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GQ's Philly City Guide: "Underdog Charm"

11/08/2013
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GQ thinks that the city of Philadelphia has “underdog charm” and we would have to agree.

Constantly being overshadowed by New York, our city gets few moments in the spotlight; but when it happens, it's quite rewarding and warrants a pat on the back (go ahead citizen, give yourself one).

The modern men’s magazine recently published its Philadelphia City Guide and it highlights some of our favorite bars, restaurants, lodging, eats, divey hangs and cultural must-sees.

Coming in at #3 is our favorite donut shop, Federal Donuts. The fried treat specialist has a lot going for it at the ripe age of two. Here is what GQ says: “First: get a cup o’ coffee and a piping hot made-to-order yeast doughnut with flavored sugar such as vanilla and lavender, or opt for the pre-made cake variety in fancier flavors like strawberry ginger and cookies-and-cream. Don’t forget the chicken with a chili-garlic glaze as a post-sugar treat (cause why not eat desert first?).”

Also topping the list are establishments like Hotel Monaco, known for its kitschy hip living vibe, Art in the Age, one of the most wondrous boutiques in Old City, the Barnes FoundationJohnny Brenda’sTalula’s GardenMutter MuseumDolphin Tavern, and Pat’s King of Steaks.

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Spirits Perfect for Late Autumn & Winter

11/08/2013
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Happy Weekend at the Holiday Market

11/08/2013
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Ahh Friday, we meet again. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to kicking off a fun filled weekend. Work this week was super busy. From a display load in, two press conferences and holiday event planning, phew – I am looking forward to two days off. I went to a fantastic dinner Tuesday night with some fellow blogging buddies to hear about the new marketing campaign for Swarovski! [More on that next week]. Wednesday night, I got to see my old boss from Philly.com sing an acoustic set at the Art Alliance, what a gorgeous old building in Rittenhouse Square and a beautiful performance. Tonight I’ll be checking out an event at a local advertising agency with Scott, but tomorrow night…

We’ll be going to dinner at Sbraga! Like most people, we have a list must try restaurants in Philadelphia and our friends were kind enough to give us a gift card for our birthdays last month. So how excited am I to go to a Top Chef Kevin Sbraga’s restaurant – VERY. The four course prix fix menu already has me day dreaming at work. I promise to take photos!

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One of my favorite boutiques in Olde City, Art in the Age recently launched their Holiday Market! Treat yourself or shop for friends and family with this collection of local Philadelphia makers who are setting up shop at AITA for Nov & Dec. The artists are Peg & Awl, Norman Porter Denim, Three Potato Four, Pilot and Captain, and W&P Design.

Shop the new boutique that has opened on the Main Line, Jade’s Closet. To celebrate it’s opening, from November 4th to November 10th, 10% of all purchases at Jade’s Closet will go to support The Covenant House.

Macy’s is having their Veteran’s Day Sale until 11/11. Get 10-20% off online with the code VETDAY. I scored these cute new rain boots.

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Snappy Cider

11/08/2013
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What do you get when you combine Art in the Age’s SNAP liquor, which tastes like the boozy version of a gingersnap cookie, with apple cider? Pure deliciousness in cocktail form. If you are having any type of fall gathering, definitely considering whipping up this cocktail; it will be the hit of the evening.

It could not be more simple to make. Mix three parts apple cider with one part SNAP, an organic liquor by Philadelphia collective/boutique/art gallery/spirit producer Art In The Age. Sprinkle in some cinnamon to taste. It’s even better warmed up (warm cider before adding the SNAP). Serve chilled in a mason jar or warm in a mug. For garnish, float a round apple slice on the drink’s surface or slip it onto the glass rim, or add a stick of fresh cinnamon to the glass.

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Lushlife Debut at Art in the Age

11/07/2013
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>>> At Union Transfer, the lovely Kate Nash plays a headlining set behind last year’s wonderful Girl Talk with support from the also-great (and also Vivian Girl) La Sera and Skating Polly.
>>> We gave tickets away, and you probably didn’t win, but you should hit this up anyway. Communion Philadelphia/Soul Clap and Dance-Off is going down at Underground Arts. All the info you need on this is here, and you might want to stretch before that dance-off, you’re not as young as you used to be.
>>> Over at Art in the Age, you can catch the debut of Lushlife‘s “Toynbee Suite,” and drink some free beer.
>>> Local pop-rockers Turning Violet Violet are set to play their “last headlining show for the foreseeable future” (according to The Key) at the Boot and Saddle tonight. Show ‘em you love ‘em.
>>> Oh, and how could we forget: Hanson plays the TLA. We wish we could have actually forgotten.

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Art In The Age x Poler Campvibes Cocktail Kit

11/07/2013
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Just because you’re roughing it in the wilderness doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be drunk. This collaboration speaks to the modern camper’s imbibing necessity with a full cocktail set made for campfire life. Included in the kit: a flask, a couple mugs, a shaker, some extra goodies (like a t-shirt and notebook) and Pok Pok drinking vinegar — just choose your flavor. And it all comes in a perfectly-sized Poler Excursion Pack, which your kid could easily carry. $200

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