Audrina Patridge flies around Philly

MICHAEL KLEIN / PHILLY.COM Audrina Patridge visited Jason Cichonski's Ela yesterday as part of the NBC travel series "1st Look."
MICHAEL KLEIN / PHILLY.COM Audrina Patridge visited Jason Cichonski's Ela yesterday as part of the NBC travel series "1st Look."
Posted: February 18, 2014

EAGLE-EYED celeb spotters may have noticed the former star of "The Hills" Audrina Patridge bouncing around town this weekend, as she shot scenes for a Philly episode of "1st Look," a travel series that airs in select NBC markets (like ours) in the post-"Saturday Night Live" time slot.

Patridge had been to Philly only once before for a World Series game with billionaire Phillies silent owner John Middleton, but this was her first chance to really explore, hitting up Montreal bagel spot Spread Bagelry (262 S. 20th St.), where she (and some friends) chowed down Saturday on the shop's infamous 14-pound bagel (aptly called the Whale). Afterward, Patridge shopped, picking up a new coat and sweater for her Yorkie, Lady, who is a West Coast puppy and not used to this frightful weather. She topped it off with a meal at Marc Vetri's Osteria (640 N. Broad St.)

Yesterday, Patridge hung out with former "Top Chef" contestant Jason Cichonski at his Queen Village spot, Ela (627 S. 3rd St.), where Cichonski taught Patridge how to crack an egg with one hand. "You're not supposed to crack it on the edge [of a table]. You're supposed to tap it on a counter and then stick your thumb in the crack," the newly minted egg master told me. "Although, we had a little food competition back there and I had some shells in mine."

Patridge will even get her hands dirty tomorrow when she hops in the Cow and the Curd food truck, serving up cheese curds, at the Yards Brewery (901 N. Delaware Ave.) starting at 11 a.m.


* I hear that the day before Comcast exec David L. Cohen masterminded the deal to buy Time Warner, he dined with former jailbird/state Sen . Vince Fumo at the Capital Grille (1338-46 Chestnut St.). Guessing they weren't discussing the merits of last week's "True Detective" or something.

* The Legal Seafoods at Philadelphia International Airport saw a couple of famous faces on Saturday. Keenan Ivory Wayans dined on salmon, while his brother Shawn Wayans enjoyed a chicken dinner. Add a couple more Wayanses and it's an "In Living Color" reunion.

Z goes 'Green'

Norristown's own Danny Szostek is the inaugural host of the Philadelphia Flower Show's Green Room, a new social media hub that will introduce Facebookers, Twitterers and the like to the flora that takes over the Convention Center from March 1 to 9. Szostek will serve as the social media ambassador. Think of him as the Ryan Seacrest of the Flower Show.

Szostek, a salesman at EDP Dental, filmed his audition tape during the epic snowstorm a couple of weeks ago. The problem? He had no power at the time.

Local vibes

Jill McDevitt, the local sexologist who was recently featured in my buddy Jenice Armstrong's story on married couples keeping it hot and heavy, is starting her own line of sex toys called Hysteria. She's not only endorsing the products, but also designing them herself. To her knowledge, this is the first line of toys that will be designed by a sexologist. McDevitt has a Ph.D. from Widener.

McDevitt started working with the Bensalem-based Si Novelties, which came to McDevitt after her female-centric sex shop in West Chester, Feminique, closed up shop in November after McDevitt said she received pushback from borough leaders.

She plans to have three to six toys out by midsummer.

Proposal with a pop

The Live Well Network is looking for local couples who want to propose in a big way with the help of "Shark Tank" alum and paparazzi-turned-proposal photographer James Ambler. Each episode will follow Ambler as he tries to capture the perfect "I do" moment.

If you'd like a shot on the show, email proposals@livewell


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