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Food and Drink Week

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A lot of action this week at quizzo, and our topic this week is Food and Drink. Schedule below.

TUESDAY

  • Market at Comcast 5:30
  • Sidecar at 8 pm
  • O’Neals 8 pm

WEDNESDAY

  • Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm
  • Founding Fathers 8 pm

THURSDAY

  • Fitler Club (must be a member) 7 pm
  • Birra 8 pm
  • Bards 9:15 pm

 

The Philly Blunt Talks to Han Chiang

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We spoke with Han Chiang of Han Dynasty recently, and it was a really fun interview. Fascinating dude. I’m posting some highlights below. Go here to listen on itunes. Or you can listen to it on our website. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

GETTING KICKED OUT OF COLLEGE:

I think getting kicked out of school makes me work harder. People work 40 hours a week. I gotta work 80, just to catch up.

HIS MOM:

Everyone here is afraid of me in my restaurant because people don’t want to screw up. And I’m afraid of my mom when she comes in because like I don’t want to screw up. So she’s like ‘I’m top of the food chain.’”

HOW HE FELL OUT WITH HIS ORIGINAL BUSINESS PARTNERS:

“At the time I didn’t know what I was doing, and they were doing what every Chinese restaurant was doing, which I don’t want to do that. They would always tell me, like, you know, ‘On our menu we don’t have Americanized Chinese food. You must be fucking crazy. You don’t sell General Tso Chicken.’ I’m like, ‘I hate that dish. How can I sell it?” And I’ll be like cursing at customers, like in a humorous way, like joking around, and they’re like, ‘You can’t talk to customers like that. Are you crazy?’ I’m like, ‘They’re loving it. Everyone loves it.’”

WHAT DRIVES HIM

“I’m not in the business to make money. Not really. Growing up, I never had money. But it’s a sense of accomplishment. Of people not looking down on me. That is the goal. Before, I was like the black sheep, I had nowhere to go, nobody would listen to me, and now everybody listens to me, and that is like the greatest feeling in the world.”

WHAT HIS NEXT MOVE IS.

“I’m scouting out DC right now. I think that’s what I want to do. I want to open my first fast casual.”

COMING UP WITH THE NAME HAN DYNASTY.

“When I first thought of the name, it took me a couple of weeks. Like the first names I thought was like China Garden, Great Wall, you know corny shit like that. And then one day I’m taking a shower and I’m like ‘Holy shit! Han Dynasty!’ Because my name is Han, Han Dynasty, I’m big on history, I thought this is the best name I thought of so far. Then I started calling my friends, my family, like ‘I’m gonna name my restaurant Han Dynasty’. And everybody’s like, ‘Eh, I don’t know if you want to do that because you’re like a slacker, you are a black sheep, you’re probably going to fail. Do you really want your name on the business?”

“I was like 90% sure I was going to name it Han Dynasty. But once I realized that it also spelled ‘Handy Nasty’ I was like ‘Shit, that’s 110%.’”

ON HOW HE CAME UP WITH HIS LEGENDARY WU-TANG DINNERS.

For me, every time I do an event it has to be epic. It’s not just one thing, it’s not two things. It’s at least three different things…and me and my friend Dave, he works for Founders. And we were just like super drunk one night, and I had this idea that I just want to do like this crazy dinner. Like 30, 40 courses dinner. And we were thinking about it, like ‘maybe we can spread it out over three restaurants, we do like a breakfast 12 courses, lunch 12 courses, dinner 12 courses.’ 36 chambers. Right, because I’m a big fan of Wu Tang. I still remember, like every day after high school, I would come home after getting bullied, all pissed off, and I would listen to Wu-Tang, and like release all of my stress.” So we decided we’re going to make one dinner, 36 Chambers, 20 dishes, 16 beers, and we work with Dogfish Head and Founders. And we started about 5 years ago. Our first dinner was a big hit. We just did 20 dinners, 16 beers.

JGT: So the first year you were just basically playing Wu-Tang during the dinner?

HAN: Yeah, yeah, yeah. The second year we did it, before we started, one guy named G walked in the door, and was like let me speak to the owner. So my hostess asked him, ‘What’s this about?” and they’re like “Oh yeah, I’m the manager of the Wu-Tang. I wanna speak with somebody.” So, you know, somebody told me, I went out there and met him. Super cool guy. So he said, ‘You guys were doing this dinner without getting permissions from us.’ And I was thinking at the time, like, ‘What, mother fucker? Did you ask the Chinese people for permission when you used the name Wu-Tang? (riotous laughter) So I think I have more rights to use it than you guys do, right?’ I didn’t say that of course.

REEF: That makes sense though. You do have a point.

HAN: So I was like, ‘Oh shit, I’m sorry. Like I didn’t know I needed to get permission. I did it because I’m a huge fan, you know. Would you mind staying for dinner?’ Kissing up to him, you know. And he’s like, ‘No, no, it’s not a big problem. The only problem we have is that you serve a lot of pork dishes on the menu. And I’m like ‘OK’. And he’s like, “Yeah, most of the Wu-Tang guys are Muslim so they don’t eat pork, so if you don’t pork on the menu they’ll be cool with it.” So I’m like, ‘OK, that’s easy, I just don’t put pork on a menu.’ So we actually became friends, we started hanging out, ya know, and every time a Wu-Tang guy would come out to Philly to perform he’d call me, be like, ‘Do you want to go to the show?’”

A PHILLY RESTAURANT THAT HE HIGHLY RECOMMENDS.
This one that opened not too long ago, it’s called Sophie’s Kitchen. It’s Cambodian. They used to be Khmer Kitchen and they closed for maybe like 6 months and I was very sad they closed. And now it’s like the same people opening a different restaurant, so check them out, they’re very good…super flavorful.
HIS 1-10 SPICE RANKING.

“We have a spice level from 1 to 10. A 3 is like a tabasco. A 6 is like Sriracha. The difference between our cuisine and a lot of different spicy cuisine is that we have so many different spices in the kitchen, and for a level 10 dish, we’re probably going to require like 6 different spices. Each one of those spices has a different flavor, so when you’re cooking 6 different spices in the same dish, you’re not only going to bring up the spice level, you’re going to have a ton of flavor to back it up. You’re not just going to taste the dish as just spicy, it’s super flavorful. So a level 6 might require four different spices, a level 3 might require only one.”

 

Weather Looks Awesome for Outdoor Quiz

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Looks like a great day to be outdoors! Hope you’ll join us for quizzo right next to Iron Hill on Saturday (11th and Market) at 4 pm! And yes, the points do count towards the JGTSpI.

Outdoor Quiz Benefitting PAWS Starts Saturday!

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I’m gonna be hosting a weekly quiz in April and May every Saturday at 4 pm, and everyone’s invited! Looks like we’ll have great weather for the first one. It’s at Market East, right next door to Iron Hill Brewery on 11th and Market. And we’ll be doing it for the next 8 weeks. Entry fee is $5, 100% of which goes to PAWS. There will be drink specials from Iron Hill and Chadds Ford Winery, and food specials from District Taco. You can find more info at the event Facebook page. Hope to see you there!  

Mystery Week This Week

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What does Mystery Week mean? No one knows. Not me, not you, not Boots Boccuti. It is all a mystery. Will there be 12 rounds? 4 total questions? Or just mysterious questions about mysteries? There is no way to know. No way to know, that is, unless you attend. MYSTERY WEEK!

Pics of Week 1 Winners

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  1. OctoJaney

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  1. Synchronized Trampoline
  2. Single Origin Cherry Bombs
  3. Tram Tim Apple

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  1. Queefer Sutherland
  2. There’s No I in Erin Express
  3. 7th Place

BIRRA

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  1. Aunt Becky

BARDS

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  1. Vindicated USC Rejects
  2. Jimbeau
  3. Tequila O’Neal 93

 

 

Question of the Week

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You’ll find over 300 of what famous feral animals in San Francisco’s Telegrah Hill?

Little League Fundraiser on Sunday

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I’m gonna be hosting a quizzo fundraiser at Field House this Sunday evening as part of a fundraiser for an upcoming field trip they have to Cooperstown. It’s $20 to play, with proceeds going to the Anderson Monarchs. Action starts at Field House at 5 pm, and there will be food and drink specials:

$4 beers $5 mixed drinks and $6 wines
$5 food menu- hummus, kettle chips, and dips

The theme of the quiz will be 2008, the year the Phillies last won a World Series. (Don’t worry, won’t have to know a lot of baseball to do well on the quiz.) Price is $20 with proceeds going to the Monarchs. We’ll then be watching the Phillies Sunday night game after the quiz. Action starts at 5 pm. For more info and to RSVP go to the facebook page. If you wanna buy tickets you can get them here. Hope to see you there!

This Week is College Week

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And not only that, it will be all questions about college: fictional, non-fictional, and some schools this year’s tourney. Easiest place to get a win right now is O’Neals. Schedule is as follows:

TUESDAY

  • O’Neals 8 pm
  • Sidecar 8 pm

WEDNESDAY

  • Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm
  • Founding Fathers 8:30 pm

THURSDAY

  • Birra 8 pm
  • Bards 9:30 pm

Saint Patty’s Quiz, Live Irish Music Kicks Off 2019 Spring Invitational!


We’re going back to the Spring Invitational next week, and we’re kicking it off with a special, one time only quiz, a St. Patty’s Day quiz at the Bourse. We’ll be not just playing quizzo, we’ll also be listening to Irish tunes between rounds provided by the John Byrne band. So if any of you want to play a fun quiz, listen to live music, and enjoy some food and drink specials, join us at the Bourse on Monday at 6 pm. For more details, join the event on Facebook. And it will be the only Irish quiz of the week, so if you want to play two quizzes in one week, this is your chance.

Tons of Quizzo Winner Photos!

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Hey there, gang, just dropped a ton of winner photos over on the new Johnny Goodtimes Facebook page. If you’ve not already joined the page, do so, and if you’ve won since December and I took a pic, it should be in there! Feel free to tag yourself and your friends in the pics.

New Philly Blunt Episode is Out!


The new Philly Blunt is up, and it’s nothing short of awesome. (You can listen here on the site, or listen here on itunes.) We spoke with Maleek Jackson, who runs a fitness gym in Northern Liberties. His story is incredible: the fifth of 13 kids who grew up on the “Smallside” at 18th and Catherine, he came up with any parental guidance. I asked him about falling in with the wrong crowd. 

MALEEK: I grew up and I kind of veered off, you know. I was never the type of kid who really paid attention or cared about school. Then when I went to high school it took off. I started doing my own thing. The streets got more of my time than anything else.

REEF: What year is this? Late 90s, early 2000s?

MALEEK: This is early 2000s. And I ain’t gonna say I fell in with the wrong crowd, because all my friends were exposed to exactly the same things that I was exposed to.

REEF: So there wasn’t a lot of opportunity.

MALEEK: Right. It was normal. We sold drugs. I fell into a life of crime. I robbed people. I robbed businesses. And it was just the norm. We knew what we were doing was wrong, but we never was in a position where someone sat us down and was like, “Yo, stop doing what you doing.”

Once in prison, he became friends with a man named Taj, who started bugging him about getting his GED.

MALEEK: He said to me, “If you go home today, what you gonna do?” And I’m like, “Aw man, I don’t know.” But the fact of being free is enough, but it isn’t. Because if they grant you your freedom and you not prepared for that, you ain’t planned for that, then you know for sure that you’re gonna return…

He got his GED, he started to box, and soon started to think about his future. So when he get out, he had decided he either wanted to be a boxer, and if that didn’t work out a personal trainer. And when he got a chance to meet former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, he jumped at the opportunity. Hopkins (who I interviewed in 2005) had also spent time in prison as a young man. 

MALEEK: I see Bernard. I’m like nah. You know me, I just walked up to him. I’m like, “Hi my name is Maleek I just came home, I did ten years, I want to be a fighter. I know you hear this all the time, you know, this that and the third.” And that conversation led to an hour long conversation…so he paid Danny Davis, who was training Bernard Hopkins at the time, he paid Danny Davis to train me. Danny was training fighters in Canada and Russian, he was being booked in Vegas…

REEF: So you like, “While you gone…”

MALEEK: So yeah, while he was gone, he would leave the torch in my hand like “Yo, you always in the gym, you might as well be my assistant. I’m going away for two weeks. I got a list of clients that need personal training. You’ve been paying attention, like you know what to do. Just do it.” And you know I just followed suit. And it just came to me naturally, it just fell right into my plan B.

Find out which celebrity that he trains punches the hardest, what one word separates him from most other people, and what advice he has for people who want to get in better shape. This is a really cool interview.

Movie Week at JGT Quizzo

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The Oscars are coming up this weekend, so we’re celebrating by doing an all movie week at quizzo. There will probably be a few Oscars in the mix, but certainly not all. Horror films, blaxploitation, John Hughes films and softcore porn classics will all be in the mix as well. And I’ll be playing music off of famous soundtracks between rounds. Gonna be a fun week to quiz!

This Valentine’s Day…

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Birra is cancelled for tonight, but we’re on for Bards at 9:15. See you lovers tonight!