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Published: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 07:01:00 GMT


Here come farmers to Convention Center
Farmers are planning a takeover of the Convention Center Annex, the snazzy new part with the glass wall fronting Broad Street, for one day only on April 1.

Bards makes sure it's a real Irish bar all year
There are basically two types of Irish bars, Michael Thompson says: "The college frat bars . . . and the authentic pubs where people go for conversation."

Limbaugh lift for her book on food policy
Tracie McMillan is discovering the upside of being ridiculed by Rush Limbaugh. As a first-time author writing about food policy, McMillan, 35, was relieved to get a publisher and a small advance. A Feb. 20 favorable review in the New York Times, on the eve of publication, was nice icing. Fortune and fame would have been unreasonable expectations.

Julie's tools
Mimi Robertson and Janet Freese estimate they've logged 65 hours so far cataloging the objects from their late mother's kitchen.

Homegrown menu
The four-course feast featured black-soybean soup with a ceviche of marinated raw beets, turnips, and rutabaga. Next, a salad of hydroponically grown butterhead lettuce with cornmeal croutons tossed in apple cider vinaigrette.

Prodding Trader Joe's to act
Think Globally - Act Locally is a widely recognized slogan, but is it an effective course of action? Cary Beckwith of West Philadelphia says a recent change of policy by Trader Joe's stores offers proof positive.

Learn what goes into creating a sustainable life
Even if you're too chicken to raise backyard poultry, there are plenty of reasons to attend the first Home-Grown Institute, March 24 and 25 in Chestnut Hill.

London theater celebrity checks out Walnut's staging of "The Mousetrap"
Theater people want every performance to be memorable for each new audience. But the pressure really mounts when a theater celebrity is in the audience, as was the case Sunday when Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen flew in from London to see the Walnut Street Theatre's production of The Mousetrap.

Bargain bites of a neighborhood
Three dishes at each of three restaurants in three hours for $39? That's Dishcrawl. An import from the West Coast, Dishcrawl invites the hungry hip to come out as singles or in couples for an evening getting to know one another and one of their neighborhoods through that powerful communications tool we call food.

Cooks' complaint
Sandy Taylor's friends rave about her sticky buns. "They tell me they're so good you should sell these," says Taylor, 60, a retired lab technician who lives in West Philadelphia.