HughE Around Town: Spice Finch, What’s Filming in Philly, Datebook and more

HughE Around Town: Spice Finch, What’s Filming in Philly, Datebook and more

Happy Friday the 13th, hope you’re day goes as planned. I’m back and refreshed from my nearly month long vacation. I still have a few more summer vacations schedule, and hope to finally clean my desk after promising Mike for the past 5 years. After a million titles for the column, I think I’m going with HughE Around Town. Just know that I’ll have interesting tidbits, tales from the City and other fun stories that might not have appeard on my social media. Let’s see what’s happening around town.

Last night I checked out TopCheftestant Jennifer Carroll and fiance Billy Riddle‘s new eatery called Spice Finch. So excited to have this dynamic duo back in Philadelphia. Don’t expect to dine on the fancy fare you might have enjoyed at Jen’s last stop in Philly, 10 Arts, but be prepared to be dazzled by Mediterranean magic the duo creates.

I honestly was blown away by the delicious flavors each dish brought, especially this amazing Baked Cheese dish, with dill, tomatoes and a surprise drizzle of syrup. The waiter, who I can’t remember his name darn it, told me it can be served as an appetizer or a dessert.  I found the prices for the tapas  range between $9 – $15, with entrees a bit higher.
Check out the menu here and an article in Philly Mag’s Foobooz


Congrats to our friend David Maser, Board Chair for Garces Foundation, (here with wife Allison Young at the Rittenhouse Ball in June) who has successfully bid on the Garces’ restaurants. I was shocked to read that the deal didn’t include the very popular 24 or Garces Trading. More on the sale and the future of Garces restaurants in the Philly Voice

Last Friday my sister Janine DeFeo and I headed over to WOGL to chat about her foundation Teal Butterfly Challenge, which raises awareness for Ovarian Cancer. As we approach September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness month we’ll chat more about it. Afterwards we headed to Llanerch Diner Upper Darby PA, otherwise known as the diner featured in Bradley Cooper’s movie “Silver Linings Playbook.” We noticed their was a film crew scooping out the place, but I had already checked out as I was on “vacation” from work and didn’t inquire. Thankfully the Delco News has a bit about it HERE

DYNAMITE!! The Movie Scene in Philly


There is a movie filming in the City right now, it’s called Made in Chinatown (2018) Chinese guy “Vinny” Chow’s haphazard and hilarious efforts to join the Italian Mafia to earn some respect, to get the love of an Italian girl, and to find his identity in the only city in the world where you can be whatever you want. (New York City). Yes Philly doubles for NYC, but hey we benefit from the film filming here.

I also got tips about a “movie filming” near Twenty Manning. I went over last night and it’s actually a fashion photo shoot for a Canadian company called Groupe Dynamite. They did a spread 8 years ago and came back to the international city to use as a background for their clothing line.  They shot at Rouge, near Twenty Manning, today they’ll be on Spruce Street near 20th and later in the day on the Rocky Steps they told me.

Speaking of movies made in Philly, Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Phila Film Office was interviewed by the Philadelphia Business Journal regarding the Tax Credits Creed 2 received, and the benefits Philly/Pa received.

Spotted in Rehoboth Beach last week – VP Joe Biden by Eric Allen Smith III who even managed to grab a paparazzi shot of the future president, er I mean the former Vice President.


Last weekend I celebrated Borgata’s 15th Anniversary by spending a weekend at the Borgata. Thanks for the hospitality. I love the Borgata, it’s a city under one roof. Usually I don’t even have to leave the property as it’s entertainment, eating and a bit of gambling, ok last week a lot of gambling to fill my days. I should have gone to one of the lovely pools, they have about 4 of them, inside and out. I did eat at Old Homestead (who pulled out all the stops to make the night spectacular) and my favorite AC restaurant Izakaya owned by hunky Michael Schulson and his wife Nina Tinari Schulson, who by the way are on their honeymoon. They didn’t have a chance to take one when they got married two years ago, as they’ve been opening up restaurants up and down the coast, while planning more as well. Philly is amazing, they have so many restaurateurs opening up multiple, with different culinary directions. I don’t think any other City can claim that. Check out my photos in Metro Philly from Saturday’s Taste of Borgata, plus the final column from my editor Jennifer Logue who has gone on to bigger things.

Borgata also treated us to a Barry Manilow concert. Definitely a bucket list item for me. It was fantastic.
Favorite Line: What’s your 75 year old grandfather doing tonight?

Datebook: Cancer Support Community is having a party next week.

25th Anniversary Birthday Party at Ridgeland: Summer Fest!
Wednesday, July 25 • 6-8pm
Bring family and friends out to celebrate our 25th birthday and our members!
Enjoy summer-themed food, games, crafts, and prizes throughout the evening.
The event will take place at the Ridgeland (Philadelphia) location in the Bar
n and
on the grounds. Please sign up so that we can anticipate how many to expect,
by calling 215-879-7733. We’ll see you there!