6/06/2012 12:12:00 PM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner: June 8-10

There are a variety of tasty value breakfast options at Ida Mae's
The late spring blooms are in full force, the air is cool and Philly Beer Week is still going strong. Everyone seems to agree, there's no better time to be in Philadelphia. Check out our picks for a weekend of food-filled fun.

Eat This

Classic Breakfast at Ida Mae’s Bruncherie
You won’t find a better value at brunch than the traditional eggs, sausage and homefries plate at Ida Mae’s. This no-frills, airy diner holds down an unassuming corner in Fishtown, but - in our opinion - has wrenched the title of best-breakfast-in-town from all of the well-known, hip weekend morning destinations. Friendly service, a plate full of quick, tasty food with no greasy finish and bottomless coffee for $7.50, with little if any wait? Sign us up, again and again (267-259-6493).

Soft-Shell Crab Tasting Dinner at Matyson
Every Sunday this summer, the four-course Sunday evening tasting menu at the Rittenhouse BYO will feature soft-shell crabs. Each week will see different preparations from chef Ben Puchowitz, and this Sunday’s selection brings the crustaceans encrusted in corn meal and served with purple potatoes, corn and fava bean hash and peach kimchi purée. Your $35 seat also brings starters of chilled pea soup and BBQ pork vermicelli, along with assorted ice cream and sorbets for dessert (215-564-2925).

Do This

Beer & Cheese Pairing at Devil’s Den
Beer and cheese pairings are becoming more and more common, nearly edging out wine matchups in popularity (at least in this brew-happy town). From 6 PM-midnight on Saturday, June 9, at the South Philadelphia tavern, cheese mongers from DiBruno Bros. will present eight different types of fromage, each chosen to accompany a brew imported by Shelton Brothers. Taste sips from Belgium, England, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands, paired with some of the finest European and American cheeses from the Italian Market shop’s extensive cellar. Everything is pay as you go, so nosh as little or as long as you please (215-339-0855).

Dock Street Music Fest & Philly Beer Run
If you’re feeling somewhat beer-logged by Sunday, you’re not alone, and Dock Street Brewery has just the answer. Sign up for the 5k Philly Beer Run on June 10 and sweat out all the brew as you make a scenic loop through University City. At the finish line you’ll come upon the free music fest outside the West Philly brewpub, where you can recover from the race with slices of their famous pizza and - yes - more beer. Registration is available in advance ($35) or day of ($40) and includes a commemorative pint glass, Vita Coco beverages, fruit, snacks and beer and pizza coupons for the festival (215-726-2337).

Read This

What is Food?
Journalist Mark Bittman uses his New York Times column to weigh in on the controversy generated by NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s proposal to outlaw the sale of sugary beverages over 16 ounces. Opponents of the ban point to precedents and laws that disallow the government to tell us what food to eat. But - and here’s the rub - are sweetened drinks like cola and Gatorade actually food? Bittman looks at his dictionary and finds a clear answer: no. Click over to read his convincing argument.

McSweeney’s Reviews of New Food
Dave Eggers’ esoteric humor site McSweeney's Internet Tendencies has compiled it’s tenth installment of reader-submitted “reviews of new food,” and the small blurbs make an amusing read for any food-news follower. From thoughts of Marx inspired by farm-sourced coconut macaroons to the brainy goodness found in tins of (bony) sardines, these snippets of culinary exploration will bring a smile to your face.

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