Monday Morning TL;DR: When You Play The Game of Cones You Either Win or…Eat Ice Cream

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Happy Monday, everyone! If you’ve found yourself here once again, it’s probably because you heard someone made an Iron Throne out of ice cream cones. Or that we’ve got some information here on pairing wine and weed. Or maybe you were just wondering what a highway covered in 7,500 pounds of slime eels looks like.

Whatever it is, we’ve got what you’re looking for. So let’s begin with…

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Where to Eat This Weekend: Party Like Donald Trump

Photo courtesy of Oyster House

Congratulations! You made it to the weekend without melting. I think that calls for a celebration, don’t you? And whether you’re looking for a lobster dinner, French food, cheap shots, barbecue or just somewhere to party with a bunch of your friends in Atlantic City, we’ve got you covered.

And as always, if this list of weekend diversions isn’t enough for you, don’t forget to check out our list of the 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia, just updated for the summer.

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Eastern State Penitentiary Celebrates Bastille Day With 2,000 Tastykakes

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It turns out there are more perks to having a historical site like Eastern State Penitentiary in the neighborhood (aside from education about mass incarceration and a world-class haunted house, of course): its towers make for the perfect Bastille Day re-enactment.

And in Philly, that comes with cries of “Let them eat Tastykake!”

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Where to Get Your Frosé Fix in Philly This Summer

The frosé at Bud Marilyn’s / via Facebook

Right off the bat, I think I should say that I am not recommending that anyone actually drink frosé. I am not endorsing this mystifying fad for frozen rosé wine. I am not condoning its consumption. There are already so many alcoholic beverages that are perfect for summer (the classic gin and tonic, mai tais and zombies, salty dogs for when you’re sweaty and cold beers from a foam cooler when you’re not), so I’m not sure why anyone would want a wine slushy.

But this is Philly and Philly sometimes goes off on these strange, obsessive, quasi-historical jags when it comes to food and booze. Allegedly, the frosé (or frappé à la glacé if you wanna be classy) was invented here more than a century ago — undoubtedly by drunken malcontents furious that air conditioning hadn’t been invented yet and desperate for any way to cool off in the 150-percent humidity. And today, frosé has inexplicably become a thing again. Because we live in some kind of post-rational nightmare world where even the simplest and most universally agreed-upon social conventions (like that only underage Southern debutantes and the clinically insane put ice in their wine) have broken down.

But I know some of you out there are excited by this. I see it in your Instagram posts and on your Twitter feeds. And I’m not here to judge, but to help. So to that end, I have put together this list of bars in town which are serving cheap wine Slurpees to the masses. I’m sure it’s not all of them, but it is certainly some of them. And if you’re drinking frozen wine anyway, there’s no reason to be picky.

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Barcelona Finally Makes its Debut on East Passyunk Avenue


This past Tuesday, South Philly’s long-in-the-making Spanish wine bar and restaurant, Barcelona, ever-so-quietly opened its doors at 1709 East Passyunk Avenue — the old Man’s Image space at the intersection of 12th and Morris Streets.

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Crab Fries King Pete Ciarrocchi Talks Chickie’s & Pete’s, Miller Lite, and Being Gluten Free

Pete Ciarrocchi, photographed by Gene Smirnov.

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click the links for previous Behind the Line interviews with Marc Vetri and Michael Solomonov, or to see the full archive, go here.

In honor of National French Fry Day, we thought we would check in with the progenitor of those massively popular crab fries, Chickie’s & Pete’s owner Pete Ciarrocchi.

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