Posts for January 10, 2013

Watch These Amazing Tim Hortons Customers Sing ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’

This adorable group of senior-citizen doughnut-shop crooners are better known as the Entertainers, CBS reports. They are members of the Oakville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and they convene at their local Tim Hortons after practice on Monday nights to share doughnuts and coffee. Sometimes, awesomely, they burst into song. Prepare to feel happy, and perhaps crave a cinnamon-sugar doughnut or two.

It's enough to make kings and vagabonds shed a tear or two. »

Baan Thai’s Dumplings Are ‘Infinitely Better’ Than Most Others; Phyllis Stein-Novack Is Spellbound by Ela’s ‘Culinary Magic’

Baan Thai, which replaced Sonata on Liberties Walk last fall, served dumplings that are “infinitely better than the majority of what you’ll taste elsewhere,” according to Brian Freedman. A plate of ped yang came off as a “perfect hybrid between Peking duck and fried chicken,” and like the dumplings, Freedman chalks the success to chef-owner Samantha Marsh’s “personal touches,” like her “attention to the minute differences in flavor,” and homegrown ingredients. “Cloying sweetness” derailed some dishes. But all told, the NoLibs restaurant showed “real promise.” [PW]

• Phyllis Stein-Novack ordinarily doesn’t go for the foams, nozzle-topped contraptions, and liquid nitrogen that turn kitchens into scientific laboratories, but the “culinary magic” cast by Jason Cichonski at Ela summoned four tips of her toque this week. The whipped foie gras “should not be missed”; bone marrow-filled pasta “squirted rich goodness” into her mouth with every bite; and sweet-and-sour apples and cabbage served as a “perfect foil” for a braised pork shank. [South Philly Review]

Now Open: Avenue Scoop, Serving Ice Cream and More on East Passyunk Ave.

They had us at cannoli sundaes.Photo: Avenue Scoop

What’s this? Forever-in-the-works ice cream shop Avenue Scoop finally opens in the dead of winter? With Jack Frost, the Snow Miser, and all the other personifications of the season out taking a breather, we suppose now’s as good a time as any. Owner Carmen LaRosa opened the doors for the first time on Saturday, according to the Passyunk Post. The shop, which sits directly across from Royal Tavern on the northeastern stretch of P’unk Ave., goes the old school route, scooping only Breyers ice cream for its cones, banana splits, and get this, cannoli sundaes! They also offer bagels, pastries, fresh waffles and coffee in case normal temperatures and conditions return and prove to frigid for the frozen goodies. [P’unk Post]

Avenue Scoop, 932 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 319-1808

Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Mojo Sauce and Thai-German Fusion Lollipops

"You need to wear a great hat if you want to cook in this kitchen."Photo: Courtesy of Bravo

Thanks to Hugh Acheson and Chef Josie for writing nice things about these recaps on their twitter feeds! On to the show ...

Lobster bisque with Thai spices and Bavarian cream lollipop garnish. »

Weather and Traffic: Mark Wahlberg Says You Better Get a Hoagie

Mark Wahlberg was back in town yesterday, shilling for his latest effort, Broken City, with the film’s director-producer Allen Hughes. While at Fox 29’s studios in Old City, the two had some fun with “Good Day Philadelphia’s” weather and traffic report. Surprisingly, they proved fairly adept at it. And even more startling is Wahlberg’s spot-on pronunciation of the word “Schuylkill.” Still the best part of the segment is when Wahlberg tells viewers to “stop and get yourself a hoagie," because traffic’s backed up on the Vine Street Expressway. Watch the full clip straight ahead. [myfoxphilly]

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PBC Rolls Out Shackamaximum in 12 oz. Bottles

Cases of Shackamaximum ready to ship.Photo: Courtesy Philadelphia Brewing Company

Drinking Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Shackamaximum is getting a little more convenient. In years past the Kenzinger maker only issued the seasonal brew on draft, and in 22 oz. bottles. But now the dark-as-night imperial stout, which takes its name from the meeting place where William Penn signed a peace treaty with Lenni Lenape chief Tamanend, is available in 12 oz. bottles. Cases started shipping this week, and should begin popping up on the shelves at beer distributors and bottle shops in the days ahead.

Woman Named Beautiful Existence to Live Off Only Starbucks Food for a Year

Name to change to Painful Existence.

And the cult of scary Starbucks fanatics gets a new leader: Ms. Beautiful Existence (legal name) has taken a vow to only eat food from Starbucks for an entire year. Apparently, this act is somehow driven by feminism: "Where are the WOMEN challenging themselves in the world? Where are the effects being shown on a woman’s culture? A woman’s family & children? ... Where is HER VOICE on how an international company is directly or indirectly impacting everything from her waistline to her bottom line and every other woman’s, man’s, child’s, societies and planets world with their presence?" she writes on her blog. This isn't the first time Existence has attempted a stunt like this: Last year, she lived her life according to Parents magazine, and in 2011, she only shopped at Goodwill. Definitely not as painful as subsisting off "artisan" breakfast sandwiches and processed protein lunch boxes. Good thing Existence lives in Seattle; at least there's booze at her local Starbucks. [Earlier, Earlier, HuffPo]

Hot Diggity Putting Its Wieners on Wheels

Hot Diggity's Texas Hold 'Em dog

Fresh off blowing America’s mind with Philly Surf and Turf dogs on Travel Channel's Hot Dog Paradise II, Hot Diggity owner Keith Garabedian is preparing to take his tubed meat mecca on the road. He’s launched a fund raising effort via Lucky Ant to secure the cash needed to get a mobile version of the popular regional hot dog operation rolling. In addition to purchasing the wheels, he’s set milestones for gear, and to commission artist Hawk Krall to mural-ize the wiener wagon’s exterior. He’s also offering a bunch of incentives for the generous hot dog enthusiasts who contribute to the cause, like gift certificates, Hot Diggity t-shirts, Hawk Krall prints, and a chance to have the truck come cater a private event.

Related: Dog Daze: Take a Look at Philly’s 15 Best Hot Dogs

Nebraska Man Crashes His Car Into Pizzeria, Orders Pizza Anyhow

An elderly man in Nebraska crashed his Honda Fit through the facade of a Valentino's Pizza in Lincoln, Nebraska, yesterday, shearing off the chain store's front doors and launching glass into its dining room before he came to a full stop inside the restaurant and placed an order. "The gentleman said his foot had stuck on the gas," a witness says, "and that he was going to go ahead and order some pizza." It's almost as if he was trying to do one better than the Seattle man who decided to go for coffee right after he was hit by a bus earlier this week. No one was injured, and it seems as though the man did not get his large pie — instead, he was taken to the hospital, where the pizza isn't as good.

He said his foot got stuck on the accelerator. »

‘Knife Guys’ Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling Cut Into Jimmy Kimmel’s New Time Slot

If you've ever wondered what a knife-selling show on QVC hosted by Ryan Gosling and Will Ferrell would look like, well, it happened last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Apparently Kimmel didn't realize his new time slot was already taken by the Ginsu-wielding duo. "What the hell are you doing here, Jimmy?" Gosling asks. "We sell knives at eleven-thirty. Everyone knows that." Click through for the best chocolate-milk-slicing demo you'll probably see all day. [Vulture]

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