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The 21 Philly Shops You Should Be Following On Instagram

4_22_philly.racked1Facebook’s fine for checking in with estranged high school classmates, but we all know that Instagram is really where it’s at. These 21 Philly shops agree, flooding their feeds with photos of brand-new store arrivals supplemented by sale info and breaking store news.

Free from pandering status updates, baby pics, and politics, this is social media at its unadulterated best. (Stay tuned for Instagram round-ups of Philly spas, designers, and flea markets in the coming weeks.)

@artintheage: Cocktail recipes touting AITA’s signature liquors are the focus here, supplemented by photos of the Old City shop’s stock: Norman Porter jeans, Warby Parker specs, 3Potato4 gear, etc.

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The 21 Philly Shops You Should Be Following On Instagram


ROOT & BARB $5 Off The Month of April – PA Only

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Just in time for Spring, ROOT and RHUBARB Tea are on sale* for $27.99 for the entire month of April! Check out our recipes page for ideas for your next concoction!

*Pennsylvania only


Featured Cocktail: Spring Reviver

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Though the weather last night in the D.C. area may have shown otherwise (sleek, seriously?), a peek at the calendar proves that it is indeed spring. This past winter has been like that party guest who won’t leave at 2 a.m., even as he watches you clean up the last of the dishes and glasses and talk about how early you need to get up. Oof.

But, the buds are breaking, the grass is getting greener, and we were wearing shorts last weekend. And this cocktail basically tells winter where to stick it. The liqueur formerly known as Rhuby is now called Rhubarb Tea (because of a legal battle…) But only the name has changed–it still has its appealing, mouthwatering tart and zesty flavor. The sip gets a citrus boost from Solerno and lemon juice (good thing, since that lime shortage is still going on…), and delicate florality from Lillet Rose. Just a few dashes of Absinthe give a signature whiff of anise.

Mix it up, and sip on the back porch or patio (grab a sweatshirt if you need to…) We are ready for you, spring…

Spring Reviver

Courtesy of Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 oz. Rhubarb Tea
1 oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 oz. Lillet Rose
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3 dashes Absinthe
Strawberry slice and mint sprig or edible flower, for garnish

Add all except garnish to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with the strawberry slice and mint sprig or edible flower.

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Featured Cocktail: Spring Reviver


Your Ultimate Guide to Shopping for Jeans in Philly

 

4_14_philly.racked1 One fact became clear while we compiled this handy map of Philly’s best shops for denim: The guys have it just as good as the girls. A smattering of shops cater exclusively to men, while local denim makers make the process of jeans shopping seem a whole lot cooler than simply doing a spin in front of the dressing room mirror at the Gap (we’re looking at you,Norman Porter).

2. ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION

Durable denim from USA-made brands like Raleigh and Tellason stock the shelves at this Old City shop. Better still, jeans from Philly’s own Norman Porter are carried here; AITA is one of the brand’s few area stockists.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Shopping for Jeans in Philly


Rhuby Barby Cocktail

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My housemate Rachel is quite the amateur mixologist. A couple weeks ago, some friends held a song-themed cocktail contest. Basically, this is a group of people who like to get together to sing old songs and drink. So try not to be too weirded out when I say that this drink is inspired by an old English hymn called Barby. Rachel created this delicious rhubarb cocktail. It is pink (like Barbie), a little sour, and oh so refreshingly delicious. We’ve made this drink a couple times since the contest and agree that it is a perfect spring drink. It looks girly but is much less saccharine than most mixes.

This recipe calls for rhubarb spirit and rhubarb juice- two unusual ingredients. Fear not, they are easier come by than you would think! The rhubarb spirit comes from a  local craft distillery called Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction. If you are a Philly local, you can pick it up there. If not, vanilla infused vodka or another neutral spirit will work fine (just add more rhubarb juice). To make the rhubarb juice, you can either run rhubarb stalks through a juicer or make juice by boiling the rhubarb. I found a great recipe from Serious Eats that involves cutting the rhubarb stalks into cubes and then boiling and straining the cubes. We made a lot of juice ahead of time and have kept it in the fridge. It lasts a couple weeks in the fridge, or you can freeze it in ice cube trays for later use.

Rhuby Barby Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • rhubarb spirit
  • rhubarb juice
  • honey or simple syrup
  • chopped mint plus more for garnish
  • ice

Mix together equal parts rhubarb spirit and rhubarb juice- one shot-glass-full of each works nicely. Stir in the honey till it dissolves. Add the chopped mint and ice and shake (in a cocktail shaker if you have it- we used a glass jar). Fill your cup with more ice. Pour the cocktail into your cup through a strainer. Garnish with more mint. Enjoy!

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Rhuby Barby Cocktail


Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson!

Today is the 271st birthday of our third President Thomas Jefferson. We mixed up a special cocktail, The Monticello Mary, named after Jefferson’s 5,000 acre plantation located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. The name “Monticello” comes from the Italian for “little mount”. It was home to Jefferson for most of his life and included an extensive library, vast gardens, and stunning works of architecture based on the neoclassical principles described in the books of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.

Monticello Mary

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.

Great cocktails start with responsible measuring!


Philadelphia Road Trip

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Earlier this week I linked up with my guys from Bird Bath Cabal and we took a quick trip to Philly for an interactive conversation with Marcus Troy moderated by Jesse Jones. The event was coordinated and hosted by CultureSnobs, a creative agency that focuses on interpreting culture through events. Before we made it down to check out the event we had to hit the city a bit and check out some cool shops.

Our first stop was Ps and Qs on South street. I’m pretty familiar with Philly since I went to college in Southeast Pennsylvania, so I was kind of excited to see a new store that’s evolved from the common sneaker spot or streetwear retailer found South Street. The Ps and Qs storefront has an awesome floor to ceiling woodgrain build out with a modern touch. They carry a vast selection of New Balance footwear, Hershel backpacks and Norse Projects apparel.  My favorite part is what can be described a modern man’s library in the back. There you can find books on the vintage American football, Tom Ford or Pharrell’s “Places and Spaces I’ve been”. The shop owners/employees were really cool guys and pretty much set the vibe for the entire store. They spent time talking to us about their shop, the men’s fashion industry and even put me up on game about the origins of Baltimore’s own PedX. I’d definitely recommend this store for any guy stopping through Philly to shop.

Leaving Ps and Qs I spotted the Nike x Roundel Air Max 1 in a store front window down the block so I had to pull over and check out the shop. We landed in the Suplex consignment shop. From what I understand there are a few consignment shops in Philly now so it’s only fitting to find one on South Street. I didn’t make any purchases but its nice to know they have my size in a sneaker I missed out on.

With more time to kill before the CultureSnobs event we checked out a few more stores. One that really caught our eye was Art in the Age, which was actually recommended to us by the guys over at Ps and Qs. We walked passed it at first and decided to walk the second time by. Art in the Age is lifestyle boutique and gallery space that sells men’s and women apparel and products. Here you can find items like Warby Parker eyewear,  Gitman Vintage shirts and even vintage inspired felt team flags. The most interesting products, however, were the spirits that they craft themselves. I’ve always been intrigued by the process of developing spirits. I just have a great appreciation for things that tend to get better with time without getting old and dated. They have 4 original flavors: Root, Snap, Rhubarb and Sage. They’re all available online. My only problem is deciding which one I’ll try out first.

We finally made our way through Old City to Hylo Boutiques, the venue for the event. Hylo Boutiques is a very unassuming gallery with what looks like the original windowpaned grayish doors, all covered by curtains blocking outsiders from peeking in. As we entered there was cool music playing and courteous guests greeting with a respectable look that said “What up! You look like you’re in the know”. That was rather welcoming without being overly friendly and generic.

The guests for the evening, Marcus Troy and his friend/moderator Jesse Jones, are both from Canada, Montreal and Toronto respectively. They came out at the scheduled time and without too much introduction they got right to the conversation. MT started by sharing what influenced him to get into fashion and footwear. He later went into he his earliest jobs, how he moved into the digital space and how he began to build his brand even before he startedwww.MarcusTroy.com

Here are 3 main points Marcus was passionate about sharing to build your brand:

  1. Build great relationships. – There’s nothing developing friendships in real life, not online.
  2. Have integrity. – Who are you when people are looking.
  3. Be authentic – Do what works for you. Don’t watch and follows others just to gain something.

Both Marcus and Jesse revealed some cool behind the scenes stories. Some of the guests had decent questions and comments that moved the conversation along. Overall I gained some valuable insight and enjoyed myself. We meet some new folks and I even ran into the young from Philly, Curran J. Much props to CultureSnobs with what was surprisingly their 1st event.

 

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Philadelphia Road Trip


Boozy Toasted Coconut ROOT Beer Float

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Yeah, I know- that title is something else huh?  Boozy Toasted Coconut Root Beer Float.  Are you kidding me?  Just take a sec to let that sink in…  So it’s that time of year, when the first mild spring day has me itching to fire up the bbq and have our first outdoor dinner.  Of course I am getting a little ahead of myself, seeing as the nights are still chilly, but we are getting there.  The first thing I always plan on the menu is dessert.  I LOVE dessert, and since we aren’t quite into berry season yet, I can’t rely on my favorite crumbles and cobblers.  So in the meantime…and all the time forever more, there is this root beer float.  Perfect for the kids (obviously omit the booze, as if that needs stating!), and a decadent treat for the adults.

This concoction’s secret weapon? Art in the Ages ROOT, a spirit with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice…sweet, warm and perfect for spiking a float.  This is some seriously crafted stuff, and on top of the artisinal brewing, it’s also certified organic.  Of course homemade hot fudge sauce, warm toasted coconut and coconut ice cream don’t hurt either!

Boozy Toasted Coconut Root Beer Float

Ingredients:

  1. 2 parts Art in the Ages ROOT
  2. 4 parts High Quality Root Beer
  3. 1 big scoop of Coconut Ice Cream
  4. Sprinkling of Toasted Shredded Coconut
  5. Generous dollop of Hot Fudge (I used this recipe to make my own- to die for!)

Directions:

Add ROOT to a chilled glass or mason jar, then fill it up almost to the top with root beer.  Place a large scoop of coconut ice cream right on top (a little trick, if you make the scoop larger than the mouth of the glass, it will stay on top instead of sinking).  Drizzle a generous helping of hot fudge over the ice cream and top with toasted coconut.  I toast my own unsweetened shredded coconut by simply giving it a few minutes on medium heat in my cast iron skillet, stirring it so it doesn’t burn.  Enjoy!

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Boozy Toasted Coconut ROOT Beer Float