What do you get when British cuisine meets Southern comfort food? In chef Regis Jansen’s hands, a very tasty appetizer that’s also quite a looker. We stopped in to try out some of his new fall menu at Rex 1516, and fell in love with the Scotch duck egg for it’s visual appeal as much as how much fun it is to eat. Instead of a puny chicken egg, a robust duck ovum is wrapped inside Tasso ham and then breaded and deep fried. Served with a creole mustard sauce and bits of fried sage, it’s more filling than it looks and is actually a deal at $7 for the plate.
A few weekends ago my Potato and I were having a midday cocktail at theWhisper Lounge. I had a cocktail on the menu that tasted just like root beer. The mixologist referred me to ROOT liqueur, a brand from Philadelphia based collective Art in the Age.
I switched headgear a few months ago from a feathered fascinator to general contractor’s hard hat, and since then I haven’t had nearly as much time in the kitchen as I would like. And no, this isn’t some twisted chef’s hat version of YMCA, although if you keep reading, things do get kinky.
New York may be one of the fashion capitals of the world, but its neighbour Philadelphia has some of the best shopping around, as Esme Fox discovers
I didn’t know quite what to expect from my trip to Philadelphia. I had of course heard of the city in a historical context, being the city of the Founding Fathers, but I wasn’t here for any of that. I was here to shop.
Though fashion and shopping is of course more synonymous with New York, a mere two-hour train ride away, I was intrigued to find out what ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ had to offer style-wise.
From its birth in the 1960s, street art has been criminalized, perhaps nowhere more aggressively than in Philadelphia. But a lot has changed since 1986, when 13 juveniles and three adults were arrested for vandalism following a two-month investigation aimed at dismantling several graffiti collectives.
No longer signs of blight, street art in the form of wheat pastes, yarn bombings - and yes, even stenciled spray paint - are embraced by some of the city's trendiest neighborhoods, and by many of the institutions that have historically opposed it.