Posts for January 11, 2013

Yo Adrian: South Philly Bar & Grill’s Celebrating Rocky-Fest

You're going to eat lightning and crap thunder!

Rocky Balboa may be a fictional character, but that’s not getting in the way of South Philly Bar & Grill celebrating the punch-drunk underdog as if he were really one of our own with a daylong party Saturday. To mark the 36th anniversary of Rocky’s release, the bar and restaurant will screen all six of the franchise’s installments in reverse order, beginning with Rocky Balboa at 11 a.m. Of course they’re tying it all into food and drink specials, too. If the Balboa Punch on offer doesn’t put you down for the count, SPB&G will have Italian Stallion salad, Italian meats pizza, and a Rocky Road bread pudding dessert available. Following the viewing of the original film, a Rocky lookalike contest will commence at 9 p.m. There’s also going to be trivia contests, a video tribute, and surely Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” played over and over again.

Study: Half the World’s Food Gets Thrown Away

That pear looks perfectly edible.Photo: iStock Photo

Here's your depressing statistic of the week: 30 to 50 percent of the world's food is wasted each year, amounting to some 2 billion metric tons of grain, vegetables, and meat thrown in the garbage. These numbers come from a new study by the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers, reported on this week in the Guardian. In the First World, the primary reason for food waste is consumers' tastes for unblemished produce and retail guidelines that enforce overly conservative sell-by dates. In the developing world, food is thrown out mainly owing to spoilage, which could be helped by improved infrastructure and distribution systems. But basically, people wouldn't be going hungry if more were being done to keep good food out of the trash bin, and the world is dumb. The end. [Guardian UK, CNN]

Alex’s Lemonade Honoring Team Vetri at Saturday’s Lemon Ball

Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin

Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin, the triumphant trio behind the Vetri family of restaurants and the Great Chefs Event that benefits the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF), will be presented with the foundation's Alex Scott Crystal Cup at Saturday’s Seventh Annual Lemon Ball, which takes place at the Marriott Downtown. Vetri et al. are being honored for their ongoing efforts to raise money to help fund the organization’s mission of finding a cure for all children with cancer. “The friendship and bond that we've formed with Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin and Jeff Michaud over the past seven years of hosting The Great Chefs Event has been nothing short of incredible,” Liz Scott, who is Co-Executive Director of the Foundation, and the mother of its founder, Alex Scott who tragically lost her own battle with cancer in 2004, told Grub. “We could not be more grateful for their support."

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Gunshots at a Warminster Restaurant Puts Shopping Center and Nearby Schools on Lockdown

Yikes! Some heavy drama is unfolding today in the Bucks County burb of Warminster and its put at least three local schools and an entire strip mall there on lockdown. According to multiple reports, a man who’s since been identified as Jose Delgado fired a handgun into Mama Juana’s restaurant, which is located in the Town and Country Shopping Center on East County Line Road. Fortunately no one was injured when the shots rang out, but Delgado, who is reportedly the restaurant’s former owner is still at large, and believed to be armed and dangerous. He was last seen fleeing the crime scene driving a red Ford Explorer. [Action News; phillyburbs]

Restaurant Owner Gives an Anti-Gay Letter to Lesbian Customers

McGovern's letter.Photo: WCTI NewsChannel 12

As Ariel and Shawnee McPhail, an openly lesbian couple, strolled out of North Carolina's the Stingray Café, the restaurant's owner rushed toward them and handed them a letter. Ed McGovern's note, signed by "The Love of Christ," said that God opposed homosexuality and that the women's "unnatural" affection hurt everyone around them. In the letter, McGovern also revealed that his own daughter's lesbianism destroyed her life.

"I will NEVER step foot in your cafe again." »

McDonald’s in Australia Sprays Thieves With DNA Cocktail


Macca's, which is what people call the fast-food chain Down Under, announced it will expand the use of the crime deterrent SelectaDNA spray in stores around the country in 2013, the Morning Herald reports. The company does not disclose how their crime-fighting, ceramic-based "synthetic" DNA cocktail is made, but no matter! Here's how it works.

Shwoosh! Shwoosh! That's the sound of synthetic DNA. »

Peanut Allergies Defeated With ‘Peanut Therapy’

It may be possible to reverse the potentially deadly effects of peanut allergies, a new study backed by the National Institutes of Health suggests — that is, if you're willing to take an enormous risk and put in the time. Forty subjects at five hospitals were given trace amounts of peanut protein under the tongue — an initial "1:20,000,000 weight/volume dilution," notes the Atlantic — which was then increased incrementally over a period of 68 weeks. Most participants just developed "itchy mouth" as the dose got nuttier; pretty much none of them went into anaphylactic shock. Weirdly, three of twenty patients treated with the placebo went on to "spontaneous tolerance development," which means those folks may be well on their way to reuniting with their old friend Mr. Peanut. Fascinating stuff, this is, but don't try it at home. [Atlantic]

The Ten Six Club Replacing Center City’s Walnut Room

Ten Six? 10-4!

That didn’t take very long. The Walnut Room, which just closed after ringing in 2013 on New Year’s Eve, is about to give way to The Ten Six Club, a sort of mod and Brit pop-inspired dance club and lounge. A rep for Joe Beckham and Giancarlo Dipasquale, the duo behind the new venture, its downstairs neighbor Alfa, and Fishtown’s Loco Pez, told Grub this morning that their plan is to open the doors next Thursday, January 17. Menu specifics are still being worked out, but we’re hearing there’s going to be a killer house punch pouring at the semi-private bar at the front of the space, and that something called “Kamikaze Karaoke” will be a regular weekly thing.

The Ten Six Club, 1709 Walnut St., no phone yet

Cold Cut Catastrophe Averted In Bridesburg

Holy hoagies! Fear of a cold cut catastrophe prompted the evacuation of the Dietz & Watson plant in Bridesburg last night. Workers at the deli meats maker’s facility on Tacony Street reported a strong odor of ammonia wafting through the facility shortly before 9 p.m., Action News reports. After all the workers exited, fire and hazmat teams called to the scene traced the noxious fumes to a leak that was contained to one room. Once the situation was under control, salami stuffing, and pimento loaf packing resumed. [Action News]

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