[NOTE: This post was updated on August 9, 2017, with mostly photos from our August 5, 2017 event at American Sardine Bar.]
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 culminated that week at a public Beastie Boys themed event at American Sardine Bar on Saturday August 5th. We encourage all Beastie Boys fans (and bars/restaurants) everywhere to celebrate similarly all week long and every year on August 5th.
Thank you, Adam Yauch, for everything. For the fourth year in a row, we eat and drink in your honor. Happy Birthday, MCA!
The Fourth Beastie Boys-inspired Food/Drink Tour, Honoring MCA
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)
Aperitif #1, #2 & #3: Brass Monkey cocktails, “Two Roads Brass Monkey” & “Hot Sauce Committee Michelada”
“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 indulged in a few Brass Monkey cocktails this week. Bartender Adam at Jose Pistola’s expertly mixed up equal parts rum, vodka & orange juice over some rocks.
American Sardine Bar made a traditional Brass Monkey for our event, comprised of Two Roads Brewing Co. dry-hopped Pilsner and a splash of orange juice.
They also made a “Hot Sauce Committee” Michelada, which was hot, spicy & funky — just like a good ole’ Beastie Boys song!
Appertif #4 & Dessert #1: Lime Gose & Lime Margarita French Macaron
“Like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon / I sip the def ale with all the fly women” — No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Hot Sauce Committee (album)
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.) This year, Chef Doreen DeMarco made some awesome White Castle-inspired sliders for our Beastie Boys/Two Roads Brewing event on MCA’s Birthday at American Sardine Bar …
Appetizers #2 & #3: Sardines
“MCA, where have you been? / Packed like sardines in the tin“ — Body Movin’
Of course, we had to eat sardines at 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. They always have sardines four-ways (Grilled, Sauteed, Plancha or Fried) and Sardine sandwiches, too …
Appetizer #4: Spicy Crispy Cold Cucumbers
“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?
We visited Dan Dan in Center City to enjoy the cool crunch of cucumbers with a spicy Sichuan spice. Dan Dan’s Anthony rocks!
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!
Chef DeMarco made sure to have the awesome fried chicken sandwich on the menu at American Sardine Bar for our event this year, so we pair that with a couple pickled eggs in honor of “Egg Man.” We elected to drink Two Roads beers, once again, instead of Heinekens though.
Entree #2: Mac & Cheese
“Because she’s The Cheese and I’m The Macaroni” — Get It Together
This year, we went to Misconduct Tavern and enjoyed their awesome mac & cheese with pesto in honor of Q-Tip (who guests on “Get It Together”).
Entree #3 & Desserts #2, #3 #4 & #5: Burger, Gelato, Jewish Apple Cake, French Macaron & Fresh Fruit
“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 The Wooden Match in Bethlehem for our “burger course.” We’ve had many outrageously-great burgers here! This time we went with the lamb burger — a gyro-seasoned lamb patty, shredded romaine, tzatziki, smoked tomato jam, herb goat cheese, and charred red onion on a Wooden Match-branded brioche roll. So good!
Regarding the Beastie Boys’ cherry, apple, peach and plum, we decided to visit this throughout the week …
For the “cherry,” we went to Gran Caffe L’Aquila and ordered “desire” (cherry) gelato (the best in the world!) …
For the “apple,” we enjoyed a classic Jewish apple cake slice from Schlesinger’s, which we think the Beastie Boys would have definitely enjoyed.
Entree #4: Dry Pot Chicken
“If you try to knock me, you’ll get mocked / I’ll stir fry you in my wok” — Intergalatic
While at Dan Dan (where we had the spicy cucumbers, as mentioned above), we also enjoyed the Dry Pot Chicken, which is served in a mini-wok. No pinches on the neck from Mr. Spock though.
Entree #5: 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,” Chef DeMarco made special foot long pork & beans hot dogs for our event at American Sardine Bar.
Entree #6: Pasta Primavera Stuffed Pizza
“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. Last year they made us a pasta primavera pizza. This year they upped the ante and made us a pasta primavera stuffed pizza. So good! Owner Jamie McCracken rocks!
Entree #7: White Pesto Ravioli
“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 coffee & cherry “courses”), we dined at Gran Caffe L’Aquila, where we enjoyed the special pasta dish of the week — Pansotti, hand-rolled ravioli filled with fresh herbs and Ricotta, topped with a white walnut-Parmigiano pesto!
Entree #8: 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 enjoyed some potato pancakes with apple sauce at Schlesinger’s (where we also got some great Jewish apple cake, as mentioned above).
Dessert #6: 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.
And, yes, three 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.)
And there you have it, many (many!) bites/sips later, we’ve completed our fourth 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!
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 territory 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 few years‘ food/drink tours)? Do you know where to find pannenkoeken in Philly? Let us know in the comments section below. And swing by our Beastie Boys/Two Roads Brewing event at American Sardine Bar this Saturday August 5th! Cheers!