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Menu nerd: can you guess where this is?

July 28th, 2011 · menu nerd

Anytime I am planning to go out to eat, I obsessively study the menu, if it is available. It doesn’t matter if I’ve visited a dining establishment dozens of times, I will still study the menu as if my life depended on it. I love to study menus more than most things. I don’t even have to have a reason to look at a menu, I will just study one for the fun of it.

As with any food outing, I’ve been studying the menu of a Port Richmond bar I’m planning on visiting soon. It has brought me much joy.

Here are some gems:

  • Appetizers section is listed as “Nibblers”
  • “Custom fried butterfly shrimp”
  • “Chicken tenderloin fingers”
  • “Crabby Logs”
  • “Potato Logs”
  • “Please Do Not Leave Your Children Unattended in the Bar and Dining Area”
  • “Only Well Behaved Children Allowed” – right under the title of the bar, on the front page of the menu

I’m legitimately excited to eat some wings and potato logs.

Somewhat related personal plea to restaurants everywhere,

Please stop putting music on your website. It is not necessary. It does nothing to enhance our experience. I can safely say that it annoys 99.99999 % of the people who visit your website. I am constantly amazed at how many top notch eateries continue to do this. You all are so much better than that. I will still eat your food but it bums me out a lot.

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Twitter as inspiration: hoisin pork bun

February 10th, 2011 · The Kitchn, Twitter, recipe


This post just goes to show you that Twitter is good for something. When @danieldelaney posted this twitcipe, I was obsessed. It looked and sounded amazing. I also had just the hoisin pork recipe to use.

What you’ll need:

Hoisin pork – I used this recipe from The Kitchn. You old time FWTS readers might remember me using it before.

Kewpie mayo


Bao buns


My version

It was super easy to make. You can pick up everything at your local Asian market. The hardest part was waiting for the pork to cook because I wanted to eat it so badly. Once the pork was finished, I steamed the buns and then assembled this beauty. I even had some rice sitting around, you know just hanging out on the couch, and I put all the ingredients on rice instead of a bun and that was really good too. Thanks Twitter and Dan!

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NAAAP Philly – Jade Gala

February 3rd, 2011 · event

No plans this Friday? Want to support a good cause while eating amazing food? Have I got the event for you. The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) of Philadelphia are having their first annual Jade Gala. The gala is a tasting feasting event, featuring over 30 restaurants and vendors in Philadelphia. Some restaurants that I am most excited about on the list include: Sang Kee, Han Dynasty, Yangming and Susanna Foo.

The gala will take place in the Loews Hotel, Millennium Ballroom from 6:30 to 10, this Friday the 4th. Tickets are $85 but the NAAAP was kind enough to  offer a $10 discount on tickets. Simply use promo code “phillylove” at the checkout page, when buying tickets. You can buy tickets here. All proceeds for this tasty event will go directly to NAAAP’s scholarship program for high school seniors and college students.

So throw on your cocktail dress, support a good cause and try not to get Dan Dan noodle* sauce on your dress.

*I can’t promise that Han Dynasty’s amazing Dan Dan noodles will be served but I like to imagine people dressed up all fancy eating them and getting that delicious sauce all over their pretty party clothes. I’m weird like that. Or then I wouldn’t feel so bad when it happens to me.

Jade Gala
Date & Time: Feb. 4th, 6:30-10
Locattion: 1200 Market St. – Loews Hotel, Millennium Ballroom
Tickets: $85 $75 with promo code “phillylove”

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Party and Brunching: Bar Ferdinand

February 2nd, 2011 · Bar Ferdinand, NoLibs, brunch, party and brunching

Wow you guys, I really needed this brunch. As with any morning after a night involving Tritone and/or Bob and Barbara’s, I needed a serious escape from Hangover City. Side note: I have a friend who was silly enough to suggest that I don’t need to order the “Special” when I go to either but that’s just crazy talk. THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION. Ok maybe there is but in these times of financial crisis, it is the most economical choice. Maybe not for my liver. Oh dear liver, I’m so sorry.

Oh but my belly is now thanking me. I’m really good to my belly. Oh sweet, soft, round belly you are the best. Uh this is getting weird. Moving on. Brunch at Bar Ferdinand, go! I love love love the vibe of this place. I always feel so civilized when I enjoy brunch there. They only serve brunch on Sundays and for $15 you have the choice of the three menus, shown below. They do change from time to time.

Numero Uno

Numero Dos

Numero Tres

Isn’t this a pretty cup of coffee? My non-coffee drinking dining companion (say that five times fast) even remarked at how pretty it was. It’s good coffee too. Not sure what they serve but I had at least 3 cups. CAFFEINE!

Prettiest coffee and tasty too

I picked the Numero Dos menu so I started with the manchego frito. This is a perfect combination of sweet and salty, one of my favorite combos. Especially for breakfast and brunch, when my savory side usually wins but I want a little bit of sweetness. The fried manchego is topped with a frozen apple foam and dipped in a walnut-membrillo puree.

Manchego frito

Next up was toast with a subtle tomato and garlic spread. Especially good topped with chorizo, which you will see soon.

Pan con tomate 2

The house-smoked bacon cured my bacon craving but I would have liked for it to be a little thicker.

Bacon de la casa

More bacon and more carbs came with my huevo frito; fried egg on top of a potato, pepper and bacon hash. You can’t see the bacon here but it’s in there, hidden at the bottom like some wonderful surprise. This dish was very satisfying but I would have liked my yolk to be a bit more runny. Oh how I love a runny yolk atop some potatoes and bacon. This concludes my portion of the meal, let’s see what I scarfed down from my dining partner’s Numero Uno menu.

Huevo frito

CHORIZO IN RED WINE. Look how pretty and it tastes great too. It is a generous portion so I didn’t mind eating a lot of this. It was good with everything.

Chorizo al vino

I’m totally reusing a bad joke I already tried on twitter. PATATAS CRACKAS! You know because they are so good they are like crack. Totally works, right? No? Ok, never mind. So this is the patatas bravas, fried potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce and aioli. It is one of my very favorite dishes at Bar Ferdinand and you can get it anytime. Please do get them every time you are there. They never disappoint. The sauce mixed with the aioli makes this wonderfully creamy tomato sauce and when combined with the crispy fried potatoes YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO STOP EATING THEM. You will also want to lick the plate clean.

Bar Ferdinand - Patatas bravas

While I didn’t take advantage of this during my last visit to Bar Ferdinand, I would be a fool not to mention the beautiful granola you can get with the Numero Tres menu. Again, so pretty and so amazing. Homemade granola topped with dried fruit, yogurt and honey. It’s a big portion and totally filling.

Bar Ferdinand - Granola con frutas secas

So be a total class act and head to Bar Ferdinand for brunch on Sundays. After a night of alcohol related idiocy, you will need it. It’s also a great deal for $15. Your parents won’t be so disappointed in you.

Bar Ferdinand
1030 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 923-1313
Brunch: Sunday 11-3

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The happiest and cheapest of hours at Teri’s

January 24th, 2011 · Italian Market, Teri's, beer, happy hour, south philly, tater tots

Of course my not-so-triumphant return to food blogging would be brought about by my complete and utter obsession with the happy hour at Teri’s. I try not to be the kind of blogger who apologizes for disappearing for months at a time so we will just move on like nothing ever happened. K? Cool.

January has been a long and terrible month, right? You’re totally broke. You’re bitching about the weather on various social networking sites. Nothing is going right for you. All your friends are falling in love and your cat likes your roommate better than you. You can’t be happy for anyone. I’m totally talking about you, right?

Well I’ve got a little bright spot for you. Teri’s, a diner/bar right in the heart of the Italian Market. More specifically, let’s talk about the happy hour at Teri’s. Monday trough Friday from 6 to 8, their “Can Can Happy Hour” features great deals on all canned beers. Cans of craft beers and PBR tall boys are $2 and $1 for Tecate. If you need something stronger because the dude you thought you were having a great time with just reconnected with his ex, a shot of Canadian Club will do the trick at $2. Again, this is all about you.



Here is the part of Teri’s that I am really obsessed with, TATER TOTS. Look these aren’t house made tots you might find in some of Philly’s finer dining establishments. You can watch the cook take a big bag o’ tots out of the freezer and drop them in the deep fryer. It’s cool. These tots will rock. They are perfectly fried and seasoned generously with salt and pepper. ALSO YOU GET THIS BIG HEAP OF THEM FOR $3. It’s a steal. Really. I feel like I am stealing from them. I had this conversation with my friend about how they under charge for the tots. It doesn’t make any sense to me.


Lotsa tots!

So hate your life a little less and enjoy the tots and dollar beers. Teri’s does have a full food menu and I have enjoyed their chicken cutlet sandwich. There are also vegetarian and vegan options, if you are hating life AND you don’t eat meat.

1126 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 761-9154

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Eat it – Turducken sandwich from Jake’s Sandwich Board

November 15th, 2010 · Center City, Jake's Sandwich Board, Thanksgiving, sammich, shake

Don’t be a turkey! Get to Jake’s Sandwich Board and eat this sandwich ASAP, STAT, POSTHASTE! I hope those words mean something to you. I hope that you understand the words that are coming out from my keyboard.

Once November hits, my body starts craving mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey all smothered in gravy.  This sandwich totally satisfies this craving as I wait for my most favorite holiday. You know the one. The one that starts with turkey and ends with zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh man, what a wonderful day.

I apologize for the iPhone camera quality of these pictures but it happens.

Turducken sandwich - Jake's Sandwich Board

As described on Jake’s website: turkey, duck, chicken, cranberry, apple sausage stuffing, gravy, hash browns, creole seasoning.

As with all of the sandwiches at Jakes, the sandwich is served on a Carangi roll. This roll is perfect for this sandwich because it is so hearty that the gravy doesn’t soften the bread. The sandwich wasn’t the gut bomb I was expecting it to be. I ate the whole thing and found myself good and satisfied. The hash browns were a surprise favorite on the sandwich. It added a nice crunch. I would say that my only minor complaint is that I would have liked more stuffing on the sandwich, but that could just me. I can never get enough stuffing.

Turducken sandwich  and pumpkin pie shake- Jake's Sandwich Board

I also got the pumpkin pie shake because why the hell not. Great pumpkin flavor and topped with ginger bread cookie pie crust. You know when pumpkin flavored things are overwhelming and not very good? This is not the case at all. Perfect match for the sandwich. Oh and if this wasn’t enough for lunch, I also had their fries and they were equally awesome.

This was my first visit to Jake’s and it will definitely not be my last. Their menu of sandwiches looks incredible and there isn’t anything on there that I don’t want to eat a million times. I also need to check out their Smoking Tuesdays, where they feature smoked meat sandwiches and platters. It is definitely a place for meat lovers, specifically pork lovers, as indicated by their Twitter handle @GotPig. I feel at home there.

The sandwich and shake are both here for a limited time only so get at them quickly.

Jake’s Sandwich Board
122 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4936
(215) 922-0102

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A Full Plate’s 4th Annual Rib Cook-Off

September 2nd, 2010 · Full Plate Cafe, NoLibs

It’s my favorite time of the year again, A Full Plate’s 4th Annual Rib Cook-Off! I was a judge at last year’s cook-off and it was a blast.This is the best kind of cook-off because for just $20 you get to sample all the competitors food as well as enjoy awesome sides from A Full Plate Cafe. Their famous mac & cheese and my very favorite slaw are on the menu.

It’s a day full of awesome. After you stuff your belly, enjoy the Northern Liberties Music Festival which follows the cook-off.

One last personal remark, I will be running the judges table so I get to finally wear this!

I'm totally certified

Here are the official details!

A Full Plate Cafe is again hosting the best cook off in Philly. Our 4th annual Rib Cook-Off contest is on September 11th. Doors will open at 12pm. Judging begins at 2pm and winners announced by 3:30pm. Professionals and
Amateurs alike will compete side by side to garner the title of “Best Ribs in the Philadelphia Area”

A Full Plate’s Rib Cook-Off is directly followed by the Northern Liberties Music Festival. These two great events working together create an entire day of amazing abundance for the Northern Liberties neighborhood and Philadelphia.

This year’s particulars include:

  • Professional Division. You can expect last year’s winning teams to be out grilling such as Koo Zee Doo, Sonata, and Q BBQ. North Bowl is claiming to take home “Crowd Favorite” this year.
  • All teams can compete in 3 categories of grilling. We are going to have all teams compete by grilling ribs, whole organic chickens, and a vegetarian item of their choosing.
  • Location. Location Location. We will have all teams cooking at Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties. The Rib Cook-off is directly followed by the Northern Liberties Music Festival. The park is at 3rd and Wildey.
  • Guests are charged $20 at the door. The $20 gets you samples from all the contestants, both professional and amateur. To compliment all the BBQ, A Full Plate will be providing their famous vegetarian sides like mac and cheese, roasted beets, and southern slaw. You can enjoy sweet treats from The Flying Monkey Patisserie. While sampling all of the amazing food selections, guests can vote for “Crowd Favorite” and enjoy music and atmosphere. Judging will take place on the premises. The judges are the who’s who in the Philadelphia food blogging scene. The winners will be announced throughout the day.

If you are interested in participating in the cook-off, you still have time to sign up. They are still taking teams until Sept. 4th. You can sign up with this form.

A Full Plate’s 4th Annual Rib Cook-Off

Liberty Lands Park – 3rd and Wildey

September 11 - $20

Doors open @ 12:00

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Pecha Kucha Night: Philadelphia, Volume 6 – August 28th

August 26th, 2010 · burgerbaroness, shameless self promotion

Hey! Want to see me attempt to not be as long winded as usual? I’ll be talking about burgers and probably embarrass myself at the Pecha Kucha Night this Saturday. It’s going to be great. I’m sure the majority of you are asking what is a Pecha Kucha. Might I direct you to this page, on the interwebs, to explain it to you.

Pecha Kucha Night Volume 6

Saturday, August 28th @ 7:30

Studio34 – 4522 Baltimore Avenue

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Meg and I ate every donut in the city

August 24th, 2010 · donut, friends, teh internets

Meg and a million donuts

Meg might hate me for posting this picture but I think she looks totes adorbs. I was lucky enough to benefit from her epic donut bike ride, which she wrote about here. She got yelled at and I got to eat all the donuts in Philly. Yes all of them, there are none left.

A lot of donut related content here recently. Might have to change the name of this blog to Fries with that Donut or Donut with that Shake. Mmm sounds delicious either way.

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Video: George Motz Makes a Smashed Burger | A Hamburger Today

August 23rd, 2010 · AHT, George Motz, burgasm, burger, swoon worthy, video

Video: George Motz Makes a Smashed Burger | A Hamburger Today

This is why George Motz is the man. The awesome sideburns don’t hurt either. Swoon.

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