LITTLE EL SALVADOR: DRINKS AND THAT TURKEY SANDWICH AT THE COPPER STILL
Pan Con Pavo (turkey sandwich)
The bar at Jaragua transformed itself to a separate bar called The Copper Still about three years ago. I ran into bar director Nancy Kwon at Tales of the Cocktail in 2012 and she told me all about opening Copper Still. Somehow years flew by before I actually made it in. I first met Nancy when she was the Ilegal Mezcal brand ambassador years before and she heard about Elemental Mixology classes from me. Long story short, we have a lot in common- good food and most definitely good drinks.
Recently a big deal has been made over the pan con pavo or turkey sandwich at Copper Still. It’s stuffed with a goodly amount of turkey but what makes it awesome is the gravy which is poured on. Fresh veggies including radish slices keep it light. I love the topping of curtido, the lightly pickled slaw usually served with pupusas.
Root Of It All, My Sweet Summer
Nancy was just switching out list to the Spring menu so we tried a couple of the new drinks. My friend had the Root of it All, a stirred drink that would normally catch my eye but this night I was all about My Sweet Summer. Something about the cachaca and the Yellow Chartreuse just seemed glorious. And it was. Not too sweet, it’s a great drink now that our weather is warming up.
Art in the Age makes a number of liqueurs I love including Root which as you might guess taste just like root beer. Mixed with Atlantico reserva and even a touch of demerara sugar, it’s sweet but balanced.
Root of it All – Atlantico reserva rum, Art in the Age Root, demerara sugar, sarsparilla bitters
My Sweet Summer – Avua prata cachaca, Yellow Chartreuse, Clement creole shrub, grapefruit peel
The kitchen sent out pastelitos, a great snack while thinking about our next cocktail conquest.
Rhum cocktail with Santa Teresa Orange Liqueur
We must have been in a rum/rhum mood as some of the next few drinks leaned that way. I loved this one with Santa Teresa Orange Liqueur.
Food was starting to hit the table (or bar top). We tried three different ones including my fave chicharron. The lorroco (Salvadoran herb) is wonderful as a vegetarian option. For more on the pupusas, check out the end of this post when I did a pupusa crawl along Beverly.
Lucano in Starlight
You really can’t go wrong with dinner and a show. First Nancy set some booze on fire in the coupe then flicked shaved cinnamon, showering the place with playful sparkles. The stirred drink is then poured in to extinguish the flame.
Lucano in Starlight – Plantation Barbados rums, Amaro Lucano, Bitter Truth bitters, toasted cinnamon
Up until this night, I had not heard of a whisper about Salvadoran poutine. And now suddenly I want Salvi poutine all the time. The fries are covered with pork, gravy and soft Salvadoran cheese. It’s delicious and probably just as of a big calorie bomb as its Canadian brethren but who cares, Salvi poutine!
stirred for me, please
We couldn’t resist trying another couple of drinks with dessert. Another stirred drink with whiskey for me.
And then this awesome drink with Dead Rabbit’s Orinoco bitters which are warm and spicy. The Dead Rabbit is a bar in New York and I was impressed the Copper Still actually got them from someone who traveled to New York to buy them. Note, you can buy them online but I like the idea of someone winging their way to NY to buy ’em.
Keeping it Salvi even to the end, we had these lovely things we were calling Salvi doughnuts which we dipped and ate with the enormous amount of stewed fruit.
I have promised Nancy it won’t be 3 years until I make it in again so who wants to go next week?
With the warm weather comes another Sinful Feast!
Join us for cocktails in the garden and dinner in the parlor on April 30th at the historical Physick House with guest Nic Esposito, author of “Kensington Homestead” and Philly farming enthusiast!
Reserve tickets here: http://bit.ly/1ONJonG
There is nothing better than Springtime in an East Coast city. If you would have asked me a month ago, I would have told you Philadelphia was the worst place on earth, and you should never visit EVER. But that was just the cold, melting snow and me being tired of cleaning up road salt from my wood floors talking. This weekend was Philadelphia perfection. The sun was shining, there was no sports traffic and no one was drunk before 10 am dressed in green. The temperature was somewhere in between no jacket and “holy $h!t, I wish I had my jacket”. In other words, Philadelphia was the best place to be this weekend.
I feel this way about my city from time to time. I recently had a fight with Jamie, a lifetime Philadelphia resident-recently turned Jersey girl- about if I have lived in the city long enough to be considered a Philadelphian. She didn’t think I had because I get annoyed at people who think Wawa and Dunkin Donuts are establishments that should be visited other than when you’re coffee desperate or in need of a bathroom, and because I don’t care at all about Philly sports. But I’ve lived in this city for almost 5 years, I’ve lived in two different neighborhoods, almost been kidnapped by an Uber driver once, had our cars broken into 3 times and haven’t seen the Liberty Bell yet. Even Jamie had to admit I’m a real Philadelphian now.
Since we have a world-wide reading audience, we want to share the best-of the cities we know and love. So today we bring you the FIRST in our new series: TN Travels. Today’s episode is….
If you’re going to REALLY do Philadephia, I recommend more than 1 day, but let’s pretend you only have 1 day to spend. Here is what you should do:
Philadelphia has two Kimpton’s hotels: The Palomar and Hotel Monaco. Both hotels are in prime locations and you can get a great deal if there’s nothing too crazy going on in the city.
Head to Northern Liberties, wave hi to where I lived for 4 years and enjoy what I think is Philadelphia’s best brunch in the form of Southern-Jewish fusion at Honey’s Sit n’ Eat at 4th and Brown. Try something Mexican-inspired (I always get the Enfrijoladas and the Huevos Rancheros are YUM).
TN Tip: Get there early otherwise you’ll wait for a long time. If you don’t listen to me and there wait is long, walk north on 4th street to Poplar and eat at Cafe Chismosa. Tell Jugo I sent you.
I struggle recommending this, sorta. Philadelphia is home to AMAZING coffee roasters. I don’t think La Colombe is one of them, BUT… they are a Philly staple. They started here, their coffee is decent, affordable and is every where. The chain has since expanded into other cities, but they recently opened their headquarters in a neighborhood called Fishtown. The building is gorgeous. And the coffee they sell here is different than you’ll find in other coffee shops/restaurants across the city. Plus you can enjoy a pastry with your coffee after brunch.
(Not Coffee, but you get the idea…)
After your brunch and coffee, boutiques should be starting to open. My favorite place to browse boutiques is 3rd street in Old City. Hope in a cab or drive from Fishtown over to the oldest part (I think) of Philadelphia. Not only will you find awesome shops (I love Art in the Age, Philadelphia Independents and Vagabond), but you’ll be in the heart of our historic district. The Liberty Bell is close by, you can walk past Benjamin Franklin’s grave and throw a penny onto it (I think it’s good luck) and see this bad boy:
That’s Independence Hall the birthplace of Freedom, you idiots. I think…
Philadelphia is surrounded by water and the city is really trying to push peoeple to the smelliest side that borders the Delaware River. Race Street Pier is their first, good attempt to get people there. Take Race street towards the water and stroll along the pier, people watching for a bit. Plus you can wave hi to New Jersey!
I’ve never done recommendations like this before, but by now it’s probably early afternoon. I know you’re hungry for lunch- we’re getting there. But first, get ice cream. Why not? You’re on vacation. Franklin Fountain is a close walk from Race Street Pier and the servers dress like old timey soda-shop workers. It’s completely over priced but terribly delicious.
TN Tip: The wait can be upwards of an hour. I think I’m sending you at a good time, but if it’s really hot or at a normal-person-eating-ice-cream time, you might have to wait. Also it’s cash only.
Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market filled with interesting food-related shops and eateries. I honestly don’t eat there often, but when I do I go to Meltkraft Grilled Cheese. There are TONS of famous places for the meat eaters out there. I’m anti-touristy places for the most part, but this market is worth seeing. I love shopping here for produce, seafood and cheese!
Find your way to Ben Franklin Parkway and walk towards the Art Museum. It’s a decent walk, but oh-so-worth it on a nice day. You’ll see beautiful statues I know nothing about on your way and Logan Circle, where homeless people bathe. Try to enjoy it anyway:
Once you get to the Art Museum, I guess you can do the Rocky Thing. Makes for a good Instagram picture so people know where you are, at least.
If you still have energy, continue around behind the Art Museum. It’s beautiful and the OTHER river we border is there (The Schuylkill river- Skoo-Kill). Walk north along the water a little bit and you’ll come to “Boat House Row” where crew teams from local universities keep their boats. Lament how you didn’t go to a cool university that kept big boats in a cute house.
Head to Rittenhouse Square. People watch, and enjoy the music that’s bound to be there. Once you get bored, there is an awesome Anthropologie at the corner of 18th and Walnut. There’s also a Madewell right on Walnut. Get a Cocktail and a snack at Parc. Try to snag an outdoor seat.
TN Tip: Don’t eat a full meal here. Overrated. But it’s a great place to drink and people watch.
You deserve it.
There’s this neighborhood everyone calls the Gayborhood (you’ll see why) that has some awesome places to eat. If you’re planning ahead, try to get a reservation, but most places accept walk-ins. Check out the menus for Lolita, Barbuzzo or Little Nonnas and see what strikes your fancy.
While you wait for your table, you can usually snag a bar spot at Vintage Wine Bar for wine. If you want Cocktails, check out Charlie was a Sinner or Vedge. The Gayborhood is PACKED on a nice night which always makes for fun people watching/laughing when drunk girls fall in their too-high-heels.
I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted from planning your day. You can wrap up the night with a cocktail at any of the above mentioned bars, but if I were you, I’d just go to bed!
You’ll notice I did not mention consuming a single cheesesteak or soft pretzel. That was intentional as I don’t recommend those things. This One Day in Philadelphia keeps you in the touristy areas for the most part. There are tons more things you COULD do that are touristy in one day, but this is kinda my quintessential perfect Philly day. And is almost exactly what I did this weekend!
There is so much more to say about my wonderful-for-now-until-it-becomes-too-hot-to-bare-city, but this will have to do. Let me know if you have any questions about planning a trip to Philly!
Have you seen the Rocky Statue? What about the Liberty Bell? Did you know Benjamin Franklin almost died from syphilis? #PhillyPhacts
The last few months have seen a slew of successful Darling events, from welcoming in new interns with high tea at the Langham Pasadena, to our most recent Issue No. 11 launch party, Bright Nights, held in downtown LA.
Join us as we relive the memories and share with you some of the spring’s favorite moments thus far.
Maybe we’ll see you at the next?
BRIGHT NIGHTS RELEASE PARTY
Written by Darling Intern Kelsey Herrington:
Thursday, March 26th was a magical evening at the Hudson Lofts in Downtown LA as we celebrated the release of Darling’s spring issue. Darling partnered with The Black Tuxto host an evening dedicated to celebrating the hard work and dedication that went into Darling’s 11th issue. The men sporting the Black Tux looked nothing short of dapper in their suave suits and coats. The air was warm and the streets were buzzing as guests entered through glass doors downstairs and went up to the loft.
A colorful wonderland of huge balloons, tassels, and other bright accents was created all thanks to PaperFox LA. The soundtrack for the night was provided by DJ Jessica Blackstock. Guests meandered as they sipped Art in the Agecocktails, wine from Amnity Vineyards, beer from Golden Road Brewery, and deliciously fun “jelly shots” from Ludlows Cocktails. There was no shortage of delicious drinks asKevita and delicious coffee concoctions from Compadresalso made an appearance. Guests raved about the almost too cute to eat Lette Macarons, adorable donuts from Donut Friend, and delicious chocolate from Ben Chic. From the rooftop, it was easy to stop and stare at the Los Angeles skyline as it sparkled. Guests had the opportunity to capture a moment in this enchanted space thanks to FlipBooth LA.
The talented photographers Christin Rose and Brian Tropiano also captured moments from the evening. Darling’s nonprofit partner, International Justice Mission (IJM), was also there to share their mission, which is “to partner with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.” Kara Elise curated a truly unforgettable evening where we celebrated Darling’s 11th issue and all the wonderful people who made it possible.
LANGHAM HIGH TEA
Written by Darling Intern Annie Ellis:
It is not often that we get a chance to leave behind the endless to do lists and overflowing inboxes to simply sit, converse, and sip delicious tea. Yet, the women of the Darling team stepped way from our desks for an elegant afternoon at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena. We recently welcomed a new group of interns to the office, so a celebratory brunch was in order, and the Langham was gracious enough to host us.
As we were welcomed into a beautiful and bright courtyard blossoming with springtime flowers, it felt as if we had been whisked away somewhere far from downtown Los Angeles. The freeway noises and blaring car horns melted away, and we were met with a refreshing peace and calm. For an afternoon we were given the sweet gift of time to simply breathe and be. After sitting down at beautifully arranged tables, complete with rosy teacups and plates, we were offered several different types of tea. Some were light and f lowery while others dark and strong. With so many unique flavors, there was something for each of us to enjoy.
“There is something deeply rejuvenating about slowing down to notice the often overlooked beauty in the things and people which surround you.”
As we tried each different tea, we were stunned to see towers of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and colorful desserts placed in front of us. After eating, we enjoyed the sunny weather while exploring the grounds and soaking in our afternoon escape. There is something deeply rejuvenating about slowing down to notice the often overlooked beauty in the things and people which surround you. The tea and food were exceptional, but the sweetest part of our day at the Langham was the opportunity to learn a little more about each other and to be attentive to the stories and joys of the women we work alongside every day.
DARLING DINNER NO. 14
Written by Darling Intern Kelsey Herrington:
Thursday, March 12th was an enchanted evening in a cozy loft downtown where women gathered to enjoy the 14th Darling Dinner. Boo of Wylie West Creative transformed the already magical environment into an even more stunning and inspiring space. Candles flickered and a soft murmur among guests filled the room as Sarah of La Femme Epicurecreated delicious food using generously donated produce from Farmbox LA for the evening.
After sipping on lavender infused cocktails and pinot fromUnion Wine Company and munching on a delicious cheese platter, guests sat down at the giant gorgeous reclaimed wood table to enjoy the food. Citrus with rose water was served first to cleanse our palates, followed by burrata with beets and arugula, then duck fat roasted chicken. We finished the evening with orange blossom infused pavlova.
As amazing as the menu was, the real star of the night was the conversation. As with every Darling Dinner, there was a theme and a table question to spark intentional conversation. This particular evening’s theme was joy. We discussed what makes us joyful and how we can use what fills us with joy to ignite joy in others. This question encouraged an inspiring conversation of friends, family, work and passion. The talented photographer Andrea Patricia captured the evening with some stunning photos. Guests also left with a jar of unique Murray River flake salt from Australia. Kara Elise was generous enough to not only curate the enchanted evening, but also host us in her loft.
JEWELRY MAKING WORKSHOP
Written by Darling Intern Kelsey Herrington:
Last month, Darling partnered with Annie and Jen of Tribe of Dreamers to host the very first jewelry-making workshop. Kara Elise of Willow & Niche hosted the event in her magical loft downtown. Tribe of Dreamers empowers people to pursue their passion in an effort to spark a positive change in the world, much like Darling.
On this particular warm evening in Los Angeles, women gathered to mingle, eat, and make some awesome jewelry. Candles flickered as women sipped wine and they pounded, cut, and hammered away, creating beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. As the evening came to an end, women left with not only three variations of a gold necklace and a leather wrap bracelet, but also full stomachs and full hearts.
Wondering about upcoming Darling events? Check out our calendar, here, to find out if we’ll be near you!
SNAPPY PEAR CIDER
April 09, 2015
This recipe was a collaboration of between the family on Thanksgiving. We were looking for a drink that the entire family would enjoy, and have varying degrees of potency. My mother bought ciders from whole foods, pear, apple and cranberry and we were going to mix them with dark rum. I came across Art in the Age while I was searching for some ideas on what to mix with the ciders decided upon ingredients I came across Art in the Age.
I had heard of Art in the Age before, as a hipster artisan liquor company they make historical liquors. Right now the selection includes Snap, Rhubarb, Root and Sage. So far I have tried Snap and Root. Snap is based on the old fashion taste of a ginger snap cookie, the real black strap molasses kind. My mother is literally obsessed with these cookies, so I knew we had found our replacement for the dark rum. She provided us some store bought ginger syrup and we enjoyed these throughout the day on Thanksgiving. By far, our favorite combo was with the pear cider.
For this recipe I made my own ginger syrup, since I wanted something a bit more potent in taste than the store-bought kind. Plus it’s almost never in stock, so it was imperative I learned how to make it myself.
Happy Thursday Y’all!
Add all your ingredients in a non-reactive pan (aka: a good solid stainless steel pan). Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Keep it on simmer for at least 40 minutes. Use a spoon and cool the liquid on the spoon when you think you are ready. Make sure it is nice and sticky but not too much that you can’t pour it. Remove and let cool. Store in a glass gar.
Fill large pint size glass with ice, add all ingredients, stir and enjoy! Try your own combos of cider like we did … I am partial to the pear, because it lets the ginger flavor come out, but the crab-apple is also quite good.
Known as the “Sage of Monticello” Thomas Jefferson was horticulture enthusiast known for his vast gardens and extensive library at his home located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Today we toast to his 272nd birthday with a SAGE Monticello Mary:
2 parts SAGE
4 parts tomato juice
1 tbsp horseradish
1 tbsp pickle juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Juice 1/2 lemon
Juice 1/2 lime
Pinch of Black Pepper
Fill a tall glass with ice and add SAGE. In a cocktail shaker, mix the remaining ingredients and pour into the glass. Stir to combine. Finish with your garnish of choice.
Spring has finally sprung and the GrogDog is enjoying the sunshine, daffodils, and traditional spring and Easter treats that have been used to celebrate the Earth’s renewal since humans discovered the miraculous egg.
While St. Patrick’s Day is all about the green, Easter and its companion non-Christian holidays clothe themselves in pastels – pink, yellow, blue, and green reflecting blooming botanicals. This year, enjoy a semi-sweet brunch cocktail that incorporates all the ingredients of a bright spring day full of promise: The Grand Royal Fizz.
The Grand Royal Fizz is ½ oz. orange juice, 1 oz. lemon juice, 1 tsp. sugar, 2 oz. gin, ¼ oz.maraschino liqueur, ½ oz. cream, and 1 fresh egg. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake long and hard – you want to incorporate as much of the egg into the drink as possible, and enough air to give it a silky mouthfeel. Pour into a tall glass, top with club soda, and give it a light stir.
Note: I understand that people are wary of consuming raw eggs. There was a massive raw-egg scare a couple of decades ago and now every chain restaurant menu in the country warns against them. If you’re squeamish about drinking whole raw eggs, feel free to substitute 1 oz. of pasteurized egg white from a carton – but if you skip the egg altogether you’re changing the character of the cocktail substantially, and I can’t vouch for the result. In the interest of education, this article completely debunks the myth that consuming raw egg is a health hazard. (The egg-producing process is highly regulated and salmonella contamination rates, already pretty low except for the long-ago outbreaks that caused the seemingly unending hysteria, are hardly worth mentioning now.)
For those who prefer a less spot-on Easter cocktail but want to enjoy a zingy taste of spring, I offer the Pineapple-Mint SNAP Sour, a fresh, sweet/sour cocktail that features SNAP liqueur, “…a sophisticated organic spirit based on authentic folk history designed for people who know how to drink”.
This delicious ginger spirit was developed based on a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch gingersnap recipe by my drinking buddies at Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction cooperative (conceived byHendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum creator Steven Grasse). You can find SNAP, along with its equally delightful playmates ROOT, SAGE, and RHUBARB, at many well stocked liquor stores, and cocktail recipes in addition to this one on their web site.
The Pineapple-Mint SNAP Sour is 1 oz. SNAP, 2 oz. fresh lemon juice, 3 oz. pineapple juice, and 5 mint leaves. Muddle the mint with the lemon juice, add SNAP and pineapple juice, stir, and top with club soda.