Philly Finds Vol. 67

The theme of this week’s Philly Finds is cozy. The weather has been especially gloomy – the kind of weather where you just want to curl up at home. But you might have the ache to get out of the house for a bit, if only for a bit. I’m here to hopefully help.

Monks Café

Comfort doesn’t get much better than at Monk’s. If you haven’t been to Monk’s before, they are famous for two things: an incredible beer selection and their mussels. So allow me to set the scene: it’s a rainy, dreary day. You’re sat at one of Monk’s bars with an IPA in hand and a fat basket of fries on their way. Your friend then joins you, and together you indulge in moules-frites. Life is good, and I want this kind of cozy for everybody.

Bliss.

Pizzeria Stella

For a girl’s catch-up dinner, Pizzeria Stella was initially chosen because of one particular item on the menu – whipped ricotta. You see, whipped ricotta is an essential food item in this group of friends (as I’m pretty much it is in most friend groups). And the rest of our delicious meal was certainly worth the visit. Below is everything we ordered (not pictured: the beef bolognese and the San Daniele pizza).

Arancini      
Whipped Ricotta
Quattro Formaggi pizza
Rigatoni Alla Vodka  

Sulimay’s

Old school diner vibes are in full effect at Sulimay’s. It almost feels as if you’ve walked onto a TV set. The sound of the fresh coffee being poured, the plates clanking together as they’re being carried to their destination, a waitress yelling out an order – it’s absolutely perfect. May I suggest the Port Richmond Scramble, which is scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, kielbasa, and a side of toast AND seasoned potatoes? Be patient as you might have to wait a bit (definitely worth a wait), and note that it’s cash only (they do have an ATM). And it goes without saying, but a diner booth is always an elite experience!

McCrossen’s

McCrossen’s is one of my favorite watering holes. The vibe is always good, the bartenders are the best, and the food is exactly what you want at a bar. I’m mostly here to tell you that they have been serving Caroline Reaper wings, which Grace and I were brave/dumb enough (depends on how you look at it) to try. Tears were shed, requests for milk were made.


UPCOMING EVENTS TO CHECK OUT

Spooky Mini Golf kicks off at Franklin Square

From now until October 31, you can experience Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square. If you dare, grab a date for an evening of cocktails and fun, or you can visit with a friend for some spooky competition. The ghouls will be out to play as Franklin Square is covered in fear and Halloween fun! Tickets can be purchased here.


Food, Fun, Shopping & Inspiration At Ghouls Night Out Featuring Mrs. Classic Universe & Inspirational Speaker Jennifer Robinson

Join me at Autograph Brasserie under the tent on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM for GHOULS Night Out featuring shopping, dinner, interactive opportunities, and guest speaker Jennifer Robinson. Tickets include a three-course dinner for $55 as well as shopping at nearly 20 of the area’s best vendors offering must-haves for the home, fashions, accessories, and more! Enter to win one of nearly 20 great prizes and enjoy a complimentary live fashion illustration of you by the talented Denise Fike. Tickets are limited and required and can be purchased here.


Blooming Fun Event With Botanists Gin! Cocktails, Small Bites & Build Your Own Bouquet

Things will be blooming at White Dog Café Wayne, 200 West Lancaster Ave., Wayne, on Tuesday, October 25th from 5 to 7 PM for a build-your-own flower bouquet based on the flavors of Botanist Gin. Guests can select flowers from the Bloom Bar to create unique bouquets to celebrate the season! The flowers are an integral part of the event and Botanist Gin. The Botanist is a dry gin made by the Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay, Scotland, which is one of only two gins made on the island and is known for its hand-forged botanicals. The event includes an opportunity to create your own flower bouquet from an array of fall flowers as well as small bites that include BBQ pork sliders, Cheddar Toast (Welsch Rarebit), and a shooter of Autumn Squash Soup that will pair with two cocktails crafted with Botanist Gin. Tickets are required and are $50.


A Night at the Opera – La traviata

Shameless plug! The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is hosting another Night at the Opera event on Monday, November 21, 2022. Philadelphia’s young professionals (ages 45-and-under) are invited to an exclusive, one-night only performance of Verdi’s La traviata, and at a very special price – tickets to this performance are just $25. And if you think you might not know opera, this lil diddy might sound familiar to you.

The Young Professional ticket includes premium seating in the theater and a post-performance champagne reception with the cast.

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