Month: February 2016

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Theo tin WeddingWirernrnLeading Global Wedding Planning Site Releases Comprehensive Data on Today’s Wedding IndustryrnrnCHEVY CHASE, MD–February 29, 2016 WeddingWire, Inc., the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with wedding and event professionals, released today the results of its 2015 Newlywed Report– the company’s largest analysis of newlyweds to date. The report is based on a comprehensive survey survey of 6,000 WeddingWire couples who revealed insight on the use of technology throughout the planning process, spending habits, influences and challenges. Uniquely, the 2015 Newlywed Report crosses over the traditional wedding boundaries and includes data from same-sex weddings, as well as, second (plus) weddings.rnrn“The average cost of a wedding remains close to $30,000, with couples spending roughly $250 per guest to attend,” said Andy Whittaker, Director of Market Insights at WeddingWire. “Couples tell us that determining a budget is their top challenge and they are increasingly looking to mobile tools to help with overall planning. With an average of 13 months from engagement to wedding day, brides and grooms should start planning as early as possible to ensure they secure their desired dates and preferred vendors.”rnrnThe 2015 Newlywed Report details statistics and trends across the entire wedding planning process from pre-engagement to the big day itself. Key findings from this year’s report include:rnrnAverage number of wedding guests: 120rnAverage spend on engagement ring: $4,758rnAverage wedding ceremony/reception cost: $28,958rnAverage spend on honeymoon: $3,882rnMost expensive markets to get married in:rn–New York Cityrnrn–San Franciscornrn–Chicagornrn–Bostonrnrn–Philadelphiarnrn–Washington DCrnrn–Los AngelesrnrnAverage wedding costs in the 5 largest metro areas:rn–New York City: $47,153rnrn–Los Angeles: $34,289rnrn–Chicago: $37,153rnrn–Houston: $32,614rnrn–Philadelphia: 34,982rnrnThe most popular days to get engaged:rnrn–Christmas Dayrnrn–Valentine’s Dayrnrn–Christmas Evernrn–New Year's DayrnrnAverage engagement period length: 13 months rnThe most popular months to get married:rn–Junernrn–Mayrnrn–Septemberrnrn–Octoberrnrn–Augustrnrn–JulyrnrnPlanning time spent online: 80%rnOnline resources used for planning:rnrn–66% use a checklistrnrn–59% created a wedding websiternrn–40% created a wedding hashtagrnrnMost important factors for couples deciding to contact a vendor:rn–Pricernrn–Reviewsrnrn–Availabilityrnrn–LocationrnrnAverage spend by vendor category:rn–Venue: $8,798rnrn–Catering: $6,877rnrn–Band: $3,848rnrn–Photography: $2,435rnrn–Rehearsal Dinner: $1,935rnrnCouples are increasingly tailoring their wedding day to express their personal style and customs. “From fashion and decor to catering and entertainment, WeddingWire tracks the style trends of the moment that we expect to see continue into 2016,” said Kim Forrest, Wedding Trend Expert and Editor at WeddingWire.rnrn–Decor: metallic hues of gold and copper, floral arrangements with lots of greenery (particularly eucalyptus,) “love” signage in lights or flowers hanging in unexpected placesrnrn–Fashion: low necklines and backs, sheer paneling, grooms in cobalt/midnight blue suitsrnrn–Catering: hometown cuisine (e.g., mini Philly cheesesteaks or SoCal fish tacos)rnrn–Dessert: cakes with textured white buttercream over fondant, donutsrnrn–Entertainment: photo/GIF booths, first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (the 2016 Grammy Song of the Year)rnrnAbout WeddingWire’s 2015 Newlywed Report rnThe 2015 Newlywed Report consists of data collected from WeddingWire’s annual Newlywed Survey, distributed to registered WeddingWire couples married between January 1st and December 31st, 2015. Respondents represent couples from all over the United States with various ages, ethnicities, household incomes and sexual orientation. rnIn 2015, WeddingWire conducted research with nearly 150,000 brides, grooms, wedding guests, family members and wedding/event professionals. Research can be found at WeddingWire, Inc rnWeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 2.5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 14 countries in North America, Latin America and Europe, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including,, and more. The company employs more than 750 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.rnrnContact:rnLauren rn301.231.9473rnrn###

Philly Tastes Like Fried Chicken (Sandwiches)

Theo tin rnrnPhiladelphia Eateries Turn Out Both Creative &Traditional Takes On The Fast-Food Staplern


rnScratch BiscuitsrnHistorically, Philadelphia has been associated with long roll lunches—cheesesteaks and hoagies and roast pork—but these days, there’s another sandwich crowing for attention: fried chicken. And Philly-area kitchens are turning out this sandwich in all forms: with hot sauce and blue cheese, melted cheese and aioli, slaw and pickles and loads of other variations. Here are a few of the zestiest versions currently ruling the roost:rnrnChicken City In Philly:rnrnSome of the most creative sandwiches around emerge from the strip-mall eatery The Blue Duck in Northeast Philadelphia. The delectable fried chicken includes ranch red cabbage slaw, spicy pickles and a soft brioche bun. 2859 Holme Avenue, (267) 686-4687, blueduckphilly.comrnThe Nashville hot buns at Midtown Village’s retro Bud & Marilyn’s might easily be called fried chicken sliders. Ranch dressing, slaw and pickles balance out the hot sauce buzz for an addictively flavorful first course. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2220, budandmarilyns.comrnN’awlins-leaning Catahoula Bar & Restaurant actually goes north for chicken sandwich inspiration. The Kickin’ Buffalo Chicken features blue cheese, house buffalo sauce and basil buttermilk dressing. 775 S. Front Street, (215) 271-9300, catahoulaphilly.comrnLeave it to Mt. Airy to create the area’s first fried chicken sandwich with kale. Served at Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange, it is balanced out by a potato bun, honey and Tabasco mayo. 7152 Germantown Avenue, (267) 766-2502, grainexchangephilly.comrnThe winning formula at Northern Liberties’ El Camino Real starts with a Martin’s seeded bun. Layers of Bibb lettuce, pickles, mayo and tender buttermilk-fried chicken combine for an end result of delicious. 1040 N. 2nd Street, (215) 925-1110, elcaminophilly.comrnWhen he opened The Fat Ham in University City a few years back, celeb Chef Kevin Sbraga brought Philly its first taste of Nashville-style hot chicken. Those stingingly delicious sliders, topped with dill, pickles and ranch sauce, remain among the most popular items on the menu. 3131 Walnut Street, (215) 735-1914, for Spruce Street Harbor Park’s summer season, Federal Donuts’ signature sandwich with buttermilk ranch-spiced chicken, American cheese, dill pickles and spicy Rooster sauce on a Martin’s potato roll ignited a full-blown craze. Now, the shop’s outposts around the city can’t seem to make enough to sate demand. 1632 Sansom Street, (215) 665-1101; 1219 S. 2nd Street, (267) 687-8258, 701 N. 7th Street, (267) 928-3893; 3428 Sansom Street, (267) 275-8489, federaldonuts.comrnSome chicken sandwich cravers want to hold the chicken, and for them, HipCityVeg provides the perfect solution. The Crispy HipCity Ranch swaps in a battered meatless substitute, along with peppercorn ranch dressing and even an option to make the whole shebang Buffalo-style. 127 S. 18th Street, (215) 278-7605; 214 S. 40th Street, (267) 244-4342, hipcityveg.comrnThe Hillbilly Philly chicken sandwich at Pennsport bar The Industry invites patrons to embrace their inner bumpkin. The cheddar biscuits, hot sauce and sausage gravy on top make it one of the most tempting dishes coming out of the kitchen. 1401 E. Moyamensing Avenue, (215) 271-9500, theindustrybar.comrnKhyber Pass Pub does its po’boy two ways: The fried chicken comes in both vegan and carnivorous incarnations. Either way, it’s dressed with creole mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a New Orleans-born Leidenheimer roll. 56 S. 2nd Street, (215) 238-5888, khyberpasspub.comrnA Southern influence comes to bear on Little Lion’s ode to the chick-wich. Pimento cheese, buttermilk ranch and heirloom tomato drape the country-fried breast, and everything is nestled in a baguette. 243 Chestnut Street, (267) 273-0688, thelittlelionphilly.comrnCrispy chicken, bacon, tomato and guacamole come together harmoniously at North 3rd. The Northern Liberties gastropub serves its memorable concoction with expertly made fries. rn801 N. 3rd Street, (215) 413-3666, norththird.comrnAlthough its beef and pork items draw more attention, Paesano’s makes a mean chicken sandwich. Spicy tenders are loaded with salami, roasted tomato, broccoli rabe, herbed cheddar spread and sharp provolone cheese. 152 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 886-9556; 1017 S. 9th Street, (215) 440-0371, paesanosphillystyle.comrnAdding its own spin to the genre, South Philly bruncherie Porto turns out Yo Cuz—chicken between two cheddar waffles. Also tucked inside: bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato and an intriguing jalapeño maple yogurt butter glaze. 1301 S. 11th Street, (267) 928-3956rnThe Fried Chicken Picnic Biscuit at Scratch Biscuits practically demands a checkered tablecloth in its honor. Cabbage slaw, cayenne ranch dressing, corn relish and a buttery biscuit turn this chicken into a holiday all its own. 1306 Chestnut Street, (267) 930-3727, eatscratchbiscuits.comrnWhen Shake Shack veers away from its burger and dog formula, it’s for good reason. The Chick’n Shack combines a crispy chicken breast with lettuce, pickles and buttermilk herb mayo on a soft potato bun. 2000 Sansom Street, (215) 809-1742; 3200 Chestnut Street, (267) 338-3464; 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, (267) 428-7560, shakeshack.comrnFried chicken comes in many forms at The Twisted Tail, including the sandwich crowning the lunch menu. Toasted ciabatta sets the stage for buttermilk-soaked chicken topped with melted Cabot cheddar. 509 S. 2nd Street, (215) 558-2471, thetwistedtail.comrnMust-Taste Sandwiches In The Region:rnrnEvery gastropub needs a reputable sandwich, and Brick & Brew Pub in Havertown, Delaware County goes the extra mile. A buttermilk fried chicken sandwich gets gussied up with vinegar slaw and garlic-chili aioli. 2138 Darby Road, Havertown, (484) 455-7250, bricknbrewpub.comrnAt fancy farm-to-table spot Mainland Inn in Harleysville, Montgomery County, north meets south for its lunchtime sandwich. A fluffy biscuit cradles fried chicken, hot sauce and bleu cheese. 17 Mainland Road, Harleysville, (484) 704-2600, mainlandinn.comrnThe reverent Southern Cross Kitchen chicken sandwich sticks to the simplicity of the classic. Of course, buttermilk-fried chicken breast, pickles and mayo hardly need adornment. 8 E. 1st Avenue, Conshohocken, (484) 344-5668, southerncrosskitchen.comrnWhen an eatery specializes in fried chicken, as West Philly’s Wishbone does, the possibilities for sandwich combos are limitless. They range from The Southern (coleslaw, pickles and tomato marmalade) to The Cordon Bleu (chorizo, Swiss cheese and honey mustard) to The Dirty Bird (chili, barbecue sauce, pickled jalapeño and provolone). 4034 Walnut Street, (215) 921-3204, wishbonephilly.comrn rnVISIT 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, and, make up the most-visited website network out of the 10 biggest U.S. cities. 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.

What’s In The Pennsport & East Passyunk Neighborhoods?

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rnRestaurants, Bars, Cafes, Shops, Salons, Parks & Recreation In South Philadelphia's Pennsport & East Passyunk Avenue NeighborhoodsrnrnMarra’srnFor decades, insiders have flocked to South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, especially on the food front, with many new restaurants opening and gaining enormous acclaim from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine and Eater, an influential online outlet that put East Passyunk eateries in nine of the top 10 spots on the winter 2016 edition of its Eater 38 list of essential Philadelphia’s restaurants.rnrnVisitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and Japanese fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this street famous—not to mention the two across-the-street cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks. Generally, the area known as East Passyunk stretches from Washington Avenue in the north to McKean Street in the south, plus a few blocks east and west of the street.rnrnJust a few steps east is Pennsport, a neighborhood bordered by the Delaware River to the east, 4th Street to the west, Washington Avenue to the north and Snyder Avenue to the south, though the borders are subject to debate. An area home to Mummers’ clubhouses (note: Be there on New Year’s Day) and historically blue-collar families, Pennsport is experiencing the beginnings of its own revitalization, complete with a healthy lineup of new bars, coffee shops and restaurants.rnrnNeighborhood tips, itineraries and maps are available at’s a look at the people and places making these neighborhoods worth a visit:rnrnPEOPLE WHO MAKE THE NEIGHBORHOODS GREAT:rnrnNancy Trachtenberg – This longtime restaurant server and bartender was a South Philly pioneer when she opened her first corner coffee shop, Binna’s Café, at 8th and Wharton Streets in 2004. Four years later, the single mom debuted B2 at East Passyunk Avenue and Dickinson Street. In 2015, she opened Benna’s West, a couple blocks away on South Broad Street in the emergent Newbold neighborhood. Though each coffee shop is unique, they all offer classic to creative drinks, great sandwiches and hip, artsy vibes. (267) 334-9204, nancytrachtenberg@gmail.comrnFrancis Cratil Cretarola – The Le Virtù and Brigantessa co-owner used his degrees in history and creative writing and his Florence- and Rome-based Italian studies to establish authentic Abruzzi dining at the base of East Passyunk Avenue in 2007. He and co-owner and wife Cathy Lee have lived in East Passyunk since 1996 and have made it their business to connect Le Virtù’s cuisine to that of their neighbors with Italian roots. In 2014, the couple joined chef Joe Cicala in debuting Brigantessa, featuring pastas, pizzas and other dishes from Southern Italy. (215) 300-8291, levirtuphila@gmail.comrnSara Villari – An architect by degree, Villari is better known for her silk-screen designs, sold in her East Passyunk design-minded gift shop Occasionette. A longtime supporter and onetime resident of South Philly, she relocated her studio to the neighborhood in 2010 and opened her destination shop, stocking artisan-made items, fabulous cards and gift wrap, a few years later. (215) 465-1704, sara@occaasionette.comrnAlbert Stumm – Editor and creator of the blog Passyunk Post, Stumm saw his sideline project garner its 500,000th hit in 2015. The neighborhood resident and Associated Press desk editor and reporter runs a team that covers breaking neighborhood news, heavy on South Philadelphia’s housing market, restaurants and retail happenings. (267) 974-9556, punk@passyunkpost.comrnBob Logue – If it weren’t for this guy, Philly would be without the now famous Federal Donuts. The Pennsport resident, who owns Center City’s two Bodhi Coffees, spotted an old Pennsport pizza parlor and pulled in partners Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov to create the first of the city’s five-and-growing doughnut-and-fried chicken sensations. A native of the city’s Frankford section, Logue, a father of twin girls, moved to Pennsport in 2004 in order to become part of “the neighborhood that time forgot.” (215) 605-5360, bobby@bohdicoffeephila.comrnEAST PASSYUNK AVENUE:rnThose coming from Center City can walk (30 minutes from City Hall), take a cab or hop on the subway. For the underground option, people take the Broad Street Line, which runs north and south along Broad Street, south to the Tasker/Morris or Snyder stations, depending on the destination. Bus devotees can take the Route 23 option, which rides south on 12th Street and crosses Passyunk Avenue.rnrnEat & Drink:rnrnAdobe Cafe – This Southwest-style, vegetarian-friendly abode features house-made sangria, generous happy hour specials and karaoke every Saturday night. Sports enthusiasts practically get a front-row seat to the game from any spot at the U-shaped bar. 1919 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 551-2243, adobecafephilly.comrnBing Bing Dim Sum – Turnip cakes, soup dumplings and mushroom-stuffed bao buns are among the hot items on this popular small-plates eatery’s menu, where inventive Asian cocktails come by the glass or pitcher, and the walls are covered in original cartoons. (215) 279-7702, bingbingdimsum.comrnBirra – Somewhere between a gastropub and pizza parlor is Birra, serving an assortment of thin-crust pizza (including the head-turning mac-and-cheese pizza), panini (try the grilled cheeses) and antipasti, as well as an impressive list of craft beers. Plenty of sidewalk seating adds to the modest table count and provides a view of the avenue. 1700 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 324-3127, birraphilly.comrnBrigantessa – Napoletana wood-fired pizza are Chef Joe Cicala’s precise specialty at this two-floor eatery. The Gianni Acunto oven has earned a rep as the best in the world, and the “Regina” pie made with Burrata and Piennolo tomatoes permanently alter diners’ views of the casual fare. 1520 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 318-7341, brigantessaphila.comrnCantina Los Caballitos – Much like its younger sibling, Cantina Dos Segundos in Northern Liberties, the original Cantina cooks up modern twists on Mexican dishes, such as vegan fajitas and mahi mahi tacos—fare that washes down perfectly with a tequila flight or specialty margarita. In warmer months, the outdoor patio draws a huge crowd. 1651 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 755-3550, cantinaloscaballitos.comrnFond – Diners relax and indulge in New American cuisine—and a view of the Singing Fountain—at this stalwart bistro, focusing on inventive flavors and eye-catching presentations. Those who save room are rewarded with decadent desserts and French-press coffee. 1537 S. 11th Street, (215) 551-5000, fondphilly.comrnFountain Porter – The 20 craft brews on tap are best enjoyed at the wooden indoor picnic tables at this corner bar, especially when paired with the simple meat and cheese plates—or $5 cheeseburger—on the concise menu. The beer list changes weekly, so patrons can count on reasons to come back often. 1601 S. 10th Street, fountainporter.comrnFrancoLuigi’s Pizzeria/High Note Café – People visit the High Note Café for a side of live opera or piano with their house-made gnocchi. Owner Franco Borda, also known as “The Singing Chef,” will have it no other way. The family-owned restaurant serves up authentic Italian cuisine in the musical dining room and crave-worthy pizzas, sandwiches and beer in the attached FrancoLuigi’s Pizzeria. 1549 S. 13th Street, (215) 755-8903 (High Note), (215) 755-8900 (FrancoLuigi’s), francoluigis.comrnFuel – West Coast influence shines through the menu at this health-conscious cafe, where all the fresh options—from smoothies to panini—come in under 500 calories. Healthy brunchers indulge in protein-packed fare such as the frittata made with organic eggs. Additional locations in Center City and Ardmore. 1917 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 468-3835 (FUEL), fuelphilly.comrnGarage – Canned craft beers, pinball and Skee ball make this former auto repair shop-turned-watering hole a pretty cool hangout. Then again, the rotating roster of chefs working the bar’s in-house food truck draws food-loving patrons too. 1231-1233 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 278-2429, garagephilly.comrnGennaro’s Tomato Pies – Owned by Mike Giammarino, who also owns Lombardi’s in New York City’s Little Italy, this Passyunk Square newcomer channels 1950s Italian-American kitsch with tiled floors, neon signs and old photos, and delivers some of the neighborhood’s most straightforward and delicious pizzas, including to-die-for pesto and classic whole-milk mozzarella red pie. 1533 S. 11th Street, (215) 463-5070rnGeno’s Steaks – People line up around the block for Philly’s iconic sandwich at this neon-lit cheesesteak shop, which famously shares an intersection with rival Pat’s King of Steaks. At both 24/7 joints (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas only), locals know the ordering lingo: specify the cheese (provolone, American or Whiz) and “wit” or without onions. 1219 S. 9th Street, (215) 389-0659, genosteaks.comrnGreen Eggs Cafe – The Passyunk-area outpost of this brunch spot serves whopping portions of breakfast and lunch favorites to a full house every day of the week. Loyal patrons love its eco-friendly sensibilities, local produce (including herbs right from the roof) and menu for both meat-eaters and vegans. 1306 Dickinson Street, (215) 226-3447 (EGGS), greeneggscafe.comrnIzumi – The owners of nearby restaurant Paradiso created South Philly’s answer to posh sushi spots. The Japanese bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot looks out to the Singing Fountain, where diners can eat in the warmer months. Though the extensive menu pleases all sushi lovers, the inventive small plates, such as rock shrimp tempura, impress adventurous diners. 1601 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-1222, izumiphilly.comrnLaurel – Top Chef season 11 winner Nick Elmi helms this pint-sized BYOB, where he’s known for his painstakingly inventive menu of French-inspired local fare, including a seasonal version of the ricotta gnudi as seen on TV. 1617 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-8299, restaurantlaurel.comrnLe Virtù – An impressive wine list complements the authentic Abruzzese cuisine prepared in an open kitchen. An intimate dining room and outdoor patio complete the rustic atmosphere, and the seasonal menu melds local produce and house-made salumi with artisanal delicacies like honey and sheep’s milk cheeses. 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-5626, levirtu.comrnLucky 13 Pub – The staff serves New American cuisine alongside local draft beers at this tiny, rock-themed bar, featuring a jam-packed jukebox, a DJ night and weekend brunch. Nachos, Cincinnati-spiced chili, creative sandwiches and even vegan and vegetarian fare pack the menu. 1820 S. 13th Street, (215) 336-8467, lucky13pubphilly.comrnMarra’s Cucina Italiana – A South Philly mainstay, Marra’s has been cranking out Italian-American favorites (thin-crust brick-oven pizzas and homemade pastas) for more than 80 years. Hungry diners can opt for the Sunset Menu, which includes a traditional main dish with soup or salad. Three no-frills dining rooms add to the old-school vibe. 1734 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 463-9249, marrasone.comrnMr. Martino’s Trattoria – It’s open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, which only enhances the appeal of this cozy BYOB—a Passyunk mainstay. The homey atmosphere (more like someone’s home than a restaurant) and friendly staff (including Mr. Martino himself) almost outshine the delicious Italian food. Almost. 1646 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 755-0663rnNoord Eetcafe – Philadelphia’s first upscale Dutch-Nordic bistro, owned by Chef Joncarl Lachman, creates elegant, candlelit, home-style dinners starring smoked fish, barley breads and bitterballen (fried pork meatballs), with a view of the Singing Fountain. 1046 Tasker Street, (267) 909-9704, noordphilly.comrnPalladino’s – The avenue’s Southern gateway diner got a sleek makeover when eminent Jersey Chef Luke Palladino took the reins. His menu reads like an American tour through Italy, from lime- and mint-dressed grilled octopus to Tuscan Porterhouse steaks. 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 928-4339, lukepalladino.comrnParadiso Restaurant & Wine Bar – At this contemporary and comfortable Italian spot, a lively bar and an open kitchen provide the entertainment, and the rooftop garden provides (some of) the ingredients. Fluffy house-made gnocchi and other light Mediterranean dishes keep locals coming back for more. 1627 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-2066, paradisophilly.comrnPat’s King of Steaks – At this iconic landmark, serving up authentic Philly cheesesteaks all day and night, patrons order their cheesesteaks at a window and chow down at the outdoor tables. Though the chopped steak sandwiches are the main draw, the menu at Pat’s also includes roast pork, hot dogs and fish cakes. 1237 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 468-1546, patskingofsteaks.comrnPlenty – A cafe and then some, this order-at-the-counter-by-day, sit-down-by-evening operation recently inspired two newer locations, one in Queen Village and another in Rittenhouse. All-day specialties begin with chorizo-and-egg sandwiches and cappuccinos, end with beet-cured salmon and wine cocktails, with gourmet sandwiches and salads in between. 1710 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 909-8033, plentyphiladelphia.comrnPollyodd – Pennsylvania’s liquor laws allow for sales of premises-made spirits, and up-and-coming Philadelphia limoncello and liqueur distillery Naoj & Mot set up shop here, where drinkers seek hostess gifts and after-dinner samples. 1908 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-1161, pollyodd.comrnPub On Passyunk East (P.O.P.E.) – A focus on microbrews and a jukebox stuffed with early rock—hardcore and everything else—make this cavern-like tavern a hipster haven. The inclusive menu, ranging from the P.O.P.E.’s namesake burger (topped with a juicy fried tomato) to vegetarian specialties like the seitan cheesesteak, complements the extensive 80-bottle and 14-tap beer list. 1501 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 755-5125, pubonpassyunkeast.comrnRay’s Happy Birthday Bar – This 75-year-old corner pub has become beloved among a new generation of a-shot-and-a-beer night owls, who ironically belt Bon Jovi tunes on karaoke Fridays. 1200 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 365-1169, thehappybirthdaybar.comrnRistorante Tre Scalini – This family-owned, bi-level BYOB serves authentic Molise dishes such as the traditional zuppa di pesce, as well as the exotic saffron gnocchi. Warm, knowledgeable staff enhances the dining experience. 1915 Passyunk Avenue, (215) 551-3870, trescaliniphiladelphia.comrnSouth Philly Barbacoa – When a food truck became this brick-and-mortar operation, lovers of authentic Mexican lamb tacos rejoiced. Petite and vibrant, the business belongs to Chef Cristina Martinez, who recently began grinding her own masa for her tortillas. 1703 S. 11th Street, (215) 694-3767rnStargazy – Competing for one of this English foodery’s three tables has become somewhat of a friendly sport among fans of braised lamb shank curry pies, Cornish pasties, jellied or stewed eels and sausage rolls. It’s not uncommon for chef-owner Sam Jacobsen to post photos of himself holding a “sold out” sign. 1838 E. Passyunk AvenuernStateside – As the name suggests, this bar pours American-made craft beers, wines and spirits, with a focus on whiskeys and bourbons. The tempting dinner menu features mainly small plates that use locally sourced products. And the sidewalk bar attracts warm-weather fans. 1536 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 551-2500, statesidephilly.comrnStogie Joe’s Tavern – A casual Italian-American bar menu (mussels and linguine, square pizza) defines this South Philly joint. The garage door-enclosed dining area offers open-air seating in the warmer months and a fireplace when the weather gets cool. 1801-1803 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 463-3030, stogiejoestavern.netrnTownsend – Classic French cuisine is chef-owner Townsend Wentz’s unabashed specialty, so this is the spot to indulge in foie gras, rabbit, escargot or venison. An elegant yet gently wielded wine list matches the menu. 1623 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 639-3203, townsendrestaurant.comrnTriangle Tavern – The folks behind Cantina Los Caballitos revived a much-loved local watering hole after it lay unoccupied for years. Their remedy: bar food (meatball and roast beef sandwiches, fries), plus traditional Italian-American dishes (fried calamari, eggplant parmesan) with a healthy dose of vegetarian items and beer in-between. 1338 S. 10th Street, (215) 800-1992, triangletavernphilly.comrnWill BYOB – Chef/Owner Will Christopher Kearse wows his guests with modern, French-inspired dishes served in a small, beautifully appointed BYOB restaurant. Kearse is known for his meticulous and creative plate presentation. 1911 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-7683, willbyob.comrnSweets & Treats:rnrnArtisan Boulanger Patissier – This longtime well-kept secret serves up some of the crustiest baguettes and most decadent chocolate (and pistachio) croissants in town, plus strong coffee (including Vietnamese iced) and delicate French pastries that attract a line on weekend mornings. 1218 Mifflin Street, (215) 271-4688rnB2 – Like its nearby big sister Benna’s, this local coffee shop features fresh juices, loose teas, pastries and a simple sandwich selection, along with free Wi-Fi and monthly rotating work from local artists on the walls. Vegans delight in the soy soft serve. 1500 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-5520rnBlack N Brew – Smoothies, coffees and sweets complement a full, vegetarian-friendly breakfast and lunch menu at this cozy and family-friendly Passyunk staple, easily recognized by the mosaic art that covers the cafe. Happy Hour means dollar cups of coffee (in-house only) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. 1523 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 639-6070, blackbrew.netrnCapogiro Gelato Artisans – The Passyunk location of this Philly-based gelateria empire, open spring through fall, serves Italian cafe classics—from the rich, inventive gelato made with locally grown ingredients to the expertly crafted espresso. In warmer months, patrons take advantage of outdoor seating in the quiet and quaint backyard patio. 1625 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 462-3790, capogirogelato.comrnChhaya – The locals wish they could keep this cafe a secret, but the waffles, brunch and daily baked treats make it a place they have to brag about. The organic, fair-trade, small-batch coffee alone makes it worth the trip, even from Center City. Chhaya regularly hosts art shows during the neighborhood’s Second Saturday celebrations. 1819 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 465-1000, chhayacafe.comrnCinemug – A few years after the last of Philly’s bricks-and-mortar movie rental shops closed, this shop opened, bringing video rentals—and more—back. What to expect: 1,600 films available for rent, ReAnimator coffee, homemade brownies, vegan doughnuts and blackout curtains for screening nights. 1607 S. Broad Street, (267) 314-5936, cinemug.coffeernGreen Aisle Grocery – This tiny market stocks its shelves with high-quality cooking must-haves, local produce and packaged signature eats from local restaurants and bakers. The shop also offers its own line of house-made products, including preserves, pickles, chutneys and nut butters. 1618 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 465-1411, greenaislegrocery.comrnMancuso’s Cheese Shop – Thriving since the avenue’s original heyday, this classic Italian fromaggio maker and vendor has catered to its Abruzze-born neighbors. Lucio Mancuso’s house-made scamorze (like mozzarella) can’t be beat, nor can his pricing on imported pasta, olives, olive oil and canned tomatoes. 1902 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 389-1817rnVanilya – Chef Bonnie Sarana Noll is best known for her special-occasion cakes, but does share individual servings of tiramisu, chocolate mousse and cheesecakes—all made with bourbon vanilla—with passersby. 1611 E. Passyunk Avenue, (917) 751-7044, vanilyabakery.comrnShop Around:rnrnAmelie’s Bark Shop – Handmade, eco-friendly cat and dog treats, accessories, essentials and toys (organic catnip in crocheted mice) fill this petite boutique, best known for the owner’s peanut butter and carob cupcakes and doughnuts for dogs. 1544 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 758-6151, barkshopbakery.comrnAnalog Watch Co. – Minimalist, eco-friendly designs are the hallmark of this up-and-coming studio-shop, where Japanese quartz-movement watches are adorned with maple, teak, bamboo, white marble and off-cut lumber exteriors. 1214 Moore Street, (484) 808-5831, analogwatchco.comrnBaum’s Dancewear – Tights, tutu and tiara selections are unrivaled at this circa 1887 supplier to ballerinas. Shoppers test out slippers and tap and toe shoes on a miniature dance floor, complete with a mirror and bar. 1805 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 923-2244, baumsdancewear.comrnBeautiful World Syndicate – Record collectors rejoice at this no-frills South Philly music hub, which peddles everything from punk to jazz. The selection changes constantly, so returning customers always find new musical treats. 1619 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 467-0401rnThe Bottle Shop – Warning: Jaws drop instantly upon entering The Bottle Shop, where 600 American and imported craft beers line the coolers. Suds lovers can buy single bottles, mix and match a six-pack to get 10% off, grab brew-appropriate snacks and drink in or take out. Monthly events include beer tastings and Quizzo. 1616 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 551-5551, bottleshopbeer.comrnCloth – When the influx of young families to the neighborhood demanded a spot for eco-friendly baby goods, this sweet store answered the call with infant slings, organic nursing pillows, chic diaper bags, all-natural bath products, a cloth diaper service, cute clothes and shoes and parents-to-be and baby-and-me classes. 1605 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 755-1575, shopatcloth.comrnDoggie Style – With multiple locations in the Philadelphia area, Doggie Style welcomes pet owners who love to pamper. In addition to carrying gourmet treats, natural foods and pet supplies, the shop offers grooming and training. Rescue dogs for adoption in the window woo passersby. 1700 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-5200, doggiestylepets.comrnFabric Horse – Messenger bags and U-lock holsters are de rigueur in this part of town and in this studio. Here, bikers and others snatch up made-on-premises versions, plus backpacks, utility belts, totes and more. 1737 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 480-1934, fabrichorse.comrnFrame Fatale – Every refurbished row house requires proper displays for its vintage prints and flea-marketed art, and this funky, budget-minded frame shop is the place to score the perfect glitter, antique or understated casing for such treasures. 1813 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 755-0904, framefatale.comrnJinxed – One of five locations in Philadelphia, this vintage furnishings and housewares shop offers velvet armchairs, Victorian photographs, old lockers and Deco art, plus the T-shirts that got the business started. 1835 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 551-2345, jinxedphiladelphia.comrnMetro Men’s Clothing – Even men who claim to hate shopping like this store. It could be that the owner is likely to offer visitors a beer. Or it’s the brands: Ben Sherman, Fred Perry and Scotch & Soda. 1600 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 324-5172, metromensclothing.comrnMia’s – This dress shop goes from formal to fancy, catering to women in need of black-tie and prom attire or a knockout Saturday night statement. Hint: Big discounts on designer duds line the sale racks. 1748 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 465-2913rnNice Things Handmade – It’s one part boutique, one part gallery. Artists both local and not provide the ceramics, jewelry, clothing, prints and accessories. During art openings every Second Saturday of the month, guests enjoy refreshments and meet some of the artists. 1731 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 455-0256rnN.R.S. Boutique – A refashioner of vintage wares since age 14, shop owner and designer Nicole Rae Styer embellishes every trouser, gown, bustier, camisole and clutch in her colorful outlet. 1822 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 339-0168rnOccasionette – Etsy darling Sara Villari (formerly Selepouchin), the founder and maker of often Philly-inspired Girls Can Tell screen-printed goods, peddles her own wares, along with cards, jewelry, prints and party favors by her fabulously crafty friends, in this delightful studio-shop. 1825 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 465-1704, occasionette.comrnPhiladelphia Scooters – Even those not in the market love to test drive the modern two-wheel scooters at this South Philly shop, which also sells a nice selection of pre-owned scooters and accessories. Passionate and knowledgeable staff members have a knack for matching people with just the right ride. 1733 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 336-8255, philadelphiascooters.comrnReUp – Classic Air Jordans and throwback Adidas line the sleek shelves at this new and consignment sneaker (mostly basketball shoes) shop. Collectors can scoop up rare LeBron Zooms or get their Kevin Durants cleaned in-house. 1713 S. 12th Street, (267) 318-7493, reupphilly.comrnSouth Philly Comics – Comic book enthusiasts celebrate this Passyunk outpost’s sweet locale, filled with all of the weekly titles, graphic novels and collectible figures they’ve come to expect. The petite shop often hosts occasional signings among the hundreds of neatly arranged books. 1840 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 318-7855, southphillycomics.comrnUrban Jungle – Catering to a growing population of gardening city folk, this rehabbed warehouse sells balcony-, roof deck- and window-friendly containers and plants and offers landscaping services to turn cement-covered courtyards—and even their walls—into mini-oases. 1526-1530 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 952-0811, urbanjunglephila.comrnVolta Market – Although best known for its owners line of beautifully packaged, handmade, all-natural soaps, this corner store also stocks herbal teas and elixirs, green home products, lovely mugs and more. 1439 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 500-5874, voltamarket.comrnLookin’ Good On The Avenue:rnrnFringe Salon – A welcoming spot for a trim, day-glo color or asymmetric bob, this funky salon hangs local art on the walls and houses the sweetest shop cat around. For regulars, upkeep like a bang trim between cuts is free, and Facebook fans are privy to exclusive weekly specials. In August of 2016, the salon plans to move to a larger space on the fourth floor of former vocational school Edward Bok at 1901 S. 9th Street. 1728 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 339-1778, fringesalononline.comrnMeister’s Barbershop – It was only a matter of time until a rotating red-, white- and blue-striped pole graced Passyunk Avenue in true vintage style. Owner Rob Baumeister set up an old-fashioned business for cuts, beard trims and shaves with chairs from the 50s and fades for days. 1810 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 309-3169, meistersbarbershop.comrnMiss Demeanor – A butcher shop became a women’s boutique when Julia Grassi moved in her stock of made-in-America frocks and fair-trade separates, displaying accessories on the old cutting table and hanging merchandise from meat hooks. 1739 E. Passyunk Avenue, missdemeanor.comrnMockingbird Salon – Modern cuts and colors, plus conditioning treatments, perms and blowouts in an Anthropologie-like atmosphere, make “the bird” a favorite of the neighborhood’s effortlessly on-point 20- and 30-somethings. 1822 S. 13th Street, (267) 639-2257, mockingbirdsalon.comrnWake Up Yoga Studio – Clearing minds and strengthening bodies, the South Philly branch of this Vinyasa and Yin-style yoga spot offers uplifting classes for novices and yogis. Workshops (Mommy & Me, beginners’ classes) engage enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. 1839 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 235-1228, wakeupyoga.comrnPENNSPORT:rnPeople coming from East Passyunk need only to hop on the #29 bus, which runs east along Morris Street. Of course, visitors can also hop in a cab for a short ride or opt to walk to the area.rnrnEat & Drink:rnrn2nd Street Brewhouse – There’s no surer sign of an increasingly popular Philly neighborhood than its second or third craft beer bar. This one features dozens of local and international bottles and a top-notch kitchen known for pulled pork and bacon mac and cheese. 1700 S. 2nd Street, (267) 687-7964, 2ndstreetbrewhouse.comrnThe Beer Peddlers – Smartly located next door to a Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits store, this huge brew emporium stocks craft to big-name beers and offers tastings and events. 1942 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 755-2337rnCaffe Valentino – Smells of authentic Pugliese cuisine waft through this homey, bi-level BYOB. The warm atmosphere complements comfort dishes such as classic chicken parmesan and white pizza with mozzarella, ricotta and lemon zest. Outdoor seating tempts passersby in warmer months. Wharton & Moyamensing Streets, (215) 336-3033, caffevalentino.comrnFederal Donuts – People come here for one thing: deep-fried joy. It comes in the form of Korean-style chicken, with a variety of rubs and glazes, and doughnuts in constantly changing flavors (strawberry lavender, lemon meringue, black-and-white). Rival Bros coffee rounds out the delicacies at this triple-threat. 1219 S. 2nd Street, (267) 687-8258, federaldonuts.comrnGooey Looie’s – Seriously stuffed hoagies and cheesesteaks await in an unassuming, no-frills shop within the gated Pennsport Mall. Gigantic creations with enough deli meat and cheese to fill many more normal-sized sandwiches have kept locals full and content for years. 231 McClellan Street, (215) 334-7668rnGrindcore House – This all-vegan, metal music-themed coffee house delivers fair-trade coffee and an extensive cafe menu in a laid-back setting with a tight community vibe. Friendly baristas who know customers by name, a case stocked with locally made treats and free Wi-Fi are icing on the (vegan) cake. 1515 S. 4th Street, (215) 839-3333, grindcorehouse.comrnThe Industry Bar – With 12 taps, one beer engine, an adventurous menu and a 20% discount for restaurant industry workers, The Industry Bar has established itself as a Pennsport hotspot. Late Sunday nights, the kitchen prepares a special “staff meal:” hearty, simple fare priced just right. 1401 E. Moyamensing Avenue, (215) 271-9500, theindustrybar.comrnJohn’s Roast Pork – This shack-sized sandwich shop has occupied the same corner (at Weccacoe and Snyder) since 1930. Open for breakfast through early dinnertime and closed on Sundays, the out-of-the-way spot is an attraction unto itself, thanks to its stellar rep for roast pork and cheesesteaks. 14 E. Snyder Avenue, (215) 463-1951, johnsroastpork.comrnMekong River – This upscale version of South Philly’s bare-bones pho joints offers the dishes familiar to fans of Vietnamese fare (rice vermicelli, papaya salad, broken rice, family platters) in a slightly fancier atmosphere. Bonus: outdoor seating. 1120-1124 S. Front Street, (215) 467-6100, mekongriverphilly.comrnMoonshine – This popular watering hole answers the call for microbrews, gnocchi, loaded fries, clever cocktails and boozy brunches. 1825 E. Moyamensing Avenue, (267) 639-9720, moonshinephilly.comrnPennsport Beer Boutique – More than 500 varieties of beer fill the refrigerators and eight pour from the taps in this takeout or drink-in neighborhood spot, with indoor and outdoor seating. Dogs welcome to hang out in the latter. 242 Wharton Street, (215) 372-7424, pennsportbeerboutique.comrnPub on Wolf – This low-key workaday taproom has Pabst on draft for drinking, games for playing (pool and darts) and baskets of fries and Guinness chili for devouring. 2301 S. Front Street, (215) 271-1556, pubonwolf.comrnWarmdaddy’s – Philly’s famed Bynum brothers preside over this popular nightspot, where patrons enjoy nightly live blues and Sunday jazz and Southern-infused soul food. 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 462-2000, warmdaddys.comrnParks & Recreation:rnrnDickinson Square Park – Basketball courts, swings, a jungle gym and three acres of trees and green space define this park. In the warmer months, residents come here for picnic lunches—easy, thanks to the availability of delicious food in the area—and a seasonal farmers’ market. Between Moyamensing Avenue & 4th Street and Tasker & Morris Streets, dickinsonsquare.orgrnHerron Playground and Spray Park – One of a growing number of modern public splash zones, this summertime spot offers sprinklers galore—an inviting sight for the toddler-on-up set who want to play and cool off. Playground equipment and a basketball court make getting hot fun too. 2nd & Reed StreetsrnJefferson Square Park – This classic 19th-century strolling park sat outside of Philadelphia’s boundaries when it was established. Because of its proximity to ports and saloons, it later would be used by the Union Army as an encampment site. Today, people enjoy the relaxing green space and fun events, such as movie screenings and concerts. Between 3rd & 4th Streets and Washington Avenue & Federal Street, jeffersonsquarepark.orgrnPier 53/Washington Avenue Pier – This renovated finger pier once served as Philadelphia’s Ellis Island—and the nation’s first Navy Yard. Today, an elevated boardwalk stretches across rehabilitated wetlands, and a 55-foot-tall “land buoy” provides a perch where visitors take in the view. Columbus Boulevard at Washington Avenue, washingtonavenuegreen.comrnPier 68 – The latest of the Delaware River waterfront piers offers a half-acre of fishing space, wide benches and a tree canopy surrounded by native plants. Soon, the public space will connect via a pathway to the Washington Avenue Pier. 1751 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.comrnRizzo Rink – Hockey is a way of life for the regulars at Rizzo Rink, but casual skaters are welcome to don their blades and round the ice for public hours, Wednesday through Sunday from November to March. 1001 S. Front Street, (215) 685-1593, rizzorink.comrnSacks Playground – Just across 4th Street from Jefferson Square Park, Sacks Playground satisfies the neighborhood’s active crew with a pool, baseball fields and basketball courts. Between 4th & 5th Streets and Washington Avenue & Federal StreetrnCostumed Culture:rnrnMummers Museum – Philadelphia’s most iconic event takes place every New Year’s Day, but the sparkling, sequined fun comes to life all year long inside this building. Guests can strut from costume to costume throughout the museum and pick up a keepsake of the folk parade at the gift shop. The museum is located on “Two Street,” just north of a number of Mummers’ clubhouses. 1100 S. 2nd Street, (215) 336-3050, mummersmuseum.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, and, 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) 599-0782

“Where’s My Food At?” – Menu123 First Philly Delivery Service to Provide Real-Time Tracking of Orders

Theo tin prweb.comrnrnMenu123 announces new tracking technology that allows customers to track their food deliveries in real timernrnBLUE BELL, PA. (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 25, 2016rnrnMenu123, an online food ordering and delivery service that gives diners in Center City Philadelphia and central Montgomery County the largest selection of local restaurants, today unveiled tracking technology software that allows customers to track their food deliveries in real time through text messages. Menu123 is the only online ordering and delivery service in the area to use real time tracking that lets diners know exactly when their order will arrive.rnrn“Nobody likes waiting for their delivery, not knowing where your food is or when you will get to enjoy your meal,” said Mike Isakov, Regional Business Development Manager for Menu123. “Our new tracking technology program sends a text message to customers when their delivery is on the way and another one when our driver is at the door. With Menu123, there is no more wondering when your order is ready and when it will arrive.”rnrnCustomers will receive a text message once their order has been picked up for delivery, giving them the option to track the order or contact the delivery driver directly. As the delivery driver approaches the destination, the customer receives a text message asking them to go to the door. The tracking technology program also enables customers to rate Menu123’s service (a star scale from 1 to 5) and leave a tip from their phone.rnTracking food delivery orders requires no additional steps from the customer and is completely automated, allowing customers to track the delivery or ignore the notifications.rnrnMenu123 displays menus from more than 1,300 Philadelphia Metro and central Montgomery County restaurants (with hundreds more on the way). Customers follow a simple three-step process to place a delivery, which entails entering a delivery address, selecting a restaurant nearby and placing an order using Menu123’s secure servers.rnrnCustomer orders are saved on the website, making reordering previous orders a snap with the simple click of a button. Restaurants can be sorted by cuisine, lifestyle, cost and Google review ratings. Delivery or pickup options are available. Menu123 delivers food from restaurants that otherwise would not have that service available.rnrnFor more information about Menu123, or to place an order, visit, Facebook or Twitter.rnrnAbout Menu123 rnMenu123, based in Blue Bell, Pa., is a free online food-ordering platform that makes it easy for diners to order from their favorite restaurants. Through, diners can eat what they want, when they want, where they want. With Menu123, the most up-to-date menus from your favorite local restaurants are in the palm of your hand. Customers can place orders and receive deliveries through their mobile device, tablet or desktop simply by browsing restaurants in their area.rnrn###​​​

Popular Mentored Youth Trout Days Scheduled for March 26, April 9

Theo tin PR NewswirernrnHARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC) popular Mentored Youth Trout Days program has proven that kids are eager to fish, especially when they have a special opportunity to spend a day with their mentors before the traditional rush of the regional and statewide opening days of trout season.rnrnLast year, more than 28,000 kids signed up to participate, either by purchasing a $1 voluntary youth fishing license or by acquiring a free mentored youth fishing permit.rnrnPFBC Executive Director John Arway expects even more mentors and kids to come out this year and participate in the growing program, which is scheduled for March 26 and April 9. And, as it has done each successive year, the PFBC has fine-tuned the program based on angler feedback. For this year, only kids will be allowed to keep two trout.rnrn"Without a doubt, the mentored youth program has been a huge success, growing each year as we listen to anglers and make changes to improve the experience," he said. "This year we are refining it again by allowing only kids to keep two trout. Mentors can fish but cannot keep any trout."rnrn"This is a very popular program designed to encourage kids to take adults fishing," he added. "Mentors can show kids that fishing is fun, and at the same time promote active, outdoor recreation. Adult mentors are encouraged to fish with the children and provide encouragement and tips, but we're asking them to release their catch to the water unharmed."rnrnOn these two days, participants can fish in any PFBC stocked trout water. Kids can keep two trout, which must measure at least seven inches. Mentors must have a fishing license and trout stamp.rnrnThe March 26 Mentored Youth Trout Day takes place in 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.rnrnThe following weekend – April 2 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties.rnrnA second Mentored Youth Trout Day will be held on April 9, the Saturday before the April 16 statewide opening day of trout season.rnrn"Trout season is a great cure for cabin fever and an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the Commonwealth's abundant natural resources," Arway added. "It's also a perfect time to share your excitement with others by 'Paying it Forward,' and doing a good deed."rnrn"Maybe you help bait someone's hook, offer to take a shore angler out on your boat, or even buy someone a fishing license," he said. "The idea is that we all benefit when we do good deeds for others."rnrnA majority of the trout waters will be stocked in advance of the mentored youth days. But some of the waters may not be stocked in time due to weather, water conditions and scheduling logistics. Also, special regulation areas, like Catch and Release Fly-Fishing Only or Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only, are not included in the mentored youth program.rnrn"It's important for anglers to visit the PFBC stocking page for an updated list so they know exactly what waters are being stocked," said Brian Wisner, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Hatcheries. "We don't want mentors and kids inadvertently showing up at waters which have not been stocked."rnrnTo participate, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit, or a voluntary youth fishing license. Both are available at or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.rnrnMore than 9,200 voluntary youth fishing licenses were sold last year, and another 18,858 mentored youth permits were issued.rnrnFor every voluntary youth license sold, the PFBC will receive approximately $5 in federal revenue from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Sport Fish Restoration Act program, which provides funds to states based on a formula that includes the number of licenses a state sells. All revenues earned from a voluntary youth fishing license will be dedicated to youth fishing programs.rnrnThe PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in more than 700 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 642,000 brown trout; and 522,000 brook trout.rnrnMedia Contact: rnEric Levis, Press Secretaryrn717.705.7806 or elevis@pa.govrnrnPR011-2016-02-24rnrn rnrnSOURCE Pennsylvania Fish & Boat CommissionrnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrn

Illegal Residence Shut Down Prior to Fire

Theo tin Phila.govrnrnCITY OF PHILADELPHIArnDEPARTMENT OF LICENSES AND INSPECTIONSrnrnFor Immediate Release: February 24, 2016rnContact: Karen Guss, 267-239-4251, karen.guss@phila.govrnrnUnsafe, Illegal Residence at Site of Frankford Area ConflagrationrnShut Down by L&I Action Prior to FirernrnPHILADELPHIA – Citing the lack of a fire alarm, among other code violations, an L&I inspector had evacuated the second floor of a Frankford area commercial building being unlawfully operated as a residence ten weeks before the building was consumed by a fire that also destroyed several neighboring homes. The Philadelphia Fire Department announced today that the source of the blaze was a wood stove or heater in the commercial building. Commissioner David Perri expressed relief, noting that if not for the decisive action of the inspector, tenants could have been in the building when the fast-moving, wind-aided fire broke out on February 13, 2016.rnrnThe space being rented to tenants had holes in the ceiling and floor, crumbling walls, insect and rodent infestation, significant plumbing leaks, lacked required life protection systems, and was missing a window. The building owner did not have a rental license and the space was not zoned for use as a residential rental property. Upon discovering the illegal rental, an L&I inspector issued violations and warned the owner of his obligation to bring the property into compliance with code.rnrn“The outcome the Department tries to achieve is for the space to be made legal and brought up to code so that it becomes a fit place to live,” Commissioner Perri explained. “If the residents had good options they wouldn’t tolerate the terrible living conditions; they’d have already gone elsewhere.” Perri noted that the City Office of Supportive Housing is a resource when it does become necessary to remove residents from unfit homes for their own protection.rnrnWhen subsequent visits to the Frankford property revealed no improvement, the L&I inspector and her supervisor concluded that the situation could not be allowed to persist. To give them an opportunity to find alternative housing, tenants were given advance notice that the residential use would soon be ended or “ceased”.rnrnTwo weeks later the inspector returned, ensured that the last resident was out of the building, and closed the space down, posting a large, highly visible red and white striped “cease order” on the door announcing that residential occupancy of the building was prohibited as of December 10, 2016. As is standard practice, the inspector then alerted the police about the cease order so that the police could assist in enforcement.rnrn“The L&I inspector was thorough and persistent and used good professional judgment in evacuating the illegal rental space,” said Perri. “Especially with no fire alarm there, her actions may have saved lives.”rnrnPOSTED ONrnFebruary 24, 2016rnFROMrnOffice of the Mayor

Many Of Philly’s Finest Attractions Are Free–Or Almost

Places To Go & Things To Do For Visitors On A Budgetrn


rnWhen it comes to visiting Philadelphia, some of the best things to see and do are free—or close to it. For families and budget-conscious travelers eager to explore the region, that’s great news. Check out the city’s many low-cost or no-cost attractions, including historic Independence Hall, student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music and the high-tech production line of Herr’s Potato Chip Factory.rnrnHistorical Sites:rnrnOn 5th Street, snuggled behind the east wing of Independence Hall, is Philosophical Hall. Erected in the late 1780s for the American Philosophical Society, it functioned as the nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Today, the site houses the American Philosophical Society Museum, where changing exhibitions highlight the intersections of history, art and science. $2 donation requested. 104 S. 5th Street, (215) 440-3440, apsmuseum.orgrnAfter a two-year revitalization, the Benjamin Franklin Museum reopened in 2013. Dedicated to celebrating the legacy of one of America’s most storied forefathers, the museum features artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays that explore Franklin’s life and character. Day-of tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 4 to 16. Admission is free for children three and under. 317 Chestnut Street, (215) 965-2305, Betsy Ross House was the pint-sized Colonial home of Betsy Ross, who is credited with sewing the first American flag at the request of General George Washington. Visitors meet Betsy herself as she works in her upholstery shop. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children, plus $2 for the optional audio tour. 239 Arch Street, (215) 629-4026, betsyrosshouse.orgrnFor a bird’s-eye view of Philadelphia, visitors head to City Hall’s observation deck, which sits just below the William Penn statue. Four-person tower tours take place on weekdays, every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and cost $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students and children. Broad & Market Streets, E. Market Street Portal, Room 121, (215) 686-2840, Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site was once home to the legendary writer who wrote short stories such as The Black Cat here. Visitors can explore his fascinating life and learn how Poe influenced today’s literary heavy-hitters. Tours are self-guided or led by a park ranger from Friday through Sunday. Free. 532 N. 7th Street, (215) 597-8780,’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the U.S., is a quaint cobblestone alley located in Historic Philadelphia. Admission for a guided tour of the museum and alley is $5 per person. Family rates are available and vary depending on size of family. Children under six get in for free. Closed during winter months; open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons the rest of year. Between Front & 2nd Streets and Arch & Race Streets, (215) 627-8680, elfrethsalley.orgrnKnown as the birthplace of our nation, Independence National Historical Park (INHP) includes attractions such as the Liberty Bell Center, The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation and Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Timed tickets for Independence Hall can be picked up at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of the tour for free or reserved in advance online for a $1.50 reservation fee per ticket. No tickets are required in January and February. All other attractions are free, and no tickets are required. INHP attractions, between 5th & 6th Streets and Market & Chestnut Streets, (215) 965-2305,; Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, (800) 537-7676, phlvisitorcenter.comrnJohnson House National Historic Site, a Quaker home in Germantown owned by three generations of the abolitionist Johnson family, once served as a vital stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, the house displays various slavery-era artifacts and hosts lectures, art shows and other special programs. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children 12 and under, and hour-long guided tours are available during select hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations accepted. 6306 Germantown Avenue, (215) 438-1768, johnsonhouse.orgrnOn Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History invites people to enjoy one of its most popular exhibitions for free. The Only In America® Gallery/Hall of Fame celebrates the lives and achievements of 18 Jewish-Americans who show that America has provided individuals with extraordinary opportunities. The ground-floor gallery boasts some big-name artifacts: Albert Einstein’s pipe and Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 camera, among others. 101 S. Independence Mall East, (215) 923-3811, nmajh.orgrnHistory buffs of all ages enjoy Once Upon A Nation’s storytelling benches at 13 locations around Historic Philadelphia, right where the action happened more than 200 years ago. Children can obtain a story flag at any bench, collect a star from each storyteller and exchange the flag complete with 13 stars for a certificate and coupon that can be used at the Betsy Ross House and the Franklin Square Shop. Benches are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day; check website for days and times. Free. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.orgrnFounded in 1751, Pennsylvania Hospital was the nation’s first chartered hospital. Today, visitors can explore the historic hospital, including the surgical amphitheater used from 1804 through 1868. Guided and self-guided tours are available with a suggested $5 donation; visitors can call to schedule a guided tour. 8th & Spruce Streets, (215) 829-5434, self-guided tours of the United States Mint, visitors watch coin production from 40 feet above the factory floor and see the nation’s first coining press. Audio and video stations explain currency’s history. Free. 5th & Arch Streets, (215) 408-0112, usmint.govrnThe site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of General George Washington and the Continental Army, Valley Forge National Historical Park offers a glimpse into the Revolutionary War with historic structures such as Washington’s Headquarters and commemorative monuments such as the National Memorial Arch. Visitors can explore the park by car, by bike or on foot guided by the park’s cell phone tour, obtained by calling (484) 396-1018. Free. Route 23 & N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, (610) 783-1099, Attractions:rnrnFor some serious savings on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions, tour-goers can snag a CityPASS ticket booklet, which includes four tickets to Philly favorites. Visitors can pick either Adventure Aquarium or The Philadelphia Zoo, but Philadelphia Trolley Works, The Franklin Institute and the brand-new One Liberty Observation Deck are always included. As of March 1, 2016, the cost is $59 for adults and $39 for children ages 2 to 12—45% cheaper than full-price admission costs. The pass is valid for nine consecutive days beginning with the date of first use. What’s more, it allows holders to skip the main entrance ticket line at most attractions. (888) 330-5008, in a former Civil War-era bank building, the museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation houses permanent and rotating exhibitions, showcasing hundreds of 18th- to 20th-century artifacts that tell the stories of the successes, astonishing failures and strange surprises behind the scientific discoveries that changed our world. Free. 315 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-2222, chemheritage.orgrnThe Mummers Museum celebrates a centuries-old Philadelphia tradition, which can be traced back to Swedish settlers who brought to the Colonies their Christmas custom of dressing in costume and performing pantomimes. The annual parade started in South Philadelphia on New Year’s Day in 1901 and has grown into an elaborate 10,000-person, all-day affair. A pay-what-you-wish donation to the museum, featuring a rich collection of Mummer memorabilia, is all that’s required. 1100 S. 2nd Street, (215) 336-3050, mummersmuseum.comrnThrough 78 imaginative and interactive exhibits, the National Liberty Museum reminds visitors of the fragility of freedom. This message is illustrated by an expansive collection of glass art and the stories of 2,000 heroes who have made a difference in protecting liberty. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students with I.D., $2 for children ages 5 to 17 and free for children under 5. 321 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-2800, libertymuseum.orgrnFor Target First Wednesdays, Please Touch Museum® presents family fun at a discounted price every first Wednesday of the month. From 4-7 p.m., admission is only $2 per person and includes storytime, live puppet shows, interactive activities and more. rn4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.orgrnArt & Gardens:rnrnThe Barnes Foundation, which houses one of the most important collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings in the world, offers free admission and programming on the first Sunday of every month for its Free First Sundays, presented by PECO. The Barnes also has an art library located on the lower level, which is free to visit Monday through Saturday, as well as free audio tours and free ARTime Storytime programs that are best for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.orgrnA contemporary art museum devoted to creating work in new media and new materials through its Artists-in-Residence program, The Fabric Workshop and Museum boasts an extensive permanent collection, in-house and touring exhibitions and comprehensive educational programming. Free. 1214 Arch Street, (215) 561-8888, fabricworkshopandmuseum.orgrnThe Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, a working history museum in Bucks County, welcomes visitors to watch the production of decorative tiles using methods employed by Henry Mercer’s crew beginning in 1898. The tiles produced, available in the museum’s shop, are of Mercer’s original line. A video and self-guided tour cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. 130 E. Swamp Road, Doylestown, (215) 348-6090, Wednesday night starting at 5 p.m., the Philadelphia Museum of Art is open to visitors who can pay what they wish to explore the entire main building, showcasing works by Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, Himalayan artists and many others. Budget-conscious art lovers can also pay what they wish on the first Sunday of every month. In addition, the museum offers free cell phone tours that add perspective to the collections. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.orgrnHousing the largest collection of works by Auguste Rodin outside of Paris, the renovated Rodin Museum features treasures such as The Gates of Hell and a bronze caste of The Thinker. The surrounding gardens are also a great place to find artistic inspiration. Guests pay what they wish to explore. 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, rodinmuseum.orgrnShofuso: Japanese House and Garden, a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally ranked garden in West Fairmount Park, reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia. Admission to Shofuso, which is open to the public April through October from Wednesday through Sunday, includes a tour and costs $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, children ages 3 to 17 and college students with student I.D.; children under 3 get in for free. rnLansdowne & Horticultural Drives, (215) 878-5097, shofuso.comrnPerforming Arts:rnrnBefore each main stage performance officially debuts, the Arden Theatre Company fulfills its commitment to making theater accessible to diverse audiences by opening the final dress rehearsal to the public. Attendees pay what they can to see the full cast, full costumes and full scenery at this sneak preview with proceeds benefiting a Philadelphia non-profit. For regular performances, students with I.D. can pay $10 cash for available seats 30 minutes before the show begins. 40 N. 2nd Street, (215) 922-1122, ardentheatre.orgrnMusic lovers can scope out future stars at the Curtis Institute of Music, where students perform solo and chamber works most Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the school year, as well as many weekends, as part of the free Student Recital Series. 1726 Locust Street, (215) 893-7902, curtis.edurnOn the first Monday of every month, FringeArts hosts Scratch Night. This event features a fast-paced sampling of contemporary theater, dance and performance art and offers an inside look at works in progress. Free. 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-1318, fringearts.comrnHelium Comedy Club, featuring local and international funnymen and women, offers a $5 discount to students with I.D. for most shows on Wednesday through Friday evenings. Guests may call the box office to receive four free tickets to a Wednesday or Thursday night show (special events excluded) during their birthday month. 2031 Sansom Street, (215) 496-9001, heliumcomedy.comrnPenny-pinching culture vultures pay what they wish for a performance of InterAct Theatre Company’s thought-provoking shows at the beginning of each run. 1512 Spruce Street, rn(215) 568-8079, interacttheatre.orgrnArt lovers can enjoy performances of all genres through the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Free at the Kimmel series, offered intermittently throughout the year. In addition, $10 community rush tickets are available for many Kimmel Center Presents performances. Tickets are available at the box office at 5:30 p.m. for evening performances and 11:30 a.m. for matinees. Limit one ticket per person. Free building and theater tours, offered daily at 1 p.m., give visitors a behind-the-scenes look. 300 S. Broad Street, (215) 670-2327, kimmelcenter.orgrnMacy’s in Center City offers the signature shopping experience customers expect, but it also provides visitors with an unanticipated musical treat—the sounds of its spectacular pipe organ. Debuting at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the organ was originally purchased by famous merchant John Wanamaker and enlarged by his store’s own pipe organ shop to include 28,750 pipes. In the Grand Court of this National Historic Landmark building, visitors can enjoy 45-minute concerts twice daily except Sundays. After each performance, if time permits, the console loft is available to explore. Free. 13th & Market Streets, (215) 241-9000, visitmacysusa.comrnThe Walnut Street Theatre invites theatergoers to see shows at bargain prices. Plan ahead: At the start of the season, a limited number of Mezzanine seats are available for $20 for every Mainstage performance. On performance day, select tickets are sold for half-price to the general public using promotion code WSTDAY. For youth (24 and under), Mainstage day-of-show tickets are available for $20 at the box office with valid I.D. Independence Studio on 3 day-of-show tickets are available to the general public for $20 with promotion code STUDAY. 825 Walnut Street, (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.orgrnThe ultimate in one-stop shopping for cultural savings comes from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s Funsavers emails. Every Thursday, subscribers receive half-price ticket offers for dozens of the hottest shows and events in the Philadelphia region, including theater, music and dance performances, museum exhibitions and more. Sign up to receive Funsavers emails or view this week’s offers online at Tours & Attractions:rnrnPart of the Bucks County Wine Trail, family-owned and folksy Buckingham Valley Vineyards offers self-guided tours and free tastings Tuesday-Friday ($5 on weekends). Founded in the Philadelphia suburbs in 1968, Rushland Ridge Vineyard & Winery focuses on chambourcin, cabernet franc and chardonnay grapes and provides free tastings seasonally from Thursday through Sunday. Buckingham, 1521 Route 413 (Durham Road), Buckingham, (215) 794-7188,; Rushland, 2665 Rushland Road, Jamison, (215) 598-0251, rushlandridge.comrnPhiladelphia’s spectacular 58-floor Comcast Center, one of the tallest “green” buildings in the country, features The Comcast Experience. This stunning blend of art and technology depicts realistic nature imagery, urban landscapes and much more on one of the largest four-millimeter video LED screens in the world—with five times the resolution of a high-definition television. 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, with two playgrounds and plenty of open space, Franklin Square, a revitalized city park named in honor of Ben Franklin, features a fountain, Philly-themed miniature golf, SquareBurger food stand and the Parx Liberty Carousel. The park, celebrating its 10th birthday in 2016, also hosts free events and programs throughout the year. Mini golf: $9 for ages 13 and up, $7 for ages 3 to 12; carousel: $3 for ages 3 and up. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.orgrnThe one-hour Herr’s Snack Factory Tour finishes with samples of chips, just out of the cooker. Tours take place Monday through Friday, and reservations are required. Small fee required beginning in June 2016. Route 272 & Herr Drive, Nottingham, (800) 284-7488, herrs.comrnNature lovers who tour Linvilla Orchards, a fully functioning, 300-acre farm, pick up some delicious goods at the year-round market, spot barnyard animals and head to the fields to pick fruits. Minimal costs for activities. 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, (610) 876-7116, linvilla.comrnMuseum Without Walls™: AUDIO, a program of the Association for Public Art, gives people a fun and engaging way to experience more than 65 outdoor sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in Fairmount Park and Center City anytime they want. Both art enthusiasts and recreational passersby can listen to three-minute segments using their cell phones, via the program’s free mobile app or as audio downloads or streaming audio from the website. More than 150 people with personal connections to the works tell each sculpture’s distinct story. Free. (215) 399-9000, Brain offers its guests more than just a traditional pizzeria experience. This Fishtown eatery houses the world’s first and only pizza museum, filled with anything and everything pizza-related. The collection ranges from pizza-themed toys and comic books to records about cheesy, saucy pies. Free. 2313 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-2965, pizzabrain.orgrnThe brew crew can sip suds at two local breweries, Yards Brewing Company and Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC). Guests explore the facilities and learn how draughts go from barley to beer. Free guided tours run in the early afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays at Yards and on Saturdays at PBC. Yards, 901 N. Delaware Avenue, (215) 634-2600,; PBC, 2440 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-BREW, philadelphiabrewing.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, and, 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.rn rnrnContact(s):rnDonna Schorr, (215) 599-0782

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BEXLEY, Ohio, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — College Rank, a website dedicated to evaluating American colleges and universities, has released a list of the 35 most luxurious student recreation centers. This ranking was compiled after evaluating and scoring hundreds of recreation centers around the country. Categories like student outreach, health & wellness programming options, indoor and outdoor facilities were considered to determine the final ranking.rnrnThe complete ranking can be viewed here: every college attempts to provide and promote a healthy lifestyle and balance for their students, these 35 schools are committed in multiple ways. From cutting edge equipment such as state of the art rock walls to fantastic swimming pools, these colleges and universities offer a superior workout experience for their students. Rachel Romonosky, the author of this article, had this to say regarding the article, "As we began researching this project, we realized that many of these schools take dedication to fitness very seriously. The 35 schools on our list exemplify those commitments by providing fabulous facilities for students and staff. We were impressed to see how many schools are promoting campus-wide healthcare initiatives or are collaborating with their respective communities by hosting and support local events."rnrnHere is the list of The 35 Most Luxurious Student Recreation Centers (In alphabetical order):rnrnAuburn University – Auburn, ALrnrnCalifornia State University Fullerton – Fullerton, CArnrnCalifornia State University Long Beach – Long Beach, CArnrnColorado State University – Fort Collins, COrnrnPepperdine University – Malibu, CArnrnDrexel University – Philadelphia, PArnrnIllinois State University – Normal, ILrnrnIndiana State University – Terre Haute, INrnrnKenyon College – Gambier, OHrnrnMorehead State University – Morehead, KYrnrnNortheastern University – Boston, MArnrnOhio State University – Columbus, OHrnrnPurdue University – West Lafayette, INrnrnRice University – Houston, TXrnrnSan Francisco State University – San Francisco, CArnrnSt. Mary's College of California – Moraga, CArnrnTemple University – Philadelphia, PArnrnTexas State University – San Marcos, TXrnrnUniversity of Massachusetts – Amherst – Amherst, MArnrnUniversity of Alabama – Birmingham – Birmingham, ALrnrnUniversity of Arizona – Tuscon, AZrnrnUniversity of California Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CArnrnUniversity of Chicago – Chicago, ILrnrnUniversity of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OHrnrnUniversity of Idaho – Moscow, IdahornrnUniversity of Iowa – Iowa City, IArnrnUniversity of Maine – Orono, MErnrnUniversity of Maryland – College Park, MDrnrnUniversity of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MNrnrnUniversity of Missouri – Columbia, MOrnrnUniversity of North Dakota – Grand Forks, NDrnrnUniversity of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PArnrnUniversity of South Florida – Tampa, FLrnrnUniversity of Texas at Austin – Austin, TXrnrnUniversity of Texas Pan American – Edinburg, TXrnrnUniversity of Wisconsin-Green Bay – Green Bay, WIrnrnUniversity of Wyoming – Laramie, WYrnrnVanderbilt University – Nashville, TNrnrnVirginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VArnrnUniversity of Akron – Akron, OHrnrnAbout: The mission of is to serve as a resource for making the college selection process simple and fun.rnrnContact: Rachel RomonoskyrnrnPhone: (614) 949-7214rnrnEmail: CollegeRank.netrnrnRelated Linksrnrn