Under the radar


Jan. 24

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Northern Liberties



What happens when you combine the anti-commitment aspect of a lunch truck, the gastronomic perfection of locally-owned restaurants, a couple pinches of surprise and a dash of adventure? Something yummy, as the founders of Dishcrawl will probably tell you. Dishcrawl, the social media of food, takes participants on a food crawl to four various restaurants or trucks – which are kept a secret until patrons arrive – in a particular neighborhood, where the chef of each establishment then presents the crawlers with several small-tasting portions. After some mixing and mingling, the group then crawls to the next joint.

Tuesday is the inaugural Dishcrawl of Philadelphia that will be hosted in Northern Liberties, as the city joins more than 20 other cities in the U.S. and abroad. So after a long weekend of party-and-bar-hopping after the first weekend of the semester, treat your tummy and sense of adventure – and maybe even that hottie in history class– to some neighborly nom-noms.

Salsa Shark

Jan. 24

8 p.m.

North Star Bar

$5 advance/$7 door



Quick, what movie is this quote from: “Duh duh, duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh duh. Salsa shark! We’re gonna need a bigger boat! Man goes into cage, cage goes into salsa. Shark’s in the salsa. Our shark.”

If you answered “Clerks,” give yourself a pat on the back and a salsa-dipped tortilla chip. Unfortunately, the reference is completely unrelated, but there’s no doubt “Clerks” inspired the name for this groovy prog-rock quartet straight out of Philly. Among its influences, Salsa Shark includes Phish, Disco Biscuits and the Grateful Dead, and consists of two guitarists, a drummer and a bassist, three of whom also belt out some sultry melodies.

Crafter’s Night Out: “My Sweet Valentine”

Jan. 26

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Paper Source

1628 Walnut St.




Whoever said, “love is blind,” was, well, wrong. The roughest holiday for the stags and the spoken-for alike is fast-approaching, and while the thought always counts, maybe the artistically challenged should think a little harder and head down to Paper Source. Thursday night, the Rittenhouse retailer of fine calendars, cards and crafting supplies will be hosting an evening of libations, hot glue guns and cardstock cut-outs. Experts of Paper Source will be welcoming you to the world of grownup homemade cards, sans macaroni noodles, finger paints or sticky messes. Well, what you save for the bedroom is your business.

Iron Chef: Philadelphia Edition

Jose Garces vs. Michael Solomonov

Jan. 30

10 p.m.

The Food Network



If you end up catching yourself with the Monday blues, skip the emotional eating – and subsequently unavoidable calories – and opt for the single gal’s favorite therapy: watching the Food Network. But don’t expect to find Paula Deen’s weekly butter binge this week, folks. Instead, the Food Network is hosting a Philadelphia throwdown on “Iron Chef” between Jose Garces and Michael Solomonov.

Garces, reigning Iron Chef and genius behind Distrito and Chifa, will bet his title against up-and-coming chef and mastermind Solomonov, whose name is attached to restaurants such as Zahav and Percy Street Barbecue. And if you find your lonely La-Z-Boy a depressing option for Monday night, head down to Percy Street at 900 South St. for Solomonov’s viewing party.

– Alexis Sachdev

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