Posts for November 16, 2012

Someone’s Getting Fired: Donald Trump Steak House Fails Health Inspection

"It's the greatest expired yogurt in the world!"

Symbolic of all the faded luxury once associated with Donald Trump's name, the ferret-haired millionaire's eponymous Las Vegas steakhouse, DJT, was recently shut down by Sin City health inspectors after being cited for 51 code violations. Among them was the discovery of month-old caviar, improperly stored food, parasites in the halibut, aged veal stock, and expired yogurt. The place reportedly reopened with the issues fixed, but we won't believe that until the Donald sends us his complete health inspection certificate by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Aw Shucks: Oyster House Hosting ‘Oysters 101’

Center City’s Oyster House is going to start schooling those curious about mollusk in the new year with a series of classes dubbed Oysters 101. In each session, the curriculum will focus on the history of oyster consumption in America, difference in species, sustainable aquaculture, beer and wine pairings, and classic accompaniments. Classes take place on Saturdays (January 19 and 26, and February 26), cost $45, and make great gifts. Enrollment is open now.

Grey Lodge Tapping Two Years of Mad Elf Tonight

And so begins the season of the Elf

Naturally, Grey Lodge Pub gets first dibs on this year’s Mad Elf draughts. The popular cherry and honey-laden Belgian strong ale that Hershey’s Troegs Brewing Company brings to market every holiday season goes on tap tonight for the very first time at the Northeast Philly bar. In addition to this year’s release of the cult favorite, Grey Lodge is simultaneously tapping a barrel left over from last year, so beer nerds can get real deep in the grock of Mad Elf-dom. Expect drunken-elfin merriment, Troegs swag on sale, and several other rare beers from the brewery. The suds start flowing at 6 p.m. Go early. They will run out.

Earlier: Yes Virginia, There Will Be Plenty of Mad Elf to Go Around This Holiday Season

Now the Other DeLorenzo’s Is High-Tailing It Out of Trenton

Endangered pizza-like species.

Last year saw the end of Trenton’s famed DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies, the 65-year-old standard-bearer of the endangered crisp-crusted pizza-like species known in and around the Garden State’s capital as tomato pie. Now it appears that the last vestiges of the DeLorenzo’s legacy will soon disappear all together from its motherland. Times of Trenton reports today that DeLorenzo’s Pizza, the erstwhile tomato pie-maker’s sister operation, which has served the same Chambersburg neighborhood, but only since 1961, is shutting down. It’s not all bad news though. Owner Rick DeLorenzo Jr. plans to relocate his family’s business to nearby Hamilton next year. And to carry on his heritage, he plans to bring along the pizza shop’s original ovens. Still the really bad news is the grim picture the piece paints of Trenton, which makes it seem like something out of The Road Warrior. [Times of Trenton]

Earlier: Say It Ain’t So: DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies Calls It Quits!

David Ansill Rolls Out a New Menu at Bar Ferdinand

David Ansill

While he’s been consistently rocking some pretty amazing prix fixes since returning from his Jamaican sabbatical, this week David Ansill just dropped his first full-blown menu at Bar Ferdinand. As expected, Spanish tapas standards like pan con tomate, and tortilla española join the obligatory assemblages of olives, jamón, and cheeses from the Iberian Peninsula on it. But so do flourishes of the culinary magic that Ansill cast at his dearly departed restaurants Pif and Ansill Food + Wine. You find it in the form of dishes like the sea urchin-laden corn flan, coddled organic egg with tuna aioli, and calamari braised in squid ink with chorizo and paprika aioli.

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Astoundingly Skinny Matthew McConaughey Contemplates His Ultimate Burger Binge

Give this man some mayo.Photo: Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic

He's shedding pounds for an upcoming role as an eighties-era HIV patient in The Dallas Buyer's Club, and like any dutiful dieter, Matt McConaughey's dreaming about food — and he has some very specific ideas about what he'd like to eat. Toppings-laden cheeseburgers, for instance.

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Union Trust and Butcher & the Brewer Closings Make It a Bad Week For Meat

The Butcher & Brewer's predecessor The BoilermakerPhoto: Collin Keefe

As if Union Trust’s closing wasn’t enough of an all-beef bummer for the carnivores amongst us, last night brought word of yet another meltdown in the meat sector. The Butcher & The Brewer, the flesh-forward follow-up to the short-lived Boilermaker on 11th Street, is calling it quits after service on Saturday. In a statement issued by B+B parent, the Grainery Restaurant Group, the abrupt ending is blamed on the building’s sale. But the Insider’s reporting that LCB records show the restaurant’s liquor license in the inactive category. The statement also says that staff will be transferred over to the company’s other venture, Farmers’ Cabinet. But there’s signs of trouble there, too.

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Time to Mourn: Watch Sixteen Vintage Hostess Commercials

Today's news that Hostess will close has almost instantly prompted Twinkie mourning and nostalgic missives. Sure, another company will likely buy up the brands, but things just won't be the same. To help you cope with the loss, we've rounded up some truly retro ads from over the years — remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pies? — that you can watch while you wallow in your cream-filled sadness.

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Obamacare Isn’t Forcing Restaurants to Cut Employees’ Hours

Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

Several restaurant CEOs have suggested recently that since President Obama is keeping his job, their employees' jobs might be in danger. Owners of chains like Papa John's, Olive Garden, Denny's, and Applebee's say that because of the Affordable Care Act, they'll be forced to reduce employees' hours since they can't afford to provide more full-time workers with health insurance or pay the fines for leaving them uninsured. Online Obamacare supporters called for a boycott of the restaurants, and opponents argued that the law will hurt restaurant workers as well as all who turn to them for a cheap, greasy dinner that isn't served in a paper wrapper. However, the claim that the health-care law is worsening conditions for restaurant employees is dubious.

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The (Possible) End of Twinkies: Hostess Will Close Forever

Time to stock up, armageddon-style.Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Start hoarding those Cupcakes: Hostess — the company that makes Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, and all the other little plastic-wrapped cake-y things you begged your mom for when you were little — will shut down.

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