Foobooz Six Pack: Best Local Chocolates

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Philly has a long history of candymaking, and we have our fair share of excellent chocolatiers. So while yes, this is a good city to live in if you’re a cheesesteak junkie, and a great place for pizza addicts, it also ain’t bad for those with a wicked sweet tooth.

A few months ago, we detailed all the best places to buy candy and sweets in Philly. We also listed the three local desserts you have to try before you die. But neither of those lists focused solely on chocolate, and since there’s apparently some kind of holiday tomorrow during which the exchange of chocolate (and jewelry and, occasionally, shots) for sex is the traditional method of celebration, we here at Foobooz World HQ figured a list of where to find the best chocolates in Philadelphia might be in order.

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Foobooz Six Pack: Stuffed Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Put down the white bread and step away from the Kraft singles—we’ve found a list of stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches so loaded and gluttonous that they definitely aren’t your average comfort food must-haves.

These aren’t your mom’s grilled cheeses, and you know what? They aren’t even sandwiches you want to tell your mom about because you know she’ll start jabbering about silly things like cholesterol and pesky little heart attacks.

These sandwiches, stuffed with multiple meats and cheeses and standard menu items squished together between different breads slathered with different types of butters and sauces, are stuffed with a dictionary of culinary bad words: fat, bacon, cheese, grilled, fried, baked, crispy, oozing, dripping, melting…

You don’t have to be in a bad mood to eat them, but you’ll definitely feel happier once you’ve started in on any of these six stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches:

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Six Pack: Macarons In Philly

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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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Six Pack: Italian In Center City That We Never Talk About

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Editors Note: Once again, we’re introducing a new Foobooz writer to the world, so please welcome Camilla Brandfield-Harvey. For her first post, we presented her with an interesting task: to check out some of the Italian restaurants in and around Center City that we rarely talk about here–places that have just been quietly plugging along for years without creating the kind of scandals disasters cronuts collaboration dinners news that makes for a compelling headline. This is what she came up with.

To pick a great Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, you might as well close your eyes, throw a dart, and make it a culinary adventure. It’s hard to get it wrong. And yet, some places remain under the radar. That doesn’t mean their rooms are any less full, their atmosphere any less charming, or their food any less exquisite. In an Italian-heavy restaurant scene, there’s Vetri, and then there’s also La Viola. So, in a city where it’s hard to mistake your Italian, here are six great places and six fantastic pasta dishes that you might be missing:

Spasso Italian Grill–Papardelle Porcini

With Spasso’s relatively large pasta selection, it may be difficult to separate your fusilli from your fettucine. Disregard both and have the papardelle porcini. A soft, wide pasta–the lasagna noodle’s younger brother–is paired with succulent and proportionate chicken slices in a porcini cognac sauce that doesn’t flood the dish but rather adds an appropriate thickness and savory flavor. With its riverfront location and kind service, Spasso will satiate your appetite for traditional Italian and Old City charm.

34 S Front Street, Old City

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Foobooz Six Pack: Lemonade

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Editor’s Note: There’s no better way to get to know someone than to ask them what they eat. Thus, whenever we have a new face around Foobooz World HQ, we ask them to tell us by assembling their own Foobooz Six Pack, focusing on something they craved.

Today, we have Alissa Falcone. As an English major and French minor going into her senior year at Drexel, she insists that she’s spent more time complaining about sugar highs and food comas than hangovers. “On weekend mornings, I usually wake up and ask myself, ‘What did I eat last night?’ she says. “Mostly because I’m trying to remember if there are leftovers for the morning after. Plus, you know, I’ve basically been eating for as long as I can remember, so I’m pretty good at it.” Here, Alissa gives us a perfect Six Pack for a hot day: The best lemonade in Philadelphia.

Summer is usually the best picking times for lots of berries, but lemons deserve their own moment in the sun. After all, when you’re all hot and sweaty from the 90+ degree temperature, you don’t immediately reach for a handful of strawberries, do you? You don’t have to be stranded at an oasis in the Sahara to appreciate how life-saving lemonade can be on a hot summer day. So now that it’s officially lemonade season in Philadelphia, here are my picks to beat the heat.

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Foobooz Six Pack: Ice Cream

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If you haven’t noticed yet, it is brutally hot outside right now and will be for the rest of the weekend. There is only one food out there that can possibly bring down your body temperature to something slightly reasonable in weather like this and that food is ice cream. It is the most summery food there is, and because we’re getting an early taste of the summer heat, it only seems right to tell you where to score the best ice cream in town.

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