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Sunday Brunch: Holiday Weekend Eats

Mar - 28 | | no comments. | Center City

The long holiday weekend starts tomorrow, and if you're looking for a place to enjoy Sunday Brunch, there are a number of great options all throughout Philadelphia. It's not too late to make your weekend plans, so scope out what looks good, and give your family some things to look forward to this weekend.

Sunday Brunch Spots

Chez Colette — The Sofitel’s Chez Colette serves up a great Easter Sunday Brunch from 1 to 5 p.m. It's $55 per person for a 5-course meal, and every diner also receives a complimentary glass of champagne. If you're coming with kids, the meal is half-price for children under 12. This amazing brunch consists of a raw bar, appetizers, an entree, meat carving, and dessert. 

R2L — For brunch with a view, reserve your spot at R2L, located 37 floors above Center City Philadelphia. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can partake in a fabulous three-course meal. Your meal kicks off with a buffet of raw bar selections, fruit, salads, pastries, and cheese. The second course includes a selection from the a la carte menu, and then brunch is concluded with an basket full of sweets and treats for the table to share. The full brunch menu is available for $65 per person, and $25 for children 12 and under.

Tavern 17 — Head to Tavern 17 for a three-course meal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This is a great place to take the whole family, with both a full brunch and children's brunch menu available. The meal is $30 per person for adults, and $15 for children, and includes offerings like Porcini Mushroom Lamb Chops, Molasses Glazed Ham, and Peach Cobbler for dessert. Reservations are required.

Dine Outdoors: Enjoy “The Porch” At 30th Street Station

Mar - 21 | | no comments. | University City

On April 1st, The Porch at 30th Street Station is opening for its 2013 season. This spring, this University City public space is launching an awesome event schedule filled with fun and free events all season.

Stop by each and every Monday and Friday from noon to 1 p.m. during April to enjoy live music with your lunch. Plus, you can visit again and again, because each event will feature a different style of music — everything from Jazz to Eastern European music.

Plus, some of Philly’s best food trucks are set to serve diners on The Porch on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you're in the area, and in need of some grub, stop by from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to enjoy food from The Cow and the Curd, Sweetbox Cupcakes, Say Cheese, and many more.

Every Wednesday, enjoy a bit of Philly’s music scene with XPN Philly local Wednesdays which will feature local, up-and-coming bands and musicians. The first XPN performance will be on April 3rd at 12 p.m., and will feature Dante Bucci, a celebrated handpan player.

Beer fan? Stop by on April 18th and 19th when 30th Street Station’s Bridgewater’s Pub will move outdoors onto The Porch, where they'll set up a classic beer garden from 3 to 8 p.m. All afternoon and evening, enjoy craft brews, enjoy live music, and visit with friends. 

The Porch at 30th Street Station
2955 Market Street, Philadelphia

Hop Aboard Philadelphia’s Erin Express: A St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Mar - 14 | | no comments. | University City

St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us, and there's no better way to celebrate than with a traditional Philadelphia pub crawl to some of the city's most beloved Irish watering holes.

The Erin Express was started by William Pawliczek, of Cavanaugh's Restaurant & Sports Bar at 39th and Sansom Streets, and Paul Ryan, Sr., of Smokey Joe's at 40th and Walnut, over three decades ago. And, over the years, this epic pub crawl has grown, and now shuttles participants to 15 bars all over the city of brotherly love in celebration of St. Patty!

Even better, there is no cost, no tickets, no reservations, no bracelets, and no cover charge while the 10 buses are running! The fleet of buses run in a continuous loop throughout the afternoon, so just hop on where ever and when ever you like from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th.

Simply show up at any of the participating bars in University City, Center City, Society Hill, or Fairmount, get a drink, and when you're ready to head to the next place, go outside, and a bus will arrive every 15 to 20 minutes to take you to the next bar, so you can continue on your St. Patrick's Day journey!

For a list of participating Philadelphia bars, click here

New Facebook Sweepstakes! Enter to Win an iPad mini!

Mar - 08 | | no comments. | Blog

To enter the Sweepstakes, Like our Facebook page and then look for the Sweepstakes tab (image shown below) located on our Facebook page to enter. Sweepstakes ends April 30, 2013.

Learn About Philadelphia’s Maritime History

Mar - 07 | | no comments. | Old City

If you're enthralled by the sea, there's a great new exhibit that you have to check out at Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum. The museum, which is located at Penn's Landing on the banks of the Delaware River, not far from Old City and Society Hill, is hosting an exhibit curated by lifelong boat enthusiast and artist, David Boone, entitled Tugboats: The Art of Dave Boone. 

This free exhibit highlights Dave Boone’s watercolor paintings of tugboats and other ships, and is a delight for all ages. Boone is a talented, well-known, self-taught artist who has a great deal of boating experience.

The exhibit is now open, and will be on display until August 4, 2013. Plus, after visiting the Tugboat exhibit, you can then explore all of the offerings at the Independence Seaport Museum. Kids will love the chance to climb aboard the Olympia and the Becuna, two historic ships housed at the museum, as they learn about Philadelphia’s maritime history first hand. Even better, this specialty exhibit is free with the price of general museum admission, making it an education, fun, and cost-effective way to spend an afternoon.

Tugboats: The Art of Dave Boone
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Good People: A New Show Coming To The Walnut Street Theater

Feb - 28 | | no comments. | Center City

The next time you're looking for a night of culture in Philly, grab tickets to the hit play, Good People. The characters in Good People are not entirely good, or bad, but they are all intensely and imperfectly human. This show, above all else, takes a look at the lengths to which people will go to try to get ahead in life.

The play, which is opening on March 20th at Walnut Street Theater just off of Avenue of the Arts in Center City, is set in Southie, a blue-collar Boston neighborhood where a night out means a game of bingo, where this month’s paycheck goes to last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh, a single mother with a handicapped child, has just lost her job. With eviction on the horizon, Margie decides to reach out to an old flame, Mike, who made it out of Southie, and is now a wealthy doctor. In her mind, Mike is her ticket to a new life, but Mike, unfortunately, isn’t looking to get in touch with or acknowledge his past, as he views himself as self-made man. But, desperate, nothing is beneath Maggie, and she’s willing to resort to trickery to get her way. 

This play is filled with complex, seemingly real, characters. The show is smart, funny, and at times suspenseful, and it’s all about how real lives lived are anything but simple. 

For an entertaining evening in Philadelphia, check out Good People.

Good People at Walnut Street Theater
825 Walnut Street
March 20th – April 28th, 2013  

Philly Cooks: A Week Long Celebration Of Food

Feb - 21 | | no comments. | News

February 25th through 28th, 2013, Philadelphia magazine will be hosting Philly Cooks, a week long event that will feature food from some of Philadelphia’s favorite chefs and restaurants.

During the event, you'll get to sample award-winning food, and also get a behind the scenes look at some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants on the tasting tours that are scheduled for February 25th through 27th that will highlight the cuisine of a number of Philadelphia’s various neighborhoods.

So, what foodie names can you expect? Only Philadelphia's finest! — Chef Jose Garces, Chef Michael Solomonov, and Chef Marc Vetri to name a few. Plus, you can learn the secrets behind their delicious cuisine on one of the tasting tours. These tours will explore the food and restaurants various areas in the city from Old City to East Passyunk to North Broad to beyond, but they are selling out quickly! 

The big event will be held on Thursday, February 28th at the Strawbridge Building. This final celebration will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and you'll be able to enjoy food handpicked by Philadelphia magazine’s food editor, Jason Sheehan. Tickets for this portion of the Philly Cooks event are $85 per person, which is a steal considering you'll be able to indulge in the food from more than 40 participating restaurants like Fette Sau, Sbraga, Vedge, and more! Plus, some of Philadelphia’s best bartenders will be mixing up craft cocktails for attendees as well.

Philly Cooks Week
Tasting Tours February 25-27; The Big Event, February 28, 6:30-9 p.m.
Tasting Tours, $90; The Big Event, $85

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Feb - 20 | | no comments. | Mortgage Corner

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Philly’s New Dining Craze: BBQ

Feb - 14 | | no comments. | Restaurants

The latest dining craze to sweep the city of brotherly love has nothing to do with fanciful French preparations or cute cupcakes — this foodie trend is all about succulent, savory, cooked-to-perfection meat. Over the past year or so, barbecue has been elevated to new heights in urban centers across the country, and Philadelphia is hopping on board this finger-lickin' good fad. Humble eateries that consider barbecue an art form have popped up all over the city, bringing the flavors of the mid-west to Philly residents.

If you're ready to head out, and partake in this latest food trend (which we highly recommend you do!), here are just a few places that do BBQ right:

Blue Belly BBQ — The man behind the meat here is the owner of Philly's much-loved, French-inspired BYOB Cochon, so you know you can expect greatness from the barbecue preparations on offer here. Housed in former Little Fish in Fishtown (this place is petite!), diners come here for the inventive sandwiches above all else, with offerings like the Pulled Jerk Chicken with pickled tomato, red onion, and citrus aioli, and the Blue Belly Double Dog with pork ragout, chili sauce, diced tomato, and cheddar — yum! For a complete review of the restaurant, click here.

Fette Sau — A new Stephen Starr import, Fette Sau (German for "Fat Pig"), is winning over legions of fans at its Fishtown location. There is nothing fancy about the brown paper bag lined trays and picnic table dining at Fette Sau — the real star here is the meat. Everything is cooked  low and slow — and this classic preparation was somewhat hard to come by in the city until Fette showed up. As you enter, you'll see a glass case filled with charcoal-blackened, crusted meats that you can order by the pound, and once you take a bite, you'll instantly realize why people already love this place. For a full review, click here.

Percy Street Barbecue — The oldest of the three, Percy Street has been around since 2010, and serves up a slightly more glamorous BBQ experience. This South Street joint, owned by Texas expats is known for great meats, top shelf liquor, and friendly wait staff who are knowledgeable about the craft of 'cue. Come with a group, and order "The Lockhart" — for just $18 per person, you can enjoy brisket, ribs, and chicken, plus all of Percy's homemade sides! For a full review of this eatery, click here


Philly’s Newest Pizza Joint: Bufad

Feb - 07 | | no comments. | Fairmount

Philly's restaurant scene never ceases to grow or impress — whether you're enjoying a cutting edge chef's tasting menu at Sbraga or fried chicken from Federal Donuts (both recently listed on Philadelphia Magazines Top 50 Restaurants list for 2013). And now, diners can revel in yet another option from the incomparable minds behind Cafe Lift and Prohibition Taproom. This new addition to the Loft District is a wood-fired pizza BYOB.

Bufad opened on February 1st right next to Prohibition Taproom. This petite 30-seat eatery serves up both traditional and original wood-fired pies, an array of tasty small plates, as well as soups, salads, and great desserts. Not you're average pizza parlor, Bufad is even outfitted with a top-notch espresso machine, and evidently serves up a rich, strong cup of joe.

So, what does this BYOB status mean for you? Well, you're not only welcome to come with a favorite bottle of wine or six-pack, you can also head next door to Prohibition Taproom, and purchase a few bottles from their extensive list, or even fill up your growler of one of the many rotating drafts that are always on offer there. Keep in mind: If you go with friends, and finish off a growler, you can leave the empty container behind, and save yourself the $12 bottle fee.

Bufad is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

1240 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA