Newsletter for Sunday, August 9
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Confirmed at the Philadelphia Zoo: Giraffes are weird; photo via @_the_the3rd_ on Instagram
EATEN SEAFOOD IN A PHILADELPHIA RESTAURANT? IT’S PROBABLY FROM THIS SOUTH PHILLY WAREHOUSE
At the Southeastern tip of the city there’s a large, slate gray structure that’s about as architecturally interesting as an industrial building can get. It’s the 60,000-square-foot headquarters of Samuels and Son Seafood, built for the company to custom specifications 6 years ago. It’s also the source of nearly all the seafood served in restaurants in Philadelphia. We accompanied Top Chef New Orleans winner chef Nicholas Elmi on a cool behind-the-scenes tour (the lobster room was a serious highlight).
HOLY COINCIDENCE: OFFICIALS INSIST CENTER CITY REPAVING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POPE FRANCIS’ VISIT
If you live, work, bike or drive in Center City, the huge number of streets being repaved this summer has been impossible to miss. Why are these major improvements happening now? Could it have anything to do with a certain VIP visitor headed to Philadelphia this fall? The Philadelphia Streets Department says there is no connection between the repaving and Pope Francis’ September visit for the World Meeting of Families. But many Philadelphians, from chef Marc Vetri to former Gov. Ed Rendell, have a different take.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: “ROBOTBOY” MEETS HIS DEMISE, KATHLEEN KANE “GIVES DEMOCRATS HELL”
From Kathleen Kane’s refusal to step down as state attorney general after getting indicted to a Wawa that’s oh-so-close to being allowed to sell beer, we recap the week in Philadelphia news with music in the #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
Cheap beer, good eats and a chance to drink with your dog aren't the only good things about the first "Yappy Hour" at this pop-up beer garden run by the owner of Bru Craft & Wurst. PAWS will be on site with puppies up for adoption, and a portion of proceeds will benefit the no-kill animal shelter.
Where: Uptown Beer Garden at 1735 JFK Blvd.
When: August 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Much-lauded brewer Bob Barrar recently left Iron Hill to start his own project in Delaware County, and it finally launched last week. Be one of the first to taste the nrew beers, including Delco Lager, ASAP Session IPA, Coldcock IPA and Patina Saison at a special happy hour with the brewers in house.
Where: Standard Tap at 901 N. 2nd St.
When: August 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Chefs Rob Marzinsky and Palmer Marinelli, both ex-Pub & Kitchen and Fitler Dining room, are taking over the kitchen at Little Fish BYOB for four days. At lunch, from 11:30 AM-3 PM, they'll offer a changing Thai curry of the day in either veg or meat with rice and condiments for just $10, available to go or to stay. There are dinner options each evening, too — for those you'll want to make reservations.
Where: Little Fish BYOB at 746 S. 6th St.
How much: $10
Gazpacho is perfect for summer, and Mt. Airy USA is hosting a contest to see who makes the ultimate bowl. Swing out to Germantown Ave. to taste all the entries while a panel of local chefs determines the winner. Payne Catering food truck will be on site with other snacks, and there will be lawn games for the kids.
Where: Lovett Memorial Library at 6945 Germantown Ave.
When: August 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $5 donation
Spend an evening at this one-of-a-kind museum drawing medicinal plants and flowers and learning about their historical uses, then try your hand at creating some tasty cocktails with them. BYO drawing supplies, booze is provided. Pre-reg is required since there are only 30 available spots.
Where: Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden at Mutter Museum at 19 S. 22nd St.
When: August 14, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25