May 17, 2013 |
THE RESTAURANTS and merchants of Rittenhouse Row are gathering again on Walnut Street this Saturday, and that means about 50,000 area residents and guests will be joining them for one of Center City's largest street fairs. The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will close Walnut from Broad to 19th streets (from noon until 5 p.m.) and feature food, fashion, entertainment and fun for children. It's big. It's crowded. It's fun. And this year there's a lot of new stuff. * Dunkin' Donuts will be giving out free iced coffee on the 1400 block of Walnut.
April 5, 2013
* Wood is the symbol for the fifth anniversary, so Devil's Den (1148 S. 11th St., 215-339-0855, devilsdenphilly.com ), the craft-beer pub celebrating its fifth roll around the barrel, plays off that theme with a wood-aged-drafts list and themed tapas menu at a birthday party starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Get $1 off drafts till 5 p.m. The tap list includes Dochter Van De Korenaar Embrasse Peated Oak Aged, De Struise Pannepot and Stillwater Red Wine Barrel Aged Debauched. * Eat at a participating area Chipotle ( chipotle.com )
February 23, 2013 |
By day, Jannie L. Blackwell is an oh-so-serious Philadelphia City Council member, known for helping the homeless people who show up at her office and for overseeing her West Philadelphia district like a fiefdom. But Thursday night, she was "Jannie from Cheyney. " Clad in a black-and-white Adidas track suit, bulky gold chain, and sunglasses, the councilwoman - a graduate of Cheyney University - and several staffers did their own version of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight. " "And in conclusion / I'd just like to say / I'm Jannie from Cheyney / have a blessed day," she rapped.
November 21, 2012
FOR THOSE OF US still panicked over the possible loss of Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Hostess cupcakes, here's something to consider: Imagine how panicked you'd be over the possible loss of milk, bread, meat and cereal. Hard to imagine for most of us, but more and more families in Philadelphia and the region confront that scarcity every day. And as we prepare to celebrate the holiday of abundance, it's a good time to get real about how many in the region can't celebrate in quite the same way. It's also a good time to get real following months of rhetoric and bombast we've heard leading up to the latest presidential election about how more people need to break their dependence on government.
November 16, 2012
Friday Tackling epilepsy A free party will celebrate the launch of the website www.LivingWellwithEpilepsy.com during Epilepsy Awareness Month. The party will feature a performance from Grammy-nominated singer Jann Klose. The website is an expansion by a group of students at Penn's Wharton School of a local blog geared to educating people and reducing the stigma associated with epilepsy. Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 3733 Spruce St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Information: www.LivingWellwithEpilepsy.com . Friday-Saturday Sergei and Sergei The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Stéphane Denève, with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale, will perform Sergei Prokofiev's score for Sergei Eisenstein's 1938 movie masterpiece Alexander Nevsky . The film, which will be screened during the performance, tells the story of Nevsky's 13th-century victory over an invading army of Teutonic Crusaders.
November 15, 2012
WITH THE HOLIDAYS approaching, my thoughts are on eating good food with great beer. As usual, I have a bunch of suggestions. But first, I want to make a pitch to support those who don't have enough to eat. This season, I'm partnering with Philabundance, the city's food bank, to drive hunger from our community. It's a very simple program that I'm calling Eat, Drink & Be Generous, and it works like this: The next time you buy a sixpack, I want you to plunk down an equal amount to help buy food for the needy.
October 3, 2012
Firefighters treated like NFL refs Friday's editorial "NFL labor dispute sent message beyond football" said: "No matter the business, in the end it doesn't pay to cut costs by diluting your products's quality. " That could very well have been written about the ongoing dispute between the city and the Philadelphia firefighters and paramedics' union. The only thing protecting the quality of their service is the pride and professionalism of the firefighters and paramedics. Even that hose will eventually spring a leak.
September 29, 2012 |
The A&P was just three blocks from where Joseph M. Bail Jr. grew up in downtown Chester. A Food Fair was within about three blocks of the Bail residence, as was the Edgmont Beef Co., whose orange trucks would deliver groceries right to doorsteps. That was 50 years ago. Today, Delaware County's only city has nothing even approaching the level of a "grocery store. " "It's just shocking," said Bail, 62, now the city's police commissioner. At a time when food-market wars are raging in some suburbs, Chester transcends the government definition of "food desert," said Marty Meloche, a food-marketing professor at St. Joseph's University.
September 27, 2012
* Free bacon burgers. Knew this would grab your attention. Wendy's is varying its Baconator theme with the new Son of Baconator, a slightly smaller version (700 calories vs. 900, for instance) that will be handed out from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday during a promotional event at 1101 Arch St. While supplies last, of course. * The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail 10th Annual Harvest Festival kicks off a little early this year with the "Think Pink, Drink Pink" campaign to support breast-cancer charities.