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Big Sips, Small Bites: Crabby Granny Hard Cider and Restaurant Alba’s Pumpkin Stuffed Gnocchi Fritti


The Sip

Frecon Farms’ bottle-conditioned Crabby Granny is part of the family-run farm’s all-local hard-cider line. Crafted with Granny Smith and crab apples, this breed of mead ferments honey in apple cider. Dry and tart, with a smooth, clean finish. $8.99. 501 S. Reading Ave., Boyertown; (610) 367-6200, freconfarms.com.

The Bite

At first glance, Restaurant Alba’s Pumpkin Stuffed Gnocchi Fritti looks like a trio of effortless fritters. But the delicious reality is more complex: Potato-pasta pierogies filled with a silky pumpkin puree and finished with a crisp, flaky exterior. You’ll also find a smear of wood-grilled onion crema nestles beneath these beauties, paving the way for your favorite new cold-weather pick-me-up. $9. 7 W. King St., Malvern; (610) 644-4009, restaurantalba.com.