Tips for the Perfect Valentine’s Day by Fine Wine & Good Spirits

Tips for the Perfect Valentine’s Day by Fine Wine & Good Spirits

The good people at Fine Wine & Good Spirits shared this fun infographic with tips for the perfect Valentine’s Day – including the ever popular booze and chocolate pairings.

Fine Wine and Good Spirits Tips for Valentines Day

Check out these lovely cocktail recipes sure to warm you up on these cold February nights!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Hubby and I are having dinner at Distrito in Moorestown, NJ.

Food & Drink in Philadelphia — 2014 Year in Review

Food & Drink in Philadelphia — 2014 Year in Review

year-in-food-drink-philadelphia-2014I’m eschewing the WordPress year in blogging thing so that I can look back and reflect on 2014. It was a fun year of being able to try new food products, new restaurants, and attend some cool foodie events in the Philadelphia area. I’m hoping there will be more of the same in 2015! Here are some stats and other items of note:

Top 5 Posts from 2014 (according to pageviews)

Top 5 Search Terms from 2014

  • osteria moorestown mall
  • white and wong bakery
  • philly grub (I guess word is getting out?)
  • fish hoagie philadelphia (I suspect a brand new blog post about fish hoagies in the near future?!)
  • food and wine valley forge

Top 5 Clicks from 2014 (clicks to other websites*)

*Not counting clicks to social media profiles.

Now for NON-blog stuff…

Top 5 Food Product Discoveries from 2014

*local product

New Philly Restaurants of Note in 2014

New South Jersey Restaurants of Note in 2014

Looking forward to blogging more in 2015. Let us know if you have any ideas; wish to submit a guest blog or want us to review a restaurant or food product.

Happy New Year!

GOOD DEED: Cookie Confidential Selling Memorial Cupcakes In Honor of Fallen Firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis

GOOD DEED: Cookie Confidential Selling Memorial Cupcakes In Honor of Fallen Firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis

In honor of fallen Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis, who was the first woman firefighter to die in the line of duty, Cookie Confidential (517 S. 5th Street) will be selling special memorial red velvet cupcakes to contribute to the fund set up for her children.

The cupcakes are $5 each and 100% of the proceeds will be donated.

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Owner Melissa Torre said she plans on selling the cupcakes through New Years, possibly longer, to raise as much as possible. Do a good deed: visit Cookie Confidential and buy one of these cupcakes!

BAR REVIEW: Bourbon and Branch

BAR REVIEW: Bourbon and Branch

This guest post was submitted by my friend Bill Rowland of The Cocktail Novice.

If you’re looking for a casual spot to have a couple cocktails and a meal, then Northern Liberties’ Bourbon and Branch should be right up your alley. On a recent Thursday night a friend and I dropped in to see what this spot is all about and we walked away vowing to come back.

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Concept: Whiskey Bar

Occupying the former Liberties Restaurant location at 2nd & Fairmount, Bourbon and Branch http://bourbonandbranchphilly.com/ opened early last spring. Offering 70 different types of Whiskey, a bunch of craft beers, a handful of tasty cocktail selections and a gastropub menu, I think just about anyone can find something that appeals to them.

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EVENT REVIEW: SportsRadio 94WIP Tailgate Throwdown Finale at Independence Seaport Museum

EVENT REVIEW: SportsRadio 94WIP Tailgate Throwdown Finale at Independence Seaport Museum

image: Tailgate ThrowdownWe attended the SportsRadio 94WIP Tailgate Throwdown Finale yesterday at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing. It was a fun event with very tasty game-day inspired nibbles.

Over the course of the last six weeks, people were encouraged to submit their tailgate recipes online. Six recipes were then selected to be presented for public sampling and judging at the finale event. Each recipe was paired with and prepared by 6 Award Winning Chef/Coaches from Brûlée Catering plus Cuba Libre’s Executive Chef at the event for tasting and voting.

In addition to the recipe tasting contest, there was also a Platinum Vodka Bloody Mary Competition.

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Entry was free to the public, but there was a $5 cash bar with proceeds benefiting Philabundance.

The finalist recipes that were sampled and judged were:

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