Monthly Archives: May 2012

Best of Philly: Roast Pork Throwdown

Philadelphia Magazine hosted a public  Best of Philly tasting at The Shops of Liberty Place yesterday, and passersby were invited to cast their votes for one of the five roast pork sandwiches sampled. The Breslow Partners team was on the scene to participate in this taste test. After all, who better to judge such an important culinary throw down than one of Philly’s top culinary PR teams?  We sampled sandwiches by Paesano’s, DiBruno Brothers, McCrossen’s Tavern and Jake’s Sandwich Board. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it! We savored Jake’s slow roasted pork with smokey bacon. But it was their home-made sriracha sauce that turned up the heat on Jake’s sandwich.  McCrossen’s well-seasoned pork was pretty great too. It was simple, topped with melted cheese. Paesano’s featured their classic sammy, topped with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone. And DiBruno Brothers, one of our all time favorites, was topped with sharp provolone and accompanied by fresh greens. Now, we could tell you which was our favorite, but we suggest you wait until August when Philly Mag’s Best of Philly issue hits the stands.That’s when you can read the results of this public tasting and cast your own vote. And by all means, let us know what you think. We guarantee, this is one contest you’re going to love judging.

 

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Special Events Made Easy At Vietnam Café!

Leave the cleanup and hassle at home when you book your private party or business meeting at  Vietnam Café. Whether you’re looking for an informal get together, or you want to entertain family and friends over dinner in a private room Vietnam Café is a great choice!

Vietnam offers two packages, the pre-set menu or the buffet menu. To get the full Vietnam experience, the pre-set menu option has the largest selection that includes 3 appetizers, 4 entrees and a vegetable, perfect for family style dining.

Or make it simple by offering your guests the buffet menu with a your choice of five different options all made with flavors that will leave your guests wowed. Both packages are meant for  30-50 people.  Call today to learn  how Vietnam Café is the ultimate place to host your next special event!

814 S 47th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19143

215.731.2000 x214

http://www.eatatvietnam.com

Food Fight Is Over!

Heading down to Citizens Bank Park for a big game, but don’t want to add on the extra cost of stadium priced food? Good news for Philadelphia sports fans, the food fight is over! The stadium allows ticket holders to bring food in clear, plastic bags making it easy for inspection.

Not only does this option give guests the ability of choice, but hands the reigns to the consumer allowing them to choose from the other Philadelphia authentic sandwiches in and around the city! Shank’s Original on Pier 40 will accommodate your game day wishes making it ballpark ready upon request.  Food is now stress-free at the stadiums, bring it yourself from Shank’s Original to avoid the long lines at the park!

Shank’s Original is located at 901 S. Columbus Blvd. Pier 40 Philadelphia, PA 19147.  We suggest calling ahead so your sandwiches are ready when you arrive. 215.218.4000 http://www.shanksoriginal.com/

On your mark, get set, go…

As the weather gets warmer, what better way to spend a spring day then at Linvilla Orchards this Sunday, May 20th for the annual Antique Car Show &Flea Market.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. car enthusiast of all ages can see their favorite antique cars of all models and makes. There will be all types of cars, from a 1913 Ford Model T to a 1962 Chevy Corvette and all the classic cars that have driven our roads in between.

Don’t forget to bring the kids! Linvilla will have pony rides, hayrides, train rides, face painting, and other various activities to keep the kids happy all day! And that’s not where the fun stops. The Flea Market will open at 8 a.m. for all you bargain shoppers out there to get an early start. You’ll find everything from jewelry to antique furniture and car parts to unique crafts. After all this excitement you might need to fill up! Refuel at the Linvilla Grill or the Farm Market to taste Linvilla’s freshly grown and baked goods. Before you go, be sure stop by the Garden Center’s to rev up your garden this year with some of Linvilla’s beautiful plants and flowers.

With so much to do at Linvilla on Sunday don’t miss out on the fun with family and friends! Linvilla Orchards is located at 137 West Knowlton Road in Media. Call 610-876-7116 or visit www.Linvilla.com for details.

Philadelphia’s Choice Burgers

Philadelphia was just deemed #2 burger town in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Between our first class gastropubs and polished neighborhood bistros in our city full of neighborhoods, Philly is no strangers to beef-between-bun artistry. After a spirited and grease stained debate in the office, we’ve each nominated our favorite burger from around town. You decide who you agree with, or maybe you have your own burger affair going on you would like us to know about in the comments.  With cheese or without, topped by bacon or avocados, on toasted or grilled bread, behold the democracy of the quintessential American food in City of Brotherly Love.

Tina – London Burger –London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Ave.

“ A classic. Comes on a toasted English muffin with your choice of two toppings. Blue cheese and bacon being my usual order, but don’t hesitate to go for a fried egg, seared foie gras, or caviar to feel more luxurious.  Fairmount’s Finest”

Jennifer – Butcher Burger– Smith and Wollensky, 210 West Rittenhouse Sqaure.

“I don’t even miss the cheese on this behemoth burger fitting for a steakhouse.  The accompanying lettuce and tomato are standard, but the free addition of bacon is always an extraordinary compliment.  The huge side plate of fries helps make this a special lunch that will keep you full until dinner.   It’s size and substance on the Square at Smith and Wollensky.”

Megan – Build Your Own Burger– PYT, The Piazza, 1050 North Hancock St.

“PYT at the trendy Piazza in Northern Liberties is the place to go to satisfy your burger cravings without being intimated from high-end restaurant prices.  Don’t let the fair price steer you away! PYT has a variety of burger styles, but the one I chose was “build your own” option. This delectable burger will leave both hands occupied to handle everything squeezed between the buns!  For my classic cheeseburger, I added a fried egg, Canadian bacon, and avocado. Once you slice the burger the yolk drizzles seamlessly out covering your burger in a blanket of juicy goodness. The avocado adds for fresh creaminess to balance the heartiness of the burger. While the bacon is the star in most dishes, it is needed for this burger to be complete! For the ultimate burger on a college budget, PTY is the place to go! Don’t forget to dip your French- fries in the yolk, it will leave your mouth watering!”

Anthony – House Blend Aged Beef Burger– The Dandelion, 124 So 18 St

“ I was sent to try this burger by a chef friend who told me it was the most underrated in town.  He was right.  The house blended aged beef blend from Pat LaFrieda vaults this burger out of the sandwiches and into the ‘On the Farm’ section of the Dandy’s menu and for good reason: it is so much more than a sandwich. The English-style applewood smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, Brooklyn Brine pickles and special sauce are perfect. No unnecessary bells and whistles here.”

Layal – Village Burger-Village Whiskey, 118 South 20 St.

Village Whiskey’s burger is the most mouthwatering, succulent, meaty goodness that I’ve ever had. For me, a good burger is measured by the overall cohesiveness of every ingredient: bun, toppings, and meat – every element needs to be high quality and compliment each other. Village Whiskey’s burger is fresh, tender, and definitely juicy. The best part is all the additions that that you can pile on top. I had carmelized onion, avocado, bacon, and truffled mushrooms. Although the mushrooms rang up to be an extra $5.50, it was seriously worth it. Go big or go home! And everything was pulled together deliciously on a soft brioche bun.

P.S. Village Whiskey’s pulled pork sandwich is another to DIE for item. Whiskey BBQ sauce, tangy coleslaw and fried pickles. No need to say anything else.

What is your favorite burger?

Where to Watch the Game

It isn’t often that 3 out of the 4 major sports teams in Philadelphia are all in action at once.  This week, the Sixers and Flyers are battling on in their respective postseasons, while the Phillies are fresh into their campaign for their 6th straight National League East title.

A true Philadelphian basks in this opportunity and absorbs every minute of game time.  So the question is: Where to watch the game? Skip the stale beer and overpriced, frozen fried foods at the sports bars and head into Old City to the bar at Bierstube Tsingtao.  Trade in that watered down Pilsner for one of the over 150 craft beers from the expansive, German centric beer list assembled by one of the pioneers of beer in the country, Mike Naessens.

Dive into a basket of the buttery pretzel bites (named one of the 5 Must-Try Cheap Bites by Zagat) or a fiery Dragon Burger. This is a time to savor as a Philadelphia sports fan, so make sure the your game-time decisions are equally as memorable.

Bierstube, located at 206 Market St, is open from 5 pm until 2 am, Tuesday through Sunday.

Good game, let’s go eat.

Common Twitter Mistakes to Avoid

Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has become an integral component of communication. If used properly, it can strengthen an organization’s relationship with its followers and attract new customers; if not, the company’s public outreach efforts can backfire. There are many tips we can share about how to utilize twitter to maximize results. However, listed below are some common mistakes to avoid:

1) Tweeting only about yourself and your company. In a world where individuals are inescapably blasted by TV ads, solicitors, flyers and more, your followers will not voluntarily subscribe to be continuously sold. Instead, use twitter to show your personality and values.

2) Failing to engage customers. Imagine if you knew an individual who only continuously talked without listening or responding to others; this person would have very few friends. Considering that twitter is a form of social media, it is beneficial to pay attention and respond to your followers in order to create a genuine dialogue.

3) Excessively tweeting. By tweeting every half hour or so, you run the risk of becoming a nuisance and irritating your followers. Plus, if we’re honest with ourselves, it is highly unlikely that all of these tweets are gems.

4) Using inappropriate language or misspelling words. This mistake can diminish your credibility, turn-off readers and, overall, appear that you are sloppy.

5) Featuring sarcasm or being negative in your tweets. People are more attracted to positive messages, and optimism is generally more enjoyable to read. By being snide or whining, you can insult individuals or simply off put followers.

For more tips, give us a call at 215-731-2000 or follow us @Breslowpartners.