2/06/2013 02:45:00 PM

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

Take advantage of the not-so-cold weather and lack of Super Bowl this weekend to sample some snails (they’re really good!), try a new brunch hybrid, hit up a new craft market and ogle some fancy ice carvings. Make sure you’ve got some chocolates on hand before you read about where to find great desserts in the city, and then counter that with a piece on making school lunch healthy again. It all balances out in the end.

Eat This

Escargot Tonnato at Southwark
Recently given the official title of executive chef, longtime Southwark cook Nick Macri is getting creative with the food at the Queen Village cocktail mecca. He recently added this hearty winter dish to the menu, which features Burgundy snails (one of the few imported ingredients he uses). The pungent mollusks are served over sliced winter radish with a swirl of tonnato sauce, which Macri says is “a pretty awesome component that should be used more often.” Give it a try for $13 (215-238-1888).

French Toast Waffle at Chhaya Cafe
Chef-owner Varnana Beuria has a thing for waffles. Last fall she fashioned a Thanksgiving waffle out of stuffing, and this weekend she is introducing this new dish that combines two brunch favorites into one. The egg-dipped bread is pressed into a crispy grid in a waffle iron, then stuffed with berry-infused cream cheese filling and topped with bourbon maple syrup. We’ll be calling East Passyunk “Waffle Central” before you know it ($10; 215-465-1000).

Do This

30th Street Craft Market
The north waiting room at the venerable West Philly rail station will play host to more than 30 artists, crafters and vendors from 11 AM-5 PM on Saturday, February 9 in the first installment of what will become a monthly event (in warmer months it will be held outside on the Porch at 30th Street). After you browse jewelry, ceramics and other giftables, pick up a po’ boy at Beck’s Cajun Cafe in the food court or take the enclosed walkway over to JG Domestic in the Cira Centre for a more refined meal.

Manayunk on Ice
What's that saying, “Make ice sculptures while the sun doesn’t shine”? Impressive carvings will be on display all weekend during the third annual festival celebrating frozen water art. Events are scheduled for Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday, including live carving demonstrations, and all of the restaurants on Main Street will be open for warming food and drink when you’re in need of a bit of shelter. Find more details here.

Read This

Six of Philly's Most Unexpected Places for Dessert
Over at the Daily News, Drew Lazor scouts out half a dozen unlikely spots to find great sweets. Click over to read, but fair warning: you don’t want to hear about Kanella’s galaktoboureko, Koo Zee Doo’s coconut tart and Johnny Brenda’s tiramisu without making sure you’ve got a few sugary nibbles of your own within arms reach.

Reading, Writing and Raisins: How School Food Innovations Are Reducing Childhood Obesity
As adults we can choose to eat well or splurge on all the desserts we want, but as kids, stuck in school, choices are not so easy. At SmartPlanet, Christina Sherwood looks at efforts to make children’s lunch into a better vehicle for healthy food, with a focus on Philadelphia initiatives. Childhood obesity is soaring; this is where to start the battle against it.

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