I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. But if I did, I would only go for the selfish ones. Travel more, see more, take more time to relax–that kind of thing. And also, the gluttonous ones. Eat more tacos. Drink more fine whiskey. Spend more time at the bar and less time at the desk. I once drove all the way across the country looking for a great fish taco and, at the time, this seemed like a perfectly reasonable thing to do. I regularly crossed state lines for the world’s best green chile cheesesburger when I lived in Colorado (because said cheeseburger is found at the Owl Bar in San Antonio, New Mexico). And maybe this year I’ll get back to doing more of that, too. Maybe 2017 is going to be the year of ridiculous things.
But in the meantime, I’m just going to try to eat more pie. Why? Because pie is awesome. Because pie > cake in every respect. And because I’m not generally a dessert kind of guy (especially when eating out for work), and I feel like that is just stupid because when you have an expense account like I do, that essentially means that someone else is buying the pie for you–and anyone who turns down free pie is just a damn fool.
So I’m going to eat more pie. Sweet and savory both. And here are some of the places I intend to do it.
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I know, I know. Everyone is so focused on the upcoming shamrock tsunami that it’s hard to make space for anything else. But for those of you out there of a slightly more mathematical bent (or those of you who just really like pie), let’s all remember that Saturday is National Pi Day. And Magpie is celebrating by…serving a lot of pies.
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Right now, actually. In celebration of its second anniversary, the South Street shop is offering up free slices of Holly Ricciardi’s popular butterscotch bourbon pie from 11am until 8pm–or until supplies run out. Which, I’m guessing, will be long before 8pm.
So get down to Magpie now if you’re looking for a little something sweet. And free.
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After trying a juice cleanse for a whole 23 minutes, I realized something quite remarkable: milkshakes taste a lot better. And though it may be wishful thinking to wait for a study that proves milkshake cleanses are healthy, I will most certainly do that waiting with a shake by my side. And what better time to enjoy one than during the summer when birds are chirping, kids are playing and you can be slurping. Here’s a list of some of our favorite spots for a treat that’ll make you question why juice cleanses are even a thing.
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Two bits of Shake Shack news today for you fanatics. The first involves fries, the second, concretes.
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Even if you’re not into Dungeons & Dragons or L.A.R.P-ing, certain nerdy things are easy to love: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and, of course, pi–that beautiful little mathematical symbol: π. Especially when represented by pie with an e.
This Friday, March 14th, is Pi Day (get it? 3/14?), and in celebration of 3.14159-and-so-forth Magpie will be offering up slices of butterscotch bourbon, their signature pie, for only $3.14. It’s your chance to celebrate both the mathematical and things that are infinite–including your appetite. For pie.
A table spread at Marie Turney and Valerie Safran’s enchanting Little Nonna’s, which gets our prize for Best New Gayborhood Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Jason Varney.
GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Amis
You don’t have to spend the mortgage at Marc Vetri’s eponymous townhouse to get that delicious Vetri Italian cooking. This exposed-brick, slightly industrial-feeling space has food that will simply knock your socks off, including our fave, the addictive tonnarelli. Sit at the counter, sip some very good wine, and watch the masters do their thing. 412 S. 13th St., 215-732-2647, amisphilly.com.
NEW GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Little Nonna’s
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest is a step back in time to the cozy kitchen of some little Italian granny—one who wants to put some meat on those bones. Loosen your belt and dive head first into the homemade meatballs sopped in “Sunday gravy” and a plate of the fluffiest gnocchi this side of Trastevere. 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100, littlenonnas.com.
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Pie lovers who are looking for something new need look no further than South Street’s Magpie.
Just in time for summer’s heat, Magpie’s Holly Ricciardi is liquefying her inventory. That’s right—she’s decided to completely melt (and blend) down her fruit, cream and custard pies into 16 oz. pie milkshakes for customers to try while temperatures soar. All shakes are made using Magpie pies and Bassets vanilla ice cream. As shown above, they’re served in a Mason jar with a straw and a spoon.
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Magpie is offering mini-pie threesomes each weekend, celebrating specific pie styles and seasonal ingredients. The South Street pie shop is kicking it off with a meringue trio featuring:
- Blood Orange Curd with a Vanilla Bean Meringue
- Passion Fruit Curd with a Hibiscus Meringue
- Sweet Avocado Cream with Grapefruit Meringue
The mini-pies are available on Saturdays and Sundays at $10 for three or $4 a piece.
Next weekend it will be a vanilla trio.
Follow @iluvmagpie on Twitter to learn the weekend pie trios.
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Though the weather outside is not even close to frightful, Magpie is prepping early for Jack Frost’s return. Using espresso from La Colombe, Magpie has crafted several hot drinks perfect for fighting off the frost.
The Pie Latte is made from La Colombe espresso, warm milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, topped with buttery caramel sauce and pink peppercorn. Other available lattes include the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Vanilla Latte, Orange Cardamom Latte, Peppermint Latte and Peppermint Mocha, all with syrups created in-house.
Since Magpie is extending their Friday and Saturday hours to 10 p.m., try their ultra-chocolaty hot chocolate with house-made vanilla bean marshmallows to avoid late night caffeine. Unless, of course, you’re into that.
The 12 oz. lattes sell for $4.50 while the hot chocolate costs $3.50.