June 3, 2013 |
Adorning the mountains of North Carolina with a hip urban vibe, noteworthy art scene, and a growing circuit of artisan microbreweries is the city of Asheville. Phenomenal food and well-preserved historical buildings are also part of the travel itinerary for this destination. Here's how to make the most of your vacation dollars while visiting. Appetites Favor a big breakfast? The Corner Kitchen ( www.thecornerkitchen.com ) offers a variety of hearty options such as $5 biscuits and gravy and $2 grits.
March 22, 2012
Il Portico (1519 Walnut St., 215-587-7000, www.il-portico.com ) is launching Pasta Mista Fridays. "Pasta mista" means "mixed pasta," and Il Portico's version, available for lunch or dinner, includes gnocchi, parpadelle, fettuccine, tagliolini and eggless bigoli tossed with fresh seasonal ingredients. Tomorrow from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Granite Hill, the restaurant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-684-7990, www.granitehillrestaurant.com )
February 2, 2012
Amada 217-219 Chestnut St. 215-625-2450 amadarestaurant.com Bar Ferdinand 1030 N. 2nd St. 215-923-1313 barferdinand.com Jamonera 105 S. 13th St. 215-922-6061 jamonerarestaurant.com Tinto 114 S. 20th St. 215-665-9150 tintorestaurant.com
February 2, 2012
HOW MUCH tapas is too much tapas? My dining companion asked me this question as we ate and drank at Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran's new tapas spot, Jamonera. Now, before I answer that, a confession: I love Spain; I love tapas. Some of the best nights of my life have been spent in one Spanish town or another, hopping from bar to bar, dropping a handful of euros on small bites and glasses of wine or sherry in one spot, then moving on to the next. I love Spain and tapas so much that last fall I was invited to judge an international tapas competition in Valladolid, Spain.
January 19, 2012 |
Center City restaurateurs Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, enjoying hits with their Italian themer Barbuzzo and Mexican BYOB Lolita , have converted Bindi, their Indian BYOB across the street, into Jamonera , an intimate Spanish tapas bar. Jamonera (105 S. 13th St., 215-922-6061), opening Sunday, represents the couple's takeaway from a trip to southern Spain, where they indulged in cheese, olive oil, and sherries. Turney cures her own cecina, the dried beef, serving it with artichokes, fennel, and amontillado sherry.
December 29, 2011
* The trendy 13th Street corridor south of Chestnut trends up a notch next month (exact date hasn't been announced) as Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran open Jamonera (105 S. 13th St., 215-922-6061), a cozy Spanish tapas bar. Expect multicultural Mediterranean dishes with a Spanish accent. Wines will match the cuisine, and there will be an extensive list of sherries. Pricing will be from $4 to $36. Tim Shaaban of Urban Space Development created Jamonera's interior look. * Already up and serving in Fishtown is East Girard Gastropub (a/k/a The E.G.G., 200 E. Girard Ave., 267-761-9343)
October 9, 2011 |
Gripping a pair of long, lethal-looking tweezers, chef Tristan Lopez is hunched over a plate of pale anchovies, painstakingly applying tiny silver-powder-coated potato paper "scales" to each slender sliver. Beside him, waiter Manel Vehi Mena dispenses "liquid olives" - just one at a time, presented on its own plate. He serves them with such reverence that I sense, even before tasting star chef Albert Adria's invention, that they aren't snacks to be absentmindedly gobbled, but miraculously soft, melt-in-the-mouth bursts of flavor that deserve to be savored.
June 26, 2011
I'm always on the hunt for my next great summer white - a wine that can refresh, keep things interesting at a casual meal, and also be soft as an ocean breeze on the wallet. This year I've found a new infatuation, and it's verdejo, the signature white from the region of Rueda that dates to the 11th century, but only lately is becoming one of Spain's rising export stars. This fresh 2010 Protos, on Chairman's Selection sale for $10.99 (down from $15.99), is a perfect introduction to a bottle that is 100 percent expression of the grape.
April 6, 2011 |
MADRID - Unemployment stands at a staggering 20 percent in Spain, and no one is predicting that the economic boom Madrid enjoyed just two years ago will return anytime soon. Still, tourists visiting one of Europe's most breathtaking cities this summer will have to do some homework to find bargains. Booking ahead for hotels is crucial because unrest in North African countries such as Egypt and Tunisia has prompted many European tourists to change plans and head for the sun and safety of Spain instead.
September 16, 2010 |
Bold idea there, naming a restaurant/tequila bar after a fertility god. That's what entrepreneur Adam Solomon, along with partners Richard Brenner and Kenny Yeretzian, are doing with Kokopelli , at 1904 Chestnut St. The spot, for many years a Little Pete's diner, spent a brief period as Pearl and later, even more briefly, was Akoya. Solomon, who expects the opening late this year, says the menu will feature American Southwestern tapas. What's new The cozy/casual Lillian's Cafe has replaced Alphabet Soup (34 W. Merchant St., Audubon, Camden County, 856-547-1902)