5/16/2013 03:24:00 PM

Eat This, Do this, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, May 17-19

We’ve officially reached peak festival. There are so many events taking place this weekend that it’s tough to say whether you’ll have any time left to eat on your own. If you do, make an effort for this skins or croquettes, and definitely leave a few minutes to read up on the difference between ales and lagers and the story of Kim Jong-Il’s former chef.

Eat This

Art’s Potato Skins at The Industry
No one likes to admit defeat, but we’re definitely fans of potato skins, so we’re happy to tell you that Art Etchells of Foobooz dish won the “food writer dishes” popularity contest at the Pennsport bar. With Brooklyn Lager cheddar cheese and bacon on top, what’s not to like? These are now on the regular menu for $8, along with a few new additions from chef Pat Szoke, including salt and vinegar chicharrones and sweet corn arepas (215-271-9500).

Salt Cod Croquette at Bisou Bistro
A new menu also just dropped out at Bisou Bistro in Manayunk, and they include one of the favorite bites we’ve had from chef Clark Gilbert. Served with black olive tapenade, these croquettes are salty and crunchy and decadent, but still light enough for the warm weather. Outdoor seats are now set up on Main Street, so you can eat and drink while watching the ‘Yunk go by ($12; 215-487-1230).

Do This

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
More than 50,000 people are expected at the annual street fair in Rittenhouse this Saturday, May 18. Walnut Street from Broad to 19th will be closed to traffic, and more than 120 booths will line the sidewalks. More than a few of Philly’s best restaurants are included in that group, including Rotisseur, Vernick, HipCityVeg, Shake Shack and a ton more. It all goes down from noon-5 PM (rain or shine). Come hungry.

Brewerytown Spring Festival
In a neighborhood not so far, far away, another fest is taking place on Saturday. In contrast to well-established Rittenhouse, Brewerytown is just coming into its own. From noon-5 PM, check out this growing area just north and west of the Art Museum. Look food trucks like Sum Pig, Sweet Box, Chewy’s and more, beer from Philadelphia Brewing and a DJ spinning tunes, among other stands and vendors on Girard from 26th to 29th Street.

Read This

Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi
For 11 years, one Japanese man was the personal chef for Kim Jong-il. Adam Johnson scored and interview with him - he now lives in Japan again - and wrote a stunning piece for GQ on the intricacies of the North Korean dictator’s habits, in food or otherwise. For example, every single grain of rice the Dear Leader was fed was first hand-inspected for chips or cracks. And the chef was dispatched to a Beijing McDonald’s when Kim had a craving for Big Macs. It’s a long piece, but absurdly fascinating and worth the read.

What Is the Difference Between a Lager and an Ale?
Living in a beer town such as ours, it will serve you well to be familiar with the difference between a lager and an ale. PopSci breaks down the science behind the brew styles, and goes into detail about the evolution of the different yeasts that make it happen. Lagering was invented in Germany, but the yeast that made it possible probably hitched a ride over from the New World via the just starting transatlantic trade routes. Beer, eminently fascinating.

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