April 24, 2015 /
Posted in Inspiration
Taking the creative collaborations to another level with next weeks cocktail party for Darling Magazine.
Teaming up with Kara of Willow and Niche (and also head of events for Darling) to bring the magazine down to San Diego —- finally! For the first time Darling will be here throwing a party to honor the “Art of being a woman.” We get to design the concept for the party and style the event. We are also gonna take on the floral design for the party which has me excited and freaked!
Being the contact for the area I got the opportunity to bring in local folks for the event. I had visited Melissa of Pow Wow Design Studio recently for another event and thought her warehouse would be the perfect place to celebrate. From there the party unfolded and a slew of talent joined in on the fun.
Maggie of Type and Title for calligraphy
Amy of By Amy Lynn Photography for the pictures
Art in the Age spirits and recipes
Britt of Tend Living for the lush plants
Scout and Nick of SD Photo Bus for the Photobooth
Sarah of Often Wander for her amazing vintage candles
Check it out!! Click below for tickets and details!
By Amy Gordon on 04/24/15
Philadelphia is having a moment. Recently recognized in the press for its thriving dining scene, its world-class stores and shops, and its sheer beauty, this centuries-old city is just hitting its stride. Philadelphia appeals to travelers of all ages and interests, but with so many exciting options, it’s hard to know where to start. Check out the suggestions below, choose the itinerary that’s right for you, and then set out for an exciting day in the City of Brotherly Love.
Families flock to Philadelphia for its many accessible attractions. Youngsters love the Please Touch Museum (4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA, 215.581.3181) where they can run and play amidst rocket ships, giant tree houses, storybook characters and one of the best vintage toy collections this side of the Delaware River. In Fairmount Park, Smith Memorial Playground (3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA, 215.765.4325) is a mansion specifically designed for maximum, kid-friendly fun. Admission is free, and when weather permits, children from all over the city climb and swing at the enormous outdoor playground. Another favorite outdoor spot,Franklin Square (200 S. Sixth St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.629.4026), is home to the historic Parx Liberty Carousel and an 18-hole miniature golf course inspired by popular local landmarks. Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger serves up casual fare on site; don’t forget to save room for the signature Cake Shake, which is blended with TastyKake Butterscotch Krimpets, a classic Philly favorite.
You don’t need to spend a lot of cash to experience some of the best sites in the city. If you’re low on funds, stop by the Independence Visitor’s Center(1 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA, 800.537.7676) in Old City, where you can score free tickets to Independence Hall (Chestnut St. between 5th and 6th streets, Philadelphia, PA), consult with local tourism experts or simply sit and relax between sightseeing stops. Nearby, theLiberty Bell (6th and Market streets, Philadelphia, PA) is not just an international symbol of freedom, it’s open to the public at no charge. As you meander around the neighborhood, keep as eye out for Storytelling Benches, where actors in period costumes recount true tales of the city’s history to all who will listen. When hunger strikes, head west to Love Park(1599 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, 215.683.0246). After you pose for an Instagram-worthy photo in front of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE statue, sample fresh, affordable cuisine from the wide variety of food trucks stationed nearby.
If you like to eat, you’ll love sampling your way through town. Don’t missReading Terminal Market (12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia, PA) an indoor foodie paradise where 80 vendors hawk everything from fresh fish to loose teas to hard-to-find cookbooks. In South Philly, the Italian Market (S. Ninth Street between Fitzwater and Wharton streets, Philadelphia, PA) draws large crowds to its many food stalls and specialty shops. The area is also home to old-school-style, red-gravy Italian restaurants like Ralph’s (760 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.627.6011) and Villa di Roma (936 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.592.1295), as well as tourist-friendly cheesesteak jointsPat’s Kings of Steaks (1237 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 215.468.1546) and Geno’s Steaks (1219 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 215.389.0659). For dinner, do your best to snag a reservation at Kevin Sbraga’s Juniper Commons (521 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.735.1913) or Nick Elmi’s Laurel (1617 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 215.271.8299), both of which are helmed by former “Top Chef” winners.
May 15 marks the start of the 114th Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.972.7600), when current students display and sell their work. The school-cum-museum is also the starting point for the popular Mural Mile Walking Tours, where visitors learn about the magnificent public art along N. and S. Broad Street. At Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215.733.0390), which Fodor’s recently named on of the top ten under-the-radar attractions in the U.S., visionary artist Isaiah Zagar uses everyday items to create multi-dimensional, larger-than-life mosaic sculptures. Zagar’s work also graces several buildings throughout the nearby neighborhoods. When hunger strikes, grab a bite at Le Cheri (251 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.546.7700), an elegant French eatery located inside the Philadelphia Art Alliance building.
If your ideal day involves a healthy dose of spending, get your credit cards ready. In ritzy Rittenhouse Square, Walnut Street is home to outposts for some of the world’s best-known brands, from Anthropologie (1801 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.568.2114) to Zara (1715 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.557.0911). For a quainter, edgier shopping scene, try Old City. Alongside a wide range of celebrated eateries, this charming section of the city is packed with progressive stores, vintage shops and art galleries like Smak Parlour (219 Market St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.625.4551) and Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (116 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.922.2600). Most of these spots are locally owned or sell one-of-a-kind, handmade products that you won’t find anywhere else.
Sushi Belly Tower to pop up here Saturday
Short notice, yes, but it’s just been announced that Sushi Belly Tower will be in Philly for one night only Saturday.
Sushi Belly what?
Michael Stember, a former Olympic middle-distance runner (he competed here in the Penn Relays 20 years ago as a kid from California), became a sashimi freak while training for the 2000 Sydney Games. This passion turned into invitation-only sushi parties, first in his Stanford dorm room and later on rooftops in L.A.
Now, he’s traversing the pop-up-restaurant route. Calling it Sushi Belly Tower (with previous outings in New York, D.C., and L.A.), Stember serves 40 to 100 guests in a cocktail-style interactive feast featuring a live band.
Count on up to 20 courses of ultra-premium sashimi, Wagyu beef flown in from Japan, root vegetables, herbs with multiple salts and oils, and an unlimited open bar featuring cocktails from Philly’s Art in the Age.
It’s $200 a head, and the location – which is in Center City – is a secret.
BY HEIDI KNAPP RINELLA
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Wild Mushroom Roast
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar &Grill, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Wild mushrooms are dry-roasted and seasoned with thyme, chives and flat parsley, $22.50.
Blvd. Cocktail Company, The Linq
This spring cocktail combines Art in the Age Sage Neutral Spirit, lemon juice, simple syrup, strawberries, basil leaves and soda water, $14.
Hecho en Vegas, MGM Grand
Fresh shrimp is enhanced by cilantro, avocado, cucumber, citrus and Clamato, $15.
House-grown parsley and thyme will flavor this dish that also contains lobster, mushrooms, cheese, breadcrumbs and a creamy sauce, served in the shell on Mother’s Day (May 10) only, $40.
The Meadows Cocktail
Stoli Blueberi is blended with fresh lemon juice and sage, $14.
I hear about lots of events and so am pretty select on the ones that I recommend and go to (there’s only so much time in a day). This one sounds SO good that I just have to share.
Clear your Sunday and tell your best girls to do the same. Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, with event experts Petah Bashano Event Design and Events by Renee, will host a special girls’ day out to celebrate the start of spring with a beauty and style event April 26th from 1-5 p.m. in its Lafayette and Girard Ballrooms.
I already know this event is going to be a blast as there will be new spring fashions from local retailers, free beauty services (think blow outs and makeup tutorials!), as well as complimentary cocktails from Art in the Age and new menu items from Red Owl Tavern. As if that’s not enough, Saks Fifth Avenue will be there too, showcasing the hottest spring styles with a live fashion presentation. Oh, and all guests will receive a VIP swag bag.
All that for only $25 a ticket (click to purchase). But wait there’s more. This event is also about giving back, so $5 of each ticket sale will go directly to the Philadelphia chapter of Dress for Success, the international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women.
Bring your gently used professional accessories that you’re ready to pay forward, the Hotel Monaco will also have an accessory drive at the event.
Doesn’t this sound like a fab day out? Can’t wait!
Cocktail of the Week – “Rhuby Collins”
This delightfully refreshing elixir incorporates lovely organic products and made in my backyard of rural Pennsylvania. The classic Whiskey Sour cocktail and the Collins drink are combined to create a twist on two summer favorites.
Wigle 95% Rye Organic White Whiskey from Pittsburgh, PA was initially developed as a single, experimental batch, but is now produced as a limited batch of 95 each season. It will not taste like any brown whiskey you have tried and more resembles a full-bodied clear spirit, such as cachaca (Brazilian rum) or rhum agricole, which are hugely popular around the world come summertime. Growing up in the Keystone State, we are all familar with rhubarb pies and teas dating back to Ben Franklin. The Art in the Age RHUBARB Tea features an array of botanicals, such as beets, carrots, lemons, petitgrain, cardamom, pure cane sugar, and of course, rhubarb. All organically certified and delicious. As an 80-proof spirit that’s a little tangy, but not too tangy and sweet, but not too sweet. It is crisp and refreshing, but with a hint of spice. When added to the light white whiskey and fresh juices, you achieve a beautifully balanced summer elixir and easy to make at home.
• • 1 oz Wigle 95% White Rye Organic Whiskey
• • 1 oz Art in the Age Rhubarb Tea
• • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
• • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
• • 1 oz simple syrup
• • Soda Water top
• • Garnish a lemon wedge
*You can prepare of batch of the above juices ahead of time by making a batch of fresh lemon-lime sour mix by combining 1 cup of simple syrup (make in saucepan of equal parts granulated sugar and water, bring to a boil, let cool and combine with lemon and lime juice), 1/2 cup of freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of freshly-squeezed lime juice.
Add all ingredients, except soda water, to a mixing tin. Shake well and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice, Top with soda water and garnish a lemon wedge.
One amazing way to tell that spring has officially sprung is to take a look at the cocktail menus around town. Bartenders are taking advantage of everything from snap peas to edible flowers to invigorate their drink offerings with the new life. Here we round up the best of San Francisco’s new seasonal spring libations.
Hakkasan’s Plum Sour
At Market Street’s lux Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan, the bartenders have created a Plum Sour that mixes Balvenie’s 12-year single malt whisky with plum sake, Satsuma Godai Umeshu, and angostura butters. Lemon juice and egg white give the cocktail that lovely traditional sour froth.
Pläj’s Elderflower Gimlet
Pläj, a Scandinavian restaurant in Hayes Valley, welcomes spring with their elderflower gimlet that features cucumber vodka, elderflower liqueur and lime juice. What makes this cocktails stand out? The addition of pink peppercorns — which add just a touch of spice.
BDK’s Snap Peas
Kevin Diedrich is one of the city’s most innovative mixologists and at the newly opened BDK he focuses on a specific flavor in each drink. With straightforward names like Cinnamon, Saffron, and Matcha, Diedrich let’s the drinks speak for themselves. The Snap Peas has a beautiful green color and fresh light flavor — it literally tastes like spring in a glass. Made with manzanilla sherry, London dry gin, absinthe, and tonic, the beverage is sort of like a fancy, spring-infused gin and tonic.
Plum Bar’s Bees Knees 75
Over in Oakland at Plum Bar, the epicenter of cocktail production for the Daniel Patterson empire, Adam Chapman has combined two classic cocktails: the French 75 and the Bees Knees to make one perfectly balanced libation. There’s carbonated gin, lemon, sparkling wine, and a simple syrup made from bee pollen honey in the drink. “Typically the cocktail calls for lemon juice,” explains Chapman, “but I use lemon peels to keep it clear with crisp bright flavors.” Cheers to that!
Shroeder’s Must You Ask
Whole grain mustard isn’t an ingredient you would normally associate with cocktails, but the folks at Schroder’s prove that the unusual addition adds creaminess and tang to a cocktail, specifically the Must You Ask. This concoction combines Evan Williams bourbon with Art in the Age Sage herbal liqueur, celery shrub, and lemon juice.
Burritt Room + Tavern’s Desert Bloom
Reminiscent of a gin daisy and perfectly refreshing for spring is Burritt Room + Tavern’s Desert Bloom. This beverage is a mix of Bols Genever, Grand Poppy Aperitive, Creme de Violette, and lime. The happening downtown spot now offers live jazz six nights a week, so there’s no reason not to stop by, grab a seat, and order a Desert Bloom.
Lolo’s 2 Birds, 1 Stone
Who doesn’t love authentic Mexican cuisine in a lively atmosphere? This is exactly what Lolo specializes in and not to mention: amazing cocktails! The 2 Birds, 1 Stone is on our must order list. It’s a smoky and potent drink that features mezcal, fresh carrot juice, parsley, and celery bitters. It’s served up with a kaffir lime salt rim.
5 Food & Drink Events You Can’t Miss April 2015
From Philadelphia to Honey Brook, these are the events you have to attend.
BY MICHELE KORNEGAY
It’s time to get out and about and indulge in a host of local springtime events showcasing fantastic food, first-class wine and spirits and toe-tapping tunes. Here’s our roundup for the remaining days of April:
Seafood Tasting Menu at The Silverspoon, April 21–23: Go on a seafood-centric journey with seven exquisitely prepared courses. Starting with fluke tartare accompanied by green apple, celery, horseradish, dill and pistachio and making its way through dishes that are marinated, cured, fried, braised and steamed, the dinner will whet your appetite for the summery seaside days to come. $60/person; call the restaurant or make reservations online. 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Eagle Village Shops, Wayne, (610) 688-7646,www.silverspoonwayne.com
Firriato Wine Dinner at Paramour, April 23: Braised rabbit agnolotti, whole-roasted lamb and big-eye tuna will be among the dishes on executive chef Eric Goods’ five-course menu to be paired with wines fromFirriato Winery, recently named among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for 2014. Paramour’s resident sommelier, Steven Gullo, and Marco Scapagnini, brand ambassador for Firriato Winery and founder of Niche Italy Travel Guide, will be the hosts for the evening. $95/person; call the restaurant for reservations. 139 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 977-0600, www.paramourwayne.com
Wyebrook Music Festival at Wyebrook Farm, April 25: Take a scenic drive to Wyebrook’s 350+-acre farm for this family-friendly event featuring live music by Frog Holler, Mason Porter, Marah and more. Bring a blanket and your favorite bottle and soak in the view. A variety of food stands showcasing the farm’s sustainably-raised meats, paired with local organic veggies, will be on site to satisfy when hunger strikes.Advance tickets online are $25; tickets at the door will be $35. Free for children 12 and younger. 150 Wyebrook Rd., Honey Brook, (610) 942-7481, www.wyebrookfarm.com
Wine Tasting at White Dog Cafe, April 27: White Dog Cafe and Rolling Barrel Events have collaborated to offer an educational evening of wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. The five-course wine tasting will be chock-full of local love from 6–7:30 p.m. Space is limited; reserve your place no later than April 25 by calling the restaurant. 200 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 225-3700, www.whitedog.com/wayne
Sinful Feast Garden Party at The Physick House, April 30: AG Catering, Art in the Age and the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks are hosting a six-course feast that will put the spotlight on local produce from Philly Foodworks and guest host Nic Esposito, urban farming enthusiast and author ofKensington Homestead. A cocktail hour in the historic mansion’s garden will be followed by a farm-to-table meal in the dining room. $85/person; get tickets online. 321 S. 4th St., Philadelphia