Last year on the Foobooz Store, in the week before Christmas, we offered triple-packs of City Dining Cards for a discounted price of $50, and you guys bled us dry.
It’s 2013, and we’re doing it again!
Last year’s jerky sales came as a surprise to us. We didn’t think you guys would be so into local, boutique jerky. But we sold a lot of it, in fact, we sold out of it within two weeks.
Ladies and gentlemen, the jerky is back. Side Project Jerky comes in two flavors this year: Southwestern and Mongolian, and you’ll only be able to find them in very select stores in Philly, and even fewer stores across the country.
Get it while you can, because if what happened last year happens again, they’ll be gone before you know it.
We’ve also got some Little Baby’s tees. For the ice cream cult-follower in you.
East Passyunk Ave. is heaven for the average Foobooz reader. From phenomenal restaurants, great bars, and local produce, to imported goods, farmers’ markets, and small shops, it’s everything a food lover wants.
And when I moved to the neighborhood, I did my best to learn about it all. I walked into Chayya cafe every morning for a cup of coffee, some breakfast and a game of checkers. And every morning, I walked past their neighbor, Occasionette, and was helplessly lured inside.
Now, it’d be embarrassing to say that Philadelphia magazine’s “Best Pinterest Board Come to Life” is one of my favorite shops in the city–but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t. It’s obviously geared towards that crowd—the small knicknacks and jewelry-wearing, fancy birthday-card-loving, cool straw-drinking crowd–but there’s more to it than that. Which is exactly why we’ve decided to partner with Occasionette this holiday season and let them curate a gift section, just for the Foobooz Store.
Books! We’ve got books!
Local Philadelphia photographer (and University of the Arts alum), Dominic Episcopo, has a book of meat, and it’s one of the most visually entertaining books I’ve ever skimmed through. It’s called Meat America, and it includes beautiful depictions of cities, icons, and all things America, done through the eyes of a true carnivore. It’s raw, in your face, witty, and a talking piece to boot. If you want to add something to your Clothbound Cabot Cheese decorated kitchen, maybe add a Meat America 11×14 in. United States of America fine art print.
Oh, and the book is also packaged in styrofoam and plastic wrapped, like ground meat in the supermarket, which is at least 15% of the reason why I like it so much.
The most telling quote of the night went like this:
“I’ve never seen twenty-five people eat duck at one in the morning. Wait, it’s two? What the fuck. It’s two in the morning?”
And although I don’t know who spoke it, it was right on the money. Where else would you see such a large group of people sop up a pool of hazelnut miso with a medium rare, dry-aged duck breast so many hours after dinner, and so many hours before breakfast?
Nowhere, that’s where. Nowhere but at the first ever Foobooz After Dark dinner.
For all you youths out there who are obsessed with both food and the internet, have I got something for you.
Jake & Amir could be one of the funniest sketches on the Internet. If you haven’t heard of it, look it up, start with their first video and waste your day away. They’re a hilarious duo, and College Humor is a great site to quench a fit of boredom. Jake, Amir, and Streeter had a live show this past Friday and they hung out at Rittenhouse Square beforehand. They needed some pizza ordering advice, and I offered my assistance, as long as they provided Foobooz with some shameless self-promotion.
There is probably only one place, in all of Philadelphia, that is both a tourist trap and still, forever beloved by the city. Yes, I understand our nation’s history stemmed from Philadelphia, and that’s super important, but if you’ve lived here longer than a year, that magic dies away. Pat’s and Geno’s? South Street? Kind of gross (though I’m starting to believe in South Street again).
But as a tourist destination, more can’t be said about Reading Terminal Market. It’s a highlight on this city’s résumé.
That’s why Foobooz and Bark Tees collaborated to make this piece of tee shirt art. Bark Tees has some pretty awesome Philadelphia-related tees with everything from sports apparel, to Philadelphia landmarks, including Reading Terminal Market.
So if you’re in a different city, maybe you’re at a sporting event, instead of wearing your usual Flyers “shirsey,” rep your city with some creativity and subtlety. Rock the RTM tee.
Because, you know, chicks dig subtlety.
The first cycle of our restaurant/bar t-shirt series is ending this Thursday. So if you still want a sick P.O.P.E. or Good Dog tee before they’re replaced, head over to the Foobooz store and pick one up while you still can. Because once they’re gone, they’ll probably be gone from our store forever…
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Mike Geno is an artist with a specific focus. There’s no doubt he loves food. His entire career is recognized because of a series of portraits:
Portraits of cheese, bacon, sushi, and bread—the necessities in life. He finds a certain type of beauty in each of them, and depicts them with bright colors and bold strokes. They’re stunning pieces, and they’re perfect for your kitchen walls. He’s based in Philadelphia, but his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His recent body of work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Food Network Magazine, Esquire – Spain, and Cooking Light, amongst some others.
And he’s generously graced the Foobooz store with his presence, and not only that, but he did it for us exclusively. Clothbound Cabot Cheddar made its mark on Philadelphia recently, and restaurants love to show it off. It’s a beautiful cheese, and his portrait is even prettier. It’s only available for a limited time, so take advantage of the opportunity.
So, here it is, buy it, hang it on your kitchen wall, and tell your friends that you got one of the rare ones. Make ‘em jealous, because this is a work of art they’ll never have, not unless they’re copying you.
Want to see some of his original work in person? Mike Geno is hosting a local exhibition at 250 S 18th Street, the Metropolitan Gallery. It starts at 6 pm, Friday December 6th, and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays through January 5th. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.