Thursday, February 11, 2016

Weekend must-tries: Cool coffee; a seasonal apple

Saturday's evening session of the King of Prussia Beer Fest outside of the King of Prussia Mall is sold out, but tickets to the afternoon session remain. The event draws 50-plus beer companies and restaurants. Midtown Village Festival. Many Center City streets will be closed to traffic Sunday for the Midtown Village Festival.

Weekend must-tries: Cool coffee; a seasonal apple

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Counter at Menagerie Coffee.
Counter at Menagerie Coffee. MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com

Seeing that it's First Friday in Old City, you might drop in - on the early side - to the month-old Menagerie Coffee (18 S. Third St.) not only for a snack and a single-origin coffee from roasters Ceremony and Dogwood Coffee but for a look-see at the woodwork by Niko Dyshniku and Brian Osborne.

The front counter is an old bowling lane and the tables in the front were sliced from the black walnut tree that used to sit in the shop's backyard. Treat yourself to a cold-brew iced coffee of the Neon espresso blend from Dogwood. It's open till 7 p.m., but opens early on weekends.

How about this apple? You've had those electric-red candy apples and those caramel apples. Pennsylvania General Store is ramping up the caramel apple. It takes a Granny Smith, dips it in caramel and then - wait, wait - rolls it in another fall flavor: crushed Sweetzel’s spiced wafers. Drizzles of white chocolate complete the picture. They're $5.99 each. 

That's one gigantic taco. Marking National Taco Day (that's Friday, Oct. 4), the Margaritas chain - locally in Lansdale and Langhorne - is bringing back its Taco Gigante - a  two-pound goliath that's built on a crispy 12-inch tortilla shell and stuffed with lettuce, refried beans, Mexican rice, seasoned chicken, taco beef, pork carnitas, bacon, salsa fresca, cheese, queso sauce. crema, pickled jalapenos, picante sauce and hacienda sauce for $9.99.

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Beer! Saturday's evening session of the King of Prussia Beer Fest outside of the King of Prussia Mall is sold out, but tickets to the afternoon session remain. The event draws 50-plus beer companies and restaurants. Details are here.

Midtown Village Festival. Many Center City streets will be closed to traffic Sunday for the Midtown Village Festival - Chestnut Street from 12th to Broad, and 13th Street from Chestnut to Locust and Sansom to Juniper along 12th Street. One hundred businesses and vendors will cover the eight blocks, and there will be numerous stages of music and dance. A 20-piece samba band from Hard Rock Cafe will perform, and Nest gym will create a “Little Villagers’ area with activities for the kids. Macy’s will feature a pink fashion show, more than 50 crafters will display their artwork, Raw will host Sumo wrestling, Finn McCool’s will offer rides on a mechanical bull, and Fergie's will host the robot R2D2.

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