2/27/2013 05:17:00 PM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, March 1-3

This weekend, first make sure you’ve stocked up on local coffee to enjoy, then head out for some great eats (kosher on a Saturday night?), an ultra-rare beer and some chef demos among the flowers. While you’re sipping your morning cup, read up on the origins of what may be the world’s favorite hot sauce.

Eat This

Mushroom Knish at Citron and Rose
Used to be, if you were craving one of the mushroom knishes at this Main Line dining room on a Saturday night, you were out of luck - the Cook + Solo joint was closed both Fridays and Saturdays for the sabbath. Starting this weekend, Citron and Rose will be open Motzei Shabbat, aka after the sun goes down and the Jewish holy day is over. A special limited “cafe” menu will be served starting one hour after sunset, and the tasty knish, which is served over a swirl of carrot mustard, is on the menu ($10; 610-664-4919).

$5 Burger at Fountain Porter
This no-nonsense East Passyunk beer bar has just introduced a weekend burger special, and on Saturdays and Sundays you can stop in to enjoy one for just $5. Don’t expect anything fancy - there’s “no foie gras or egg on this burger,” the proprietors promise - just a good, hearty patty on a potato roll with the regular fixins. Get fancy with your brew order instead, since the draft selection is impressive.

Do This

Pliny the Younger at City Tap House
OMG, PtY! If you’re a beer geek, you may have just sent that sentence via text. Pliny the Younger is one of the most sought-after beers in the the world, and only a few bars around the country get shipments of it. City Tap House is tapping the limited release triple IPA on Saturday at 5 PM. However, since it’s in such high demand, you first need to buy a $10 ticket for your eight-ounce glass - those go on sale at 4 PM on a first come, first serve basis. Once you get out to West Philly, don’t miss pours of Russian River’s other beers, like Consecration, Supplication and Sanctification. They may not be Pliny, but they’re pretty good, too (215-662-0105).

Philadelphia Flower Show
The British are coming! This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show is themed after the sights, sounds and flavors of Great Britan, and the weeklong event at the Convention Center kicks off on March 2. In the special Garden to Table Studio, chef demos will take place all weekend - the Saturday sessions feature Daniel Stern of R2L, and take place at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM.

Read This

Colombia, Home of Juan Valdez, Now Has to Import Coffee
Once or twice during Coffee Week you may have imagined the iconic image of Juan Valdez, used by the country of Colombia to promote its beans. Now it seems that citizens of the world’s fourth largest coffee exporter actually brew and drink imported coffee. Why? Lily Kuo of Quartz News has the story.

Sriracha Hot Sauce Catches Fire, Yet 'There's Only One Rooster'
Chances are, you either love or know someone who loves Sriracha hot sauce. For Business Week, Caleb Hannan catches up with David Tran, the founder and owner of the company that makes it, and learns a whole lot about the rather quiet but quickly expanding operation. For example, Sriracha appears in different shades because the chili peppers that are used to make it are ground the very day they’re harvested, and they change color with the season.


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