If you’d like to score some deals this weekend but don’t want catch an elbow to the face from an aggro mall shopper, our Black Friday sales roundup is for you. After the jump, you’ll find 41 sales from the Philly’s areas coolest boutiques, designers, and makers, many of which extend through Cyber Monday. Change out of those turkey-eatin’ pants; it’s time to get shopping!
· Art in the Age: Black Friday: $20 off all denim in-store; Small Business Saturday: 20% off the entire store; Cyber Monday: 15% off site-wide with code MONDAYFUNDAY
Burn Off That Turkey With These 41 Incredible Black Friday Sales
Today I started three small batches of botanical liqueurs, experiments all. Thus the small batches.
The first one I made is an adaptation of SNAP, made by Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. I measured a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, rooibis, clove, astragalus and vanilla beans, then covered it with brandy. The molasses and sugar will be added after these herbs have macerated for 6-8 weeks and I’ve had a chance to taste test without the sweetness.
After I got this going I looked through my shelves of dried botanicals and intuitively picked out herbs that might be interesting together. This throw-em-all-in-jar technique is “new” to me. I tend to make such things as “simples,” one herb at a time, and then blend the finished products together to create libations. I have to admit that the risk in this approach is quite exciting! In any event, this blend held goji berries, cardamom seed, fennel, astragalus, vanilla beans, orange peel, lemon peel and, of course, brandy.
In the third jar I lovingly combined cocoa, banana chips, astragalus and vanilla beans, topped it off with the brandy, checked my notes, made sure they were all labeled, and shelved them in a place of honor, with lots of love and offered them a blessing before going on withmy ”weekend” tasks.
That’s what I made today.
So it’s your year to bring the stuffing. We’ve got your covered. This Sausage and SAGE Stovetop Stuffing is a home run!
4 oz Sweet Sausage
4 oz Hot Sausage
1 Medium Onion, diced
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Stalks of Celery, diced
2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Sage, Chopped
½ Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, chopped
½ Tablespoon Fresh Thyme, chopped
4 Cups Bread of Choice, cubed and dried
¾ Cup Chicken Stock (or whatever you have on hand)
¼ Cup Sage
Remove the sausages from their casings. In a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat, add the sausage and brown for about 7-10 minutes. Remove from the pan and reserve.
If necessary, add enough butter so there is 2-3 Tablespoons of fat in the pan. Add the onions, garlic, and celery and cook until tender, scraping the brown bits as you go- about 10-15 minutes. Add the herbs and cook for another 1-2 minutes to release their flavor. Add the bread cubes, stock and Sage- season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the liquids are absorbed. (Add more stock if the stuffing becomes too dry.)
Thanksgiving Recipes: Sausage and SAGE Stovetop Stuffing
WHY GO: From its inception, Philadelphia has been a city of diverse “Makers.” Founded as a center of commerce rather than a religious colony, newcomers didn’t have to pay that irksome Church tithe, so strivers from all backgrounds sought their fortunes here. By 1740, Philadelphia was the largest city in the colonies, an engine of industry. One German observer wrote in 1754, “Pennsylvania is heaven for farmers, paradise for artisans, and hell for officials and preachers.” This “paradise for artisans” has gone through a rebirth in recent years, revitalizing Philadelphia’s flagging neighborhoods, bringing a distinctive creative energy to each. You can explore each of 14 identified neighborhoods – none more than a 15 minute walk or drive from Old City – through hot restaurants, attractions and shops. Or, become a “Maker” yourself in one of the many studios cropping up all over the city. Highlighted here are a few neighborhoods to get you started.
SHOP: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. “Art in the Age” began as a T-Shirt line and now stocks all manner of handcrafted items, aka “stuff made with thought.” Shop for jewelry, artwork, clothing and books, including upcycled accessories from wunderkinds Walter and Margeaux Kent’s Peg and Awl. Art in the Age has also partnered with the group that created Henricks Gin to distill 80 proof spirits. Though you can’t purchase bottles of these robust liqueurs named Root (from root beer), Snap (gingersnap) and Rhubarb, in the shop, you can taste them for free during Thursday Night Happy Hour and then buy them from local liquor stores.
Be A Maker AND Taker in Philadelphia PA’s Reinvigorated Neighborhoods
After five months of knocking shit down, painting things up, and generallykicking ass and taking names, Sonja Rasula & Co.’s inspiration-inducingUnique Space in Downtown is now (almost) open for business. Officially launching December 2nd, the 18,000-square-foot workplace and event space is set to welcome creative movers, stylish shakers and entrepreneurial makers for what’s expected to be one seriously cool community of LA’s top talents.
In addition to providing brain juice-building perks like meet-and-greet mixers, workshop discounts and monthly field trip adventures, the collaborative environment also offers high-speed wi-fi, communal kitchen and dining areas, a design library and lounge, and a rooftop terrace with killer downtown views. (How’s that for the ultimate office space?)
To toast their soon-to-open digs, the Unique Space is throwing a massive, not-to-be-missed bash tomorrow (you know how they do).
Tomorrow from 8pm to midnight, enjoy plenty of “all-around craziness” (in Rasula’s own words) with delish drinks by Art in the Age, sweet treats from The Pie Hole and Coolhaus, snaps by the photogs at Smilebooth, and of course, plenty of dancing and good vibes all around.
Toast The Unique Space’s Uber-Inspiring New Digs Tomorrow
Earlier this month, I had a chance to visit a few of my favorite Archival shops in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Philadelphia. Here are some evidential snaps. Next week, I’ll post a specific report on my field trip to the amazing Moulded Shoe (purveyor of the hard to source Alden modified last shoe).
Archival Field Trip – NYC