Monthly Archives: November 2014


Tinto: An Intimate Spanish Tapas Bar in Philadelphia

Reminiscent of Spanish pintxo bars, Tinto is an intimate tapas bar and restaurant in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Here, two modern and cozy dining rooms are decorated with antique cork screws and stacked wooden wine crates full of Spanish wines.

The moderately priced food is a gastronomist’s first pick. Fresh vegetables are delivered daily from Luna Farm, a sustainable, all-organic, 40-acre farm in Ottsville, Pa. Regular diners suggest you start your meal with the sopa de castaña, a truffled chestnut soup with duck and mushroom hash, fried quail egg, and pistachios. The diver scallops are another popular choice, set upon a bed of parsnips and crispy serrano ham. Downstairs, you'll encounter a sultry lounge that offers wines, crafted cocktails, signature sangrias, Spanish ciders, and craft beers.

Tinto is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour is offered 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

114 S. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-9150


How to Make Fondue at Home

Going out for fondue is usually a luxury reserved only for celebrations or special date night dinners, but did you know that it’s actually easy to make your own fondue at home? Use these recipes to create a restaurant-worthy fondue station at your next dinner party.

Cheese Fondue []
Classic cheese fondue is the cornerstone of this trendy culinary style, and this recipe incorporates a blend of shredded Swiss and flavorful Gruyere with a few basic seasonings to create a creamy cheese dip. Keep some fondue forks or wooden skewers on hand to dip crusty bread or blanched veggies into the homemade cheese sauce.

Chocolate Fondue []
If you prefer to experiment with at-home fondue for dessert instead of dinner, this simple recipe will surely be a crowd pleaser. Dip fresh fruits or even marshmallows into the chocolate-y finished product.

Garlic, Spinach and Cheddar Fondue []
For a more casual gathering, this creamy mix of spinach and cheddar with a hefty dose of garlic is simple to make, but just as delicious as fancier fondues. Pair it with fresh veggies and a variety of crackers to avoid the mess of fondue forks. This cheesy dip can even be served in a slow cooker if you don’t own a proper fondue pot.


Don’t Skip These Kid-Friendly Attractions in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a very family-friendly city, provided that you know the right places to take the little ones. Kids of all ages will love these exciting, fun-filled attractions, and the adults might even enjoy them just as much.

Please Touch Museum
Few museums are as hands-on as Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum, which invites children to build, drive, climb on, and explore every exhibit. The museum is centered around the idea that kids learn best through play, and it features exhibits like mazes to teach special reasoning, an interactive neighborhood, and even a Flight Fantasy exhibit that teaches balance and coordination.

Smith Memorial Playground
This historic playground is located in Philly’s East Fairmount Park, and it is targeted toward children ages 10 and younger. The park spans 6 ½ acres and hosts more than 50 pieces of safe, age appropriate playground equipment to offer children the opportunity for creative and social play. Better still, entry to this Philadelphia institution is free.

Philadelphia Zoo
Tiny animal lovers and their parents will both enjoy spending a day at the Philadelphia Zoo. This expansive zoo is 42-acres large and is home to more than 1,300 exotic animals, many of which are rare or endangered. The zoo includes a KidZooU area that is specifically designed for children, including child friendly gates, accessible restrooms and more. This area teaches children about animals in a way that they can understand, and it even offers education about the zoo’s conservation and recycling initiatives.


Explore the Flavors of the Mediterranean at Audrey Claire

Audrey Claire is staple of Philadelphia's tony Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Serving Mediterranean fare that's inspired by the seasons, this intimate corner eatery offers indoor and outdoor seating. During Philly's more temperate months, Audrey Claire's cafe windows are cast open, inviting a warm breeze to fill the space, while outside, cafe tables line the sidewalk.

Regulars recommend beginning your meal with an order of grilled flatbreads. The pear flatbread is a popular choice, topped with robust gorgonzola and crunchy sunflower seeds. Pass an order of salty olives around the table, then move on to a mesclun salad or the butternut squash risotto. As for entrees, the roasted chicken breast receives two thumbs up from regular diners. Vegetarians can enjoy the flavorful penne arrabiata. There are two prix fixe menus that are required for parties of seven to 25; both are reasonably priced at $35 or $45.

A BYOB establishment, Audrey Claire accepts cash only, so leave your credit cards at home. The eatery is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222