Weekend Planner: Sticky Bun French Toast, New Burritos, Pizza Preview Pop-Up
Oh hey, Philly Beer Week, nice to see you! Two of the opening weekend events with great food are highlighted below, and one includes a sneak preview of a new East Passyunk Neapolitan pizzeria. In relieving news, the NYT did not endorse Soylent meal replacement. In not so great news, the U.S. no longer leads the world in childhood obesity.
Sticky Bun French Toast at Society Hill Society
After looking at the above photo, words probably aren’t necessary to convince you that Yun Fuentes’ French toast at this Headhouse Square brunch is worth checking out. Pecan maple syrup, swirls of cinnamon sugar, etc., etc. Hit up the airy dining room between 10 AM-2:30 PM on Sunday to get your plate ($10; 267-273-1434).
Freekeh Burritos at Mugshots Coffeehouse
This new burrito joint from Bistro 7 chef-owner Michael O'Halloran and partner Noam Kugelmass is starting life as a bi-weekly pop-up at this Fairmount cafe, and the first one is set for Sunday, June 1. Stop in between 6-9 PM to try out the build-your-own burritos ($8), taco-gordos (two for $6) and taco-poquitos (three for $6). Check out the menu here.
Beer Cage Match Dinner at Alla Spina
There are still a few seats left for the first of four Philly Beer Week battles at the Vetri birreria, taking place at 6:30 PM on Sunday, June 1. Four courses will each be paired with one beer from Goose Island and one from He’Brew, and you’ll get to vote to determine which brewery emerges victorious. Call for reservations (215-600-0017).
Brigantessa Preview Pop-Up at Le Virtu
Pitruco Pizza and Joe Cicala have collaborated to create six different Neapolitan-style pies in this East Passyunk outdoor picnic set for Sunday, June 1. From noon-4 PM, you’ll have the first chance to get a sneak taste of Brigantessa (the forthcoming Southern Italian forneria from Cicala and the Le Virtu owners) along with seasonal antipasti and desserts by pastry chef Angela Ranalli.
The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable
Perhaps it’s telling that the New York Times review of meal-replacement Soylent comes from the tech columnist, not someone on the dining staff. Farhad Manjoo confirms that the Kickstarter-funded powder is not only disgusting, but depressing, in that it takes away the varied pleasures of eating real food. Convenience at what cost?
So Much for the Mediterranean Diet
A quickie from Vox, but it’s pretty interesting. A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how pressing the problem of overweight kids is... in Greece and Italy. Yes, the epidemic has saturated those Mediterranean countries to the point that 36-44% of their boys are way overweight. Not that the U.S. can crow too much - we’re at 30%.