This Weekend: Philly Farm and Food Fest

Tickets are only $20 online  ($25 per person at the door; children under 12 are admitted for free) and you get to spend the day trying samples from 150 different vendors and learning tips at 16 different workshops throughout the day. Learn butchery from Kensignton Quarter’s or for the kids (or me, because I love goats) there is even a farm animal station.

You can count on finding me there, full of cheese and hugging a goat #perfectSunday.

Kati Rolls All Over My Hands from Masala Kitchen

I was sad to see Marabella Meatball Co shutter on Walnut Street.  I really enjoyed their meatballs, sauces, high quality cheeses, and BYO policy. But the folks from Spice End took over the spot and set up Masala Kitchen with a small menu of kati rolls and rice plates. I love kati rolls and have yet to find the perfect one in Philly.

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Lunch Links ( The “Chatting about Chaat” Edition)

  • 22nd and Philly has issues with the construction of Matt & Marie’s hoagies [22nd and Philly]
  • Laban likes the chaat and curry bowls at Chaat and Chai [The Inquirer]
  • A hard cider and pizza spot is slated for 15th and Locust [Billy Penn]

Wine & Cheese Festival Giveaway!

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Next Friday, April 8th will be the Philly Showcase of Wine & Cheese  at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This fun, upscale evening features hundreds of wines, cheeses, and specialty foods along with live entertainment and an enticing silent auction. Proceeds from the evening will benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, an awesome nonprofit that I am sure you have heard of.  Last year over 3,000 people attended and they raised over $1.3million!

I am giving away a set of tickets. Post your favorite spot in Philly for CHEESE: restaurant or specialty shop. Mine might be Claudio’s in the Italian Market, especially when they are not too busy and can treat me to a slew of samples to help my decision.  Mancuso’s on E Passyunk is another super old school place to grab great homemade mozz and the sharpest, tongue tickling provolone.

I will pick a winner by Wednesday the 6th.

For more info on the event:

Showcase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-philly-showcase-of-wine-cheese-tickets-20035005240

Showcase Website: http://www.bgcphila.org/news-events/philly-showcase-of-wine-cheese/

Showcase Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/452401801615430/

Vendors Include:

·         The Bacon Jams

·         Cappuccio’s Meats

·         Carlo’s Bakery

·         Conshohocken Italian Bakery

·         Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes

·         MoJo’s Pop Co

·         Oteri’s Italian Bakery

·         Primo Water Ice

·         Procacci Brothers

·         Saint Brian’s BBQ

·         Sweet Pea Ice Cream

·         The Tubby Olive

·         Uncle Ralston’s Homestyle Cooking

Hope to see you there!

Update 4/6

I love all of your comments: Dibruno’s, Weaver’s Way, Tria, Zavino, Green Aisle, and Tallula’s are awesome are we are lucky to have such great cheese sources in Philly.

We have a winner! The random number generator has selected commenter #14:  refinnej100

Congrats! I will be reaching out to get your contact information for the tickets.

Hope the rest of ya’ll will consider buying tickets and joining me, my sister, and refinnej100 this Friday! Remember, proceeds go to a great cause and cheese is great.

No Such Thing As Too Many Toppings At Snap Custom Pizza

Last month, Snap Custom  Pizza opened in Rittenhouse. My first thoughts were- I hate this name! It is basically the same name as another casual mini chain down the street! But then I learned that all pizzas and salads come with as many toppings as you want!!! Imagine the cheesy possibilities.

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Lunch Links ( The “Food Movie” Edition)

  • This Monday (3/28) at 7:30 pm at The Gershan Y: Opening Film of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, In Search Of Israeli Cuisine.  After the talk,  Solomonov will be speaking and signing his Zahav cookbook
  • City of Gold, the new film about Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold opens today (3/25) at Ritz at the Bourse
  • Made to order ice cream is coming to Chinatown [The Insider]

Other Things I Ate This Week: 3am Eel and Pottstown Schnitzel

*new weekly feature for 2016: brief photo recaps + not always lunch

This week I tried out the casual Mexican spot, La Virgen de las Nieves. While I enjoyed the the tortilla making up the sope base, the carnitas topping was too fatty.

La Virgen de Las Nieves, 1839 S 8th St, 215 463-1059

Post camping trip at French Creek, we stopped at The Schnitzel House in Pottstown,  very no frills German diner. The spaetzle was too plain. The schnitzel was satisfying, though borderline burnt. The mustard stuffed housemade sausage was a winner.

The Schnitzel House, 181 W Schuylkill Rd, Pottstown,  (610) 705-8881

Closer to home and for a much later meal…

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