From now till November 22nd, thirteen gingerbread houses representing mansions of Fairmount Park will be on display at the Shops at Liberty Place. All thirteen were created by local pastry chefs who really got into the spirit of it all, accessorizing their houses with pretzel fences, gumdrop trim and peppermint stick columns.
The gingerbread house display is a preview event for the annual Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tour that runs from December 5 to the 15th. Six park houses will be open and decorated for the holidays. Trolley tours are available and tickets can be purchased online.
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Kerminator Pizza – now available for delivery.
Kermit’s Bake Shoppe is kicking off delivery today. Pizzas, pastries, hot pockets and more are just a phone call away. In addition to now offering delivery, Kermit’s has refreshed its hours and menu. The bakery and pizza shop is now open at 8 a.m. daily, with delivery starting at 11 a.m.
Menu additions include breakfast hot pockets, seasonal items like pumpkin blondies and sweet potato pop tarts. The “Kerminator” pizza which has been a special recently, is now a permanent member of the menu. The Kerminator is topped with choucroute, caramelized onions, applewood-smoked ham, gruyere and creme fraiche.
Kermit’s delivery zone and more »
Philadelphia magazine’s October cover story, The Food Lover’s Guide to Philly is now completely online.
From buying the best steak to assembling the perfect hoagie, the guide is stuffed to the gills with useful information.
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Sugar Philly Macarons – Photo by Jason Varney
From chocolates and ice cream to gorgeous pastries, Philly’s collective sweet tooth is strong. So here are three Philadelphia desserts you must try before you die.
Three desserts to try before you die »
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
Two weeks ago, Swiss Haus Bakery’s Swiss cro-creme was the first cronut clone to hit Philadelphia. Now we’ve learned of two more. Holly Moore posted this photo of the Yonut from South Philadelphia’s Frangelli’s. This one doesn’t have a cream filling, but with a price of less than $1, who’s complaining?
And Hughe Dillon has the story on Potito’s Bakery move into the cronut world. Dubbed the Do’cro, this interpretation of the cronut is topped with a cherry.
Where to find these takes on the cronut »
It’s not just the extra “o” that separates the two desserts. Macarons and macaroons are both sweet desserts that use egg whites and sugar as a meringue base and get their names from the Italian word for “meringue”—but it’s pretty much apples and oranges from there.
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Look out Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Morimoto and his pastry chef Thomas McCarthy have developed a line of unconventional ice cream and sorbet flavors. And they’re going to be for sale at Morimoto in Philadelphia. Flavors will include such unusual flavors such as Popcorn, Miso Honey and Chicken ‘n Waffle.
The ice cream can be purchased to-go at Morimoto’s host stand as well as from servers at the end of a meal. The ice cream launch this Friday and will cost $10 per container.
Flavors available »
Golosa Chocolate Bar & Dessert Lounge at 6th and Passyunk is closing after six years in business. The BYOB dessert spot will be open this week until May 24th. So stop in and say goodbye or to take advantage of sales prices on their imported Italian chocolates.
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Shake it for a good cause!
Starting May 1st, Shake Shack is hosting the 2nd annual Great American Shake Sale, a company-wide marketing initiative benefiting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Throughout the month of May, Shake Shack guests who donate $2 or more to No Kid Hungry will receive a card for a complimentary $5 shake, redeemable on their next visit. One hundred percent of donations will benefit No Kid Hungry.
Last year, Shake Shack raised $135,742 for No Kid Hungry. This year Shake Shack has upped the goal to $150,000.
In the spirit of the bake sale, Shake Shack is offering seven special baked good-inspired frozen custard flavors—one for each day of the week.
Shake Shack Special Shakes »