The Summer 2015 Affogato Road Show

Affogato-BirchIt was back in the sweltering summer days of 2013 when the first Affogato Days simultaneously caffeinated us and cooled us. The pop-up partnership between Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Elixr Coffee was a natural fit. Perfectly-pulled shots of single origin espresso poured over scoops of ice cream from Philly’s most playful jockeys of the deep freeze. Now, some of the Elixir kids have decamped to start W/N W/N Coffee Bar, but this year, just like Wet Hot American Summer, the gang is getting back together. The menu is the same, ice cream drowned in coffee once again, only this time the team is hitting the road.

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Your Guide To The Callowhill Night Market

Night Market hits Callowhill with about 70 food and drink vendors, including newbies like the Rio Brazilian Steak Truck, Roe Thai and Japanese and Sweet Nectar Delights. Nearby PhilaMOCA has curated an evening of local tunes, Dance Philadelphia will be performing, and suds will be available via the Underground Arts beer garden and Penn Distributors. Thursday, June 18th, 6-10 pm, free, 13th and Callowhill streets.

So here we are–mere hours away from the start of the Callowhill Night Market which will bring together 70-some food trucks and vendors (plus beer and live music and tee shirts and all the usual weirdness that comes when you pack tens of thousands of Philadelphians together in one place and make them stand in line for tacos) for a one-night party unrivaled by any other food event in the city.

Whether this is your first Night Market or your tenth, whether you’re comfortable hanging out with 20,000 of your closest friends or nervous about the mob scene, whether you’re laser-focused on just ONE THING YOU MUST EAT BEFORE THE END OF THE NIGHT or (like us) planning on trying everything on offer (and the good stuff twice), we’re here to help you get the most out of your Night Market experience. Check out our battle-tested advice below, and make note of the picks we’ve made for the must-hit trucks of tonight’s event.

Ready? As always, let’s start with…

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Who Wants A Pizza Brain / Little Baby’s Ice Cream / Federal Dounts Collaboration?

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What happens when three of Philly’s strangest favorite local businesses get together for a one-night-only collaboration? Fan-crazed mayhem and food-induced comas resulting from donut and fried chicken inspired pizza and ice cream, that’s what.

Which is why we’re warning you in advance about this week’s event. Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream are back for another Third Thursdee, and their collaborative partner this time? Returning champ Federal Donuts.

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Two New Little Baby’s Collaborations

coffee coffee cake little baby kermits 400Residents of Graduate Hospital have two new spots to get some Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Kermit’s Bake Shop has a collaboration with Little Baby’s and Peddler Coffee. The Coffee Coffee Cake Ice Cream features the strong flavor of coffee and bits of coffee cake. You can get it by the single-serve cup at Kermit’s at 22nd and Washington.

And over at Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat at 21st and South, they’re serving Honey’s Blueberry Buttermilk Biscuit ice cream.

Get them both soon, these collaborations have a way of vanishing.

Kermit’s Bake Shop [Foobooz]
Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat – South Street [Foobooz]
Little Baby’s Ice Cream [Official]

Third Thursday: A Pizza Brain / Little Baby’s / Abe Fisher Collaboration

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First Fridays are great for when you want to wear that trendy buttonless jacket your ex bought you and sip wine while feeling cultured because you’re looking at art, but sometimes all you want is pizza and ice cream. And by sometimes I mean all the time.

Thus, this stroke of genius from Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream: Third Thursdays. Third Thursdays are a monthly collaboration between Pizza Brain, Little Baby’s, and a third local small food business where guests can come and enjoy unique pizza and ice cream flavors for one night only. This month, the third local small business is Abe Fisher, and the menu sounds awesome.

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Name a Sandwich (and do other cool food things) for Charity!

passyunk-ave-manhole-cover-jeff-fusco-940The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Organization, which manages zoning for EPX and sponsors neighborhood cleanups and other good neighborly things, is auctioning off sweet Philly food experiences. Now through Sunday, March 1st you can bid your heart out (and outbid everyone else’s hearts out) for a good cause.

Some of the cooler auction items include a bread making class followed by a private dinner for 8 at Noord; a pasta making lesson from Lynn Rinaldi (of Paradiso); designing and naming your own sandwich at American Sardine Bar (we are particularly partial to this idea); and an ice cream making experience at Little Baby’s.

For more information on the auction, or to actually bid on stuff, click here.

Restaurant Week Extra: Little Baby’s Offers Half-Off for Hospitality Workers

little babys restaurant weekLittle Baby’s Ice Cream knows that Restaurant Week is hard on hospitality industry workers, so the Little Baby’s team has decided to make these two weeks just a little sweeter. From January 18 to February 2, they’ll be offering half-off the price of any cup or cone (including single, double, or triple scoops) to any hospitality professionals.

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Tonight: Coffee Cocktail Throwdown at New Coffee Bar

WinWInTonight, WinWin Coffee Shop will kick off their grand opening weekend with a coffee cocktail throwdown. The event starts at 7:30 pm and will feature local baristas in a latte art challenge and local bartenders, such as V Street’s Dan Miller, in a coffee cocktail competition. WinWin Coffee teamed up with Elixr Coffee Roasters for this event, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream co-owner Jeffrey Ziga judging it.

Throughout the event, WinWin will serve sandwiches and draft beers, specially featuring Saint Benjamin Koffee Kolsh. Event goers will also get to sample some of the specialty coffee cocktails the bartenders whip up. When the event ends at 10:30 pm, WinWin will start serving their regular menu for anyone who hasn’t checked out the coffee bar yet.

Although they’re celebrating their grand opening this weekend, WinWin Coffee Shop actually opened in early December as a cafe, bar and kitchen, offering cocktails, coffee and small bites to patrons. It’s located at 931 Spring Garden Street and is a collectively owned, locally sourced shop.

W/N W/N Coffee Bar [Official]

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