The Best Places to Watch the Superbowl in Philly

Varga bar

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At Varga the Superbowl will be on display on several televisions around the bar, but the real event for those at Varga is its annual Super Fowl wing cook-off. Their chef Mike Barnisan will be facing off against another nearby bar’s head chef, Doreen DeMarco, to see who can make the best game-day wings. The two will go head to head cooking up hot wings, non-american wings, and a wild card wing to be determined on Superbowl Sunday.

 

 

Dock Street Brewing Co.

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This West Philadelphia based bar is doing their patrons a true service by screening Puppy Bowl XIII. Start your Superbowl Sunday off watching adorable puppies play on a fake football field and enjoy wood-fired pizza and wings, along with hand-crafted beers. If you get hungry the kitchen will also be open until 9pm serving a variety of wings and buffalo chicken pizza.

 

Chickie’s and Pete’s

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Chickie’s and Pete’s is an essential staple in the Philadelphia sports fan’s life. It is at its core the quintessential sports bar. With an abundance of televisions playing the game, no matter where you sit you will have a good view to watch. From endless beer to the world famous Crabfries, if you’re looking to indulge yourself this Superbowl Sunday, Chickie’s and Pete’s is a must.


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The Rothman Ice Rink at City Hall

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From now until February 26th, everyone can experience the transformation that Dilworth Park undergoes to become the local winter wonderland known as the Rothman Ice Rink.

Enjoy ice skating with friends under the glow of the city lights, and warm up in the Rothman Cabin located at the top of the rink with a delicious hot chocolate in the heated tent. Relax after an entertaining skate in front of the historic City Hall with seasonal cocktails, craft beers, and warm and delectable foods like poutine and chili, courtesy of Air Grille by Brûlée Catering.

City Hall is a quick 20 minute drive from Siena Place and you won’t find an attraction like this one for another year! Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under, and skate rentals are an additional $10.


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Outdoor Entertaining for the Summer

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This is the perfect time of the year for cookouts and outdoor entertaining! Set up umbrellas or awnings with lawn chairs underneath to give guests a shaded area to sit and relax and get out the tiki torches and citronella candles to keep away bugs.

Cookouts are all about food and keeping your guests happy, so make sure you stock up on food and beverages that keep them satisfied. Try some of our favorite festive recipes below!

Watermelon Salsa

1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest (from about 1 lime)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes)
1 tablespoon sugar
Freshly ground pepper
3 cups seeded and finely chopped watermelon
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 mango, peeled and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 small red onion, finely chopped
8 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Tortilla or pita chips, for serving

Stir together the lime zest, lime juice, sugar and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Add the 3 cups of watermelon, 1 diced cucumber, mango, jalapeno, onion and basil and toss gently. Chill the salsa until ready to serve.Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt just before serving. Serve with chips.

Jerk Chicken Wings

Toss 6 split chicken wings, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons jerk seasoning on a sheet of foil. Form a packet. Grill over high heat, turning once, 25 minutes. Top with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Zucchini and Tomatoes

Toss 2 sliced zucchinis, 2 diced tomatoes, 4 smashed garlic cloves, olive oil, basil, and salt and pepper on a sheet of foil. Form a packet. Grill over high heat, 10 minutes. Top with grated Parmesan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Flavors of Philly Food Tour

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Experience Philadelphia’s most popular food, while strolling around a city full of culture and history. Flavors of Philly is a fun and casual tour that will take you to the best local eateries along with sightseeing, history and architecture highlights. The food locations of course includes cheese steaks along with other Philadelphia favorites such as soft pretzels, tomato pie and more. Everything is included and your guide is also your server, so all you have to worry about is enjoying yourself touring Philly and eating delicious food.

It’s offered Monday through Saturday from 1:30 pm to 4 pm and Sundays from 11:30 am to 2 pm. It costs $39 per adult and $33 per child ages 10-14. It includes enough food for lunch and is perfect for visitors or locals entertaining family or friends.

Click here for the specific details on this exciting Philadelphia food tour and schedule a time to go! Don’t miss out on a great time with amazing food and beautiful sights!

 

 


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Best Italian Restaurants In Philadelphia

Delightful chicken and spinach ravioli with capsicum, olive and tomato sauce.

 

 

For those who want to get a taste of Italy without the travel time, there are great Italian restaurants right in Philadelphia. Italian culture and food is shown all throughout Philadelphia from neighborhood markets to street corner stores to high quality dining spots. On a quest to find the most delicious, authentic Italian food around, these places were seen as the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia:

1. Bona Cucina is a small, but amazing, BYOB that includes unique Italian dishes that you would find in a busy Italian area. Each dish, made to perfection, will meet your expectations. A highly recommended dish is spinach raviolis with a side of meatballs. Address: 66 Sherbrooke Boulevard, Upper Darby, 610-623-8811.

2. Hostaria Da Elio is a restaurant with an extremely friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Popular for large groups, Hostaria Da Elio is very afforable and has a backyard patio for when the weather is nice. Address: 615 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, 215-925-0930.

3. Davio’s style is Italian-American cuisine serving anything from cheese steak rolls to lobster tails to hand rolled gnocchi. A must try here is the lobster ravioli with fennel, tomato and sherry cream. If you visit Davio’s, you will most certainly get a wide variety of food options along with homemade Italian food. Address: 111 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, 215-563-4810.

4. Another place known for its handmade meals is Ulivo. The menu is ever changing and the pasta is always fresh, both big attractions for customers that come to Ulivo. Try like the slow-roasted pork with polenta. Address: 521 Catherine Street, Philadelphia, 215-351-1550.

5. Popular for its amazing pizza, Marrone’s is another one of the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia. The staff loves to please and will accommodate for whatever request you may have. Dig into the triple cheese upside down pizza at 2744 County Line Road, Ardmore, 610-642-9567.

 

 


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Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market

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One of America’s oldest and largest open air markets is located right in the city of Philadelphia. The Italian Market runs about 10 blocks on 9th street and because it’s so large, you can find just about anything there. Tons of vendors crowd the streets selling everything from fresh vegetables, meat, fish, spices, bakeries and more. Gourmet shops and delicious restaurants are located in between vendors or not far from them to stop by on your day out in the market.

The market has a strong Italian heritage, but over time endless options of food that have been added have transformed it into a very diverse market for everyone to find something they’ll love. Along with all the fresh produce at the market, various types of food are offered from Vietnamese, Mexican food, Korean barbecue, Chinese cuisines, and of course, Pat’s and Geno’s cheese steaks are in the same area for an authentic Philly cheese steak. Whatever you may choose to pick up from Philadelphia’s Italian Market, you will not leave disappointed.

Residents of Judd Builders’ community, Siena Place have the convenience of visiting The Italian Market in just a short trip to be able to experience the many different flavors throughout it.


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Hot Spots for Authentic Philly Cheese Steaks

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Everyone’s familiar with the Philly cheese steak, they have a history, have become an icon and even a tourist draw for the City of Philadelphia. For those who are lucky enough to have unlimited access to the famous Philly cheese steaks as residents in the city, here are places that are the most highly recommended for the best cheese steaks:

1. Number one on the list from visitphilly.com is John’s Roast Pork. They serve the finest, most authentic cheese steaks, located in South Philly. This crowd favorites secret is a crisp seeded roll to add some crunch to the juicy cheese steak. John’s Roast Pork received a James Beard Award for America’s Classics thanks to their popular sandwiches. Don’t forget to try their signature roast pork sandwich with rubbed and roasted pork simmered in its own gravy along with provolone cheese and sauteed spinach (if you’d like). Address: 14 Snyder Avenue.

2. Tony Luke’s is another South Philadelphia favorite to order and pick up an authentic Philly cheese steak from the street side window. Nothing on their menu will disappoint you, and it is all worth trying to get the real and full Philly experience. Address: 39 E. Oregon Avenue.

3. Pat’s King of Steaks is an original Philadelphia cheese steak spot. They weren’t wrong in calling it Pat’s King of Steaks, for its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich in 1930. The family owned store in Philly has grown a lot since then, with recognition all over the world drawing everyone to try a Philly cheese steak. Address: 9th Street & Passyunk Avenue.

4. Geno’s Steaks is located right across the street from Pat’s as their competitor for more than 4 decades. Both stores are open 24/7 to satisfy any random cheese steak craving you may have at any time. Geno’s has been keeping up, serving amazing cheese steaks to all its loyal customers. Address: 1219 S. 9th Street.

5. At Jim’s Steaks, it’s not uncommon for there to be a long line of people out the door waiting to taste one of their memorable sandwiches. Get there at a good time to make sure you actually get a hold of a quality Jim’s cheese steak. Address: 400 South Street.

 

Judd Builders’ community Siena Place is located at the heart of Philadelphia’s most famous cheese steak spots. It’s a great treat to enjoy with your family whenever you please to experience the true taste of Philadelphia. 

 

 

 

 


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Hidden Gem Restaurants in The Philadelphia Area

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Philadelphia is an area known for its spectacular restaurants with exceptional food and service. Aside from the larger, more well-known spots, there are a lot of hidden gems in the Philadelphia area worth finding to experience great food, atmospheres and cultures for yourself.

1. A BYOB hidden on an East Falls corner is Fiorino located at 3572 Indian Queen Ln. (215-843-1500). Here they serve excellent Northern Italian meals for lunch and dinner including pasta e fagiole, tagliatelle bolognese and veal saltimboca.

2. Spring Mill Cafe is a French BYOB that consists of multiple dining rooms for everyone to enjoy lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. This restaurant has a relaxing and causal atmosphere to enjoy other people’s company and the assortment of delicious appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, cheeses and desserts it has to offer. Located at 164 Barren Hill Rd, Conshohocken (610-828-2550).

3. Cafe Ynez brings you right to Mexico City with bold flavors in tacos, burritos and rotisserie chicken, which is served from 8 or 9 a.m. through 8 or 9 p.m. every day. This newer BYOB is located at 2025 Washington Ave. (215-278-7579).

4. Marrakesh gives you an authentic Moroccan experience in dimly-lit, incense-scented rooms where guests enjoy a three course meal of the owners homeland, even in the same way they do (without utensils). Belly dancers add to the true Moroccan experience. It’s hard to find and if you didn’t know to look for it you may never be able to find this unique spot located at 517 S. Leithgow St. (215-925-5929).

5. McGillin’s Old Ale house is the place to go for Shepherd’s pie, German Sausage and great beer. Located in a busy area, this restaurant is still tucked away at 1310 Drury St. (215-735-5562).

All of these unique and delicious restaurants are located in the Philadelphia area, nearby Judd Builders’ community, Siena Place. There are so many places to choose from for a nice night out with friends and family, even ones you would have never known to look for that could end up being the best!

 

 


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First Craft Brewery in South Philly

 

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A new brewery will be opening in West Passyunk as South Philadelphia’s first craft brewery! Twin brothers Sean and Andrew Arsenault, owners of Brewery ARS, had been searching for a home to start their business at, and sought after a neighborhood area for it to be apart of. It was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, where they were able to raise $30,000 and now that they have found the perfect spot for their brewery, it could open as early as may if everything runs smoothly.

From mixing ingredients in their row home kitchen in Philly, to attending one of the most prestigious brewing schools in the world, to even traveling the world, the twins did whatever it took to be able to gather the skills to open up their own brewery one day. Their philosophy at Brewery ARS is to create high quality beer using only high quality raw materials along with important traditional brewing methods and time. Be on the look out for the exciting opening of Brewery ARS and be one of its first customers!


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Taste of Philly

 

taste of phillyJoin one of the most popular culinary events of Philadelphia known as Taste of Philly, tomorrow November 10th, where you can experience three hours of nonstop food and drink from the city’s best restaurants and breweries!

The evening will consist of sampling delicious food, tasteful beer, wine and top shelf liquor as well as live entertainment from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. The samples will be provided by dozens of Philadelphia-area restaurants, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the region’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance.

Tickets are still on sale; grab some for a unique night out with friends or family before it’s too late!

 


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