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June 7, 2011 – Philadelphia, PA

 I was travelling the East Coast last week with Brian, one of my business associates.  It was just about noon and we were approaching downtown Philadelphia.  Out of the blue Brian said “You want a cheese steak for lunch?”  “Sure,” I replied.  I did a quick search for original Philly cheesesteaks on the Blackberry and was quickly directed to Geno’s.  As soon as I saw the website I knew this was the place I had seen profiled on TV as THE original cheesesteak.  We punched the address into the GPS and were there within 15 minutes.

With all due respect of my friends in Philadelphia and to the It’s Just the Booze Dancing crew…we should have kept driving on the interstate.  I’ve had better cheese steaks just about everywhere, including Subway.  It was very bland, plain and boring.  Geno’s might be the original cheese steak, but it’s far from the best.  In fact, as much as it pains me to say this, I had better food in airports on this trip than I did at Geno’s. 

So please, for my next trip to Philly, somebody please tell me where to get the best cheese steak!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

During some random night last week I was again in the mood for a cocktail featuring egg white.  After thumbing through several cocktail books I found something called the Clover Club.  This is a classic cocktail (read as pre-Prohibition) that was enjoyed by the members of the Clover Club in Philadelphia.  The Clover Club was a group of civic minded business leaders who met regularly at the Bellevue-Stratford hotel.  Alas, while the Clover Club itself expanded to multiple cities in the early 1900’s, the cocktail didn’t make it past Prohibition.  It’s a pity too, because this delicious number beats the pants off a Cosmopolitan any day!

  Clover Club

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz grenadine
  • 1 egg white

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 60 seconds or more.  Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a half slice of lemon.

You really need to shake, shake, shake this cocktail, just like any other egg white cocktail.  The reason is to emulsify the egg and create an nice creamy head and fully incorporate the egg into the drink.

As for the cocktail itself – delicious is the only way to describe it.  Creamy, slightly sweet from the grenadine with just hints of juniper from the gin.  I used Bombay for this one – I wanted the full flavor of a London dry to stand up to the relatively large amount of grenadine and lemon in this one. 

Cheers!