With Spring and Summer coming quickly, what better time to talk about natural beauty, skin healing, and easy make up tricks for both day and night? Natural beauty and make up expert Jessa Blades of Blades Natural Beauty will be at Art in the Age on Thursday, March 27th from 6:30 to 8:30pm discussion wellness and sharing tips and tricks on how to keep your natural glow all year long. Space is limited so RSVP to to reserve your spot! Click here to check out the Facebook event.
Art in the Age
116 N 3rd St.
Thurs, March 24
I’m seeing a pattern here. The common ingredient in all of my favorite cocktails is St. Germain. It’s just so classy and so delicious. Now that the sun is starting to show its face again around these parts, Spring feels closer than ever and I want everything floral. Lucky for me, I can have my flowers and drink them too. (Oh, and you as well, which is why I’m sharing the recipe.)
I was in Philly for a couple days. I had pretty much an afternoon to visit some shops and eat. Whenever I travel, I get recommendations from locals and friends so that I’m prepared. No time to waste on crappy food and tourist traps. I recommend the following based on the few hours I had to walk around while I wasn’t working I’ll be back to explore more, until next time Philly.
Vagabond | 37 N3rd St.
Cutest boutique around, got myself in some trouble in there. Great selection of clothes, be sure to check out their vintage collection in the back.
Moon & Arrow | 754 S4th St.
A great mix of vintage clothing, used furniture, jewelry and home goods.
Zahav | 237 Saint James Place
Based on everyones recommendations, this middle eastern restaurant did not disappoint. Hummus, labne, yummy salads, fresh baked bread. Nom.
La Colombe Coffee | 130 S19th St.
One of my favorite coffee distributors
Nested in the burbs of Philly, The Paramour offers guests a chance to warm up and embrace liquid therapy with their Caribbean Cider and Pearamour cocktails.
2oz. Blue Chair Spiced Rum
1/2 oz. Art in the Age ROOT
1/2 oz. Brown Sugar Syrup
2 oz. Apple Cider
Splash Lemon Juice
3 Fresh Sage Leaves
For Brow Sugar Syrup: 1 part Brown Sugar into 2 parts water. Simmer until sugar is completely dissolved. Muddle sage with brown sugar syrup in cocktail shaker. Add all other ingredients over ice and shake. Pour into rocks glass. Garnish with fresh sage leaf.
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.
Dining news and recipes are welcome. Send to mroyal@ delconewsnetwork.com.
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.