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Archive: February, 2010

Liquid nitrogen ice cream?!

Saturday, February 27, 2010, 4:44 PM
You're going to hear much in the coming weeks about Apollinare, the Umbrian restaurant that's in a soft-opening phase in the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties (1001 N. Second St., 215-923-2014). In only his first weeks in town, chef Andrea Scotacci won a prize the other night at the Philly... Read more

Rudi's on Park closes

Saturday, February 27, 2010, 11:56 AM
Rudi's on Park, the ambitious bistro in the heart of Swarthmore, has gone el foldo after three months. While I await a call from chef/owner Rudi Doeller to find out the "whys," I'll note that management is offering refunds on gift cards -- a rarity. Those holding cards are instructed to... Read more

Savona's Monosoff is a master sommelier

Friday, February 26, 2010, 5:30 PM
Big cheers to Melissa Monosoff, sommelier at Savona in Gulph Mills, who is feeling giddy now, the day after she was named only the 15th female master sommelier in the United States. Yes, it was the wine, she confided by phone from Napa, Calif. The Court of Master Sommeliers puts candidates through... Read more

Burgers on the grill

Friday, February 26, 2010, 1:06 PM
The Rouge-owned burger shop 500° - on the 1500 block of Sansom Street next to Roy's - is shooting for a March 17 roll-out. As I reported back in October, owners Rob and Maggie Wasserman were inspired by their burger sales during last year's Rittenhouse Row Festival to open this upscale but budget... Read more

Vetri, Gilmore's ranked tops in service

Friday, February 26, 2010, 10:19 AM
OpenTable, the restaurant reservation site, is out with its 2010 Diners' Choice Awards for best service, based on nearly four million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners from 10,000-plus restaurants On the list -- among such standouts as Daniel, Le Bernardin, La Grenouille, TRU, and Per Se --... Read more

Why Wayne Edwards is buttoned up

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 5:31 PM
Another sign of the times: The Wayne Edwards men's store is dark at 1525 Locust St. Owner Wayne Glassman, who's been in menswear for 30 years (six years on Locust Street, preceded by nearly a quarter-century in a larger store on Walnut Street), says the economy was the "4,000-pound gorilla." He... Read more

Clearing the record on Dr. Phil

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 6:06 PM
Correcting a post from last night: Dr. Phil McGraw did not sit down with Penn Valley's Michael and Holly Robbins, whose son Blake has been at the center of the laptop-surveillance case at Harriton High. But the Dr. Phil show yesterday did interview two people with ties to the Lower Merion School... Read more

Philly Cooks winners

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 10:29 AM
Last night, dozens of chefs from 40-some restaurants competed in the Philly Mag-sponsored benefit for the Ronald McDonald House at the Loews Hotel. The winners: Best Display: Buddakan Best Appetizer: Chew Man Chu (steamed pork bun by chef Tyson Wong) Best Dessert: Apollinare (crescionda con gelato... Read more

That wasn't Brian Westbrook on 'SportsCenter'

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 9:32 AM
ESPN's SportsCenter got scammed last night from Tom Cipriano, the school crossing guard from Lansdale who's made a career out of duping news organizations to put him on the air. Cipriano, aka Howard Stern character Captain Janks, impersonated the agent of Brian Westbrook and then was put on the air... Read more

Free banh mi for you and me

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 5:55 PM
Chef Michael Schulson starts weekday lunch on March 5 at Sampan (122 S.13th St., 215-732-3501) and he's serving at the counter seating areas, facing the bar and open kitchen. Day one, he will offer a free pork bahn mi sandwich -- yes, it's a Vietnamese hoagie -- complete with chips and non-alcoholic... Read more
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