Ring in the Year of the Horse at area restaurants!


It’s almost time to celebrate the Chinese New Year! Tomorrow, Friday, January 31, marks the first day of the year of the Horse. To celebrate,head into Philadelphia’s vibrant Chinatown and attend the Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet at Rising Tide Restaurant from 6-9pm or try other area restaurants that will also be joining in the festivities. Check out Bar Ferdinand and taste seven courses of tapas inspired by the Chinese New Year.  If you miss the events on the New Year itself, don’t worry! Stephen Starr’s Buddakan will be observing the Chinese New Year from February 1 to 9 with a $14 trio of assorted dumplings.

Hot Chocolate Hacks

Growing up there was no better feeling than coming in from a long, cold day of playing out in the snow and wrapping your frozen fingers around a steaming mug of hot chocolate, piled high with fluffy marshmallows. With temperatures reaching down into the single digits, we think it’s time we brought back those big cups of chocolately goodness with a little help from the liquor cabinet. We are adults after all.


The Classic: Yum!
your favorite hot chocolate
Smirnoff Marshmallow Vodka
jumbo marshmallows

Some Like It Hot: Woohoo!
your favorite hot chocolate
Fireball Whiskey

El Diablo: Arriba!
your favorite hot chocolate
Jose Cuervo Silver
a pinch of cayenne pepper

Luck Of The Irish: Slainte!
your favorite hot chocolate
Jameson Whiskey
Bailey’s Irish Cream

Simple Super Bowl Snacks


Having a Super Bowl party and stuck on snack ideas? No worries, we have got you covered. We’ve created a list of simple party ideas from our personal favorite restaurants that are guaranteed to leave your guests craving for more. And the best part? You don’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen.

For all you pizza lovers, pick up a few tomato pies from Santucci’s Square Pizza to add some spunk to your fiesta. With its thick bready crust and a generous layer of tomato sauce, Santucci’s is sure treat your taste buds well.  Pizza Brain offers innovative topping combinations, giving guests something new to try. The menu proudly boasts a Kira Tierston, a red pie with mozzarella, smoked bacon, hint of brown sugar, red onion, and oven-roasted brussels sprout. Talk about a combination!

It is a little known fact that no Super Bowl party is complete without sandwiches. A crowd favorite, sandwiches are easy to eat and fill hungry tummies. We recommend serving platters of hoagies or grilled veggie combos. Sarcone’s Deli or Primo Hoagies are great places to pick up a few. Just unwrap and serve!

This year, spice up your Super Bowl party with falafel balls. Stop by Mama’s Vegetaria or the Falafel Bar to find large portions of these delicious, fried vegetarian fritters. Falafel balls are versatile as they can be dressed up into sandwich using pita bread or can be topped over lettuce and tomatoes to make a salad. If you are looking to keep it simple, you can serve the deep-fried balls solo. A favorite dish among vegetarians, you’d definitely make a statement with this snack.

Take a bite out of the wings from Fox and the Hound or Federal Donuts. Between these two eateries, you are sure to find what you are looking for. If you want to serve wings with traditional sauces (mild, BBQ, spicy garlic, etc.) then Fox and the Hound is your go-to. For wings with a funkier appeal, check out Federal Donuts for its seasonings and glazes of coconut curry, za’atar, or honey ginger.

Be sweet and leave your guests some room for dessert. Why waste game time throwing a pie into the oven when you can get your sugary treats from one of the city’s finest bakeries? Isgro’s Pastries and the Swiss Haus Bakery both offer delectable delights of cakes, cookies, and assorted pastries. Watch your guests’ mouths water as they dig into these irresistible delicacies.

There you have it. A snack menu with winning Super Bowl party foods. Have fun and enjoy the game!

Educational And Entertaining

Screen shot 2014-01-07 at 9.55.22 AMWhen was the last time your kids had fun while learning? Well, Linvilla Orchards offers both in one entertaining and educational experience. Linvilla’s interactive Indoor Miniature Golf Course takes over the Garden Center for an exciting outing for people of all ages. Learn about important environment topics such as, ecosystems, evolution, pollution and so many more all to pertaining to the planet we live on.

Learn more about this exhibit and the lessons that can be learned at each hole be visiting www.foretheplanet.info.

Have a birthday party coming up? Put Linvilla Orchards at the top of list. Golf parties include pizza, birthday cakes and a “hole” lot of fun. Linvilla is the perfect place to say, “Happy Birthday” to a special boy or girl.

Group rates are also available for school field trips, church outings and scout adventures. Each child receives one round of golf (including ball & club rental), entrance into the playground, a souvenir magnet, and an educational kit. For more information on how to make a reservation for an event, go to www.linvilla.com