Posts for December 26, 2012

2012: The Year in Made-up Food Words

White Alba truffles: Cloudy, with a definite chance of flurries.Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/Getty

Last week, the Food Section took the appropriate steps to make sure no one forgets about butt-chugging and pink slime in 2013 with its roundup of this year's stand-out neologisms and other food terms, which got us thinking: It's been an exceptional year for food words. The Times gave broader circulation (and immortality) to the words "Donkey Sauce" and "bleu-sabi" when it published its now-famous negative-star review of Guy's American Kitchen last month, so much that Pete Wells might as well have chiseled the Guy Fieri's menu onto a solid gold record and launched it, with a message from the U.N.'s secretary-general, into deep space, à la Voyager 1. While butt-chugging and Donkey Sauce were getting all the play, no one noticed that sriracha made it into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Farmwashing, foodhazing, and faux-raging. »

Fire Strikes West Philly’s Elena’s Soul

Fire at Elena's Soul

A Christmas Day tragedy struck popular West Philly bar and restaurant Elena’s Soul yesterday. West Philly Local reports that fire broke out at in the building that houses the neighborhood spot, destroying it, and most of the two floors above it. The good news is, no one was injured. And in the spirit of the season, neighbors are pitching in to help out in the wake of the blaze. IM3Media, which organized the Hidden Soul Wednesdays at Elena’s is hosting a benefit concert at Major Events Banquet Hall, near 50th and Lancaster Ave., on Friday, December 28 from 8 p.m. until midnight. Proceeds will be used to help rebuild Elena’s. [West Philly Local]

Phillymag’s ‘50 Best Restaurants’ Drops Today

Zahav!!! Again!?!?Photo: iStockPhoto

Get ready to start griping, scorned restaurateurs and kooky anonymous blog commenters: Our friends over at Foobooz are going to start posting Phillymag’s “50 Best Restaurants” list today at 11:45 a.m. They’re rolling out the rankings in reverse order on Twitter, flagging them with the hashtag #50BestPHL. If the list proves half as fun as the site’s recent “Top 50 Philadelphia Bars 2012,” by sundown today the posts’ comments sections should start filling up with all sorts of accusations, dubious claims and whackjob conspiracy theories about what criterium was used to tally the top restaurants, and who will ultimately profit from them.

Damage Control: What You Should Be Binge-Eating When You’re Drunk at Three in the Morning

Smile, you're preventing a hangover.Photo: Corbis

Everyone's been there: It's 3 a.m. and you're stumbling around smelling like booze and bad choices. Well done. But now you're starving and your decision-making skills are in rough shape (especially if it's New Year's Eve). The idea that a greasebomb meal will completely prevent tomorrow's inevitable hangover is, sadly, a myth. But we talked to a bunch of professional nutritionists to see what someone can actually eat if they don't want to cause too much more damage and hope to soften the blow the next morning. And don't worry: The advice isn't all wheatgrass and beet juice. Even the pros know that late-night binge-eating should be satisfying.

Grilled cheese, cereal, and cherry pie. »

Blimey! Pub & Kitchen Serving Boxing Day Brunch All Day Today

Pub & KitchenPhoto: Marisa McClellan for GPTMC

Two turtle doves? A partridge in a pear tree? We can’t say for sure what your true love may have waiting for you on this, the presumed second day of Christmas festivities. But what we do know is, the good folks over at Pub & Kitchen are swinging open the doors today early to serve Boxing Day Brunch. Beginning at 11 a.m., they will start fixing drinks, and taking orders from a special all-day menu that’s chock full of stuff like oysters and foie gras-laden Disco Fries, as well as whey braised pork shoulder sandwiches, Creekstone Farms burgers, mussels, omelets, and more. Keep reading to check out the full spread. It will be on until 11 p.m. tonight, or until things start running out.

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City Mourns the Passing of Pizzeria’s Matriarch

In sad news, Barbara Tacconelli passed away on December 22. She was the matriarch of the family behind Port Richmond’s legendary Tacconelli's Pizzeria, after marrying Vincent Tacconelli in 1958. The Inky reports she was 70 years old. After 44 years behind the pizzeria's counters, the two retired to the Jersey Shore in 2002. They left the shop in the hands of their children and grandchildren. A viewing and services are scheduled for Thursday, December 27, and Friday, December 28. [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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