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Archive: April, 2012

Time ticking for Flavors of the Avenue ticket deal

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:55 PM
You have nine hours to snag a $5 discount to April 28's Flavors of the Avenue, the annual East Passyunk Avenue street fest. In one big top tent, 21 chefs will offer samples of signature dishes, including pork belly anticuchos with fava bean salad and margaritas from Cantina Los Caballitos, chilled... Read more

Jalsa: Traditional Indian in Old City

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:15 PM
Kayur Popat did not set out to get into the Indian restaurant business. Popat, 39, born in Uganda to Indian parents, bought into a fast-food franchise that went cold. Then he hit it big with two Saxby's coffee shops. He also bought Bonte, the waffle shops. Back home in Mechanicsburg, Pa., he was... Read more

Inside Rittenhouse Tavern

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12:58 PM
Tuesday, April 24 is the public go-live for Rittenhouse Tavern, inside the grand Art Alliance on the edge of Rittenhouse Square (251 S. 18th St., 215-732-2412). Le Bec-Fin alum Nicholas Elmi is at the stove, under the direction of chef Ed Brown and Restaurant Associates. Elmi told me that the cooking... Read more

Han Dynasty to University City

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 5:39 PM
Dan Dan Noodles for University City! Han Dynasty, the rapidly growing Sichuan empire from Han Chiang (Royersford, Exton. Old City, Manayunk), will grow to a fifth location later this spring. It's taking over the former Midatlantic at 3711 Market St., in the Science Center. (The center confirms that... Read more

A solo act for Pumpkin's Chris Kearse

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 10:18 AM
Huge news for East Passyunk: Pumpkin chef de cuisine Christopher Kearse, whose resume includes Chicago's Tru, Alinea, and Charlie Trotter, Napa's French Laundry, and Philly's Lacroix and Blackfish, is going solo. Kearse has signed a lease at 1911 E. Passyunk Ave,, which the nonprofit Passyunk Avenue... Read more

Tune-in: Jose Garces on 'Dr. Oz'

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 5:02 PM
Jose Garces will be on the Dr. Oz show on Wednesday April 18 (4 p.m., Fox29), cooking with homemade adobo marinade. (Topic: adding flavor without extra calories.) The show will be rerun on Wednesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. Read more

In brief: Bakery news

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:54 PM
Starting with the bad news: Eiselen's Pastry Shoppe, in Roxborough's Ivy Ridge Shopping Center for five decades, is closed, as reported on the Roxborough-Manayunk Patch. You might want to know why, I suppose, so I called owner Lucy Eiselen. Though hesitant to get into it, she told me that she and her... Read more

Hey! There's a green feather in my sandwich

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:23 PM
Comcast workers at its corporate cafeteria got a visit from the Phillie Phanatic. who stopped up to plug Saturday's Comcast Cares Day, the company’s annual day of service. This year’s event - the 11th - is expected to attract 67,000 volunteers nationwide to more than 630 sites. Read more

Divining Divan

Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:07 PM
Pixels have been expended lately about Divan Mediterranean Grill at 622 S. Sixth St. (opening tonight), coming as it has just after the closing of Divan Turkish Kitchen & Bar across town in the Graduate Hospital/Southwest Center City area. The logos look identical, so are they related? Yes and... Read more

Get in on a 'Restaurant: Impossible' in Delco

Monday, April 16, 2012, 12:54 PM
Italian Village, at 902 MacDade Blvd in Milmont Park, will subject itself to a makeover at the hands of Robert Irvine and his crew from Restaurant: Impossible on the Food Network. Restaurant: Impossible will shoot on April 19 and 20, and the restaurant is taking reservations for the "after" meal on... Read more
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