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.
What better way to start off summer than a vibrant, delicious pink drink?
Bryn + Dane’s is celebrating National Smoothie Day and the First Day of Summer on Friday, June 21, 2019 with a free smoothie, The Journey. The one-day exclusive smoothie is an organic blend of pitaya, strawberries and bananas.
Whatever smoothie you choose, make sure to grab a $10.99 Bryn + Dane’s reusable cup to fill up all summer long. Bring it back every time for 10% off your smoothie purchase. Simple and clear, the reusable cup is the perfect fit for any smoothie and a great way to help save the planet.
Bryn + Dane’s has four amazing locations and will be open on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
We’re excited to announce that Fu-Wah Mini Market, located in University City, has a new logo!
Now for the first time since opening their doors in 1982, Fu-Wah will have a dedicated logo to represent their company. For over 30 years, Fu-Wah has remained a family-run mini market and deli in the University City neighborhood. While the surroundings may change, their commitment to serving quality products has not. Home to the Original Tofu Banh Mi, Fu-Wah provides freshly made deli items such as bold Banh Mi styles and classic hoagies and sandwiches. On the shelves you’ll find a variety of specialty and hard-to-find Asian products as well as the items on your daily shopping list.
Call ahead (215-729-2993) for large orders or stop by to pick up a sandwich.
Fu-Wah Mini Market is located on 810 South 47th Street, Philadelphia PA 19143
Ten days after America celebrates their Independence Day, France celebrates French National Day, commonly known as Bastille Day. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
Even if you aren’t in the country of croissants and the Eiffel Tower, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate Bastille Day in the City of Brotherly Love.
On Saturday, July 12, Eastern State Penitentiary and Fairmount Ave will be holding their 20th annual Bastille Day Festival block party, starting at 2 p.m. The highlights of the popular festival begin around 5:30, which include a mock storming of the Bastille with an appearance by Marie Antoinette. The words “Let them eat Tastykake!” serve as a signal for the Philadelphia-based treats to be flung through the air.
Before heading over to Eastern State, stop by London Grill to enjoy some French-themed specials and live music. They will be celebrating the holiday throughout the entire weekend, from July 10 to 14, and are located at 2301 Fairmount Avenue. Additionally, restaurants will be hosting after parties, including London Grill and Alla Spina.
Popular french restaurants throughout Center City like Parc, Bistrot La Minette, and Fond will all be serving special dishes in honor of the holiday.
If you’re in the suburbs, Media is holding their own celebration on July 12 on State Street between Jackson and Orange Streets.
French desserts like crêpes are delicious all year around, but taste extra sweet on July 14th. Bastille Day is the perfect way to add some French flair to your weekend! À la vôtre!
Avance is celebrating Negroni Week Monday, June 2 through Saturday, June 7. During this week, bars around the world will be celebrating joining the fun by donating to their favorite charities. With over 750 participating bars, Avance will be in good company. The restaurant, located in Philadelphia, at 1523 Walnut Street, will be featuring a classic Negroni. In addition, Avance’s very creative barman Bradford Lawrence has added a Negroni variation to his cocktail list. A deviation of Boulevardier circa 1927, it is “a wonderful cocktail that is the genesis for my ‘10 Bells’ cocktail”. This drink is a combination of two different bourbons, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Amontillado Sherry, all rested over Japanese charcoal for ten days. The cocktail is stirred over a large ice cube and finished with gunpowder tea tincture mist. A portion of the sale of each of these drinks will benefit The Food Trust, an organization that supports access to healthy food nationwide.
So, what is a Negroni, you ask? It’s a classic apéritif, made from equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. According to Bradford, “The components of the Negroni are potent, bracing and designed to celebrate the strong ingredients.” While there are variations of the cocktail, Bradford enjoys a classic Negroni, made with London Dry style gin.
Negroni Week is sponsored by Campari. Campari will donate $10,000 to the chosen charity of the bar that raises the most money during the week. Negroni aficionados can follow along using #NegroniWeek and #TeamAvance, and as always, tweet with us @BreslowPartners. Negroni Week concludes on Sunday, June 8th.
Located on the lower level, The Bar at Avance offers a large selection of spirits, beer, wine and a menu of shared plates. For more info, log onto the Avance website at http://www.avancerestaurant.com or call the restaurant at 215.405.0700.
Mirroring last year, Questlove will be spinning the night away at the after party for this year’s Great Chefs Event. The Grammy Award winning artist, Philadelphia native and founding member of The Roots will be blessing VIP attendees with his vivacious vinyl spins. His presence at the event is indicative of his omnipresent support of Marc Vetri and his efforts concerning the charities behind the Great Chefs Event (The Vetri Foundation for Children and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation).
The after party will be held at Alla Spina, one of Vetri’s top Philly restaurants. The event will be closing off Mount Vernon St. and allowing VIPs to taste exclusive bites form the legendary chefs themselves, giving them truly an industry insider experience. If you plan on attending this epic extravaganza, it will cost you $525 for the event and after party combination; that is, if any tickets remain!
Attendees will be hustling out of work in anticipation of the 6 p.m. start time on Tuesday, June 10, at the Navy Yard. General Admission tickets for the event will run you $350, not including the after party. You can buy tickets here.
–The Great Chefs Event [Official]
–Alla Spina: 4110 Mt. Vernon St. – (215)-600-0017
When thinking of Mardi Gras most people think of New Orleans and Bourbon Street, but there is plenty to do right here in Philadelphia! The Mummers will be celebrating Mardi Gras on Saturday, March 1 at the first ever Philadelphia Mummers Mardi Gras!
You can’t get much closer to New Orleans and Bourbon Street than Bourbon Blue in Manayunk, with drink specials all day and live music beginning at 8 pm. If Center City is more your neighborhood, check out Chris’ Jazz Café for some jazzy tunes, great drink specials and delicious Louisiana style dishes. No matter what you decide to do to celebrate Mardi Gras, keep it classy Philly!
Raspberries are finally ripe and ready to be picked! Come on down to the fields at Linvilla Orchards on Saturday, June 22 to pick your own delicious, fresh fruit. Bring your friends and family for an amazing time picking fruit, tasting samples and trying recipes throughout the day. You can even take a hayride right to the fields! Artist Jesse Loewy with Special Brew’d will also provide musical entertainment on Linvilla’s main stage.
Don’t forget to take a breather from picking and stop by the Linvilla Grill for lunch! Or you can check out the Farm Market for bakery treats to take home and the Garden Center for your gardening needs and supplies. This weekend at Linvilla will not be one to miss!
Linvilla Orchards is located at 137 W. Knowlton Rd, Media, Pa. For more information, call 610-876-7116 or visit www.linvilla.com.
For anyone who is a whiz in the kitchen or simply savors delicious mouthfuls of food, come to the 2012 Food Experiments National Tour!
This countrywide amateur cook-off is continuing its 16-city tour by rolling into Philadelphia’s Underground Arts Theater on May 6, 2012. Amateur chefs are invited to brandish their talents by creating the ultimate sandwich for the public’s tasting pleasure.
You are invited to judge this festive and delicious event, joining local expert Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros to determine the winner. Contenders are not only competing to win over your taste buds, but also for the opportunity to battle other national winners in Brooklyn, New York.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities that promote healthy eating among Philadelphian youths. So come, tie an apron around your hips or tuck a napkin into your shirt, and partake in this sandwich extravaganza!
For details, visit http://thefoodexperiments.com/tour/
April 23rd through April 29th marks Main Line Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants throughout the Main Line and Philadelphia’s western suburbs will offer prix fixe menus showcasing their chefs’ signature dishes. Menus feature discounted lunches and three-course dinners which comprise of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Diners can expect to spend $20 to $50 per person.
What’s better than a discounted meal at your favorite restaurant? Well how about the chance to eat for FREE at some of the best eateries in the Main Line. Lucky Restaurant Week diners have a chance to win gift certificates for up to $100 at participating restaurants including Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Verdad, and The Capital Grille. For details and a full list of restaurants visit: www.mainlinerestaurantweek.com.
Happy dining everyone!