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Get Your Fill of Great Sandwiches on May 28

05/16/2014
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Almost every culture, in one form or another, has a sandwich.  Some kind of bread, some kind of meat, and some kind of veg slapped together in an easily transportable package.  And while all the sandwiches and fillings differ, one thing these cultures have in common is they all have their favorite, and they’ll all argue over which is better.  Even here in Philadelphia, the battle between roast pork and cheesesteak rages on—but luckily for you, you won’t have to argue, because on May 28 at Union Transfer from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, all the sandwiches will be great.

So goes the Great Sandwiches Event, hosted by City Paper as the inaugural release party for their yearly Meal Ticket Magazine.  The event is a mere $35, and will pack over 25 sandwiches from area restaurants, as well as a variety of snacks, desserts, and (of course) alcohol.  In addition to stuffing yourself full of bread and meat, Chopped-style showdown between Scott Schroeder (American Sardine Bar & South Philadelphia Tap Room), Brad Spence (Amis), and Eli Kulp (Fork, High Street on Market, a.kitchen). Judging the sandwiches will be food writer Drew Lazor, Meal Ticket editor Caroline Russock, and local illustrator Hawk Krall.

Some of the sandwich samplers to be in attendance are American Sardine Bar, Garces Trading Company, Hot Diggity, Pub & Kitchen, Rotisseur, Schlesinger’s, Shank’s, Taqueria Feliz, the Avenue Delicatessen, and Winnie’s LeBus amongst others.  Snacks and sweets will be provided by the likes of Insomnia Cookies, Kind Snacks, Sweet Salvation Truffles, and Termini Brothers.  Most importantly, though, is the booze, which will be brought by Art in the Age, Coronado Brewing, Dad’s Hat, Lancaster Brewing, Philly Brewing, Tito’s Vodka, and Yards. Check out the official page for the event for a full list of participants.

If all this still isn’t enough for you, DJ Holly Sue Allen will be spinning for the night, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite sandwiches, and take pictures in a photo booth with food-themed props.  Prizes can be won for best picture, as well as a raffle being held with tickets given to anyone who brings a non-perishable food item for donation.  $35 for all of this is a bargain, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Philabundance—so not only will you be having a great time, stuffing yourself and drinking as much as you want, but you’ll be helping out a good cause.

I’m not sure how you could possibly justify not going, so be sure to get your ticket as soon as possible, because space is limited and tickets are sure to go fast.  Tickets can be purchased here, and there is no excuse not to go.  They’ve even teamed up with Uber to give first-time riders a free ride up to $20 if you use the code GREATSANDWICHES for you ride—so you can either use it to get to the event more quickly, or get home when you eat so much you can’t move.  Either way, you’ll have made it to the Great Sandwiches Event, which is the important part.  I’ll see you there, but don’t expect much chit-chat as my mouth will be full the entire time.

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Art in the Age at Night Market

05/15/2014
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The evening is abuzz with major events, neighborhood happy hours and entertaining shows.

Night Market Philadelphia debuts its first event of the year as more than 80 food trucks, local restaurants, drink stands and entertainment groups take over Old City on 3rd Street between Market and Race streets. Tonight, sip local beer from Yards Brewing Company while filling up on favorite street food like pizza from Pitruco Pizza, fried cheese curds from Cow and the Curd, cupcakes from Sweetbox Cupcakes and much more. Click here for our full guide to the always-popular event.

In South Philly, The Philadelphia Orchestra closes out its free concert series with a neighborhood concert at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters at The Navy Yard. The concert is completely free, but note that free tickets (available online) are required.

As part of The Trestle Inn’s weekly Spirit of Thursday events, the Callowhill hangout pours two punches created with Art in the Age spirits. Sip samples of the sure-to-be-tasty creations for free and enjoy $6 pours all evening.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

• Night Market Old City: Tonight, Night Market returns to the city streets for its 2014 season with its biggest festival to date. Tonight, 85 vendors, including food trucks, Old City businesses, drink vendors and entertainment providers, are slated to park along the streets of Old City from Market Street to Race Street on 3rd Street. Enjoy eats and drinks from popular eateries spots including Mac Mart Cart, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Nomad Pizza, Han Dynasty, Taco Mondo and Yards Brewing Company. Check out our full guide to the alfresco eating-and-entertainment fest. Be sure to stop by and check out the Visit Philly pop-up photo booth at 3rd and Arch streets for the opportunity to get a free print and share your photo directly on social media.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6-10 p.m.
Where: 3rd Street between Market and Race streets
Cost: Pay as you go

• Neighborhood Concert at Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at The Navy Yard: Wrapping up the week of freebies, the orchestra presents one of its uber-popular Neighborhood Concerts. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s newly-named Orchestra Assistant Conductor Designate Lio Kuokman will lead his first Neighborhood Concert at the impressive Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at the Navy Yard. Tickets are completely free, but free tickets are required. Reserve ticketsonline.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at the Navy Yard, Building #543, 16th Street and Flagship Avenue
Cost: Free; Tickets required

• Spirit of Thursday at The Trestle Inn: Tonight, Art in the Age spirits fills glasses at The Trestle Inn’s weekly Spirit of Thursday event. Sip two punches — Art in the Age Sage with honey lavender and Art in the Age Sage Rhubarb with cherry lime. Enjoy complimentary samples and discounted featured cocktails all night. The punches will be offered at $6 a glass until 2 a.m.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

• Dinner or Drinks at Morgan’s Pier: Take advantage of Morgan’s Pier, an ideal warm weather hangout, and stop by for dinner or drinks this balmy evening. The carefully curated food menu by Chef David Gilberg — of the now-shuttered, but highly regarded Koo Zee Doo — promises diners plates like lobster rolls, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled vegetable kabob and more. Our tip: try the watermelon ricky, a 21st amendment watermelon wheat ale poured over watermelon puree.

When: Thursday, May 15
Where: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

• Beer Garden Quizzo at Memphis Taproom: Sip an alfresco beer and answer trivia questions as Memphis Taproom hosts its weekly beer garden quizzo (on every rain-free Thursday night). The quizzo winner receives beer garden bucks to use on drinks and food. Hosted by the well-loved quizzo host JB Farley, beer garden quizzo is set to occur every (non-rainy) Thursday this spring and summer.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street
Cost: Pay as you go

• Free Beer and Cheese Happy Hour at Di Bruno Bros.: Thursday night means free beer and cheese samples at Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin. Tonight, sip free beer from Ommegang Brewery while noshing on appropriate cheese pairings, too. Stop by for a free after work happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

When: Thursday, May 15, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Di Bruno Bros. Franklin Market, 9th and Sansom Streets
Cost: Free

• Jazz in the Park at Hawthorne Park: Free music alert! Hawthorne Park kicks off the first of its free summer jazz concerts with a performance by Edgardo Cintron, a Latin jazz quartet. The concert is slated to being at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to pack picnics and blankets for maximum enjoyment.

When: Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catharine Streets
Cost: Free

• Free Yoga at Race Street Pier: Bring your yoga mat and head out to Race Street Pier for a sunny evening of free yoga on the waterfront. Beginning at 6 p.m., get your yoga on with a number of fellow yogis from the community. Can’t make it tonight? No worries, Race Street Pier hosts free yoga every day except Wednesdays.

When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
Cost: Free

• 11 Hour Theatre Company presents Altar Boyz: Opening tonight, the 11th Hour Theatre Company, presents Altar Boyz, an award-winning off-Broadway hit about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The musical comedy promises tongue and cheek lyrics and satirical look at boy bands. Tonight’s show is slated for 7 p.m.

When: Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Where: The Arts Bank at the University of the Arts, 601 S. Broad Street
Cost: $31

• Pennsylvania 6 First Anniversary Party: Celebrate one year of Pennsylvania 6with a variety of programming during the next two weeks. Tonight, “the Maine Event” brings affordable lobster to the spotlight. For $19 fill up on a one pound steamed lobster paired with a summer salad. Pair your lobster with a beverage from the restaurant’s solid cocktail and beer list, too. Reservations are strongly suggested.

When: Thursday, May 15, 5 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania 6, 114 S 12th Street
Cost: Lobster dinner, $19; Drinks, pay as you go

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Three Cocktail Recipes to DIY with a Box from the Fare Trade

05/15/2014
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Everyone knows the most enchanting part of virtual purchasing is the nostalgia of receiving packages at your doorstep. In the age of Netflix and Amazon, the former delayed satisfaction of snail mail has all but evaporated. What was once a mystery allotment of “business days” has been significantly reduced to an extremely manageable time frame at low cost to the consumer. The refinement of the online shopping business, and subsequent lubrication of the practice has made our collective existence a whole lot easier. Digital retail has considerably stepped up its game, resulting in the trend of convenience that we’re pretty sure no one is mad at.

The newest addition to the curated box rage is a LA-based startup, The Fare Trade. Max Block and Jake Ahles work with top chefs from around the country to source locally made, artisanal, and small batch products they love and (more importantly) show you different ways to use them via video tutorials and recipes from some of your favorite influencers—all for 65 bucks a month.

We tapped Rachel Mae Furman, National Ambassador for Art in the Age, to test run a current Fare Trade Box, featuring the Brooklyn-made Hibiscus soda syrup by P & H Soda Co.

GARDEN GIMLET

This riff on a simple gin gimlet incorporates fresh garden herbs to accompany the tart and floral flavors of the hibiscus syrup.

1 1/2 OZ. ART IN THE AGE SAGE
(or any floral gin)
1/2 OZ. FRESH LIME JUICE
1/4 OZ. ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP*
1/4 OZ. P&H SODA CO. HIBISCUS SYRUP SODA WATER
Serve on the rocks with an herb bouquet of sage and rosemary, top with soda water. *Boil equal parts sugar and water, with the leaves of two rosemary sprigs.
Strain and chill.

ISLAND OLD FASHIONED

This is a twist on a classic old fashioned with a nod to the tropical native habitat of the hibiscus flower – tropical islands. So a spiced rum was used instead of traditional whiskey.

2 OZ. SPICED RUM
1/4 OZ. P&H SODA CO HIBISCUS SYRUP
1/4 OZ. VANILLA SIMPLE SYRUP*
ANGOSTURA BITTERS
ORANGE PEEL

Serve on on a large rock with an orange peel garnish. *Boil equal parts sugar and water, with the with a whole vanilla bean. Strain and chill.

THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER

A summery sweet tea that can also be made into a pitcher or punch for a crowd—just top with champagne!

5 PARTS BOURBON
2 PARTS FRESH LEMON JUICE
2 PARTS HONEY CLOVE SYRUP*
1 PART P&H SODA CO HIBISCUS SYRUP
1/2 JAR OF EARL GREY TEA LEMON SLICES

Combine all ingredients in mason jar or shaker, shake, chill until ready to serve, and pour over ice with a lemon slice. Can serve in a pitcher or punch bowl topped with Champagne or Ginger Beer for a for a crowd.
* Boil equal parts honey and water, with a 4-6 cloves. Strain and chill.

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Tonight Picks: Night Market Kicks Off Its 2014 Season In Old City, Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert, Free Art In The Age Drink Samples At The Trestle Inn And More

05/15/2014
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The Food Trust’s Night Market returns to Philadelphia’s downtown streets tonight as more than 80 food trucks, local restaurants, drink vendors and more take over Old City from 6 to 10 p.m. (Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia)
The evening is abuzz with major events, neighborhood happy hours and entertaining shows.
Night Market Philadelphia debuts its first event of the year as more than 80 food trucks, local restaurants, drink stands and entertainment groups take over Old City on 3rd Street between Market and Race streets. Tonight, sip local beer from Yards Brewing Company while filling up on favorite street food like pizza from Pitruco Pizza, fried cheese curds from Cow and the Curd, cupcakes from Sweetbox Cupcakes and much more. Click here for our full guide to the always-popular event.
In South Philly, The Philadelphia Orchestra closes out its free concert series with a neighborhood concert at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters at The Navy Yard. The concert is completely free, but note that free tickets (available online) are required.
As part of The Trestle Inn’s weekly Spirit of Thursday events, the Callowhill hangout pours two punches created with Art in the Age spirits. Sip samples of the sure-to-be-tasty creations for free and enjoy $6 pours all evening.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Night Market Old City: Tonight, Night Market returns to the city streets for its 2014 season with its biggest festival to date. Tonight, 85 vendors, including food trucks, Old City businesses, drink vendors and entertainment providers, are slated to park along the streets of Old City from Market Street to Race Street on 3rd Street. Enjoy eats and drinks from popular eateries spots including Mac Mart Cart, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Nomad Pizza, Han Dynasty, Taco Mondo and Yards Brewing Company. Check out our full guide to the alfresco eating-and-entertainment fest. Be sure to stop by and check out the Visit Philly pop-up photo booth at 3rd and Arch streets for the opportunity to get a free print and share your photo directly on social media.
When: Thursday, May 15, 6-10 p.m.
Where: 3rd Street between Market and Race streets
Cost: Pay as you go
• Neighborhood Concert at Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at The Navy Yard: Wrapping up the week of freebies, the orchestra presents one of its uber-popular Neighborhood Concerts. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s newly-named Orchestra Assistant Conductor Designate Lio Kuokman will lead his first Neighborhood Concert at the impressive Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at the Navy Yard. Tickets are completely free, but free tickets are required. Reserve tickets online.
When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at the Navy Yard, Building #543, 16th Street and Flagship Avenue
Cost: Free; Tickets required
• Spirit of Thursday at The Trestle Inn: Tonight, Art in the Age spirits fills glasses at The Trestle Inn’s weekly Spirit of Thursday event. Sip two punches — Art in the Age Sage with honey lavender and Art in the Age Sage Rhubarb with cherry lime. Enjoy complimentary samples and discounted featured cocktails all night. The punches will be offered at $6 a glass until 2 a.m.
When: Thursday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Dinner or Drinks at Morgan’s Pier: Take advantage of Morgan’s Pier, an ideal warm weather hangout, and stop by for dinner or drinks this balmy evening. The carefully curated food menu by Chef David Gilberg — of the now-shuttered, but highly regarded Koo Zee Doo — promises diners plates like lobster rolls, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled vegetable kabob and more. Our tip: try the watermelon ricky, a 21st amendment watermelon wheat ale poured over watermelon puree.
When: Thursday, May 15
Where: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go
• Beer Garden Quizzo at Memphis Taproom: Sip an alfresco beer and answer trivia questions as Memphis Taproom hosts its weekly beer garden quizzo (on every rain-free Thursday night). The quizzo winner receives beer garden bucks to use on drinks and food. Hosted by the well-loved quizzo host JB Farley, beer garden quizzo is set to occur every (non-rainy) Thursday this spring and summer.
When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Free Beer and Cheese Happy Hour at Di Bruno Bros.: Thursday night means free beer and cheese samples at Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin. Tonight, sip free beer from Ommegang Brewery while noshing on appropriate cheese pairings, too. Stop by for a free after work happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.
When: Thursday, May 15, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Di Bruno Bros. Franklin Market, 9th and Sansom Streets
Cost: Free
• Jazz in the Park at Hawthorne Park: Free music alert! Hawthorne Park kicks off the first of its free summer jazz concerts with a performance by Edgardo Cintron, a Latin jazz quartet. The concert is slated to being at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to pack picnics and blankets for maximum enjoyment.
When: Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catharine Streets
Cost: Free
• Free Yoga at Race Street Pier: Bring your yoga mat and head out to Race Street Pier for a sunny evening of free yoga on the waterfront. Beginning at 6 p.m., get your yoga on with a number of fellow yogis from the community. Can’t make it tonight? No worries, Race Street Pier hosts free yoga every day except Wednesdays.
When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
Cost: Free
• 11 Hour Theatre Company presents Altar Boyz: Opening tonight, the 11th Hour Theatre Company, presents Altar Boyz, an award-winning off-Broadway hit about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The musical comedy promises tongue and cheek lyrics and satirical look at boy bands. Tonight’s show is slated for 7 p.m.
When: Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Where: The Arts Bank at the University of the Arts, 601 S. Broad Street
Cost: $31
• Pennsylvania 6 First Anniversary Party: Celebrate one year of Pennsylvania 6 with a variety of programming during the next two weeks. Tonight, “the Maine Event” brings affordable lobster to the spotlight. For $19 fill up on a one pound steamed lobster paired with a summer salad. Pair your lobster with a beverage from the restaurant’s solid cocktail and beer list, too. Reservations are strongly suggested.
When: Thursday, May 15, 5 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania 6, 114 S 12th Street
Cost: Lobster dinner, $19; Drinks, pay as you go

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Looking ahead to Beer Week

05/14/2014
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If you’ve been following PW’s daily Year of Beer series online at philadelphiaweekly.com, where our brew-savvy correspondent Eric San Juan has spent the past 12 months recommending a different craft beer every day, you’re aware by now that we’re in the home stretch leading up to Philly Beer Week, which kicks off on Fri., May 30.  Here’s the trick, though: There are a number of early preview celebrations getting started before PBW’s big Opening Tap extravaganza. So you can put these sneak-peek-the-night-before events on your calendar for Thurs., May 29, and file them under “Beer Week Eve”: the For Pete’s Sake Pub Luau (6pm-midnight, 900 S. Front St.), featuring pineapple beer, hula skirts and tropical food; Unibroue Maudite Midnight Madness at Devil’s Den (7pm-midnight, 1148 S. 11th St.), featuring glassware giveaways with Unibroue’s decadently brewed and bottled beverages such as Ephemere Apple and La Fin Du Monde; and Liquor Before Beer (Week) at Johnny Brenda’s (8pm-midnight, 1201 Frankford Ave.), where local artisan spiritmakers Art in the Age will team up with the brewers of Dock Street to present fine beer cocktails alongside music and  more. For more pre-Philly Beer Week events, check out the ever-growing calendar at phillybeerweek.org.

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Spodee Wine With A Kick

05/07/2014
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I learned many things in college. The 4 P's of marketing, how to keep a balance sheet, the history of fashion in the US, and also never turn down free alcohol. That's an SEC education right there. #godawgs So when Spodeeoffered to send me a bottle of their wine, how could I say no? Just look at how cute it is! And wine is healthy.

Spodee wine is fortified with moonshine - so yea, it's really strong. It's made to be consumed as a cocktail, so it comes with recipes for "Spodee Sangria" and other tasty concoctions. It looks and smells just like wine, but it has a big bite to it. I think this is the perfect drink for football tailgates and I know I'll be packing it in my cooler this season.

Since I'm moving, I have no wine or cocktail glasses lying around. Obviously, the next best thing would be a southern cocktail glass... the Tervis tumbler (obviously). I mixed my Spodee with ice and lemonade for a sweet mix. This is definitely "wine with a kick", heavy on the kick. It's strong, y'all! I think the vintage milk bottle is just too cute and of course I'm going to keep it to display with some fresh flowers.

The paper bag it comes in is a very cute touch. I felt like I was back in the 50's! Vintage hipster, I can dig it.
Spodee Wine just hit the market in Atlanta, so all my fellow ATL peaches can find it at many different package stores in the area including Dekalb Farmer's Market. Yes really!
Spodee sent me this bottle to review. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

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