Flying Carpet Café & Bar blends international tastes into delightful sandwiches and tapas accompanied by organic tea. The cozy café stocks 14 varieties of organic loose-leaf tea in flavors such as amaretto spice, which defrosts tongues frozen from hands-free ice-sculpting contests. Twosomes opting for the sampler platter can dip fresh olives, feta cheese, falafel, and spinach pie into meticulously crafted baba gannouj and hummus. Region-representative sandwiches dish out delicious geography lessons in forms such as the Norwegian wrap, whose pita coddles cream cheese and smoked salmon together with capers and onions, or the Parisian, which bears roast beef, grilled onions, spinach, and brie, much like an actual Parisian going through customs. Epicurean duos can match their delicately paired eats with the ear-tickling sounds of live jazz on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Claiming an audience of more than 100,000 young professionals in the Philadelphia area alone, UpcomingEvents.com is one of the most cohesive local sites to check for upcoming parties, concerts, and fundraisers. But it's not just a place to find out about events?it's also a way to get the word out about your own plans. Rife with events ranging from beer & wine festivals to charity events to black tie parties, the website is as effective in bringing people together as plastering a flyer on thousands of computers, but without all the legwork.
Just as the Roman god Bacchus represented both wine and revelry together, Pinot Boutique celebrates wine by—how else?—throwing parties. The staff regularly stages wine-tasting events—including the recurring Vino Voyage, held aboard a 19th-century warship, Olympia —and hosts several events amid the exposed-brick walls in its downstairs venue, known as The Cellar. Upstairs, the shop’s main floor is dedicated to fostering at-home celebrations, earning the title Best Gift Shop of 2012 from Philadelphia Magazine. The acclaimed boutique displays accessories such as wineglass charms, corkscrews, and picnic gear to complement an exclusive selection of vintage wines and fresh labels from Pennsylvania's Paradocx Vineyard.
Italy’s rich culinary tradition is made all the more appealing by the Italian language’s evocative sounds and constructions. Luckily, even if you're not fluent in the language of love, Panini's Trattoria still has you covered: their menu includes detailed English descriptions of each Italian dish. Authentic combinations and familiar classics populate the lineup, including signature paninis lined with sweet Italian sausage, chicken cutlets, or roasted turkey. A BYOB destination, the restaurant welcomes wine-toting diners, inviting them to clink glasses from the own cellars over plates of classic spaghetti with meatballs, or tender veal picatta in lemon caper butter sauce.
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While You're Waiting
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Figure out how to work Sartre's Being and Nothingness into your flirting routine with fellow deep-thinkers at the American Philosophical Society Museum (104 S. Fifth Street).
After: Groove to the latest hip-hop, metal, and indie rock during concerts at the Theatre of Living Arts (334 South Street).
Blue Mountain Vineyards owners, Joe and Vickie, are pinot pioneers. Beginning with a 5-acre experiment in 1986, they discovered that the soil of the Lehigh Valley does a fine impression of French terrain, making it suitable for growing the grapes of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and other European varietals. Since then, they've expanded to a 50-acre plot, where they now produce wines that have won awards from the Fingerlake International Wine Competition and Appellation America.
Panoramic views of the Blue Mountains overlook scenic terraces at the vineyards, where grapes spring from soil that soldiers roamed during the Revolutionary War. Tastings, concerts, and other events fill the winery's glass-flanked deck, spilling onto an outdoor patio surrounded by ponds as tranquil as a silent lullaby. Visitors admire the vines during tours, and they can also adopt their favorites to preserve the vines' flavorful histories.