Linvilla Orchards Cut Your Own Christmas Trees!

The holidays are right around the corner and nothing celebrates the season like a fresh cut Douglas or Canaan Fir Tree! Linvilla Orchards is home to approximately 40,000 trees of all shapes and sizes making it easy for anyone to find their perfect tree. At Linvilla Orchards, you are able to create family memories while enjoying a hayride to and from the orchards. Once you select your tree, Linvilla’s team will haul it back and tie it to your car. To make this experience even better, Linvilla will supply everything you need from the saw to the rope. If you don’t want to cut your own tree, stop by Linvilla Orchards Garden Center and choose from a large selection of pre-cut trees.   

Linvilla also has a wonderful selection of holiday decor that allows you to deck the halls of your home with some holiday cheer. Don’t forget to come back on the weekends in December to visit Santa and his elves at Linvilla Orchards’ – Christmasland! For more information, visit www.linvilla.com

CORK, the Wine Shop at COOK, is now open!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so excited to welcome CORK, the Wine Shop at COOK, to the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood! COOK has transformed into CORK for the time being and is open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. Grab a bottle – or two – for your Thanksgiving dinner or your outdoor dining excursions!

CORK, the Wine Shop at COOK, is located at 253 S. Twentieth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

 

 

 

5 Places to Try in Celebration of National Happy Hour Day!

 

National Happy Hour Day is Thursday, November 12! Since a crowded bar might not be the most ideal place to celebrate, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite places to get beer, wine and cocktails to go instead. Whether you’re in Fishtown, University City or Rittenhouse Square, we’ve listed a few destinations that don’t disappoint…

If you’re looking to sample a new beer on tap or wine by the glass, Misconduct Tavern has you covered. Other than putting modern spins on classic comfort foods, this nautical-themed sports bar is also known for its well-stocked and extensive selection of drafts, IPAs, imports, wines and more to choose from – and they can all be found on the to-go menu. Misconduct’s Logan Square location is open at 11 a.m., and its Rittenhouse location is open at 11:30 am Wednesday through Sunday and at 4 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Searching for a unique cocktail experience? Check out Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown and its partner location, Vietnam Café in University City. Both eateries offer beer and wine, but the highlight of Vietnam’s drink menu is by far its list of Polynesian cocktails, which come conveniently bottled if you’re ordering takeout. With names like the Scorpion, Bachelor’s Downfall or Flaming Volcano, these tropical creations will be sure to deliver on the flavor front. Vietnam Restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 221 N 11th St, and Vietnam Café is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 816 S 47th St.

Mission Taqueria’s bottled margaritas in creative flavors like guava and mango pineapple are the highlight of its to-go drink menu, but the popular Center City spot also offers items like hibiscus sangria and Tecate, a Mexican beer, among a variety of nonalcoholic options. You can even order chili lime rimming salt to recreate the authentic margarita experience at home. Mission Taqueria is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1516 Sansom St, right above the Oyster House.

Whether you’re thinking about trying a seasonal IPA or specialty cocktail, Garage definitely has something for everyone. This auto-themed bar’s impressive lineup of drinks spans two locations – be sure to check out both the Passyunk and Fishtown menus for exclusive items. Order up a variety of classic cocktails or try one of the bar’s popular Fun Bags – original creations served in drink pouches for your convenience. Garage Fishtown is located at 100 E Girard Ave, and Garage Passyunk is located at 1231 E Passyunk Ave. Both bars are open from 4 to 11 p.m.

 

Get fired up cause November is National Pepper Month! 

As the weather keeps growing colder, it’s the perfect time to warm yourself up with some extra spicy food choices from the Philadelphia area. No matter what you’re craving to cure your pepper fix, there’s an option for you – from soups to sandwiches and our famous local favorite, the cheesesteak.

If you’re craving a peppery dish first thing in the morning or for a later brunch, check out the options at the South Street and Bok locations of Miles Table, a cozy family friendly eatery. Two breakfast favorites, the El Guapo Burrito and the Divorced Eggs, are topped with spicy pickled jalapenos and the brunch favorite Thai Chicken Sandwich is coated with a sweet chili sauce.

November is also the heart of the football season, and local favorite Misconduct Tavern has you covered for your pepper fix on game day. Grab a seat inside or watch the game at their outdoor tables and order up their delicious Bacon Burger, topped with a pepper & tomato relish, or a Grilled Chicken Sandwich, covered with pepper jack cheese and a fiery jalapeno salsa.

Craving a Philly Cheesesteak? Why not spice it up with two peppery cheesesteak choices from Cleavers right in the heart of Center City? Choose between the Zinger Steak, a ribeye cheesesteak with sharp provolone cheese and generously topped with house made long hots, and the Effin’ Hot Steak, a spicy-food-lover’s dream, covered with hot cherry pepper relish and a fiery Sriarcha aioli.

With the cold weather setting in nowadays, it’s the perfect time to warm up with some scrumptious soup from Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown or Vietnam Cafe in University City. Try the spicy Beef and Chicken Lemongrass soups or any of the fantastic Pho options, all of which are garnished with hot peppers to really heat up your dish.

Cooking at home more often? Stop by Linvilla Orchards Farm Market and grab a bottle or two from the massive hot sauce section to spice up your favorite family dinners! Fresh hot peppers grown at Linvilla are still available too, so you can freshen and spice up your home cooking all at once.

Put a Spin on National Sandwich Day With Fu-Wah’s Banh Mi Hoagies

 

Celebrate National Sandwich Day today! There’s no shortage of options here in Philadelphia. Whether you’re craving an iconic Philly cheesesteak, a roast pork sandwich, or an Italian hoagie, the possibilities are truly limitless. In a city well known for its cuisine, the only obstacle is deciding where to go for lunch!

If you’re hungry for a spot to satisfy your sandwich cravings this year, look no further than Fu-Wah Mini Market in University City for a banh mi hoagie. This family-run Vietnamese gem has been serving up freshly made deli items for over 30 years and is committed to providing its community with quality products. 

Served on a fluffy, lightly toasted baguette, each banh mi is a perfect blend of sweet, heat, and savoriness. You can’t go wrong with your choice of classic pork, roast pork, chargrilled pork or shredded chicken – or try their famous tofu hoagie, an unlikely contender best served drizzled with hot sauce that’s gained a dedicated following. All of these mouthwatering options come with a homemade spread, pickled daikon radish and carrot, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeño and a dash of black pepper.

To try one for yourself, check out Fu-Wah at 810 South 47th Street in Philadelphia, now open 7 days a week for takeout from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Kitchen operating hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Happy eating! 

 

Miles Table Has Your Thanksgiving Covered

This Thanksgiving it’s more important than ever to enjoy your time with family and friends. Miles Table, the cozy eatery known for their mouth-watering catering options, is making your holiday so much more enjoyable by offering not one but three catering options for your Thanksgiving dinner this year. Read on to see what’s best for your holiday gathering this year.

Your first option is to order Miles Table’s Traditional Thanksgiving Feast that feeds 10 people and includes a whole Herb Roasted Turkey, Miles’ House Salad or Butternut Squash Soup, a choice of three sides, and a mouthwatering dessert. 

If you’re only feeding a few or celebrating a Friendsgiving this year, Miles Table has an option for you. The Friendsgiving feast includes enough of all your Thanksgiving favorites to feed up to five. Another option is the Miles Table a la carte Thanksgiving menu, which features multiple options for entrees, sides, and pies, including turkey breast and herb roasted salmon entrees as well as apple and herb stuffing or even sour cream and chive mashed potatoes. 

To view the full menu and order your Thanksgiving meal, click here.

Orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Delivery and pick up are both available. Miles Table @ Bok is located at 821 Dudley St, Philadelphia, PA 19148. For more information call 267-318-7337, email info@milestable.com, or go to www.milestable.com.

Five Frightfully Fun Attractions for Your 2020 Philadelphia Halloween

Pumpkin season is here! Even though it’s bound to be an unconventional Halloween this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all the exciting – and safe! – events that Philadelphia has to offer. Unsure where to start? Here are some suggestions for you!

If you’re a fan of the supernatural, check out the official Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight walking tour of some of the historic district’s most ghostly landmarks. With its rich history, Philadelphia is considered one of America’s most haunted cities – you’ll be sure to see it for yourself after touring the highlights of Old City, Society Hill, and Independence National Historical Park after dark.

Looking for a more family friendly activity? Spooky Mini Golf returns to Franklin Square for the whole month of October. The park’s Philly-themed golf course gets a seasonal makeover with lights, fog, cobwebs, and a variety of decorations to get visitors of all ages into the Halloween spirit.

The Franklin Institute is embracing spooky season by hosting its first-ever Franklin Fright Weekend from October 31st to November 1st. Guests are invited to tour the museum in costume, trick-or-treat through its many iconic exhibits, watch live Scare Shows, and encounter some surprises along the way.

Some movie theaters might still be on hold when it comes to reopening, but the Philadelphia Film Society has been catering to the city’s community of film lovers since August when they opened their drive-in theater at the Navy Yard. This Halloween night, the PFS will be screening four classic scary movies that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car – and as a special treat, they’ll be playing for free.

To round out this year’s lineup of exciting autumnal activities, the Philadelphia Zoo is hosting a socially distanced – but just as festive! – version of its annual Boo at the Zoo attraction. Guests are encouraged to explore the zoo in costume, with kids receiving a free bag of candy upon exiting.

Center City Residents Get Into the Howl-o-ween Spirit with Pet Photo Challenge

Halloween may look a little different this year, but that won’t stop the Philadelphia community from making the most of the spook-tacular holiday season. From ghost tours to drive-in movies to pumpkin picking, there are plenty of socially distanced, outdoor or even virtual activities to enjoy in and around the city. 

One way the Center City Residents’ Association keeps the fall spirit alive is by encouraging the community to take part in a Howl-o-ween pet photo competition. Over the next few weeks, CCRA residents will be sharing photos of their furry friends costumed up here. Anyone can share love for their favorite pets and “vote” by hitting the like button. The winner of the contest will be announced after Halloween.

CCRA’s last pet photo challenge in April was a great success, with submissions generating hundreds of likes and comments. With the neighborhood’s sense of community growing stronger than ever, we’re expecting this contest to create just as much of a buzz. 

To keep track of the competition and stay up to date with future CCRA events, visit http://facebook.com/CCRAPhilly.

How to Vote in Pennsylvania

The 2020 presidential election is coming up and deadlines for Pennsylvania voting are right around the corner. Monday, October 19, 2020 is the last day to register to vote. Applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board by Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5 pm. The deadline for returning your mail-in or absentee ballot is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. If you choose to vote by mail, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 8 pm on election day and received by your county election office by 5 pm on Friday, November 6, 2020 to be counted. If you are voting in-person, you must return your mail-in ballot to your county election office by 8 pm on election day. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 8 pm on election day and received by the county election by 5 pm on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Some helpful resources:
https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx
https://www.rockthevote.org/
https://www.pa.gov/guides/voting-and-elections/
https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/pollingplaceinfo.aspx
https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Voting-at-a-Polling-Place.aspx

Sprinklers in the City

Summer is officially in full swing and it is a hot one. Philadelphia temperatures have been reaching the 90s and it has been making us wish we were on a tropical island splashing around in the waves. Although that is not possible, we have fun (and free!) solutions to beat the heat in the city: sprinkler parks. 

Sprinkler parks are public spaces across Philadelphia that have in-ground sprinklers, fountains and splash pads to jump around in for those too hot to handle days. Perfect for the whole family to cool down, splash around all while maintaining a social distance from others. Check out three of our favorite spots below!

Dilworth Plaza – Location: 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

On the West side of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza features open space, seating and fountain areas to splash in. The fountains have been set on the lowest water setting to allow children to play safety!

Seger Park – Location: 1020 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Located between South Street and Independence National Historical Park, Seger Park offers sprinklers in addition to separate spaces for toddlers and a dog park. It is the perfect spot for the whole family!

Roberto Clemente Park – Location: 1800 Wallace St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Roberto Clemente Park, located in Spring Garden, is the perfect hang out spot for kids. Equipped with a full spray ground, the park also offers basketball courts and plenty of green space to relax.

To find more sprinkler parks in Philadelphia or the suburbs, visit Mommypoppins.com.