Preview It on a Stick!
Once in a great while, food is not the most important reason for visiting a restaurant. I found myself mulling this over while munching on a tasty nub of charcoaled chicken at Yakitori Boy
, the new skewer-and-sushi spot in Chinatown. Yakitori Boy's angle is "japas"--small portions of Japanese food meant for grazing, with a focus on (you guessed it) yakitori (grilled chicken on skewers). The chicken and vegetable skewers were simple and satisfying, but skip the sushi. Maki rolls were mediocre at best and suspiciously ice-cold at worst, a disappointment lessened by the fact that each order consisted of only three or four pieces rather than the usual six. But at least the price was right. We spent $37 on dinner for three. So snack on skewers and save your energy for the real reason to visit: the karaoke suites on the second floor that rent by the hour. The restaurant is still waiting for its liquor license, so in the meantime bring along your own sake to lubricate your vocal cords. � Yakitori Boy, 213 N. 11th St. 215.923.8088
Tria Fermentation School has just released its schedule of classes for February. There's a class called Italian Stallions that highlights the little known beers of Italy, and two classes on our favorite liquids: sparkling wine and champagne. If the Wine 101 at Tria is sold out, don't despair. The Wine School of Philadelphia just added a slew of Wine 101s to its March schedule. � Tria Fermentation School, 1601 Walnut St. 215.972.7076. www.triacafe.com; Wine School of Philadelphia, 2006-2008 Fairmount Ave. 800.817.7351. www.vinology.com
Drink It Like the Belgians!
With so many Belgian beer bars, events and knights popping up all over the Delaware Valley, what would happen if there were an equal love for all things Philadelphian in Belgium? Wouldn't it be great if people there opened Philadelphia beer bars that served Sly Fox and Victory along with roast pork sandwiches? And then everyone who went there stood around comparing flavor profiles and congratulating themselves in Flemish on their sophisticated taste? Until then, our unrequited love for Belgium continues unabated with events like the one at the West Chester branch of Iron Hill Brewery this Saturday, when head brewer Chris LaPierre hosts a Belgian beer celebration
. It features a three-course dinner, Belgian-style beers from all of Iron Hill's locations, plus a selection of Belgian-style beers from other East Coast brewers. � Sat., Jan. 26, 4pm. $40. Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, 2 W. Gay St., West Chester. 610.738.9600. www.ironhillbrewery.com