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REPORT: eG "Heartland" Gathering 2012 (Philadelphia)


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#31 Mummer

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 02:23 PM

Yeah, Holly, Katie hit a home run. Great to see everyone & happy to boost my pal Linda's heat scale a couple of points. You Heartlanders can come to Philly early & often!
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#32 cdh

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:58 PM

Agreed, Charlie! Big kudos to Katie for planning and executing a great weekend of showcasing Philadelphia's tastiness~! And thanks to Holly for the able documentation of the goodies.
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#33 KatieLoeb

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 05:37 PM

Thanks everybody! It really was a pleasure. Glad I recovered in time to make it to the feastivities!

Holly, the only mistake I see is the chicken is the Dry Pepper Chicken, not double cooked. The fish was the only double cooked style item.

I'm having West Lake Beef soup leftovers for dinner...:o)

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#34 Holly Moore

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:42 PM

Too late for me to edit, Katie. People should see your correction.

Thanks again for organizing all of this..
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#35 janeer

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:46 PM

Amazing menu and food pics from Zahav.

#36 nolnacs

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 06:41 AM

Thanks again to Katie for organizing the gathering. It was great to meet everyone this past weekend. Now it is time to recover from all the food that I ate...

#37 curls

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 06:43 AM

Any pictures or stories from Saturday's potluck?

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:21 AM

Great and thanks Jim. What was the cooked cheese dish? Also the Sweetbread dish? Thanks again.


In the flurry of (late-night) posting I somehow left off the Haloumi photo, that was the fried cheese - perhaps we can get a more Zahavified description from Jim or someone...

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I'm not sure whether some powerful admin can go back and revise earlier posts to integrate all this info, but if not, maybe I'll just make a new post that intersperses photos and descriptions.

I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing about the pot-luck on saturday. I'm sorry to have missed that, and brunch on sunday, and general mingling and socializing. I hope all the visitors enjoyed Philly!

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#39 Chris Hennes

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:50 AM

Here are some shots of the Saturday Feast:

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:37 AM

really enjoyed seeing those photos and putting names to faces.

Are the Tommy Dinic's beef sandwiches as good as Adam Richman rates them?
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#41 Chris Hennes

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:59 AM

I can't speak for DiNic's beef, but the roast pork is fantastic... that said, I think if you twisted my arm I might admit to liking Paesano's better, and South Jersey Epicure insists that Tony Luke's is better as well.

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#42 nolnacs

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:37 PM

And I'll say that John's is the best, but DiNic's is pretty tasty too.

#43 rlibkind

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:45 PM

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Chris, Katie and Kerri Saturday at RTM

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#44 weinoo

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:56 PM

Hennes - whose chef's knife are you using on that aluminum pan?
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#45 Chris Hennes

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 06:14 PM

Mine - and as you can see by the sloppy cuts, it needed sharpening anyway.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 06:32 PM

I have those white figs coming over my back wall - I see the honey - what cheese did you guys use?

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 12:33 AM

Looks like a grand time ! Sure wish, however, that there were captions/explanations to some of those photos, so us non-insiders could tell who was who and what was what.
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#48 Kerry Beal

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:26 AM

I have those white figs coming over my back wall - I see the honey - what cheese did you guys use?


Used a fresh goat cheese.

#49 philadining

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:15 AM

I don't see any enchiladas!

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#50 Shelby

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:17 AM

You have me at the figs *drool*

#51 ruthcooks

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:36 AM

Great and thanks Jim. What was the cooked cheese dish? Also the Sweetbread dish? Thanks again.

And thank you, Holly for always posting captions above your pictures so the rest of us get full enjoyment without having to flip endlessly back and forth--or worse, not having captions at all on food or people!
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#52 Chris Hennes

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:08 AM

I don't see any enchiladas!

Alas, I didn't get any photos of them... I don't know if anyone else had a camera going by that time, either.

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#53 Kerry Beal

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:29 AM

I've got a few random photo's I'll add here. Sadly I was often too busy to grab a photo when I should have - because there were lots of things over the weekend that I wish I had documented.

It was great fun to put faces to names from eG. I made some great new friends this weekend and renewed old friendships.


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My drink at Zahav - A 'Goldman' - 4 roses, carpana antica and a brandied cherry. Of course I asked for a rocks glass so I could properly dilute it to my plebeian taste. You have to love the hammered copper table tops.

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Drinks at the Franklin Fountain - root beer, of course, for Rona, a Japanese Thirst Killer Phosphate (Orgeat {almond}, Grape juice, & Angostura Bitters with Phosphate) - sadly just tasting like fizzy grape juice, and of course a malt! Pictured in the photo - torakris and Rona's mom Cecilia.

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Batch number 1 and number 2 of financiers. Batch one - the oven runs a little hot. Batch 2 - funny I don't remember browning the butter for those - cause I didn't! Wondered why they puffed up in a strange way - guess it was the no fat in them. Batch 3 was the charm.

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Last 3 pictures were from Lemon Hill - within walking distance of the house we stayed in. We met up with Katie, philadining and cdh. A very nice cocktail bar with good eats. My eats photos were mostly out of focus. But the drink is a Poison Ivy and the dish is pork belly with beans. We also had some lovely deep fried chicken livers and a beet salad.

#54 rotuts

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:32 PM

many thanks for all the fine photos. thanks for that extra effort.

no fresh scrapple? bummer.

#55 Kerry Beal

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:31 PM

Saw some scrapple in the market - wasn't prepared to get it!



#56 rotuts

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 04:48 PM

its so under appreciated, fresh, for those who know how to properly cook it.

no SV involved.

#57 Tarte Tatin

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

Hello! My first post in a few years, I think! Mr. Tarte Tatin and I had a great time at Han Dynasty on Sunday...it was great meeting so many of you!
Kerry, I just looked at your pictures: I'm so jealous you made financiers and we didn't get to taste them!
Missed seeing a bunch of people at the earlier events in the week. It sounded like fun.

#58 Kerry Beal

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:17 PM

Hello! My first post in a few years, I think! Mr. Tarte Tatin and I had a great time at Han Dynasty on Sunday...it was great meeting so many of you!
Kerry, I just looked at your pictures: I'm so jealous you made financiers and we didn't get to taste them!
Missed seeing a bunch of people at the earlier events in the week. It sounded like fun.


It was delightful to meet the Tarte's' Tatin. It truly is a shame you weren't able to come for the Saturday dinner - there was a whole lot of extra food!

#59 Kerry Beal

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:21 PM

Where are we going next year?

#60 Tarte Tatin

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:41 PM

Canada! To eat chocolate!