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Archive: July, 2011

Secrets of Mike Solo's hummus

Monday, July 11, 2011, 5:03 PM
How does James Beard winner Michael Solomonov make that lusciously yummy hummus tahina at Zahav restaurant? In the new installment of our new "Chef's Corner" how-to video cooking series here on, Mike Solo shares his secrets. Break out your food processor and follow along. First off... Read more

Call the webmaster: Openings approaching

Monday, July 11, 2011, 4:45 PM
Before the final touches go into a restaurant, the splash page goes up -- a "coming-soon" sign on the web. Over the weekend, the mysterious Hop Sing Laundromat at 1029 Race St. posted its page; here is the background on the project. Tashan, the stylish Indian restaurant from Tiffin's Munish Narula... Read more

La Stanza's makeover gets a date

Monday, July 11, 2011, 3:40 PM
Tune-in alert: The episode of Restaurant: Impossible featuring South Philly's La Stanza -- shot in early May -- will get its Food Network debut at 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Here is the plotline: "At La Stanza, in Philadelphia, PA, Robert finds an old-world Italian restaurant being ruined by the... Read more

Xochitl to be sold

Friday, July 8, 2011, 5:24 PM
After four years on Head House Square, Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov are selling Xochitl, their stylish Mexican restaurant. They identify the buyers as friends Peter Leontaras and Demetri Pappas. "All of the Xochitl staff will be offered their same positions under new management and Mike and I... Read more

New concept at Kokopelli, chef at Talula's Table

Friday, July 8, 2011, 4:20 PM
Changes are coming to Kokopelli, the yearling at 1904 Chestnut St. As HughE Dillon reports at PhillyChitChat, the second-floor lounge is being rebranded as Kiva and will grand-open tonight (July 8). The ground-floor restaurant will open Aug. 1, maintaining its Southwestern cuisine but changing from... Read more

DVR alert: Downey's on Spike TV's 'Bar Rescue'

Friday, July 8, 2011, 11:45 AM
Miami-based bar/resto consultant Jon Taffer was here in May to shoot episodes for Spike TV's new series Bar Rescue -- yes, it's a makeover show. First, he worked his magic on Downey's, which has sat at Front and South Streets since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Then, he shook up Swanky Bubbles... Read more

Trio crew going Mexican on Parkway

Friday, July 8, 2011, 11:25 AM
Michael Poole and Van Chau, who opened Trio, a pan-Asian BYO in Fairmount, five years ago (with then-partner Tom Jamava), are venturing a few blocks south for a second restaurant, due for early August. Isabel will be a MexiCali BYOB opening in the old Coffee Room Cafe space at 2601 Pennsylvania Ave... Read more

Things looking up at Cuba Libre

Friday, July 8, 2011, 11:17 AM
A new sign is up over Cuba Libre in Old City. After 10 years, owners Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen felt that a change was needed. The issue: How do you freshen up a look -- pre-Castro Cuba -- that's supposed to appear dated? Read more

Attend's launch event, win a dinner

Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 2:43 PM
Thursday, July 7 is launch day at, and as we throw the switch, we'll back it up with a free, star-studded lunchtime benefit in the center court of Reading Terminal Market. And there's dinner in it for you. Four hot hometown chefs with national reputations -- Camden-born Aaron McCargo... Read more


Tuesday, July 5, 2011, 11:30 PM
Philly really is a hot food town. We have fine restaurants, a thriving beer and cocktail scene, outstanding local producers, rich farmland and a teeming ocean at our doorstep, devoted nonprofit groups ministering to the hungry, and smart food writers and thinkers. So let's put this all together --... Read more
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