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Archive: March, 2011

Restaurant notes: Eye on sushi; Garces battle

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 12:20 PM
The spot at Seventh and Bainbridge Streets in Bella Vista that was briefly Ro-Zu will become a sushi spot called Big Eyes Sushi. Chef/owner Sugi Wijaya emigrated from North Carolina and hopes to open in the April 5-10 window, after inspections and such. Jose Garces has an Iron Chef America battle... Read more

Restaurant notes: Middle Eastern in the Italian Market

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 2:36 PM
Al Zaytouna, as in Olive Tree, is coming to 906 Christian St., next to Sabrina's in the Italian Market. Owner Koubeil Ben Ayed, who managed for Top Dog in Cherry Hill and University City, among other restaurants, says he's a week or two from opening. Concept will be moderate-priced food -- figure... Read more

Le Pain Quotidien ... deux

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 2:43 PM
Le Pain Quotidien's first Philly location, 1423-25 Walnut St., has been going gangbusters during its first two months. Now I'll tell you about a second outlet for the upscale-casual Belgian-rooted boulangerie/cafe: The northwest corner of Eighth and Walnut Streets, as in the former flagship store... Read more

Restaurant notes: Great Chefs getting together for charity

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 12:00 PM
Tickets are on sale for the 2011 Great Chefs Event, for which Marc Vetri and the Vetri Foundation assemble a huge roster of chefs for a feast benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. This year's outing, at Urban Outfitters' HQ at the Navy Yard, is the evening of June 14. Vetri and business partner... Read more

Restaurant notes: La Colombe scores some Haitian

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 11:09 AM
La Colombe owners Todd Carmichael and Jean Philippe Iberti are starting to share their stash of 40,000 kilos of Haitian Blue Forest, an heirloom coffee variety that is grown semiwild in the mountains of Haiti. Free tastings will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18 at their Rittenhouse... Read more

Penn Dental student is next 'Bachelorette'

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 6:58 AM
Fourth-year Penn Dental student Ashley Hebert, previously eliminated from The Bachelor, was announced early Tuesday as the next Bachelorette. ABC used Jimmy Kimmel's show to introduce her, following The Bachelor's finale. Brad Womack chose Emily Maynard. "I think it all turned out for the best,"... Read more

Restaurant notes: Groupon failure

Monday, March 14, 2011, 4:18 PM
If you bought today's Groupon offering $30 worth of food for $15 at Franco's Trattoria on Ridge Avenue in East Falls, be advised that the restaurant has closed for good. Groupon's offer says the deal is "sold out" and that 105 people bought in. A woman who answered the phone at the restaurant, whose... Read more

The Situation is coming to the Far Northeast

Monday, March 14, 2011, 4:12 PM
Grabbing the gusto, Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has been booked for an appearance from 5 to 7 p.m. April 1 at the State Store at Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philly. He will sign bottles of the protein-added Devotion Vodka, for which he is shilling. You have to buy a bottle... Read more

Local family wins on Regis and Kelly

Monday, March 14, 2011, 1:00 PM
Maureen and Mike Mattson of Audubon, Camden County -- rather, their toddlers Franny and Bridget -- have won the LIVE! With Regis and Kelly "Great Days Start Here" video contest, in which viewers create videos that show how they start their days. Maureen and Mike, who learned of the win on Monday's... Read more

Glenn Beck back on local radio ... sort of

Sunday, March 13, 2011, 7:21 PM
Glenn Beck, whose radio show was dropped by WPHT-AM (1210) in January, has found a quasi-local outlet: WILM-AM (1450) in Wilmington, Del. Starting Monday, March 14, WILM will carry Beck's show from 9 a.m. to noon daily. Sean Hannity, who lost his WPHT affiliation at the same time, is heard on WILM... Read more
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