November 4, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Infusions faced off with fusion and lobster bisque battled broccoli rabe on Broad Street on Saturday as hundreds of cooking hopefuls turned out to audition for Season 5 of MasterChef , the culinary reality television show. Tupperware in tow at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, they were all taking their stab at becoming the next Luca Manfe - that is, the restaurant manager from Astoria, Queens, who won last season's competition, scoring $250,000 and a cookbook deal. "We are looking for passion," said casting director Erika Landin.
October 11, 2013
Southern Fried Maine Lobster Company description: "Hand-breaded Maine lobster with a fresh ear of corn, andouille cheddar grits, toasted garlic bread and Old Bay spiked cream sauce. " Chain: Joe's Crab Shack. Calories: Not available, as this is a limited-time offer that continues through Nov. 18. Location: 2000 Clements Bridge Road, Deptford Township, N.J. Order time: About 20 minutes. Price: $23.99. Review: Among Joe's special "Coastal Comfort Food" menu additions, the Southern-Fried Maine Lobster piqued Chain Gang interest.
October 1, 2013
Jason Greenslate has become America's most prominent public figure who favors a do-rag and surfing slang since Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, the hitchhiking Internet hero turned New Jersey murder suspect. Greenslate's transgressions are less criminal than culinary: Fox News' cameras captured him buying supermarket sushi and lobster (albeit "on special," he noted) with his food-stamp card. Greenslate, a San Diego-area surfer and aspiring rock star with no dependents or identifiable means of support, told Fox that the government's willingness to subsidize his meals is "radical," in the colloquial sense.
September 13, 2013
Company description: "Maine lobster meat and a blend of four gourmet cheeses melted between grilled sourdough. " Chain: Red Lobster Location: 425 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia Nutrition information: 1,040 calories with 59 grams of fat and 1,570 milligrams sodium Order time: 10 minutes Price: $8.99 with fries Review: This longtime Maine lobster-roll addict got overexcited by Red Lobster's website photo of its new Lobster Lovers'...
August 2, 2013
* London Grill (2301 Fairmount Ave., 215-978-4545, londongrill.com ) is a main stop for summer lobster as the Fairmount eatery offers a rotating menu of lobster specials in August, including Creamy Lobster Bisque ($8), Lobster Crudo ($16), a Lobster Caesar Salad ($14) and a half-pound New England Lobster Roll with fries ($20). Get your lobster in one steaming, 1.5-pound piece for $25. * You love Sunday brunch, and now your dog can, too, as Square 1682 (121 S. 17th St., 215-563-5008, square1682.com )
June 14, 2013
Lunchable lobster rolls The lobster roll is not indigenous to Philadelphia, whose signature aquatic specialty has long run to shelled critters of a different breed - the oyster and the snapping turtle. Local cooks tried to replicate the New England classic, often with comic result. In one instance, lobster salad appeared wrapped in a hoagie roll with its crust sawed off. Then in 2010, the Oyster House nailed it - succulent, poached lobster (tail meat and all) overflowing a toasty, buttered, top-split hot-dog roll.
June 6, 2013
Company description: "It's a Taste of Maine for TWO! Two half lobster rolls, two half crab rolls, two half shrimp rolls with two sodas, two bags of chips and two pickles. " Chain: Luke's Lobster. Location: 130 S. 17th St., Center City. Calories: As a small chain, Luke's is not yet required to provide nutritional information. Lobsters, however, are relatively low in calories and high in protein, but also high in cholesterol. Order time: A few minutes.
December 18, 2012
'TIS THE SEASON for another Italian tradition, the Feast of Seven Fishes, usually served Christmas Eve and sometimes involving up to 13 - but never 40! - courses. Did we say this was an Italian tradition? Some say Italian-Americans came up with the idea to show folks back in the Old Country how good life was here. However it started, the custom's pretty entrenched around these parts now. Here's how several local restaurants are observing: * Northern Italian restaurant Le Castagne (1920 Chestnut St., 215-751-9913, lecastagne.com )
September 17, 2012
A Philadelphia team managed to "fly" nearly 40 feet atop a giant "lobster" Saturday to win first place in the Red Bull Flugtag, a competition of wacky, homemade flying machines launched from a 30-foot platform on the Camden waterfront. The team, known as New Kids on the Dock, defeated about 30 others with its humongous crustacean. Under the rules of flugtag - "flying day" in German - teams are scored for staying aloft, presentation, and a 30-second song and dance they must perform before "taking flight.