by Margie Royal
The town of Media will kick of its first-ever Restaurant Week, Sunday, March 9 through Thursday, March 13. Enjoy a 3-5 course meal for $30 at: Ariano, Azie Restaurant, Court Diner, Desert Rose, Diego’s, D’Ignazio’s Towne House, Dos Gringos, Double Decker Pizza, Fellini Café, House, La Belle Epoque, La Na Thai French, Lotus Farm to Table, Margaret Kuo’s Media, Picasso, The Plumstead Inn, Shere-E-Punjab, Sligo, Spasso Italian Grill, Stephen’s on State and Temaki Sushi Bar.
The inspiration for and creation of Art in the Age’s four distinct spirits, ROOT, SNAP, Rhubarb Tea, and SAGE, was heavily influenced by the history and culture of Pennsylvania. Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College’s 7-9 p.m., Thursday, April 24 class, “Pennsylvania Spirits: When Botany and History Come Together” will welcome a representative from Art in the Age who will discuss the historical events and times that inspired each spirit and the botanicals that comprise them. Participants will also have the opportunity to sample cocktails made with each spirit following the presentation. Sign up quickly if you want to attend; the class is limited to 25. The registration fee is $40 for non-members and $30 for members. To register go to www.scott arboretum.org or call 610-328-8025.
Saturday, March 29 will be an evening of fashion, cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres, music and more all to raise awareness and funds for the Delaware County SPCA. The event, from 7-9 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, includes cocktails, appetizers, beer, wine, signature drinks, a fashion show with both human and adopted or adoptable pets as models, a silent auction, a cash prize raffle and a deluxe goody bag. Tickets are $75. On March 30, a benefit luncheon will be held, noon to 3 p.m. at Kings Mills, 6000 Pennell Road, Media. The luncheon ($50) will also include a fashion show. To avoid the service fee and purchase a ticket over the phone, call Justina Calgiano at 610-566-1370 ext. 231 or e-mail email@example.com.
Now through March 30, Krispy Kreme has added two coffee-flavored doughnuts to its line-up. The Mocha Kreme Doughnut is topped with mocha icing, a milk chocolate swirl and decorated with milk chocolate icing. The Caramel Coffee Kreme Doughnut is topped with caramel and coffee flavored icing, a mocha drizzle and dollop of coffee Kreme.
Our recipe this week, in honor of the start of Lent, is Crab Cakes served with Tarragon aioli sauce. The recipe appears courtesy of Chef Nicholas Petti of Mendo Bistro in Fort Bragg, Texas.
Serves 4 to 6
2 egg yolks
3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1/4 cup very hot water
2 cups olive oil
1/2 bunch tarragon, finely chopped
1 1/2 pounds Dungeness crab meat
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs, plus more for outer coating
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup of the tarragon aioli
Oil for sauteing
For the aioli: Place the egg yolks, garlic, lemon juice, salt and Tabasco in a food processor or blender, then blend. Pour in hot water, and process for 15 seconds. With machine running, slowly drizzle in oil until a mayonnaise consistency is reached. Stir in chopped tarragon.
Combine the crab, panko and green onions. Add 1/2 cup aioli and test mixture to see how well it holds together. If needed, add additional aioli. Do not overwork ingredients. Cakes should be loose and just barely hold together. Form into cakes about 3 inches in diameter. Set crab cakes on a bed of panko.
In a medium saute pan set over medium-high heat, heat the oil until just smoking. Place cakes, panko-side down, in pan. Saute until golden. Carefully turn over. Lower heat to medium, then saute until heated through. Serve with additional aioli.
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Sharing is to be encouraged. The name of the game is to try as many combinations as you can without getting too… tipsy. This is why we share. It’s fun tasting concoctions that you never would have thought of conjuring up.
Never underestimate the power of having extra ice handy. I didn’t think this through and ended up running back and forth from the fridge in the kitchen to the dining room table many times. It’s not a far trek but it’s also not conducive to party-time conversation. Yelling into the other room over the buzz and clatter of falling ice cubes falling into a glass vase is not a good look for anyone. Have plenty for the glasses as well as the shaker.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
The famous Philadelphia Flower Show starts this weekend (and runs March 1-9). To celebrate, Art in the Age has crafted two Flower Show-inspired signature cocktails that they’ll be serving at the show on March 2 (look for them in the Grand Hall from 4-6pm). Art in the Age incorporated their organic liquors into a delicious blackberry lemonade and a lavender cup.
Bartram’s Blackberry Lemonade
Directions: In rocks glass, muddle blackberries, a few basil leaves, and RHUBARB. Add ice and top with sparkling lemonade. Stir to combine.
SAGE Lavender Cup
Directions: Fill a tall glass with ice. Add SAGE and lavender honey syrup. Top with club soda, stir, and garnish with lemon
*To make Lavender Honey Syrup: Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of honey, and 3 sprigs of lavender in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until combined. Cover, remove from heat, and let steep for 25 minutes. Remove lavender and store syrup in a glass bottle. Can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
If you can’t make it to to the show to sample these libations on the 2nd, some local restaurants are also serving the signature libations: Revolution House, Jones, andSmokin’ Betty’s. And if you can’t make it there, whip them up at home!
Cheers to a very happy weekend!
Images and recipes via Art in the Age
Last night, we got to introduce Of Mercer, the amazingly chic work-wear brand, to the D.C. scene. We (and a bevy of stylish attendees) spent the evening at Urban Chic in Georgetown, shopping the online-only collection in person. From perfectly structured dresses to cool, modern jewelry and belts, these duds are tailor-made for Washington’s professional set.
In addition to enjoying tasty food and drinks, guests got to try out a lip-gloss bar by Nival Salon — we saw so many gorgeous pouts during the night! Among the attendees were some of the DMV’s chicest bloggers: E ofDistrict of Chic, Meaghan of District Sparkle, Cheralee of Miss Lyle Style, Tammy of A Loyal Love, Lindsay of 2nd & L, and Alina of The Hyperbalist.
If you couldn’t make it last night, don’t fret: You still have two more opportunities to check out Of Mercer in person. Tonight and tomorrow, the brand will make appearances at the Capitol Hill Hotel and the AKA White House, respectively. If you’ve already got plans, you can always shop the collection online from the comfort of your couch.
Click through for the best snaps of our lovely evening with the love ladies of Urban Chic and Of Mercer.
Travel-minded brand Clark & Madison crafts cool merch for the stylish globetrotter, but they’ve decided to ditch their wayfaring ways after finding success during last year’s ArtsReSTORE pop-up village. As mentionedpreviously, the LA-based line will continue to hold court in Westwood Village, offering their sustainably-made leather weekenders, dopp kits, wallets, clutches, luggage accessories and more at 10918 Kinross Ave. C&M co-founder Dina Epstein tells us they’ll be there for the next several months, and possibly until summer.
In addition to stocking their own made-in-America wares, the label’s pop-up also carries men’s basics from local fave Grover, accessories from PSC, handmade longboards from Loyal Dean and Cali-inspired footwear from Cordwain. To toast their temp home base, the brand’s throwing a grand opening bash tomorrow night—and you’re invited!
Tomorrow from 7pm to 9:30pm, enjoy free bites, sips and tunes with Clark & Madison founders Epstein and Frosti Zernow and LA menswear blogger Blake Scott of Anything and Everything. To keep parched partygoers buzzed and caffeinated during the evening affair, Art in the Age’s organic Prohibition-inspired cocktails and hipster fave Stumptown’s cold brew coffee will also be in the house.
Looking to start the weekend a little early? You’re in luck. There are a ton of events on tap for this Thursday evening, including opportunities to sip free or discounted drinks, a fifth birthday fiesta and a mash-up between three well-loved local restaurants.
Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream team up once again to present their Third Thursdee event, a food collaboration between the two neighboring restaurants and one lucky guest restaurant. Tonight, the popular Cheu Noodle Bar brings an Asian spin to the restaurants’ pizza and ice cream — along with free sake and whiskey.
Old City’s Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction shop hosts a party for its newly updated and expanded Warby Parker eyeglass section. Look forward to Art in the Age cocktails and a slew of vintage-inspired eyewear to boot.
Cantina Dos Segundos, Northern Liberties’ popular Mexican bar and restaurant, celebrates its fifth birthday with discounted margaritas, shots, beer, snacks and five on-site DJs. The festivities run until 2 a.m., so you have plenty of time to join in the fun.
Our top picks for tonight, below.
• Third Thursdee at Pizza Brain: Join Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream for the February Third Thursdee event, a night of friendly food collaboration between the neighboring eateries and one local guest restaurant. Tonight, the team welcomes Cheu Noodle Bar for an Asian fusion take on pizza and ice cream along with free sake, whiskey drinks and homemade juice.
When: Thursday, February 20, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pizza Brain, 2313 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
• Warby Parker Expansion Party at Art in the Age: Check out the new and improved Warby Parker eyeglass section at Art in the Age at an evening fete at the Old City boutique. Tonight from 7 to 9 p.m., sip cocktails made with Art in the Age spirits and try on the vintage-inspired eyewear that inhabit the shelves
When: Thursday, February 20, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street
• Cantina Dos Segundos’ 5th Birthday: This evening, Cantina Dos Segundos in Northern Liberties throws a fifth birthday fiesta all night long. Until the bar closes at 2 a.m., enjoy $5 El Jimador margaritas, $5 shots and $5 Mexican snacks. And, beginning at 10 p.m., move to music from a number of on-site DJs. Raise a margarita (with salt or sugar, it’s your call) to five years of Northern Liberties’ well-loved Mexican spot.
When: Thursday, February 20, until 2 a.m.
Where: Cantina dos Segundos, 931 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance: Tonight, the dynamic dance troupe Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance takes the stage at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The group, which has been seen onDancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, is set to perform a high-spirited 80-minute show for its Philadelphia audience. Look forward to impressive routines to songs by Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, The Beatles, Robin Thicke, Usher, Queen, Justin Timberlake and more. Tickets start at $20 for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. show.
When: Thursday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
• Beer Olympics at The Cambridge: The Cambridge continues its Beer Olympics with a kick the keg match up between Germany’s Bitburger Pils and Russia’s Baltika Ale. Support your favorite country (and beer!) by sipping draughts to help empty the keg. Plus, both competing brews will be available for just $4 a pop.
When: Thursday, February 20
Where: The Cambridge, 1508 South Street
Cost: $4 per competing beer
• Spirit of Thursday at The Trestle Inn: Sip free samples of Rebellion Bourbon at The Trestle Inn’srecurring Spirit of Thursday event. From 6 to 8 p.m., taste the Kentucky straight bourbon in the Callowhill dive bar. After sampling the bourbon, enjoy $8 Rebellion Bourbon old fashions, too.
When: Thursday, February 20, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
• Mega-Bad Movie Night at The Academy of Natural Sciences: The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts a screening of Jurassic Park III as part of its Mega-Bad Movie Night. For $18, catch the flick, enjoy complimentary snacks, hands-on activities, tour the museum and indulge in a cash wine and beer bar. The film is slated to begin at 8 p.m., but guests are welcome to explore the museum and mingle with other guests beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online.
When: Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Other Desert Cities at the Walnut Street Theatre: Spend your Thursday evening at the theater asOther Desert Cities continues its runs at the Walnut Street Theatre. The award-winning play, which was written by the creator of TV’s Brothers & Sisters, tells the story of the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family Christmas in Palm Springs.
When: Thursday, February 20, 8 p.m.
Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Warby Parker is expanding their showroom in Art in the Age! Toast the new look with spirits by the store’s own distillery. This event has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 20, from 7-9 PM. This is a free event, but and RSVP is required.
Event Date: 02/20
Event Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Art in the Age
The urban getaway of choice for most DC LADIES is the always exciting and ever-changing New York. We see the Big Apple as the only East Coast city that surpasses our hometown in terms of intriguing cultural happenings. But next time you book an Amtrak ticket on the Northeast Regional, consider a closer and cheaper alternative. Philadelphia is just an hour and 45-minute train ride or a two and a half hour car trip away and has plenty of affordable lodging and entertainment options. The city’s booming culinary and art scenes and its laid-back vibe are just some of the unique features that provide a fresh alternative to “just another weekend” in The District.
With an early start, you’ll arrive in town with plenty of time for dinner and drinks in Philadelphia’s trendiest neighborhood. A formerly run-down and industrial area, Northern Liberties has recently undergone an urban renewal and now boasts thriving dining and nightlife scenes.
Explore the neighborhood’s popular gathering spot, the Piazza, before settling on a place to eat. Standard Tap, the city’s first gastro pub, pours a great selection of microbrews and dishes up gourmet bar snacks like duck confit salad. On warm evenings, enjoy the beer garden at the colorful and funky Silk City Diner; or, head into its lounge if you’re looking for a DJ and some dancing.
Start with a small breakfast at the atmospheric Chapterhouse, a combination art gallery and coffee shop that uses fair-trade beans and organic products for its drinks and goodies.
Once you get your caffeine fix, head around the corner to South Street where you’ll find one of Philadelphia’s most unique sights. The Magic Gardens features an outdoor, part-subterranean gallery displaying the mosaic creations of artist Isaiah Zagar. Take some time to wander through this urban oasis where multi-colored tiles co-mingle with bicycle parts, glass bottles, and ceramic plates to form twisting, shimmering tunnels below the sidewalk level.
Explore the funky shops along South Street, while keeping an eye out for intricate wall murals. Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program was born out of a mission to redirect the work of graffiti artists, encouraging them to instead produce constructive mural paintings. The result is a collaborative, community partnership that has beautified the city, garnering it international praise as the “City of Murals.”
Head north for lunch at Reading Terminal Market. This indoor food hall hosts a variety of Pennsylvania vendors; locals especially rave about the Amish products. Don’t leave without trying a sweet scoop from the famous Bassetts Ice Cream.
Travel east on Market Street to Old City, the city’s recognizable historic district. Rather than battling the tourists to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, check out some of the hidden, cobblestoned lanes like charming Bladen’s Court.
Wander nearby 2nd and 3rd Streets between Market and Race, and you’ll find some truly unique boutiques and great vintage shops. Don’t miss Third Street Habit, which is great for jewelry and trendy clothing and Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction with its funky gift finds.
Spend your evening in Washington Square West where there is a plethora of restaurant and nightlife options. Especially good are Barbuzzo, which serves Mediterranean small plates in a lively atmosphere, Jamonera, a sexy Spanish tapas joint, and Amis, which cooks up nouveau-Italian food in a rustic setting. After dinner, do some bar hopping down the lively 13th Street strip.
An elegant brunch sets a classy tone for an afternoon of museum hopping, and it doesn’t get any fancier than a morning at Lacroix. Overlooking scenic Rittenhouse Square, this upscale restaurant has one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city and also boasts one of its most decadent brunches. The sprawling buffet presents an endless array of gourmet delights, including caviar, oysters, butternut squash parfaits, and rosemary macarons, to name of few. Quench your thirst with a lemongrass sparkler – this place is too chic for an everyday mimosa.
In the afternoon, take your pick of the interesting galleries found in the Museum District. For traditionalists, there is a spectacular Rodin Museum, as well as theBarnes Foundation, which has one of the world’s best collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Those looking for something more offbeat can check out the Mutter Museum, known for its collection of medical oddities.