Newsletter for Sunday, July 19
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If this was the view from your window, you might be tempted to attempt a dive; photo via @chris5030 on Instagram.
‘DO YOU KNOW HOW OUR MENU WORKS?’: 19 ESPECIALLY ANNOYING RESTAURANT PHRASES
Food writers dine out more often than most. In general, that’s wonderful — they wouldn’t have the job if they didn’t enjoy it. One side effect is overexposure to front-of-house phrases or actions that just don’t sit right. We’re not talking major faux pas here, but small quirks that easily grate after they’re experienced multiple times. For amusement’s sake, we asked several Philadelphia-area food writers, including the Inquirer‘s Craig LaBan, to share their dining pet peeves. Here’s what they said.
THE SURPRISING TRICK 7 PHILLY RESTAURANTS USED TO MAKE A BETTER BURGER
A “veggie burger” is something of an anomaly. Hardcore burger fans might even call it an abomination. Chopped up beans and vegetables can be shaped into a disc and pan-fried, but the results can’t possibly deliver anything close to a real burger’s juicy, fatty, salty, flavor-rich joy. A similar story plays out with turkey burgers — probably healthier, but at the expense of taste and texture. For true burger bliss, nothing beats straight up beef. But what if you mix that beef with mushrooms?
ON THE CALENDAR
Belgian Independence Day officially falls on July 21, but there's only so much fun you can have drinking beer on a Tuesday. So Belgian brewery and importer Duvel Moortgat (which just acquired/joined forces with California's Firestone Walker, by the way) is hosting a party this weekend. Swing through the PHS pop-up on South Street for special beers, games and free swag throughout the day, plus a live 6-piece jazz band from noon to 2 PM.
Where: PHS Pop-Up Garden at 1438 South Street
When: July 19, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Find out where the phrase "grist for the mill" came from with a demo of the restored historic grist mill at UPenn's Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. Giant stones will grind corn and wheat kernels, which is then sifted and made into muffins served on site.
Where: Morris Arboretum at 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
When: July 19, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $5
If you ride your bike at night, you really should be lit up. Spend an evening at this fantasy maker studio (which feels like you shrunk down and are living inside a giant, well-stocked toolbox) to follow along and add a battery-powered strip of bright LEDs to your handlebars. There's also a follow-up session where you can sew on a pouch to make it waterproof.
Where: The Hacktory at 3711 Market Street
When: July 21, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $30
Truth about lobster: it's pretty much a waste to eat it any other way than simply steamed and pulled directly out of its shell, with an optional swim in a ramekin of melted butter. The best way to do that without leaving Philadelphia is every Wednesday night at Oyster House, when two whole 1-lb. lobsters plus corn on the cob go for just $28. Add a Kenzinger shandy with house rosemary lemonade for $5 more and you're set for the night.
Where: Oyster House at 1516 Sansom Street
When: July 22, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $28
Frank Wilczek is the winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics and also the author of 'A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design.' During his talk at the Free Library, he'll discuss the subject that book explores — basically, how the human quest for truth and beauty is a way to understand the order of the universe. Science as philosophy FTW.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street
When: July 23, 2015 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free