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October 2010


ALMOST NO PARKING IN CENTER CITY FOR HALLOWEEN Jason Statham and Safe to Film All Over Center City This Weekend

You might be asking What Movie is filming in Philadelphia, especially this Halloween weekend cause parking in Center City this Halloween Weekend is going to be impossible, thanks to Jason Statham and his new movie Safe filming. I have to say what a STUPID idea to film this movie on this weekend along Broad Street and Most of the length of Walnut From Broad to 17th Street. (Photo Marilyn Stollenwerk yesterday outside of Cebu in the 100 block of Chestnut St)Broad Street in front of the Banana Republic. No parking 10/30 10PM – 10/31 Midnite. These signs go from Chestnut until Locust, on the Southbound signs. There’s a good chance there will be large trucks parked her starting Saturday night, so traffic will not be a treat in this area either. (My guess is this will be a day shoot, it could be the one inside the Bellevue like I reported 2 weeks ago.)

Locust Street sign points to the movie set on Broad Street, so there’s a good chance that near this sign will be the Holding Lot for extras.

10/30 10PM and 10/31 11:59PM on Walnut all the way up to 17th Street,
basically the main drag so it will be a shit show in traffic on Halloween weekend. Take Septa, carpool
Monday 11/1 – Tuesday 11/2 – 6AM to 12AM In front of Bellevue looking towards Walnut. This could be the inside shots at the Bellevue in the Lobby and also in XIX.

While waiting for mike to pick me up around 11PM last night, this fun trio danced by


CONTEST: Pair of Tickets for Rob McElhenney & Philly Style Magazine Party

Philadelphia Style will be hosting a party for its Men’s Issue cover star, Rob McElhenney on Thursday, November 11th at Parx at 6p.m. Food & Cocktails included.
As you know, Rob McElhenney is the creator, executive producer, and star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Rob and his wife and co-star Kaitlin Olsen will be in attendance.
I have a pair of tickets to this event to give away. All you have to do is subscribe to and my co-worker “The Prankster” will pick the winning email next Thursday:
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Last Minute Halloween Shopping & last minute tidbits. Plus A Walk Up Walnut Street

The line outside Ricky Halloween Store at 16th & Walnut last night around 8PM.
Celebrate Halloween with Rittenhouse Row Saturday
10:00-11:00 AM: Children’s Costume Contest at The Shops at Liberty Place; guests can also pick-up their trick-or-treat map and bag.

10:00 AM-5:00 PM: Trick or Treat All Over Rittenhouse Row
This is gonna be adorable.
Saturday, October 30Mutt Strut
10 am: 4th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut
FDR Park, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
To register and for more info:

I went to Chipotle‘s Mexican Grill yesterday. It was delicious. If you dress as processed food they will give you a $2 burrito on Halloween.
Check out the new floor to ceiling window’s at the old Susanna Foo. Look for this same window design to show up at the old Roy’s around the corner. Had a nice article on this new building this week. It’s a reality office. Love the modern design, and it’s on Walnut Street. How did that get thru the Historic Commission?

Harry & David’s Pop-up Store opens.


Blair and Serena er I mean Mayor Nutter and Mayor Street appear at an event tomorrow together



Mayor Michael A. Nutter (President’s House award presentation)

Former Mayor John F. Street (President’s House award presentation)

Bring It Home Recipients: Melanie Burney, Deirdre Childress, and Sarah Glover– National Association of Black Journalists
Community Impact Recipient: Rev. Luis A. Cortes, Jr. – Esperanza
Industry Appreciation Recipient: E. Steven Collins– Radio One Philadelphia
Lifetime Achievement Recipient: Tom Muldoon – Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pioneer Recipient: Mae Reeves– Famous Philadelphia Milliner
Share the Heritage Recipients: Jeri Lynne Johnson – Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

WHAT: The Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), celebrates its 16th
Annual Recognition Luncheon entitled, “Giving Voice: Past, Present, and Future”, by honoring the nation’s newest and most eye-opening
historical site, The President’s House- Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, with an unveiling at the luncheon by both
Philadelphia’s current and past mayors.

WHEN: Friday, October 29, 2010
Registration: 11:15am, Program & Lunch: Noon-1:30pm

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, 201 South Columbus Boulevard

IF this event wasn’t monumental enough, I’d like to see a good cat fight too. (Maybe Sam Katz will show up?)



Last month Rum Bar got itself a new chef. According toPhila Grubstreet,

Lara’s most recent gig was running his own Caribbean small plates restaurant, Ramona’s in Haddonfield, NJ. He is of Cuban decent and was raised in the Dominican Republic, where prior to pursuing a culinary career, he trained to be a professional baseball player

Read more: Rum Bar Gets a New Chef and New Menu — Grub Street Philadelphia

You may be familiar with their Happy hour which is 7 days a week, 5 – 7PM or their late night crowd hanging out at the bar, but Rum Bar also has a restaurant that serves Latin inspired food.

Last night I attended a press dinner at Rum Bar, to meet the new chef and try out the new menu during a tasting. (The dishes are a quarter of the size if they were served normally.) Basically I thought everything was delicious, and I look forward to returning for full size meals.
Adam Kanter and Executive Chef Luis Lara
Ecuadorian Ceviche $9
Fish is Chef’s pick, cilantro, red onions, tomatoes, a blend of citrus juices, fresh mango, and cancha chulpe “corn nuts” – Loved the “salad”
Cubano Egg Rolls $9
Roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, with a mustard aioli dipping sauce – YUM. Loved the dipping sauce.
Sauteed Pulpo with Mojo$18
Octopus sautéed in garlic and olive oil finished with lime and cilantro – Delicious!!
Cuban Style Calamari $9 – Delicious and really priced well.
Served with fried jalapeños and spring mix, drizzled with a spicy raspberry coulis and balsamic reduction

Mussels Ramona $10
Served with a mango relish – Great, but I needed a bib
Chef Luis and Adam have been testing dishes for their flavor and presentation, and thought it would be a good idea to take pictures of all the dishes and put them up on the frig so everyone can see how they should be presented. Very clever.
Thom Cardwell, writer/Dev Director of Cinefest and owner of Rum Bar Adam Kanter celebrate the end of a good meal. Adam and I touched on the recently held Rum Fest. He tells me that it’s returning to Octo again this year, but he will have a few more surprises and upgrades. Check out the entire menu on FooBooz
Day of the Dead – October 30, 2010 – Rum Bar Monster Mash – Costumes required


NBC Philadelphia Nonstop / The Scene – My Debut

Monday I started on Justin Pizzi’s new entertainment show called “The Scene’. It plays every night at 8:30PM and midnight on Comcast 248.

Here are two segments that I did. I was nervous and probably could have thought these out a little more. Writing a blog is much easier as I can take back what I said, but

when filming I don’t have that control so I was a little more guarded with what I said about Kendra. In the future I am just going to let it all hang out, be real, and tell the story without worrying if I am going to offend anyone. What I left out of the Kendra story was, She was hurt deeply that Hank was let go of the Phila Eagles. She really took it personally, and she didn’t want to film anymore in Philly and give it anymore publicity. You’ll see it for yourself when the season starts next week, 11/7. I did hear that she like all my columns, so that was kinda nice.