7/19/2013 10:20:00 AM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, July 19-21

We hear respite from the heat wave is coming this weekend, and if it brings a few sprinkles with it, we certainly don’t mind. Plan to nibble on some bacon-enriched wings and crunchy veg tempura, and come join us at a hot dog contest or head out for a fried chicken and beer fest. Make sure to get your meals in before you read about the recent “bug crawl” insect dinner, though.

Eat This

Bacon-Braised Wings at Chick’s Social
You have until the end of the month to make it over to this corner Bella Vista cocktail bar, because the building has been sold and the restaurant will close for good on July 31. Go for the history - the space is a former mob speakeasy - and also for these wings, which are better than most. Chef Jim Piano confits the chicken in bacon fat before frying them, which infuses rich, porky flavor and makes the meat moist. It’s a classic done better ($9; 215-625-3700).

Tempura Asparagus at Davio’s
Culinary director Rodney Murillo just introduced a new set of bar bites at this Rittenhouse steakhouse, and this one looks like a good choice when trying to escape the heat. Crisp stalks of asparagus are surrounded in a light, crisp batter, and then drizzled with saba (a syrup made from grape must) and dusted with fennel pollen ($9). Other new options include grilled shrimp with prosciutto ($14) and balsamic baby back ribs ($11; 215-563-4810).

Do This

Second Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Contest
We’ll be spending our Saturday judging the epic hot dog contest co-produced by Hot Diggity and the South Street Headhouse District, and if you like frankfurters, we suggest you swing by Headhouse Square to join us. An advance VIP purchase ($25; here) gets you early access at noon and 12 tickets to use on food (dogs from 11 area restaurants) and beer. General admission starts at 1 PM and you can sample the wares for as little as $5 for two food and drink tickets.

Third Annual Brew Works Fried Chicken Picnic at The Institute
Lehigh Valley brewery Fegley’s Brew Works is taking over the taps at this Loft District tavern, with 16 beers in tons of styles. Look for the famous Rude Elf, Hop’Solutely and Blueberry Belch, and pair the pours with special fried chicken and greens platters. Brewers will be on hand to chat about their creations as you eat and drink the day away - the party starts at noon and continues through the night (267-318-7772).

Read This

Last Night We Totally Ate Bugs on Purpose and Even Had Seconds
Phoodie bugged out last week. Literally. There was apparently a “bug crawl” at the Morris Arboretum, during which several intrepid eaters had the chance to munch on silkworm pupae spring rolls, bamboo worm bruschetta and roasted Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Click over for the pics - you’ll some pretty amusing bug-eating faces there.

Chocolate: The Scent That Could Save Struggling Bookstores
A new study in Belgium found that the aroma of chocolate made shoppers more likely to “engage in leisurely browsing,” and even more likely to make purchases. Cafes have been nestled into bookstores for decades, maybe they just need to start baking more chocolate chip cookies? Pacific Standard has the story.

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