"Food may not be the answer to world peace, but it's a start."

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Anthony Bourdain once said, “Food may not be the answer to world peace, but it’s a start.” Food (and drink) is the answer to everything in my mind. Anyway, on with the newsletter…


New Regional Food Podcast Interviews Philly Chef Reuben “Big Rube” Harley

Philly Chef Reuben “Big Rube” Harley chats with Eat It NJ, a new podcast all about the Garden State food scene. He joins Michelle Park to talk about his renowned fried chicken and self-described “unapologetic black folk style cooking.” While primarily based in Philadelphia, his food can be found at Thomas Murphy’s Pub in Gloucester City, NJ. 🍗

[Editor note: I’ll be a guest on an upcoming episode!]


Garces Debuts Spanish Wine Shop with Opening of Tinto Pintxo in Rittenhouse

Chef Jose Garces announces the return of Tinto in Rittenhouse Square - but this time with a new wine bottle shop, a new menu, and a new name. Tinto Pintxo is now open at 114 S. 20th Street, next to Village Whiskey. This all brand-new Spanish wine shop currently features 70+ wine selections by the bottle to go, tasting flights, rare/collectible gems, discounted bundles, and even a new wine club. And when indoor dining returns at 50% capacity, the kitchen will open and bring an exciting new menu focusing on pintxos, which are bites from northern Spain, notably the Basque region. 🍷


Rowhome Coffee Now Open in Fitler Square Offering Soft Pretzel Breakfast & Deli Sandwiches

Rowhome Coffee is a colorful new coffee shop that opened at 2536 Pine Street last month. While the coffee looks great, the real winner on the menu is the breakfast and deli sandwiches which can be served on soft pretzels. The new café in the Fitler Square neighborhood is owned by childhood friends Hugh Morretta & Eli Shaika. Hugh is a former roaster at La Colombe which is the coffee they’ll be offering. Check it out. Let me know what you think! 🥨


New Cookie Featuring Ruby Chocolate from Famous 4th Street Cookie Company

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Famous 4th Street Cookie Co. offers the *new* Ruby Chocolate Cherry Cookie. Ruby chocolate is a new type of pink-hued chocolate with a hint of fresh berry and luscious cocoa butter. This new cookie features ruby chocolate chips with rich dark chocolate cocoa and tart red cherries. Sounds lovely! ❤️


Warm Up with a Groundhog Day Cocktail

Can you believe it’s almost Groundhog Day already? While scrolling through social media this week, I noticed Visit Pennsylvania promoting a Phil’s Sweet & Sour Cocktail to commemorate the annual event that takes place every year in Punxsutawney, PA. I sure hope the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow because I’m ready for Spring! Anyways, this cocktail sounds quite cozy. 🍸


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Until next week — much love!
Marilyn

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