Kristian Leuzzi is sitting at one of the tables inside Stogie Joe’s Tavern while the patrons in the adjoining room enjoy a late afternoon lunch. Unlike some of his East Passyunk Avenue neighbors, he doesn’t have any international culinary experiences or James Beard Award nominations associated with his name.
DiBruno Bros. has taken a new step in its ever expanding presence on the local and national food scene — it now boasts a literary accompaniment. In the recently published “DiBruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings,” author and Philly’s resident cheese courtesan Tenaya Darlington delivers an approachable and enjoyable ride through the culinary possibilities offered by the iconic neighborhood cheese shop.
It’s 3 p.m. Monday, and chef Amy Selevan is preparing Lucky 13’s bar for the evening crowd. She is in charge of the menu at the East Passyunk Crossing establishment located at 1820 S. 13th St., but doubles as a bartender certain nights.
Laurel arrived on the East Passyunk Crossing dining scene the first week of November, and things haven’t slowed down since.
The Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is the largest and oldest flower show in the world. I always enjoy attending this marvelous event where professional horticulturalists force flowers to bloom indoors, filling the air with an intoxicating scent.
Last week’s snow and bitter temperatures kept me in the kitchen for several hours each day. I simmered a big pot of meatballs, roasted a chicken, made chicken soup with the chicken bones and changed the salads and side dishes to keep mealtimes interesting.
Valentine’s Day weekend begins tomorrow, and restaurants throughout the city will be serving up luscious fare with a side of romance.