Center City Sips

“Center City Sips…the official start to summer in Philly”

It’s that time of year again when every Wednesday, restaurants and bars across the city hold happy hour from 5-7 p.m. and offer $5 cocktails, $3 beers, and half-priced appetizer specials! Sips has turned into a social scene, with hot spots like Marathon Grill’s Patio at 19th & Market and Pagano’s Market & Bar, both with DJ’s and drinks flowing.

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Sips makes working on Wednesday’s in Philly a little more bearable knowing the party’s just getting started after work. Featuring specials all over the city, your Wednesdays this summer will never be dull and you won’t break the bank!

The party continues even after happy hour ends. Sips After Dark, hosted by Rumor continues the deals after 9 p.m. New this year is Center City Sips style. Participating beauty and fashion retailers are offering in-store discounts every Wednesday before Sips. Retailers like Blo Out Dry Bar are offering 10% off blowouts from 12-4pm, and South Moon Under offering 20% off one item if you mention Center City Sips. These are just two of many style participants that will help you go from the office to happy hour seamlessly.

For more information, and a full list of all participating bars and restaurants visit: https://www.centercityphila.org/explore-center-city/ccdsips

Make Your Way to Spruce Street Harbor Park

Looking for a boardwalk experience without leaving Philly? Skip the Jersey Shore traffic and make your way to Spruce Street Harbor Park! This urban beach features hammocks, life-sized games, delectable food, a floating dock, and LED lights brightening up the night sky.

Photographed by Matt Stanley

Photographed by Matt Stanley

There’s so much happening each day and night as well as special events. You can reserve your own hammock in the private lounge area for any type of celebration, or go rollerblading nearby. There’s plenty of activities to do on the water too!

Their vendors include Garces’ Harborside Pizza as well as Distrito Tacos, Franklin Fountain, Federal Donuts, and Chickie’s and Pete’s. Throughout the summer, there are various events for all ages. These events include Second Sunday Cinema, Art Star Pop Up Market, Waterfront Live Music Sessions, and Philly Beer Week.

Spruce Street Harbor Park is open now through October 1st. Sunday through Thursday, the park is open from 11 am to 11 pm. Friday and Saturday, it’s open from 11 am to 1 am for your late night festivities. The park is located at 401 South Columbus Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Local Company Bottles Happiness and Sells it by the Jar

Little Love Jar serves to help people see the positive in life- their jars are always more than half full. The mission of this budding company is twofold: “Collect Love. Spread Joy.” This local couple is determined to make the world better.

Through their simple online shop, the couple has ​created a fun and simple way to give the gift of love to someone special. Ordering a jar is easy through their website. There, invite friends and family to submit personalized messages. Messages are then hand-cut, placed in a​ jar that is wrapped up in style, and sent straight to your loved one’s door. Little Love Jars are a humbling and inspiring way to let someone know the difference they have made in your life.

More than a growing company, Little Love Jar is a movement, and they need your help! They have created a kickstarter for Little Love Jar and hope to raise $50,000 by Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

By combining technology and tender loving care, Little Love Jar is the place to effortlessly spread joy to a loved one with a gift filled with positivity. See how simple, yet powerful a love note can be. Visit http://www.littlelovejar.com.

Watch Little Love Jar on FYI Philly right here!

 

Phillips Crab Deck Reopens for the 2017 Season

Your favorite summer tradition is back… a can’t-miss Maryland dining adventure! Phillips Seafood famous Crab Deck is now open for the 2017 season. Perched on a dock in the Baltimore Harbor, the Crab Deck delivers a menu of local Eastern Shore favorites.

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This is the perfect place to enjoy the best seafood Maryland has to offer. Share a Steam Bucket with friends and family, overflowing with a feast of freshly steamed seafood. And, of course, your trip wouldn’t be complete without classic Ocean City crab cakes, pan sauteed until golden brown. Find the full Crab Deck menu here.

The Crab Deck has a full outdoor bar featuring Phillips’ signature cocktails, like their award-winning Phillips Bloody Mary or the Blue Crab Margarita. Don’t miss out on happy hour specials Monday – Friday from 4 – 7 p.m.

The Baltimore Crab Deck is located at 601 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD and is open seven days a week 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., weather permitting. For more information, call 410.685.6600 or visit www.phillipsseafood.com.

Spring Lamb Degustation at Baril

On April 27, Baril will be hosting a Spring Lamb Degustation. The menu, designed by Chef Georges Perrier, includes seven courses: Sweetbreads, Neck, Shoulder, Shank, Rack, Soupe de Fruits, and Oeufs à la Neige.

This is a special opportunity for people who love Georges Perrier to taste his specialty dishes once again.  Perrier is renowned in the Philadelphia area for his legendary French cuisine. Fans of Perrier will not want to miss out on this rare tasting!

There will be two seatings for the dinner, one at 6 pm and one at 9 pm. The price is $85, or $125 for those who would like to do a wine pairing. For reservations, call 267.687.2608.

Watch this video from FYI Philly for an inside look at Georges Perrier making bouillabaisse at Baril.

Be sure to check out Baril on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

Getting Hai Has Never Been More Fun

20170301_124259-01Who doesn’t love to #GetHai? On April 20, 2017 Hai Street Kitchen & Co. will be having a special promotion for a limited time only! From 2:20 to 6:20 pm, Hai Street will be offering $4.20 off their Hai Street  Chicken and Ho-Lee Shrimp sushi burritos with the secret phrase: “Can I get Hai?”

Hai Street Kitchen & Co. has multiple locations  in Philadelphia; in The Shops at Liberty Place,  in Center City at 32 South 18th St, and in  University City at 125 South 40th St. The  promotion will be offered at all locations.

Don’t forget to follow Hai Street on Instagram,  Twitter and Facebook!

Hop, Don’t Walk to Linvilla’s Bunnyland

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 1.46.44 PMHop on over to Bunnyland at Linvilla Orchards and join us on a hayride as it carries you through the woods to the Easter Bunny’s house! Be sure to bring your camera since the Easter Bunny likes to take pictures and give special treats to everyone who visits. After the ride, don’t forget to stop by the Garden Center for beautiful Easter plants, flowers and accessories or the Farm Market for fresh bakery items or a homemade chocolate treat! The Farm Market is open 9 am – 6 pm daily.

Hayrides to Bunnyland costs $9 per person and runs now through April 15, 11 am to 4 pm each day.

Be sure to check out Linvilla on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celebrate Spring with Hai Street Kitchen and Ai Ramen

20170321_131507Spring is here and Hai Street Kitchen’s 40th street location is kicking it off in a big way. This Friday, March 24 from 5 to 8 PM Hai Street will be serving delicious bowls of ramen from their sister store: Ai Ramen. If you’re hungry in University City on Friday night, grab a friend and enjoy the best of both worlds with a sushi burrito and a bowl of ramen.

The event will feature Ai Ramen’s trademark: The Ai Ramen, alongside their Spicy Miso Ramen, Chicken Ramen, and a special bowl created just for this event. If you’ve been curious about what Hai Street and Ai Ramen have to offer, be sure to take advantage of this event to enjoy them both.

Hai Street’s University City location is at 125 S. 40th street. Be sure to keep up with them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Celebrate Cleavers Cheesy First Birthday

For their first birthday, Cleavers is partnering with the Pennsylvania Cheese Guild throughout the month of March. Cleavers has hand selected cheeses from the guild’s thirteen member farms in the creation of three one of a kind sandwiches and loaded waffle fries. Available for a limited time, these premium offerings are a perfect marriage of prime domestic ribeye or chicken and artisanal cheese from Pennsylvania creameries. A different specialty item will be showcased each week. If you’re craving a sandwich that combines top quality meat and fresh, local cheese, come celebrate with Cleavers!

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Baril Opens Tonight in Rittenhouse

Tonight, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Chef/Restaurateur Michael Franco launches Baril, a neighborhood bistro, steps from Rittenhouse Square. Inspired by the comforting cuisine of Provence, France, Baril features farmhouse-style southern French fare using ingredients sourced from our region’s agriculturally rich small farms and creameries. A hydroponic garden will grow fresh herbs and vegetables in house to be used in the kitchen and bar alike. Baril, where the motto is eat well, drink often, offers baril-logo-smallthe perfect combination of seasonal French comfort-food, carefully curated wines, and handcrafted cocktails.

“Baril is an extension of my home, I want guests to feel the same way like they are in a friend’s house sitting around the table drinking, eating, and exchanging stories” says to Franco.

Join Baril on Friday, December 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. for a grand opening celebration featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and great company.

Baril is nestled just off Rittenhouse Square at 267 South 19th Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit www.barilphilly.com to make reservations or call the restaurant at 267.687.2608. And follow them on Facebook [/BarilPhilly], Instagram [@BarilPhilly], and Twitter [@BarilPhilly].