Posts for November 7, 2012

Naturally, Citron and Rose Is the Subject of Solomonov and Cook’s First Jewish Exponent Column

Woodword and Bernstein, or Cook and Solomonov?

As if keeping their blossoming restaurant empire humming along at its current clip wasn’t enough to keep Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook occupied, this week as they roll out Citron and Rose, the two also debuted a new recurring column in the Jewish Exponent. The first installment, as you might guess, focuses on that latest venture, which opens tonight in suburban Merion. Sure, its a well played publicity move, but at the same time, the restaurateur’s rap provides glimpses of all that went into getting the glatt kosher restaurant up and running. The explanation of how all the kitchen’s equipment was immersed in a mikveh for ritual purification alone is worth checking out. [JE]

Earlier: Solomonov and Co. to Open Glatt Kosher Citron and Rose Next Week

Marcus Samuelsson Returning to Town Tonight For First Person Arts Fest

Marcus Samuelsson

Since unceremoniously bowing out of his ill-fated partnership with Stephen Starr in Washington Square (now Talula’s Garden) back in 2004, America’s most recognizable Swedish-Ethiopian culinary star, and President Barack Obama’s favorite chef, Marcus Samuelsson has been rather seldom seen around these parts. Tonight he’s making a return visit for a First Person Arts Festival engagement at the The Racquet Club of Philadelphia. The Aquavit and Red Rooster owner will read from his recently piublished memoir, Yes, Chef, while the Racquet Club’s executive chef Brian Coseo turns out a four course dinner that celebrates Samuelsson’s Ethiopian and Swedish roots. Entry will set you back $100, and $150 if you decide to spring for the VIP treatment, which includes an intimate reception with the visiting chef. Keep reading to see the menu.

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Cooking Modernist Cuisine at Home, at Home

Let me just get the sous-vide machine warmed up...Photo: Tyson Stole/Modernist Cuisine

When I think about "home cooking," I picture the same things you probably do: meatloaf, spaghetti, maybe some mac & cheese with carrot sticks. As far back as I can remember, neither mom nor dad ever made short ribs that had been cooked sous-vide for 72 hours or salmon that was crisped with a blowtorch. Yet as its name implies, Modernist Cuisine at Home — the $140 diffusion brand to Modernist Cuisine's six-volume, $625 tome — has different ideas about home cooking, ones that involve whipping siphons and 56˚(centigrade) water baths.

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Jamonera Brings Back Its Ten-Course Tapas Tasting


If you’re still bummed about missing out on the storied, 10-course tasting odysseys that Jamonera hosted over the summer, you'll be happy to learn that the Spanish wine bar's owners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are again rolling out the super-colossal feast for one night this Sunday. The price has gone up, but at $40, it’s still a tremendous bargain. The procession of plates parading through the meal will include Jamonera’s take on papas fritas, tuna crudo, Moorish chicken kabobs, and a Barcelona style cannelloni, just to name a few. Keep reading for the full menu.

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Now Open: Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co., Throwing Shade on Pat’s and Geno’s From Up In NoLibs

Del Rossi's Michael and David FrankPhoto: Del Rossi's Cheesesteak Co.

If anything, the take-home from Adam Richman’s America’s Best Sandwich was that our town’s greasy, Whiz-dripping icon, the cheesesteak, has taken a back seat to the roast pork sandwich. But that’s not holding brothers Michael and David Frank back from launching Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co. near Fourth and Spring Garden streets in NoLibs. And the upstarts ambitions stretch far beyond setting up a neighborhood take-out joint.

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Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Bryn Mawr Pizza See the menu

    “Pizza is alright”

    The food is alright... there honestly is no "atmosphere" since it consists of just an oven, two small tables and a television.

  • Derek's See the menu

    “Everything a restaurant should be!”

    Others talk the talk, Derek has always walked the walk.

  • Lion King See the menu

    “My other spot”

    When it comes to the generals...(chicken that is) they'll make you sign up for recruitment


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