Given that my idea of Greek food is a chicken gyro with French fries on it — and to make matters worse, I pronounce it as “jeye-roh” like a true ‘Murican — I did not expect the cuisine I was fed at Kanella: Greek Cypriot Kitchen. There was still pita bread (thank goodness), but that [...]
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To begin with a disclosure, the location of Brick American Eatery in the more residential neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square swayed my opinion of the restaurant more favorably than had it been placed in an area surrounded by skyscrapers. Located at 1708 Lombard St., the restaurant is nestled in a picturesque neighborhood of suburban and urban [...]
Branzino Italian Ristorante — the first impression is really in the name. At least for me, Branzino has a certain flair to it, fancy but not unwelcoming. Mind you, this is disregarding the fact that “branzino” is actually a type of fish. Believe me, upon entering this place it becomes clear that Branzino (the restaurant) [...]
First things first: Keep a watchful eye when looking for Resurrection Ale House. My companions and I learned, the hard way, of course,, that the establishment is tucked into a street corner much like a dive. Indeed, the South Philadelphia neighborhood in which married owners Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida opened RAH, their third restaurant [...]
Standard Tap is a new breed of neighborhood tavern. It fulfills the basic standards — homey food, an unbelievably extensive selection of draft beers, the dull roar of happy patrons, and dim lighting. That being said, it is anything but basic. The foundational characteristics are certainly there, but Standard Tap then goes above and beyond. [...]
Good Karma Cafe will satisfy your senses in more ways than what you would expect from a cabaret, let alone a coffee house. It offers a drink and food menu capable of inducing a mini excitement-panic attack from the multitude of tantalizing choices. What’s more, it’s nestled among the picturesque townhouses of Fitler Square at [...]
Well, for starters, I suggest dressing business casual at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, which I did not learn until it was too late. It was like when a family decides to change their game plan from T.G.I Friday’s to a more upscale restaurant but does not realize the different dress code expectations and thus allows their [...]
Call me Alejandra, because Las Cazuelas has transported me from its location on the border of Northern Liberties and Olde Kensington to Puebla, Mexico, the hometown of chef Alfredo Aguilar. Although the small Mexican restaurant is inconspicuous in appearance, its food is anything but modest. The menu does not offer a considerable variety of choices [...]
The pub-dwelling Irishman in me is pleased. Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant, located at 1500 Locust St., fulfills the standards expected of such an establishment. To start, customers are granted the privilege of self-seating, though, in no seat will a customer be shortchanged. Fado’s layout ensures that no visitors will be confined to a dark, [...]
The crowd literally could not stay seated. By the final scene of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” which took place at a chintzy yet soulful concert at the Walnut Street Theatre, several women in the audience had erupted from their chairs to jive along with the dancing actors onstage. One even proceeded to make her [...]
As Philly’s local alternative rock station, Radio 104.5 offers a melodic fusion of the genres. It mixes hits by rock icons like Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters with singles from more recent indie bands such as Of Monsters and Men, Foster the People, and Gotye. Indeed, the DJs — Wendy, Stephen, Johnny [...]
To be honest, I am somewhat of a newbie to electronica, only first dabbling into it in college. Prior to this, listening to Wired 96.5 and Q102 was the closest I had come to experiencing the genre, so I hardly knew of its existence. Luckily, for the sake of my street cred’ in the music [...]
The students of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design areinthe middle oftheirown March Madness, presenting a multitude ofdifferentperformances, presentations and exhibits across the spectrum of media arts and design majors. March 1 marked the first of manyanticipatedshowings created by our fellow Dragons for the cultural fancies of students, faculty and visitors [...]
Less Than Jake … more like Less Than Nothing. The band visited Philadelphia Feb.17 at the Trocadero Theatre and delivered a concert unlike any I have seen. The “eff it, we’re musicians” attitude of the band, the enthusiasm of the music and, most of all, the genuine passion of the crowd were unparalleled. Indeed, this [...]
“I’m going to sit here and rest my feet.” “The Scottsboro Boys” ended with these words spoken by the renowned Rosa Parks, played by Kaci M. Fannin. The stage went black, and my reaction slipped out: “Wow.” Susan Stroman, of “The Producers” fame, directed and choreographed the production complemented by the musical mastery of dynamic [...]
Among the elaborate vocabulary of acollegestudent, one word frequentlyappearsinconversation: broke. There is no questionthatcollegeis expensive. At times it seemslikeablackholeinyour bank account and your wallet. Although frustrating and somewhat sickening to think about, such high expenses of education help students to develop thriftier spending-savvy habits. And so it goes for my excursion to Bistro 7, one [...]
A Drexel graphic design student designed the “Art Ignites Change” exhibit in the new public space at The Gallery at Market East, which officially opened Dec. 13. Randi Dean, a senior, created a timeline of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program from its inception in 1984 to its current state. Dean, along with 13 [...]
The Philadelphia City 6 Extramural Classic celebrated its 25th annual 5K and Turkey Trot Nov. 5 with over 290 participants from six city universities, including Drexel. The event was founded in 1986 to promote the socialization of Philadelphia’s universities through recreational sports. While the first competition was hosted at Franklin Field of the University of [...]
The Academy of Natural Sciences will open its newest exhibit, “Bugs … Outside the Box,” Oct. 22, less than a week away from its “Affiliation Day” with Drexel University, which will include free museum admission for Drexel students. The Academy partnered with Italian artist Lorenzo Possenti and Outhouse Exhibit Services, a creation company for scientific [...]
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