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Black Lives Matter Protest Signs

I learned a lot this past weekend. I always thought I was an ally, but I realized I was still blind to the message. I have a large reach, which I sometimes forget. It’s not just a hobby anymore. I’m sorry for missing the point, the narrative, the message. I appreciate my readers writing me to tell me, to school me. I don’t know, what I don’t know and that’s not an excuse.
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I was trying to inform, so people could plan their lives accordingly as I often do with my social media, then I waded in as a news source, which I shouldn’t have done with such an important movement of which I obviously an ignorant to understand.

One of my readers told me I didn’t post the signs from the Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday. I did publish them in a column on CBS3Philly, and had always planned to put them here.

Black Lives Matter

I’m also sorry if I was ignorant to the message of what #bringabroomPHL was conveying. I thought it was community building, and bringing us together, I see it it could be construed as sweeping these issues under the rug.  I could have been better with the messaging. It’s has been very successful, no one is placing blame, we are all supportive of Black Lives Matter, but we also want to restore the neighborhood for safety. We know we can’t always depend on the City to stay on top of these things. My sincere thanks to these women who really got the movement off the ground and have dedicated themselves to it since.
Thanks to Venise(Van Whit)Whitaker@venisew @marionleary @learyjen

for organizing this grassroots suggestion. They were out there early this morning in West Philly and North Philly with volunteers cleaning up. If you want to volunteer look for hashtag #bringabroomphl to see where they’re going next or if you can’t make it send a donation Black Lives Matter

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The Reading Terminal Today

Actually yesterday. I was in town to cover Step Up To The Plate Serves 100,000th Meal To Philadelphians for CBSPhilly and decided to run to the Reading Terminal for a bite to eat. I completely forgot for a moment that we were in the middle of a pandemic and was taken back a bit by what I found at the popular eating spot. It was heartbreaking, but also hopeful as so many precautions were in place for protection. PLUS the bathrooms were open which is really nice to know as there aren’t many public bathrooms open in Center City.

Masks are required at all times while customers are inside the Market. Please practice safe social distancing.

The 2nd entrance from the corner is open for entering and exiting.
There are a few vendors opening, including sweet places like like Termini’s and

Fox & Son was open although most of the store is in plastic protection

If you’re looking at this in your email subscription please click on title of email to go to blog to see this post, or click on link. It’s the announcement on the rules at the Reading Terminal Market over the loud speakers.

No sitting at the eateries

Philbert wants to remind everyone that face coverings are required when you are inside the Market

Wednesdays from 8 – 9am continue to be a dedicated shopping hour for adults over 65.

My favorite eating spot Tootsie’s buffet is open. I love their fried chicken.

More than 50 Reading Terminal Market merchants are #OpenInPHL. You can #RTMShop in person from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday (Weds. 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. reserved for adults 65+) or order delivery or pickup through @shopmercato. Many prepared food and restaurant merchants are also available for Delivery on Demand and Curbside Pickup – just give your favorite place a call to coordinate if you don’t see them on Mercato. Have questions about your Mercato order? Give our Help Desk a call at 215-960-1101 (please note this number has changed).

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Sunday Drive

It really was Monday, but it felt like Sunday. I saw a lot of nature, which is exactly what I like to see on my drives.

Near Lancaster, Pa
And Amish people. I try to capture them without them noticing me, but they must know how attractive their simple, quiet, hardworking life is to us folks always running. (OK not too busy these days.)
While my business is on pause, I might go back to creating cards of my nature shots. I used to do this hobby for a few years before I became PhillyChitChat.
Gray Catbird
A raccoon during the day is to be avoided. He was at least 300 yards away when I took this with a long lens.
Groundhogs are often seen out in the day.
Sometimes I find back roads that have treasures on them.
and beautiful scenery

Thanks Mike for driving. Plus thanks to my cousin Deb & Dave for the hospitality on Sunday with social distancing on the porch, and my sister Marg and bro in law Frank for social distancing on the patio yesterday. It was a great weekend.

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Unicorn Grandma Hugs Her Grandkids after 3 Months

On Saturday I received an email from my friend David Perchica (l in photo) who told me about his friend who hadn’t hugged her grandkids in 3 months since Covid19 Pandemic began. She thought of many different scenarios including creating a body suit, using trash bags or a jumpsuit and none of them seemed practical. Then she spotted a unicorn costume on Amazon.

So we headed to the grand kids house who only live a mile away (PS This is a new instagram name. I’ll still use PhillyChitChat, but this one I’ll tell more behind the scenes stuff, share different photos, promote food I eat and monitor people I’ll use in my columns)

Unicorn Grandmom goes in for the hug
Grandmom Maureen Sweeney, Cinnaminson , NJ greets her grandsons Rylan (r) And Lincoln (l)

The family reunited except for grandpop who is next to me with wearing his mask. Next week he hopes his shark costume comes in so he can join in the fun. Thanks to CBSPhilly and Fox29 for running the story as well. So adorable. Glad I could be there to capture it.

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Photos: Devon Horse Show A Decade of Ladies Day

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show in the country. Celebrating its 124th year, the 2020 Annual charity horse show will be virtual this year. “Virtual” Devon, starts today May 21and runs through May 31, and includes the fabulous Ladies Day on Wednesday May 27, an event I have attended over the years. I’ve compiled some of my favorite fashion shots from the past decade for you to enjoy today.

Hostess with the mostess, annual judge Carson Kressley with co-judges and winners at the annual Ladies’ Day Tea and Hat Parade at the Devon Horse Show. (Photos from left to right 2016 and 2013)

The Art Gallery at Devon is pleased to welcome you to our Virtual Art Gallery experience for this year’s Devon Horse Show & Country Fair. Although it’s not the same, we hope this virtual experience will bring you beauty and happiness to your day.

Virtual Ladies Day Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 5:00 PM Info
One of the largest volunteer run fundraising efforts in the country with proceeds benefiting Bryn Mawr Hospital. 6ABC has a more in-depth report about this years virtual event.

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InBox: Virtual Quizzo, Dance Parties and Fashion Fun

Let’s call this Wednesday wisdom. I get so many interesting emails, some I tweet, some I ignore and once in awhile I do a blog post about them. I’m going to share some today of the ones I usually ignore or write back and say “that has nothing to do with my mission” ie informing Philadelphian’s about Philly things or people. Let’s get started. The first few will be the informative ones.

Philly Home of the Celebrity Chef’s. This guy has to be the youngest.

The public is invited to join Avner Schwartz, a 13-Year-Old Haverford resident and star
of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship as he makes an appearance at The Great Big Jewish Food Fest. Avner is the son of Rachel and Eric Schwartz, and is a seventh grader at Friends’ Central School. He is a self-taught baker, and an avid fan of the Philadelphia food scene. Avner’s bespoke baking business, Gingee Says, sells custom and seasonal bakery items direct to local consumers and nationally through his website Gingeesays.com

The Great Big Jewish Food Fest which started yesterday, May 19 and runs through May 28, 2020. The 10- day virtual festival celebrating the diversity of Jewish food and the robust Jewish food industry.  This Friday, Avner is a featured presenter in The Great Big Jewish Food Festival, and is the ONLY child to participate as a presenter in the prestigious national virtual event. He joins culinary celebrities such as Philadelphian Michael Solomonov, Gail Simmons (Host of Top Chef), Ruth Reichl (author and former editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine), Joan Nathan (celebrated Jewish cookbook author), Mitchell Davis (Chief Strategy Officer for the James Beard Foundation), Jake Cohen (Editorial and Test Kitchen Director of The Feedfeed), Michael Twitty (James Beard Award-winning author of The Cooking Gene, 2018) and more.

Friday, May 22 at 3 P.M. ET, the class is free for all participants, suitable for all ages. Register at

Virtual location is https://zoom.us/j/92184605112

Vote for Jared Solomon, and Larry Farnese. Larry stop with the mailings, no one is better than you my friend.

Today, Governor Wolf signed HB1076 into law; my legislation that gets money to our most vulnerable–our seniors and our disabled.

This is great news for folks who get the Property Tax and Rent Rebate. The law gives the Department of Revenue the go-ahead to start getting checks out to those who have already applied for the 2019 rebate. I know how important these checks are to many who are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic.

So what does this mean for you? If you already applied for your rebate, your check will be mailed out or direct deposited soon. You can check your status here.   If you have not yet applied, download the full application and instructions here. Print it at home and mail it with supporting documentation to: 
  PA Department of Revenue P.O. Box 280503 Harrisburg PA 17128-0503   Still need help? Call my office at 215-342-6340 and set up a time to talk to one of my staff to go through the application with you.

Inbox: Happy 40th Anniversary Rubik’s Cube. How much fun is trying to figure out the Rubik’s Cube, especially drunk at parties right? Then YouTube came along and spoiled all the fun. Well here’s a new twist on the old puzzle.

Super Impulse USA LLC, creator of the successful and popular World’s Smallest line of toys and collectibles, has partnered with Rubik’s Brand to launch the new Rubik’s Tilt, a hand-held electronic game controlled by motion. This and other Rubik’s inspired games can be found on Amazon.

You Don’t Even Need A Green Thumb

Share your garden through the 2020 PHS Gardening Contest! A great way to get to know and learn from other gardeners. Regardless of experience level, all nonprofessional gardeners residing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware are encouraged to enter.  To ensure the safety of all gardeners, PHS will judge entries through online submissions. Contestants can regis

For more information and to learn how to enter the Contest, serve as a
volunteer judge and/or support the PHS Gardening Contest, visit
PHSonline.org/gardeningcontest,

Save The Date

I have a good friend who has created a fundraiser called 20 Second Trivia.  He has always loved trivia and game shows.  Now, every Sunday night he hosts a trivia game through Zoom.  While you can play for free, he is encouraging people do donate money to the CDC.  He runs the event through Facebook, which is matching donations 2-1.  So…if he can raise $20,000, it will become $60,000 with the Facebook match.

He has more than 100 people playing each week, and is halfway to his goal having raised just over $10,000!  Many people who play say it is the highlight of the week.  He makes it so fun, and it is a great way to bond people together during this time.

I am helping him spread the word for more people to play.  You can learn more about the event at https://www.facebook.com/donate/1524871634334844/10113368930243443/.

Fashion News

Chestnut Hill PA’s retailers will come together for one night next Wednesday, May 27 during Chestnut Hill: Fashion’s Night In, a virtual fashion show showcasing summer trends and connecting local businesses to the
people that matter most — their customers! #keepitonthehill

Afterwards make sure you mark down on your calendar: Chestnut Hill PA’s retailers Virtual Fashion Show next Wednesday, May 27 during Chestnut Hill: Fashion’s Night In,

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 What:                PENNSYLVANIA BALLET HOSTS 80s DANCE PARTY BENEFITING MANNA

On Saturday, May 30 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Pennsylvania Ballet will host a virtual 80s dance party via Zoom to benefit long-time philanthropic partner MANNA. Pull out your leg warmers, tease your hair, and don your most neon apparel as DJ Ben Arsenal takes us back to the 80s! Since the pandemic hit, MANNA’s essential service providing nutritious meals to our neighbors battling life-threatening illnesses is more important than ever. Pennsylvania Ballet soloist Alex Hughes and corps de ballet dancer Emily Davis will host alongside the Young Friends of Pennsylvania, while other Pennsylvania Ballet company dancers will be in attendance to dance along with you! Other surprises will take place throughout the night.

The event is FREE to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated to help raise much needed funds for a vital charity in our city. Donations up to $10,000 will be generously matched by one of MANNA’s Board members. Register here:  https://paballet80s.givesmart.com or text paballet80s to 76278.

Pennsylvania Ballet has been a proud member of the Philadelphia community since 1963.  One of the Ballet’s core values is to engage with that community through meaningful and inclusive programming. For the past 27 years, the Ballet has been integral in the success of MANNA’s Shut Up and Dance program, and we were all heartbroken to have to cancel the event this year. We are honored to find a new way to work together.

When:                Saturday, May 30

                            7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:               VIRTUAL via Zoom

                             Guests will receive event link after registration

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor. Have you ordered your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Yet? Check out FeastWellFoods.com Menu. Just because we’re staying at home, doesn’t mean we can’t treat ourselves. See you on social, until tomorrow.
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Radnor Races: A Decade of Fashion

This past Saturday would have been the 90th Annual Radnor Hunt Races, but no surprise in these uncertain times the event has been postponed until next year on May 15, 2021. The Radnor Races have always been one of my favorite outdoor events, rain or shine, and I’ve been photographing if for the past decade. One constant attraction at the fundraiser is the fashion, very preppy, clean and colorful. Funds raised by the 25,000 attendees benefit the clean water and open space programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, PA. I’ve been covering the event for nearly a decade now, and the fashions haven’t changed much.

Guests at the Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 84th Anniversary, in Chester County on May 17, 2014. (HughE Dillon/Philly.com)
Guests at the Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 88th Anniversary, in Chester County May 2018.
Alessandra Nicolas, Chris Glover, Heather Cox, Debbie-Jaye Morgan and Jeff Grant on May 16, 2015
Guests at the Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 84th Anniversary, in Chester County on May 17, 2014. (HughE Dillon/Philly.com)
Miabi Brown, Ken Johnson and Erica Johnson (no relation) at the Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 84th Anniversary, in Chester County on May 17, 2014.
Gretchen and Robert Groebel on May 19, 2018
5/19/2018
Lesley Brown (won first place for best hat), Joanne Belmont, Dr. Donald Rosato, Frank Marcucci Jr., Irene Lane, Gabrielle Aruta, Rick Davis and Teresa Gregory.
Brandon Morrison, Stacey Kracher and Raffaellina Buonincontri Merlino. See you next year Radnor Hunt Races!!
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Sunday Stories: Shipp Surprise, Mad River Closes, Chick Fil A Pivots

COVID19 Day ten thousand, at least it feels that way when it’s cloudy, 68F, and nearly Memorial Day. OH AND of course socially distancing for so long. Sure I go out. I go to the beach more than I normally would in the month of May, but I’ve never had so much time on my hands, and have been so depressed as well. I’m sure we are all in the same boat, wondering when it is safe to hug again. But here’s some good news….

NBC10’s weather gal Brittney Shipp, was surprised with a baby shower spearheaded by her bff, and co-worker, NBC10’s Jacqueline London. Under the premise of doing a NBC10 Promo Shoot, Jackie & Anzio Williams, Vice President of News WCAU – NBCUniversal Media, were able to surprise Brittney while coordinating with her husband Jontue Long to celebrate the socially distant pop up party. Guests included Melissa Magee, 6ABC, Violeta Yas, Telemundo, Annemarie Oswald and Melanie Magill as well as a few very happy friends.

The Sad Reality of Business Due to COVID-19 virus. Killing people and businesses. Mad River in Manayunk announces it’s closing for good.

Friday night I enjoyed Feast Well Foods Sunday Gravy, Taluttos’s Raviolis and meatballs. So good. It’s by Feast Your Eyes Catering, they have pivoted during this time and created delicious meals for Take Out or Delivery.
Saturday Mike and I headed to the beach for a breeze. I stopped by Atlantic City to grab some shots for my column in CBSPhilly. Check them out here.
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InBox: Health Dept Cancels All Outdoor Events This Summer

Breaking News: I got an email from The Phila Flea Markets they have been given notice by The Philadelphia Department Of Health that all outdoor events have been canceled thru the month of August in Philadelphia. This includes the remainder of the Antique & Vintage Markets downtown as well as the Roosevelt Flea Market in NE Philadelphia.

We’ve yet to hear back from officials in Bucks County on when we can re-open The Bristol Indoor Flea Market.

Philly cancels events for the summer of 2020 for safety concerns

A few more events which won’t be happening this summer. Philly Pops on July 4th, Diner en Blanc in August, East Passyunk Car show in July and Old City Eats Block Party in June, 2nd Street Festival, Italian Festival in South Philly, the water downed Bastille Day in Fairmount, Made In America has suspended ticket sales, has well as so many events we love to attend. But it’s a small sacrifice to save lives, which are priceless. Stay Safe, 6 feet or more and wear a mask with others.

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12 Restaurants We’re Eating at This Weekend

There’s finally good news about our favorite restaurants, they’re opening for pick up for with convenient hours in Ardmore, Center City, Old City and East Passyunk.

Ardmore

The Bercy  7 E. Lancaster Avenue Ardmore, PA 19003
The Bercy in Ardmore is officially back open in the heart of Downtown Ardmore. Owners Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich are teaming with Executive Chef David Jansen of Jansen in Mt. Airy to offer a Jansen Beach Boil and Take-over for this coming weekend. The Jansen Beach Boil presents by The Bercy is available for order with pick-up Friday-Sunday between 4pm-7pm . The package includes bread services with corn bread muffins and whipped honey butter, first course with Bread Service: corn bread muffins with whipped honey butter; first course with panzanella salad with heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto; main course with lobster tail, shrimp, mussels, andouille sausage, mini crab cakes, corn on the cob, marble potatoes; and dessert with a Key Lime Pie for $150 which feeds four people. Call to order 610-589-0500.
** The Bercy will be open for take-out and delivery Wednesday through Saturday with call ahead orders starting at 2pm and take-out hours 4-7pm those days – with menus, specials and pop-up collaborations posted on social media and their website.

Hunan – Opening May 14 for curbside takeout
47 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610-642-3050
Hunan will open on Thursday May 14th for takeout and pick up only. They’ll be open Thursdays through Saturdays with designated order times (advance orders only before 3pm) and a pick up window (between 4:30pm and 6:30pm).

John Henry’s Pub
Open Friday and Saturday 4pm-8pm each week for curbside takeout
98 Cricket Avenue
Ardmore, Pa 19003
610-726-9193
Menu: https://www.johnhenryspubofardmore.com/?page_id=64

Marokko – Open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-8pm each week starting May 12.  Orders placed by 1pm.
54 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610-658-6246
Menu: http://www.tastemarokko.com

Center City

Tradesman’s1322 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19107 (267) 457-3994

Craft Concepts Group and Teddy Sourias will re-open his popular Center City barbecue restaurant Tradesman’s at Chestnut and Juniper this weekend for take-out and delivery for food and beer. Delivery will be through GrubHub. Look for hours this Friday to Sunday and expanded hours and days moving forward. Find menus later today on social media and website. Hours and days will be seven days a week 3-8pm starting Thursday of this week. 
Look for BRU, Blume, Finn McCool’s and Uptown Beer Garden to also be back online and offering food and drink starting next week and following weeks with details to come. 

Old City

Nick’s Bar and Grille 16 South Second Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
215.928.9411
Nick’s Bar and Grille in Old City is now back open with your classic Philly, barbecue and comfort food favorites like the award-winning ground bacon burger, roast beef, roast pork, smoked chicken wings, mac n cheese bites and much more, plus cold beer for pick-up. The menu is now updated online for take-out and delivery Thursday to Sunday, 2pm to 9pm. This coming weekend look for smoked ribs for two with a full rack of ribs, mac n cheese, jalapeno cole slaw and cornbread for only $30 for Friday to Sunday. 

Tuna Bar 205 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-238-8862
Tuna Bar is offering take out on Fridays & Saturdays for dinner 
All orders can be picked up between 5:30PM-6:00PM

Menu (note: new menu items will be added weekly):

  • Assorted Appetizers & Rolls
    • Edamame ($6), Tuna Tataki ($15), Dynamite Roll ($10), Wentz Roll ($15), Spicy Tuna Roll Crunch ($9), Tuna Roll ($7), Spicy Salmon ($7), Salmon Roll ($7), Eel Avocado Roll ($8)
  • Donburi (Rice Bowls) & Miso Soup
    • Salmon Don, Tekka Don, Unagi Don (each $35)
  • Fixed Menu (for 3-4 people) ($150)
    • Edamame, Miso Soup, Seared King Salmon, Vegetable Fried Rice, Tuna Tataki, Sashimi/Maki Platter

How to order:

  • Online:
  • E-mail:
  • Phone:
    • Call us at 215-238-8862 between 4:00PM-6:00PM on the day you’d like to pick up

  • Open for pickup and delivery starting Friday, May 8th (Preorder starts Tuesday, May 5th)
  • Temporary hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
  • Preorder: online or by phone
  • Delivery: Caviar and Ubereats

South Philly

Hawthornes
738 S. 11th Street 215-627-3012 Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm 
Everyone’s favorite brunch and cafe hot spot is back on 11th Street – with brunch, lunch, dinner and a growing marketplace – plus the largest selection of take-out and delivery beer and wine in the city through Quick Sip, and make-it-yourself cocktail kits. They are also organizing a take-out and delivery market that debuts this week with take-out and delivery of Franklin Fountain ice cream – in partnership with Franklin Fountain. 

Le Virtu
Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here’s how it works… • Email us your order (levirtuphila@gmail.com). All dishes are available individually or as a composed meal (see menu for details and pricing). Kindly make the subject line of your email “Quarantine Pick-Up” so that we see it right away, and include which day you prefer to pick up (Fri, Sat, or Sun), as well as your full name and telephone number. • We will call you to confirm and take credit card payment over the phone on the day before your order (so Thu for Fri, Fri for Sat, and Sat for Sun). • We will assign you a pick-up time between 4PM and 7PM. If you have a preference, let us know in your email or over the phone, and we will strive to accommodate it. Pick-ups will be spread out to prevent a queue from forming. That’s it! TL; DR: send us an email, then feast on delicious Abruzzese cuisine. We can’t wait to serve you, Philly. 

Arctic Scoop 1812 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148  
Monday – Sunday 12pm – 9pm Pick-up orders only!! Call ahead (917) 607-0616 to place an order.  

Big Catch Poke 
1830 East Passyunk267-622-1888
New Poke Bowls Combo Menu from 11am to 8pm for take out only. Please order online for pick up at our website www.bigcatchonline.com if you need delivery please use Doordash,UberEat or Grubhub. For more efficiency and accuracy we prefer our customers use online order services.

Flannel 1819 E Passyunk Ave(215) 465-1000 Take-out and delivery

Noir 1900 East Passyunk 12-3 lunch ; 3-8 dinner Takeout and delivery. Please call 267.319.1678 for CurbSide pick up or Free Delivery! Full lunch and dinner menus 

Sounds delicious. Thank you for supporting your local restaurant. We’re in this together, and some of us are better cooks!!