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Christmas Eateries to Get You In The Spirit

Bah Humbug, there are 12 days left before Christmas and you might have been busying yourself to get it all done before the big day, and like me, you might not be in the ho ho spirit yet. I’ve been busy shooting, and telling my readers about so many great hot spots to go this season, but just this week I am easing into the holiday spirit. One visit to the Christmas Pop-up at Craftsman Row Saloon should do it. They’ve really done a great job on decorating, and if you’re a regular like moi, you can appreciate all they done.

Now where is that Elf on the Shelf? It’s going to take me awhile to find it cause I’m too busy eating the new Christmas Dinner burger (they have Beyond burgers too), and washing it down with a giant Ugly Milkshake. Check out their menu for all the holiday fare.

I love the seasonal decor at Uptown Beer Garden, they really got it!! Philly, welcome to U-Ville! Uptown Beer Garden has transformed into a whimsical holiday wonderland for the first-time ever! This is officially Philadelphia’s largest ever Christmas Pop-up Bar and features indoor space inside the giant heated tent and every table has it’s own decorated Christmas Tree, plus a U-Ville lane and village.

Evil Genius lit a 20 foot tree inside their popular drinking spot. Outside, the Evil Genius Beer Garden was transformed into a little winter wonderland, where guests enjoy beer, hot cider, hot wine while picking out your Christmas Tree from Front Street Trees. Open everyday, plus Christmas Eve 12:00pm to 6:00pm, but closed Christmas Day so their employees can enjoy the day with their family and friends.

I experienced the Igloos at Figo Ristorante last week. Unlike other Igloos of last year, this Igloo was thinking about dining in comfort as they are spacious, heated and taller. No more ducking, or squeezing between the wall and the table to get comfortable. They’re also sound proof, we could really hear ourselves chit chat. They can be booked through the website and open table. Each Igloo can seat eight people, and comes with a fire pit, carpet, lite decor, protective barrier from the cold and winter wind, and enchanting views of the stars, night skies and the Northern Liberties Christmas Tree. Definitely order the bruschetta, you’ll thank me.

At Harper’s Garden the Greenhouses are back and all decorated for those December holiday nights under the stars – with a dazzling new chef, menu and drinks! Colder weather is coming, and Harper’s Garden is warming things up with an enticing new culinary program, enhanced ambiance, and an expertly curated seasonal cocktail and mocktail menu. 31 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Mainline’s hottest 2021 addition, Lola’s Garden has embraced the cold months with flavorful fare, warm drinks, and a heated, outdoor enclosure of their stunning trellis. Open 7-days a week for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Lunch is served Monday thru Friday from Noon – 3 PM. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 3 PM. Reservations and private party inquiries for Lola’s Garden are available through the website. For more information Lola’s Garden Ardmore, and/or call 484-412-8011

One of my favorite spots in Philly this past summer to dine was Juno 1033 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123. NOW my favorite Mexican spot has greenhouses for our dining pleasure. With the new enclosure Juno will offer 120 seats, with an additional 18 in their greenhouses. Tables are available for 1 to 14 guests (hello friendsgiving). Each greenhouse offers a private dining experience for up to 6 guests. There are no additional costs associated with booking a greenhouse, but given the limited quantity, reservations are strongly encouraged. Consider making your reservation early to take advantage of Juno’s 4 PM – 6 PM happy hour, featuring a delectable food menu, beer, wine, and cocktail selection for $5 each. Traditional tables and greenhouse reservations can be made by visiting junophilly.com or using the resy app. Walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.

Tried and true The Olde Bar in Old City is one of the most decorated and unique restaurant experiences in Philly for the holidays. The library nooks dining rooms have been given a festive make-over!  The Olde Bar, located at the former home of Philadelphia’s iconic Bookbinder’s Restaurant (I have stories, having worked for the Bookbinder family), is a celebrated space that once housed one of Philadelphia’s most famous seafood restaurants. The dining room currently is a library-inspired dining room that pays homage to the Bookbinder family. Patrons are invited to enjoy The Olde Bar’s favorite seafood and signature dishes while dining in the comfort of their own beautifully decorated, intimate library nook. The decorated library nooks are available for reservation by calling or booking through Open Table.  Happy Holidays and Bon Appetite!! Thanks

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What’s Everyone Eating During Main Line Today Restaurant Week ?

Hope you are enjoying your week wining and dining during Main Line Today Restaurant Week which runs through September 5. Last weekend I ate at Founding Farmers in KOP and it was delicious. Highlights were the Southern Plate with Ribs, Chicken, and potatoes, my friend had the vegan meatloaf which was very good. We tagged our post #MLTRW and today I’m going to feature a few of the folks who have done the same thing. Let’s go take a look.

Thanks Dhruvi Shah for sharing your dining selections they look so good. I’d like to have two of those deserts.

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Brussels Sprouts are one of my favorite veggies, and the Spicy Asian Brussels Sprouts at 333 Belrose Bar & Grill left me #mindblown. Made with peanuts, shishito peppers, and a ginger-lime aioli, those flavors come out in every bite!

The other dish I enjoyed was the Pan-Seared Olive Oil Swordfish with warm white bean-olives & spinach, red pepper sauce, tender baby carrots.

Try these dishes and others during Mainline’s Restaurant Week! All participating restaurants are offering a special three-course menu for lunch priced at $24.95 and dinner priced at $36.95.

Thank you @333_belrose for hosting us and a huge thank you to @aversapr team for a lovely evening!
Scroll through to see what they have to offer on the Main Line Today Restaurant Week Menu

Rosalie, is definitely one of my favorite spots on the Main Line. Beautifully decorated, and delicious food. Thanks Mel for tagging #MLTRW and allowing us to feature you on PhillyChitChat.

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Celebs Out and About in Philly, and Atlantic City – New Couple Alert – Goodbye Monique Crawford, so fun to shoot

 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Hafthor Julius Bjornsson) The Mountain from Game of Thrones and “Second Strongest Man in the World” has been making the media circuit for the past couple days. Yesterday he
 He had dinner at Devil’s Den 1148 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147  He’s in town for this weekend’s Philadelphia Renaissance Faire


 Crazy shirt.

I love this shot with people trying to take selfies with him any way possible.

 
Jennie Hatton Baver on one of her last appearances in Philly before she heads to Virginia with hubby Scott, who has taken a job as Sales Director for Devils Backbone Brewing Company in the Blue Ridge Mountain. Sounds dreamy. I love that area. (Jennie and Scott)
Photos by:
Stephan Lyford
Today of Fox 29 Thor lifts Alex Holley. Mike ran away before Thor could get a hold of him.
 Björnsson is 6 ft 9 and 400 pounds.
Earlier, Square 1682’s Chef Caitlin Mateo delivered lunch to him at Philadelphia Weekly offices. Speaking of both Square 1682 and Phila Weekly…
Charles Wiedenmann ran into Wyonna Judd at Square 1682 on Wednesday night. She’s in town for the WXPN concert today. Congratulations are in order for
Charles, he’s joined the new Philadelphia Weekly newspaper, er magazine now. 
 Last night I spotted Eagles player Mark Sanchez at Del Frisco’s. The place was hopping with a lot of big named Eagles and Sixers players, none of which I can remember and didn’t write down. Wait that ‘s right I saw

Former Philles Marlon Anderson (r) (last night he tweeted: On doing a little pregame with , tune in to watch.) also spotted Mike Jerrick, and in another section John Bolaris.
 How long has this been going on – New Couple Alert John Clark and Randyl Case. Randyl looked adorable but for whatever reason my camera missed the first two shots and every one had a laugh til I captured this tender moment at Del Frisco’s last night.

 We all headed to Rumor, where Tee Fish was manning the door with his usual flair.

Wendy Williams hit the Boardwalk with Mayor Don Guardian this weekend for the dedication of the new Wendy Williams Boardwalk bench. Wendy was in amazing spirits talking about
being a true Jersey girl and saying she is going to come back and check
on the bench frequently, also asked the crowd not to pass wind on it – no
joke. She also requested the bench be placed near a delicious eatery and not on a dead spot on the boardwalk, say near Revel. She was in town for the weekend to perform at the Borgata. Friends tell me she didn’t chat about a lot of the things they wanted to hear about, like why did she have that fight with NeNe Leakes, who visited AC a few days later and seems to be getting more than a bench in AC.
Photo by Whitney Ullman
 NeNe Leakes, Real Housewives of Atlanta star (2nd from left), touring The Playground
in Atlantic City Wednesday with her husband, Gregg Leakes, joined by CEO of
Tower Investments, Bart Blatstein, COO Brandon Dixon and Media Relations
Guru Lisa Johnson

 Apologies to Monique Crawford for not making it to her going away party. I did see her a few weeks ago when she told me of her plans, and I gave her an extra good luck hug. I’m excited for her, glad I met her, and thankful she spent some of her life here in Philly. It was always fun to photograph her.

When I saw her at Bank and Bourbon I knew that would be the last time. I really hate to say good-bye to people, and those parties.

I have a long bad habit of skipping those parties. Sorry. xo