Posts for February 20, 2013

The Latest Dish and Fluid Nightclub Calling It Quits After 17 Years

Latest Dish

It’s truly the end of an era. At least it will be in April when South Street’s (technically Fourth and Kater streets) The Latest Dish and it’s upstairs dance club Fluid call it quits. After 17 years, owner Tony “Antonio the Dragon” Schiro is pulling the plug. The last night, according to the Insider, will be April 6. Shiro’s decision to bring the long-standing restaurant and club’s run to a close is based on the lease being up, and the overall sluggish slump that the neighborhood has been struggling with in recent years. In its prime, Fluid played host to everyone from King Britt and Josh Wink to Questlove and Diplo. According to the Daily News, Questo will join Tastytreats DJs Mike Nyce and Yameen Allworld for one last hurrah on closing night. [Insider; Daily News]

Here’s How Astronauts Make Peanut Butter Sandwiches in Space

Canadian astronaut extraordinaire Chris Hadfield gives us the lowdown on food in space. As we've learned to travel farther and farther away from Earth, we've also greatly improved our snacking capabilities. In Zero-G, it turns out, nothing quite hits the spot like a peanut butter and honey sandwich on a tortilla. Plus, dude uses space scissors! Check it out straight ahead, but please save room for astronaut ice cream.

"I noticed something cool about the honey." »

East Passyunk Ave. Teeming With James Beard Semi-Finalists; Vedge and Opa Score Lofty Praise

Will's Christopher Kearse is in the running for "Rising Star Chef"

In case you missed it, the James Beard Foundation dropped its annual list of restaurant and chef semi-finalists. No surprise here: big names like Marc Vetri, Stephen Starr, and Fountain Restaurant and Vetri’s eponymous flagship all make the list. But the big news is, Vernick Food & Drink is up for “Best New Restaurant,” Artisan Boulanger Patissier’s Andre Chin and Amanda Eap are in the running for “Outstanding Pastry Chef,” and Monk’s Tom Peters is on list for “Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional.”

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Does The Taste Have an Anthony Bourdain Problem?

Why aren't any of these people smiling? (Ludo's grin does not count.)Photo: Craig Sjodin/ABC

Andy Greenwald writes an essay for Grantland that basically tries to sink the unsinkable Anthony Bourdain and excoriate all of the benignly conspicuous conceits of ABC's show The Taste, described as a "a bland, underseasoned mess" that's overrun with "yoga-bowing amateurs" and "deluded Capoeira instructors who make 'food for awesomeness.'" (Greenwald also comes out here, it should be noted, against dessert as a legitimate dinner course.) The show is predictably awful, he writes, though Nigella Lawson is great, and, also, no one will ever dislike Nigella Lawson. Meanwhile, co-hosts Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey are nonstarters who don't do much to offer culinary expertise or entertain viewers, but worst of all is Bourdain, described here as a once-great "knight-errant of good taste," depicted "on a garishly lit soundstage, defanged like an aging circus lion" and a shadow of his former self up high atop a pyramid scheme of supreme boringness.

Hey, look, it worked. »

Pub & Kitchen Crew Opening Fitler Dining Room Tomorrow

Fitler Dining Room's kitchen counter.Photo: Collin Keefe

Fitler Dining Room, the new restaurant from Pub & Kitchen’s owners Dan Clark and Ed Hackett, is shaping up nicely inside what used to be David Katz’s Mémé (before that it was Melograno) near 22nd and Spruce streets. It’s on schedule to open Thursday. Clark and Hackett have been going gangbusters since early October, working with designer Ian Chapin to get the restaurant ready for its debut. Nearly everything inside was ripped out and rehabbed. One of the only things left in place is Katz’s custom-built Montague range and grill, which remains in plain view at the center of Fitler Dining Room’s open kitchen.

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Morrissey Insists On a Vegetarian Concert

"Why do you come here? And why do you hang around?"

How's this for a high-maintenace rider? The British singer and animal-rights activist has requested that the Staples Center in Los Angeles not sell any meat during his concert. The arena will close McDonald's for the night, and offer special meatless food concessions such as vegan sushi and Sloppy Joes. Because that's exactly what people want to eat while swaying to songs about doomed relationships. "I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals," says the artist behind the album Meat Is Murder. [Reuters]

Revel Lets It All Ride on Bankruptcy

The news of bankruptcy isn't all bad.Photo: Revel

The writing’s been on the wall for quite some time, but now it’s official: Atlantic City’s Revel is headed for bankruptcy. Facing more than $1.5 billion in debt, the megacasino announced last night that it will file Chapter 11 in the weeks to come, according to the Associated Press. The casino and hotel, which is home to many celebrity-chef-driven restaurants and was built on hopes that tonier amenities could help turn the tide on the beach-side gaming resort’s drooping revenues, has been open for less than a year. But with mounting money problems, the troubled hotel and gaming complex, which has received multiple multi-million-dollar bailouts in its brief existence, has consistently turned up at the bottom of the city’s casinos in terms of revenue.

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Watch Jon Stewart Take On the European Horse Scandal

The ever-growing horse meat crisis in Europe is no doubt disturbing for those involved, but it's also the kind of story that's given a lot of fodder to comedians. The latest: Jon Stewart, who points out that even though things in the U.S. seem bad, at least our meat supply (probably) isn't tainted with rogue horse DNA. Then again, as Stewart himself says, What kind of a world do we live in where we can no longer trust the product purity — the regulatory oversight — of Transylvanian meat slaughterhouses? Check out the full clip, straight ahead.

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Here’s the Greatest, Fakest Guy’s American Kitchen Parody Website Ever

Is the Hobo Lobo Bordello Slam Jam fresh tonight?Photo: Guy's American Kitchen and Bar

"Guy Fieri didn't register his restaurant's domain name," a Brooklyn-based programmer named Bryan Mytko tweeted yesterday, "so I picked it up. I think this new menu look great." Indeed. The fake menu that's now parked proudly at the spoof site Guy's American Kitchen and Bar now proudly offers "Panamania!," a boisterous entrée of deep-fried snake that comes with a "a printed out picture of David Lee Roth stapled on it and a sparkler sticking out of each eye," not to mention a "side of Bud Light you have to wring out of a Hawaiian shirt." It's sort of like the greatest thing ever. Also, it's a little more than depressing.

How fresh is that deep-fried snake? »

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