Luckily for Philly, Rob Cassell found a way to get past early challenges to start turning out Bluecoat Gin in April 2006. That blue glass bottle has become ubiquitous wherever mixologists turn out labor-intensive cocktails.
If you've visited the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market, and you’ve found coolers filled with raw milk, pasture-raised eggs and humanely raised meats. But what you probably haven't done is ask about the story behind these locally produced items. That's about to change.
Bartram’s Garden, the pre-revolutionary home of naturalist John Bartram, is an unlikely location to begin with. Located next to a housing project in Southwest Philadelphia, the unassuming entrance masks Bartram’s stone house, the historic garden and the woods along the river. Even more unlikely are the five sets of beehives tended by local beekeepers.
This is a complex yet undeniably drinkable beer that gives off aromas of citrus and tangerine, and which drinks far easier than an 8 percent beer should drink.
Ortolana pizza, with its base of Piennolo grape tomatoes from Vesuvius was cleverly streaked with the slow, sizzling heat of Calabrian chili oil.
Manayunk’s new BBQ joint pairs great brisket and ham with a fine selection of beer and whiskey.
The range of meats and vegetables and other dunkables is far too broad to ever be able to experience them all even over the course of several visits, but I do plan on returning often to try to work my way through them.