2011 meme pig dinner

Last night was the third annual pig dinner at Meme. This year the lineup consisted of chefs David Katz (Meme), John Taus (The Corner), Jen Carroll (10 Arts), Monica Glass (10 Arts), Terence Feury (Fork), Mike Solomonov (Zahav), Matt Levin (Adsum), and Peter Woolsey (Bistrot La Minette) with guest sommelier Michael Madrigale of Bar Boulud in NYC. The dinner consisted of five courses plus hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings.

The following were the dishes served:

blt cocktail

pork terrine, carolina pork bbq, and pork crepenette (L to R)

The hors d’oeuvres were a pork terrine with toasted brioche and a fig & peach mostarda, carolina pork bbq, and a pork crepenette with a port apple jam from Jen Carroll, David Katz, and John Taus (not sure who made which). The hors d’oeuvres were served with a BLT cocktail.

poached blue point oyster with pork rillons

The first course was from Terence Feury which was a poached blue point oyster with pork rillons and had choron sauce, braised lettuce, herbed bread crumbs, and oven dried tomatoes. The wine pairing for the first course was a 2009 Domaine Pinson Chablis 1er Cru, Mont-de-Milieu.

city ham terrine

The second course was a city ham terrine with swiss chard, challah, hard boiled egg, and pickled vegetables from Mike Solomonov and was paired with a 2010 La Columbera Rosato.

bbq pig tails

The third course was BBQ pig tails from Matt Levin with ranch dressing and smoked cornbread. His course was paired with a 2009 Pichierri Negroamaro del Salento.

prune stuffed pork loin wrapped in bacon

The fourth course was Peter Woolsey’s prune stuffed pork loin wrapped in bacon with grilled vegetables, french gnocchi, shallot cream vinegar, and pork jus paired with a 2009 Le Roc des Anges Cotes du Roussillon Villages


Lastly, the dessert course was Monica Glass’s melon with candied headcheese, prosciutto consume, and prosciutto gel served with a 2010 Macarini Moscato d’Asti.

The dinner was fantastic and full of porky goodness. Make sure you don’t miss this next year!

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oyster house – oh burger

I had a burger lunch with a friend in Center City a few weeks ago. Our original location was 500° but since they were closed for lunch temporarily due to adjacent building construction, we decided to go to the Oyster House.

You may be thinking, “Why would you go to the Oyster House when you were looking to eat a burger?” Well, just because their main draw is oysters doesn’t mean that they can’t serve a good burger, so why not!

I ordered a medium rare OH Burger. The OH Burger is made up of a grass fed beef patty, blue cheese, grilled onions, and a fried oyster. It is served on a brioche bun next to a pickle, potato chips, and a little bit of ketchup.

The burger had a nice pink and was juicy. The blue cheese was pretty damn sharp but I enjoyed it. I’ve never had an oyster on a burger before and I can’t really say whether this added or took away from the experience. All in all Oyster House serves up a solid burger.

If you’re going to Oyster House and are feeling a burger, the OH Burger will definitely satisfy your need. I must return (hopefully) soon to try the lobster roll! I’ve heard too many good things about that!

Oyster House
1516 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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khyber pass pub

If you know me well enough, you’re probably aware that I’m a huge fan of this place. I’m cozy when I’m here – it’s the beer, the food, the music, and the atmosphere.

baby spinach salad

Through my previous visits, I’ve had a ton of different brews from their killer list of beers, on tap and in bottles. My love for Voodoo Cowbell was also born here. Psst, it should be on tap there now as you read this…if not already kicked…

I’ve also been able to try a bunch of different food. Just to name a few: bacon grease popcorn, debris fries, fried green tomatoes. That bacon grease popcorn is pretty damn good. If you’re not vegetarian/vegan and not watching your figure, try out the popcorn. Make sure you’ve got a lot of people to share it with you cause you WILL feel a little guilty about it. The debris fries are another decadent but delicious item on the menu. These fries are covered in smoked cheddar, beef, and gravy.

One particular item on the menu has my heart (and stomach) won are the po boy sandwiches. Khyber even uses Leidenheimer rolls for em! I’ve tried the vegan fried chicken, the oyster, and a half/half of oyster and shrimp. All of them were fantastic.

More recently, I had lunch with some friends this past weekend and here’s some of what was ordered:

sammy po boy – fried chicken, ham, swiss w/ a side of mac & cheese

half ‘n’ half po boy – oysters & shrimp w/ a side of mac & cheese

Also ordered was the baby spinach salad (pictured above), gumbo, and catfish po boy (special).

The half ‘n’ half po boy might officially be my favorite item on the menu, though I was rather shocked to find out that the half ‘n’ half was one half oyster po boy, and the other half shrimp po boy. I assumed it was going to be two halves of mixed oyster and shrimp. Maybe I’m just being a clown, IT IS called the half ‘n’ half after all. Maybe I can ask for it mixed next time? The mac and cheese is pretty good too. The only other side I’ve had were the onion rings which were enjoyable.

I have not yet had a burger here. Embarrassing considering you are reading bridges, burgers & beer. I promise to get one soon and report back!

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

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