foodspotting’s 2nd birthday party

One year ago from Sunday all of us Philly Foodspotters met for the first time at the late Adsum. Two years ago from Sunday, Foodspotting was launched by Alexa Andrzejewski , Ted Grubb and Soraya Darabi.

To celebrate the 2nd birthday, we gathered at Khyber Pass Pub in Old City where they offered us drink specials for the night. In addition to the great food and drink that Khyber offers, our own Philly Foodspotter & Cupcake Karma frontwoman, Jackie Seigle made a Foodspotting cake and cupcakes.

The cake had the Foodspotting logo on top and was made of an almond poundcake with strawberry and buttercream filling. The cupcakes were topped with various Philly food staples such as cheesesteaks, pretzels, and Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets. Two different kinds of cupcakes were made, chocolate cake with chocolate peanut butter mousse filling and salted caramel buttercream and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut. Everything was out of this world.

Check out some of the other spots from the event on the Foodspotting guide. Keep up with Philly Foodspotting on Twitter & Facebook.

Thanks a bunch to the Khyber Pass Pub staff and Jackie for the cakes!

*All non-food photos taken by Philly Foodspotter Mikey Ilagan. Thanks Mikey!

Here are some more photos from the party! Check out the rest on Mikey’s Flickr.

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khyber pass pub – khyber burger

You guys were all probably wondering when the hell I was going to get around to having my beloved Khyber Pass Pub’s burger. Well, I finally got around to having it last week, so there!

I ordered a Khyber Burger medium-rare with onion rings. The Khyber Burger is made up of angus beef, bacon, bbq onions, smoked cheddar, and creole mustard. It’s also served on a brioche bun.

khyber burger x-section

The Khyber Burger is one solid burger. It tasted great and you will not be disappointed, I wasn’t. As much as I love burgers though, I will give in to the po boys or fried green tomato BLT in the future because they’re just too awesome here.

Khyber Pass Pub
56 S 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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beer: russian river pliny the younger

As soon as word got out that Russian River Pliny the Younger was going to be at the Khyber Pass Pub (thanks Foobooz), I knew I had to be there. Since it’s a super rare beer and only released once a year, tickets were sold at $15 to benefit the Philadelphia Free Library Youth Literacy Program. Each ticket was for a 10 oz. tulip of Pliny the Younger. I was lucky enough to snag the last three tickets thanks to a friend who happened to be at the Khyber for dinner.

one of the last three…

The beer is a triple IPA and is 11% ABV. Despite being 11%, it sure didn’t taste like it. It was pleasantly hoppy with a citrus sweetness and went down smooth. If only I were able to order another round…

I definitely enjoyed Pliny the Younger. Glad I didn’t have to go through huge crowds of people in an uncomfortable environment to try it!

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royal sushi & izakaya pop-up at the khyber pass pub

Before the Khyber became the Khyber Pass Pub, there were talks about it becoming an izakaya of some sorts. The name of the izakaya is Royal Sushi & Izakaya and Chef Todd Dae Kulper will be in charge. The location is still to be determined so they’re going to have a series of these pop-ups and the pop-up this past Monday at the Khyber Pass Pub was the first.

pork belly buns

If you showed up on Monday, you’re well aware how much of a madhouse the Khyber was. The pop-up started at 5pm and I arrived around 6pm to meet up with some friends. When I got there, the wait was about an hour. Lucky for me, one of my friends had a seat at the bar…which eventually led to our party sitting at the bar. Within the next hour, I overheard some people say that it was now a 3 hour wait!

grilled eggplant buns

Even though the featured dish was the hakata style ramen, there were several items on the menu to choose from: crispy bok choy, pork belly buns, grilled trigger fish jerky, grilled eggplant buns, and gyoza, just to name a few.

grilled trigger fish jerky

The grilled trigger fish jerky was tasty. It came with a small dollop of Kewpie mayo. Does anyone know if you could special order this stuff anywhere? It’s quite fishy but I could totally eat it as a snack. They do have dried seafood “jerky” snacks at the Asian market after all.

hitachino nest real ginger brew

In addition to the food, there was beer and two specialty cocktails. Sorry, I can’t remember what the cocktails were. Sapporo was served as well as three different Hitachino beers, the Real Ginger Brew, the White Ale, and the Classic Ale. I was able to try all three and the ginger one was my favorite.

I’m new to the world of legit ramen. Before this night, the only ramen experiences I had were from college and childhood…and that ramen was of the instant noodle variety of course, so keep that in mind if you thought this ramen was bad. I found the hakata style ramen to be satisfying. It had a bunch of ingredients including pork shoulder, pork belly, a soft boiled egg, wood ear mushrooms, spicy miso, scallions, and more. Not sure how much meat should normally be in ramen, but I wouldn’t have complained if there was more in my bowl.

In the end, I’m glad I got to try out some of the dishes. Once Royal Sushi & Izakaya sets up shop, I’ll definitely come in for a ramen fix, especially since Philly seems to have a lack of ramen places, unlike that other city.

I would imagine they’d be posting updates as to when their next pop-up will be on here.

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