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Philly Zoo Kicks off Spring with Urban Green, Zoo Key and Creatures of Habitat

On Thursday April 4, 2019 the Philadelphia Zoo made several exciting announcements which included the ribbon cutting of The Urban Green, an exciting new dining destination and outdoor food marketplace, featuring three food trucks which will debut today, Saturday along with the opening for Creatures of Habitat animal LEGO® exhibit and the return of the Zoo Key.

Creatures of Habitat Rabbit and her hoppy friend at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Rachel Harvey and Suzanne Harvey. Rachel won a contest about her childhood memories of the Philadelphia Zoo Key at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019. She wrote “I was so excited to read that the Philadelphia Zoo decided to bring back the beloved Zoo Keys. Just the other day I was cleaning and found mine (what a great and coincidental timing) and was immediately flooded with great memories of growing up and visiting the Zoo with my mom, brother and Nana. My brother and I always “fought: over who got to use our keys to learn more about each animal exhibit, facts that we had probably already heard, but it didn’t really matter, we were always still so excited. Here’s to hoping my old zoo keys still work when they reinstate them at the zoo this April. #zookeymemory

Zoo Board member Jody McNeil Lewis wore her children’s original zoo keys around her neck to the reception at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Sheila Hess, City Rep at the Press Conference

Vikram H. Dewan, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo

There are the Zoo keepers who recorded their stories and behind the scenes information used in the special zoo key audio books at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Amy Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer at The Philadelphia Zoo, Vikram H. Dewan, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo and Sheila Hess, City Representative cut the ribbon to Urban Green with the help of local school kids at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

The Creatures of Habitat is a gazillion piece animal adventure featuring 12 life-size (and larger than life size) sculptures designed by artist Sean Kenney and meticulously crafted from thousands of individual LEGO® bricks!

The exhibits will spotlight the issues animals in the wild are facing and the heroes working to save them.

A boy trying out his Zoo Key unlocking insider secrets and stories about the magnificent creatures living at Philadelphia Zoo, told by animal keepers who care for them at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019. You can use your Zoo Key, or buy one for $3.00 at the Zoo to hear the stories.
For more information or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.

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Tinsel Christmas Bar Pops Up in Midtown Village

Tinsel is most definitely back, as festive Pop-up Bar Opens in Center City

In the past couple years Philly has become the Christmas capital of the state, with the 10th year anniversary of Christmas Village, Dilworth Park’s celebration of the holidays with it’s ice skating rink, Philly Made Shops and

the amazing Christmas Tree on the North Apron. Now a Christmas-themed bar decorated in twinkling lights has opened in Center City to the delight of everyone, a place where you can go and soak up the holiday spirit. Tinsel
Teddy Sourias (l) and Craft Concepts Group announce the grand opening of Tinsel Christmas Pop-up Bar last week at 116 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia. Midtown Village in the space formerly occupied by Simpson’s Jewelry.  Kory Aversa, Aversa PR & Events (r)

Tinsel bar consists for three rooms, the first was the original showroom for the jewelry store, and sit at the 25-foot bar on top of the former jewelry counter, Teddy and a friend traveled to Lancaster to pick up the custom wood bar top, which they plan to re use at one of their other properties. There are also 12 bar stools, some of them have Santa hats that say Naughty on them so you know exactly where to sit. The detail in the decorations are amazing, and this photo doesn’t do it justice, see the ornaments and how they had to be hung just perfect to create a festive atmosphere.


Last night was a media party and I ran into a lot of friends including Alex Holley, Fox29, who is taking up the photography hobby. Follow her on instagram to enjoy the fruits of her labor.  In the 2nd room, there’s a real Douglass Fir covered in Tinsel, which Teddy bought from his worker, who also sells Christmas trees.

In the former diamond safe is a glowing “fireplace”.
On the night I was there I asked Teddy where the Mistletoe was, he said it keeps getting stolen. He’s replaced it twice already.


The decorations of my favorite kitschy kind, and Teddy was able to buy a lot of them online as he needed envisioned what he wanted and needed to obtain them as quick as possible, as they decorated the place in the past week. Check out each ceiling tile which was gift wrapped individually.  There’s the Christmas Story‘s lamp.

The custom wood bar top, with the jewelry case full of ornaments and cute houses used in a train set.

Tinsel will serve specialty cocktails and Christmas themed beer on draft included Troegs Mad Elf, Hardywood Bourbon Gingerbread Stout and Chimay Grande Reserve. The Christmas cocktails, $8-$10, will rotate each week throughout the season. They’ll be a lite bite menu, including an array of Christmas cookies.

As a tool to encourage good behavior in children, Santa serves as the carrot, and Krampus is the stick. Krampus is the evil demon anti-Santa, or maybe his evil twin. Krampus Night is celebrated on December 5, the eve of St. Nicholas Day in Austria and other parts of Europe.


In the third room you can drop off your letters to Santa, and use the Gender Neutral Bathroom.
Tinsel will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday 2:00pm to Midnight, and Sunday Noon to 5:00pm. Tinsel will offer happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday 5:00pm to 7:00pm with $5 select Christmas Cocktails and all drafts. Previously schedule to close around Christmas, tentatively the Tinsel will be open until the Epiphany (Three Kings’ Day) in which is January 6, 2018. You can thank me for that idea.  Christmas music and commercials can’t start early enough for me, and the holidays end too soon as well. If I had a tree I wouldn’t take it down til Valentine’s Day.

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Photos: The Florida Keys and Key West Cook-Off in Philadelphia

A touch of the Florida Keys came to Philadelphia on Monday night March 6th. The first-ever Philadelphia Florida Keys and Key West Food Influencer Cook-Off took over Walnut Hill College – 24 of the region’s top radio/TV personalities, chefs and food influencers got behind the stove and cooed off for a chance to win a five night six day vacation.

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The sold-out event took over the entire building and had over 120 people in attendance.

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Some notable names included Pat Croce, iHeart’s Nicole Michalik, Fox 29’s Alex Holley, WOGL’s Marilyn Russell, WMMR’s Marisa Magnatta, TV chef Roberta Pipito, Tony Luke and others. On top of the cooking portion, four bartenders competed in the cocktail competition from Vesper, Dim Sum House, Fine Palate and Whetstone Tavern.  HD1_7037 (Custom)

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The setting was perfect for local celebrity and influencer cheftestant cook off as Walnut Hill College is a culinary school which

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has full size industrial kitchens,

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as well as dining areas for serving

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Chef Bobby Stoky from famed Marker 88 restaurant in the Florida Keys worked with the students and was a judge in the competition. Chef Bobby prepared a Red snapper, which the cheftestants were to prepare as part of the competition.
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Local son Pat Croce who has several spots in the Florida Keys hosted the Keys Cocktail Competition. The idea behind the cocktail contest was to give a hard-working, over-worked, talented bartender a chance to get away “from it all.” The winner walked away with a trip to Key West!

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Joe Maiellano and Sarah Maiellano, Thrillist, Emily Tharp, Her Philly and Caitlin McCullough, Restaurant School at Walnut Hill

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Four bartenders from around the region and stirred up Keys-inspired cocktails including Kimberly Shurig – Fine Palate
Mother of the Dragon – Tequila and dragon fruit with a hint of habanero-infused simple syrup over fresh ice garnished with lime peel dragon fruit skin and cilantro. Here with Courtney Dow, owner of Fine Palate and Chef Vince Joseph

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Ashley Serrate, NewmanPR and Carl Becker, executive VIP Walnut Hill College

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Linda Vertlieb, Frugal Philly Mom

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Paxton Reese and Alex Holley, both of Fox 29

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LeAnne Lindsay, Tinsel and Tine (one of the best and consistent blogs with longevity) and Marisa Magnatta, WMMR

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Alex Holley has a favorite apron

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Barry Johnson and Cheftestant Ernest Owens, Philly Mag

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His pie was delicious, his snapper – hot and spicy

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Seamus Banning, Vesper (winning bartender with his Black Pearl drink)

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Maria Newman, Pat Croce, Andy Newman, Senior Vice President Newman PR and Jeff Sorg, CEO of Pat Croce & Company

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Michelle Curtis – Whetstone Tavern
Papa’s Punch
In honor of Hemmingway’s fishing nickname, this is a refreshing rum punch with flavors of basil, strawberry and pineapple. Perfect for drinking after a long day in the Florida sun.

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Reporter Jenny DeHuff wrote a humorous piece for her paper The Philly Voice

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Steve McCann and Chris Balbi of PhillyGayCalendar won for the best Snapper – mango chutney tossed with coconut and jalapeño with a secret ginger kick.

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Iris McCarthy, The Palate Princess

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Aversa PR Reps Jamyra Perry and Karianna Simpkins

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Judging was tough

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Pat Croce, who judged the drink competition with the winner Seamus Banning, Vesper. Who created a drink called The Black Pearl. The Black Pearl
Eucalyptus, bitter citrus and spice affably dance with molasses in this dark rum cocktail, though its color remains as mysterious as The Black Pearl

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Chef Bobby Smoky
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and Chris Balbi of PhillyGayCalendar won for the best Snapper – mango chutney tossed with coconut and jalapeño with a secret ginger kick.

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Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay was the overall winner for both her Key Lime Pie and Snapper

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Links to other coverage
https://phillystylemag.com/photos-philadelphia-florida-keys-and-key-west-food-influencer-cook-off
http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/philadelphia-florida-keys-and-key-west-food-influencer-cook-off-photos/zsJqch—KlOVe3gPtQHOY/