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Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar

07/16/2010

With summer in full effect, there are many happy hour options for the nine-to-five office drones to wet their whistles and munch on some scrumptious snacks.  Tabu Lounge is located in the Market East area, between Locust and Walnut on 12th Street (next to 12th Street Gym).  Tabu holds a happy hour from 5-7 pm and has reduced drink specials from 7-9 pm.  They also have “Three Dollar Sundays” and games nights, making it one of the most affordable bars in the “Gayborhood.”

Formerly Sal’s, Tabu has been fully remodeled and is under new ownership.  The space has been completely redone, including a huge third floor space with windows overlooking 12th street.  Downstairs houses a pool table and the ground floor has tables and seating for the bar crowd.  Sports games play on the many flat-screen TVs, and a jukebox plays a wide variety of tunes.

Berry Acai Absolut and Lemonade

Berry Acai Absolut and Lemonade

The bar is sponsored by Absolut, as evidenced by their selection of Absolut Vodka flavors.  Part of their 7-9 pm drink specials include $4 Absolut drinks and $3 well drinks.  The selection of Absolut flavors are: Raspberri, Peppar, Vanilia, Apeach, Berry Acai, Pears, Mandarin, Citron, Mango, Original, and 100-proof.  One of their summer drink specials is Lemonade & Berry Acai vodka with fresh blueberries to garnish.  The Happy hour specials include $2 to $3 drafts and rotating bar drinks.  “Three Dollar Sundays” include $3 wines, $3 U-Call-Its, and $3 Sweet Tea Vodkas.

Lump Blue-Claw Crabcake Sandwich with Potato Salad

Lump Blue-Claw Crabcake Sandwich with Potato Salad

The food is also affordable yet delicious.  Typical bar food gets a face lift with creative combinations of flavors and a wide variety for the discerning palette.  A lump crabcake sandwich is served with hunks of blue-claw crab and spicy mayo and a side of potato salad, and can also be ordered as sliders for an appetizer.  The same goes for the lovely Kobe beef burgers served on potato rolls with aged cheddar.  The presentation was so adorable it was almost a shame to eat it.  Tabu Nachos are piled high and must be shared, topped with roasted corn, beans, jalapeno, sour cream, salsa verde, and fresh guacamole.  They can also be ordered topped with grilled chicken or Kobe ground beef.  Tabu serves several different kinds of chicken wings including Jim Bean Bourbon Glazed, Hot, Mild, and Boneless.

Kobe Beef Sliders

For a more exotic experience, try the Crispy Calamari with a plum vinaigrette dipping sauce.  Southwest Chicken Rolls with a ranch dipping sauce and a Thai chicken salad with asian noodles and cucumbers also show an eastern influence in this varied menu.

For the vegetarians in your crowd, there is a Crostini Trio with garlic white beans, hummus, and tomato-basil served with toasted baguettes.  There are also buffalo-style cheesesticks and Cajun battered cauliflower served with parmesan cream dip.  The Tabu Salad with cashews, julienned apples, and a pomegranate vinaigrette is also sure to please. For a larger plate, I recommend ordering the nachos vegetarian-style or diving into a portabello mushroom sandwich served with sliced avocado and roasted red peppers.

For more information on events and menu updates, check out: www.tabuphilly.com

Paintings by George Morton-Clark

05/29/2010
Papio

Shoreditch, London - George Morton-Clark -

George grew up in south London. He de-constructs the world around him in a non-conformist way to produce art that shows the necessary truths of our society.  He is heavily influenced by the experiences of his travels, which he uses to develop an abstract and objective view of his surroundings. It is often this ‘distance’ that becomes the subject and inspiration for many of his pieces.

“Society has evolved a paranoid state of mind because of our ever-tightening freedoms. I see the world as a colliding of consciousness, made violent by its increasing extremes. We are becoming more suffocated in our day to day lives by marketing, religious views and bureaucracy. I use my work to explore the effects of these pressures on each other and ourselves.”

Upcoming Shows:

Show with Matt Small Brighton vs London- July
Urban in Ibiza- August
Group show and solo show with Red propeller-October

Listening to:

At the controls mixed by Agoria and www.theheatwave.co.uk

Contact:

http://gm-c.co.uk/

Can’t Play Wit My Fro-Yo!

05/23/2010
Pinkberry Yogurt

Pinkberry Yogurt

We could say it all started with TCBY in the 80’s but there was a definite burst in frozen yogurt sales when Pinkberry came into the picture. In a world of dieters and health-conscious people, this non-fat delight with an array of fresh fruits and toppings was befitting. A new fad was born, and Pinkberry quickly became prosperous, faster than the small operation was able to handle. Enter Maveron (better known as Starbucks). Fairly quickly after that Pinkberry was under investigation, it was claimed that the actual yogurt culture ratio was so miniscule that it could not honestly call itself frozen yogurt.

Nevertheless, the market for Frozen yogurt took hold first in Los Angeles, and eventually nested itself into New York. Pinkberry adjusted their recipe accordingly and the industry charged on. Inevitably following this increase in the frozen money maker was a barrage of copycat stores as well as established international yogurt companies opening stores Stateside.

Philadelphia adopted three new stores in the last five years: Sweet Ending (18th & Chestnut), Phileo (4th & South), and Yogorino (20th & Locust). Sweet Ending and Phileo are self-serve, with a variety of rotating flavors and toppings. The yogurt is non-fat but most of the toppings are not. Both of these locations are pay-by-weight, dependent on their customers having eyes bigger than their stomachs. Yogorino takes a more dignified approach to the yogurt experience, with gourmet hot and fruit sauces which are served and charged by topping. Their yogurt is low-fat but pro-biotic, which is the healthiest option because it aids in digestion, supports your immune system, and is full of protein. Sweet Ending and Phileo have Korean origins, while Yogorino was borne of Italy.

Sweet Ending Pink Guava Yogurt with Mochi, Fresh Fruit and coconut.Sweet Ending

1800 Chestnut Street

Sweet Ending has many creative yogurt flavors and enough options of toppings to concoct a new treat every visit. They have plain tart yogurt, however it is a bit unremarkable in flavor, one is more inclined to try peanut butter or green tea. Pink guava has a wonderfully tart zing, while pomegranate and pineapple are bright and refreshing. Watermelon and blueberries freeze in the yogurt and burst in refreshing sweetness. The Asian influence is prominent in its tropical combinations. Mochi pieces are also available, a tasty sweet flour rice cake which is pounded from glutinous rice. Their prices are reasonable and they have a variety of size choices.

Phileo Island Banana and Green Tea Yogurt with Mochi, fruit, and coconut.

Phileo

416 South Street

Phileo resides amongst the bustle of South Street vendors. You may risk premature brain-freeze as you enter with the millions of possibilities of combinations. Twelve flavor machines are crowded with people staring at the flavors and trying to decide. The topping bar goes on for miles, with fruit and chocolate and granola and sprinkles. The even have cheesecake pieces rolled in graham cracker. The smallest cup looks to be at least ten ounces and is a great marketing ploy on their part. If you fill the cup, you have probably spent about seven bucks. Some of the fruit is definitely canned and most likely generic. My experience with the pineapple was disappointing to say the least.

Yogorino yogurt with Warm Pistachio Sauce and Shredded Coconut

Yogorino yogurt with Warm Pistachio Sauce and Shredded Coconut

Yogorino

233 S. 20th Street

Yogorino is byfar exceeding its competition with their truly tart yogurt and much more creative sauces and toppings. They serve only one flavor: plain. Each topping added gives it a different character, patrons decide between warm pistachio sauce, finely shredded coconut, and cold banana sauce (or even all three if that’s your thing). Chocolate sauce is available in both milk or dark, and hardens as it is thinly drizzled over the yogurt. Fresh fruits rotate, from nectarines to pomegranates to strawberries. Dry toppings include chunks of Toblerone (torrone), white chocolate wafer pieces (dolce wafer), and sweet almonds (dolce mandorla). Philadelphia is Yogorino’s flagship American store, with locations in Dubai, Rome, Florence, Croatia, China, and Tokyo to name a few. They serve their yogurt in 100% biodegradable cups.

Broken Bells

05/19/2010

Broken Bells

Broken Bells is the collaboration of DangerMouse (of Gorillaz, The Grey Album and Gnarls Barkley fame) teaming up with James Mercer who is the lead singer of the Shins. They came together beautifully on the self-titled debut album. Mercer’s guitars and vocals sound perfect over Dangermouse’s sweeping, aired out beats.

I made an edit of Mongrel Heart to dj with, the only differences from the original track are an extended intro and outro along with cutting out the breakdown (which I love but didn’t think would work in social settings). It’s my favorite song on the album, which I’m guessing will change the more I listen.

Broken Bells “Mongrel Heart (Isaac Jordan edit)”
(download link)

This one really warmed up my soul when it was feeling chilly, 100 thank you’s to my angel who made sure I didn’t sleep on this one.

Buy The album on Amazon HERE.

Market Eats

05/08/2010

Reading Terminal Market Delights

The historic Reading Terminal Market is home to a plethora of locally grown and produced foods. Merchants in ye olden times created this marketplace, the first of its kind in America to have indoor refrigeration, allowing sellers and buyers the chance to be sheltered from the elements during the harsh winter and summer months. It is hard to visit a place like this and not be overwhelmed by the options. Here are some places that are definitely not to be missed.

Shrimp Po'Boy

Shrimp Po'Boy

Beck’s Cajun Café

Chef Bill Beck makes his passion for Cajun and Creole Cuisine come alive in one of the Market’s newest eateries. He says his best customers come from New Orleans who have a hankering for a taste of home, and who say their tastebuds can be satisfied with the authentic foods he prepares. The Chicken Gumbo is quite spicy and flavorful. For a hearty breakfast, try the Breakfast Po’boy, served on a crusty French baguette with a fried egg, andouille sausage and melted, gooey cheese. For the daring, try the Alligator Sausage Po’Boy, it is surprisingly tender though a messy undertaking to say the least. For the seafood lovers, I recommend the Shrimp or Fried Oyster Po’Boys, complemented perfectly with a tangy pickle and a spicy Cajun aioli. Best of all is the Bread Pudding served with a Bourbon cream sauce. Hints of vanilla and crispy bread are reminiscent of the decadence of french toast with a Southern flair.


Grilled Salmon with Red Curry Cream sauce

Grilled Salmon with Red Curry Cream sauce

Little Thai Market

For a cheap, affordable, and authentic Thai experience, the Little Thai Market is the place to go. For $6 or less, the options are endless and the portions are generous. The Grilled Salmon is the crowd favorite, served with a red curry cream sauce over a bed of sticky rice and veggies. Many traditional dishes are also available, such as Pad Thai, Chicken with Basil, Coconut-based and Lemongrass soups, and crab dumplings. The little stand also carries many vegetarian meals and a wide selection of Thai groceries.


Salted Pretzel

Salted Pretzel

Miller Pretzel

For a quick bite, our Pennsylvania Dutch friends offer what is arguably the best pretzel in Philadelphia. They are buttery and crisp on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside. They also offer several stuffed pretzels for both breakfast and lunch offerings.  Some of the breakfast options include: the Sage Sausage and Egg Breakfast pretzel and the Turkey, Egg & Cheese or Ham, Egg & Cheese.  For lunch there are lots of sausage and hot dog-stuffed pretzels  and Little Smokies, their version of a pig-in-a-blanket. They also offer lemonade and ice cream. Be sure to catch them Wednesday through Saturday.


Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken Souvlaki

Olympic Gyro

With a chef and owner named Athens, how can you go wrong? Head down to Olympic Gyro for the juiciest Chicken Souvlaki this side of the Atlantic. Served with the quintessential tzatziki sauce (a blend of lemon juice, greek yogurt, cucumber, and fresh herbs), and served on a pita, this culinary masterpiece is guaranteed to delight. Gyros made of lamb and beef are also not to be missed.  Crispy french fries are doled out fresh and hot.  Spanakopita, a phyllo dough layered with feta and spinach is made the traditional Greek way, as is the Baklava, a sweet, honey-infused dessert.


Bourbon Chicken Platter

Bourbon Chicken Platte

Sang Kee Peking Duck

Competing with several other Chinese food establishments, Sang Kee is a cut above the rest with its Bourbon Chicken Platter. Tender chicken served with crisp snow peas, carrots, and bok choy smothered in bourbon sauce over sticky rice.


Hot Apple Dumpling

Hot Apple Dumpling

Dutch Eating Place

This Pennsylvania Dutch food stand serves diner style food including burgers, breakfast foods and fried veggies galore. The definite star of the show is their homemade Apple Dumpling. Served piping hot with a ramekin of heavy cream to douse it in, it’s like good old American Apple Pie in single-serve form.


BBQ Rib Sandwich Special

BBQ Rib Sandwich Special

The Rib Stand

If you are exceptionally hungry for some rib meat doused in barbeque sauce, the Rib Stand’s lunch special is the way to go. The best option is the BBQ rib sandwich, which comes with two sides: mac & cheese, green beans, or roasted potatoes. Hot or mild homemade barbeque sauce comes on the side so you can drizzle it to your heart’s content.


READING TERMINAL MARKET

12th & Arch Streets

Monday thru Saturday 8 am – 6 pm

Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

(Pennsylvania Dutch Stands are open Wednesday thru Saturday)

http://www.readingterminalmarket.org

Pen & Ink – Lily Mae Martin

03/31/2010
Fine liner & Ink on watercolour paper 59.4 x 84.1 cm

Untitled Fine liner & Ink on watercolour paper 59.4 x 84.1 cm 2010

Artist Statement
My work has always been predominantly figurative. I have a great love of traditional portraiture, however in my work I like to try and capture people in quite an unconventional way. People are incredibly conscious of themselves when in front of a camera and always seems to try to look appealing and sexy. I try to turn this around in my drawings. William Hogarth’s London scenes and Goya’s humorous etchings have strong influences in the direction I’ve taken. My drawing technique has also taken an unconventional path. I create my images using very fine felt-tiped pens, building up thousands upon thousands of tiny lines to produce tone. It is a slow process, but one that works well for me.

Fine liner & Ink on watercolour paper 48 x 36 cm

Munch Fine liner & Ink on watercolour paper 48 x 36 cm 2010

Fine liner & Ink on watercolour paper 59.4 x 84.1 cm

Untitled Fine liner & Ink on watercolour paper 59.4 x 84.1 cm 2010

Fine liner on watercolour paper 35 x 50 cm

Hysteria Fine liner on watercolour paper 35 x 50 cm 2010

Gov’t Issue asks Lily Mae what she’s been listening to:

Music that I have been listening to a lot of late is Amanda Palmer, The Dresden Dolls, Iron & Wine, Regina Spektor, The Stillsons, Laura Marling, Adem, Tunng, Joanna Newsom.. I have a ‘work’ playlist and all these artists are on repeat while I work. I also like Alice in Chains a lot, but I think I have over listened to them for now and need a break!
I also enjoy Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald and music of that ilk.

Upcoming Shows
beinArt Collective Group Exhibition at CoproGallery (CA, USA)
Opening Reception, Saturday, June 5 – 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs; June 5 – June 26, 2010.

Contact Information
www: http://www.lilymaemartin.com/
email: lily@lilymaemartin.com
twitter: twitter.com/LilyMaeMartin

TECHNOCOLOR

03/02/2010

CLAUDE VON STROKE  – VOCAL CHORDS (Isaac Jordan Technicolor Bootleg)

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Tech House tune with some extra flavor.  Guitars sampled from Coldplay’s “Life In Technicolor pt II”