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Archive: December, 2009

Bebe's starts delivery

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 8:05 AM
Bebe’s Barbecue in the Italian Market, the darling of critics, is now offering delivery service Wednesdays to Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. (that's two hours after the dining room closes). The delivery area cuts a swath through South Philly east of Broad. Mark Coates and crew are developing... Read more

First look at Sampan

Friday, December 4, 2009, 6:16 PM
Chef Michael Schulson (Izakaya, ex-Pod, ex-Buddakan New York) gave us a look around Sampan, his luxe pan-Asian restaurant due to open to the public on Dec. 18 at 124 S. 13th St., just off 13th and Sansom. Read more

Dueling over radicchio

Friday, December 4, 2009, 6:03 PM
Chefs Nunzio Patruno (Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood), Andrea Luca Rossi (soon-to-be Cichetteria 19*), and Luciana Spurio (Le Virtú in South Philly) will battle at 11 a.m. Friday (12/11) at Reading Terminal Market in an Iron Chef-like competition. The secret ingredient: Radicchio... Read more

Hello, FredEx

Friday, December 4, 2009, 3:53 PM
Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell will make his broadcast debut as a guest-host from 10 a.m. to noon next week (12/7-11) on 97.5 The Fanatic. Mitchell will be on with Dan Schwartzman. Read more

Buy Allen Iverson's pen

Friday, December 4, 2009, 12:09 PM
The teardrop-soaked Cross pen that Allen Iverson used to sign his contract with the 76ers on Thursday will be auctioned off via to benefit Sixers Charities and the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation. It's up here, with an opening bid of $160. Read more

DailyCandy goes sour

Friday, December 4, 2009, 11:56 AM
Gawker reports that DailyCandy, a daily shopper e-mail blast, will stop the specific editions for seven of its 12 cities, including Philadelphia, where it's been spitting out copy since mid-2006. Besides the likely impending departure of Philly editor Meredith Lindemon, the move looks bad in another... Read more

Azie on Main's downstairs neighbor

Friday, December 4, 2009, 8:45 AM
MIXX will be the name of the restaurant planned beneath Azie on Main in Villanova, in the lower level of the former Maia. MIXX -- whose logo will have martini glasses in place of the X's -- will focus on comfort food, with a casual air, and is due to open Jan. 25. The draft menu has nothing over $18... Read more

Tortilla Press Cantina to reopen

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 4:58 PM
Chef Mark Smith of Collingswood's Tortilla Press is trying again in Pennsauken. On Friday (12/4) at 4 p.m., he'll reopen Tortilla Press Cantina (7716 Maple Ave., just over the Cherry Hill border), which he shut down 13 months ago. TPC got off to a bad start. Construction on the Maple Avenue bridge... Read more

"The Lovely Bones" to open Jan. 15

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 4:36 PM
The Lovely Bones, the Peter Jackson-directed chiller that was shot here in 2007 (and later in New Zealand), will hit theaters Jan. 15. Paramount will sneak-preview it next week for the local cast and crew, as well as local officials who helped with the suburban shoots. I hear that neither Jackson... Read more

Jen Carroll goes out on "Top Chef"

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 12:09 PM
Lots of tears last night at the Top Chef viewing party at 10 Arts, the restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton. Finalist Jennifer Carroll, the Northeast Philly-bred chef de cuisine at the Eric Ripert-run restaurant, won't move on to next week's finale. Judges grumbled about her oversalting a goat cheese dish... Read more
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