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

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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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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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Here’s What’s #OpenInPHL This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Photo by  Russ Brown Photography

Photo by Russ Brown Photography

As always, follow the #OpeninPHL hashtag on Twitter to see what bars and restaurants are opening today in Philadelphia.

If you’re a business owner, announce that you’re open on Twitter with the hashtag, #OpenInPHL.


Two Beer Events for Boxing Day

Illustration by Arthur Etchells | Images from Shutterstock

Illustration by Arthur Etchells | Images from Shutterstock

Memphis Taproom has been hosting its Boxing Day Beer Festival for seven years now. The bar will be pouring some of the best holiday and seasonal beers from around the world on Saturday, December, 26. To make it an even better day, $1 from each draft beer sold on Boxing Day will be donated to Share Our Strength.

The bar will also be collecting canned/non-perishable food for Philabundance.

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V Street Opening for Christmas Eve Brunch

Special Christmas Eve brunch at V Street.

Special Christmas Eve brunch at V Street.

Looking for some sustenance before one last crazy day of shopping or just looking to celebrate being done work for a bit, V Street’s brunch will be available on Christmas Eve.

Rich Landau’s Rittenhouse bar (and #12 restaurant in Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best list)  is offering a special vegan menu and boozy holiday drink specials plus egg nog soft serve.

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Here’s What’s #OpenInPHL This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

LOVE Park Christmas Tree by Lauren Mame Thomas

LOVE Park Christmas Tree by Lauren Mame Thomas

As always, follow the #OpeninPHL hashtag on Twitter to see what bars and restaurants are opening today in Philadelphia.

If you’re a business owner, announce that you’re open on Twitter with the hashtag, #OpenInPHL.


Alla Spina to Turn into Club Vetri for NYE

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Here’s hoping Alla Spina’s North Philly Sausage Cheesesteak is available latenight.

On New Year’s Eve Alla Spina is transforming itself into “Club Vetri.” There will be a DJ, dancing, a photo booth and as importantly, food stations featuring dishes from all of the Vetri Family restaurants (Vetri, Amis, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Lo Spiedo and of course Alla Spina). Tickets start at $120 and rise as we get closer to New Year’s Eve.

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Hop Sing Laundromat is Throwing a Sneakers Party

Wear sneakers to Hop Sing Laundromat on New Year's Eve.

Wear sneakers to Hop Sing Laundromat on New Year’s Eve.

On New Year’s Eve, Hop Sing Laundromat is loosening its legendary dress code for one night only. From 10 p.m. till closing,  is waiving his must-wear-shoes policy and offering guests the chance to wear sneakers.

Lê tells us, guests have asked for the opportunity to break one of the rules and he feels that there’s no better night than the night everyone else is getting dressed up and paying a premium for just about everything.

Hop Sing opens at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and the dress code will be in effect till 10 p.m. As always, there is no cover at the Chinatown bar. Hop Sing will also be closed from Tuesday, December 23 to Thursday, December 25.

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Shopping For Foodies: Trey Popp’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

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Does the foodie on your gift list bake? Is she vexed by that one awesome but maddening cookbook that specifies some ingredients in ounces and others in grams? Has he fallen deep enough down the coffee-brewing rabbit hole that all he can talk about is optimizing the ratio of dissolved solids in his morning cup? Does he simply want to know whether an envelope will need one stamp or two?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, a kitchen scale is in order.

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