Owners of We Rock the SpectrumKelly McAllister has a degree in business and marketing that she earned from Penn State University. Her husband, Sean, was born and raised in the neighborhood and most of their extended family still resides here as well. Kelly and Sean are extremely passionate about family and have three sons of their own: Logan (4), Jackson aka Jack-Jack (2), and Cameron. We Rock The Spectrum is exactly the kind of place they’d want their kids to enjoy, if they weren’t the owners.
Thanks to PhillyChitChat Team Member Andre Flewellen for shooting this event. Check out more photos and story in Metro Philly today.
Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and vybe urgent care (vybe) announce the opening of a COVID-19 vaccination site at Independence LIVE (1919 Market Street in Philadelphia), on the Independence Blue Cross campus. The site is open to residents of Philadelphia who meet the City of Philadelphia’s eligibility guidelines – which now includes people 65 and older – and who have made an appointment. There is also focused outreach being done by Independence and vybe to reach priority populations defined by the City.
“This is truly a time to be optimistic in the battle against COVID-19,” said Peter Hotz, president and CEO of vybe urgent care. “Every vaccine we give moves us to a safer and healthier city, and we know Philadelphians are ready to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.”
Philadelphia residents who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine can make an appointment at Independence LIVE by visiting vybe.care or by calling 215-999-3715.
Not on my diet, I wrote last week when I reposted this delicious looking Philly pretzel, a pretzel cut in twos like a sandwich cause it is, a delicious looking bacon, egg & cheese sandwich sold at the new Row Home Coffee shop in Rittenhouse Square. Obviously my readers have good taste as well by the likes on this photograph. For many years I would run over and try such a delight, especially after an invitation as I got from the Row Home Coffee folks. My response, polite but a no. I’m trying to lose weight.
In this post I won’t be doing my before, currently before photos, but maybe down the road a bit. OK it’s the New Year, and it’s going to be the New Hugh, again, because there is no shame in trying again, and again. With each passing year I attempt to return to healthy, I have made some in roads. It’s hard as you know, especially during the pandemic, cause food is so comforting, and exercise is work.
A few months ago my client GlobalFit, a leading workplace health and wellness technology company, told me about one of their companies the Charge Group virtual nutrition group, an innovative and rapidly growing provider of insurance-funded workplace health and nutrition program. I wasn’t ready to experience it. I wanted to eat freely, ignoring my ballooning weight and high blood sugar. I’m sure my readers were upset, since 2 years ago I announced I was at my wits end with my health. At the time I did get it under control, my numbers came down, I was happy, and then the pandemic occurred and everything went out the window.
Last week I took the first step in taking charge of my life, again. This time with a registered dietician, and the best part it’s virtual, I can do this, even when life returns to normal. I like talking to someone about food, the issues regarding food, I like having accountability, it’s like a therapist for food.
I signed up last week and was paired with dietician Catherine Perez. She went over the services with me, and explained how the insurance supported, one-on-one nutrition counseling services work (my insurance IBX covers 6 visits, a year, and if you want you can pay $75 a visit not covered. That is definitely worth it for me, they have reasonable package programs as well if it’s not covered by insurance as well.) CHARGE is an in-network provider for most major health plans. We were on the phone for more than an hour, and she knows more about my eating habits than anyone. You can trust them with your secrets, which they’ve heard before and will be able to provide you with guidance to reach your goals. BUT with everything, you are your biggest advocate. You need to be honest with yourself, or this won’t work.
Just like many of youse, I’ve tried many programs before, most are great, but they just didn’t fit my lifestyle, which is lazy and convenient, this feels like a good fit. At the end of the 90 minutes I had the foundation and tools to help me achieve my goals, this time. I love they have an online food diary, and a daily goal worksheet. Catherine can see it. This week wasn’t perfect, but I’m on a journey. Come with me, on a fantastic voyage. I’ll be posting here weekly on my progress, I’ll be honest, I honestly want to get healthier, feel better, fit in the chairs at Butcher & Singer, see a show at the Forrest Theater, or need help getting me up after crouching down for a photo at a concert etc.
Pick up here: The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street Order by: December 19 Pick-up by: December 23 and December 24, 12:00pm to 6:30pm
Enjoy a traditional Italian Christmas Eve feast cooked in the style of The Olde Bar! $67.50 per person, minimum 2 people, Ready-to-Heat, Instructions Included. Includes: Cured Hamachi Pastrami, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Curried Mussels, Crab and Corn Chowder, Bay Scallop Pappardelle, Lobster Pot Pie, and Tile Fish en Pappillote. Finished with a slice of 9-layer caramel chocolate cake with el Corazon curd and sea salt .
4) Garces Trading Company Christmas Family Dinner Order here: http://garcestradingcompany.com/ Pick up here: The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street Order by: December 19 Pick-up by: December 23 and December 24, 12:00pm to 6:30pm
Enjoy a traditional, Chef-cooked Christmas Day Supper from our family to yours. $50 per person, minimum 2 people, Ready-to-Heat with instructions. Includes: Choice of sliced Pineapple-Glazed Ham with Golden Raisins & Mustard or Turkey Breast & Gravy. Served with family-style portions of Cider-Glazed Carrots, Truffled Mashed Potatoes, Green Salad with Grapefruit, Artichoke Gratin, and Parker House Rolls. Includes Chef’s selection of holiday cookies.
Caffe Aldo Lamberti Christmas Eve Dinner – DINE IN OR TAKE-OUT/ PICK-UP 2011 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002 Caffelamberti.com (856) 663-1747 Open for Christmas Eve dining for take-out and dine-in Open for Indoor Dining and Take-Out Reservations are required and subject to availability All takeout orders must be in by 12/22/20 and picked up prior to 4:00pm. Pickup times subject to availability and may fill up Reservations for Christmas Eve dinner between 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm Reservations for Christmas Eve lunch (regular menu) between 11:30 and 3:00pm
The Lamberti family hosts their favorite tradition with Christmas Eve Dinner, for dine-in and take-out. Caffe Aldo Lamberti will be featuring their Chef’s special menu, with pairings chosen by our Sommelier. Call 856-663-1747 to reserve your socially-distanced table. Selections include: Jumbo Shrimp & Scallops Fra Diavolo $35 spicy tomato sauce, linguine, Veal Campagnola $28 Roasted peppers, broccoli rabe, garlic, white wine, cheese ravioli, Filet Mignon Gorgonzola $48 bacon, jumbo lump crabmeat, spinach, roasted potatoes, Grilled 16 Ounce Veal Rib Chop $48 mushrooms, brandy cream sauce, broccoli rabe, potatoes, 16 ounce New York Strip $48 broccoli rabe, potatoes, Zucchini Crabcake $19 jumbo lump crabmeat, herbs, roasted peppers, baby spinach, Yellowfin Tuna and Crab $17 avocado, cucumber, arugula, lime, EVOO, chipotle pepper sauce, and more.
Devil’s Alley 1907 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 751-0707 Available for hot pick-up on Dec 24 and Dec 25 12 Noon to 5:00pm. $45 Per Person, which includes: Every person gets: -Southwest Corn Chowder (Included with ALL ORDERS)-Garden Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette (Included with ALL ORDERS)
El Camino (215) 925-1110 1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 Holiday Dinner Packages 2-$80 4-$140 8-10-$260 Entrees – Pick One: Ribeye Roast Beef Braised Brisket Pot Roast Fried Turkey
Sides: Spinach & Roasted Squash Salad- Pumpkin Seeds, Bacon, Dried Cranberries, Red Onions, Lemon Sesame Dressing String Beans with Almonds & Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes Orange Honey Glazed Carrots Rice Pilaf with Dried Cranberries & Pecans Parker House Rolls
Desserts – Pick One: Chocolate Yule Log Red Velvet Roll
Ala Carte Offerings – Turkey and Gravy – $85.00 6lb Ribeye Roast – $100.00 6lb Braised Brisket Pot Roast – $85.00 Sting Beans with Almonds & Brown Butter – $25.00 Mashed Potatoes – $25.00 Orange Honey Glazed Carrots – $25.00 Rice Pilaf with Dried Cranberries & Pecans – $25.00 Chocolate Yule Log – $25.00 Red Velvet Roll – $25.00
Dim Sum House Rittenhouse, 1930 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 University City, 3939 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Christmas Eve and Day, 12:00pm to 8:00pm Open for take-out, delivery and pick-up from regular menu as usual Also open for special new Feast for 2 or 4 For Feast order by December 23 for December 24 pick-up For Feast order by December 24 for December 25 pick-up Feast for 2 – $80 Half Peking Duck & Ginger Scallion Lobster 2 Dim Sum of choice – see below for selections. 1 Rice/Noodle of choice – see below for selections.
Shanghai options for Dim Sum: Pork Soup Dumpling, Spicy Pork Soup Dumpling, Crab & Pork Soup Dumpling, Pan Fried Soup Dumpling, Scallion Pancake, Beef Stuffed Scallion Pancake Pork & Leek Dumpling, Pumpkin Tart, Veg Spring Rolls, Pickled Garlic Cucumber, Chili oil Wontons, Sesame Soy Brussel Sprouts
Cantonese options for Dim Sum: Crystal Shrimp Dumplings, Spicy Shrimp Dumplings, Pork & Shrimp Siu Mai, Shrimp Siu Mai, Shrimp Cheung Fun, Fried Shrimp Balls, Chicken Feet, Shrimp & Chive Dumplings, Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant, Tofu Black Bean Sauce, Vegetable Tofu Skin Roll, Turnip Cake, Durian Cake, Roast Pork Bao, Egg Tart, Egg Custard Bao
Rice/Noodle options: Authentic Fried Rice, Lo Mein, Pad Thai, Ho Fun, Mei Fun
Supper for All (feeds 4-6 ppl) – $150 Half Peking Duck & Ginger Scallion Lobster 2 Dim Sum of choice – see below for options 2 Vegetables of choice – see below for options 2 Rice/Noodle of choice – see below for options 2 Familiar of choice withprotein – see below for options
Stove and Tap Prime Rib Christmas Dinner Stove and Co. presents Christmas Eve-Day menu for pick-up on Christmas Eve at all four restaurants Stove and Tap Malvern, Stove and Tap Lansdale, The Bercy in Ardmore and Al Pastor in Exton!
Al Pastor in Exton 484-341-8888, 560 Wellington Square, Exton, PA 19341
The Bercy in Ardmore 609-870-3027, 7E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003
Stove and Tap in Landsdale 215-393-8277, 329 W. Main Street, Lansdale
Stove and Tap in Malvern 484-450-8890, 245 Lancaster Ave, Malvern/ Frasier Order by December 20th by calling restaurant number Pick-up by December 24th
The meals, prepared by Manny’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in Southampton, Bucks County, were sent over by jeweler Steven Singer. He was unable to be there in-person after undergoing open-heart surgery at Pennsylvania, where he says he received top-notch care.
Christine Tierney, Chief Human Resources Officer – Pennsylvania Hospital thanks Steven Singer representative for the delicious gesture, as Frank Anastasi, MBA, Chief Financial Officer at Pennsylvania Hospital University of Pennsylvania Health System and staff look on. This special feast for hospital workers is Singers’ way of giving back and part of his pledge to donate a portion from every gold dipped rose to help feed front line workers – while supporting local restaurants in crisis from the global pandemic. For this feast, Singer purchased each and every dinner from Manny’s Catering in Bucks County/ Southampton.
“My heart breaks for the world! It breaks for those who have lost loved ones, those who are ill, small businesses and independent restaurants and everyone eﬀected by this ugly virus, and that is everyone.” – Steven Singer. “We want to be there to support our local community now and long-term. These hospital workers put themselves at risk each and every day, and have to deal with things that are unimaginable to the rest of us. On this unique holiday with numbers soaring, we wanted to support them and say thanks – and let them know we are all with them.”
Singer and his team provided 650+ meals to employees giving up their holiday to serve patients with COVID 19, those in the ICU and other areas of the hospital. They enjoyed individually wrapped, free catered turkey dinners with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie.
Steven Singer Jewelers Steven Singer is a ﬁrst-generation jeweler and small business owner on Jeweler’s Row. With 40 years on Philadelphia’s historic Jewelers Row, Steven has been an innovator of the jewelry industry with his maverick marketing eﬀorts including the I Hate Steven Singer Campaign. More information at www.IHateStevenSinger.com
Northern Liberties Business Improvement District kicked off the holiday season with the debut of Northern Liberties Holiday Pop-up, last week, on Black Friday for two weekends, November 27th-29th and December 3rd-6th, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. This brand-new socially-distanced holiday shopping event features 15+ small local businesses and makers from around the Philadelphia region popping up with gifts, decor, fashions, treats and more in eight retail locations along N. 2nd Street. From French Toast Bites, to Christmas trees and ornaments, bridal wear to baguettes, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s holiday shopping list.
The District’s existing favorite retail shops will also be ready with gifts for all ages like Trunc and Madison’s Cookies. .
Additionally, while visiting the District, shoppers are invited to make a day of it in Northern Liberties by enjoying a meal, hot beverage, baked good or Christmas cocktail at one of the District’s dozens of restaurants, bakeries and cafes
For participating Holiday Pop-up Shop locations, look for the festive framed signs and posters. Social distancing and masks are required. Many merchants will also offer additional safety protocols and contactless forms of payments. For a full list of vendors, dates and locations, visit explorenorthernliberties.org.
InBox: Be our guest, be our guest! You and your family are invited to be the belle of the ball at the first-ever Christmas Belle Brunch: The Beauty Princess at the Igloos. This socially-distanced dining experience is perfect for kids of all ages who love Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Northern Liberties’ based A Dash of Magic Events partners with Germantown Garden Grill (1029 Germantown Ave) and Glu Hospitality after the success of the Enchanted in Northern Liberties: Snow Queen Brunch series.
This socially-distanced positive and magical dining experience will include 90 minutes at a private, exclusive and heated igloo just for you and your immediate family members. Get ready to enjoy a safe and socially-distanced photo opportunity, songs from the princesses story and a grand entrance. Each reservation will also receive a private The Beauty Princess visit per each Igloo, a souvenir, and princess themed activity sheets – and a special holiday dessert that would make even Chef Bouche hungry! Leave room for brunch and lunch, plus hot beverages for kids and adults. Food and drink is pay-as-you-go.Tickets are $15.00 per person for Igloo seating and $10.00 per person for outdoor seating without the Igloo. A portion of each ticket will go to charity, and provide a free princess appearance for children in need through the Salvation Army.
This event is open to a very limited number of tickets to make this dining experience very safe and intimate. Capacity for this event will be at less 10% of the entire capacity for the venue, to ensure safety and health protocols. All children and adults above the age of two must wear a mask to and from their dining table. The Beauty Princess already has her special princess themed matching mask. She can’t wait to see your costumes and masks too! Costumes for the little ones are encouraged but not required. All families attending must follow the local and health guidelines at the time of the event. If the event is postponed due to weather, all parties will be able to transfer their ticket to a new date and time. Tickets are on sale now at www.germantowngarden.com.
Join the Chestnut Hill Business District and several popular retailers (listed below) as they present the Second Chestnut Hill: Fashion’s Night In on Thursday, October 15. To ensure the safety of participating stores and models, retailers will stream from their stores and have the opportunity to showcase various outfits and discuss individual pieces while also answering questions from customers.Chestnut Hill Fashion’s Night In is meant to connect local businesses to the people that matter most — their loyal customers.
The 45-minute virtual fashion show will be hosted by Philadelphia fashion influencer Dani Maiale.
Chestnut Hill Fashion’s Night In is the perfect way to see a sneak peek of what you can purchase online or in person this fall and spend time virtually with friends. Before the start of the show, staff from Tavern on the Hill will provide a fall-themed specialty cocktail recipe on the Chestnut Hill Business District Event Page for all to enjoy!
Craft Concepts Group and owner Teddy Sourias of Philadelphia’s Christmas Pop-up Bar Tinsel will open the Nightmare Before Tinsel (116 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) for the 2nd year in a row TODAY. This year, during the global pandemic, the former spooky season pop-up bar returns as a socially distanced haunted house, along with a new eatery next door Sueño, featuring traditional and fusion Mexican cuisine by Executive Chef Caroline Hough by with food, drink and art.
New and notable, Nightmare Before Tinsel will take on an asylum theme this year. Tinsel will also be a haunted restaurant with food, drink and art installations. Guests will purchase a ticket in advance and will have a set amount of time inside.
A brand-new haunted parklette will open outside with socially-distanced dining tables. Next door, look for a brand new restaurant to pair with Nightmare with cocktails, beer, wine and food which will also be sold to go legally out of a take-out window – while following all state and city guidelines.
2. One complimentary beverage: Choice of “Nightmare Cocktail,” a premium craft draft, a glass of wine or non-alchoholic beverage(Valid identification required for all adult beverages)
3. One complimentary dessert
Additional info: *Masks are required and social distancing is enforced at this restaurant. Safety first! *To reduce line wait guests are welcome to arrive up to a maximum 15 min prior to their ticket time to line up in a standing cue.
***Note: If you would like a table for seated dining we recommend reserving your table through Opentable.com.
What an amazing pivot this year for Nightmare before Tinsel during Covid19. Creating a minute scary moment, followed by delicious cocktails and light bites. I really enjoyed walking through the Halloween time capsule, which incorporated a lot of last year’s decor, but now it goes bump in the night. At the end you or a nearby ghoul will take that desired selfie for you to share this experience with your friends.
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Variety’s Black Hat Bash 6/15/21
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