Philly Weekend Planner, September 6-8
Weekend, already? The only drawback to short weeks is the fact that next Monday comes too soon, but that just means you’ve got to pack in the fun while you have the chance. Snack on an old favorite and an amazing-sounding new sandwich, then go festing in West Philly or celebrate pizza in Fishtown. If you just started packing school lunches and need ideas, we’ve got the read for you. Plus, did you know ketchup was a non-Newtonian fluid?
Hummus at Zahav
Sometimes it’s easy to forget why a dish became famous in the first place. Case in point: the hummus at Michael Solomonov’s modern Israeli in Society Hill. Everyone extols its virtues; you can find paeans to its supremacy; it’s been on TV a bunch of times. Still, this is one plate that lives up to the hype. Warm and swimming with spice and olive oil, the hummus nearly outshines the huge, just-baked laffa bread you tear apart to scoop it up... but not quite ($8/$12; 215-625-8800).
Cap’n Crunch Pork Milanese Sandwich at Sabrina’s Cafe
All three locations of the venerable bruncherie are serving this sandwich special this weekend, which sounds like a perfect way to soak up Friday or Saturday night’s partying. A boneless pork chop is breaded with a mix of panko, Cap’n Crunch and cornmeal and fried, then set on a seeded Sarcone’s hoagie roll with roasted tomatoes, sautéed fennel, long hots, Provolone cheese and a spicy-sweet red-onion-orange jam. Just make time for a food coma siesta after you eat it ($12).
Pizza Brain First Anniversary Party
Hard to believe it’s only been a year since Brian Dwyer and pals threw open the doors to their already-iconic Fishtown pizzeria-slash-pizza-museum. On Saturday, September 7, you can help celebrate all things ‘za at a pizza party with live music, free beer, special pies, face painters and more zany fun. The shindig begins at 5 PM, and we hear Little Baby’s infamous pizza ice cream will also make an appearance.
Go West Craft Fest at the Woodlands
Both artisan goods and artisan eats can be found at this West Philly craft festival, which runs 11 AM-5 PM on Saturday. Weckerly’s cart will be out with ice cream in flavors like caramel corn and burnt sugar apple crumble. Aksum will have a stand, as will Taco Angeleno. Black Orchid will vend vegetarian delicacies and Lil’ Pop Shop will be there too (they’re everywhere, these days!). It all goes down at the Woodlands, the historic mansion and cemetery at 40th and Woodland.
Upping the Lunchbox Ante
Despite having a cliché title, Elisa Ludwig’s school lunch piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer this week is a great one: she talks to two of Philly’s best chefs who also happen to be dads. Joe Cicala (Le Virtu) and George Sabatino (Morgan's Pier) reveal tips and tricks of how to make carry-in meals for the little ones both exciting and more healthy than what the school might provide.
How 500 Years Of Weird Condiment History Designed The Heinz Ketchup Bottle
Did you know ketchup is a non-Newtonian fluid that travels only at a speed of 147 feet per hour (around 0.03 mph)? That’s only one of the fascinating facts about America’s favorite condiment in a fantastic overview of ketchup at Fast Co Design. Another is that in 1896, 90% of all ketchups on the market were found to contain ingredients that could lead to death! Thankfully, RJ Heinz came to the rescue, and here we are today. If you love ketchup or just enjoy food history, this is a great read.