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It’s a Car, It’s a Spaceship, It’s a…Pedicab!

It’s a Car, It’s a Spaceship, It’s a…Pedicab! August 26, 2010 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Pedicabs — human powered bicycle taxis — have finally made it to the streets of Philadelphia, after years of bicycle enthusiasts fighting City Council for the proper permits.  They debuted just after Memorial Day, and, based on the number I’ve seen on the streets, seem to be getting...

On the Scene: Miriam Portney at Time

On the Scene: Miriam Portney at Time August 17, 2010 | Food, Nightlife | Read More
Ernest Stuart on trombone The following is an interview with Miriam Portney, a bartender at Time, a popular restaurant/bar/live music venue/nightspot on Sansom Street.  Sadly, Miriam has since left Time and moved to New York, but her insights into the venue and Philly’s night scene are excellent....

Navigating Philly’s bus system

Navigating Philly’s bus system August 16, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
For those who want to save some money, see how the locals travel and get to work, or are just feeling intrepid, Septa is the way to go.  Septa — the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority — offers subways, buses, and a few trolleys all over Philadelphia.  For now, we’re...

Not to be Confused: Quakers, Amish, and Pennsylvania Dutch

Not to be Confused: Quakers, Amish, and Pennsylvania Dutch August 15, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Let’s get one thing straight: Quakers are not Amish, Amish are not Quaker, Amish are usually Pennsylvania Dutch, and Pennsylvania Dutch are sometimes Amish.  Got it?  Nothing irritates a member of one of these groups more than when the three terms are used interchangeably: If you stop by a Quaker...

Tired of walking? Try a Segway!

Tired of walking? Try a Segway! August 9, 2010 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
My new favorite tour company in Philadelphia: DeTours, which offers historical tours of Philadelphia by Segway, bike, or foot — running, that is.  I was lucky enough to be offered a Segway tour by owner Rasa Vella, who combined her love of Philadelphia with her love of sports and activity in this...

The Queen of the Nile is in Philadelphia

The Queen of the Nile is in Philadelphia July 5, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Where might you go to learn all about Cleopatra — her loves, her palaces, her jewelry, and the latest work of archaeologists trying to reconstruct her life?  Egypt?  No — Philadelphia!  The Franklin Institute has the honor of being the first stop on a world tour of a new exhibit on Cleopatra,...

Concierge Advice from Albert Lee at the Independence Visitor Center

Concierge Advice from Albert Lee at the Independence Visitor Center June 23, 2010 | Events, Hotels, What's New | Read More
  Trusty concierge Albert Lee, also known as Mr. Philadelphia I wanted to find out what a concierge might tell people about Philly and where to hang out, so I sent some questions to Albert Lee, concierge at the Independence Visitor Center at the corner of 6th and Market. Here’s what he wrote...

The U.S. wins the World Cup…of beer! And that beer is from (near) Philly!

The U.S. wins the World Cup…of beer!  And that beer is from (near) Philly! June 22, 2010 | What's New | Read More
And the winner of the World Cup of Beer, hosted by ESPN, is…Yuengling!  Er, I mean — The U.S.!  And the, um, player representing the U.S. was Pottstown’s own Yuengling Lager! If you’ve read many of my posts, you’re probably getting the idea that I love beer.  It says...

Food: The Cheap, the Pricey, and the Local

Food: The Cheap, the Pricey, and the Local June 18, 2010 | What's New | Read More
I had a suggested assignment a couple of weeks ago to find the best $5 lunch in Philadelphia.  I panicked.  $5??  What can $5 get you in this city when it comes to food?  The only answers I could come up with were food from street vendors (where $5 can actually buy you an entire lunch) and Wawa. ...

Summer Sunset

Summer Sunset June 18, 2010 | What's New | Read More
This week I got an email suggesting I take some photos of the sunset in Philadelphia.  If you know Philadelphia, you know that a clear day with a beautiful sunset is a rarity during the summer in this city.  This week proved no different; it has been sticky and humid (which equates to not very exciting...
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