The last two years, we honored Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch’s August 5th birthday with memorable (and filling!), food and drink tours, which you can read about here (2015 & 2014).

This year, a few of us again got together over a few days this past week to celebrate Yauch’s music and message over Beastie Boys-inspired food and drink — with many new stops — throughout Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley, playing Beastie Boys on the jukebox wherever we dined and sipped, and we encourage all Beastie Boys fans (and bars/restaurants) everywhere to celebrate similarly today and every year on August 5th.

Thank you, Adam Yauch, for everything. For the third year in a row, we eat and drink in your honor. Happy Birthday, MCA!

The Third Beastie Boys-inspired Food/Drink Tour, Honoring MCA

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Coffee & Donut Breakfast

“Well it’s 50 cups of coffee and you know it’s on / I move the crowd to the break of break of dawn” — Super Disco Breakin’

“When it comes to beats well I’m a fiend / I like my sugar with coffee and cream” — Intergalatic

“Hot cup of coffee and the donuts are Dunkin” — Stop That Train (B-Boy Bouillabaisse)

We started off our food tour with a cup of coffee from Old City Coffee and two donuts from Beiler’s Donuts in the Reading Terminal Market — instead of Dunkin’ Donuts.

(photo by Lee Porter)

Beiler’s donuts with Old City Coffee (photo by Lee Porter)

Aperitif:  Brass Monkey cocktails

“I drink Brass Monkey and I rock well / I got a Castle in Brooklyn that’s where I dwell”Brass Monkey

As we detailed our first year, many people think a Brass Monkey is a malt liquor bottle with some orange juice added after the first few sips of brew. Well, according to Mike D, their famous song is based on a premixed cocktail of rum, vodka and orange juice. We started our first afternoon off with Brass Monkey cocktails. Bartender Richard at The Industry (Good Dog Bar‘s sister bar) expertly mixed up equal parts dark rum, vodka & orange juice over some rocks.

photo by Lee Porter

“Brass Monkey” at The Industry Bar (photo by Lee Porter)

Appetizer #1:  Sliders

“Got the ladies of the eighties from here to White Castle” — Hold It Now – Hit It

“I chill at White Castle ‘cause it’s the best / But I’m fly at Fat Burger when I’m way out west” — The New Style

The first year, we microwaved up some White Castle sliders. (Of note, there are no White Castles nearby Philly anymore.) Last year, to mix it up, we enjoyed Varga Bar‘s outstanding Kobe beef sliders with onion rings. This year, we went a step further and chowed down on some awesome meatball sliders at London Grill.

(photo by Lee Porter)

London Grill sliders (photo by Lee Porter)

Appetizers #2 & #3:  Sardines

“MCA, where have you been? / Packed like sardines in the tin  — Body Movin’

Of course, we had to swing by American Sardine Bar in the Point Breeze area, just like we’ve done every year. ASB’s owner, John Longacre, is a huge Beastie Boys fan, and rumor has it that he used the Beastie Boys as inspiration when selecting the bar’s name, theme and menu. Indeed, sardines are always on the menu, and an opened, sardine can sculpture, high above the front door, greets customers as they enter. We first ordered up a couple sardine sandwiches, some grilled and sautéed sardines and some American Sardine Ale (brewed by Manayunk Brewing Co.) …

sardine sandwiches at American Sardine Bar (photo by Lee Porter)

sardine sandwiches at American Sardine Bar (photo by Lee Porter)

(photo by Lee Porter)

Grilled & Sauteed Sardines at American Sardine Bar (photo by Lee Porter)

Entree #1:  Fried Chicken & Pickled Eggs

“Which came first, the chicken or the egg / I egged the chicken, then I ate his leg” — Egg Man

Sittin’ around the house gettin’ high and watchin’ tube / Eating Colonel’s chicken drinkin’ Heineken brew — Slow Ride

“Gonna fight, gonna fight, gonna egg raid tonight!” — Egg Raid on Mojo!

Luckily the fried chicken sandwich was on the menu at American Sardine Bar this year, so we paired that with a couple pickled eggs in honor of “Egg Man.” We elected to drink craft beer, once again, instead of Heinekens though.

(photo by Lee Porter)

Fried Chicken Sandwich at American Sardine Bar (photo by Lee Porter)

Pickled Eggs at American Sardine Bar (photo by Lee Porter)

Pickled Eggs at American Sardine Bar (photo by Lee Porter)

Entree #2:  Mac & Cheese

“Because she’s The Cheese and I’m The Macaroni” — Get It Together

This year, we made our way to Glenmorgan Bar & Grill in the Radnor Hotel (Radnor, PA) and enjoyed their awesome BBQ pork mac & cheese in honor of Q-Tip (who guests on “Get It Together”).

BBQ Pork Mac & Cheese at Glenmorgan Bar & Grill (photo by Lee Porter)

BBQ Pork Mac & Cheese at Glenmorgan Bar & Grill (photo by Lee Porter)

Entree #3 & Desserts #1, #2, #3 & #4:  Burger, Gelato, Apple Empanada & Muffin

“Like the bun to the burger, like the burger to the bun / Like the cherry to the apple, to the peach to the plum” — The New Style

This year, we went to Taproom On 19th for their Tap Burger, made with LaFrieda Beef. We added some 1732 Meats Garlic Insanity Bacon, too. Awesome burger!

Taproom Burger with 1732 Meats Garlic Insanity Bacon at Taproom On 19th (photo by Lee Porter)

The Tap Burger with 1732 Meats Garlic Insanity Bacon at Taproom On 19th (photo by Lee Porter)

Regarding the Beastie Boys’ cherry, apple, peach and plum, we decided to visit this throughout the week …

For the “cherry” and the “peach,” we went to Gran Caffe L’Aquila and ordered “desire” (cherry) and peach gelato (the best in the world!) with a peach bellini.

GCA gelato

Desire (Cherry) & Peach Gelato with a Peach Bellini at Gran Caffe L’Aquila (photo by Lee Porter)

For the “apple,” we enjoyed an awesome caramel apple empanada with vanilla ice cream at Taproom On 19th (after our burger), which we think the Beastie Boys would have definitely enjoyed.

Caramel Apple Empanada with Vanilla Ice Cream at Taproom On 19th (photo courtesy of Taproom On 19th)

Caramel Apple Empanada with Vanilla Ice Cream at Taproom On 19th (photo courtesy of Taproom On 19th)

And for the “plum,” we enjoyed a Brown Sugar Red Plum muffin from Metropolitan Bakery.

Metropolitan Bakery's Brown Sugar Red Plum muffin (photo by Lee Porter)

Metropolitan Bakery’s Brown Sugar Red Plum muffin (photo by Lee Porter)

Entree #4:  Cucumber in Hot Sauce

Well I’m as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce / You’ve got the rhyme and reason but no cause” — So What’cha Want?

Once again, we visited Jose Pistola’s in Center City to focus on a cucumber in hot sauce. Luckily for us, cucumbers are part of their new lamb shoulder tacos — with a cucumber and mint salsa — and their homemade hot sauce definitely brought the heat.

Lamb Shoulder Tacos with a Cucumber-Mint Salsa & Hot Sauce (photo by Lee Porter)

Lamb Shoulder Tacos with a Cucumber-Mint Salsa & Hot Sauce (photo by Lee Porter)

Entrees #5 & #6:  Franks & Pork & Beans

I got franks and pork and beans / Always bust the new routines — The New Style

“Sardines … and pork and beans.” — The Maestro (live version from the Root Down EP)

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (album)

For “pork & beans” (& rice), we did some carnitas steamed buns and rice & beans (and hot sauce!) at Jose’s. So good!

"Pork & Beans" -- Carnitas Steamed Buns with Rice & Beans at Jose Pistola's (photo by Lee Porter)

“Pork & Beans” — Carnitas Steamed Buns with Rice & Beans at Jose Pistola’s (photo by Lee Porter)

To make the “franks” official, though, we got some hot dogs to go at Misconduct Tavern — house made hot dogs with pickle relish and mustard sauce.

Misconduct Tavern's house made hot dogs (photo by Lee Porter)

Misconduct Tavern’s house made hot dogs (photo by Lee Porter)

Entree #7:  Beef Lo Mein

“If you try to knock me, you’ll get mocked / I’ll stir fry you in my wok” — Intergalatic

We went behind the scenes at BarLy in Chinatown this year, where chef San Heng showed off his “wok skills” for us, while stir-frying up some delicious beef lo mein.

Chef San stir-frying beef lo mein in a wok at BarLy (photo by Lee Porter)

Chef San Heng stir-frying beef lo mein in a wok at BarLy (photo by Lee Porter)

Entree #8:  Pasta Primavera

“You’re all mixed up like pasta primavera / Why’d you throw that chair at Geraldo Rivera?” — What Comes Around

We crossed the Delaware River and visited Pizza Amore (Delran, NJ) for a special version of pasta primavera this year … pasta primavera pizza. Owner Jamie McCracken rocks!

Pasta Primavera Pizza at Pizza Amore (photo courtesy of Pizza Amore)

Pasta Primavera Pizza at Pizza Amore (photo courtesy of Pizza Amore)

Entree #9:  Pasta with Pesto

“I’ll be in the paper the news with Ernie Ernesto / They’ll even print my recipe for pasta with pesto / Now here’s another special of the day / See I’ve got more spice than the Frugal Gourmet” — Finger Licking Good

As mentioned above (see our “cherry” & “peach” course), we dined at Gran Caffe L’Aquila, where we enjoyed the special pasta dish of the week — Pansotti alla Gorgonzola, hand-rolled ravioli filled with fresh herbs and Ricotta, topped with a delicate walnut-Parmigiano pesto and gastronomic Gorgonzola cheese & fig gelato, by gelato champion Stefano Biasini. The best gelato in the world!

photo by Lee Porter

“Pasta with Pesto” Pansotti alla Gorgonzola with Gorgonzola-Fig Gelato at Gran Caffe L’Aquila (photo by Lee Porter)

Entree #10:  Pancakes

“When I’m in Holland, I eat the pannenkoeken” — Super Disco Disco Breakin’

Once again, we desperately tried to find pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes) in Philly. While we still have yet to find them, we went to Marathon (19th & Spruce) to eat some (a lot of) pancakes.

Pancakes at Marathon

Pancakes at Marathon 19th-Spruce (photo by Gigio Longo)

Dessert #5:  Bon Bons

“Flame on, I’m gone / I’m so sweet like a nice bon bon” — Body Movin’

Once again, we ended our tour by indulging in sweets. This year, we enjoyed some “nice” bon bons in the form of truffles from Mueller Chocolate Co. in the Reading Terminal Market.

Mueller Chocolate Co.'s Truffles (photo by Lee Porter)

Mueller Chocolate Co.’s Truffles (photo by Lee Porter)

And, yes, two years ago, we drove long and far to find a Carvel that makes the infamous Cookie Puss ice cream cake. (Note, the Beasties had to change the spelling of the album and song for legal reasons.)

Cookie Puss (photo by Lee Porter)

Cookie Puss (photo by Lee Porter)

And there you have it, many (many!) bites/sips later, we’ve completed our third annual Beastie Boys-inspired food/drink tour in honor of Adam “MCA” Yauch. We look forward to doing this again next year and every year on the weekend/week before August 5th.

Happy Birthday, MCA! We miss you now and forever. Thank you for everything, Good Sir. “Gratitude.” Cheers to MCA, the Beastie Boys and hungry/thirsty Beastie fans everywhere!

Beastie Boys Mike D, Ad Rock & MCA (photo from www.beastieboys.tumblr.com)

Beastie Boys Mike D, Ad-Rock & MCA chopping & chomping it up (photo via www.beastieboys.tumblr.com)

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In addition to being the founder/editor of this Chocolate Covered Memories blog, Lee Porter is the writer/producer of the award-winning comedy Web series My Ruined Life, the Philadelphia beer reporter for Ale Street News, the editor of the comic book ADAM 12, the Eastern Pennsylvania sales manager for Two Roads Brewing Co. and a member of the Board of Director of Azuka Theatre. Lee lives in Philadelphia and is still on a mission to find pannenkoeken in Philly, drink a Ballentine quart (“Ballantine quarts with the puzzle on the cap” — High Plain Drifter) and black and tans (“Concoct a black and tan in my brandy snifter” — High Plain Drifter) next year during the week before MCA’s BDay …

Did we miss anything else (that’s not in this year or the last couple years‘ food/drink tours)? Do you know where to find pannenkoeken in Philly? Let us know in the comments section below. Cheers!

 

 

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