed potato roll with sweet pickles and Tillamook cheddar and Dry-aged Steak Sandwich on Sarcone’s bread with pan jus and crispy tobacco onions.
We’d love to pack up the office and all head out-of-town for some vacay time, but alas, that isn’t the case, so we won’t be making the trip to San FermÃn this year for the annual festival that features the legendary Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be itching for yummy Spanish fare. Lucky for us, we have Tinto (114 South 20th Street), Philadelphia’s own enclave of Catalan goodies, and their new San FermÃn Menu.
This Fourth of July, we’ll be grilling and barbecuing with the best of them, because Philadelphia’s best restaurants and chefs will be lending a hand. No, we’re not hosting a celebrity chef cook-out; we’re taking advantage of the amazing opportunities around town to enjoy award-winning food and drinks al fresco.
Philadelphia’s chefs and restaurateurs are always coming up with new reasons for us to stuff our faces… and we love them for it. So when we heard about Rouge’s 2011 Burger Brawl… an all-out battle for top burger, with proceeds benefiting a local elementary school… we started fasting in anticipation.
We love going out to eat on Sundays, but at JG Domestic it used to be ‘No way, Jose’, they were closed (after all, even an Iron Chef needs a day off now and then!). But we begged. We pleaded. We cajoled. And the delicious result is Sunday Suppers, a down-home meal of artisanal American cuisine for just $35 per person, served every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It’s not clear whether any barbecue lover has ever eaten themselves to death, consuming rib upon rib until their own rib cage expanded from the effort. But that hasn’t stopped many from trying, and starting tonight, and every Monday thereafter, Percy Street Barbecue (900 South Street) is inviting Philadelphians to throw their hats into the ring with All You Can Eat Baby Back Ribs.
Ah, holiday shopping. All those twinkling lights and spirited decorations and tinny carols on repeat in every store and screaming children in strollers and outrageously inflated prices and near-fisticuffs over the last pair of cashmere gloves.
We’ll admit: we’ve been feeling a touch… jealous. Between the trips to New York to school his competitors on Iron Chef America and the news that heâ€™d bought a farm (A FARM?!?) in Bucks County, we were afraid that our restaurant boyfriend, Jose Garces, was going to leave us.
Take off your iPod headphones. Put down the Blackberry. Close that laptop. And for crying out loud, log off of Twitter.
There aren’t too many toddlers that make us want to put their photo up on our wall, but we’d gladly plaster pics of these two all over the fridge.
Cows calmly chew their cud, chickens just scratch in the dust, and pigs are notoriously lazy. If you want some real wild food for your dinner, you have to look to the ocean.
The great question of ‘which comes first’ just got a little more complicated: will your first meal at Barbuzzo (110 South 13th Street, 215-546-9300) be their Wood-Roasted Murray’s Chicken with almond milk polenta, salsa verde and radish salad, or the Uovo Pizza with brussel leaves, guanciale, caciocavallo, house-stretched fior di latte, truffle and farm egg?
The beginning of Fall doesn’t mean the end of crab season, in fact, it just the right time to enjoy some of the region’s best blues, blue crabs that are fresh from the Atlantic coast of Delaware and New Jersey. Blue crabs are a local specialty, prized for their sweet, delicately flavored plump meat.
It’s football season, and the city is abuzz with rabid fans. Hungry, rabid fans. Not just hungry for a championship, actually hungry.
We can’t usually recommend snacking in a mad scientist’s laboratory. You never know what might be simmering over that Bunsen burner.
Every Wednesday night at 7:30pm Join Chef Terry Feury as he hosts his Chef’s Bistro Dinner at Fork:etc.
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