Suggestions from our staff, contributors and readers
Don’t Think Twice
I am really impressed with Mike Birbiglia’s sophomore film effort, Don’t Think Twice. When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets cast on a hit TV show, the rest of the group —all best friends—start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all. Birbiglia does an amazing job in creating characters that will make you laugh and cry. The cast features some serious talent: Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel & Oates). Released last year, it’s now available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
— Ryan Alexander, Contributing Designer
Double Spiral Chocolate
Dark chocolate lovers: may I have your attention please? Stuart and Mhairi Craig, originally from Scotland, live in The Ardens and make really delicious chocolate bars. They focus on ethically and sustainably sourced, minimally processed ingredients, and the results are worth trying. You can buy their bars locally at Delaware Local Food Exchange, Newark Natural Foods, Swigg, or online at doublespiralchocolate.com.
— Marie Graham Poot, Director of Digital Media and Distribution
Philippine Smoked BBQ & Grill
My wife and I probably had passed this place in Elsmere a hundred times before we noticed it, across from the VA Hospital. Wish we had noticed it sooner, because the barbecue is top notch. Not really knowing what Filipino barbecue tasted like, we gave it a shot and got a platter of a few different things to try. Everything was amazing: smoky, sweet and a little spicy. I recommend the beef brisket and the pork kabobs, with a side of “Omy Fingers” (mini pork egg rolls).
— Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer
Dew Point Brewing
The owners of this microbrewery, formerly historic Garrett Snuff Mill, in Yorklyn, have done a fantastic job renovating the building while keeping its original character intact. The brewery features an outdoor green space and upstairs tasting room. With its beamed ceilings and—dare I say—rustic yet perfectly minimal design, the intimate tasting room is fun for a quiet night with a small group of friends. There’s even Jenga. Check the site to see what’s on tap. Dew Point only serves beer, so you’ll have to pack a picnic or check the schedule for regular food truck visits.
— Krista Connor, Associate Editor