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.

13 Ways to Avoid Being Broke at Christmas

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Not enough money for Christmas presents? Yeah, I thought so. That’s because you spent too much money in 2013 on frivolous things. Well, that ship has sailed. But you don’t have to make the same mistake again. Here are a few tips for saving a few bucks in 2014 so you’ve got enough left over to actually buy your friends a few decent gifts next year.

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25 Christmas Songs You Can Work Out To

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It’s official: Christmas songs are now stuck in my head 24/7. This year, I’ve decided to go with the whole “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality by embracing all the holly jollies and ho-ho-hos on the radio. And I’m taking it a step further: by playing this awesome playlist, full of amped up Christmas tunes (some classics, some, well, not), while I work out.

Here, 25 Christmas songs you can totally break a sweat to. Stream it below via Spotify, or listen to it here.

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LISTEN: Aiden James Releases Holiday Tune

Philly singer-songwriter Aiden James joins Kelly,  Mary J., Leona and a handful of other divas belting holiday tunes this year with the release of “Winter in Los Angeles.” James has spent a lot of time performing in L.A. in 2013. The song catches up with him over the yuletide season in that city, where “there is a sort of veneer of the holidays,” he says, explaining his thought process behind writing the dreamy track. “I found [the holidays in L.A.] mirror the dynamic we can have with each other — a disguise to cover someone or something’s true nature with an attractive appearance.”

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CEO Santa: The Fattest of Fat Cats

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In the past two years there has been a media onslaught against some of America’s most iconic brands, much of it fueled by unions trying to stem the tide of diminishing power, membership and public support. But the unions and their friends in the media have missed maybe the fattest of the corporate fat cats, who pays his employees next to nothing.

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Requiem for a Christmas Cookie

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I guess I should start by explaining that in my family, I’m the one who makes the Christmas cookies. I bring a big tray of them to the family Christmas Eve gathering, and I give tins of them every year to my siblings, my first cousins who are physically present at the aforementioned Christmas Eve gathering, and my nieces and nephews who have attained the age of majority. The rule used to be nieces and nephews who had attained the age of majority and were maintaining a domicile separate from their parents, but the recession has hit the millennials hard, so I’ve relaxed a bit.

You might think such specific rules of cookie-reception are over the top, but then, you’ve never looked into the glowing eyes of my nephew Nicholas when, the Christmas after he turned 18, he accepted the tin I handed him with wide, glowing eyes and said, “My own? All for me?” Read more »

Tonight: Beer Can Christmas Tree Lighting at Percy Street

Photo via Percy Street Barbecue

Photo via Percy Street Barbecue

Tonight, Thursday, December 12th, Percy Street Barbecue is hosting its annual beer can Christmas tree lighting. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with a special Troegs happy hour featuring half-priced Perpetual IPA and Mad Elf. The tree, decorated with 400 beer cans and topped with a steel bucket will be illuminated at 7 p.m. The holiday mood will be set by Matt and Chris of Coal Town Rounders.

So get there early for the happy hour and make sure you also order a fried chicken biscuit or two.

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Philadelphia FIGHT Teams With Eastern State Penitentiary for Holiday Toy Drive

philly fight toy drivePhiladelphia FIGHT‘s Institute for Community Justice — which works “to reduce not only the number of people in prison living with HIV, but also the lasting effects of mass imprisonment on communities most affected” —  is teaming with Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) for its annual toy drive benefitting children of incarcerated or recently released parents. Now through Dec. 15, any visitor to ESP who donates a new toy or children’s book that’s still in its original package will receive a second admission free of charge. Don’t feel like a stroll through the prison? Folks can make donations during regular business hours even if they don’t plan on taking the tour.

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