Eat ThisTasting Board at Zavino
There are quite a few reasons to make this Midtown Village pizzeria and wine bar part of your weekend, including the flavorful, slightly chewy crust on the oven-blistered pies. Start with the tasting board first, though, because the clouds of house-sliced meats - we had “Baby Jesus” proscuitto from New York and hot coppa from Italy - are salumi perfection. A pair of cheeses and several condiments and pickles were worthy accompaniments, plus you get a satisfyingly large plate of cut-up crust “bread” to go along ($18; 215-732-2400).
Meatloat at Prime Stache
Brent Celek's latest food venture is open and serving in Old City, and early word is the meatloaf is spot on. The Eagles tight end has brought Hee "Chino" Chang over from a restaurant in Marlton as chef, according to The Insider, and though the menu is mostly small plates, this main dish already has fervent fans (110 Chestnut St.).
Do ThisSouth Street Headhouse District Spring Festival
On Saturday, South Street will be shut to traffic from noon-8 PM, and instead will be filled with food and drink stands, craft vendors, kids activities, live music and other performers. Look for eats from more than 30 of the area’s restaurant and bars. The event also marks the grand reopening of Lorenzo’s & Son Pizza, risen from the ashes of a devastating fire last year. Free admission for all.
Do AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade
If you’re heading down the shore, scoop up a ticket to the wine festival on the Boardwalk. All 12 casinos are taking part in the seaside drinking event, which starts at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be seven different stations set up along the strip, each featuring a different style and vintages of wine for sipping ($75 in advance, $85 at the gate; tickets here).
Read ThisOut of the Oven... ‘Cooked,’ by Michael Pollan
In the New York Times, Bee Wilson takes a look at Michael Pollan’s latest book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and comes away a bit confused. Where previous writing from the "liberal foodie intellectual” has been accessible, easy-reading explanations about how healthy eating is for everyone - his famous line is "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." - this one is more didactic. “Slow: good. Fast: bad.” Are you planning to buy the book? Check out the review first.
'Kim Jong-Ale': North Korea's Surprising Microbrewery Culture Explored
First they let Dennis Rodman in, now we hear there’s a big craft brewing scene? What will North Korea surprise us with next (we’re pretty sure - hopefully sure - it won’t be a nuke landing on our shores). Wired UK writer Ian Steadman went on a multi-site tour of Kim Jong-Un’s best beer makers, and provides an inside look into an unlikely culture, complete with photos.