Cherry Blossom Season and Philadelphia Taiko Center

19 02 2012

The Philadelphia Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is right around the corner, from March 23-April 21. Events around the city include performances by the Tamagawa Taiko Drum group, the Blossom Bash, Sakura Sunday (our favorite), and kabuki theater performances for the first time ever.

Matt has established the Philadelphia Taiko Center and is teaching taiko drum lessons at the Asian Arts Initiative. So far the classes are a success, and this is a perfect way to get in the mood for cherry blossom season! He is teaching a special introductory level class on March 24th. You can visit Philadelphia Taiko Center on Facebook for more information, or see below.

Taiko classes are held at 1223 Vine Street, in the Asian Arts Initiative. Introductory classes are scheduled for 9:30 – 11:00 on Saturday mornings. Beginner adults runs from 11:00 – 12:30 Saturdays. Participation in the intro class or instructor ok is required for beginners and beyond classes. Email taikomatt@gmail.com for more information and registration details. Cost of class is $55/month (typically four classes every month). Follow Philadelphia Taiko Center on twitter: @PhillyTaiko





Philadelphia Chutney Company

16 02 2012

The Philadelphia Chutney Company is located on Temple University’s campus in North Philadelphia.  No menu, no prices, no explanation.  But it doesn’t matter, because this is good Indian food.  When I went there were three vegetables and three chicken dishes available over rice.  Choose one meat and two veggies for $6.  It was one of the heaviest lunches I’ve picked up on campus and I could only finish half of it. 

The chicken tikka masala was creamy and delicious with the perfectly tender and slightly spicy chickpeas complimenting it perfectly.  The potatoes were a bit al dente and bland, but it didn’t matter.   All of the flavors combined well enough for a repeat visit.

*Disclaimer: the website is a bit misleading for the Liacouras Walk location. Don’t expect to find everything listed in the store.





The Busz

1 02 2012

The Burger Busz truck is now just “The Busz” that serves up steaks, wings, and fries.  The Cheese Busz truck, on the same corner, now sells grilled cheese and burgers.  It’s hard to keep up at the intersection of 13th and Norris Streets.

I ordered the Pyro steak (small size for $4.75–I only had a $5 bill on me) with chipotle sauce, spinach, jalapenos, and pepper jack cheese.  I have a high tolerance for pain and spiciness, but even I had to take out the jalapenos to swallow more than two bites.

I really wanted to enjoy this steak sandwich, but my taste buds were fried after a few bites and, even worse, in every other bite I chewed into some gristle.  I really hate gristle in my steak sandwiches.  I don’t think it’s that hard to eliminate the gristle.  If it were just the spiciness I had problems with, I would definitely try another steak there–a more “traditional” selection–but I couldn’t get past that gristle.  There are too many other choices on my corner, and all around campus, to waste my money and calories on The Busz.