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This Might Be the Perfect Weekend in Philly

Fri, 30 May 2014 22:24:04 +00002014-05-30T22:24:04Z

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If someone asked you to describe the perfect weekend in the Philly-area, how would you respond? Likely, you'd describe a sunny day when a walk down Kelly Drive showed the cherry blossoms in bloom. Or maybe you'd imagine a lazy brunch followed by a stop at one of the city's best Italian bakeries for a cannoli--or three! We'd wager some shopping would make it onto your list, too. Tell us about your ideal Philly weekend!




How Does Your View of the City Change Come Springtime?

Thu, 29 May 2014 20:26:04 +00002014-05-29T20:26:04Z

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With the mercury rising by the day, we're turning our attention outdoors. Instead of simply wondering where to get brunch this Sunday, we're researching which brunch restaurants offer the best al fresco dining...

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What's Your Opinion of Scrapple?

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:03:09 +00002014-04-29T21:03:09Z

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Is there a more polarizing pork product than scrapple? Love it or hate it, this salty breakfast meat is a staple offering here in Philly, found on plates at diners and trendy eateries and everywhere in between. For the uninitiated, we've put together a little info about this controversial regional food. Check it out here. Those who really dislike the stuff can refresh their palate with our roundup of Philly's six best spots to chow down on a cheesesteak.




It's Spring! Here Are the Philly Sights to Check Out This Season

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:52:28 +00002014-04-29T20:52:28Z

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After what seemed to be the longest winter in Philadelphia, it's finally spring. The snow is long gone, the sun is shining, and warm breezes beckon the whole family to spend time outdoors. Peel the little ones away from the TV and laptop to spend a day exploring educational and interactive exhibits, then cap it off with a romp around Fairmount Park. Those looking for something with a little more Philly flair can enlist in a historical tour of the city, the perfect way to spend a spring day in the City of Brotherly Love. Make a weekend of it with by staying overnight at these hotels conveniently located near Philly's famous landmarks.




The History Behind Philly's Most Iconic Foods, the Cheesesteak and Soft Pretzel

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:56:07 +00002014-04-19T13:56:07Z

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Whether you climb aboard a double-decker bus or crawl into the back of a horse drawn carriage, there's no shortage of professional tours waiting to introduce tourists to the sights and sounds of Philadelphia.

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Coffee and Playtime Merge at These Kid-Friendly Philly Cafes

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:12:30 +00002014-04-04T18:12:30Z

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Ask any parent--new or experienced--and they'll likely tell you that child-rearing and coffee go hand in hand. That said, it was only a matter of time before the play cafe concept took off among sleep-deprived moms and dads. Offering a safe indoor play area for little ones alongside a cafe area where caregivers can sip locally-roasted coffee and hook up to free Wi-Fi , play cafes have, unsurprisingly, earned a foothold in a relatively untapped market.

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Here's Where You'll Find Philly's Best Vegan Cheesesteaks

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:40:53 +00002014-04-04T17:40:53Z

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We're not lacking in cheesesteak coverage here on About.com's Philadelphia site: We've tackled the proper procedure for cheesesteak ordering (don't ask for Swiss!), discussed the hallmarks of a perfect cheesesteak--even provided a recipe or two. However, there's one topic we've yet to delve into: the vegan cheesesteak. This meat- and dairy-free take on Philly's signature sandwich has been attempted by many Philadelphia eateries, but some do it better than others. Lucky for you, we've compiled this handy roundup of Philly's best, most beloved vegan cheesesteaks to take you above the fray. Sample them all, then report back to tell us which is your favorite.




Goodbye From Karrie Gavin

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:35:51 +00002013-04-30T16:35:51Z

It has been a pleasure writing about Philadelphia for About.com for the past few years, but my time here is coming to a close. I will miss seeing you here.

All the best!
Karrie




East Passyunk Avenue

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:29:46 +00002013-04-30T16:29:46Z

Until a few years ago, Pat's and Geno's were East Passyunk's most notable culinary offerings. There were still long-standing, classic and delicious Italian restaurants like Marra's, but there was a lack of variety and lots of empty store fronts. Now the adorable avenue is a major destination for dining and retail. In 2010 Passyunk Avenue was profiled in the travel section of the New York Times for it's cool cafe culture and hip boutiques. After the young art crowd helped established East Passyunk Avenue as an exciting place to be, culinary heavy weights followed suit. In May of 2013, East Passyunk Avenue was named one of the 10 Best Foodie Streets in America. They have it all: great cafes, cozy BYOBs, progressive gastropubs, specialty food markets and sophisticated fine-dining. Here are some of the best places to eat and drink on East Passyunk Avenue.

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May Events

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:39:06 +00002013-04-25T11:39:06Z

May is a busy, beautiful month in Philly. In addition to Mother's Day and Memorial Day, and all the brunches and barbecues that entails, there are some great festivals. Definitely don't miss South Street's "new signature event," the South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival. Lots of great things have been happening in that area and on May 4th you can sample them all at once. Enjoy food and cocktails from nearby by restaurants while the young ones hang out in the "kid zone" at this massive street festival. Read more about what May has in store here.