“I’m Marcie Turney from Jamonera, and here’s What’s Cooking on 1060!”

By Hadas Kuznits

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Marcie Turney and her partner, Valerie Safran, focus on sherry and vermouth at their new Spanish tapas restaurant, Jamonera, opening Sunday on South 13th Street, near Chestnut.

“We’re doing food from Andalucia in Southern Spain,” Turney says, “so that has the ‘sherry triangle,’ the three areas where all the sherry is produced.”

She explains that “jamonera” is a stand used for cutting ham:

“And when we were in Spain, we actually went to the store of the woman who just won the jamon (ham) cutting contest, which is a huge thing is Spain — a woman had never won before.”

Hear Hadas Kuznits’ full interview with Marcie Turney in this CBS Philly podcast…

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Winter getting you down? Warm up at the Omni Hotel, 4th and Chestnut Streets, with their newly launched hot chocolate bar.

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(Hot chocolate service at the Omni Hotel in Old City Philadelphia. Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

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(Chris Laufer of the Omni Hotel, 401 Chestnut St., Phila. Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

“We have Ghirardelli hot chocolate, a triple chocolate, and also a white carmel hot chocolate,” says Chris Laufer (right).  And he says your hot chocolate is served with a platter of toppings.

“We have shaved hot choclate, mini marshmallows, M&Ms, crumbled Oreos, we have mini s’mores, and also the mini chocolate M&Ms.  Every hot chocolate comes with this platter, whether it’s one or it’s a family of four.  You get the big platter with all the toppings, and you can sit right in front of the fireplace here in the nice, comfortable couches and chairs.”

It’s just $5 per person.  And, for an extra dollar, you can turn it into an adult beverage.

“You can have your hot chocolate with any cordial that you like — we have the Kahlua, we have the Bailey’s.”

Hear Hadas Kuznits’ full interview with Chris Laufer in this CBS Philly podcast…

Right-click to download Chris Laufer podcast

And next week, of course, begins Philadelphia Restaurant Week.  Michelle Shannon, with the Center City District, says there’s still plenty of time to make reservations.  Restaurant Week — actually two weeks — runs January 22nd through 27th and January 29th through February 3rd (see related story).

For this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

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