American Sardine Bar Is Celebrating 5 Years


Yesterday, I told you about the greatest pre-Thanksgiving party ever involving a Turkey-shaped shot luge, and said you just had to go if you were planning on being in town over the holiday. But for those of you out there who don’t think that drinking shots of Wild Turkey out of a turkey’s ass sounds like a good time (Communists…), there’s this: American Sardine Bar’s 5th Anniversary party, which is also happening on November 23.

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What To Eat (And Drink) At This Year’s Christmas Village


Last week, we told you about the snacking options available for those of you hanging out at Dilworth Park now that the ice rink is open. But starting on Thanksgiving Day, there’ll be another option for those of you hanging out near City Hall because that’s the day that Philly’s annual Christmas Village lights up for the season.

Yes, usually Christmas Village is a Love Park thing, but due to construction this year, the whole deal has been moved to the City Hall courtyard. And guess what? There’s a LOT of food and drink available including (but not limited to) doner kebab and Belgian frites, strudel, jerky, bacon jam, waffles and mulled wine. So if Christmas Village is a part of your usual holiday rounds, here’s everything you need to know about the food, the drinks, the new happy hours, theme nights and more.

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Because Every Great Party Needs A Turkey-Shaped Shot Luge…

Such a noble creature...

Such a noble creature…

This showed up in my mailbox over the weekend. An email from Nick Elmi at Laurel and ITV, titled “Wild Turkey from a turkey’s ass.” It begins:


I think we have a really great/really stupid idea for Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Since its the “biggest drinking day of the year” and we( I mean us) all need a reason to wind down we figured ITV could do something fun.

What came next was possibly one of the best ideas I’ve heard so far this holiday season.

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Tria Fitler Square Hosting Weekly Wine Markets

tria-fitler-940Every Saturday between now and the end of the year, Tria Fitler Square is hosting a wine market. Conveniently scheduled to coincide with Fitler Square’s weekly farmers’ market, you can purchase bottles of wine from Tria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday.

Beverage director Michael McCaulley has hand chosen six wines that will be available special prices per bottle. And you can even try before you buy, as all six wines are available as 3-ounce tasting pours for $3 each.

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Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Corkscrew and bottle of wine on the board

In case you didn’t know it, today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day–that magical third Thursday in November when the year’s first bottles of Beaujolais get opened (and drunk).

In celebration of that day, we offer you this–a video from the crew at Tria in which wine director Michael McCaulley, worried that he isn’t French enough, goes through a Rocky-inspired training montage in order to get himself up to speed.

My favorite moment was the cameo by Georges Perrier (a moment that all of us who’ve spent enough time around Philly restaurants have had, IRL), but that’s all I’m saying. You’ll have to check it out for yourself to see what happens next.

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There’s a Food Fight at Founder’s Hall Tonight

FairmountFoodFightTonight, the Fairmount Community Development Corporation is hosting their annual Fairmount Food Fight fundraiser. More than twenty Art Museum Area restaurants will offer samples of their best dishes and compete for the title of Food Fight Champion. There will be live music, complimentary beer and wine. All proceeds benefit neighborhood improvement projects, small business support, greening initiatives and other community events.

In their own effort to go green, Fairmount CDC has commissioned signature beer and wine glasses for purchase online with event tickets.

The limited VIP tickets include a private tour of Stephen Girard’s private collection on the upstairs level of Founder’s Hall. Tickets are limited and tour times will be selected upon arrival at the event.

Where: 2101 South College Avenue
When: Thursday November 17th, 6–8 p.m.
Tickets: Regular $65, VIP $75

Frybread Pop-Up Happening at Loco Pez


Hey, remember yesterday when we put out that ranked list of best (and worst) brunch dishes? High up on that list was frybread. It actually came in at #3–ahead of pancakes, ahead of corned beef hash, ahead of brunch mussels (naturally)–and that was seen as somewhat problematic because you know what we don’t have a lot of in Philly? Or any of in Philly? Fry Bread.

Which is why it’s such good news that, today, we can announce that Marcos Espinoza (aka Fidel Gastro) and Shiprock Fry Bread Pop-up co-conspirators Hawk Krall and Lucio Palazzo (chef at Loco Pez) are getting together for another frybread pop-up. On Tuesday, November 22nd at 5 p.m. Fishtown’s Loco Pez will be turning out delicious frybread–not the sweet, breakfast-y variety, but mostly the savory (although there is a dessert fry bread on the menu).

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Check Out the Beer Lineup for Tonight’s Philly Beer Week Event

city tap logan 940Earlier this week we told you that Philly Beer Week is hosting a raffle to send one lucky beer lover and their favorite brewer to Belgium to brew PBW’s annual Collaboration Beer. The raffle takes place tonight at City Tap House Logan Circle and as part of the event that runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Raffle tickets are can be purchased during the event, $6 each or 4 for $20.

And the brewers participating in the event are pulling out all of the stops with a great list of beers on tap.

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