Natalie DiDonato, Kate Gosselin, Vivica Fox, Random Fun Philly Tidbits

Happy 20,000th Twitter Follower today. And as I built up my twitter (& instagram) following over the past 6 years, I sometimes neglected my blog and posted a lot of what used to be tidbits that I used to post here on PhillyChitChat. Over the past few months I’ve run into readers and they’ve told me they miss seeing those items on PCC as well as #WoofWoofWednesday; Going forward I’m going to post these tidbits again, a couple times a week, everyday at 3PM I’m going to publish an additional fun column for you to enjoy (Today though I’m publishing this much earlier.) Thank you for the feedback specifically yesterday Joan, Megan and Suzan who I ran into yesterday and told me they aren’t on SM, they get all their news from PhillyChitChat.

Wednesday night VH1 debuted the new season of Mob Wives. It’s interesting that the show seems to be hell bent on having another Philly Mob Wife on the show and they’ve added Natalie DiDonato who is thoroughly a serious South Philly born and bred Italian women with a point of view. Here she is posing with fans at the screening of the first episode of the show.

Lots of her friends, and family were on hand to support her.

The screening was held at Voltage in the Spring Garden section of the City. The first episode even had a few of our friends on it including Antoine Johnson and Kharisma McIlwaine
Natalie “Don’t Mess With Me” DiDonato , which reminds me Natalie Guercio was spotted in my condo’s lobby yesterday, maybe going to Little Pete’s who knows. Unfortunately I wasn’t home.

I was at the Academy of Music offices “assisting” Christie Honigman, Lynsie Solomon and Claire Allamby with the seating arrangements for the upcoming Academy Ball on 1/24/15. The Grand Old Dame of Locust Street’s major fundraiser that funds the restoration of the Academy of Music.

Sheryl Lee Ralph took in Motown Musical January 13 — 18!
last night at the Academy of Music. I heard it’s excellent. Check it out.

 Yesterday I was at the Walgreen’s at Broad and Chestnut Streets. I saw these cute hats, they were only $12.99 and so adorable. I posted them on Instagam and they were huge hit, so hurry over there and pick one up. Some are downstairs near cash register, but I saw a few upstairs too.
 In September I tweeted that Target Express had been sneaking about Market East looking to open a Target Express. Last night it was on NBC10, so they must be getting closer to locking in a location. Yeah!

 I went to Opa restaurant for lunch. Hadn’t been there in awhile. It was as delicious as always. I also had a gyro, so, so good.

  Indochino, a worldwide leader in custom men’s apparel,
is returning to Philadelphia to open its third US showroom, hot on the heels of
launches in New York and San Francisco. Opening its doors at 1606 Chestnut
Street on Wednesday, January 14th, the new Philadelphia showroom will make it
easier than ever for men living and working in the Delaware Valley to get into beautifully
designed and perfectly fitting suits and custom shirts made just for them. Men
are invited to make appointments at

This is the old Liberty Travel office, which is moving down the street in the 1500 block of Chestnut Street. 

I had this for lunch today, with Lynsie Solomon at McCormick & Schmidt. It was good

 Another popular SM post, Godiva Strawberry cone at the Shops of Liberty. Cute idea don’t you think?

 FYE in the Gallery is closing, I heard FYE at Broad and Chestnut is closing, but for the meantime it’s open for all you music enjoyment. I hear Trader Joe’s has been looking at this space.

 Happy Birthday Jen Carroll. It was so nice to see this crew. Vincent, chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski (Volver), Jen, Sous Chef Billy Riddle (Volver), Lily Cope (Audrey Claire’s Cook), Madison Alpern, The Chef’s Garden and Kristina Jenkins, uwishunu at Dandelion Monday nite

Kate Gosselin and Vivica Fox talk about what charities they are “playing” for on Celebrity Apprentice.