Get In The Spirit(s)! It's Free!
Wednesdays rule at Art in the Age, Topstitch, and Reward. Not only is there sales galore, but free festive adult-style beverages, and free gift-wrapping. All of this merriment, sponsored by ROOT, the liquor that is supposed to taste like root beer, but really taste like sugar-free root-beer barrels that have melted in the sun. But, no one is really tasting anything when it’s free, so, drink up!
CURATOR: Flexing Our Mussels
I could bitch about politics all day, but luckily there’s some good news on Art in the Age’s blog to distract me. We as a country have been polluting our waters over the years, killing off valuable members to our rivers’ ecosystems. The good news is that the Delaware River is actually bucking this trend. The alewife floater and tidewater mucket, two of the seven species of mussels found in the Delaware River, are alive and well. See, mussels are important because they act as water filters, gobbling up bacteria and other stuff that would likely leave you on the toilet if you came in contact with it. Because of the declining quality of America’s waters, mussel populations have been falling rapidly. Don’t get ahead of yourself, though, clean and cleaner are two very different words. Taking a big gulp of ship yard water still probably isn’t a good idea
Narragansett Porter: A proper porter
Local brewmeister Narragansett Beer has released its winter seasonal craft brew, Narragansett Porter, and for the first time ever, you can buy it in the brewery's signature 16-ounce Tallboy cans (or on draught).
I usually don't like porters, probably because the ones my husband drinks look like tar, but this porter is different. It isn't too heavy or too bitter and has light hops with a hint of caramel and smokiness. The brewery describes it as "approachable," and I certainly agree.
The porter is brewed at Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, R.I. and High Falls Brewery in Rochester, N.Y., featuring Chinook hops for bitterness and Simcoe hops for aroma. Try it with a hearty beef stew or a pot roast.
Narragansett Porter is available in local liquor stores. For details, visit www.narragansettbeer.com/home.
Snowed in? Great mail-order gifts!
From bacon jam to tins of flavored popcorn, Elizabeth Mayhew of Woman's Day magazine, shows gifts sure to please food lovers.
Video: Local holiday food gifts from the Philadelphia region
Caroline Bean from Greater Philadelphia Tourism was on “the 10! show” recently to talk about local gifts for the holiday season. I met Caroline when I went on the City Food Tour’s Philly Homegrown Tour a few weeks ago, and she mentions giving a food tour as a gift. I would definitely recommend that gift choice, and the rest of her recommendations look great, too. This has given me the idea to come up with my own South Jersey gift guide, but until I do, take a look at this.
Make Your Own Snow Globe
This Thursday (6-8 p.m.), book two hours to learn how to make your own snow globe with Art in the Age's Nicole Hutnyk. The boutique will supply what you need to make your own holiday-themed globe, but you're welcome to bring your own figurines or what-have-you to create something a bit more personalized.