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Feb 15 2018

Philadelphia’s Fabulous Brunch Scene, Neighborhood By Neighborhood

Philly’s Many Great Brunch Spots Offer Classic-To-Global Meals

Philadelphia’s brunch scene has always been strong, thanks to beloved line-out-the-door spots such as Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, Sabrina’s and Honey’s Sit ’N Eat. But more and more, Philly’s brunch options have gone truly global. On the a.m. rise right now: sweet bao and kimchi Bloody Mary’s (Bing Bing Dim Sum), bologna eggs Benedict and Dutch baby pancakes (The Dutch), huevos rancheros and scrapple-stuffed tortas (Mission Taqueria), lobster frittatas (Fork) and vegan Monte Cristos (The Tasty). Here’s a look at some of the region’s best brunch options:

Center City East, Old City & Washington

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Feb 14 2018

Sports In Philadelphia

Backgrounder

Philadelphia is one of few U.S. cities with a professional franchise in six major league sports. Most of Philly’s pro teams play within a few miles of Center City, in South Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles football); Citizens Bank Park (Phillies baseball); Wells Fargo Center (76ers basketball, Flyers hockey and, beginning in December 2018, the National Lacrosse League Wings); and, a few miles south of the city line, Talen Energy Stadium (Union soccer). Philadelphia sports fans’ pride and spirit is legendary.

FOOTBALL:
The Pros:

The Philadelphia Eagles took to the football field for the first time in 1933. The

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Feb 14 2018

Philadelphia's Hospitality Agencies Report Major Boost In Hotel Bookings Throughout A Spectacular NFL Playoff Season

Eagles Fandom Generates Increased Overnight Stays In Philadelphia Hotels Through Super Bowl LII

Three Philadelphia hospitality agencies declared victory for city hotels today, the day after millions of fans celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl LII win with a massive parade for their team. The entire NFL Playoff season was a huge success for hotels, generating increased visitation when homesick fans returned to Philadelphia—and resulting in an estimated $3.3 million in incremental hotel room revenue, according to the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.

This huge bump in hotel bookings for Philadelphia lasted from the Eagles’ Divisional Playoff game at home against the Atlanta

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Feb 7 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?

Fishtown And The River Wards

Northeast of Center City, Philadelphia’s Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond—collectively known as the River Wards—are some of the city’s most rapidly changing neighborhoods. An influx of restaurants, bars, music venues, art galleries and residents are quickly transforming the makeup of these formerly working-class sections along the Delaware River.

Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians in what’s now Penn Treaty Park. It’s the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar (DiPinto Guitars), drink craft beer while playing

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Feb 7 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?

Northern Liberties

Once considered an up-and-coming neighborhood, Northern Liberties has officially arrived, evidenced by the international restaurants, respected gastropubs and trendy boutiques—all this while maintaining the artistic vibe that made it so cool in the first place.

The warehouses that populate the former manufacturing district found new life as condos, galleries, stores and restaurants, and along with newly designed buildings, Northern Liberties enjoys a pleasant mix of older functional and modern design. Two shopping/dining/art/entertainment plazas helped make the area accessible and thriving: Liberties Walk and The Schmidt’s Commons.

The neighborhood lies a little over a mile north of Old City and about

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Feb 7 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?

East Passyunk Avenue & Pennsport

For decades, insiders have headed to South Philadelphia—particularly the neighborhoods east of Broad Street, for the red-gravy Italian restaurants. Today, the area around East Passyunk Avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed much revitalization. This is especially so on the food front, with many new eateries earning enormous acclaim from Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and more.

Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced “pah-shunk” by locals) find boutiques, cafes, gastropubs, excellent Malaysian (Saté Kampar), French (Laurel, Will BYOB) and Filipino (Perla) fare, as well as the ristoranti (Marra’s,

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Feb 1 2018

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region February 2018 Through February 2019

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

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FEBRUARY 2018

Through February 2, 2018
THINGS FALL APART.
The exhibition and walking tour in the always-free Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) explores the life and afterlife of things and why (and how) we preserve them. (215) 925-2222, chemheritage.org

Through February 4, 2018
PHILADELPHIA AUTO SHOW.
The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 700,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the showplace

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Jan 30 2018

“Greased Pole” Doughnuts And More Fun Philly Foods For Super Bowl LII

Philadelphia Chefs Come Up With Clever Fare As the Philadelphia Eagles Head To The Big Show

In Philadelphia, the excitement for the Eagles’ trip to Super Bowl LII isn’t just palpable: It’s edible. The ultimate football turn of events has inspired the city’s chefs, cooks and bartenders to come up with clever, quirky—delicious—Birds-inspired food and drink.

Among the ever-growing list of Eagles fan fare are vegan pastry inspired by Broad Street’s greased poles (Dottie’s Donuts), all-green Bloody Mary cocktails (Pub & Kitchen), broccolini cheesesteaks (Rooster Soup Co.) and underdog everything, including soft pretzels (Philly Pretzel Factory) and mac-and-cheese (Mac Mart). Here are the details:

  • Bleeding
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Jan 30 2018

Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

Exhibitions, Performances and Special Program Highlight Philly’s Month of

Black History Month celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year, and Philadelphia honors the occasion with special events, exhibitions, film screenings and family activities. Philadelphia’s Black History Month features the nation’s longest running African American Children’s Book Fair; Black Pulp!, a new exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Henry “Box” Brown: The Musical, starring Dice Raw. Here are highlights of Philly’s Black History Month:

Museum Happenings:

  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) hosts the regional debut of Black Pulp!, curated by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson. This visual overview offers up printed works by
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Jan 24 2018

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Reports A Record 2017 For Leisure Tourism & Announces Marketing Plans For 2018

Key Stories & Stats From The Annual Hospitality Event

At the 9th annual New Year’s breakfast for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® today, the destination marketing organization (DMO) released record numbers for hotel occupancy in 2017 in Center City Philadelphia. The tourism marketing organization also announced a strengthening of its focus on food, with plans to:

  • launch a video series in partnership with Bon Appétit,
  • bring the 2018 James Beard Awards Nominations Announcement to Philadelphia and
  • create a dining-centric Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for spring.

In addition, VISIT PHILADELPHIA announced it has evolved its With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign around the new City of Brotherly Love theme. The

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Jan 23 2018

Many of Philly's Finest Attractions Are Free—Or Almost

Great Places To Experience For Visitors On A Budget

When it comes to visiting Philadelphia, some of the best things to see and do are free, or close to it. For families and budget-conscious travelers eager to explore the region, that’s great news. Check out the city’s many low-cost or no-cost attractions, including historic Independence Hall, student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music and tours (and beer tastings) at the Philadelphia Brewing Company.

Historic Sites:

  • American Philosophical Society Museum – On 5th Street, next to the east wing of Independence Hall, Philosophical Hall (1789) was built by the American Philosophical Society, the nation’s first “think tank,”
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Jan 23 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?

Chinatown

Beyond Philadelphia’s historic Friendship Arch at 10th and Arch Streets lives a thriving Asian neighborhood, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants. Stretching from Vine to Arch Streets between 9th and 12th Streets, Philly’s Chinatown is packed end-to-end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and hipster thrown in for good measure. On any given day or night, Chinatown is active and authentic, popular for steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles, seasonal street festivals, a new food hall (

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Jan 22 2018

Philadelphia Bakeries: More Delicious By The Dozen

A Guide To The Region’s Top Makers Of Bread, Buns, Cakes And Pastries

Philadelphia, a city of neighborhoods, is also a city of neighborhood bakeries. Cannoli from the 9th Street Italian Market’s Isgro’s and Termini Brothers, tomato pie from Manayunk’s Marchiano’s Bakery and pound cake from Port Richmond’s Stock’s Bakery are just some of the crumbs of Philly’s culinary makeup. Today, the city’s blocks also burst with modern French patisseries and boulangeries (J’aime French Bakery, Machine Shop), specialized bakeries (Dottie’s Donuts, ICI Macarons and Café and gluten- and allergen-free specialist Sweet Freedom Bakery) and artisans with modern ideas about heritage ingredients (High Street on Market, Lost Bread

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Jan 22 2018

Valentine’s Day + Romantic Philadelphia Hotel Packages = True Love Always

Bubbly, Lazy Breakfasts, Chocolates—And Precious Time Alone—Are Among The Perks

This Valentine’s Day, Philadelphia hotels are tempting couples to stay over with clever, classic—and always romantic—overnight packages. The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection is beloved year-round for its LOVE and AMOR sculptures, The Giant Heart at The Franklin Institute and endless tables for two. This time of year, the city’s acclaimed accommodations up the Philly love. (For more, great Philadelphia hotel packages—that always include free overnight parking onsite and other perks—go to visitphilly.com/overnight.)

Hotel Packages for Valentines:

  • AKA University City – Atop the shining Cira Centre South, couples who’ve booked a one- or two-bedroom suite with
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Jan 19 2018

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Board of Directors Announces Leadership Transition as Founding President & CEO, Meryl Levitz, Plans Departure in 2018

Founding President & CEO, Meryl Levitz, Plans Departure in 2018

The Board of Directors of VISIT PHILADELPHIA® today announced that its founding president and CEO, Meryl Levitz, plans to leave her leadership post by the end of the year. A search committee has been established by the Board of Directors to oversee the process of identifying the organization’s new chief executive and it has engaged Diversified Search to undertake a national effort to recruit and secure a highly qualified and passionate candidate. Until the transition to a new leader is complete, Ms. Levitz will continue in her current role as president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA to ensure a

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Jan 19 2018

31 Top Philadelphia Region Attractions In 2017

Fact Sheet

Note: Most attractions were listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists 2017. Those that were not are marked with an asterisk*.

Historical Sites & Attractions:
1. African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)* – Founded in 1976, AAMP is the first institution in a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. The core exhibit Audacious Freedom takes a fresh, bold look at African-Americans’ role in the founding of the nation; other exhibits and programs explore the history, present and future of the African diaspora in the U.S. 701 Arch Street, (215)

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Jan 19 2018

Philly's Signature Sandwiches: Cheesesteaks, Hoagies & Roast Pork

A History & Love Story Between A Proud City & Its Delicious Inventions

Here in Philly, cheesesteaks, hoagies and roast pork sandwiches are civic icons, tourist draws, cultural obsessions—and, most importantly, beloved meals. A visit to the city would be incomplete without a dive into the distinct, no-forks-required specialties that make this “America’s Best Sandwich City,” as Saveur magazine recently declared. Here’s the lowdown on the holy trio of between-bread Philadelphia:

Cheesesteak:
What Is It?

A cheesesteak—always one word!—consists of a long, crusty roll filled with thin-sliced, freshly sautéed ribeye beef and melted cheese. The art of cheesesteak preparation lies in the balance of flavors, textures and what is often referred to

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Jan 19 2018

Cheers: Where To Drink Wine In Philly

From State Stores To Local Pours

Philadelphia has long enjoyed a stellar reputation as a beer town. Today, the ever-adventurous, ever-culinary city also enjoys a serious—yet seriously fun—wine scene. Philly’s vino revolution began with restaurants such as Fork, Tria and Panorama that expanded their wine lists from offering conventional bottles to featuring fascinating new regions and varietals. It continued with the introduction of Philly Wine Week, which will celebrate its fifth year March 22-29, 2018, with dozens of wine-centric tastings and events citywide.

More recently, Pennsylvania, once the nation’s largest alcoholic beverage control (or ABC) state, has upped its game with new, improved Fine Wine &

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Jan 3 2018

Philadelphia's Live Music Scene Sounds So Good

Venues Large & Small Attract All Genres of Musicians

Renowned for its live music scene, Philadelphia’s vibrant rock, rap, jazz and pop venues showcase the world’s most buzzed-about musicians. It’s no surprise: Philly is where The Roots, Pink, McCoy Tyner, Meek Mill, Santigold, Cayetana, Jill Scott, Christian McBride, The War on Drugs all came up. It’s also the site of Jay Z’s Made in America festival. Here’s a look at places to catch the latest, greatest live music performances in Philadelphia:

Jazz Spaces:

  • Chris’ Jazz Café – The longest-operating jazz club in Philly hosts live jazz six nights a week. Performances by local, national and international artists accompany
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Jan 3 2018

Taquerias And Taco Trucks Dot Philadelphia Neighborhoods

South Philly Leads The City’s Taco Craze

Philly’s turned into a bona fide taco town. Between the authentic, mom-and-pop taquerias of South Philly, tried-and-true tequila bars, roving food trucks and the newest crop of Mexican joints, there’s truly a taco for everyone and their hermano. Here’s where:

South Philly:

  • Blue Corn – Distinguished among its quick-serve counterparts on the 9th Street Italian Market, this family-owned and operated restaurant has genuine warmth and hospitality—not to mention a liquor license and incredible tacos made with a rotating lineup of specialty tortillas pressed on the premises. 940 S. 9th Street, (215) 925-1010, @bluecornrestaurant
  • El Compadre –
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