208 S. 13th St.; 215-999-1020; maison208.com
Is it a glamour lounge for the retractable roof-deck set, an accessible showplace for one of the city's most talented chefs, a destination for mural lovers, or a mishap magnet of epic proportions? Maison 208 has been all of the above, a 'tweener project t
Dive into a bowl of gin and terrarium at Maison 208.
At the Study hotel, 20 S. 33rd St.; 215-398-1874; thestudyatuniversitycity.com
With sleek glass walls folded up for al fresco dining and an airy dining room outfitted in woody Nordic chic, this ambitious corner restaurant-bar in West Philly's new Study boutique hotel gives University City a handsome all-purpose destination for a sty
Look to Languedoc's freelance winemaker, Jeff Carrel, for one of the best red wine values in Pennsylvania State Stores.
Honey Bell from Valley Milkhouse is one of the stars of the new cheese CSA, a luscious cow's milk round whose bloomy rind takes on different personalities from botanicals that change with the season.
The addition of arugula to a gimlet adds another element to this classic drink that only salad greens can bring.
A name change to the Vetri restaurant in the Navy Yard, from Lo Spiedo to Bar Amis, has brought a decidedly more Italian personality to the menu, with stellar pastas and a memorable pork chop Parmesan.
Silk is a Pennsylvania rosato made from an unusual blend of Italian grapes whose chameleon-like versatility is part of its magic and a testament to the mastery of terroir at Avondale's Va La Vineyards,
Beemster's month-old Graskaas is all about the extra-creamy milk drawn the first week of spring, when cows get to graze on pasture for the first time after a long winter in the barn.
A sour beer treasure of 1,500 barrels ages in the cellar beneath Perkasie's Free Will Brewing Co. Its current release, Provisional Funk w/Cherries, features the ripe flavors of last season's Pennsylvania harvest fermented into an earthy saison brewed from local malt.
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