Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat. Craig LaBan: I'm curious to hear updates from the Philly Chefs Conference at Drexel, for which Joy Manning wrote an excellent preview. A lot of big names this year, from Glenn Roberts (of Anson Mills) to pioneering food science author Harold McGee, not to mention Philly's own stars. Highlights?
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: The highlight of my week was most definitely the tasting menu at the chef's counter at Serpico, with so many memorable dishes. But perhaps the most brilliant little bite was a "tortellini" in which the dumpling's skin was made from
Reader: After reading about the best Fishtown/Kensington spots, we decided to try Lloyd Whiskey Bar. The sweet potato Thai pork and chicken and waffle sliders were outstanding, as was the whiskey and beer lists. The bourbon sweet tea was a nice concoction. Another thing we loved about it was that the happy hour went until 8 p.m. later than usual.
Some of the world's great wine values now are coming from Portugal's rising dry wine industry, and this 2013 Vinha do Rosário red from Casa Ermalinda Freitas is a stellar example. Grown in the sandy soil vineyards of the Fernando Pó region on the Setubal Peninsula just south of Lisbon, this wine is a blend of Castelão and Touriga Nacional - two classic Portuguese port grapes - with syrah and cabernet sauvignon.
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