Philly Wine Week: Day 2

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What better way to kick off Philly Wine Week than with Georges Perrier opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre. And that’s exactly how Philadelphia’s first ever wine week started.

Today sees more fun as Jet Wine Bar kicks off its local lunch and local wine series. All week, Alla Spina is pouring Karamoor Estates wine on tap. This evening they’ll have Kevin Robinson from Karamoor in the building from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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Philly Wine Week Kicks Off Today

Barbuzzo | Photo by Emily Frances Olson

Barbuzzo | Photo by Emily Frances Olson

Today is the kickoff of the first ever Philly Wine Week. The celebration of wine in Philadelphia officially gets underway with the Bubbles and Barrels event today at Ristorante Panorama but that’s not the only event happening today.

You could say it is wine week every week at Tria Cafe but they’re certainly turning it up this week. For Sunday School today, it’s a “Jura Jaunt.” Both Tria Cafe locations will be pouring a Savagnin “La Pierre” from from Les Granges Paquenesses. Normally this glass is $14.50 but it is just $7 a glass for Sunday School.

Late night, the nightly Toast at Ten will kick off at Barbuzzo where the first 50 people will receive a complimentary prosecco kumquat shooter with oyster. Other food and drink deals will be offered.

Our Guide to Philly Wine Week [Foobooz]
Philly Wine Week [Official]

Unusual Valentine’s Day Suggestions

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Just about every restaurant in the Philadelphia is doing a special menu for Valentine’s Day. Many of which are being offered all weekend. Instead of listing all of those, here are some more offbeat ideas for Valentine’s Day, like eating budino and binge watching House of Cards, Season II on Netflix (which comes out on the 14th). Significant other, totally optional.

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Get Your Budino for the Holidays

Photo by Jason Varney

Photo by Jason Varney

This Saturday through Christmas Eve, Barbuzzo’s Salted Caramel Budino will be available for pick-up at neighboring Verde. The delicious dessert in a glass has won Best of Philly and just about every other award a dessert can.

No preorder is necessary, just stop in and pick up one. Or more likely, several as you won’t want to share.

Last Weekend for Salted Caramel Budino Pops

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Budino pops, we hardly knew you. In fact we haven’t met you face-to-face yet. And if you’d like to bite into a frozen pop of creamy caramel pudding, frozen around a core of salted caramel and dark chocolate cookie crumbs, dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, well then you have to plan on getting one this weekend. The invention of chef Marcie Turney and her Barbuzzo staff, this frozen treat is available today through Sunday at Turney’s Verde (108 S 13th Street), but just from noon to 2 p.m.

Marcie Turney Set To Debut Budino Pops This Friday [f8b8z]

Marcie Turney Set To Debut Budino Pops This Friday

budino-pop - Photo by Jason Varney

This Friday, Marcie Turney will be debuting Budino Frozen Pops at the Marcie Blaine Chocolate counter at Verde. Based on the amazing budino dessert at Barbuzzo, the budino frozen pop will feature the same creamy caramel pudding, frozen around a core of salted caramel and dark chocolate cookie crumbs, dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt.

The treats will only be available during August and within a small time frame. Budino pops will only be available at Verde on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. So plan accordingly.

Barbuzzo has sold more than 75,000 budino since opening in September, 2010 and received accolades in Bon Appetit and Philadelphia magazine.

Barbuzzo [Official Site]
Marcie Blaine Chocolate [Official Site]

Photo by Jason Varney

It’s Down to the Wire for Valentine’s Gifts Ideas

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Judging by the Twitter questions I’ve been answering this morning, not everyone has squared away Valentine’s plans. Check out our Valentine’s Guide for last second suggestions or try this suggestion on for size.

Head down to Verde on 13th Street, and pick up the Barbuzzo Budino for two pack for $15. Then cross 13th Street and grab a bouquet of flowers from Spike’s Greens flower shop pop-up in Duross and Langel. Add some Yards Philly Pale Ale soap and you’ll go from Valentine’s Day zero to hero.

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