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Archive: November, 2009

Garces gets inspired on "Next Iron Chef"

Monday, November 16, 2009, 5:16 PM
If The Next Iron Chef experience has taught Jose Garces one thing, it's a new appreciation of Japanese cuisine. Garces and fellow contestants spent 10 days there this spring to shoot several episodes of the Food Network cooking battle, whose finale will be Sunday night (11/22). Garces doesn't serve... Read more

Attend Garces' victory (?) party

Monday, November 16, 2009, 9:28 AM
Last night, Philly chef Jose Garces survived a Japanese challenge on The Next Iron Chef, which puts him and NY's Jehangir Mehta into a one-on-one battle at Kitchen Stadium that will be shown Sunday (11/22) at 9 p.m. on Food Network. The prize: The exposure of being an Iron Chef. Hmm. New York vs... Read more

Um. What's Michael Schulson doing?

Friday, November 13, 2009, 3:22 PM
Based on a tour this afternoon, construction of Michael Schulson's pan-Asian restaurant, Sampan, is progressing nicely at 122 S. 13th St., just off Sansom. He's expecting work to finish on Nov. 25, and an opening closer to Dec. 15. Among the wows will be color-changing graphic walls on both sides... Read more

Dining odds and ends

Friday, November 13, 2009, 11:26 AM
Today-- Friday the 13th -- is the appropriate opening day for Lucky 7 Tavern, Jud Bertholf's redo of Aspen in Fairmount. Further, he's scheduled to unlock the door at 25th and Aspen at 7 p.m. Here's a peek at chef Sean Pashley's menu, which he cautions is a work in progress. Bertholf is proudest of... Read more

Philly: Rock and roll and ripoffs

Friday, November 13, 2009, 10:00 AM
For 99.5 percent of the rock bands on tour, life on the road is not easy: Economic realities dictate it. Unless you're an arena-filler, one-night-stand budgets seldom accommodate tour buses, which can cost $1,000 a day. The vehicle of choice is the 15-passenger Ford E-150 van, driven by a road manager... Read more

Burgers below Bellevue

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 7:36 PM
Burgers, burgers everywhere, and Jeff Jolles and his son Michael, who own Bain’s Deli, are getting into the game with Burger Maestro. Next week, they'll expand their footprint in the Bellevue's subterranean food court. They have an in-house grinding machine, french fry cutter, and char broiler... Read more

Zama time!

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 7:35 PM
Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka is several weeks from opening Zama, his first Japanese restaurant, just north of Rittenhouse Square, where Loie used to be (128 S. 19th St., 215-568-1027). Tanaka came to Philly from Japan about 20 years ago to study at Temple University, and ended up working at... Read more

Yama moving to Blue Bell

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 12:34 PM
Sushikazu -- which won all kinds of praise among Blue Bell's sushi cognescenti -- closed recently. But a popular Horsham sushi-ist is moving into the space at Routes 73 and 202: Jay Park, who owns Yama in Horsham Square Shopping Center, near the Naval Air Station. Park worked from the mid-1980s... Read more

Rob Guarino leaving his Albuquerque job

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 3:23 PM
Meteorologist Rob Guarino, the Fox29 emigre who started doing mornings at KOAT in Albuquerque, N.M., a year ago, has given notice to his station and will come back east. Family reasons, he told me. His dad back in Wilmington, Bob, is ailing, he said. That, and he misses his two kids. "It's... Read more

Philly bartender is one step from a millionaire

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 1:42 PM
Unemployed Philly bartender Sam Murray nailed his $1 million qualifying question on Wednesday's episode of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Now a week and a half of waiting begins as he has taken the lead in the show's "Million Dollar Tournament of Ten." Day by day, other qualifying... Read more
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