Thursday sounds like a good day for a few rounds of tequila, yes? Yes. Use this as motivation to shovel yourself out and head over to Tortilla Press Cantina in Pennsauken for a five-course tequila laced menu on Thursday, January 27.
UPDATE 1.27.11 – This event has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 3.
In this chill, who couldn’t use a few more soup recipes for their arsenal? My chipotle bean soup is a lower-fat, meatless version of my father’s recipe, which he cooks with ham hocks, butter and, I think, some beer. If this were an existence without consequence, I’d eat his soup over mine. But, it’s not and we’ve gotta watch those waistlines and my soup will do you just fine.
Yes, Chew Jersey’s primary focus is Camden County, but we’d be remiss not to mention events happening down the shore. Being so close to the beach is an NJ resident’s perk and even in the colder months of the year, we can find plenty of excuses to make the trip. Here’s another…
If you’re the superstitious type or, maybe you just hold tight to traditions, it’s possible you’ll be feasting on one of the following foods this New Year’s Day to up your chance for good fortune in 2011.
- Grapes (Eat 12, one for each stroke of the clock or month of the year)
- Fish (Mostly a lot of ancient political mumbo jumbo here having to do with ease of preservation and the Catholic church’s forbiddance of red meat on holidays. Fish is said to preserve life; some even place a few scales in their pockets)
- Pork (Pigs mark progress, as they are known for gaining steady footing on the ground as they move forward)
- Legumes (Beans swell to a coin-link shape when cooked)
- Cooked greens (Green leaves look like, and are symbolic of, dolla dolla bills ya’ll)
- Cake (Bake it shaped like a ring with a hidden edible treat inside – the finder will have good luck all year.)
I’ve got an easy recipe that combines three foods of good fortune. Although, if you used black-eyed peas, the luckiest legume throughout many cultures, you might just hit the lottery next time you play.
A second outpost of Coffee Works opened about a week ago in the slowly-but-surely populating Voorhees Town Center. Coffee Works Roastery and Cafe is open for business.
Jilly B’s, a froyo, cupcake and bauble boutique, opened this past August in Cherry Hill’s Holly Ravine shopping center. Under the aesthetic eye of interior designer/owner Jill Schafer (Jill’s mom, Joy, shares ownership), Jilly B’s is half eat-in dessert shop (in the store’s front with counter seating and gorgeous marble table and chairs) and half gift shop (in the back with shelves of fancy frames, fun housewares and fashion jewelry).
When I was a kid, I’d roam around Toys-R-Us for hours, scanning every aisle for the coolest game, newest Barbie, or raddest gizmo. Once I hit puberty I thought I’d never feel that cheap, innocent joy again. Fifteen years later, they opened Wine Works
(319 W. Route 70).
There are tons of reasons we love this place and you should really go and discover your own reasons/form your own habits. But here’s the top five things we can’t stop talking about:
#5: Little Havana. A walk-in humidor with hundreds of cigars.
#4: Cheese case. You can snag some other snacks like crackers, pretzels, even gift baskets.
#3: Wine Chiller. Grab a bottle off the shelf (that you intend to buy, of course) and pop it in the bath. Pull it out a few minutes later, nicely chilled.
#2: BEER. Choose from a selection untouchable by other local establishments. To name a few they’ve got Avery, Stone and Duvel. And buh-bye to nasty kegs; here you can order practically any brew in in keg-form. Just ask the guy/gal at the info desk.
#1: Sample the Harvest. Purchase an access card for $10 that let’s you sip up to four 1-oz. pours per trip. Choose from over a dozen wines ready to dispense.