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It's 5-O'Clock Somewhere: Pumpkin Beer Float

11/11/2013
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We’re always enthusiastic about autumn’s influx of pumpkin-centric sweets: quick breads, cakes and pies—does it get any better? Why, yes, it does! This grown-up spin on the root beer float, featuring one of the season’s best treats (pumpkin beer!), an all-time fave (ice cream) and an unexpected kick (Snap, a spicy, gingersnap-inspired spirit) has us rethinking our go-to desserts. Try whipping up a batch for your next football party—this cocktail is a crowd-pleaser that will leave ‘em cheering (even if your team doesn’t).

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Vanilla Ice Cream
Pumpkin Beer
Snap
Cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE IT…

Add two scoops of ice cream to each glass. Splash with Snap (about 1/2 oz or so) and sprinkle with cinnamon. Top off with your favorite pumpkin beer, pop in a straw and sip sweetly

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Hot Ginger & Rhubarb Tea Cocktail

11/11/2013
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I like to take this part of the year one holiday at a time. What's the use in getting caught up in all of the stressfulness of the ever-increasingly-more-commercialized holiday season? It's not even Thanksgivukkah yet, people! Relax and enjoy the autumn wind and crunchy leaves. If you need a little help doing so, you're going to want to keep reading and give this drink a try. When the good folks over at Art in the Age saw my Gingersnap Cocktail, they loved it and wanted more. They sent me a bottle of their Rhubarb Tea flavored liqueur to try out and to mix into a new delicious concoction. After a couple of tries, I decided that ginger, rhubarb, cranberry, and rosemary would be a winning combination. 

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The Boutique You'll Want to Buy

11/10/2013
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What began as a DIY retail space in a repurposed factory has grown, after a move down to Old City, into one of the best boutiques in town. The store is now compartmentalized: a collection of graphic tees all for 10 bucks; a Warby Parker glasses (and sunglasses) station; a small but sturdy collection of menswear from the likes of Steven Allen and Woolrich Woolen Mills, Gitman and Todd Snyder; shelves filled with knickknacks and jewelry; house brand soaps and stationery. Don’t miss what they’re perhaps most famous for producing: a line of craft spirits that can’t be placed into the typical booze categories (gin, whiskey, tequila, etc.). Instead they offer rhubarb, sage, snap (as in ginger-), and root (as in beer).

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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!

SALES:

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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