3/29/2013 04:19:00 PM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, March 28-31

Will this weekend be the one where spring shows its face? Kind of looks that way. Not only is it already Easter, it’s also the start of the Phillies On-Deck preview series that leads up to next weekend’s home opener. Plus, the mercury may hit 60 degrees. All the better to enjoy some easy-eating food, bury your brain in beer, and read a few fascinating articles when you have a chance to recover.

Eat This

Easter HAMburger at Shake Shack
This weekend only, you can Easter-ize your burger at the Rittenhouse counter service shop. The HAMburger comes with sliced Niman Ranch ham and pickled shallots atop the patty and cheese for $6.50. Pair it with the other holiday special, the Shackbury Easter Egg concrete (vanilla custard with chocolate chunks and caramel; $2.35).

Maui Wowie Hot Dog at Underdogs
The newly introduced special at the franks shop honors both warm weather and the tradition of Easter ham. The hefty dog is wrapped in ham and topped with mango mustard and pineapple salsa. There’s a second special at the shop, which is located at the bottom of the Italian Market next to East Passyunk, and it looks equally good. The Big Easy is an andouille sausage with spicy muffuletta topping (olives, roasted red peppers, capers and carrots).

Do This

Split Thy Skull XVII
For the 17th year, barleywine boozers can set up for a full day of high-ABV sipping at Tattooed Mom. From 1-6 PM on Saturday, the South Street dive will have a dozen or more barleywines from around the country available for drinking. As the event flier says, “Leave your keys at home, we’ll call the cab.”

Philly Zombie Crawl
If you haven’t yet had your fill of South Street, head back at the end of your Easter Sunday for the eighth annual installment of this corpse-happy bar crawl. Starting at 6 PM, face painters will be set up at the TLA, ready to zombify all participants. A parade, a drunk stumble and a showing of Night of the Living Dead are some of the activities you’ll get for your $5 wristband.

Read This

Nobody Likes a Copycat (Chef)
At The Atlantic, Jen Doll explores what it means to “steal” a dish from a fellow chef, keying off the recent controversy about bone marrow and uni being a signature combo of Eric Ripert. Is a recipe ever really patentable? The person who made the first PB&J probably wishes it was.

Thought for Food: How Much People in Different Countries Spend on Food
What percentage of household income do people in Egypt or Pakistan spend on food, and how does that compare to what we spend here? The Economist publishes a good chart using USDA data to compare the answers in 22 countries, along with what we all shell out for alcohol and tobacco. The differences are striking.

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