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Art in the Age spirits are accompanying courses at the AG Catering Sinful Feast I event

Art in the Age spirits are accompanying courses at the AG Catering Sinful Feast I event

03/06/2015
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5 Food & Drink Events You Can’t Miss in March 2015

March may have come in like a lion, but you’re in luck: there are plenty of food and drink events taking place this month that will warm you up and put you in the mood for spring. We’re listing our top five, from a Downton Abbey theme dinner and something a little bit sinful to an authentic German feast and more. Read on for the details!

Downton Abbey Dinner at Blackfish (March 8)

Chip Roman of Blackfish is honoring the devoted following of Downton Abbey (and the season finale) by hosting a themed eight-course tasting dinner at Blackfish on March 8. The menu will be filled with appropriate culinary offerings, such as smoked salmon rillettes, Mrs. Patmore’s London Particular, Escargot A La Mrs. Hughes and more. The cost for taking part in this theme dinner is $100 per person and excludes tax and gratuity. Grab your reservations today by calling (610) 397-0888. 119 Fayette St., Conshohocken

Restaurant Cerise German Feast (March 10)

Bryn Mawr’s Restaurant Cerise will be pleasing your Bavarian food-craving palate with its German Feast on March 10. For $65 per person, you’ll be able to indulge in a five-course menu with German beer pairings. This one-night-only event is one you won’t want to miss. View the German Feast menu and make your reservations for this special dinner with seatings from 5–10 p.m. by calling (610) 527-4400. You can also reserve your spot online1011 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

AG Catering Sinful Feast I (March 12)

Fancy an elegant dinner in a historic home? If so, then the AG Catering Sinful Feast I on March 12 at 7 p.m. is a must-attend event. Dine in the historic Powel House and indulge in a four-course dinner complete with late-winter ingredients and unique recipes of days past. Art in the Age spirits and Stripp’d Juice blends will accompany courses such as haddock and guinea hen, creating the perfect finished product. This event costs $150 per person; advance reservations are required. Guests may BYO if they so choose. Powel House, 244 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia

Ella’s Wine Dinner (March 19)

California wines paired alongside the contemporary American fare at Ella’s American Bistro will be a popular event on March 19. The five-course culinary menu will be complemented by California wines, interpreted by Michael Walsh of Majestic Wine and Spirits and Henry Greenly of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. Chef Kenneth of the Wayne eatery will provide insight on the cuisine and how it pairs with the wine. Sparkling reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and the main event starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $70 per person; reserve your spot via phone at (610) 964-3552 or online214 Sugartown Rd., Wayne

Sweet Charity Event (March 23)

 

Love decadent desserts and other culinary treats for a great cause? Then make sure you grab your tickets for Sweet Charity 2015. This event will take place from 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Bunch’s Auction House and will benefit the Chester County Community Foundation‘s wonderful programs. Vendors will be competing to be named “Best Dessert,” and you’ll have the opportunity to sample all the sweets in the running for the prize. Don’t miss the chance to indulge for a great cause! Bunch’s Auction House, One Hillman Drive (Rt. 202 and Rt. 1), Chadds Ford

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Spodee and Art in the Age celebrate John Kerouac’s Birthday

Spodee and Art in the Age celebrate John Kerouac’s Birthday

03/06/2015
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Monthly buzz: Beer and spirit events happening in Philadelphia

Tim Reardon, philly.com

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015, 4:55 PM

The month of March hosts one of the most overrated drinking days of the year: St. Patrick’s Day.

For one thing, the Irish holiday isn’t the only drinking event worth mentioning. This month includes beer festivals, charity events, boozy brunches and more.

Raise a glass to these events.

Misconduct Tavern (1511 Locust St.) teams up with local restaurants to host the first annual Pubs that Care event benefiting Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The evening will feature a five-course meal pairing that include culinary options from Smiths, Sancho Pistola’s, Lucky’s Last Chance, Watkins Drinkery, and beers from Southern Tier and Fegley’s Brew Works. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 and is $40 per person.

Meet the brewers behind your favorite beers. On Thursday, March 5 the Hop Angel Brauhaus (7980 Oxford Ave.) will host a Meet the Brewers event with Philadelphia’s St. Benjamin Brewing Co. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can chat with Tim Patton and Christina Burris from the company and try their selected beers. Since spring is just around the corner, bock beer will be on the menu.

Philly Beer Fest returns to the Navy Yard (4747 S. Broad St.) on Saturday, March 7 for a celebration of everything craft brew. Taste over 75 national and local beers from Flying Fish, Lagunitas, Victory, Founders, and more. VIP admission begins at 12:30 p.m. and is $75. General admission starts at 1:30 p.m. and is $46.

On Sunday, March 8, the mid-Atlantic’s best restaurants and breweries lineup inside the Kimmel Center (300 S. Broad St.) for the annual Brewer’s Plate festival. This event features restaurants and breweries paired together including: Dogfish Head, 2nd Story Brewing, Stoudt’s, Village Whiskey, Rosa Blanca, The Industry, and more. General admission to the event starts at $59 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

In honor of American novelist Jack Kerouac, Spodee and Art in the Age Spirits celebrate his birthday at Tattooed Mom (530 South St.) Thursday, March 12 with themed cocktails in honor of his book, On the Road. From 5 to 11 p.m., enjoy $5 Spodiodi’s (Spodee Wine mixed with whiskey), and “The Mad Ones” (Spodee wine mixed with AITA Root). Spodee merch and copies of On the Road will be raffled off throughout the event.

If you missed Friday the Firkenteenth at the Grey Lodge (6235 Frankford Ave.) in February, you have another chance. On March 13, the pub holds its annual Friday the 13th event where they tap over 20 different kinds of firkins of craft beer. The event runs from noon to midnight and is a cash-only event. Some firkins featured for the evening include: Evil Genius mango wit, Yards grapefruit Philly Pale Ale, Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA, Manayunk Clutch peanut butter porter, and Conshohocken single-hop Centennial.

It’s time to hop back onto the Craft Beer Express. On Saturday, March 14 beginning at 11 a.m., bars across Center City are sharing their appreciation for craft brews with you for this annual pub crawl. Tickets are $10 prior and $15 day of, and you can choose any location as your starting point. A bus will take you from spot to spot – that  includes: Kraftwork, Standard Tap, Jose Pistolas, Devil’s Den, Brauhaus Schmitz, Johnny Brenda’s, Kite and Key, Race Street Café, The Sidecar, Pub on Passyunk East, Bishop’s Collar, and The Institute.

On Saturday, March 14, start off your Sunday with a frosty pint and a refreshing Irish breakfast (blood sausage, beans, Irish bacon loin, and more) at Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave.) during the 7th Annual Stout Brunch. Beginning at 11 a.m. the taps will be full of picks from Dogfish Head, River Horse, Troegs, Weyerbacher and more. In addition to the Irish breakfast offerings, oysters will be on special, too.

Take a break from slots and enjoy some brews when the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival returns to the A.C. Convention Center on FridayMarch 20 through Saturday, March 21. Tickets to the event will get you unlimited tastings of over 100 international and national brews. Not only will you get to try out beers from brands like Terrapin, Sixpoint, Brooklyn Brewery, and Prism, but vendors and various workshops and cooking classes will be onsite. Tickets are $55-60 and session times are: Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Drink your whiskey for a good cause on WednesdayMarch 23 when the Trestle Inn (339 N 11 St.) hosts the third Annual Bourbon Battle benefiting PAWS — Philadelphia’s nonprofit organization dedicated to giving shelter and care to animals. Beginning at 6 p.m., four bartenders will face off to create the best bourbon cocktail. Entry gets you all four samples and you can vote for your favorite cocktail. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at door. $20 of your ticket goes directly to PAWS.

Get some knowledge on bourbon at the Institute Bar (549 N. 12 St.) at this whiskey and food pairing event on Thursday, March 26. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and includes: pan-seared creole andouille with Four Roses bourbon, crispy-skin Cornish game hen with Eagle Rare bourbon, smoked brisket over roasted portabella mushroom with Eagle Rare, and bourbon-and-stout ice cream with Prichard’s Double Chocolate Bourbon. Seating is limited to 20 people and tickets run at $40 prior, $65 day of.

Turn your “Sunday Funday” into Sixtel Sunday on March 29 at the Kite and Key (1836 Callowhill St.) as barrel-aged brews from Firestone Walker take over the tap line. The event is a pay-as-you-go and you can enjoy beers such as 2013 Velvet Merkin, Anniversary XVII, Pale 31 Opal, and more. The bar opens at 11 a.m.

 

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FP Me celebrated two years with RHUBARB spiked cocktails in hand

Art in the Age spirits served at the Edible DC Drinks Invitational 2015

02/27/2015
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EDIBLE DC DRINKS INVITATIONAL 2015

SUBMITTED BY LUKE ON FRI, 02/20/2015 – 10:07

We went to Edible DC’s Drinks Invitational last night at Longview Gallery on 9th St NW, near the convention center. Jenny had heard about this event through our friend, Jane, who knows one of the organizers. We splurged and bought the VIP tickets, which also got us into an after party at the excellent little coffee roasters around the corner from the gallery, La Colombe. They even gave us VIP types fancy gift boxes, filled with goodies to match the ‘winter picnic’ theme of the event:

 

Over 25 distilleries, breweries, bars and restaurants were at the event. Three of DC’s distilleries were there, including my friends at Catoctin Creek and New Columbia Distillers, as well as relative newcomer, One Eight Distilling. Catoctin Creek’s table had owners Scott and Becky Harris serving up delicious Hot Buttered Rye drinks – I wish I had the recipe for this one, but basically a delicious riff on a hot buttered rum? John Uselton, one of the founders and maker of Greenhat Gin, debuted their Navy Strength Gin & Tonic, made with an amazing tonic syrup from True Tonics. Another favorite of mine, Art in the Age, was also on hand, with their excellent craft spirits, and one of my favorite cocktails of the night, the Greenhouse Gimlet.

The food options were impressive, too, especially, since most of the liquid refreshments were nearly full-size cocktails. Our favorite was the incredible taco from Chaia with Market Mushrooms with Feta + Red Sauce. Yum! There were also some tasty ham biscuits from José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern.

All in all, this was a great night, and a great opportunity to try some amazing products from some exciting new vendors in the DC area.

 

Salud!

 

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Art in the Age spirits served at the Edible DC Drinks Invitational 2015

Art in the Age spirits served at the Edible DC Drinks Invitational 2015

02/27/2015
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EDIBLE DC DRINKS INVITATIONAL 2015

SUBMITTED BY LUKE ON FRI, 02/20/2015 – 10:07

We went to Edible DC’s Drinks Invitational last night at Longview Gallery on 9th St NW, near the convention center. Jenny had heard about this event through our friend, Jane, who knows one of the organizers. We splurged and bought the VIP tickets, which also got us into an after party at the excellent little coffee roasters around the corner from the gallery, La Colombe. They even gave us VIP types fancy gift boxes, filled with goodies to match the ‘winter picnic’ theme of the event:

 

Over 25 distilleries, breweries, bars and restaurants were at the event. Three of DC’s distilleries were there, including my friends at Catoctin Creek and New Columbia Distillers, as well as relative newcomer, One Eight Distilling. Catoctin Creek’s table had owners Scott and Becky Harris serving up delicious Hot Buttered Rye drinks – I wish I had the recipe for this one, but basically a delicious riff on a hot buttered rum? John Uselton, one of the founders and maker of Greenhat Gin, debuted their Navy Strength Gin & Tonic, made with an amazing tonic syrup from True Tonics. Another favorite of mine, Art in the Age, was also on hand, with their excellent craft spirits, and one of my favorite cocktails of the night, the Greenhouse Gimlet.

The food options were impressive, too, especially, since most of the liquid refreshments were nearly full-size cocktails. Our favorite was the incredible taco from Chaia with Market Mushrooms with Feta + Red Sauce. Yum! There were also some tasty ham biscuits from José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern.

All in all, this was a great night, and a great opportunity to try some amazing products from some exciting new vendors in the DC area.

Salud!

 

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DrinkUpNY creates new cocktail that uses ROOT

DrinkUpNY creates new cocktail that uses ROOT

02/26/2015
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Cocktail: The New Visionaries

 

 

By Warren Bobrow, Cocktail Whisperer

There’s a lot of great small-producer, craft bourbon on the market and I have my favorites.  Four Roses does some pretty amazing stuff with their single barrel offerings, Hudson Spirits was my first love in the rye category (as well as their bourbon) and I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for FEW SPIRITS, as well along with Catoctin Creek, Stranahan’s and Koval- just to name just a very small number of what I love to drink.

I’ve written about each one and feel very strongly for their flavors and the people behind the brands.

One in particular stands out as unique because each expression of the whiskey changes, completely!  Each batch is different and I think that’s what makes it truly authentic.

Barrell Whiskey #001 is the whiskey that is not the same old thing from batch to batch.  Please don’t get too comfortable with each new release because they are constantly changing with each organic turn of the tides.  And with limited production, this sometimes creates certain disappointment if you cannot get what you desire.  So order up now before they are all gone.

I’ve been playing around with Barrell Whiskey in my own way.  I’m not afraid of mixing it, nor should you be afraid of diluting it a bit.  You really cannot mess it up because I’m going to try to make things really simple for you to follow along.

Barrell Whiskey has all the stuffing at 122.5 Proof.

I think that bartenders and even home aficionados are experimenting more with whiskey cocktails.  They just know that whiskey, especially a fine-EXTREMELY mixable (hint, hint) whiskey like Barrell, just calls out for experimentation.

But as in all good things in life there will be that one customer who will just dribble a touch of branch-water over the top of his Barrell Whiskey and call it a day.  For this person I commend you.  That’s how I like to drink my whiskey.  Sure I enjoy “mixing it up” and that’s a good thing because it’s all about the balance in these drinks.  Plus, I’m attracted to flavor and clarity.  If you use too many ingredients it becomes like a Long Island Iced Tea.  After two, I’d never be able to taste the top shelf ingredients.  Not that this is a bad cocktail, far from.  I just wouldn’t make one with Barrell Whiskey! (Unless you want to of course!)

They’d be like a lost sailor who’s been too long at sea.  Why? Because I don’t have to explain why… you will just know.

Barrell Bourbon sits well with my experimentation and I hope you enjoy my art.

I’m also really fond of a gorgeous, USDA Certified Organic product from another liquid driven visionary in the field of liquor crafting.  This Renaissance man reminds me in many ways of the fine folks who bring Barrell Whiskey to the market. He is attracted to the loud, the profane, the explosive and the brilliant.

I know that he can appreciate the value of time to discover the future, and his spirits show this commitment to quality, I know he has great dreams for creativity, just like the folks at Barrell Whiskey.

The first thing I tasted from this man is named Root.  It’s brilliant and historic.  I’m a huge fan of root beer and while I gush on about just how mixable Root is, please allow me the honor of attempting for just a moment to discover how perfectly Root mixes with Barrell Whiskey. Root rolls in at 80 Proof, and the Barrell Whiskey comes in at 122.5. Take heed, they taste like much less mixed into my cocktails.

This unique spirit (Root) is the basis of what I’m trying to achieve with Barrell Whiskey.  Root and Barrell, they just work well together.  And a bit of the Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters, melds them together along with the finish of a pinch of brightly aromatic, orange peel.  This citrus driven foundation makes the careful drinker seek his or her own vision of the future.  Each sip is enlightenment because the energy of these passionate blends shine through.

You’re lucky. This drink has never been tasted outside my lab. Yet. Enjoy and tell your friends. Or better yet, make them a drink.

The New Visionaries
Ingredients: (for two thirsty explorers of the perimeter- where there are no stars…)
2 oz. Barrell Whiskey #001
1 oz. Root (USDA Certified Organic Root Tea)
4 oz. Plain seltzer (between the two glasses, roughly 2 oz. apiece)
2-4 shakes of Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters
Hand cut orange zest, no peeler!

Preparation:
In a mixing glass, fill ¾ with ice
Add the Barrell Whiskey
Add the Root tea
Mix together until nicely chilled
Pour with a Hawthorne Strainer over one 2×2 rock of ice in two Old Fashioned glasses
Top with the seltzer
Garnish with a paring knife cut orange zest.

Pinch the zest over the top and rub it on the lip of the glass
Dot with the Chocolate Bitters and serve, start another set, as they go down really easily.

Cheers from DrinkUpNY!

About Warren Bobrow
Author of: Apothecary Cocktails-Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today- Fair Winds Press- Beverly, Massachusetts. Apothecary Cocktails was nominated for a Spirited Award, 2014 Tales of the Cocktail.  His forthcoming book, Whiskey Cocktails will be released October 14.  Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails follow with publication in spring ’15.  Warren is a master mixologist for several craft liquor companies.

Warren consults about mixology and spirits, travel, organic wine and food.  He’s written for web-blogs and magazines like: Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods: Dark Rye, Distiller, Total Food Service Magazine, Beverage Media Group, DrinkUpNY, Edible Publications, Foodista, Serious Eats, Mechanics of Style and Beekman1802. He was in the Saveur-100 in 2010.

Warren is a former, mostly self, trained cook from the pot sink on up.  J&W and ACF were thrown in for good luck.  Warren was the former owner/co-founder of Olde Charleston Pasta in South Carolina: *Dissolved his business after Hurricane Hugo in 1989* – to a career in private banking, (nearly 20 years; “a very grand mistake”) to this reinvention in 2009 as the Warren he’s finally become.

Warren is available to do highly personalized, interactive mixology events, local, national and international.

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1794 The Whiskey Rebellion uses SNAP in Fireside Punch cocktail

1794 The Whiskey Rebellion uses SNAP in Fireside Punch cocktail

02/26/2015
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What to drink at 1794 the Whiskey Rebellion: Out with Sara

Earlier this month, 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion opened on the street level of the Comfort Suites Hotel in downtown Carlisle after a several-month renovation.

I attended a preview event a couple night before the public opening to sample cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

1794 The Whiskey Rebellion is a sister restaurant to Gigi’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge in State College, and both employ the “farm to shaker” concept at the bar, selecting high quality — and, whenever possible, local — ingredients to match with artisan spirits and their collection of more than 50 whiskies.

Their list of “Friends & Farmers” includes Big Spring Spirits (Bellefonte) and Big Hill Ciderworks (Gardner). Big Spring Spirits distills a variety of vodka, rum, gin and whiskey.

Find it in cocktails like the Fireside Punch, using Big Spring Spiced Rum, orange juice, Crabbie’s Citrus Ginger Beer and Art in the Age (Ginger) Snap, which we thought was delicious.

Honey Bee’s Knees is a pretty popular artisan gin cocktail these days, here combing Big Spring Gin with Tait Farm (Centre Hall) lemon shrub (a vinegar-based syrup infused with fruits, herbs and/or spices), honey, champagne and lemon.

The Pennsyltucky Mule pokes fun at the area but brings a potent punch to this copper mugged classic. Big Spring vodka is topped with Crabbies Ginger Beer (which is alcoholic, by the way, unlike standard ginger beers — You’ve been warned!), muddled lime and fresh mint. Or, try this as the Copper Bulleit with Bulleit bourbon in place of vodka.

Because I’m still a sucker for a good (and it has to be good) Cosmo, I’ll probably try the Carlislepolitan on my next visit: Big Spring vodka, Tait Farm cranberry shrub, Combier and fresh lime.

I adored the First Lady, which features Bulleit bourbon, Lillet Blanc, Combier, house sours, lemon and fresh mint.

The waitstaff was eager for me to try the Charred Stonefruit, a combination of Buffalo Trace bourbon, duck egg white, Tait Farm apricot preserves, lemon juice, simple syrup and lemon. The verdict: impressive.

Also on my future “to do” list: Pickled Molly, 1794′s version of a Bloody Mary. Made with Tito’s vodka and vegetable tomato juice, this is kicked up with Torchbearer Sauces (Mechanicsburg) hot sauce, lemon, spices and pickled vegetable. Yes,  please!

The cocktails are inventive and well-made. The staff clearly has been trained, and so long as both quality ingredients and workmanship are maintained, 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion will be a destination for craft cocktails in Carlisle.

The craft beer selection at 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion also errs on the side of local. Find a somewhat IPA-heavy bottle list that includes the likes of Troegs, Victory, Susquehanna Brewery, Otto’s, Yards and Lancaster Brewing Co. Here, you’ll also find Big Hill Cider Works available in a shareable 22 oz bottle.

Wines also are available by the glass or bottle, including white, red, sparkling and dessert varieties.

The kitchen at 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion is run by veteran Chef Jeff Utzman, whose name you may recall from a few otherwise failed Harrisburg restaurants.

My early call is that Chef Utzman seems to have found his groove in Carlisle, focusing on simple, but high-quality locally sourced or otherwise sustainable products.

We were most blown away by a bone marrow bar, but I can’t find this reflected anywhere on the menu. A very close second was a bite of the General Utzman Crabcake, so full of lump Chesapeake blue crab that it crumbled upon touch.

Other highlights sure to entice you are the Amish Kasespatzle, basically a skillet-baked mac’n cheese with local cheese and house-cut Amish bacon. Oh sure, add lobster for an extra $8.

Steak is the name of the game here, as well (though I wish there was a “petite” filet option, too) featuring a variety of cuts cooked on 1794′s wood-fired grill.

1794 The Whiskey Rebellion open at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The dining room closes at 10 p.m.; the bar closes at midnight.

 

Happy Hour runs 4-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and features $1 off draft beer, $2 off glasses of wine, and $3 off Low Country Whiskey Jars.

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Spodee and Art in the Age Spirits team up with Tattooed Mom to celebrate Jack Kerouac’s birthday

Spodee and Art in the Age Spirits team up with Tattooed Mom to celebrate Jack Kerouac’s birthday

02/26/2015
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Jack Kerouac’s Birthday Party At Tattooed Mom

Thursday, March 12 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM •
Tattooed Mom
530 S. St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
In honor of American Novelist Jack Kerouac’s birthday, Tattooed Mom’s teams up with Spodee and Art in the Age spirits for a night of drink specials themed after the author’s book, On the Road.
Tattooed Mom Philadelphia
Tickets: $5 drink specials
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Art in the Age mentioned on Shoppist

Art in the Age mentioned on Shoppist

02/26/2015
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10 Best Things to Buy in Philly Stores Right Now

Wish lists.

BY EMILY GOULET  |  FEBRUARY 24, 2015 AT 1:26 PM

 
As a shopping editor here in Philly, I spend the bulk of my time scouring local stores, their social media pages and their web shops to find the best of what’s out there, right now. This means I see a lot of stuff — and that my shopping wish list is usually a mile long.

This week, I found some great standouts — for her, him, home and the kids. Here are the 10 things topping my shopping list right now, all from some of the coolest shops in Philly.

 

1. A giant bear-sloth stuffed animal with sprinkles all over it.
I have so many baby showers coming up, and this plush toy is so quirky and cute. (Plus, the kid won’t grow out of it in three months.) Craftholic hugging cushion, $48 at Omoi Zakka Shop, Rittenhouse. Buy here.

 

2. A simple, modern tote.
I carry a ton around every with me each day, so I need a super-roomy bag. This Monserat de Lucca black leather tote is minimalist (the fringe can be detached, but why would you want to?) and totally luxe. $310, coming soon at Vagabond, Old City. 

 

3. A Bario-Neal ring.
The designers behind the Queen Village jewelry boutique just released three new styles. I love this delicate morganite ring. Starting at $418 at Bario-Neal, Queen Village. Buy here.
4. A vintage fish belt/necklace!
This vintage Judith Leiber chain is adjustable (there’s a hook-and-eye closure) so it can be worn as a belt or necklace. I’m obsessed. $110 at Malena’s Vintage Boutique, West Chester. Buy here (if you must).

 

5. Dom Streater art prints.
Yes, you recognize Dom’s name: She’s the Philly designer who won Project Runway. And though I love her collections, I’m equally smitten with her graphic paintings, available in limited-edition prints. $15 each at Dominiquestreater.com.

 

6. Boardshorts for him.
Spring’s creeping up, which means summer can’t be all that far behind. I’m updating my husband’s swimwear with these solid-color boardshorts, which are short enough to feel modern (below-the-knee trunks are out) but not so short that he’ll balk at them. $64 at Art In The Age, Old City. Buy here.

 

7. A multipurpose towel.
This super-soft and lightweight towel, from one of the best Japanese import shops in town, does triple-duty: It’s great as a blanket, bath towel or a beach towel, so it’s perfect to bring along on warm-weather trips. From $86 at Rikumo, Spring Garden. Buy here
8. A zebra rocking toy.
I don’t have kids, but I still want this in my house. (Is that weird?) $269 at Millésimé, Old City. Buy here.

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9. Vintage Moroccan pillows.
I adore the bright colors and patterns — and each is a completely handwoven vintage piece, so no two are the same. They give a home an eclectic, well-traveled feel (even if you’ve never been to Morocco). From $78 at Mushmina, Rittenhouse. Buy here
10. Mukluks!
It’s cold out there. These wool booties have leather soles, and they’re the cutest way to keep your toes toasty. (Oh, and science says you should probably wear them to bed, too.) $14 at Adorn Boutique, Fishtown. Buy here. (Note: All pairs are different; send them an email to request a specific color.)

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