8 Bakeries in Philly That Will Replace Your Coffee Shop Hang

J’aime French Bakery – Photo by Neal Santos

Have you seen them? Those cafés with stellar baking programs? Those bakeries with fantastic coffee drinks? They’re always full, and there’s a reason why.

Philly’s caffeinated, sugar-toothed diners are living their best lives these days, hanging out in shops that do it right on both fronts: pastry and coffee. So, now that the days of bad biscotti and cheap java are behind us, we’ve put together a list that will, no doubt, brighten up your mornings.

Here, now, eight bakeries (and coffee shops with great fresh-baked goods) known to give us the best of both worlds.
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Where To Eat This Weekend: Who Needs a Drink?

a.bar | Photo by Ted Nghiem

It’s Friday, and you know what that means? It means we all deserve a drink. Or two. Or seven.

This weekend, it’s all about the booze. From excellent parties to drinking in the sun to a Sunday jazz brunch with Adele’s piano player, we have everything you need to know to give yourself the kind of weekend that you won’t remember come Monday.

So let’s kick things off with the best bars in Philadelphia, shall we?

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How to Eat and Drink Like Summer Is Eternal in Philly

The weather is going to be beautiful this weekend. As a matter of fact, it might not get this beautiful again for a long time. There’ll be sun. It’ll be hot. It will almost feel like a couple extra perfect days of summer.

So you should get out there and take advantage of it while you can. And we’re here to help with this handy collection of all our summertime lists of things to do (and eat, and drink) in Philly and beyond. Read more »

One of Philly’s All-Time Hot Dog Greats Is Resurfacing at Stockyard Sandwich Co.

The Cincinnati Skyline Dog

We all loved Hot Diggity. It was one of those shops that seemed to effortlessly fit right in on South Street, in the neighborhood, in the city. And when owner Keith Garabedian closed it in 2015, it was a heartbreaking loss to our scene. Not because it’s hard to find a hot dog in Philly (there are plenty of spots in Philly that are talented with tubular meat), but because it’s a rare thing when a restaurant can so fully and completely embrace a community like the way Hot Diggity did — friendly, creative, collaborative, accessible to everyone.

And after two years of laying low, Garabedian will bring back some of his favorite dogs with a pop-up at Stockyard Sandwich Co.

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Here’s the Real Reason Why We Get Hungry Watching Football

Vinny Curry jersey (left); Thai curry (right)

We didn’t have this problem during the preseason, but during the Eagles regular-season opener, we got hungry. Last Sunday, too. Specifically, we got hungry for Thai food. More specifically, curry. Especially when the Eagles’ defense was on the field.

We finally figured out: Defensive end Vinny Curry was signaling our taste buds to crave chicken bathed in coconut milk and spices. Which got us thinking: What other foodstuffs might be playing around the league?

Herewith, our compilation (with notations) of the first-ever NFL Food Bowl. Read more »

Adele’s Piano Player Is Playing a Brunch Show at Walnut Street Café

Walnut Street Cafe has been doing weekend brunches since it opened. And they’re nice long ones, too — 10am to 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays. It’s the perfect place for pastry chef (and Per Se alum) Melissa Weller to show off her fantastic pastries, and the only time she serves her khachapuri — which is kind of like a bread football filled with egg and cheese, and which also has a tendency to sell out before brunch is done.

One of the other things they do at brunch? They bring in a jazz band to entertain the swells on Sundays. And this Sunday, they’re going to have Eric Wortham, Adele’s piano player, tickling the ivories.

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James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America” Tour Is Hitting Philly and the Menu Is Insane

We told you about this event back in July — pretty much as soon as we heard about it. After five years of taking their culinary show on the road and touring some of the best food cities in America, the James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America Culinary Tour” is coming to Philly. The event (which is being used as a fundraiser for culinary scholarship programs) is hitting town on October 13th and will be held at the Museum Of The American Revolution. It’s a seriously star-studded kind of thing, with a menu assembled by more than a half-dozen local chefs, plus the Beard Foundation’s “Taste America All-Star” chef, Marc Murphy of New York’s Landmarc and Ditch Plains.

We’re talking about it again because we just got a copy of the final menu (and the list of chefs responsible for each course). Plus, there are still tickets available.

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Go to “Planet of the Grapes” Wine School at Root

Root, the Fishtown wine bar, and Jason Wilson, author of Boozehound, are teaming up like some kind of drunken Voltron to present “Planet of the Grapes” — a series of wine classes which will teach you all you ever wanted to know about orange wine, bubbly, pairing with Thanksgiving dinner and more.

The classes happen every other Saturday at Root, and you can book them individually — so if you don’t care about the wines of central Italy or already know everything about Portugese wine, you don’t have to go to those classes.

And of course, we have the schedule.

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