[NOTE: This post was updated on August 9, 2017, with mostly photos from our August 5, 2017 event at American Sardine Bar.]

The last three 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 (20162015 & 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 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

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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 Gran Caffe L’Aquila and two donuts from Beiler’s Donuts in the Reading Terminal Market — instead of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Gran Caffe L'Aquila coffee & Beiler's Donuts (photo by Lee Porter)

Gran Caffe L’Aquila coffee & Beiler’s Donuts (photo by Lee Porter)

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.

"Brass Monkey" at Jose Pistola's (photo by Lee Porter)

“Brass Monkey” at Jose Pistola’s (photo by Lee Porter)

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.

Two Roads Brass Monkey at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

Two Roads Brass Monkey at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

They also made a “Hot Sauce Committee” Michelada, which was hot, spicy & funky — just like a good ole’ Beastie Boys song!

Hot Sauce Committee Michelada at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

Hot Sauce Committee Michelada at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

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)

This year we were able to enjoy some “def ale” (a rare Two Roads Brewing Co. Persian Lime Gose. which will be on draft at our event at ASB) and a Lime Margarita French Macaron from Miel Patesserie.

Two Roads Brewing Co. Persian Lime Gose with a Lime Margarita French Macaron and some lemons (photo by Lee Porter)

Two Roads Brewing Co. Persian Lime Gose with a Lime Margarita French Macaron and some lemons (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.) 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

White Castle-style Sliders at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo courtesy of American Sardine Bar)

White Castle-style Sliders at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo courtesy of 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 …

Sardines Four-Ways at American Sardine Bar (Instagram photo by @amisunin)

Sardines Four-Ways at American Sardine Bar (Instagram photo by @amisunin)

Fried Sardine at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

Fried Sardine at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

Sardine Sandwiches at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

Sardine Sandwiches at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

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!

Cucumbers at Dan Dan Philadelphia (photo courtesy of Dan Dan)

Spicy Crispy Cold Cucumbers at Dan Dan Philadelphia (photo courtesy of Dan Dan)

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.

Fried Chicken Sandwich at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

Fried Chicken Sandwich at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

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

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

Fried Chicken Sandwich at American Sardine Bar (photo by Rachael Horton)

Fried Chicken Sandwich at American Sardine Bar (photo by Rachael Horton)

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”).

Mac & Cheese with Pesto at Misconduct Tavern (photo by Lee Porter)

Mac & Cheese with Pesto at Misconduct Tavern (photo by Lee Porter)

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!

The Lamb Burger at The Wooden Match (photo by Lee Porter)

The Lamb Burger at The Wooden Match (photo by Lee Porter)

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!) …

Desire (Cherry) Gelato at Gran Caffe L'Aquila (photo by Lee Porter)

Desire (Cherry) Gelato at Gran Caffe L’Aquila (photo by Lee Porter)

For the “apple,” we enjoyed a classic Jewish apple cake slice from Schlesinger’s, which we think the Beastie Boys would have definitely enjoyed.

Jewish Apple Cake from Schlesinger's Deli (photo by Lee Porter0

Jewish Apple Cake from Schlesinger’s Deli (photo by Lee Porter0

And for the “peach” and “plum,” we enjoyed some fresh peaches and plums from Iovine Brothers Produce Market in the Reading Terminal Market — plus a peach saffron French macaron from Miel Patisserie.

Peaches & Plums: get something for everyone!

Peaches & Plums from Iovine Brothers Produce & a Peach Saffron French Macaron from Miel (photo by Lee Porter)

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.

Dry Pot Chicken at Dan Dan Philadelphia (photo courtesy of Dan Dan Philadelphia)

Dry Pot Chicken at Dan Dan Philadelphia (photo courtesy of Dan Dan Philadelphia)

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.

Pork & Beans (photo from Campbell's)

Pork & Beans (photo from Campbell’s)

Pork & Beans Footlong at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

Pork & Beans Footlong at American Sardine Bar for our 2017 BBoys Event (photo by Lee Porter)

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!

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

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

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!

Pesto at Gran Cafffe L'Aquila (photo by Lee Porter)

Pasotti in a White Pesto Sauce at Gran Caffe L’Aquila (photo by Lee Porter)

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).

Potato Pancakes at Schlesinger's (photo by Lee Porter)

Potato Pancakes at Schlesinger’s (photo by Lee Porter)

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.

Bon Bons (photo by Lee Porter)

Mueller Chocolate Co. truffles (photo by Lee Porter)

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.)

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 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.

Our 2017 Two Roads/Beastie Boys event, celebrating MCA's BDay, at American Sardine Bar (photo courtesy of American Sardine Bar)

Our 2017 Two Roads/Beastie Boys event, celebrating MCA’s BDay, at American Sardine Bar (photo courtesy of American Sardine Bar)

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 12the 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!

 

 

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