June 25, 2016 |
Independence Day is still a week away, but Philly's already celebrating our country's 240th anniversary. Here are some of the ways to join in. Go 4th & Learn From scoping out the technology that made Finding Nemo (catch interactive activities before the beloved Pixar movie, 7 p.m. Monday, Franklin Square, 200 Sixth St.) to working out like Rocky on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (6:25 a.m. Wednesday, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway), this Welcome America program gives kids a chance to delve and discover at local learning centers.
June 17, 2016 |
Eighteen volunteers holding flags featuring stars or stripes bordered the Mayor's Reception Room in City Hall Wednesday as officials outlined a week of citywide events for the Wawa Welcome America! festival. The events, which will run from June 27 to July 4, include free admission to eight city museums, movie nights in prominent public spaces, free concerts throughout the city and the Independence Day Parade, starting at 11 a.m. on July 4 at Independence Hall. (Get the full details here .)
May 20, 2016
The truck: Your basic, pristine, Jersey-plated metal trailer, stationed at the same corner since 1989. The deal: Go elsewhere for truffled, cold-pressed, organic what-have-you. This truck's culinary treasures are the couple making your homemade hoagie: Anna and Rafi Barassatian, who arrive every weekday at 5:30 a.m. from their home in Brigantine, N.J. Order: The tuna salad. It's Rafi's specialty, a secret recipe. Have it on a Kaiser, rye or atop iceberg lettuce, which comes with sliced tomato, hard-boiled egg, dressing and a piece of hoagie roll, if you want.
November 12, 2015 |
PAPAL PILGRIMS love Wawa sandwiches. About 1.1 million people went through security magnetometers during the two-day celebration. And, oh, by the way, Pope Francis thinks the women in Mayor Nutter's administration rock. These were just some of the takeaways from September's World Meeting of Families celebration, according to Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison and Samantha Phillips, the city's director of emergency management. Gillison and Phillips, in a sit-down with reporters yesterday, detailed what went well and not so well during the global event in Philly: * Unlike a prior July Fourth celebration in the city, cellphones actually worked.
September 20, 2015 |
Two hours before a brass trio from the Philadelphia Orchestra played the fanfare from Rocky and Mayor Nutter promised a hoagie for Pope Francis, the line to enter the Wawa formed Friday morning down Broad Street. "Congratulations," a man in a suit said, as he opened the door at Broad and Walnut one minute before 8. Enthusiasts clutching free coffee and $2.99 Shorties christened a shrine to Wawa, rushed to completion ahead of the papal visit. Even after Wawa condensed its stock of city stores in favor of profitable pastures in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida, a cultlike following flocked to this new flagship - the first Wawa in Center City to open in decades.
August 20, 2015 |
FUNNYMAN Adam Sandler has helped make a dream come true for an autistic boy from South Philly. Lisa Stagliano is the mother of Santino , a 10-year old who was diagnosed with autism when he was a little boy. As first reported in May by my colleague, Stephanie Farr , Santino began drawing dragons on T-shirts as a way of expressing himself through art. Before long, the shirts he created grew popular in their West Moyamensing neighborhood,...
August 7, 2015 |
For a month now, spies have been slipping into a nondescript shop near Jewelers Row. Their mission, according to witnesses, was urgent. "Espionage," said Pam Bonfiglio, who has watched each glide down the long hall past her and her husband's jewelry shop, aiming for a tucked-away room with white walls. The spooks' target: an insurgent hoagie maker in baseball cap, shorts, and sneakers. A Vietnam War veteran, barely 5-foot-7. A Marine, 67, named Fink. According to eyewitness Joseph Bonfiglio, Pam Bonfiglio's husband, one pizza delivery guy infiltrated Fink's sandwich shop on 132 S. Eighth St. on orders from his boss.
July 23, 2015 |
Forget that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is expected to miss next season due to a bone in his right foot being broken - again. If you go to a game, you'll at least find a new player at the food concession: Lee's Hoagie House. The Southampton, Bucks County-based chain has reached a deal for the next year to operate two stands at the Wells Fargo Center for all events - sports, entertainment and other, including the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, said Jon Waxman, corporate vice president of Lee's Hoagie House Franchise Group.
July 17, 2015 |
Don't let the take-out window and shack-like appearance of Ocean City's Sandwich Bar fool you. This isn't an ordinary fast-food beachside grill. Everything is made to order, from the excellent hand-cut fries and lobster rolls, to the crisp chicken cutlets and slow-cooked Italian roast pork sandwiches from the D'Alesandro family that once operated Via Giulia in Haddonfield. If that means a considerable wait, well, their slogan after all is a "long hot summer. " That refers to the kitchen's fondness for long hot chilies, of course, and those peppers are at their spicy best on the surprising "Uncle Charlie," a hot vegetarian hoagie that may well be the best thing on the menu.
July 3, 2014 |
IT WAS Arnaldo Cardona's first time at Wawa's Annual Hoagie Day celebration yesterday, and though he was dressed in a black T-shirt and dripped sweat, he didn't let the 93-degree weather spoil his mood. While others held umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun and fanned themselves with maps from the National Constitution Center, Cardona shimmied his shoulders and moved his feet to Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" blasting over the speakers to the crowd. "I'm hoping there's going to be a nice, big sandwich for me," said Cardona, 28, of North Philly.