Legends never die, especially a legend like Ron Burgundy. We were first introduced to this iconic character in 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” As San Diego’s top-rated anchorman in the 1970s, Burgundy had it all: a celebrity-level reputation, adoring women, scotch, his pooch Baxter and a beautifully trimmed coiffure, not to mention his […]
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The Philadelphia Tweed Ride Are you itching to make use of your classic tweed blazer and driver cap? Then grab your bicycle and meet up at 11 a.m. at the Water Works Restaurant and Lounge behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a day of fashion picnicking, bike riding and charity. You’ll ride around the […]
Johnny Knoxville is arguably a millennial household name, if not for his outrageous stunts then at least for his iconic guffaw. He and his goon crew have risen among the ranks of run-of-the-mill celebrities with the unorthodox, oftentimes offensive “Jackass” television series and feature films. Before delving into Knoxville’s soon-to-be-released movie, “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” […]
For the end of my first year at Drexel, two of my friends and I decided to go out. We wanted to celebrate our triumph of surviving freshman year in addition to saying goodbye before the three of us separated and spent our summer holiday in different states. Therefore, we opted to try a restaurant […]
Stephen Starr never fails to impress. I’ve been a huge fan of his restaurants since coming to Philly, and I become excessively excited and even proud every time I visit one of his places. This is partly because the costs of said visits make them infrequent; his restaurants are not outrageously expensive and unaffordable, but […]
If you plan on going to Bistro La Baia, located at 1700 Lombard St., bring cash, and if you’re of age, a bottle of wine. The alcohol is optional, but the payment method is non-negotiable. I had a brief panic attack when I heard the hostess say “cash only” to another set of diners after […]
Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Smooth jazz will fill the waterfront every Friday night in August. One of the summer season’s most popular events, the Penn’s Landing Smooth Jazz Summer Nights series, plays host to nationally renowned acts. Be prepared to listen to some of the country’s best smooth jazz artists in a beautiful riverfront venue. […]
Rangoon Burmese Restaurant is an unexpected find. But once you find it, plan on visiting it more than once. The menu is enormous, and if the quantity isn’t enough of a draw, the quality of food seals the deal. The fact that it is a Burmese restaurant helps! I, a self-proclaimed foodie, had never tasted […]
Cat Circus The Amazing Acro-Cats, one of the four “cat shows” in the United States, performs to sold-out venues across the country, and now they’re coming to Philadelphia! They perform and educate the public on animal treatment and pet care. The purr-forming purr-sonalities have as much fun as their audience with obvious content with their […]
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 […]
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 […]
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