Posts for February 5, 2013

Philly Mobile Food Association Hosting a Daylong Food Truck Clinic

It's not as easy as it looks.

Every fool thinks they have what it takes to run a food truck. But in reality, there’s tons more to the gig than simply flipping Bulgogi burgers, and sitting behind the wheel of graphics-wrapped rig. To help demystify the practice, and all the snags and trappings that go with it, the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association is teaming with University of Pennsylvania's Legal Clinic at its first meeting of the year next week to present a series of seminars related to owning and operating a food truck business in Philadelphia. It’s open to all PMFA members, those who want to be members, and anyone with an interest in running a food truck. Keep reading for registration information, and the full schedule of seminars.

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‘But I’m Huge in Flavortown!’

The Superdome wasn't the only thing to lose power this weekend: Guy Fieri was rejected from the VIP section of a New Orleans Super Bowl party, according to the always-trustworthy sources at Us Weekly. The social anthropologists at Us note that Fieri, perhaps still smarting from his New York Times beatdown, "caused a total scene" when he was denied access to the exclusive area. Apparently he "didn't have the right bracelet, and nobody in New Orleans knows who anyone is." Emeril totally would've gotten in. [Us, Earlier]

Lots of High People Are Taking Advantage of Free Pancake Day at IHOP

A nation stops counting calories for a moment of unity.Photo: Corbis

When it comes down to it, would you rather spend your afternoon plugging away at Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities, or just read a lot of tweets written by people who are really high and/or psyched about Free Pancake Day at IHOP? Because, you know, the chain is trending on Twitter, and buttered short-stacks loom large in the collective unconscious of our social media. Carry on, then.

"Back from my high-atus to remind you all its free pancake day at IHOP." »

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More Details Emerge on Center City’s Forthcoming Indoor Beer Garden

A couple weeks ago, we got wind of an indoor beer garden that was quietly coming together on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street. Now there’s word that it has a name, and will start pouring das bier in March. Insider says the new German spot, which will open to Chestnut Street in the front, and Drury Street via giant garage doors in the rear, will go by Bru. It will also reportedly indulge iPad gimmickry, and a self-serve beer rig. And in the food department, it will skip burgers, and stick with German-style food. How much do you want to bet that the stretch of Drury street that this place is going to share with McGillin's will resemble a very drunken Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome come Saint Patrick's Day? [Insider; Earlier]

A Woman Pulled Out a Gun at a Chuck E. Cheese’s Last Night

Not a kid's toy.Photo: Cabela's

This isn't good: A Connecticut woman was arrested last night for pulling a semi-automatic handgun on another woman at Chuck E. Cheese's, according to NBC. It's hardly the first time parents have brawled at Chuck's: Over the summer, a woman crashed a Chuck E. Cheese's kids' party to slice off a romantic rival's ear. Who needs farm-to-table when there's buffet-to-jail?

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High-School Students Arrested for Starting Food Fight

Splat.

Clearly the principal of Georgia's Ola High School is not an Animal House fan. He got nine students jailed for staging a food fight in the cafeteria, and they're facing charges of disruption of public school, inciting a riot, failure to disperse, obstruction, and possession of marijuana (that last one's an oops). Since five of the pranksters are adults, this could go on their record. School officials found out about the shenanigans ahead of time and asked the students to halt their plans. Now they're on a witch hunt, looking at surveillance cameras to try to identify more food-throwers. Relax: Sloppy Joes and spaghetti never hurt anyone. [11 Alive]

The ‘Big Mac Index,’ Now Extra Well Done

Packed with number-crunching power.

"The Big Mac index was invented by The Economist in 1986," the magazine writes, "as a lighthearted guide to whether currencies are at their 'correct' level." It's since become the benchmark for understanding the relative values of currencies around the world. It may not be constructed on the best foundation of economics, but that's why they call it "burgernomics," and anyhow — fortified with raw GDP as it is — the chart is not without its insights. Check out the new, "interactive" version of the Big Mac Index here, then school yourself in exchange-rate theory by dredging through the comments, and all that special sauce. [Economist]

Fette Sau Rolling Out Barrels of Custom Brewed Beers This Week

Fette Sau

Weeks before he opened the local branch (with Stephen Starr) of his popular Brooklyn barbecue joint, Fette Sau, on Frankford Ave., founder Joe Carroll told Grub that he was working with Dock Street, and Sly Fox to brew up some custom suds for guests to pair with their ‘cue. And then we never heard another word about the beers. Until today! A rep for Carroll told us this morning that the two past due brews will finally go on tap this Thursday. And that Carroll, Sly Fox brewmaster Brian O’Reilly, and Dock Street brewer Scott Morrison will be on hand for the first pours.

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Duff Goldman Offers to Bake for Lesbian Couple That Experienced Discrimination

Bravo!

Last month, an Oregon baker refused to help a same-sex couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake. The women claim that Sweet Cakes Bakery owner Aaron Klein referred to them as "abominations unto the Lord," and said he'd rather close down his business than "be forced to do something that violates my conscience." That's exactly what may happen; Klein's now under investigation for violating the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As sad and vile as all of these stories of discrimination are, what's inspiring is that people are quick to stand up and defend others.

Enter: Duff Goldman. »

Suit Says Yuengling’s a Tax Cheat

Remember last fall when Dick Yuengling bought every drinker in Philadelphia a beer to thank us all for our outpouring of brotherly love for America’s oldest brewery? Guess how the “The City That Loves You Back” is reciprocating? With a $6.6 million civil suit! The city claims Yuengling is in arrears on business-income and -receipts taxes to the tune of $3,960,335, according to the Daily News. The remainder is interest and penalties. But what’s strange is, business-income and -receipts taxes are ordinarily levied on people and corporations engaging in taxable activity within the city limits. The case against Yuengling doesn’t outline exactly what taxable business the brewery was up to when it racked up its debt. It just cites an accounts payable list from a Philly-based beer distributor. Could this possible be the end of our sudsy romance with Pottsville’s beer royalty? We sure hope not. [Daily News; Earlier]

Cookie Monster’s Carbo-Crime Spree Comes to an End in Germany

The shocking crime has rocked the city of Hanover to its very foundations.Photo: Michael Thomas/Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

You probably heard about last month's theft of an ornamental, gilded bronze biscuit that had been hanging without incident just outside the German bakery Bahlsen's office in Hanover, Germany, for 100 years. Bahlsen's makes Leibniz biscuits, and this 44-pound model is emblematic of the company's history; so naturally, Bahlsen's chair Werner M. Bahlsen appealed to the robber through the press, offering 1,000 euros for any information leading to the gold Leibniz's safe return. But, nothing. But then, just days after the crime, newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung received a really weird ransom note. It was from Cookie Monster.

The outrageous demands. »

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