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Nov 6 2017

Classic Holiday Eating, One Philadelphia Mom-And-Pop Shop At A Time

Lines Out The Door Are Part Of The Fun Among These Philly Holiday Food Makers

Philadelphia does festive food and drink right. The proof: Wintertime lines out the doors of the city’s beloved mom-and-pop purveyors. For decades, Philadelphia’s proudly diverse population has represented a variety of home-cooked holiday food traditions holidays: classic latkes, old-world confections, Italian pastry, Polish kielbasa and handmade tamales. Here’s a field guide to eating through the holiday season the authentic way:

Thanksgiving Turkey & Pies:

  • Cacia’s Bakery – Since the 1950s, this venerable deep South Philly bread maker has played a special role in local holiday dinners. Each Thanksgiving, the Cacia family offers their services—their massive, brick-lined bread oven, really—to
Apr 8 2015

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk (Manayunk Arts Festival), a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street (Odunde), a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue (Italian Festival and Craft Beer Day), a weekend celebrating all-things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill (Harry Potter Festival) or a gathering of would-be scientists at multiple neighborhoods throughout the city (Philadelphia Science Festival). Philly’s neighborhoods make merry all year long with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for

Nov 12 2010

Give Thanks For These Turkey Day Recipes

Philly Homegrown™ Cooks Up Ideas For New & Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Dishes

Experienced cooks and Turkey Day novices eager to give their Thanksgiving dinner extra yum appeal can head straight to Philly Homegrown™’s to score recipes for all aspects of their mammoth meal, which they’re encouraged to use local ingredients to prepare. Submitted by top local chefs, the recipes—from a classically prepared turkey to a not-so-typical oyster hash—will satisfy seafood lovers, vegetarians and others partaking in the annual dining feast. Here’s a look at what’s cooking in the Now in Season section of

  • Appetizers: Oyster hash recipe courtesy of Mike Stollenwerk, chef/owner of Fish and Fathom Seafood House; blended
Jan 24 2007

Updated Takes On Chocolate Sweeten Valentine's Day In Philly

Region Serves Up Creative Ways To Indulge In All-Things Chocolate

Couples seeking to sweeten up their sweeties with chocolate this Valentine’s Day have many delectable choices in Philadelphia and The Countryside. For starters, every weekend in February, Chaddsford Winery is inviting couples to sample sweet wines paired with chocolate from nearby Eclat Chocolate. And, when it comes to wine, chocolate and love, there’s little reason not to indulge in further temptations:

Sensual Snacking:

  • With a name like Naked Chocolate Café, it’s no surprise locals are buzzing about the city’s newest confectionary shop. Already known for its frozen hot chocolate and Aztec drinking chocolate, Naked Chocolate cultivates the sensual

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Mar 6 2015

Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More

In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside, There’s Always Something To Celebrate In 2015

With just the turn of the ignition key and within less than an hour, visitors to Philadelphia can explore the region’s quaint towns and charming settings. And what better way to discover them than with the homegrown festivals and events that celebrate their distinct personalities. Some festivities are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to pay tribute to the mushroom. Others honor the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town’s proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local

Mar 19 2014

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair or zombies taking over South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a weekend celebrating all things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill. Throughout the year, Philly’s neighborhoods make merry with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for 2014:


Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures,
Jan 24 2012

29 Days In February Means 29 Nights Of Dates In Philly

Among The Lovely Prizes: Restaurant Gift Cards, Hotel Stays, Tour Tickets & A Red Hot Vespa

Romance abounds in February, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is making it possible for couples to celebrate their love in style thanks to the month-long 29 Nights of Dates promotion. A component of GPTMC’s popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, which is heavily focused on couples this winter, the sweepstakes features nearly 70 prizes, including a Vespa—all valued at more than $13,000.

From February 1-29 (yes, it’s a leap year), fans of will have a chance to win one of 29 fun, romantic and inspired Philly dates. Fans are encouraged to check each day

Nov 2 2011

Philly's More Fun When You...Race A Goat? Indeed.

Gay Bingo, Granny Races, Graveside Runs & More Make Philly Quirky All Year Long

As if making an international name for itself in the 19th and 20th centuries with an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked bell didn’t make Philadelphia quirky enough, it seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:


  • Setting the standard for quirky events, the Mummers Parade kicks off every New Year with more than 15,000 men, women and children spending thousands of dollars on
Dec 6 2010

Last-Minute Gifts For Foodies

Philly Homegrown Gift Guide Satisfies Budgets & Tastes Of All Sorts

Holiday shoppers looking for stand-out gifts that recipients will devour (quite literally) can head to Philly Homegrown™’s for the region’s top 10 edible gifts—a list that includes everything from Herr’s Swiss chocolate-covered potato chips to Jose Garces’ gourmet coffee beans to a year’s worth of gelato from Capogiro. While perusing the guide, site visitors can also register for a chance to win a copy of Chef Steve Poses’ At Home: A Caterer’s Guide to Cooking and Entertaining (one of the items included in the gift guide), along with a one-hour entertaining consultation with the chef. Contest ends on December

Nov 11 2008

Philly's More Romantic During The Holiday Season

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LOCATION: Center City, Penn’s Landing and the Brandywine Valley

TRANSPORTATION: Foot, taxi and car

DURATION: Two days and two nights

Crisp starry skies…cozy firelight dinners…colorful twinkling lights. The holidays are here, and all around Philadelphia, romance is in the air. Time for you and your sweetie to slip away from the holiday hubbub and slip into a romantic getaway. More than 30 area hotels offer two-day packages with free parking, which means you’ll have a little cash left over to splurge on a bottle of champagne and some chocolates.


Jun 9 2008

A Taste Of Philadelphia Brings Gastronomical Goodies To The Great Plaza At Penn's Landing

Philly Restaurants Featured At Sunoco Welcome America!’s Fourth Of July Celebration

Some of the city’s best chefs are bringing their culinary talents to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, for A Taste of Philadelphia, an opportunity to feast on fine cuisine at fast food prices. The event, a joint production of Sunoco Welcome America! and the Penn’s Landing Corporation, will take place on July 5, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and July 6, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., as part of Philadelphia’s nine-day Fourth of July festival.

For two days, hungry gourmands can throw caloric caution to the winds and sample upscale entrees from some of the city’s finest restaurants