This Week Philly Eats

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A bite size wrap of culinary highlights in and around Philadelphia!

I won't be watching
the Oscars at home on my 10 year old TV this year, I'll be covering the Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s Third Annual Oscar Party Fundraiser! The theater will simulcast Hollywood’s biggest event of the year on the silver screen while guests enjoy a JMP Catered gourmet buffet (Making this a film and food event!), drinks, and silent auction.

Patrons are encouraged to dress in their red carpet best or wear costumes inspired by the nominated films. Wonder if I'll be posting any Swan eyes Monday morning?

Tickets are still available
Sunday, February 27, 2011


$65 / $55 (members)

Location: 824 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Move over Giuliana DePandi, cause Tinsel & Tine has got the red carpet covered! (sans the stars).

City Tavern Recreates Martha Washington’s ‘Excellent Cake’

In honor of Presidents Day, City Tavern’s Walter Staib, the star of the PBS program "A Taste of History" is serving his recreation of first First Lady Martha Washington’s “excellent cake.” Staib pulled the recipe from the very pages of Washington’s hand-written cookbook, which resides with The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The cake, which is made with period appropriate
ingredients like Spanish oranges, rose water, currants and mace, will be available February 18-27, 2011.


Thursday, February 24th 7pm-9pm

New Brews to Choose -The only thing better than enjoying an old favorite is discovering a new favorite...especially when it comes to beer! Come sample new brews released within the past year and add a new favorite brew to your growing beer list. Light appetizers are served and a more than 220+ beer selection is available for purchase to mix-&-match and take home. Click HERE for details & registration.

Visit Atlantic City during Restaurant Week and experience some of the finest dining in New Jersey.

Sunday, February 27 through Saturday, March 5, 2011

Participating Atla
ntic City restaurants will offer fixed price, three-course meals at prices far below the normal cost: * Lunch: $15.11 per person * Dinner: $33.11 per person * Prices DO NOT include taxes, beverages or gratuity. WHERE: Approximately 70 casino restaurants and independent restaurants throughout Atlantic County.

Eye on Chef Demetrios Haronis of FIN at the Tropicana: Chef Haronis, who was born and bred on the Jersey Shore, mans the helm at the restaurant. A graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts, Mays Landing, NJ, Chef has worked at numerous restaurants along the south Jersey Shore from Cape May to Longport, and joined Tropicana in 1994 as a sous-chef. He has cooked his way up the ranks in nearly all the restaurants at the Tropicana to his new post as head chef of FIN. Items on the menu at FIN created by Chef Demetrios will change seasonally and range from contemporary to classic, with signature dishes such as "Chef D's" Dancing Shrimp, made with onion panko crusted shrimp served with a lobster crab cake; Crabsickles, jumbo lump crab on a crab leg; grilled tuna ribs; and homemade oyster cracker breadsticks.

I'll Eat You blog post Review of Philadelphia Chutney Company: a quick-serve Indian spot that opened up on Sansom Street between 16th and 17th, formerly home of the Remedy tea bar. As this is just a few blocks from my place of employment, I've been there several times now, and it's become quite popular in my office – even with my Indian co-worker who once resolutely insisted that there were no places to get good Indian food in Philadelphia.

Maybe because this is not your typical korma-and-tikka-masala joint:
the main attraction at PCC is the dosa. The texture of this enormous pancake-like disc is somewhere between a crêpe and injera (the Ethiopian flatbread). Like a crêpe, it's thin and flecked with brown, but like injera, it has a bubbly texture, owing to the batter's fermentation (though unlike injera, it's not very chewy). Inside, you can get a wide variety of all-vegetarian fillings, then the whole thing is folded up into a tube that occupies most of the length of the cafeteria-style trays they're served on.

The bulk of the menu is comprised of Western combinations featuring things like goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, and various iterations of fake chicken. But for my money, you gotta stay authentic and go with one of the "masala" combinations. The simple spiced potato filling can be dressed up with various cheeses, and now is also available with a sprinkle of a dry rub-like spice mixture for a little extra kick...

So, think of me
with every fork full of goodness you devour this week!

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Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST


The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE


...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST


With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST


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is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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