4/05/2013 01:55:00 PM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, April 5-7

Do a little dance - it’s finally supposed to get warm this weekend. The Phillies are playing, spring menus are dropping, new beer gardens are opening up and it’s basically the start of the best time of the year in Philadelphia. Check out choice picks for how to spend your days off, including a fun (GIF) look behind the scenes at the Herr’s potato chip factory.

Eat This

Pea Soup at In Riva
Arthur Cavaliere just dropped a new spring menu out in East Falls with several promising options - whipped ricotta with roasted onion, for one - but we can personally vouch for the deliciousness of the pea soup. Gaze out onto budding Kelly Drive and then turn back to your table as the matching green liquid is poured into your bowl. Bonus: the menu refresh brings additional craft beer options, now up to a total of 22 ($8; 215-438-4848).

Taco Tartare at SoWe
At this Graduate Hospital tavern, Jennifer Choplin has also just introduced a new menu - her first since landing the executive chef spot. The dish that has us most intrigued is the east-meets-southwest taco tartare, with raw tuna, avocado, lime, crème fraîche and cilantro oil inside a crisp tortilla ($11; 215-545-5790).

Do This

Bru Craft & Wurst Grand Opening Fest
We featured a preview of this fun new beer garden on Chestnut Street in Midtown Village - complete with iPad-controlled, self-serve beer taps - but now owner Teddy Sourias is ready for an official opening party. On Saturday from 2-4 PM, anyone can swing by to check out the great wood-filled room and enjoy $4 German lagers, $5 craft beers, $5 whiskies and a set of $5 bites like wurst sandwiches and Bavarian pretzels (215-800-1079).

Devil’s Den Fifth Anniversary Party
In South Philly, it’s a party of longevity, as the 11th Street pub celebrates five years of serving a wide variety of craft beers and bites to go along. The traditional gift for your fifth year is wood, so look for rare and special barrel-aged finds on tap - all for $1 off from 1 PM on (215-339-0855).

Read This

67 Years Of Potato Chip Innovation, In 5 Animated GIFs
NPR takes an illustrated look at the growth of one of Pennsylvania’s most important innovators - the Herr’s potato chip company. The factory in Nottingham, PA now uses automated truck lifters and chip sorters, and you can watch it all, over and over again, in a series of GIFs.

Chef 5 Minute Meals: Self-cooking meal-in-a-box
This is more curiosity than good read, but did you know you could buy ready-meals that not only come pre-made, but also contain a cooking element in the box? Like, no microwave, no oven, no fire required. BoingBoing’s got the scoop.

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