10/18/2012 10:51:00 AM

Drink This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, October 19-21

Instead of recommending tasty bites, in honor of Mixology Week we’ve highlighted a couple of seriously great sips to try on your upcoming days off. Save room for some beer, too - the pumpkin kind - served at a special chef carving contest. And look at that, Bon Appetit has discovered Philadelphia dining! It all adds up to a perfect fall weekend.

Drink This

Fish House Punch at 1 Tippling Place
Said to have originated in the early 1700s at Philadelphia Schuylkill Fishing Club, Fish House Punch is a traditionally strong concoction made with rum, cognac and peach brandy. At this Rittenhouse drinks den (profiled here), bartender David Tang mixes up an appropriately potent version that’s also frighteningly drinkable. Fresh citrus makes this a refreshing but chest-warming sip for a nippy autumn eve. Bonus: at Sunday late night happy hour (10 PM-midnight), the punch is just $5 per glass.

Margarita de Chile Verde at Distrito
Mexican food is all about chiles and tequila, and the two come together beautifully in this cocktail featured in Jose Garces' new cookbook. Blanco tequila is infused with jalapeƱos and then mixed with freshly squeezed lime juice, Cointreau and then sweetened slightly with pure agave nectar. There’s just enough spice to get the palate buzzing, but not too much that you won’t enjoy each cooling sip going down. Ask for the drink at Distrito, which will be serving a special Latin Road Home tasting menu through November 11.

Do This

PHeaSt
We mentioned this Friday evening charity event benefiting PHS City Harvest a couple weeks back, but if you still haven’t gotten your ticket, a sneak peek at the menu might entice. Marc Vetri will be cooking a roast pork loin panzanella salad, Russet’s Andrew Wood will bring stinging nettle crostini, Sean McPaul of Talula’s Garden will whip up cauliflower kabobs with anchovy goddess dressing - and that’s just a small sample of what will be on offer. Tickets are $150 and are still available online here.

Pumpkins for Puppies
Chefs are great with knives, but can they carve pumpkins? On Sunday, Hickory Lane Bistro will host a contest to see who’s the best squash whisperer with a carving contest. Chef Matt Zagorski and other area toques (from La Calaca Feliz, Jack’s Firehouse, Fare and El Camino Real) will take part in a public showdown on Fairmount Avenue. Stop by from 4-7:30 PM and enjoy seven pumpkin beers as you watch the fun. At the end, a raffle will be held for the spooky creations, with all proceeds benefitting animal rescue nonprofit PAWS. PAWS will have animals for adoption on site, and Hickory Lane will also be offering nibbles for kids to make this a fun event for the whole family.

Read This

Why Eating Out in the City of Brotherly Love Has Never Been Better
Bon Appetit has discovered the Philly food scene. The monthly print magazine devotes several pages to our city, highlighting a number of gems. Everything is presented in an online slideshow, too, so you can check out what the visiting editors thought about Federal Donuts, Alla Spina, Bibou and other hotspots. Solid choices, we agree.

Why Is School Telling My Kid What to Eat?
Victor Fiorillo wants to eat pizza, fried chicken and steak, but his son is having none of it. The Philadelphia Magazine blogger describes in amusing fashion the way kids today view food, and how different their attitude has become - they embrace Michelle Obama’s “My Plate” scheme and decry fast food. Just like Marc Vetri says, we should look to the children to teach their parents how to be healthy.

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