Spirits & Suds Bar Crawl on East Passyunk Avenue

spirits sudsPassyunk’s annual Spirits & Suds Bar Crawl returns to East Passyunk Avenue tonight – and it’s the biggest one yet.

Tonight’s event will run from 5:30pm-9:30pm and feature 17 East Passyunk bars along the strip that will be offering their own unique brews and bites for the festivities.

Tickets for the event are $5 and include access to $3 seasonal craft beers, $4 holiday cocktails, a few discounted bar snacks and a Santa or elf hat to wear throughout the night — because what kind of Christmas bar crawl doesn’t involve a Santa hat?

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Ladies’ Night: Bites & Flights Tonight at Time

LOGO bites&flightsHaving the title “Executive Chef” seems to be a generally male-dominated position in the culinary world — so Time restaurant has created a monthly series to celebrate the women of the local food and beverage industry.

Hosted by executive chef Mackenzie Hilton, Time, located at 1315 Sansom Street, debuts “Ladies’ Night: Bites & Flights,” featuring casual pairings of small plates and beverages and socializing with local ladies of the industry.

Chef Hilton will be collaborating with local female chefs, reps, brewers, barkeepers, distillers, farmers, entrepreneurs and more to help focus the series on the hardworking ladies in the industry. The restaurant is hoping for this event to become an opportunity to build a sense of community among Philly’s strong workforce of female movers and shakers.

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Same Same Debuts Seasonal Soup

SameSameEventually, winter is going to arrive. And when it does, what could be  more appetizing than a nice, hot, meaty bowl of soup to soothe your seasonal sorrows?

Well, lucky for you, Same Same Vietnamese restaurant in Northern Liberties recently introduced an authentic Bun Bo Hue soup just in time for winter’s cold-front.

Chef/owner Chad Kubanoff calls it “The King’s Soup” because of the oversized serving meant for eating double-fisted, with chopsticks in one hand and a spoon in the other.

Kubanoff also said, “it’s all about the side dish” and this soup’s authenticity derives from the traditional vegetable plate served on the side. The side plate includes shaved banana flower, shaved water spinach, bean sprouts, chili, lime and herbs like Thai basil that make this a real-life version of Bun Bo Hue.

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Free Cheesesteak Giveaway TODAY

brisket-cheesesteakDrew Abruzzese, owner of Big Q BBQ, a family-owned restaurant in Levittown, named his new cheesesteak after his BBQ-loving, dedicated customers — and he’s giving it away for free.

“The Levittowner,” a tender, sliced, smoked brisket, with Cheez Whiz and crispy onion straws on an 8-inch roll from Italian People’s Bakery, usually costs $6.49. In celebration of his new creation referred to as “a brisket wit wiz,” beginning at noon today, Abruzzese is offering free cheesesteaks to the first 200 customers.

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Free Pig Roast on South Street Next Tuesday

Alex boonphayaEvery Tuesday for the past few weeks chef Alex Boonphaya, owner of the Circles Thai mini-chain, has been hosting a “Hog Thai’d” pig roast at his newest restaurant on South Street.

Well, we tried it – and the pig meat was as juicy and tender as we thought it would be.

Each week Boonphaya gets a fresh pig from D’Artagnan, marinates it overnight in Thai herbs and spices, then roasts it and serves it with rice, bao buns, tamarind chili sauce and steamed vegetables including broccoli, carrots and bok choy for $17 per person.

All good, right? Well next Tuesday, Dec. 15, Boonphaya has scheduled a special “Social Circles” event, meaning that guests get to come and pig-out for freeliterally.

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Franklin Square Has a Beer Garden

Franklin SquareAs part of this year’s Franklin Square Holiday Festival, events like Franklin Square Fridays, the Holiday Light Show and Ben’s Bites & Brews Beer Garden have all returned for the seasonal celebration.

The free Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show has more than 50,000 lights set to a soundtrack of holiday classics performed by the Philly Pops orchestra. The show begins every night at 4:30 p.m. and one guest gets the honor of flipping the switch to illuminate Franklin Square – which continues every half-hour until 8 p.m.

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Tonight: A Happy Hour To Help The Animals

Morris Animal RefugeTonight, you can celebrate the love of man’s best friend with the love of man’s favorite drink (booze) at a happy hour benefiting The Morris Animal Refuge.

The free event will be held at 1 Tippling Place, at 2006 Chestnut Street in Center City.

From 5:30pm-7:30pm there will be $6 punch drinks, $9 select cocktails and $5 appetizers. 

The Morris Animal Refuge was founded in 1874 and is the first organization dedicated to sheltering and re-homing animals. Today, they continue to provide the Greater Philadelphia region with low-cost spay/neuter programs, adoptions, fostering, humane education and more.

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Little Nonna’s Celebrates Sinatra’s 100th Birthday with Special Menu

Frank SinatraAs you probably know, Frank Sinatra and the holiday season go pretty well together if you ever listened to his Christmas classics of the past.

So in honor of what would’ve been his 100th birthday, on December 12 Little Nonna’s is preparing a four-course tasting menu inspired by Ol’ Blue Eyes’ favorite dishes.

Owners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran of the Italian-American eatery located at 1234 Locust Street in Midtown Village have put together a special menu to celebrate the life of the legendary entertainer.

The menu features Frank’s mother’s signature marinara sauce and other Sinatra family recipes. It will be available during their dinner service starting tonight (Monday, December 7) and running through Sunday, December 13.

And yes, of course we have the menu

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