4th of July Cocktails Anyone?

Fine Wine & Good Spirits sent us a list of summer cocktails to review and share with you. While they all sound exquisite, our picks are the Red, White and Bluetini and the Key West Cooler.

Red, White and Bluetini

2 oz. Hpnotiq
1 oz. citrus vodka
1 oz. lemon-lime soda
½ oz. grenadine
shaved coconut

Red White & Bluetini
Key West Cooler

1 oz. Margaritaville Silver Tequila
½ oz. Gran Gala Orange Liqueur
1 oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. cranberry juice
2 Tbsp. sugar

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
Shake and pour into a chilled margarita glass.

Find more drink recipes here.

What will you be drinking this July 4th? Cheers!

Bed Bath & Beyond World Market Cherry Hill NJ

We recently visited the Bed, Bath & Beyond in Cherry Hill and were delighted to find a gourmet food emporium inside. They call it the “World Market” and that’s just what it is — a market of specialty foods from around the World!

image: Bed Bath & Beyond Cherry Hill NJ World Market

A gourmet specialty food market right in Bed, Bath & Beyond? Yup!

You can literally find distinctive food products from just about every regional cuisine — Asian, Southeast Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian, Mexican, etc. Many countries are represented with imported food & drink products; some of which you can’t find anywhere else locally.

You’ll find a nice variety of meats and cheeses, pasta and grains, condiments and sauces, spices and seasonings, flavorings, cooking oils and potions, soups, meals and meal starters, jams and spreads, cookies and cakes, candy and chocolate, coffees and teas, specialty sodas and beverages, and food gifts. It’s quite impressive how much they fit into a relatively small space.

In addition to being impressed by the variety, we were pleased to see that most items were reasonably priced, too. We really didn’t see anything that was too outrageous or gave us sticker shock. Let’s put it this way – nothing was priced out of the ordinary. It’s all either comparable or even less than Wegmans or Whole Foods.

You won’t find fresh foods such as any produce, fruits & vegetables or frozen items here. It’s all non-perishables with the exception of cheese; most of them are aged, vacuum-packed and do not need immediate refrigeration.

Here’s what we got on our 1st visit:

image: food products from Bed Bath Beyond World Market Cherry Hill NJ

Snacks & condiments for around $25. The salames were quite reasonably priced.

image: Dr. Oetker Chocolate mug cake

For when I ABSOLUTELY must have a piece of cake!! :)

We didn’t take a picture, but the sheer amount of specialty sodas they carry is mind-boggling. I’ve never seen so many different root beers in my life! If you love retro and gourmet sodas, you’ll love the selection here. It’s not really our thing, but some of them are so cute & kitschy that I was very tempted to grab a few. Maybe next time!

If you’re in or around Cherry Hill — perhaps shopping at Wegmans or Whole Foods? — it’s worth a trip into the Bed, Bath & Beyond to check out the World Market inside. If you’re a foodie like us, we’re quite sure you’ll find something you like in there! :)

A Philly Seafood Feast at Crabby’s Cafe & Sports Bar

Last Wednesday evening, we were invited to a media event at Crabby’s Cafe & Sports Bar at The Piazza in the Northern Liberties. The event was a lot of fun and ridiculously delicious. We met a lot of great people, too; fellow local food bloggers and food enthusiasts. We all couldn’t get over how much food we had! Check out some of the highlights of the event in the slideshow below:

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Drink Tip: try the “Happy Crab” cocktail – it’s basically alcoholic jungle juice! That might sound gross but trust — it was awesome!

Check out these upcoming summer events:

Crabby’s Luau Party will be accompanied by leis, fruity cocktails, and of course, a pig roast. Starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday July 19th, show up at the Piazza set for a festive summer celebration. Guests can enjoy unlimited food and drinks for the first two hours, then dance the night away indoors or outdoors.

The Crawfish Boil will be held on Saturday, August 9th starting from 4 p.m. Inspired by the traditional Louisiana events, Crabby’s is one of the only places in Philadelphia to host an authentic crawfish boil, complete with a live jazz band. Get ready to suck the head and pinch the tail!

Lastly, Crabby’s Clam Bake is September’s special event. On Saturday, September 13th, guests can choose from three reservation times: of 1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m., and 7-9 p.m. for their classic New England-style meal. In tradition with true clam bakes, Crabby’s will consist of clams, crab legs, and vegetables served by the bucket.

All of Crabby’s summer specials are $40 with a $25 non-alcoholic ticket available. Each one will provide delicious seafood, Corona Light and Yeungling beers on special, great entertainment, and a guaranteed fun time. Event dates are rain or shine.

Seriously, if you’re looking to feast on seafood in Philly, we recommend checking out Crabby’s. You won’t be disappointed.

Lambertville NiteFare – Lambertville NJ’s First Food Truck Festival – This Thursday

NiteFare Lambertville

Lambertville Area Chamber of Commerce, The City of Lambertville, and Humdinger Events announce that the first ever Lambertville NiteFare will be held on Thursday June 12 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. The semi annual event will feature cuisine from Lambertville’s top restaurants, the Greater Philadelphia region’s top food trucks and a Yards Beer Garden. The free, public event will occur on four blocks of North Union Street from Bridge to York Street. In the event of rain on June 12July 10 will be the rain date.

Last year, Lambertville was ranked as one of the 15 prettiest places to live in the United States by Forbes Magazine. Lambertville NiteFare is intended to expose guests from all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the wealth of dining and shopping experiences available in the quaint small town. “Building on the success of the annual Shadfest event, we can’t wait to show people what wonderful experiences this town has to offer,” said Lambertville’s Mayor Dave Delvecchio. “We’ve gathered a collection of the region’s best food trucks to complement Lambertville’s exciting array of dining options. Guests should come hungry! We want people to discover or rediscover Lambertville again and again and again…”

Restaurant participants include:

Food truck participants include:

Yards Beer Garden: Drinking bracelets will be available that allow wearers to purchase a maximum of three, 16-ounce beers. Yards will offer three varieties including Pale Ale, Brawler and Saison. Guests  must present proof of identification in order to purchase the bracelet. Only bracelet wearers may enter the Yards Beer Garden. Bracelets are available for sale in advance at www.hunterdonbucks.com/deals/nitefare.

At the event, bracelets are for sale at Bridge and North Union, York and North Union and the Chamber of Commerce table at Church and North Union. In the event that both June 12 and the rain date July 10 are rained out, bracelet fees will be returned to buyers. A total of 3,000 bracelets will be available for sale, including 2,000 for pre-sale via the website and 1,000 for sale at the event.

Iron Hill Brewery To Celebrate National Burger Month With 31 Daily Burgers

Celebrate National Burger Month at Iron Hill Brewery

Beginning on Thursday, May 1, all 10 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations will celebrate National Burger Month with 31 Daily Burgers.  Each day, a different burger will be offered, and guests are encouraged to return frequently to sample several.  Every guest will receive a Burger Month Punch Card, and for every five burgers they sample, they’ll earn a $15 reward to use on their next visit to Iron Hill.

2014 Burger Month offerings will include:

  • May 1 – The Czar Barrar Burger, a playful ode to Iron Hill’s most award-winning brewer, Bob Barrar, and his much-lauded Russian Imperial Stout: Cajun-spiced twin patties with Maytag blue cheese, Russian Imperial Stout-braised onions and tomato
  • May 2 – The Ryne SandBurger, with aged cheddar, sautéed peppers and onions, exotic mushrooms and Thousand Island dressing
  • May 3 – The Tombstone Burger, with a stack of fried onions, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce
  • May 4 – The Good Day, Sunshine Burger, with sunny-side up egg, American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and maple mayo
  • May 5 – The Flaming Lips Burger, with sautéed poblano peppers and onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese and spicy chipotle mayo
  • May 6 – The Educator Burger, with bacon, American cheese, bread and butter pickles and special sauce
  • May 7 – The Bahn Mi Burger, with pickled vegetables, cucumber, sriracha mayo and cilantro
  • May 8 – The Voodoo Burger, with grilled peppers and onions, smoked gouda cheese and spicy barbecue sauce
  • May 9 – The Reuben Burger, with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing
  • May 10 – The Bacon Lover’s Burger, with tomato-bacon jam, black pepper bacon, bacon aioli and smoked cheddar cheese
  • May 11 – Hamburguesa Mamacita, with pickled red onions, guacamole, lettuce, pepper jack cheese, bacon and ancho honey mayo
  • May 12 – The Hangover Burger, with fried egg, bacon, Vermont cheddar cheese, sriracha aioli and crispy onion rings
  • May 13 – The Souvlaki Burger, with tomato-cucumber relish, pickled onions, arugula, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce
  • May 14 – The Godfather Burger, with capicola, roasted long hots, grilled onion, tomato and provolone cheese
  • May 15 – The French Quarter Burger, with spicy ham, olive-pepper relish, provolone and roasted garlic mayo
  • May 16 – The Arc de Triomphe Burger, with bacon-onion jam, baby arugula and Roquefort cheese
  • May 17 – The Armed Forces Tribute Burger, with pulled pork, ham, bacon, cheddar cheese, onion rings and barbecue sauce
  • May 18 – The Jersey Diner Burger, with Taylor pork roll, fried egg, cheddar cheese and ketchup
  • May 19 – The A2 Burger, with roasted mushrooms, Swiss cheese, crispy onion rings and house-made steak sauce
  • May 20 – The Popper Burger, with pickled jalapeño, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon
  • May 21 – The Sweet Caroline Burger, with pulled pork, mustard sauce, grilled Vidalia onions and coleslaw
  • May 22 – The Spanish Burger, with chorizo, Manchego cheese and romesco sauce
  • May 23 – The Smoky Steer Burger, with hickory smoked brisket, griddled onions, smoked cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce
  • May 24 – The Chili Cheese Burger, with chorizo chili, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, chopped onion, jalapeño and tomato (“Fork and knife required!”)
  • May 25 – The Black Sabbath Burger, with blackening spice, chorizo chili, fried egg, pepper jack cheese and red onion
  • May 26 – The Yogi Bear Picnic Burger, with potato salad, onion rings, bacon, barbecue sauce and American cheese
  • May 27 – The Hot Mess Burger, with sweet potato fries, jalapeño, bacon, onion, bread and butter pickles, lettuce and Thousand Island dressing
  • May 28 – The Magic Goat Burger, with roasted exotic mushrooms, chevre and basil-pesto aioli
  • May 29 – The Gringo Burger, with poblano aioli, bacon, red onion jam and smoked Gouda cheese
  • May 30 – The Big Cheesowski, with balsamic onions, chipotle ketchup, lettuce, tomato, Cabot sharp cheddar cheese and provolone cheese
  • May 31 – The Hawaii Five-0 Burger, with grilled pineapple, shaved ham, crispy onion rings and teriyaki-barbecue glaze

I think it should be National Heart Attack month. With that said, I think I’ll swing by a couple of times. :)

Iron Hill Brewery Hawaii Five Oh Burger

Iron Hill has 10 locations across the mid-Atlantic, with an 11th location, in Ardmore, PA scheduled to open in the coming year.

Locations include:  

For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit www.ironhillbrewery.com, follow them on Twitter (@ironhillbrewery) and like them on Facebook.

Valentine’s Cocktail – Red Stag Cherry Fizz

Fine Wine & Good Spirits is offering some Valentine’s Day cocktails that you can find on their website HERE.

Our choice?

Red Stag Cherry Fizz

Image: Valentine's Cocktail by Fine Wine & Good Spirits

 

  • 1½ oz. Red Stag Black Cherry
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. sweet and sour mix
  • 3 maraschino cherries
  •  1 oz. lemon-lime soda and lemon wedge

Combine first four ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a tall glass and top with soda. Garnish with lemon wedge and additional cherry, if desired.

Enjoy!

Ham, Bean & Veggie Stoup

We had a nice block of leftover ham from Christmas. We’ve already nibbled at it; made a breakfast hash and a sandwich with mustard. But there was STILL some left. I’m the leftover queen. I don’t like when anything goes to waste. Since it’s been crazy cold around here lately, I decided a nice hot, comforting ham & bean stoup was in order!

What’s a stoup?! Well, if you’ve ever watched Rachael Ray on 30 Minute Meals she’s famous for making stoups. A stoup is thicker than a soup but not quite a stew. It’s the perfect balance of all of the ingredients, in my opinion. I’ve always veered more towards thicker or chunkier soups. Anytime I make soup, they tend to be more on the stoup-y side.

Anyways, let’s get down to the ingredients and pictures! Please forgive me, pictures are poor quality because I’m too lazy to touch them up this time.

  • Leftover cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 can of Great Northern Beans
  • Leftover homemade turkey broth – I made this from leftover Thanksgiving turkey carcass! (about 2 cups)
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 2 large celery stalks
  • 1 large parsnip
  • 1 large leek
  • 1/2 of medium sweet onion
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • haphazard amount of sea salt (*haphazard is whatever looks/feels right)
  • haphazard amount of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 c. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup of water
Aromatics

Chopped aromatics: carrots, celery and parsnips

Onions & leeks

Chopped onions and leeks

Hot Dutch Oven Shot

Veggie & seasoning Dutch Oven sauna with white wine

Great Northern Beans

Great Northern Beans join the party!

Pot Herbs

“Pot Herbs” AKA flat leaf parsley

At some point between now and the next picture I added the ham & liquids and let the stoup simmer.

Ham, Bean & Veggie Stoup

It might look like a murky mess, but it’s DELICIOUS!

Hot stoup for a cold day. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Let me know what you’re cooking up on cold days.

Osteria – Moorestown Mall

We stopped by the new Osteria in Moorestown Mall yesterday for a couple of drinks before we took care of some Christmas errands. Here’s a view from the bar looking right into the kitchen. You can also dine right in front of the kitchen.

Osteria-Moorestown-Kitchen

I enjoyed a glass of Prosecco and the hubs savored a pint of Victory something or other. Service was prompt and pleasant. The manager (Gabe) was sure to introduce himself. We will be back very soon for dinner and, perhaps, a review to follow shortly after that.

 

Winter Holiday Cocktails & Holiday Entertaining Tips by Fine Wine & Good Spirits

Fine Wine & Good Spirits has done it again. Last month they shared Thanksgiving cocktail ideas with us; this month they’ve lined up some great winter holiday cocktail ideas and entertaining tips.

First, the cocktails.

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

  • ½ oz. Cointreau or triple sec
  • 3 oz. Cranberry juice
  • Martini & Rossi Asti

Chill all of the ingredients. Pour the Cointreau and cranberry juice into a chilled Champagne flute. Stir well. Top with Martini & Rossi Asti.

Happy Elf Martini

Happy Elf Martini

  • 2 oz. Bastille Whisky
  • 1 oz. white crème de menthe
  • Splash of seltzer or club soda
  • A mini candy cane

Chill martini glass in the freezer. Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into martini glass and top with soda. Hang the candy cane off the rim and serve.

Snow Cap

Snow Cap

  • 3 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 2 oz. orange liqueur
  • 3 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. powdered sugar

Stir ingredients together in shaker, then pour over crushed ice into a small brandy snifter. Garnish with nutmeg and orange twist.

Jack Frost Glow

Jack Frost Glow

  • 2 oz. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • A dash of peach schnapps

Combine all ingredients over ice in old-fashioned glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry and fresh orange slice.

Blue Snowflake

Blue Snowflake

  • 2 oz. Hpnotiq
  • 1 splash vodka
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into glass.

Here’s some more! (*hic*)

December 2013 Holiday Cocktails by Fine Wine & Good Spirtis

Last but not least, don’t forget the entertaining tips!

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Cheers! 

A Spin on ‘Street Food’

Over the past few years, Philadelphia’s culinary scene has exploded into what has now become a major foodie destination. No longer limited to cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, or hoagies, the range of cuisines in Philly’s different neighborhoods has the power to transport the diner to almost any corner of the world without having to leave the city. Highlighted below are a few of the city’s best neighborhoods and streets for those interested in a cross-cultural culinary adventure.

Washington Avenue- Bella Vista

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Source: Wikipedia

In Bella Vista, most visitors tend to flock to the storied Italian Market on Ninth Street, famous for its traditional 19th-century Italian roots. The often-overlooked Washington Avenue, however, offers a veritable selection of international offerings from immigrant-run eateries. It is anchored at Washington and 12th Street by Wing Phat Plaza, a Vietnamese shopping center with plenty of authentic restaurants, and the street is intermixed with down-and-dirty taquerias as well as higher-end sit-down restaurants.

Phở & Cafe Viet Huong, located at 1110 Washington Avenue, is a great wallet-friendly option with piping-hot bowls of phở starting at $6 and banh mi starting at $3. Bibou, on 1009 S. 8th Street at Washington Avenue, is a more elegant and upscale French option. Taqueria La Veracruzana is one of the many authentic Mexican eateries on the street, located at 908-18 Washington Avenue, satisfying the Mexican food fix for vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Known as a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, diners can stroll down Washington Avenue and follow their noses, and will likely find themselves at the door of one of the many authentic dining options.

Second Street- Northern Liberties

image: Bar Ferdinand Philadelphia

Source: Jessica Rossi AKA Burger Baroness

In recent years, Northern Liberties has undergone a complete transition from a former manufacturing district into a hip and quirky neighborhood, earning itself the nickname ‘NoLibs.’ It offers some of the city’s most authentic international cuisine and best nightlife spots, and is considered one of the go-to brunch neighborhoods in Philly. Come August, NoLibs hosts the Second Street Festival- a giant block party that promotes the neighborhood by combining local art and live music with food from the area.

For tapas or a great brunch, head to Bar Ferdinand at 1030 N. Second Street for a delicious meal that won’t break the bank. If you’re craving Thai food, check out Circles Contemporary Thai Cuisine at 812 N. Second Street, where you can choose your spice level, ranging from mild to Thai hot. For a nighttime option, consider Standard Tap at 901 N. Second Street, which is considered by many to be America’s first gastropub.

With its more unconventional and adventurous flavors, Northern Liberties has quickly established itself as a foodie neighborhood and Second Street as the place to be.

East Passyunk Avenue- East Passyunk

image: Geno's Steaks Philadelphia

Source: Paul Sableman

A neighborhood that attracts tourists and locals alike, East Passyunk is where old-school meets new-school in a collision of culinary offerings. Home to both of Philly’s rival cheesesteak mainstays, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, it now also houses more exotic options ranging from gastropub fare to authentic Southeast Asian eateries.

Nick Elmi, a competitor representing Philly on the current season of Top Chef, recently opened his first restaurant, Laurel. Located at 1617 East Passyunk Avenue, it will operate as a BYOB serving French and American- influenced seasonal dishes.  A few doors down at 1734 East Passyunk Avenue is Marra’s, a family owned and operated Italian restaurant that has been in business for over eighty years.

Named one of Food & Wine’s Ten Best Foodie Streets in America, it is clear that East Passyunk has solidified its standing among foodies- it will be hosting its second annual Restaurant Week in late February of 2014 and continuing its annual Flavors of the Avenue event in April.

While the Philadelphia food scene is constantly growing and changing, it is clear that one thing remains the same: the quality and diversity of dining options. Whether you’re craving a classic cheesesteak or an upscale dining experience, diners will be faced with a plethora of possibilities. The only problem with all these choices? Figuring out exactly where to eat.

For more to fill up your day (and your stomach) in Philadelphia check out Zerve’s listings:  http://www.zerve.com/d/philadelphia/food-wine

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Author Bio:

Brittany is a member of the Content Team at Zerve. Ironically, she has never had a real Philly cheesesteak before (only a frozen one from Costco at a friend’s house after school). When she is not guest blogging for PhillyGrub, she is usually eating, watching baseball, or looking for bad movies on Netflix.