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Archive: May, 2009

Hot Potato under Ramsay's microscope

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 8:46 PM
Tuesday night was chef Gordon Ramsay's evaluation dinner at Hot Potato Cafe in Fishtown, where cameras from Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" are shooting the goings-on. There were crews in the kitchen, the dining room (tables are miked) and even outside. My moles explain that the restaurant was... Read more

Bibou marks National Escargot Day

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 11:13 AM
Leave your "slow service" wisecracks at the door. On Sunday, the new French bistro Bibou in South Philly will import snail merchant Douglas Dussault from Potironne Company to host a day in honor of National Escargot Day. This has nothing to do with the Slow Food movement. The $55 menu (it's... Read more

Fairmount's next restaurant

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 10:13 AM
Meze is the tentative name for the restaurant under construction across from L’Oca at 2028 Fairmount Ave. in Fairmount, at the dead-end with Corinthian Street. Coowner David Orphanides, a zoning attorney, says he and partner Savvas Novrosidis (Fairmount Pizza) intend it as a “comfortable... Read more

Hot Potato Cafe getting Gordon Ramsay treatment

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 8:07 AM
Gordon Ramsay will be at Hot Potato Cafe in Fishtown over the next few days to shoot an episode of Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares," as I reported this morning. Ramsay's shtick involves tasting the food, making yuk noises, getting the story from chef and management, trying to fix what's broken... Read more

Side dishes

Monday, May 18, 2009, 9:45 PM
- June's issue of Bon Appétit mag names "The Hot Ten: The Best Ice Cream Shops," and Capogiro is included. Blurb says: "From the traditional hazelnut to the avant-garde lime-cilantro, gelato is made daily from scratch in small batches -- must-try flavor: blackberry."... Read more

Octo delays its opening

Monday, May 18, 2009, 9:39 PM
Octo Waterfront Grille, the successor to Rock Lobster on Columbus Boulevard, won't open this weekend on schedule. Jay Tackett of Tackett & Co., who's handling the design, says the owners elected to add lateral support to the pier. That work, along with the sprucing up (as the pier was unused last... Read more

Kane Kalas to sing at Media's Memorial Day parade

Friday, May 15, 2009, 9:10 AM
Kane Kalas, son of Harry Kalas, will sing “America the Beautiful” and read a poem honoring veterans written by his father at Media’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony on May 25. The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum has announced that the Kalas family will present the Pennsylvania Veterans... Read more

South Jersey woman wins "America's Next Top Model"

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 1:28 PM
Teyona Anderson, 20, who grew up in Woodstown, Salem County, but moved to Elkton, Md., as a teenager, won America's Next Top Model on The CW. She was discovered last July at a casting call held by CW57 at Clementon Park. Her winnings include contracts with Elite Model Management and CoverGirl, and... Read more

A peek at Darling's

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 12:37 PM
Harry and John Darling are in their frenzied final tune-ups before Saturday's grand opening of Darling's, a retro diner that will be a major part of the new Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. It occupies much of the ground floor of the building known as "The Egg," at the corner of... Read more

Free pizza for troops

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 8:10 AM
Brian Augustine, who owns Illuminare in Fairmount, is offering a 12-inch brick-oven pizza and a drink of choice to active-duty military personnel and their spouse. ID required. He looks at the offer as a "date night" when they are reunited at home. Illuminare is a short hike from the Philadelphia... Read more
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