Archive for November, 2011

PLCB Pick: Cantina del Bueno Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

cantina del bueno vino nobile

In 2010, we were lucky enough to take a dream vacation to a villa in Tuscany – a week of eating, drinking and exploring the small towns and beautiful countryside of Italy’s most famous* vacation destination. It was as great as it sounds, and of course grows in stature in my memory every day since.

Unsurprisingly, we drank a lot of wine during the trip, almost all of it Tuscan. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was the particular wine we consumed the most often, for several reasons:


St. James Place coming to Ardmore

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

This April, restaurateurs Rob Wassermann (of Philly’s Rouge) and Michael Schulson (of Philly’s Sampan) will be opening St James Place in Ardmore (on the road of the same name), an American grill offering “familiar but sophisticated fare”.

The restaurant is part of a larger renovation that will remake the courtyard near St James Place, which will include a new traffic pattern, and allow for valet parking and outdoor dining.

The menu will include steaks, burgers, fried chicken, roasted chicken, salmon, and other American favorites. Entrées will top out around $26, appetizers at $12.

For more info, check out this story from the Main Line Times.

East Goshen Winter Market

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Farmers Market season is over, but fans of the East Goshen market can now participate in the “Winter Market”, to be held twice a month – on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 3-5pm – at the East Goshen Township Building (1580 Paoli Pike).

Each week (well, the weeks of the market), an email will go out Monday with the participating vendors that week. Customers can order directly from the vendors and pick up their orders anytime from 3-5pm.

Officially, the market is only for those who have pre-ordered, but I did overhear some vendors talking about how they would be bringing a limited selection of other merchandise for any “walk ins” as well.

To sign up for the email list, email Or, follow them on Facebook (newsletters are posted).

Local Cookbooks: Turducken

Monday, November 21st, 2011


Local Cookbooks is a feature at MLD where we share a recipe from a cookbook with local ties. Have a cookbook we should consider? Let us know.

This month we’re featuring Corked & Forked by Keith Wallace, released in August 2011. Yes, that’s two recipes in a row from this cookbook, but 1) we really like it, and 2) it’s very appropriate for the season, so we couldn’t resist. For a little more on the book, check out our last post. We promise a different book next month (…though this certainly won’t be the last we see of C&F).

While the pork chop recipe we featured was decidedly simple, this month we’re moving into more advanced territory. This recipe is a play on the traditional Turducken (where a chicken and duck are stuffed inside a turkey); it features a turkey breast for the meat, and uses the essence of both chicken and duck, without the absurd stuffing process. This playful, yet quite usable approach is a great representation of Corked & Forked’s fun approach to cooking.


Review: Armenian Delight, Broomall

Monday, November 14th, 2011
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Pescatore Now Open in Bala

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Pescatore BYOB, the latest project from Thomas Anastasi of the Italian Market’s Anastasi Seafood, is now open (since August – apparently we’re a little slow around here) in Bala, in the former Avril space.

Pescatore focuses on Italian Cuisine “with a rustic, Mediterranean flair.” The menu features (unsurprisingly) an ever-changing array of seafood based on what is freshly caught, as well as a nice variety of homemade pastas and (surprisingly, for a place unironically named Pescatore – which means fisherman in Italian) a wide variety of non-fish dishes that are mostly standard Italian fare made from chicken or veal.

For more, check out their website or Facebook page. Have you been? Leave a comment below.

134 Bala Ave.
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 5:00pm to 10:00pm., Sunday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm