The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend

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Independence Day has arrived and with it, plenty of goodies to barbecue and fruits to transform into pies, cobblers, and even that flag cake that somebody at the block party inevitably makes. All your favorite farmer’s markets are happening on schedule this weekend, ready to fuel the party. For the moment, cherries are still going strong, so even if there aren’t local watermelons yet you can still have a holiday with a spitting contest of some Kind. Best of all, whether you spend your weekend down the shore or in the city, this is the time of year when you scarcely need to cook. Just cut up the vegetables, make a dip, grill a few things, and above all, enjoy your holiday.

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And A Few More Italian Themed Fourth of July Meals In Case You Still Need Plans

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Dinner at Amis this Saturday.

There’s a lot of food stuff for this holiday. Free lobster tacos? Check. Shake Shack cornucopia of goodness? On the list. Lobster bake? You betcha. Free water ice? No kidding.

So, if somehow none of that has yet made it onto your festivity plan, here are two more ideas to eat deliciousness in celebration of independence, summer, and good food.

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Your Prayers Have Been Answered: Free Water Ice For The Fourth

Get this for FREE on the Fourth | Photo by Chris D'Emilio

Get this for FREE on the Fourth | Photo by Chris D’Emilio

Chris D’Emilio is going to save your life this Fourth of July. After the grand opening of D’Emilio’s Old World Ice Treats, he’s touring Philly with his motorcycle powered cart and handing out FREE ICE TREATS TO ALL. Huge thank you in advance for saving me from heat stroke (have you checked the weather? It’s going to be 90°). Say it with me, “Thank you, Chris!”

D’Emilio opens in South Philly (1216 S 2nd St, adjacent to Federal Donuts) at noon and then, being the hero that he clearly is, hops on his bike, cart in tow, to feed the good people of Philadelphia.

Head over to the event page on Facebook for more details on this artisanal water ice.

D’Emilio’s Old World Ice Treats [Facebook]

Volver Is Shutting Down For A Very Long Summer Vacation

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Volver is done for the summer. Not for a week (as is becoming almost standard among many of the more notable Philly restaurants), or for two weeks (which is the point at which we grow nervous about them ever opening back up again), but for a full two months.

The final night of service was June 30, at which point the whole place (Bar Volver included) went quietly dark. This is the message left on their Open Table page:

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Opening of Front Street Dive and More at Victoria Freehouse

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Lots going on at Victoria Freehouse this summer. First, Front Street Dive (the 2nd floor of Victoria Freehouse) is now open. Head up there on Thursdays for karaoke with Dr. Thunder or on Fridays and Saturdays for various DJs. The bar will be open from 9pm-2am on these days and available for private parties Monday through Wednesday.

Next, happy hour has begun at The Victoria. Mon-Fri from 4-7pm enjoy $5 Imperial (20-ounce) pints and half-priced pub snacks.

And now for their summer events. We’re talking 4th of July, Christmas in July, Harry Potter and more.

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Erace Brothers Get Food Network Show

Green Aisle Grocery's Graduate Hospital location.

Green Aisle Grocery’s Graduate Hospital location.

Brothers Adam and Andrew Erace who own Green Aisle Grocery locations on East Passyunk, Grays Ferry Avenue and soon, Girard Avenue are getting their own TV show. Great American Food Finds is premiering on the Food Network on Monday, August 3rd at 10:30 p.m.

The Food Network describes the show as:

With a sixth sense for the unexpected and delicious, brothers Adam and Andrew Erace travel the country in search of America’s hidden food treasures to fill their family market’s shelves. Whether it is a mac’ and cheese pie at the out-of-the-way farm stand, or the bacon-studded fudge brownies at the hole-in-the-wall bakery, the Erace brothers are on a mission to find it and put it on your plate.

In addition to his ownership of Green Aisle, Adam Erace is the food critic for City Paper (so much for the veil of anonymity) and Andrew has a background in real estate. Stay tuned for more news about the show.

Green Aisle Grocery [Official]

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