Month: October 2015

What’s In the Washington Square Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Galleries & Theaters In Washington Square West, Midtown Village & The Gayborhoodrn

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rnThree neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that also includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Running roughly from 7th to Broad streets and Chestnut to South streets, the buzzed-about ’hood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.rnrnMidtown Village forged its personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated along 13th Street, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of restaurants and shops. The Gayborhood sets itself apart with restaurants and bars catering to an LGBT-friendly clientele, along with rainbow crosswalks and street signs.rnrnA popular gathering spot for residents and visitors, the green and lively Washington Square attracts those who want a respite from the city action—picnickers, families, sunbathers and history buffs. Also worth a visit while in the neighborhood: Jewelers’ Row, boasting nearly 300 diamond and jewelry merchants, and Antique Row, the place for museum-quality furnishings, cute collectables and funky art.rnrnJust a block away from Washington Square West, the Market East station serves as a transportation hub for SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines, with service from the suburbs and Philadelphia International Airport. The Market-Frankford elevated line—known as “the El” to locals—makes stops at 8th, 11th and 13th streets along Market, while various SEPTA and New Jersey Transit buses traverse the numbered streets between 8th and Broad streets and along Market and Chestnut streets.rnrnNeighborhood tips, itineraries and maps are available at visitphilly.com/neighborhoods.rnrnRestaurants & Quick Bites:rnrn1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge – A hidden favorite among sushi and saki lovers, 1225 Raw serves specialty rolls, traditional hot entrees and an impressive selection of exotic saki. During the spring and summer months, diners enjoy their sashimi in the outdoor courtyard. 1225 Sansom Street, (215) 238-1903, rawlounge.netrnAmis – At this lively trattoria, James Beard Award-winner Marc Vetri emphasizes hearty Italian fare, which guests enjoy from kitchen-side seating and butcher-block tables. Relatively under-the-radar when it comes to brunch, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing daytime meal on Sundays. 412 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-2647, amisphilly.comrnBarbuzzo – On power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s 13th Street corridor of businesses, Barbuzzo serves boutique European wines and Mediterranean eats, such as stuffed short rib and pork meatballs. People can grab a seat at the ledge of the open kitchen to watch their meals in the making. 110 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-9300, barbuzzo.comrnBareburger – This NYC-based chain opened a location in Philadelphia in 2014. The modern burger joint focuses on fair-trade ingredients; lean, all-natural meats; and pesticide-free produce. 1109 Walnut Street, (215) 627-BARE, bareburger.comrnBarra Rossa – Pizza? Pasta? Wine? All of the Italian staples await diners at this 200-seat eatery by local restaurateur Dave Magrogan. Diners partake in the cheese, cured meats and olive selections—all curated by Di Bruno Bros.—along with salads, sandwiches and entrees. 929 Walnut Street, (215) 644-9074, barrarossa.comrnBleu Sushi II – This Japanese restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, diners find a chic ambiance dishes such as sushi, sashimi and teriyaki, along with fried ice cream for dessert. 262 S. 11th Street, (215) 829-0800, bleusushi.comrnBud & Marilyn’s – This retro-inspired restaurant-bar is named for Chef Marcie Turney’s restaurateur grandparents. The eatery serves new takes on American classics such as meatloaf, the wedge salad and chop suey, paired with cocktails like the Blinker, a whiskey sour made with rye, and Marilyn’s O-F, a brandy Old Fashioned. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2220, budandmarilyns.comrnCaribou Cafe – Vintage French posters and pumpkin-colored walls create a bistro atmosphere at this Walnut Street staple. The French-inspired menu includes boeuf bourguignon and the not-to-be-missed onion soup topped with melted Gruyére. 1126 Walnut Street, (215) 625-9535, cariboucafe.comrnCheu Noodle Bar – Noodles are the main attraction at this 32-seat restaurant. The menu includes varieties ranging from ramen to hand-torn, matched with unexpected elements such as matzo balls, cauliflower and collard greens. 255 S. 10th Street, (267) 639-4136, cheunoodlebar.comrnCibo Ristorante Italiano – It’s all about the charm here. The menu focuses on Italian cuisine, and the restaurant stars singing waiters who perform nightly with a piano player. 1227 Walnut Street, (215) 923-8208, cibophiladelphia.comrnCoco’s Restaurant & Bar – A modern bar menu of tapas, eat-with-your-hands options, deli specials and creative salads and sandwiches pairs perfectly with the cozy neighborhood vibes—comfy booths, well-worn wood fixtures and games on every flat screen TV. 112 S. 8th Street, (215) 923-0123, cocosphilly.comrnEffie’s – Guests bring their own bottles and enjoy home-style Greek cuisine and warm hospitality in this converted townhouse. Sidewalk seating and the walled garden patio are perfect for the warmer months. 1127 Pine Street, (215) 592-8333, effiesrestaurant.comrnEl Fuego – El Fuego brings Tex-Mex and California-style burritos to the square. Whenever possible, ingredients for the restaurant’s filling burritos, tacos and other Mexican favorites come from small, independent purveyors. 723 Walnut Street, (215) 592-1901, elfuegophilly.comrnEl Vez – Inventive guacamole, rare tuna tostadas and specialty margaritas are menu highlights at this buzzing Mexican spot, which features a shiny motorcycle centerpiece above the circular bar. Bartenders pour an impressive selection of blanco, reposado and anejo tequilas. 121 S. 13th Street, (215) 928-9800, elvezrestaurant.comrnThe Farm & Fisherman – The Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan said of this tiny BYOB, “This is a restaurant that should restore our faith in the possibilities of a philosophy that’s far more than a fleeting trend.” With just 30 seats, a reservation at the elegant farm-to-table gem is tough to get, but those foodies who do make it in the door count it as one of their all-time favorite meals. 1120 Pine Street, (267) 687-1555, thefarmandfisherman.comrnFat Salmon – Situated on Washington Square, this chic sushi bar features an ultra-modern dining room and an extensive sake menu. Inventive fusion rolls make for a different kind of sushi experience; 21-and-over diners wash it all down with sake samplers. 719 Walnut Street, (215) 928-8881, fatsalmonsushi.comrnFergie’s Pub – Philly’s version of Cheers, Fergie’s is a great watering hole, offering good grub, a killer jukebox and some of the best bartenders in town. Quizzo, live music and open-mic nights take place upstairs throughout the week. 1214 Sansom Street, (215) 928-8118, fergies.comrnFranky Bradley’s – This two-level restaurant-bar features smartly updated spins on classic cocktails; a 300-person performance space that hosts a varied lineup of acts, including jazz, rock and burlesque; and dinner and weekend brunch. 1320 Chancellor Street, (215) 735-0735, frankybradleys.comrnFuel – Owner Rocco Cima challenges the notion that fast food can’t be healthy with his menu of wraps, panini and salads, all made from organic ingredients and all under 500 calories. Fuel also offers a juice and coffee bar, as well as desserts. 1225 Walnut Street, (215) 922-FUEL, fuelphilly.comrnGarces Trading Company – One of Iron Chef Jose Garces’ many Philadelphia outposts, Garces Trading recently converted its in-house wine shop into a glass-walled private dining room, added a full bar and refocused its menu. The result: a European-style dining experience that’s even better than the lauded original. 1111 Locust Street, (215) 574-1099, garcestradingcompany.comrnGiorgio on Pine – This neighborhood BYOB fills its patrons’ bellies with hearty, home-style Italian specialties. Menu favorites range from gnocchi tossed in a 12-hour braised beef ragout to Parmesan-encrusted chicken breast to sautéed calamari. 1328 Pine Street, (215) 545-6265, giorgioonpine.comrnGiorgio Pizza on Pine – Earlier this year, the team from Georgio on Pine took over the corner space next door to open this family-friendly spinoff of the original. The menu features casual cuisine like Roman-inspired pizzas, panini and cheesesteaks. 1334 Pine Street, (215) 545-2571, giorgioonpine.comrnGreen Eggs Café – Green Eggs specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch. Neighbors and visitors wait in long lines to enjoy the chicken and waffles Benedict and the red velvet pancakes. 212 S. 13th Street, (267) 861-0314, greeneggscafe.comrnHummus Grill – This casual eatery cooks up Mediterranean delights like hummus (of course), tabouli salad, kabobs and falafel. The Moroccan cigars, a.k.a. deep-fried and potato-filled pastries, are a menu standout. 212 S. 11th Street, (267) 858-4634, hummusrestaurant.comrnIndeBlue – This plush bistro serves freshly conceived modern Indian cuisine such as stuffed long hot peppers, homemade paneer and pork vindaloo. Unlike its BYOB counterpart in Collingswood, New Jersey, this IndeBlue stocks a full bar. 205 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-4633, indebluerestaurant.comrnJake’s Sandwich Board – In a city famous for its sandwiches, Jake’s adds an element of creativity to its crowd-pleasing dishes. The menu offers a selection of brisket, pork, turkey and veggies, complemented with flavorful ingredients like wasabi spread, caramelized onions and crunchy long hots. 122 S. 12th Street, (215) 922-0102, jakessandwichboard.comrnJamonera – Chef Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran turned to Spain for the inspiration for this restaurant. Tapas, tostas, charcuterie and small plates, along with the deep red hues and dark wood tables, transport diners to Seville. 105 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-6061, jamonerarestaurant.comrnJean’s Cafe – With delicious sandwiches and wraps, this tiny deli serves as a neighborhood hotspot for breakfast and lunch. What also satisfies here? The people-watching along bustling Walnut Street. 1334 Walnut Street, (215) 546-5353rnKnock Restaurant and Bar – This chic restaurant features an ambitious New American menu and a lively bar. Grilled flatbreads and small plates are perfect for sharing, while entrees and decadent dessert round out the meal. 225 S. 12th Street, (215) 925-1166, knockphilly.comrnLittle Nonna’s – Red-sauce cuisine gets the Marcie Turney treatment at this old-school-style spot. The stick-to-your-ribs menu features delightfully updated versions of dishes like linguine with clam sauce and arancini, all made with farm-sourced ingredients that pack maximum flavor. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2100, littlenonnas.comrnLolita – Yet another winner from the Marcie Turney-Valerie Safran camp, Lolita brings the flavors of Mexico to 13th Street. Guests can expect a street food-style menu and interesting cocktails. 106 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-7100, lolitaphilly.comrnM Restaurant – Located inside the historic Morris House Hotel, this gem of a restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create contemporary American dishes. In season, those in the know make the outdoor garden/cafe a must. 231 S. 8th Street, (215) 625-6666, mrestaurantphilly.comrnMarabella Meatball Co. – Just because this restaurant specializes in one thing—meatballs—doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer plenty of options. Marabella serves beef, chicken, veggie and beef/pork/veal meatballs, topped with sauce and served on a roll or over pasta or veggies. 1211 Walnut Street, (215) 238-1833, marabellameatballco.comrnMcGillin’s Olde Ale House – Open since 1860, McGillin’s holds the distinction as the oldest continuously operating pub in Philadelphia. The alehouse draws a loyal following thanks in part to its regional microbrews, including three house recipes. 1310 Drury Street, (215) 735-5562, mcgillins.comrnMercato – This popular BYOB infuses the slow-cooking traditions of Old World Italy with an experimental style and bold take on new Italian-American cuisine. The selection of meats, cheeses, olive oils and vinegars keeps foodies coming back. 1216 Spruce Street, (215) 985-BYOB, mercatobyob.comrnMilkboy – Veterans of the music and restaurant industries joined forces to create this venue. The downstairs menu features modern takes on comfort food classics, while the upstairs, standing-room-only performance space buzzes with everything from hip hop to indie rock. 1100 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-MILK, milkboyphilly.comrnMixto – Mixto serves a blend of Cuban, Latin-American and Caribbean cuisines on the stretch of Pine Street commonly known as Antique Row. During the warmer months, diners feast on their large portions outside, and on weekends, they enjoy brunch starting at 9 a.m. 1141 Pine Street, (215) 592-0363, mixtorestaurante.comrnMore Than Just Ice Cream – This casual BYOB spot offers great sandwiches, homemade soups and fresh salads, but the gargantuan ice cream desserts are the stars of the menu. Signature sundaes include the Sweet & Salty, with caramel, chocolate syrup and sea salt; the S’More, with hot fudge, marshmallow and graham cracker; and the Hot Apple Pie, with cinnamon apples and caramel. 1119 Locust Street, (215) 574-0586, morethanjusticecream.comrnMorimoto – Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto helms one of the most exclusive restaurants in the Stephen Starr arsenal. The elegant menu features a selection of traditional Japanese dishes—sushi, dumplings and ramen—all presented with a modern flair and an elevated sensibility. 723 Chestnut Street, (215) 413-9070, morimotorestaurant.comrnNomad Roman – The second Philadelphia location of this pizza shop focuses on a small menu of wood-fired pizzas topped with locally grown produce and all-natural meats. Also on offer at the 65-seat joint: an assortment of salads, craft beers and wine. 1305 Locust Street, (215) 644-9287, nomadpizzaco.comrnOpa – The underwater-themed dining room—serving up grilled octopus, dolmades and other Greek favorites—leads to a beer garden that Food & Wine dubbed “one of America’s best.” Both inside and out, patrons sip fine wines, local beers and specialty cocktails. 1311 Sansom Street, (215) 545-0170, opaphiladelphia.comrnPennsylvania 6 – Raw bar plus cocktail bar equals Pennsylvania 6, a retro-modern two-tier spot named after the reputedly longest-held phone number in Manhattan (at the Hotel Pennsylvania). The forward-thinking American menu includes roasted bone marrow, lobster rolls and crudo. 114 S. 12th Street, (267) 639-5606, pennsylvania6philly.comrnPetit Roti – Unlike his first two local outposts—Caribou Café and Zinc—Chef Olivier Desaintmartin’s Petit Roti showcases the casual side of French cuisine. A simple menu, daily specials and a pantry of gourmet imported foods satiate hungry patrons stopping in for a quick bite or a takeout meal. 248 S. 11th Street, (267) 457-5447, petit-roti.comrnPetruce et al. – With a menu that combines classic and new dishes, this Modern American outpost focuses on making diners feel at home. The beverage program stands out as well, with natural wines from local producers, innovative cocktails and beers in bottles, cans and on tap. 1121 Walnut Street, (267) 225-8232, petrucephilly.comrnRistorante La Buca – Nestled a few steps below street level, La Buca’s den-like dining room with frescoed walls transports guests from Washington Square to Italy. Wines imported from a variety of Italian regions pair with the daily fresh-from-the-market seafood selections. 711 Locust Street, (215) 928-0556, ristlabuca.comrnRobek’s Fresh Juice & Smoothies – This popular food truck opened a brick-and-mortar location in late 2014. Health-conscious patrons love the nutritious, on-the-go blended drinks like the Strawnana Berry (ripe strawberries and banana) and the Mahalo Mango (sweet mango, papaya juice and pineapple). 1035 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-5500, robeks.comrnSampan – Chef Michael Schulson’s 95-seat eatery is a feast for the eyes, with reclaimed timber and distressed metal accents. Guests dine on modern Asian small plates served from the open-air kitchen. Outside, the hidden Graffiti Bar is a stylish setting for alfresco drinks and snacks. 124 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-3501, sampanphilly.comrnScratch Biscuits – Husband-and-wife team Mitch and Jen Prensky run this Southern-style eatery. Patrons choose from regular and gluten-free biscuits to supply the foundation for breakfast sandwiches (Pennsylvania Dutchman: homemade sausage, apple butter, grilled onion and cheddar), lunch sandwiches (Kentucky Klassic: country ham, house pickles and pimento cheese) and sweet biscuit puddings. 1306 Chestnut Street, (267) 930-3727, eatscratchbiscuits.comrnStrangelove’s – From the team behind Memphis Taproom and Local 44, Strangelove’s puts a delicious spin on the no-muss, no-fuss neighborhood pub. In addition to an impressive beer list, the menu includes classic crowd-pleasers like an oyster po’boy, fish and chips, mussels and beer-braised chicken. 216 S. 11th Street, (215) 873-0404, strangelovesbeerbar.comrnSweetgreen – The Walnut Street outpost of this chain places a strong emphasis on sustainability by using plant-based materials in its packaging and reclaimed wood in its design. The menu focuses on made-to-order salads crafted from local, farm-fresh ingredients. 924 Walnut Street, (215) 454-6770, sweetgreen.comrnTalula’s Daily – By day, patrons visit the market for gourmet sandwiches, breads, cheeses, coffee, juices and prepared meals. By night, they come for the $55, five-course tasting menu that changes monthly. 208 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-6555, talulasdaily.comrnTalula’s Garden – Owner Aimee Olexy of Chester County’s Talula’s Table shares her culinary talents—and her passion for farm-fresh ingredients—with Washington Square diners. She paired up with restaurateur Stephen Starr to create a rustic space, an environmentally friendly wine list and a dreamy seasonal menu. 210 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-7787, talulasgarden.comrnThe Tavern – Both burger fans and vegetarians find a home at The Tavern, which serves modern American bar fare. Think wolffish and chips, mushroom and edamame black bean burger and kale chips with Parmesan aioli. Classic cocktails, local beers, wines by the glass and spiked floats wash it all down. 243 S. Camac Street, (215) 545-1102, thetavernphilly.comrnTime – Three bars in one, Time hosts live jazz performances in the main room, televises sports in the Whiskey Bar and offers drinking and dancing upstairs. Food is also a focus here, with a solid menu of American and continental fare. 1315 Sansom Street, (215) 985-4800, timerestaurant.netrnTria Café – This popular spot focuses on all things fermented: wine, beer and cheese. Imbibe and Draft magazines have named Tria one of the best places in the country to enjoy beer, and the James Beard Foundation has recognized the bar’s wine service. 1137 Spruce Street, (215) 629-9200, triaphilly.comrnValanni – Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at this wonderful Medi-Latin eatery. This happy hour spot also boasts s great late-night menu, with satisfying bites such as crispy Brussels sprouts, Parmesan truffle fries and spicy pulled-chicken. 1229 Spruce Street, (215) 790-9494, valanni.comrnVarga Bar – This pint-sized bar and restaurant serves small plates, a slew of beer, specialty cocktails and an atmosphere inspired by early 20th-century pin-up girls and tattoo art. It’s also a great spot for a late-night bite, with the kitchen cranking out elevated bar food until 1 a.m. daily. 941 Spruce Street, (215) 627-5200, vargabar.comrnVedge – Ranked third on GQ’s list of the most outstanding restaurants in 2013, Vedge has had vegans rejoicing since it opened in late 2011. Husband-and-wife team Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby deliver big, providing plentiful options free of meat, eggs and dairy—and the menu even includes desserts. 1221 Locust Street, (215) 320-7500, vedgerestaurant.comrnVenture Inn Bar & Restaurant – One of the oldest LGBT bars in the city offers affordable cuisine. The true draw here is the entertainment: karaoke nights, drag shows and dance parties. 255 S. Camac Street, (215) 545-8731, viphilly.comrnVetri – At this culinary sensation—a place Mario Batali called “possibly the best Italian restaurant on the East Coast”—Marc Vetri presents authentic Italian cuisine alongside wines from an award-winning cellar. The $155 four-course tasting menu is the sole dining option, and it’s just right. 1312 Spruce Street, (215) 732-3478, vetriristorante.comrnVintage Wine Bar & Bistro – More than 60 wines by the glass and tasty bistro specialties make this casual-but-sophisticated spot a popular one. On the menu: a cheese board, mussels and a raved-about burger. 129 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-3095, vintage-philadelphia.comrnXiandu Thai – The kitchen churns out Thai fusion dishes such as Asian duck tacos and striped bass with tomato and avocado, plus traditional fare like pho, curry and pad Thai. Another highlight: non-alcoholic cocktails. 1119 Walnut Street, (215) 940-8855, xianduthaifusion.comrnZavino – Gourmet Neapolitan pizzas, classic Italian dishes and a diverse wine selection make this cozy eatery a must-try. Diners can keep an eye on the neighborhood crowd thanks to large windows and outdoor seating. 112 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-2400, zavino.comrnZinc Bistro – This cozy cafe takes its style cues from the charming Le Marais section of Paris. Dishes such as escargot, foie gras, puff pastry and charcuterie showcase the menu’s seasonal French sensibility, while the distinctive wine menu includes selections from France, Belgium, the United States and the United Kingdom. 246 S. 11th Street, (215) 351-9901, zincbarphilly.comrnBars:rnrnThe Bike Stop – This popular spot has served the gay and lesbian community for more than 30 years. It boasts four very different floors: The Bike Stop (main bar), The Short Stop (sports bar), The Pit Stop (open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights; fetish gear encouraged) and The Top of the Stop (special events). 206 S. Quince Street, (215) 627-1662, thebikestop.comrnBrü Craft & Wurst – The first Philadelphia bar to install a self-serve draught beer station has styled itself as a wursthaus. An all-German food menu complements the more than 35 taps that pour everything from domestic light lagers to obscure American crafts and German wheat beers. 1318 Chestnut Street, (215) 800-1079, bruphilly.comrnCharlie was a sinner. – From the team behind fast-casual vegan eatery HipCityVeg, this dark, alluring, vegan cocktail lounge is a bar first and foremost. With dark woods and dim lighting, the ambiance feels like an exclusive members-only clubhouse. 131 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-5372, charliewasasinner.comrnDirty Franks – The mural of famous Franks (including Frank Zappa, Benjamin Franklin, a French franc and the newly added Pope Francis) graces the wall at Dirty Franks. The iconic dive bar draws patrons with cheap beer and a great jukebox. 347 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-5010, dirtyfranksbar.comrnICandy – A nightclub for the LGBT crowd, ICandy hosts weekly events, including Drag Arena Mondays, Seductive Saturdays and Frathouse Fridays, a dance party for both the 21-and-over and 18-20 sets. A rooftop deck and happy hour specials round out the fab features. 254 S. 12th Street, (267) 324-3500, clubicandy.comrnLucky Strike Lanes – This bowling-lounge hybrid offers two floors of high-tech bowling and billiards. In the third-floor lounge, bowlers (and non-bowlers) make a night of it with DJ music and bottle service. 1336 Chestnut Street, (215) 545-2471, bowlluckystrike.comrnRosewood – This LGBT craft beer and cocktail lounge rocks all weekend long. Theme parties attract energetic crowds on Friday and Saturday nights. 1302 Walnut Street, rosewood-bar.comrnTabu – This gay sports bar offers daily drink specials, plus deals when Philadelphia sports teams are playing. Upstairs, guests enjoy karaoke, drag shows, comedy acts and other entertainment. 200 S. 12th Street, (215) 964-9675, tabuphilly.comrnU-Bahn – The team behind Brü Craft and Wurst keep the German vibe going at their subterranean bar U-Bahn. Small bands, singer-songwriters, DJs and Ms. Pac-Man provide the entertainment. 1320 Chestnut Street, (215) 800-1079, ubahnphilly.comrnU Bar – When the LGBT crowd wants to imbibe in a low-key setting, they come here. The no-fuss bar features a sleek look, floor-to-ceiling windows and strong drinks at reasonable prices. 1220 Locust Street, (215) 546-6660, ubarphilly.comrnVoyeur Nightclub – An after-hours club in the heart of the Gayborhood, Voyeur showcases well-known DJs from around the country during events for gay guys and gals. Partiers choose from the main dance floor, a VIP space upstairs and a basement lounge with special events and drink specials throughout the week. 1221 St. James Street, (215) 735-5772, voyeurnightclub.comrnWoody’s Bar – Philly’s original gay club is immensely popular with a young, professional and mostly male crowd. The downstairs maintains a sports bar atmosphere, while the upstairs brings out the dancing queen in everyone. 202 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-1893, woodysbar.comrnCoffee, Confections & Specialty Foods:rnrnCake and the Beanstalk – Warm and inviting, this whimsical cafe features hand-painted chairs, savory sandwiches and sweet treats baked on the premises. Neighborhood kids love the monthly Story Time at the Stalk events, complete with stories, cookies and crafts. 1112 Locust Street, (215) 592-6505, cakeandthebeanstalk.comrnCapogiro Gelataria – Divine house-made gelato in seasonal flavors such as persimmon, honeysuckle and black walnut—along with year-round standards including the cioccolata scura (dark chocolate), stracciatella (chocolate chip), hazelnut and pistachio—rival anything produced in Italy. Honest. 119 S. 13th Street, (215) 351-0900, capogirogelato.comrnDi Bruno Bros. – Family-owned since 1939, this Philly-proud specialty food store stocks its shelves with some of the best homemade and imported delicacies in the city. Dairy fans love the extensive selection of cheeses, and the shop even includes a small European-style coffee bar with fresh baked goods. The Franklin, 834 Chestnut Street, (267) 519-3115, dibruno.comrnThe Foodery – By offering 800 varieties of bottled craft beer from around the world, The Foodery helps to cement Philly’s reputation as a beer lover’s town—one mix-a-six-pack at a time. Regulars also snag newspapers, sandwiches, snacks and grocery essentials. 324 S. 10th Street, (215) 928-1111, fooderybeer.comrnGo Popcorn – This popular Pittsburgh mini-chain sells flavors such as brown butter caramel, chocolate peanut butter and “Chicago Style” (cheddar cheese and caramel). Creative flavors-of-the-week such as creamy pumpkin pie and hazelnut Nutella keep patrons coming back to satisfy their cravings for sweet and salty snacks. 112 S. 12th Street, (215) 928-0169, letsgopopcorn.comrnGood Karma Café – In addition to fair-trade and sustainably sourced coffee, Good Karma serves a delicious selection of snacks, salads, soups and sandwiches. A rotating display of works by local artists lines the walls, adding to the cafe’s community-oriented feel. 928 Pine Street, (267) 519-8860, thegoodkarmacafe.comrnGreenstreet Coffee – Brothers Tom and Chris Molieri are passionate about coffee, which is why they founded Greenstreet. The company roasts its own beans in nearby South Philadelphia before serving it by the cup from this tiny corner cafe. 1101 Spruce Street, greenstreetcoffee.comrnGrocery Market and Catering – At this modern gourmet shop, owned by chef Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran, customers pick up prepared foods for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On the menu: steel-cut oatmeal, homemade soups, gourmet salads and sweet treats. 101 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-5252, grocery13.comrnThe Igloo – Healthy frozen desserts are all the rage at this haven of homemade gelato and frozen yogurt. Favorites include chocolate hazelnut gelato topped with crunchy hazelnuts, dark chocolate sorbet and Greek frozen yogurt. 1205 Walnut Street, (267) 861-0300, igloodesserts.comrnNuts to You – Philadelphia’s longest-running nut house has been shelling out gourmet peanuts, almonds and other nutty treats for more than 30 years. The popcorn sold in large bags (both with and without salt) is a favorite Philly snack. 1328 Walnut Street, (215) 545-2911; 721 Walnut Street, (215) 925-1141, nuts-to-you.comrnPhilly Flavors – Customers’ mouths water as they watch the Philly Flavors crew scoop out large portions of ice cream and water ice. Tip: Check the freezer for a rotating selection of fresh, indulgent ice cream sandwiches. 343 S. 13th Street, (267) 519-8982, phillyflavors.comrnSaxby’s – This Philly-based chain focuses on a simple premise: providing a welcoming space with consistently good coffee. The newest Philadelphia location doesn’t disappoint; the menu features pastries and baked goods, sandwiches and, of course, lots of delicious coffee. 234-236 S. 11th Street, (215) 309-3921, saxbyscoffee.comrnScoop DeVille – The ice cream varieties come in cone, blend, sundae or shake form at this old-fashioned shop. Fat-free frozen yogurt and sorbets, as well as non-ice cream treats (nonpareils, fresh-baked cookies), round out the menu. 1315 Walnut Street, (215) 988-9992, scoopdevilleicecream.comrnToast – Simple food, gourmet coffee and pastries comprise the cafe menu. The oversized windows and corner location make Toast ideal for people-watching. 1201 Spruce Street, (215) 821-1080, toastphilly.comrnShops & Galleries:rnrnAddiction Studios – Shoppers never know what they’ll find at this designer consignment store, which specializes in high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Balenciaga. Bonus: Addiction’s owner also offers professional makeup services. 1024 Pine Street, (267) 687-5446rnBella Turka – This jewelry shops carries creations from makers across the globe. The owner looks to 25 European designers and more than 40 American designers to create often distinct pieces. 113 S. 13th Street, (215) 560-8733, bellaturka.comrnBlendo – This packed-with-goods shop sells all things old and new, including furniture, ceramics, handbags, clothing, art, jewelry and housewares. On decent-weather days, the shopkeeper fills tables and baskets on its Pine Street sidewalk with even more merchandise for perusing. 1002 Pine Street, (215) 351-9260, shopblendo.comrnBridgette Mayer Gallery – Featuring contemporary paintings and works on paper, this gallery supports and promotes emerging and mid-career artists with solo and group showings in an 18th-century brownstone. 709 Walnut Street, (215) 413-8893, bridgettemayergallery.comrnDoggie Style – When a pooch deserves nothing but the best, canine lovers stop here. Doggie Style operates several Philadelphia locations, including one in Washington Square West, where food, accessories, toys and other dog- and cat-related products line the shelves. 1032 Pine Street, (215) 545-4100, doggiestylepets.comrnDuross & Langel – This inviting soap shop offers squeaky-clean goodness, with products focused on natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. A yoga studio brings a touch of Zen to the inviting space, and the hair salon delivers on-trend cuts, color and blowouts. 117 S. 13th Street, (215) 592-7627, durossandlangel.comrnEmilie – This clothier offers women of all ages stylish pieces from popular designers such as Eileen Fisher and Babette. The outfits are perfect for work, a night out or a weekend coffee date. 113 S. 12th Street, (215) 829-8830, shopemilie.comrnEveryone’s Racquet – This shop stocks its racks with clothing and equipment related to any and all racket sports. Athletes of all levels utilize the shop’s stringing services and attend tennis lessons at nearby Seger Park. 130 S. 12th Street, (215) 627-4192, everyonesracquet.comrnHalloween – Unusual jeweled treasures and distinctive trinkets sparkle at this delightful shop, named after owner Henri David’s favorite holiday. There’s no signage, but the gothic doorbell lets visitors know they’ve found the right place. 1329 Pine Street, (215) 732-7711rnHappily Ever After – In addition to plush stuffed animals and low-tech toys, this shop on Antique Row sells classic toys and dolls. Shoppers find familiar characters such as Winnie the Pooh and Raggedy Ann, plus dolls from artists such as the Madame Alexander Doll Company. 1010 Pine Street, (215) 627-5790, happily.comrnJanus Gallery – Named for the Roman god of transition, this gallery and shop showcases a mix of old and new artistic objects. Workshops taught by local artists inspire creativity in all who attend. 1135 Pine Street, (267) 207-5254, janusonpine.comrnKitchenette – Cooks of all skill levels can domesticate in style with kitchen gear from this shop, which sells brands including Breville and Le Creuset, as well as a selection of gourmet foods and gifts. Among the great finds for chefs: novelty aprons and stylish gadgets that only experienced cooks would know how to use. 117 S. 12th Street, (215) 829-4949, shopkitchenette.comrnLL Pavorsky Jewels and Gifts – Handcrafted pieces—from rings to glassware—line the cases at this funky, gallery-like showroom. The real treats are the custom-designed items that jeweler Lee Pavorsky has been creating for 25 years. 707 Walnut Street, (215) 627-2252, llpavorsky.comrnLocks Gallery – Modern and contemporary mid-career and emerging artists share their work at this Washington Square venue, which draws local and national crowds and brings attention to regional artists. Each month, exhibitions fill the space with interesting pieces in a variety of media. 600 Washington Square South, (215) 629-1000, locksgallery.comrnMelange Tea & Spice – When customers need quality, hard-to-find spices, salts, teas and tisanes, they come to this specialty shop. Gift baskets and samplers make perfect gifts for home cooks. 1042 Pine Street, melange-tea.comrnModern Eye – People are proud of their “four-eyes” when they snag frames from this full-service optical shop, which also offers contact lenses and eye exams. Hard-to-find brands lining the walls include Vinylize, Andy Wolf and Mel Rapp. 145 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-3300, modern-eye.comrnM Finkel & Daughter – In the heart of Antique Row, this family-owned-and-run business sells furnishings and accessories from the 18th and 19th centuries. This shop also specializes in rare antique needlework and silk embroideries. 936 Pine Street, (215) 627-7797, samplings.comrnNest – This hotspot for the family crowd houses a boutique with handmade gifts—but it’s so much more. It’s also a lounge where mom and dad can grab coffee while their little ones take a class, get a haircut or enjoy playtime. 1301 Locust Street, (215) 545-6378, nestphilly.comrnOpen House – The place to find distinct and modern home accents, this pint-sized shop packs a mega amount of merchandise on its tables and shelves. It’s also a popular spot for sure-to-be-coveted Philadelphia souvenirs that come in the form of coasters, totes, tees, pint glasses and notecards. 107 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-1415, openhouseliving.comrnPaper on Pine – Don't be fooled by the name; this delightfully quaint paper and printing boutique is actually on 13th Street, not Pine. Lovers of the written word indulge in designer stationery and writing-ware from labels such as Vera Wang, Kate Spade and Crane & Co. 115 S. 13th Street, (215) 625-0100, paperonpine.comrnThe Papery – This stationery boutique inhabits a bright and airy space brimming with charm. Shoppers browse artsy cards for every occasion, customizable invitations, fine stationery and elegant paper goods, as well as a curated selection of picture frames, scented candles and baby gifts. 1219 Locust Street, (215) 922-1500, paperyofphilly.comrnPhilly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room – People find secondhand items of all sorts—clothing, board games, books, vintage posters—at this multi-level wonderland. Proceeds benefit local organizations involved in the fight against AIDS. 345 S. 12th Street, (215) 923-2960, phillyaidsthriftatgiovannisroom.comrnPileggi Boutique – Couture fashion awaits shoppers looking for sought-after name-brand clothes and accessories sourced from around the globe. The polished storefront, easy-to-navigate displays and assistance from the fashion-forward owner make for a simple and sophisticated shopping trip. 715 Walnut Street, (215) 922-3526, pileggiboutiquephiladelphia.comrnRustic Music – Every music maven and maverick sings with joy after visiting this small, independent music shop, with used guitars, vinyl records, cassette tapes and CDs all available under one roof. Aspiring musicians channel their inner Dylan during reasonably priced guitar and harmonica lessons. 259 S. 10th Street, (215) 732-7805, rusticmusic.comrnSOTA Spirit of the Artist – SOTA has been showcasing American handmade crafts for two decades. Many the goods—from jewelry and garden art to toys and instruments—are created by owner Frank Burkhauser’s circle of artisan friends. 1022 Pine Street, (215) 627-8801rnSteven Singer Jewelers – This guy-friendly jewelry shop offers guests beer and snacks as they survey a wide selection of modern diamond jewelry. Offbeat events like the “World’s Largest Bubblebath” amp up the fun. 739 Walnut Street, (215) 627-3242, ihatestevensinger.comrnVerde – Chef Marcie Turney makes and sells her gourmet chocolates in the back of this small boutique. The rest of the shop is stocked with clothing, jewelry, prints, handbags and just about anything else that strikes the fancy of Turney and partner Valerie Safran, making it a go-to for wow-worthy gifts. 108 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-8700, verdephiladelphia.comrnYarnphoria – Yarns in every color of the rainbow occupy the shelves of this Pine Street shop. Yarnphoria even holds knitting and crochet classes for all skill levels. 1020 Pine Street, (215) 923-0914rnTheaters:rnrnForrest Theatre – This Shubert-owned theater bears the name of Edwin Forrest, a Philadelphia-born actor popular in the 19th century. One of the city’s premier venues for more than 80 years, the Forrest often hosts touring productions of hit Broadway shows. 1114 Walnut Street, (215) 923-1515, forrest-theatre.comrnLantern Theater Company – Audiences have enjoyed productions by the Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen’s Theater for 20 years. Each season celebrates and explores the human spirit through classic, modern and original works. 923 Ludlow Street, (215) 829-0395, lanterntheater.orgrnWalnut Street Theatre – The oldest continuously operating theater in the country, this National Historic Landmark hosts award-winning musicals on its main stage and smaller indie productions in its Independence Studio. A limited number of Mezzanine seats are available for $20 for every main-stage performance. 825 Walnut Street, (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.orgrnLookin’ Good:rnrnAmerican Mortals – A hipster haven for cuts, colors and styles, American Mortals (“AMMO,” as the regulars call it) combines youthful, indie vibes with a laid-back atmosphere conducive to good looks and good conversation. The devoted following keeps up their ’dos with the shop’s own hair-care products. 727 Walnut Street, (215) 574-1234, americanmortals.comrnArchiteqt Salon & Gallery – The talented stylists specialize in dry cuts, Balayage color, Keratin treatments and designer styles. As a mixed-used space, Architeqt also serves as great place for trunk shows, pop-up shops, gallery openings, fashion shows and educational workshops. 265 S. 10th Street, (215) 567-5005, architeqtsalon.comrnBeauty Is… – Operating under the philosophy of helping clients feel beautiful by making them look beautiful, this salon donates 10 percent of revenue from all hair product sales to causes that support environmental sustainability. 258 S. 11th Street, (215) 792-4109, beautyissalon.orgrnThe King of Shave – This corner storefront is an old-school barbershop for the modern man. Guys come here for services such as haircuts, color treatments, beard trims and hot-towel shaves. 1201 Pine Street, (215) 732-2900, thekingofshave.comrnPileggi on the Square – Pileggi pampers with a full-service salon and spa offering services from aromatherapy and facials to manicures and hair treatments. Regulars love the cost-effective spa packages that rejuvenate from head to toe. 717 Walnut Street, (215) 627-0565, pileggisalon.comrnWellness and Community Services:rnrn12th Street Gym – For more than 25 years, this fitness center has been one of Philadelphia’s go-to workout spots. Patrons love the one-on-one training, group classes, pool and tanning facilities. 204 S. 12th Street, (215) 985-4092, 12streetgym.comrnHealing Arts Collective – This center for healing offers therapeutic massage and bodywork, acupuncture, physical therapy, yoga, Pilates and movement therapies. Community members gather here for group yoga classes, workshops and celebrations. 519 S. 9th Street, (267) 229-7323, healingartscollective-pa.comrnMama’s Wellness Joint – While this yoga and wellness studio offers classes for everyone, it caters to new and soon-to-be moms. Classes include beginner meditation, Vinyasa, toddler yoga and Baby Bump Boot Camp. 1100 Pine Street, (267) 519-9037, mamaswellnessjoint.comrnRenaissance Healing Arts – Drs. Doyle and Fisher founded their bodywork practice in 1985, and they opened this Antique Row storefront in 2015. Specialties include acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, craniosacral therapy, nutritional counseling and traditional Chinese medicine. 1004 Pine Street, (215) 985-1344, renaissancehealingarts.comrnShanti Yoga Shala – With a name meaning “peace union center,” this yoga studio offers instruction in a range of practice styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Mysore. The on-site boutique is the perfect place to stock up on props, gear and yoga-related literature. 262 S. 12th Street, (215) 923-9642, shantiyogashala.orgrnWilliam Way Community Center – The city’s official LGBT community center displays art exhibits in the lobby, hosts weekly games (chess, bridge and mahjong) and houses an extensive library and reading room with 10,000 books. A massive mural called Pride & Progress—commissioned by the Mural Arts Program and painted by Ann Northup—adorns the side of the building. 1315 Spruce Street, (215) 732-2220, waygay.orgrnParks & Landmarks:rnrnCity Hall – The largest City Hall in the country is also one of the most elaborate. Designed by Alexander Milne Calder, the exterior is covered with sculptures representing the seasons, continents and allegorical figures, and it’s topped by a 27-ton sculpture of William Penn. Its Observation Deck provides a panoramic view of the city, and tours lead visitors into some of the most lavishly decorated rooms in the city. Just outside, the newly transformed Dilworth Park features a cafe, public art displays, lawn games and, depending on the season, an ice skating rink or sprayground. Broad & Market Streets, Room 121, (215) 686-2840, phila.gov/virtualch; dilworthpark.orgrnLouis I. Kahn Memorial Park – Coming in under an acre, this park and garden serves as an oasis for neighborhood residents and visitors. During the warm-weather months, visitors enjoy a free monthly concert series. 11th & Pine Streets, kahnpark.orgrnSeger Park & Playground – Occupying a full city block, this recreation center includes basketball courts, tennis courts, multiple playgrounds and a kids’ fountain. Four-legged friends from all over the neighborhood love to run around Seger Dog Park, which offers separate pens for large and small canines. 11th & Lombard Streets, (215) 686-1780, segerpark.netrnWashington Square – One of William Penn’s five original squares has served as an animal pasture and as a burial ground—for victims of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic, African-Americans and 2,600 soldiers who died during the Revolution. The square is now a popular place for picnicking, reading, playing Frisbee and other leisure activities. It’s also the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument featuring an eternal flame and a statue of George Washington gazing toward Independence Hall. 6th & Walnut StreetsrnVISIT PHILADELPHIA® makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.rnrnOn Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.rnrnContact(s):rnDonna Schorr, (215) 599-0782rnE-mailPrintrnShare

2015 Carousel Ball Raises More Than $1.2 Million for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Proceeds Support The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Carern

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rnPHILADELPHIA, Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) 2015 Carousel Ball raised more than $1.2 million to support The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.rnrnA signature fundraiser for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia since 1954, the Carousel Ball is a can't-miss event for dedicated CHOP supporters. Held on October 24, this year's black-tie event provided guests an exclusive look the new Buerger Center. 650 donors, clinicians, families and friends of the hospital socialized in the two-story, glass-walled lobby. Guests then moved upstairs for the latter part of the evening for dinner, dancing and stunning panoramic views of the city.rnrn"Each year, the Carousel Ball has made it possible for CHOP's clinicians and researchers to advance their work and discover new treatments and cures," said Madeline Bell, president and CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "As the hospital turns 160 this year, we are excited to celebrate the building that is also the beneficiary of this year's event, The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care. We thank all of those whose generosity will help us expand our legacy of family-centered care here for years to come."rnrnThe Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care is a Silver LEED-certified building, designed to provide the ideal patient experience. More than $96 million, anchored by a $50 million gift from the Buerger family, was contributed by donors and CHOP employees to create the state-of-the-art environment intended to ease stress for visiting patients and families. Much of the care in the Center is offered through groups of related specialties sharing clinical space, like neighborhoods. The arrangement is designed to facilitate clinician and staff collaboration, as well as simplify visits for patients and their families. Significant building features include:rnrnSpacious, natural and light-filled waiting rooms for families, featuring "Wait. Play. Learn." areas;rnA building-wide theme – "Children in Motion" – that utilizes images to promote a culture of wellness and activity, as well as enhance patient navigation;rnA multipurpose roof garden for both recreation and rehabilitation sessions;rnA landscaped, outdoor garden plaza to provide a safe, open area for play, entertainment, reflection and emotional recharging.rnFor more information about the Buerger Center, please visit http://chopbuildinghope.org/.rnrnAbout The Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiarnThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.rnrnContact: Emily DiTomornThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphiarn267-426-6063rnditomoe@email.chop.edurnrnPhoto – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151029/281867rnrn rnrnSOURCE The Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiarnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrnhttp://www.chop.edurnMore by this SourcernrnPictured from left to right are this year's Blue Tag Gala co-chairs: Judith Royal, Steven Sanders and Darlene LoganrnBlue Tag Gala Raises More Than $150,000rnOct 23, 2015, 16:30 ETrnThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today celebrated the grand opening of the Brandywine Valley Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center, a new 44,000-square-foot facility in Glen Mills, Pa. The new Center, located at 819 Baltimore Pike, features more than 20 medical and surgical subspecialties and an ambulatory surgery center where children can have same-day surgery close to home.rnThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Opens New Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center in Glen MillsrnOct 06, 2015, 16:12 ETrnNew Growth Charts Developed for U.S. Children with Down SyndromernOct 27, 2015, 15:28 ETrnView all news by The Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiarnJournalists and BloggersrnrnrnrnVisit PR Newswire for Journalists, our free resources for releases, photos and customized feeds. You can also send a free ProfNet request for experts.

Holidays In Philadelphia Mean New Celebrations & Can’t-Miss Classics

The Mummers Add A New Division To Their New Year’s Day Paradern

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rnThe holidays are all about tradition, especially in Philadelphia where each year generations of visitors gather at Macy’s for the Christmas Light Show, snap memory-making photos of Longwood Gardens’ elaborate displays and oooh-and-aaaah at the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. This year, the Mummers Parade, Philadelphia’s oldest and proudly quirkiest New Year’s Day tradition, gets a new look with the addition of a new division—the first since 1978. Joining the Comic, Fancy, Wench, String Band and Fancy Brigades on the march along Broad Street will be the Philadelphia division, which includes costumed marchers from the city’s numerous ethnic and immigrant groups.rnrnHere’s a look at the many holiday happenings taking place in Philly this year:rnrnLovely Lights, Jaw-Dropping Displays & High-Tech Shows:rnrnThe holiday magic at Ben Franklin’s namesake park comes in the form of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. The show runs every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m., weather permitting, and showcases a giant lighted kite and 50,000 lights choreographed to holiday music. Other festivities include visits from Santa, rides on the holiday train and carousel, seasonal treats at Ben’s Bites & Brews and even mini-golf with warming stations. November 12-December 31 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas). 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.orgrnPeddler’s Village throws the switch on the holidays as tens of thousands of lights glimmer during the Grand Illumination Celebration on November 20. Then throughout the holiday shopping season, visitors can check out the annual Gingerbread Competition & Display. Participants compete in a variety of categories, including traditional and authentic reproductions of significant buildings. During the season, visitors also enjoy free weekend activities, including visits with Santa at Giggleberry Fair and other special events. November 20-January 2. Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.comrnAt the top of the hour, visitors gather in front of the Comcast Experience video wall, one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays, to catch the magic of The Comcast Holiday Spectacular. Throughout the free 15-minute show, dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet move to music from The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh floats over the Philadelphia countryside and actors from the historic Walnut Street Theatre perform—all to a seasonal soundtrack presented by a 64-piece orchestra. Daily, 10 a.m-8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays). November 24-January 3. 17th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, visitphilly.comrnThe holidays go red, white and green at Longwood Gardens during A Longwood Gardens Christmas, featuring 500,000 twinkling lights, colorful fountains and beautifully adorned trees. November 26-January 10. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.orgrnA Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s in Center City illuminates a large wall inside the Wanamaker building, a National Historic Landmark. People of all ages delight in the 100,000 LED lights, narration by Julie Andrews and sounds from the Wanamaker Organ. Performances take place at the top of the hour. November 27-December 31. 1300 Market Street, (215) 241-9000, wanamakerorgan.comrnSet amid the evergreens, Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway showcases a miniature winter wonderland complete with a quarter-mile of model-train track, seven loops and tunnels, 15 rail lines and model trains that cruise past scaled replicas of historic monuments and Philadelphia landmarks adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. New this year: Friday Night Lights, providing evening viewings on select nights; advanced tickets required. November 27-January 3. 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.orgrnThe Independence Seaport Museum’s Parade of Lights stars working vessels decked out in holiday style. Indoors, participants visit with Santa and join in holiday activities and programs before moving outside to watch lighted and decorated tugboats and other vessels float along the Delaware River. December 12. 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.orgrnAnimal Antics & Festival Fun:rnrnCome December, Linvilla Orchards’ Christmasland glimmers with seasonal delights. The farm displays animals, while the market section is stocked with holiday delights and crafts for youngsters. December 1-24. Santa pops in every Saturday and Sunday, and on select afternoons, visitors can sing along during Caroling Hayrides (December 5, 12 and 19), roast marshmallows and sip apple cider. 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, (610) 876-7116, linvilla.comrnThousands of twinkling lights, glowing trees, gently falling snow, larger-than-life decorations rnand appearances by Scuba Santa®, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Rudolph put all 8,500 sea creatures and the curious folks who visit them in a festive mood during the Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration. December 4-31. 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, (856) 265-3300, adventureaquarium.comrnLighting up a winter night, the Firebird Festival in Phoenixville celebrates the phoenix. After a full day of music, dancing, storytelling, crafting, parades and other arts-related activities, the festival culminates at Friendship Field with the lighting of a wooden phoenix that turns it into a real firebird bonfire. December 5. 203 Fillmore Street, Phoenixville, firebirdfestival.comrnWhat’s the season like for animals in the rainforest, in the outback and on the farm? For three weekends, the Philadelphia Zoo hosts Zoo Noël, showcasing life-size renditions of Mr. Claus as he explores his role in animal habitats around the globe. Guests warm up at the holiday hot chocolate bar, browse the Little Elves’ Gift Shop, meet Santa in the Treehouse and watch as the big man feeds some favorite zoo animals. December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. 3400 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.orgrnA Historic Twist:rnrnA little history, a little beer and a lot of fun are served up when one of Historic Philadelphia’s Red Coat soldier recalls life in British-occupied Philadelphia in 1777 while guiding the over-21 crowd through four cozy pubs during the winter-themed Tippler’s Tour called Yuletide Cheers & Beers. Thursdays, November 12-December 17. Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Market Streets, (215) 629-5801, historicphiladelphia.orgDuring regular hours, visitors to historic Pennypacker Mills enjoy guided tours of the richly decorated mansion.rnNovember 24-January 10. In addition, on December 12, the house celebrates its vintage roots during the Victorian Christmas Open House. 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, (610) 287-9349, montcopa.org/pennypackermillsrnA Brandywine Christmas takes over the Brandywine River Museum of Art with one of the largest O-gauge model railroad displays in the country, a Victorian dollhouse, rare antique dolls and thousands of Critter ornaments made from natural materials on trees throughout the museum. November 27-January 3. 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.orgrnAt Pottsgrove Manor, visitors join guided Twelfth Night Tours to experience the historic mansion dressed in its traditional English holiday best. November 27-January 10. During a special one-night event on December 13, guests tour the manor by candlelight while 18th-century residents mark the Twelfth Night with music and dancing in the parlor. 100 W. King Street, Pottstown, (610) 326-4014, montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanorrnThe Fairmount Park Holiday Tours offer a glimpse into the elegant celebrations of 18th-century Philadelphia society as six of the historic mansions are decked out in holiday style. From December 3-20, visitors can embark on their own for tours of Cedar Grove, Mount Pleasant, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion and Woodford Mansion. On other days, they can board a trolley for self-guided and guided tours of select houses. parkcharms.comrnHistory buffs get into the spirit of the season when they witness Washington Crossing the Delaware River, a re-enactment staged at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Two days of family-friendly colonial games, crafts and other activities accompany the re-enactments. December 13 and December 25. Routes 32 & 532, (215) 493-4076, washingtoncrossingpark.orgrnAt the National Constitution Center, aspiring colonial soldiers can join in the Military Musters, meet Revolutionary War heroes and discover how they would have fared in Washington’s army on that famous December 1776 journey across the Delaware River. Visitors can also check out the latest in 18th-century fashions during a Colonial fashion show and play traditional Colonial games. December 26-31. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6600, constitutioncenter.orgrnHoliday Markets:rnrnThe German Christmas Market at Byers’ Choice boasts plenty of gifts for holiday shoppers (think gingerbread houses, advent calendars, handcrafted Caroler® figurines and toys). November 1-December 31. 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont, (215) 822-6700, byerschoice.comrnWith its medieval-village type setting, Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition. Here shoppers find popular Christmas gifts from Germany, including glass ornaments, music boxes, nutcrackers and more while vendors serve up hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts to keep shoppers warm and satisfied. November 21-December 27. 1500 Arch Street, philachristmas.comrnNew this year, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market showcases the work of local artists, crafters, confectionaries and designers. Shoppers can purchase goods from local artists like Philly Word Art, designers like Beaucycled and Saffron Creations and crafters like soap maker Mahogany Essentials and Candlemaker Accent Aroma. Also available: Philly foods galore in the form of macaroons and cannolis from T Bake Shoppe, gourmet chocolates from Tradestone Confections, flavored kettle corn from Philly Pop Kettle Corn and other favorites. November 21-December 27. 1 S. 15th Street, dilworthpark.orgrnSeason Of Shows:rnrnThe Walnut Street Theatre invites audiences to join in the laughter when the Tony Award-nominated Broadway hit A Christmas Story, The Musical makes its Philadelphia debut. Fans of Ralphie and his lovably oddball family will howl with glee when the oversized pink bunny pajamas, the longed-for Red Ryder BB gun, the “fra-gee-lee” kooky leg lamp, the world’s crankiest Santa and other icons turn up in this song-and-dance version of the quirky holiday classic film. November 10-January 10. 825 Walnut Street, (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.orgrnThe furry friends at Sesame Place spread holiday cheer during A Very Furry Christmas. With twinkling lights glittering throughout the park, young fans and their families can catch the holiday spirit at Santa’s Furry Workshop, during special Christmas shows, on new rides and during the new Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade. November 21-December 31. 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, (866) GO-4-ELMO, sesameplace.comrnThe Rock School for Dance Education, one of the nation’s most renowned pre-professional ballet training programs, puts a Colonial spin on a holiday classic with its production of Nutcracker 1776. November 27-28. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.orgrnThere’s a special ring in the air when the Impulse Handbell Ensemble, a professional youth group, joins the 120-voice Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus in the Bells, Brass & The Boys holiday concert. December 3-5. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut Street, (215) 731-9230, pgmc.orgrnThe Philadelphia Orchestra hits the right note for the holidays with a jam-packed calendar of special performances at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Guests sing along to seasonal favorites during the Christmas Kids Spectacular (December 5), featuring an appearance by Santa Claus. And Messiah (December 11-13) and The Glorious Sound of Christmas (December 17-20) are longstanding holiday traditions for music lovers. Another favorite: ringing in January 1 during the New Year’s Eve Concert. Broad & Spruce Streets, (215) 790-5800, kimmelcenter.org; (215) 893-1999, philorch.orgrnA beloved tradition, the Pennsylvania Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Academy of Music. Audiences follow Marie and her prince through a glistening snowy forest into the land of the Sugarplum Fairy, all while enjoying the sounds of the Philadelphia Boys Choir. December 11-31. Broad & Locust Streets, (215) 893-1999, paballet.orgrnOther Seasonal Celebrations:rnrnDuring the Penn Museum’s free annual Peace Around the World, visitors follow an itinerary that leads them through the galleries as speakers share holiday traditions of their home countries. The day includes international music and dancing, children’s choirs, exotic face painting, balloon art and treats. December 5. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museumrnThe holiday spirit goes beyond Christmas at the National Museum of American Jewish History, which presents Being __________at Christmas. The event invites families from every background to join in a day of music, games, dancing, children’s activities and crafts with The Clay Studio. December 25. 101 S. Independence Mall East, (215) 923-3811, nmajh.orgrnThe African American Museum in Philadelphia hosts a family-friendly Kwanzaa Celebration, with a candle-lighting ceremony, storytelling, music, crafts and other activities. People are encouraged to bring a canned good donation for Philabundance. December 26-27. 701 Arch Street, (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.orgrnRing In The New Year:rnrnRevelers with early bedtimes can party at Franklin Square’s Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown, featuring a 6 p.m. “square” drop, a dance party in the pavilion and a great view of the early fireworks show at Penn’s Landing. While there, partygoers can catch the Franklin-inspired Electrical Spectacle light show (see above description). December 31. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.orgrnMaritime merriment abounds on New Year’s Eve when the Independence Seaport Museum stays open late for the Annual Family Fireworks Viewing Party (4-7 p.m.) on the museum’s second-floor balcony. A sparkling cider toast and panoramic views of fireworks make it a festive, family-friendly affair. December 31. 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.orgrnPenn’s Landing is the place to ring in the New Year. SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront light up the sky over the Delaware River two times—at 6 p.m. and again at midnight. Folks can lace up their ice skates for the Holiday Party on Ice at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, featuring entertainment, party favors and great views. And the festivities inside the Winterfest tent add a cozy touch to the holiday celebration. December 31. Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, (215) 925-RINK, delawareriverevents.comrnThe Mummers Parade, the only-in-Philly tradition that dates back to 1901, is welcoming a whole new group of marchers to join them as they ring in the New Year. All the feathers, sequins, music and merriment that mark the festivities will still be on display, but now, in addition to the Comics, Wenches, Fancies, Fancy Brigades and String Bands, fans can cheer on the all-new Philadelphia Division with costumed participants representing the city’s many diverse cultures and ethnic groups. The String Bands will line up on Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 16th and 18th streets; the other divisions will line up on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 16th and 22nd streets. After the judging at City Hall, the groups leave their props behind and get down to some serious performing for the crowds as they head to Broad Street and march south to Washington Avenue. Revelers should arrive early for the best views along the parade route, but to catch the action from the judge’s stand, it’s best to purchase tickets ahead of time. Spectators can get even more Mummers glitz at the Fancy Brigade Finale competition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where clubs perform their Broadway-style music-and-dance routines for prizes and bragging rights. Tickets for parade bleacher seating at City Hall and for the Fancy Brigades are both available at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, rn(215) 965-7676, phlvisitorcenter.com; tickets for the competition at the Convention Center are also available at (800) 298-4200, comcasttix.comrnVISIT PHILADELPHIA® makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.rnrnOn Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.rnrnContact(s):rnDonna Schorr, (215) 599-0782rnE-mailPrintrnShare

Drexel University ranks Thirty Second and La Salle University ranks 28th of 50 Best Online Doctorates in Nursing Ranked by NonProfit Colleges Online

Students Before Profits Award: Best Online Doctorates in Nursing Ranked by NonProfit Colleges OnlinernrnRALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — NonProfit Colleges Online, a resource promoting nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs, has released the second doctorate ranking in their "Students Before Profits Award" ranking series. The ranking can be viewed here: http://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com/rankings/best-online-doctorates-in-nursing/ rnrnThe award was created to recognize colleges and universities that put "education before the bottom line," especially in the wake of much bad publicity surrounding online programs and the exposure of exploitative practices of for-profit education institutions. The Online Doctorates in Nursing Students Before Profits Award ranks the top 50 colleges and universities offering fully online or hybrid doctoral level programs in nursing according to their affordability. This ranking was limited to schools that are regionally accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies for colleges and schools, and that have lower than average tuition rates.rnrnThe ranking highlights both programs leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and programs leading to a PhD in Nursing. Both doctoral degrees are terminal, but differ in a few key ways. Both degrees are suitable for pursuing faculty positions at universities, though the PhD may provide more marketability for these positions, especially at research-intensive universities.rnrnThe lead editor of this ranking, Brett Gershon, says that, "the field of nursing has a very high demand due to a record high in shortage of nurses. Many positions are available in a wide variety of settings and these openings are only expected to grow in the coming years." Gershon goes on to state, "additionally, nurse educators at the college and university level are needed now more than ever. Because of the record shortage in nurses throughout the US, an estimated one million new and replacement nurses will be needed by the year 2020. Yet, nursing programs are turning qualified nursing candidates away each year because there aren't enough nursing educators to maintain strong training programs." Nurses with a terminal degree should have no trouble finding work as educators or administrators in healthcare settings, so pursuing a DNP or PhD can be a very smart move for practicing nurses. This ranking should serve as a valuable resource for locating flexible and affordable, quality programs of study which don't require practicing nurses to stop working or relocate to pursue a degree.rnrnComing in first in the ranking is the University of Arkansas with a low tuition of $14,500 – $15,600 for its MSN to DNP track. Indiana State University holds the second position in the ranking with a $15,132 estimated tuition for its DNP program. The University of South Alabama comes in third with a total estimated tuition of $15,630.rnrnOther colleges and universities that made the ranking are listed below in alphabetical order.rnrnBradley University – Peoria, IllinoisrnrnChatham University – Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniarnrnCollege of Saint Scholastica – Duluth, MinnesotarnrnConcordia University – Mequon, WisconsinrnrnDrexel University – Philadelphia, PennsylvaniarnrnDuquesne University – Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniarnrnGeorgia Southern University – Statesboro, GeorgiarnrnGraceland University – Lamoni, IowarnrnHampton University – Hampton, VirginiarnrnIdaho State University – Pocatello, IdahornrnLa Salle University – Philadelphia, PennsylvaniarnrnLiberty University – Lynchburg, VirginiarnrnLoma Linda University – Loma Linda, CaliforniarnrnLoyola University – Baltimore, MarylandrnrnMaryville University – Saint Louis, MissourirnrnMedical University of South Carolina – Charleston, South CarolinarnrnMercer University – Macon, GeorgiarnrnNew Mexico State University – Las Cruces, New MexicornrnNortheastern University – Boston, MassachusettsrnrnNova Southeastern University – Fort Lauderdale, FloridarnrnPennsylvania State University – State College, PennsylvaniarnrnRegis University – Denver, ColoradornrnSaint Louis University – St. Louis, MissourirnrnTexas Womanís University – Denton, TexasrnrnUniversity of Alberta – Edmonton, AlbertarnrnUniversity of Central Florida – Orlando, FloridarnrnUniversity of Colorado-Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs, ColoradornrnUniversity of Colorado Denver – Denver, ColoradornrnUniversity of Kansas – Lawrence, KansasrnrnUniversity of Maryland – Baltimore, MarylandrnrnUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherst – Amherst, MassachusettsrnrnUniversity of Michigan-Flint – Flint, MichiganrnrnUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center – Jackson, MississippirnrnUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City – Kansas City, MissourirnrnUniversity of Nevada-Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NevadarnrnUniversity of North Dakota – Grand Forks, North DakotarnrnUniversity of Northern Colorado – Greeley, ColoradornrnUniversity of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniarnrnUniversity of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, TexasrnrnUniversity of Texas-Tyler – Tyler, TexasrnrnUniversity of Utah – Salt Lake City, UtahrnrnUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Milwaukee, WisconsinrnrnUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – Oshkosh, WisconsinrnrnWalsh University – North Canton, OhiornrnWashington State University – Pullman, WashingtonrnrnWest Virginia University – Morgantown, West VirginiarnrnWilkes University – Wilkes-Barre, PennsylvaniarnrnContact:rnBrett GershonrnEditor, NonProfit Colleges Online rnhttp://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com rn763.503.0162rnrnSOURCE NonProfit Colleges OnlinernrnRelated Linksrnrnhttp://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com

Electing Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices: Bankrolling the Bench on The American Law Journal Philadelphia CNN-News Affiliate WFMZ-TV: Video online http://www.LawJournalTV.com

Program panel suggests in light of the Court’s porn e-mail scandal, corruption charges and historic fundraising, it is time to stop electing judges.rn

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rn(PRWEB) OCTOBER 23, 2015rnrnNow available online, watch The American Law Journal address "Electing Supreme Court Judges: Justice for Sale?”rnJoining host Christopher Naughton are Hank Grezlak, Editor-in-Chief of The Legal Intelligencer, Lynn Marks, Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern rnrnCourts, appellate lawyer, "How Appealing" blogger Howard Bashman and former chief U.S. District judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Hon. Edward N. Cahn of Blank Rome.rnrn"Right now we are painted with the brush of 'kids for cash,' pornography here in Philadelphia, indictments in Allegheny county” states Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidate Judge Michael George. “We have just got to change what we are doing.”rnrn“This is also an historic election because of the historic number of openings,” says candidate Judge Kevin Dougherty. “The last time there were three vacancies on the court was 1704. William Penn was governor of Pennsylvania and the monarch of England selected the candidates."rnSome question whether it’s time to ditch judicial elections altogether. Thus far the seven candidates have collectively raised over $5 million. “Judges need to spend money and secure contributions from lawyers to get elected to their office,” says Judge Cahn. “It should be ended.”rnThe American Law Journal was nominated for four Mid-Atlantic Emmy® awards in 2015 and winner of the interview/discussion program category. The program is celebrating twenty-five years on the air and has been hosted by former New Jersey prosecutor and trial attorney Christopher Naughton since its first program in 1990.rnrnBroadcasting Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. on the Philadelphia CNN- News affiliate WFMZ-TV to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and online, the program discusses consumer, business and Constitutional issues with attorneys, law professors, judges, elected officials and others to shed light on current legal news and how the system impacts the everyday lives of citizens. rn rnPrograms are live or taped in studio and on location. Archived programs can be viewed at http://www.LawJournalTV.com.

New Restaurants & Inventive Menus In Philadelphia’s Gayborhood & Beyond

Spots Pop Up & Out In The Gayborhood, Rittenhouse Square, Queen Village & Other Neighborhoodsrn

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rnPhiladelphia’s dining scene continues to draw national accolades for its quality and variety, from innovative gastropubs to inviting wine bars to new twists on Italian and other ethnic cuisines. Everyone is welcome at the table, whether the restaurants are located in the heart of the Gayborhood in Center City or one of its adjacent up-and-coming neighborhoods. Here are some of the city’s newest spots that are popular with the LGBT community:rnrnGayborhood:rnrnBud & Marilyn’s, a retro-inspired restaurant-bar, is the latest hotspot from business and life partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Inspired by Turney’s restaurateur grandparents, the restaurant serves new takes on American classics like meatloaf, the wedge salad and chop suey, paired with cocktails like the Blinker, a whiskey sour made with rye, and Marilyn’s O-F, a brandy old-fashioned. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2220, budandmarilyns.comrnBig Gay Ice Cream, which started as a food truck in New York City, has quickly become a Philly favorite, via inventive concoctions like the Bea Arthur (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche and crushed Nilla Wafers) and the Mermaid (key lime pie curd and graham-cracker crumbs layered with ice cream and whipped cream). 521 S. Broad Street (entrance on South Street), (267) 886-8024, biggayicecream.comrnScratch Biscuits promises down-home food that’s perfect for late-night munchies. Gluten-free and regular biscuits supply the foundation for breakfast sandwiches (Pennsylvania Dutchman: homemade sausage, apple butter, grilled onion and cheddar), lunch sandwiches (Kentucky Klassic: Benton’s country ham, house pickles and pimento cheese) and sweet biscuit puddings (Fluffernutter; Nutella). 1306 Chestnut Street, (267) 930-3727, eatscratchbiscuits.comrnSome 20 diverse wines by the glass, a raw bar and a selection of small plates such as fried goat cheese and bacon-wrapped dates will be the signature elements of Tredici Enoteca, which is set to open this fall along the bustling 13th Street corridor across from sibling pizzeria Zavino. 114 S. 13th Street, zavinohospitalitygroup.comrnQueen Village & Bella Vista:rnrnChef Joncarl Lachman and his spouse, Bob Moyson, have followed up their popular Scandinavian-themed bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot Noord with Neuf, a bar-restaurant exploring the cuisines of Southern France and Northern Africa. The menu spans small plates, including a cauliflower salad and stuffed quail, to larger dishes meant for sharing, like the bouillabaisse du jour and a Moroccan-style tagine with vegetables, chicken or lamb. 943 S. 9th Street, (215) 309-5847, neufphilly.comrnCoeur (which means “heart” in French) is a warm and inviting gastro-pub near the Italian Market that takes its inspiration from Montreal and Quebec. Think dishes like a grilled zucchini and pattypan squash tart; a house burger topped with brown gravy, cheese curds and potato skins; and turbot with Parisian-style gnocchi in a lemon beurre blanc. 8th Street at Christian Street, (215) 922-6387, coeurphilly.comrnFor approachable American fare with sophisticated touches, look no further than Whetstone Tavern, a new restaurant-bar from chef Jeremy Nolen and partner Doug Hager. This time around, Nolen has branched out from the signature German fare of his Brauhaus Schmitz to offer a rotating menu of seasonal dishes like pan-seared Icelandic cod with littleneck clams; a 12-ounce pork chop with sharp provolone, polenta and prosciutto; and his take on the classic pepper pot soup. 700 S. 5th Street, (267) 239-0906, whetstonetavern.comrnChef Scott Schroeder’s creativity knows no limits and soon, with the fall opening of Hungry Pigeon on Fabric Row, he’ll add an all-day café to his restaurant portfolio. That means counter service for breakfast (pastries, egg sandwiches and quiches) and lunch (salads, sandwiches and soups) and table service for dinner (small to mid-sized plates with a focus on vegetables). 743 S. 4th Street, hungrypigeonphilly.comrnRittenhouse Square:rnrnNo such thing as too much of a good thing, and Pizzeria Vetri’s new Rittenhouse Square branch proves the point. The original location’s char-freckled crusts are replicated here, with the same delicious toppings (Tonno: Sicilian tuna, onion, peperoncino; Salsiccia: fennel sausage, roasted fennel), along with the same inventive salads, creamy soft serve ice cream and bottled cocktails. 1615 Chancellor Street, (215) 763-3760, pizzeriavetri.comrnThe only thing missing from the city’s vast taco scene? A great vegan option. Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg has remedied that issue with the opening of Bar Bombón in Rittenhouse Square, two doors from her flagship fast food restaurant. 133 S. 18th Street, (267) 606-6612, barbombon.comrnEast Passyunk/South Philly:rnrnPassyunk’s Stargazy is an authentic British-style pie shop from London-bred chef Sam Jacobson. On offer are a selection of savories (traditional beef and onion, roasted vegetable), which can be paired with jellied or stewed eels, and sweets (peach pie, sticky banoffee pudding). Diners can wash it all down with a cup of complimentary tea. 1838 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 309-2761rnLongtime favorite Triangle Tavern has been revived by the same team behind nearby Cantina Los Caballitos and Royal Tavern. The menu offers hearty portions of South Philadelphia-style classics, including spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna, both of which can be prepared vegan; spicy linguini and clams; and eggplant Parmigiana. Classic cocktails, craft beers by the bottle, can and draft, and adult water ice in flavors like mango and raspberry round out the drink offerings. 1338 S. 10th Street, (215) 800-1992, triangletavernphilly.comrnEvery neighborhood needs solid brunch, lunch and dinner options. Penn sport gets all three with Fourth and Cross, where the farm-to-table menu focuses on simple, accessible eats like pancakes, burgers, pot pies and an oyster po’boy, plus a six-layer chocolate cake that is baked on the premises. 1527 S. 4th Street, (215) 551-5200, fourthandcross.comrn rn VISIT PHILADELPHIA® makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.rnrnOn Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.rnrnContact(s):rnDonna Schorr, (215) 599-0782rnE-mailPrintrnShare

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Booking.com Reveals the Top 7 Emerging Food Capitals in the USrn

rnThe latest trending food destinations in America as rated by Booking.com travelersrn

rnNEW YORK, October 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –rnrnBooking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, announces the top 7 emerging food capitals in the U.S. New data according to the experts – Booking.com travelers – confirms several U.S. cities that are pushing New York, San Francisco and New Orleans off their perch.rnrn"There's no doubt that there's something exciting about discovering the newest, hidden gem foodie capitals," says Leslie Cafferty, VP of Communications at Booking.com. Booking.com used review data that shows where travelers are rating highly for food in the U.S. "The number of incoming food endorsements we've seen so far in 2015 in most of these cities is more than three times what we saw in 2013."rnrnOff the beaten plate, there's a chance to experience the places where the culinary scene is taking off and bringing new concepts, ingredients and tastes to the table.rnrnAshevillernrnFor such a small mountain city, Asheville is garnering a huge amount of praise for its creative and buzzing culinary scene. An entrepreneurial ambience means a rapidly-growing selection of new restaurants, farmers' markets and foodie start-ups, producing everything from artisanal cheese to chocolate and preserves. And a visit to Asheville's grand Biltmore Estate, a châteauesque mansion built by the mighty Vanderbilt family in 1895, is great to explore once you can't eat anymore.rnrn (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151022/279801 )rnWhat To Try rnrnThe craft beer movement has really taken off here so order everything with a pint of local brew. Chai Pani, an Indian streetfood-style hotspot, was recommended by several Booking.com travelers and has been featured in GQ and the New York Times. And stop off at the Gourmet Chip Company to try the irresistible Napa (lavender honey, blue cheese crumbles, sea salt) or Parisian (white truffles, herbed goat cheese, sea salt) potato chips.rnrnSavannahrnrnOozing Southern charm, the historic coastal city of Savannah is hardly new on the tourist trail. Its grand colonial architecture, pretty squares and parks filled with magnolia blossoms have been attracting visitors for years. But its food endorsements from Booking.com customers have been growing at such a rate that it is now a big player on the U.S. foodie scene. Its culinary prowess lies largely in its seafood offering (Savannah crab cakes are the stuff of dreams) but also in its high standard of home comfort food eateries.rnrn (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151022/279808 )rnWhat To Try rnrnBack in the Day Bakery is a prime example of traditional Southern fare with a menu offering enticing baked goods such as Bourbon Bread Pudding and Chocolate Heaven Cupcakes. The bakery also serves savory specialties, heavily featuring bacon in true Savannah style. Booking.com reviewers lauded Mrs. Wilkes restaurant, where bbq pork, sweet potato soufflé, fried chicken and other Southern classics are served up buffet-style.rnrnSanta FernrnAs the second-oldest city in the U.S., New Mexico's eccentric capital has spent centuries developing a vibrant culinary culture blending the best of Native American, mainstream American and Mexican flavors. While staying true to its chili and chorizo roots, Santa Fe also offers a dynamic dining scene with new restaurants constantly cropping up and lots of mouth-watering street food.rnrn (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151022/279807 )rnWhat To Try rnrnThe restaurant scene in Santa Fe is buzzing with diverse eateries but places that feature local specialties like stacked, blue corn enchiladas came highly recommended by Booking.com customers. At Second Street Brewery, the menu is a medley of local classics like habanero-citrus bbq wings and a selection of New Mexican cheeses, with plenty of craft brews to choose from.rnrnPhiladelphiarnrnPhiladelphia may still be associated with its iconic fast foods – namely cheesesteaks and pretzels – but over the last decade or so, the city's culinary culture has blossomed. Thanks in no small part to its rich ethnic fabric, this energetic urban culinary hotbed plays host to a strong selection of cuisine, from quintessential Italian and French food to a growing network of high caliber Japanese restaurants.rnrn (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151022/279806 )rnWhat To Try rnrnThe Italian Market on 9th Street is a real gem for fresh ingredients and local produce, as is the downtown Reading Terminal farmer's market, located on the ground floor of a former train shed. This bustling foodie heaven came highly recommended by Booking.com customers; in particular the donuts, ice creams and Italian-style pulled pork sandwiches.rnrnHonolulurnrnThe recent boom in farmer's markets means that Honolulu is quickly becoming known for more than just its pineapple production. Young and creative chefs are utilizing the island's natural resources and reimagining traditional recipes to launch a culinary revolution. Island living and a laidback culture still prevail in this tropical paradise, but now visitors that come for the surf and sand, stay for the food.rnrn (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151022/279802 )rnWhat To Try rnrnYama's Fish Market is local Hawaiian food at its best with a vast selection of fresh fish, meat and specialties such as the gorgeous haupia (Hawaiian coconut pudding). Look out for culinary pop-ups from celebrated chefs that are appearing all over the city, particularly in the newly redeveloped, trendy district of Kakaako. And if you're looking to cool down in the Hawaiian heat, Shave ice – the local dessert of choice – will work wonders.rnrnHoustonrnrnStep aside Austin, Houston is now regularly touted as the new 'it' city in Texas, a trend backed up by its significant recent growth in Booking.com food endorsements. From high-end dining to quirky cafés and restaurants, the city's eclectic culinary offerings are sophisticated yet still unpretentious and fun.rnrn (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151022/279803 )rnWhat To Try rnrnThe ante has been noticeably upped by ambitious chefs changing the foodie landscape, such as Bryan Caswell with his restaurant Reef, offering an unprecedented variety of seafood for Houston. The city also has the finest of Vietnamese, Chinese and Hispanic cuisines, plus a stand out Italian restaurant, Coltivare, where ingredients are harvested from the restaurant's on-site garden. And for Indian, the incredible bistro Pondicheri serves up a blissful breakfast 'thali', a typical round platter of various Indian dishes.rnrnMontereyrnrnA lesser known foodie destination than nearby San Francisco, the picturesque seaside city of Monterey has seen huge recent growth in Booking.com food endorsements. It goes without saying that the city's seafood is its forte, often making it from boat to table in just a few hours. But Booking.com customers also noted that between the old part of the town, fisherman's wharf and Cannery Row, there's a high concentration of impressive dining options.rnrn (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151022/279804 )rnWhat To Try rnrnAlthough Cannery Row-the strip that gave its name to the 1945 John Steinbeck novel-is both atmospheric and full of diverse restaurants, it can be a tad touristy. If you fancy going further afield, you'll come across yet more interesting options. Restaurant 1883 (recommended by Booking.com customers) is now known for farm-fresh, James-Beard-nominated food such as tuna belly tartate with black garlic puree, Granny Smith apple with wasabi, yuzu vinaigrette and sliced serrano peppers.rnrnAbout Booking.com:rnrnBooking.com is the world leader in booking hotel and other accommodations online. It guarantees the best prices for any type of property – from small independents to five-star luxury. Guests can access the Booking.com website anytime, anywhere from their desktops, mobile phones and tablet devices, and they don't pay booking fees – ever. The Booking.com website is available in 42 languages, offers over 805,000 hotels and accommodations including more than 370,000 vacation rental properties and covers nearly 84,000 destinations in 221 countries and territories worldwide. It features over 60M reviews written by guests after their stay, and attracts online visitors from both leisure and business markets around the globe. With over 19 years of experience and a team of over 10,000 dedicated employees in 170 offices worldwide, Booking.com operates its own in-house customer service team, which is available 24/7 to assist guests in their native languages and ensure an exceptional customer experience.rnrnEstablished in 1996, Booking.com B.V. owns and operates Booking.comâ„¢, and is part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN). Follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest, like us on Facebook, or learn more at http://www.booking.com.rnrnrnSOURCE Booking.com

Actress Noree Victoria to Greet Fans @ Premiere of “A Place in Hell” During Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

Premiere will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2015rn

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rnPHILADELPHIA, PA (PRWEB) OCTOBER 21, 2015rnrnContact: Devon M. Allen, (267) 258-6861, Devon(dot)Allen(at)verizon(dot)netrnrnMEDIA ADVISORYrnrnActress Noree Victoria to Greet Fans @ Premiere of “A Place in Hell” During Philadelphia Independent Film FestivalrnrnA nearly sold-out screening of the much anticipated psychological thriller, “A Place in Hell”, will draw audiences near and far for a special premiere and Q&A with the director and cast at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.rnrnWritten and directed by David Boorboor, and starring Lewis Smith and Noree Victoria, ‘A Place in Hell’ was inspired by real-life serial killer Harrison Graham, reimagined as Harrison Graves, who stalks and slays college filmmakers shooting a movie at a haunted local attraction.rnrnFeel free to view the link to the trailer: https://vimeo.com/109543892. Limited tickets are available for purchase online: http://piff.ticketmob.com/event.cfm?cart&showTimingID=116338.rnrnConnect with Noree (@noreevictoria) via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.rnrnWHO: Actress Noree Victoria & Philadelphia Independent Film FestivalrnrnWHAT: Film Screening Premiere – “A Place in Hell”rnrnWHERE: The University of the Arts, Levitt Theater, 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PArnrnWHEN: Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m.rnrn###