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Mar 29 2016

Experience A Taste Of That Famous Philly Flavor

A Guide To The Philadelphia Region’s Legendary Foods

Philadelphia’s flavor is a dynamic mix of traditional ethnic recipes and new culinary inventions, well-known treats and obscure dishes, and these specialties can be found everywhere from the corner store to the fanciest kitchens of haute restaurants. Among the region’s signature foods are national favorites like Italian water ice, Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels and the ever-popular cheesesteak. Other local favorites include pork roll and scrapple, which are available here in the region and through services like Taste of Philadelphia, one of many companies that will ship Philly goodies throughout the United States. Philadelphians are loyal to their edible heritage, and here

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Mar 29 2016

Southern, Soul & Caribbean Food Satisfy Philly Diners

Caribbean Cuisine Week Celebrates Island Flavors This Spring

Nothing’s more satisfying than a plate of down-home eats, and thankfully, Philly’s dining scene is rich in catfish, jerk chicken and macaroni and cheese. Whether it’s a gourmet spin on turkey wings, a zesty bowl of jambalaya or a slice of sweet-potato pie, hearty goodness abounds at the region’s soul, southern, Cajun, Cuban and Caribbean eateries. Caribbean Cuisine Week (April 13-15, 2016) celebrates island flavors while raising funds for 700 high school athletes from Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent, the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago participating in the Penn Relays.

Here’s a look of some of the mouthwatering delights sure to

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Mar 24 2016

New Season Means New Perks For The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Popular Package Now Includes Indego & PHLASH Bus Passes, Along With Free Hotel Parking

The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package has always included free hotel parking, but the popular offer now also comes with perks that make it easier to get around the city. For a limited time, package buyers will receive free passes for Indego, the City of Philadelphia’s bike-sharing program, and free tickets for the PHLASH downtown loop, making stops at more than 20 attractions in Center City. It is bookable at visitphilly.com/overnight.

“There is so much going on in Philadelphia during the warmer-weather months, and we want our visitors to be able to do as much of it as possible,”

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Mar 23 2016

A Tale Of Two Host Cities: Philadelphia And Cleveland Put On 2016 Political Conventions

While presidential candidates are going head-to-head in heated discourse, the great American cities of Philadelphia and Cleveland are pushing political banter aside to ready themselves for the national spotlight as they host the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) and Republican National Convention (July 18-21), respectively. Cleveland’s last political convention was the 1936 RNC; that same year, Philadelphia welcomed the DNC. The cities will be part of history again in 2016.

Both destinations have a loyal fan base; residents love their respective city’s arts and culture, history, music and food, and visitors clamor over much of the same. Here’s a look

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Mar 18 2016

Fact Sheet: The Philadelphia Region

The Accessible Greater Philadelphia Region

Population:
There are 4.0 million people residing in the five-county region (7.8 million in the Philadelphia Designated Market Area) and 1.6 million in Philadelphia, making it the second-largest city on the East Coast and the fifth-largest in the country. Center City ranks second in downtown populations in the U.S., behind New York City’s Manhattan.

Location:
Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, with convenient access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. 25% of the United States population lives within 350

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Mar 9 2016

It's Always Sunny-Side Up In Philadelphia

Rise & Shine At One Of Philly’s Many Great Brunch Spots

Weekends were made for brunching—chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a cup of a coffee and/or a Bloody Mary. No one knows this better than Philadelphians, who have a wide array of fantastic brunch options to choose from every Saturday and Sunday. Whether the craving is for a prix-fixe menu offering foie gras and lobster (Lacroix), an Aussie-inspired brekkie platter (Ants Pants Café) or fresh granola and locally grown berries (Talula’s Daily), Philadelphia foodies have plenty of go-to spots for a late-morning or early-afternoon meal. Here’s a look at some of the region’s best

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Mar 8 2016

Philly's Coffee Scene Is Hot & Strong

Local Cafes, Roasters & Bean Pushers Keep Buzzing

The wave of coffee enthusiasm is clearly here to stay in Greater Philadelphia. The region’s coffee scene has been percolating for years now: Cafes roast their own signature beans, baristas specialize in perfectly engineered espressos and coffeehouses use supreme La Marzocco machines. From an Australian flat white to a Chemex-brewed cuppa, the possibilities for delicious caffeinating are endless. Here’s a look at some of the local favorites:

Signature Beans & Brews:

  • Patrons can catch a whiff of caramelizing beans in the upstairs roastery at Chestnut Hill Coffee Company. Downstairs, the coffee bar turns out well-pulled shots and elaborate swirls
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Mar 1 2016

What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Art & Shops In Philadelphia’s Fishtown Neighborhood

Like its hip neighbor Northern Liberties, Fishtown has quickly become one of the coolest sections of Philadelphia, thanks to an influx of quality restaurants, inventive bars, impressive music venues and forward-thinking art galleries.

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, drink craft beer while playing Tetris, eat stellar Yugoslavian food and visit the world’s only pizza museum. Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor serves as

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Mar 1 2016

What's In the Callowhill Neighborhood?

Food, Drinks, Culture, Shops, Galleries, Music & Nightlife In Philadelphia's Callowhill Neighborhood

Dubbed the “Loft District” by real estate developers and “The Eraser ’Hood” by locals referencing the once-dark landscape that inspired former resident David Lynch’s cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something in between these two extremes. The stylish-yet-still-transforming neighborhood attracts both young professionals who enjoy its high-end condos and close proximity to Center City and artists looking for affordable-yet-expansive studio and gallery spaces. It’s a formerly industrial neighborhood that charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and the kind of hidden cultural gems that intrigue visitors and residents alike.

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Feb 29 2016

The Philadelphia Museum Of Art's Mexican Modernism Exhibit Gives Visitors Reasons To Explore City's Mexican Connections

Art Galleries, Restaurants & Special Events Showcase The Wonders Of Mexico

Art lovers are saying viva el arte to the eagerly anticipated exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism: 1910-1950 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 25, 2016 through January 8, 2017. A first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mexico City’s Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, this large-scale show features paintings, prints, books, broadsheets and many works relating to major mural projects—perfect for Philadelphia, boasting more than 3,800 murals on walls all over the city. The show includes pieces from legends Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and important contemporaries such as Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo) and

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Feb 18 2016

Philly Tastes Like Fried Chicken (Sandwiches)

Philadelphia Eateries Turn Out Both Creative &Traditional Takes On The Fast-Food Staple

Historically, Philadelphia has been associated with long roll lunches—cheesesteaks and hoagies and roast pork—but these days, there’s another sandwich crowing for attention: fried chicken. And Philly-area kitchens are turning out this sandwich in all forms: with hot sauce and blue cheese, melted cheese and aioli, slaw and pickles and loads of other variations. Here are a few of the zestiest versions currently ruling the roost:

Chicken City In Philly:

  • Some of the most creative sandwiches around emerge from the strip-mall eatery The Blue Duck in Northeast Philadelphia. The delectable fried chicken includes ranch red cabbage slaw, spicy pickles and
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Feb 17 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Wins Major Industry Award For Social Media

Entry Excelled Among 1,300 Submissions To Win An HSMAI Gold Adrian Award

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® won an esteemed Gold Adrian Award from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) for Digital Marketing Excellence. The awards were announced at a gala in New York City last night, February 16.

VISIT PHILADELPHIA earned the win for its “Surprise and Delight” program. Through the #visitphilly hashtag, geotags and keywords, the destination marketing organization finds people who are documenting their Philly trip, getting ready to visit or missing the city, and then surprises—and delights—them with a Philly treat to inspire them to do more during their stays or to invite them to come back. The package

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Feb 12 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Welcomes Media Relations Manager, Arturo Varela

Varela To Focus On LGBT Market

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® has welcomed Arturo Varela as its new media relations manager, focusing on the general and LGBT markets. In this role, Varela will work to secure editorial coverage for Philadelphia in local, regional and national media outlets, plan media events, and track coverage, while also shaping and executing the company’s integrated LGBT campaign. In addition, Varela will represent VISIT PHILADELPHIA at key LGBT industry events and conferences.

This seasoned journalist comes to VISIT PHILADELPHIA from Al Día News, where he spent six years producing dual-language content on a broad range of topics from arts and culture to politics. In

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Feb 12 2016

What's In The Pennsport & East Passyunk Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Shops, Salons, Parks & Recreation In South Philadelphia's Pennsport & East Passyunk Avenue Neighborhoods

For decades, insiders have flocked to South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, especially on the food front, with many new restaurants opening and gaining enormous acclaim from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine and Eater, an influential online outlet that put East Passyunk eateries in nine of the top 10 spots on the winter 2016 edition of its Eater 38 list of essential Philadelphia’s restaurants.

Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find

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Feb 9 2016

Philadelphia Ranks #1 On Lonely Planet's List Of Best Places To Visit In The U.S. In 2016

Philly Is The Country’s First & Only World Heritage City & Host Of Democratic National Convention

Lonely Planet today released its list of the 10 best places to visit in the United States in 2016, and Philadelphia, the country’s first and only World Heritage City, ranked #1 on the list, ahead of Alaska; San Antonio, Texas; and Yellowstone National Park.

“Philadelphia is thriving, and we’re proud it took the top spot on such an impressive list of places,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. “We love that the article encourages visitors to go beyond the clichés and explore the city’s deep history, raved-about food and evolving neighborhoods. That’s exactly what we’re asking

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Feb 2 2016

New On Philly's Hotel Restaurant Scene

Openings Include Urban Farmer, Richard Sandoval’s Aquimero, Ruth’s Chris & Bud & Marilyn’s

In the decades since acclaimed classical French Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix opened his eponymous restaurant in a four-star hotel across the street from Center City’s Swann Fountain, the Philadelphia hotel dining scene has emerged a foodie force. Today, Lacroix, now flourishing in The Rittenhouse hotel, remains a destination dining spot. But so do newcomers to the scene: locally focused Urban Farmer Steakhouse at The Logan and culinary-kitschy Bud & Marilyn’s at boutique operation The Independent Hotel, along with springtime productions by eminent steakhouse Ruth’s Chris, destined for the Sonesta Philadelphia, and acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s Aqimero at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

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Feb 1 2016

25 Philadelphia Dates For Under $25

Cash-Conscious Couples Score Big On Romance In Philly

Love doesn’t always wait for payday to roll around, and that’s okay because Philadelphia has lots of ways to woo a loved one on Valentine’s Day—or any day, really—without dipping deeply into the bank account. Couples can settle in for a free afternoon hang at Winterfest, ignite a spark while enjoying a glowing sunset and happy hour-priced drinks at R2L, catch up-and-coming stars during a concert at the Curtis Institute of Music or pay a few bucks for a game of ten-pins at North Bowl. Here are 25 fun finds for daters that ring up at $25 or less:

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Jan 28 2016

Cozy Up To Philly's New Restaurants This Winter

The Region’s Dining Scene Stirs Up The Season With Inventive Takeout, New Ways To Enjoy Meat & A Philly Bagel

There’s nothing like a new restaurant to chase away the winter doldrums, and Philadelphia boasts a wonderfully fresh lineup of eateries to explore this season. From the new Italian bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot from celebrated chef Townsend Wentz (A Mano) to a newfangled diner on Jewelers’ Row (Craftsman Row Saloon) to a hipster hoagie joint (Martha), there is no shortage of must-adds for the dining to-do list. Here are just a few of the exciting additions sure to lure diners out of the cold:

Northern Liberties, Fishtown & Kensington:

  • Kensington’s Martha brims with new ideas. The expansive bar features a
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Jan 26 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Debuts New TV Commercial

Spot Showcases Philly’s Well-Known & Lesser-Known Tourist Draws

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® debuted a new television commercial today—a fun, over-the-top spot that honors the city’s beloved icons while showing off the many other enjoyments that make Philadelphia such a popular place to visit and stay overnight. Created in partnership with Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners, the commercial is part of the destination marketing organization’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign and the first VISIT PHILADELPHIA spot to air on television since 2011. It is viewable at visitphilly.com/philazillas.

“Cheesesteaks and history are legendary in Philadelphia, and deservedly so,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “But we want

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Jan 26 2016

Fact Sheet: Philazillas Commercial

Name of Spot: Philazillas

Tagline: There’s more to a legendary city than its legends.

Spot Overview: Part of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, the fun, over-the-top commercial honors the city’s beloved icons (cheesesteaks and Benjamin Franklin) while showing off the many other enjoyments (waterfronts, parks, restaurants, bars, culture, walkability, etc.) that make the city such a popular place to visit and stay overnight.

In “Philazillas,” a larger-than-life Ben Franklin and a just-as-big cheesesteak vie for the spotlight during an outrageous tiff that leaves a visitor asking, “What’s with them?,” and her taxi driver responding,

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