Posts for November 19, 2012

False Alarm?: Hostess and Union Back at the Bargaining Table

Friday's news of the potential closure and sale of the Hostess company and its iconic snack-cake brands sent the internet spinning with nostalgia, laments, stories of Twinkie hoarding, gloating by healthy food advocates, etc. Well, it turns out there's still a chance the company will be saved, and maybe they were just showing they weren't afraid to sell it all off in the face of major financial problems and a stubborn union. As the Times' Dealbook site is reporting, a federal judge has pushed Hostess and the bakers union back into mediation this week, and the two sides have agreed to meet one last time on Tuesday to try to come to a deal to avoid 18,000 layoffs and a complete closure of the company. If they can't reach an agreement, Hostess will again seek approval of their close-out plan beginning Wednesday, which includes the sale of the Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Ding Dong brands, and the closure of multiple plants. [NYT, Earlier]

Let’s Get Ready to Gobble: Garces and Vetri Put $10k on Turkey Bowl IV

The Turkey Bowl trophy on display at AmisPhoto: Brad Spence

The Eagles on a losing streak this season means the hottest gridiron action this fall will be Jose Garces and Marc Vetri in Turkey Bowl IV, the annual football game that pits the two chefs, and their respective staffs against each other in a Thanksgiving Day showdown. Vetri tells Grub that like last year, this year’s bout takes place at Franklin Field. And again, both teams are coughing $5,000 for a combined donation of $10,000 for the victor’s charity. In this case, that’s the Vetri Foundation for Children, and the Garces Family Foundation. Will Team Vetri retain the coveted Turkey Bowl trophy (pictured), or will Team Garces deliver an upset? The only way to find out is to go. Kickoff is at 9 a.m. sharp.

Lemon Hill Introduces ‘Cocktail of the Day’ With New Happy Hour Offerings

The bar at Lemon Hill

Going forward, Sundays will be for Sazeracs, Tuesdays for dark and stormies, and Fridays for Tom Collins, as Lemon Hill switches up its happy hour action to include a Cocktail of the Day. And every day in between will have its own dedicated cocktail special, plus glasses of chardonnay and Cabernet on special for $7, and draught beers discounted by $1. The hours of happiness will also now span 6 to 8 p.m. every night of the week. Keep reading to see the new weekly line-up.

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Watch Fake Guy Fieri Respond to the Times Takedown Review

It didn't actually air over over the weekend, but Saturday Night Live blocked out and rehearsed a "Weekend Update" segment with cast member Bobby Moynihan adopting his best Guy Fieri schtick. Fake Fieri, like the real one, is a little incensed and ultimately hurt by the incredibly bad New York Times review, and the one-liner defenses he manages to crack range from "My food is best served through a cloud of weed smoke" to "If you come in expecting Le Cirque, then you're a Le Jerk." Click on through, and feel his pain.

He'll hit you with a faceful of Donkey Sauce. »

Spencer ETA Burger Rolls Out More Burgers and More Time to Eat Them

Spencer ETA Burger's "Ultimate Spencer Burger"Photo: Spencer's ETA Burger

Spencer ETA Burger, the University City spinoff of popular lunch and brunch spots Sabrina’s Cafe, recently rolled out an expanded menu. And with the broader selection of burgers, the shop’s also extending its hours of operation. Owners Robert and Raquel DeAbreu, who opened the burger joint last Spring, say that up until this point, they were “testing the waters,” but the addition of new menu items, and longer hours, means their concept’s officially arrived. The menu now offers nine burger combinations — everything from the Ultimate Spencer Burger (roasted peppers, turkey bacon, caramelized onions, raspberry-herbed ketchup, and more) to the Buffalo-sauced Southwest Gobbler — all available with beef, turkey or veggie burger patties. Keep Reading to see the full spread.

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Will BYOB ‘Not Just Tricky Nonsense’; ‘Virtues Are Undeniable’ at Hop Sing Laundromat

• “Deconstructed in myriad ways,” the Christopher “Kearse-ified” chicken poularde at Will BYOB, Inquirer critic Craig LaBan writes, proves the chef-owner has “both the technical prowess and the artistic vision to create modern food that still makes tasty sense, and not just tricky nonsense.” The end result? “Gorgeous, complex, intriguing, yet still comforting to eat.” He adds that other inspired examples of avant-garde cooking in the city are “few and far between.” Still those “brilliant sparks” are tempered with “a tendency to over-precious flourishes that would soar with more restraint.” [Inquirer]

• In his Drink sidebar, LaBan writes that Chinatown cocktail bar, Hop Sing Laundromat’s “virtues are undeniable.” In considering the “wizardry of the drinks” put forth by “eccentric yet talented,” “singularly-named” Lêe, LaBan says the Hop Sing original Nevermore, a combination of Vietnamese coffee, Smooth Ambler gin, and Patron Citrónge, is “quirky, like its creator, but deliciously one-of-a-kind.” [Inquirer]

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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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