Posts for February 14, 2013

Details Emerge on Pennsylvania 6, Coming Soon to Midtown Village

Pennsylvania 6

The crew behind City Tap House, The Field House, Public House and a ton of other restaurants and bars up and down the East Coast are getting Pennsylvania 6 ready for a March debut. It’s coming together at 114 South 12th Street, a property that’s seen a fair share of restaurants come and go over the years. Most recently it was Tweed, whose owners pulled the plug in the middle of the night, and took off with just about everything except the four walls on their way out. The concept, which a rep for the project tells Grub is a throwback to the 1930s, appears to be re-purposed from a restaurant of the same name that the owners opened in Midtown Manhattan earlier this week*. It pays homage to the legendary tune cut by the Glen Miller Orchestra in 1940 that celebrated Hotel Pennsylvania, and its phone number, PE6-5000.

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El Bulli Reopening for the Sake of Method Acting

Ferran finds his light.

El Bulli, the now-closed bull's-eye of modern food fetishists, is going to reopen for a full month in the near future. And no, you still won't be able to get in, as the restaurant is not exactly making itself available to the public. The Catalonia home to Ferran Adrià's endless culinary experimentation and avant-garde eccentricities closed in 2011 but will reportedly spring back to life to aid the production of a fictionalized film based on the restaurant's final year in business, adapted from Lisa Abend's book, A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià's El Bulli. According to the Daily Meal, the restaurant's reemergence is being staged specifically for the yet-to-be-cast actors to immerse themselves in Adrià's world, upping the odds that the speriphied olives may be juggled at some point by Javier Bardem (or whoever ultimately plays Adrià).

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What Happens If You Send the Dish Back?

Apparently there is a restaurant in Japan that will fine you if you order the salmon roe with rice and leave even a single bite of food. That fine is then donated to the fishermen who risked their lives to get the food. It seems the owner used to be a fisherman himself. [Gold Rush Japan via Gawker]

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Seven Ways Last Minute Lovebirds Can Still Save Valentines Day

Draw back your bow.Photo: iStockPhoto

Listen up, last-minute lovebirds: Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is upon us, and if you don’t have a plan set for you and your sweetie, you could be facing the worst of Cupid’s wrath. But don’t freak out just yet. While many of the more obvious choices for a romantic dinner are booked solid, and have been for weeks, we have a handful of suggestions that could help get your love-struck and procrastinating ass out of this predicament. For starters, the Garces gang is saying they have tables open tonight at Distrito and Chifa, and both are serving Valentines Day-themed tasting menus. Over at Garces Trading Company, they have special heart-shaped chocolate-covered strawberry macarons on special.

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Valentine’s Day Essentials: Condoms, Lube, and a Side of Fried Chicken

Going to be a good night.Photo: Reddit

What is it about fried chicken that screams romance? The crunchy exterior? The supple skin? The juicy insides? The bones? Last week we sympathized with a lovelorn teen torn between choosing fried chicken and passion (he chose the chicken, naturally). And one grown-up has things similarly figured out: Check out this receipt from someone who's clearly preparing for a romantic night. The enterprising customer picked up some lubricant, condoms, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and then stopped over at the deli for that crucial deal-sealing purchase: eight pieces of fried chicken. Looks like someone got lucky. [Reddit, Earlier]

Monster Energy Drinks Changes Its Label to Seem Less Frightening

"Dietary supplement" no more!

Seemingly in an effort to increase transparency and rehabilitate its image following the news that its product was cited in reports of at least five deaths, Monster Beverage Corp. announced this week that it will change the ways its products are classified. They will be "beverages" going forward and no longer considered "dietary supplements." After the parents of the 14-year-old Maryland teen who had died after drinking two Monster Energy drinks filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, it was revealed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had been monitoring the brand since 2004, logging 37 incidences of "adverse reactions" such as arrhythmia and dizziness. The shift means that the information printed on the side of Monster Energy drinks will now be presented as "Nutrition Facts" instead of "Supplement Facts," and since the caffeine- and taurine-loaded drinks are now considered "food," the company — its methods and its ingredients included — will be subject to increased scrutiny from the FDA. [AP, Earlier, Related]

Top Chef Seattle Recap: Spiritual Rice Washing and Fatherhood

It's like a very fancy firing squad.Photo: Bravo

David Rees isn't here today. He says he had a cruise previously planned, but I suspect he just needed some time off given the Sisyphean task that is recapping a show, week after week, always having to invent new ways to say that Padma looks high. Whatever the reason, Rees will be back next week — provided his cruise doesn't break down and get stranded at sea so long that people have to wade through feces — but until then the job falls to me, so let's get to it.

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Miles Table Opening Amid a Restaurant Boom on the West Side of South Street

Miles Table

Speaking of emerging restaurant rows: Miles Table, an offshoot of Michael Lynch’s Catering by Miles (Miles is his kid), is gearing up to make its debut on the 1600 block of South Street in the weeks to come. Along with some recent arrivals to the neighborhood — Sawatdee, Cambridge, Rex 1516, and a second Honey’s Sit ’n Eat that’s opening at any minute — Miles Table heralds a rising restaurant renaissance along South Street’s once underutilized stretch on the west side of Broad Street. Lynch plans on serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and to keep the prices pretty reasonable. While the menu is still taking shape, a rep for the project told Grub to expect things like eggs and breakfast sandwiches in the morning, and salads, burgers, pasta, pizza and a fish of the day option for lunch and dinner. Stay tuned. We’ll have more to share as the opening date gets closer.

Watch Nigella Lawson Talk About Her Former Job As a Chambermaid

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Taste's Nigella Lawson revealed that in a gap year before university, she wanted to do anything to earn a living except clean restrooms. Of course, she ended up getting a job as a chambermaid in Italy. But Nigella enjoyed snooping around, trying on everyone's clothes, and going through their drawers. See how her nosy behavior manifests itself today.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Will Start Selling ‘Miraval’ Wine

Everyone wants to know whether they'll use natural or synthetic corks.Photo: EPA/Corbis

Terroir! Just in time for Valentine's Day comes the news that the two swooniest movie stars to ever hold hands are going into the wine business: Bloomberg reports that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are putting their names on a line of rosé made from grapes grown on Chateau Miraval, their thousand-acre estate in Provence. The wine used to be called "Pink Floyd" but will now be known as Miraval, and while the label doesn't look like a Chanel ad, it does carry the names "Jolie-Pitt and Perrin"; the latter is that of a fifth-generation winemaker whose family owns the famous Chateau Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and he tells Bloomberg he'll be overseeing the ferments and sharing the profits. Miraval rosé will be the first release, with a white coming in the summer and a red wine next year. The best news yet is that Pitt and Jolie are reportedly "in full agreement on style" on the taste of the fermented grapes. "If you knew Brad and Angelina, you would see they are in search of perfection in everything," says Perrin. "They’re thinking long term." [Bloomberg]

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Art Museum Neighborhood Has Tons of Awesome Places to Eat and Drink; The Museums Themselves, Not So Much

Perennial Fairmount Ave. favorite London Grill.Photo: visitphilly

Maybe if you were in, like, a coma or something for the past couple years, you might’ve snoozed on the fact that the art museum neighborhood — Fairmount, if you must — has seen a huge uptick in new, reputable restaurants. In today’s Inky Drew Lazor breaks down the neighborhood’s rise as a proper restaurant row, crediting everything from La Calaca Feliz and BlueCat to Alla Spina and Route 6 for bringing those blocks up. Sadly, in a companion piece, Inky critic Craig Laban reminds us all that dining options at the museums themselves still have a ways to go. [Inquirer]

Watch the Trailer for A Place at the Table, the Tom Colicchio-Produced Documentary About Hunger

It's an awful statistic: One out of every two kids in the United States at some point will be on food assistance. A Place at the Table aims to bring awareness to the hunger epidemic in America by showing how unhealthy, expensive food poses serious risks. Tom Colicchio's an executive producer and appears in the trailer, saying, "There's a lot of education that needs to happen around what is healthy food." Jeff Bridges also stars. On March 1, this documentary hits select theaters, iTunes, and OnDemand.

"One nation: Underfed." »

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