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Stay: Ocean Resorts Casino

Good morning. Thanks for bearing with me as I missed a few days of posting. I wish you all well, and appreciate you being a part of my day, and thank you for being subscribers. Those of you who follow me on Social Media know I went to Ocean Resorts Casino over the Christmas holiday. I felt it was safe, our plans were to just hang out in the hotel room with its magnificent views of the ocean, as every room has a view of the water, whether it’s the bay or ocean.

I specifically asked for a high floor, ocean view and I was not disappointed. It was so relaxing. We were on the 40th floor, facing Brigantine. I would say that the dozen or so times I have stayed here, whether it was Ocean AC or formerly known as Revel, I always stayed on this side. In fact I stayed in this room a day before Super Storm Sandy’s full force hit the area, and witness the North End of the boardwalk get destroyed. AC did a great job at restoring the boardwalk as well as the North End of AC, with new residences. They still have a ways to go, but it’s a start.

BTW this is the view looking south, which you would see if you stayed in one of the rooms on that side of the hotel, or lucky us, in the elevator lobby. Yes they have windows in the elevator lobby. In fact Ocean AC even has windows in their casino. I love to go there as I never feel lost inside, as there is always a window nearby which gives me a sense of openness as well as direction.

At the east end of Ocean AC are massive escaltors which connect several floors of the hotel/casino including the hotel floor, casino floor, restaurant and shopping floors, event space floor and the boardwalk entrance. It’s a site to behold and my favorite spot, but don’t look down. And for those afraid of heights, they have elevators as well.

When Mike and I arrived at Ocean AC, we noticed all the Covid19 Safety Measures in place, and although we both already had it, we were glad to see they took it very seriously. Also was glad that all guests had masks all at all times, everywhere. Check in can be in person, or via a touchless system. The desk clerks were great, as was all the staff throughout the building. It was a joy to be there. My plan was to spend 3 days and two nights at Ocean AC and not leave the property, it’s exactly what we did.

Most of the time we spent in our rooms, looking out the window and catching up on reading, actual magazines and books, not the internet. We also visited the fish tank in the hotel lobby. There are seats surrounding it, and its extra zen as it’s raised a few steps above the floor.

We also spent a good amount of time eating, and were not disappointed. Every place we ate at in OCEAN AC was delicious. For dinner the first night we ate at Zhen Bang, a Chinese delight. The decor was pretty as well, very bamboo, clean and cozy. It was a little difficult to find, but just follow the Wahlburger signs, as it’s across the hall. Christmas morning we headed to Café 500, but it’s only open to 1PM, so don’t plan a late brunch. They were nice and let us sit at 12:55pm. dinner we enjoyed a delicious dinner at American Cut Steakhouse Mike also ate at Distrito as well. I was happy he was happy, so I could play a little Willie Wonka, my favorite slot machine.

Ocean AC has shops as well

We had such a good time catching up on reading, enjoying the view and just relaxing. This shot was on Christmas eve, during a Nor’Easter. It was the most fantastic experience watching it from the safety of our room. I can’t recommend Ocean AC enough for a getaway. It was safe, relaxing, delicious and we even went out to the sky garden, where they have fire pits and a great view of the Atlantic Ocean. Originally I was going to book the hotel via HotelTonight (my favorite site for last minute hotel stays), as I saw a rate of $88, but since I wanted a specific room I booked through the hotel website at $119 (it’s the off season). After writing to request about the specific room, Ocean AC recognized me as a previous media partner and comp’d my stay. Thank you so much. It was just what I needed, and what Mike realized he needed. We can’t wait to go back, to this view and the great hospitality extended to guests at Ocean Casino Resort.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas with a Purpose

It’s going to be a hard sell to find anyone who hates Steven Singer (l) this year, yes that guy from Steven Singer Jewelers, at 8th and Walnut Street. In 2020 he spent a good part of the year giving back, especially to Frontline Health Care Works, making their day a little easier and a lot more delicious.

The man that everyone loves to hate is spreading love by using a portion of sales from Singer‘s famous 24 karat gold and platinum dipped roses to purchase meals from Philadelphia restaurants and donating them to essential hospital workers and first responders. Last spring he donated dinner for several hospitals on Mother’s Day, last month he fed the day and night shifts at Pennsylvania Hospital, and later this week on Christmas he will be doing the same for another local hospital. For owner Steven Singer, this is a win-win that thanks those tirelessly working to treat Coronavirus patients, and to support an industry in crisis during these unprecedented times.

After being closed for several months earlier this year due to the mandated shut-down, the expert jewelers are back at 8th and Walnut for the gift giving season. They are seeing and can talk about what is popular this year – including the big sellers like the gold dipped roses that help feed hospital workers and support local restaurants; the big boom for Christmas proposals and engagement rings; gifts for those working from home during the pandemic; gifts for those far away; and gifts for pet lovers whose four-legged friends helped them get through 2020.

Steven Singer Jewelers is donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of his famous 24 karat gold and platinum dipped roses to thank frontline essential hospital workers and first responders – and at the same time support local, independent restaurants during a crisis for their industry.  

There are currently fifteen selections to pick from for collectors of the famous Steven Singer roses, including: 

* Valentine’s Day Red 24k * Classic Gold 24k * Classic Rose Gold* Frozen Rose Gold* Purple Passion 24k  * Platinum Baby Blue  * Black Diamond 24k * Platinum Purple Passion * Royal Sapphire 24k * Platinum Princess Pink * Platinum Royal Sapphire * Sweetheart Pink 24k * Platinum Valentine’s Day Red* Classic Platinum * Platinum Black Diamond

The famed roses are 12 inches in length, and are made from real roses preserved and then dipped and trimmed in 24 karat gold or platinum.
Each rose is handcrafted by artisans, so just like snowflakes, each rose is one-of-a-kind. The roses start at $59.95 and feature a lifetime guarantee.  

LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE

On top of dipped roses, Steven Singer’s website and showroom also has a host of other ideas for everyone on Santa’s list – especially during unprecedented times when we all need the support of our families more than ever. 
Christa Diamond Engagement Ring
Perfect for a YES!
A flawless to the eye, near colorless, round brilliant diamond engagement ring set in a 14 karat white gold Tiffany style solitaire mounting. Steven Singer is an expert gemologist and has been selling diamonds for 40 years. In that time, he’s found the perfect balance for engagement rings of size, quality, and style at the perfect price. Meet Christa! She’s guaranteed to get a yes! And, with a 100 day, 100% warranty, you can’t go wrong!

Helping Paw
Perfect for Pet Lovers
A necklace with a silver paw print outline that interlocks with a diamond heart to symbolize the bond between pets and our hearts. So many pets have helped people through 2020. For the pet mom in your life, send her something that will honor her furry friend each and every day.

You and Me Diamond Necklace
Perfect for Long Distance Loved Ones
This Sterling Silver Necklace features connected hearts, one in a rose color and one set with diamonds. These intertwined hearts are a wonderful choice for loved ones that you don’t see frequently. Let them know no matter how far the distance or how long it has been, your hearts are connected.

Silver Love Note Diamond Necklace
Perfect for Music Lovers
A Sterling Silver music note made of a heart in either rose, yellow or white, wrapping around a diamond. This stunning heart necklace forms a music note and comes in yellow, rose and white hearts. This is the perfect way to send them a love song they can wear!

SHOP ONLINE OR IN PERSON 
The retail store, located at 739 Walnut St, is open for in-person shopping with an appointment, which can be made online or over the phone. They are shipping daily – and will continue to be open after Christmas for anyone that needs last minute gifts or didn’t get to shop due to all happening in the world. In-store pick-up is also available for many items. Standard shipping is always fast and free. No-risk 100 day, 100% money back guarantee on all purchases. Additionally, the expert jewelers are available to help online shoppers through call, chat, text or even virtual video appointments. For appointments, questions or assistance, call  215-627-3242 or visit www.IHateStevenSinger.com

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Order Christmas Desserts, Cocktails and Party Trays

Cry Baby

It’s very likely that you will celebrate the holidays differently this year, but there’s something festive for you to enjoy, a feast prepared by a local restaurant in the comfort of your home. Ordering meals, desserts, cocktails, and whatever else you discover in the list below will not only bring joy to your table, but also help ensure that your favorite local restaurants are still in business when we’re all ready to gather in person once again.

Holiday gathering cancelled this year? Don’t Cry, Baby! We’ve got you covered!

Cry Baby Pasta
627 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia PA 19147
Holiday To Go Party Kits Now through end of Year! 
$35 per kit that serves two people
Menu includes: Antipasti Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Salami, Speck, Olives, Fig Mostarda, Pine Nuts Garlic Foccacia Bread Lobster Arancini Shishito Aioli Artichoke, Leek Cream, Decorative Packaging. Personalized Holiday Greeting Link to Festive Spotify Playlist.

Holiday Cocktail Party by The Olde Bar, Amanda, Village Whiskey, J.G. Domestic
Order here:  http://garcestradingcompany.com/
Pick up here: The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street
Order by: Anytime now through end of year, four days notice requested
Pick-up by: Four days notice needed for pick-up

Cheers to the season with a selection of our favorite small plates from Garces restaurants for the perfect cocktail hour! Includes: Family-style portions of Whipped Feta & Garden Vegetables (JG Domestic) , Bacon-Wrapped Dates (Amada), Crab Fingers (The Olde Bar), Shrimp Cocktail (The Olde Bar), Deviled Eggs (Village Whiskey), and Spanish Meatballs & Manchego-Stuffed Cherry Pepper (Amanda). $45 person, minimum two people. This meal requires 4 days notice

Add Christmas Cocktails to go by calling The Olde Bar and adding to your order at (215) 253-3777.
Selection includes a dozen cocktails from The Olde Bar with seasonal additions, including: 

The Olde Bar Aged Egg Nog – A Premium Selection of Bourbon, Brandy, Rum, and Port, Blended with Eggs, Milk, and Nutmeg Including Russell’s Reserve, Knob Creek, Elijah Craig, Remy Martin 1738, Copper & Kings, Paul Beau Cognac, El Dorado, Ron Zacapa, Rhum Barbancourt, Smith and Cross 8 oz serves 2/ $20 32 oz serves 8/ $65 

A Partridge in a Spiced Pear Tree – Averell Damson Gin Liqueur, St. George Spiced Pear, Domaine De Canton, Lemon 8 oz serves 2/ $20 32 oz serves 8/ $65 

SliCE Pizza of the Seven Fishes
Italian Market and City-wide delivery: 1180 S. 10th St., (215) 463-0868
Washington Twp: 137 Egg Harbor Rd, (856) 302 5099
Fishtown – New: 431 E Girard Ave, (215) 425.1555
Available now through December 24, 2020
Open on Christmas Eve Day and until early evening
Closed all locations for Christmas

Marlo and Jason Dilks of SliCE announce the return of their annual holiday pie, Pizza of the 7 Fishes. This special seasonal pizza is inspired by their families’ Christmas Eve traditions and by a seven course seven fish dinner popular in South Philadelphia. Pizza of the 7 Fishes features mozzarella topped with clams, mussels, shrimp, tuna, crab meat and sardine all sauteed with fresh olive oil and garlic, and topped with anchovies, fresh lemon and basil. Pizza of the 7 Fishes will be available until Christmas Eve (December 24th) for $19.00 for small and $26.00 for large.  The Dilks also brings back a family tradition for your family to share – Seafood Caesar with romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, house-made Caesar dressing, sauteed shrimp and crab meat; featuring house-made croutons for $15. All December special dishes are available through January 2, 2020 and are available on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
New: SliCE now offers for the first-time this year large square pie with light and airy crust for $20 with mozzarella and San Marzano sauce that can be cut into party slices – 12-24 hour notice recommended ahead. 

Hawthornes Beer Cafe
Pivot Coffee & Wine Shop
(215) 627-3012  
738 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hawthornes Beer Cafe and new Pivot Coffee & Wine Shop have a brand-new pastry chef and baker Daniel Tang (Sugar Philly) who is firing up the holiday sweets this year. All items are available for pre-order through our website www.hawthornecafe.com, or via phone 215.627.3012. Deadline for pre-orders will be December 20th or until sold out. All items will be available for pickup at Hawthornes on December 22nd, 23rd & 24th.

French Macaron Box – French macaron flavors- vanilla, chocolate, tiramisú, dulce de leche, meyer lemon, gingerbread – packaged all together for $12.00

Hazelnut Nutella Babka Muffins – Tender and delicious babka filled with nutella and a homemade hazelnut praline – five pack for $12.00

Yule Log – Chocolate sheet cake rolled with a Ricotta orange buttercream with a macaron Christmas tree – $20.00

Stollen – German Christmas bread filled with almond and dried fruit with our homemade – $18.00

Cookie Box with 5 Ginger molasses, 5 Chocolate cookies, 4 Rainbow cookies, 8 Shortbread for one lb. of cookies – $20.00.

Garces

Oui Let’s Bake!
Oui Pastries
160 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Available for pickup, delivery, and online order
Build your own cake with the help of Oui Pastries! Receive all of the ingredients and follow the instructions enclosed to create your own professional cake. $30 each.

Oui Pastries also offers items to bake at home including croissants ($3.00 each), matcha croissants ($3.50 each), and cookies ($2.50 each).

The Victoria Freehouse, Crown Catering
10 S. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 543-6089
Orders and inquiries: info@crowndining.com

Tiramisu $55 Ladyfinger cookies layered with mascarpone cream
Profiteroles $55  Italian cream puffs with chocolate cream
Italian Cookies $45  Pistachio apricot thumbprints, biscotti, wedding cookies, fig and walnut cookies  

 Sassafras Bar

48 S. 2nd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

To go window open Wednesday and Thursday, 4-7pm, offering entire cocktail menu and pretzels.

Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 4-11pm, Saturday-Sunday, 12-11pm.

Featured cocktails:

Hot Sailors Punch, a blend of autumn spices infused with fresh local apple cider and Bacardi Spiced Rum. $11.

Smoking Bishop, a traditional winter warmer of warmed Burgundy and Port Wine, blended with spice and fresh citrus. $11.

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Princess Brunch in Northern Liberties in December

A Dash of Magic Events, Glu Hospitality and Germantown Garden Grille all got together for some princess pivots to survive the pandemic together – this was several small businesses in Northern Liberties – all who work with Northern Liberties Business Improvement District and Aversa PR – who teamed up! 
Want to check this unique event out? Your family can get a private heated igloo to enjoy time with your favorite princess at dates coming up soon! 


Be our guest, be our guest. Families are invited to be the belle of the ball at the first-ever Christmas Belle Brunch: The Beauty Princess at the Igloos. This magical socially-distanced dining experience is an unforgettable meal for kids of all ages who love Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The royal date is set for Saturday, December 19th, at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. AND just added – Sunday, December 20th at 11:00am and 1:00pm. 

Also, due to popular demand, the Snow Queen Brunch at the Igloos has now added on a third weekend – with seatings at 11:00am and 1:00pm for Saturday, December 12th as well.

On December 26, 2020, look for the Ice Princess for Anna fans from Frozen – now on sale! Don’t miss the Snow Queen’s sister as she takes a twirl around the Igloos! 

AND end the year and don’t turn into a pumpkin with New Year’s Eve Countdown with Cinderella at the Igloos on December 31, 2020 at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Families are invited to a socially distanced dining experience to help kids say goodbye to 2020 before everyone turns into a pumpkin at Midnight (which, in fact, would be so 2020). 

While this partnership and family-friendly dining series sounds like magical princess fun – it is also a major pivot for the two Northern Liberties based businesses – A Dash of Magic Events and Glu Hospitality. 

Each 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. 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.

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 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. 

Tickets are on sale now for all of the above events at: 

www.germantowngarden.com – events page! 

PRINCESS PIVOT! 
For A Dash of Magic Events owner Aisha Maria Loeks this represents a major year of princess pivots. For Loeks, 2020 was set to be a banner year for the record books. Her Adorned by Aisha business was set to sparkle at Philadelphia’s major festivals like Philadelphia Flower Show and Christmas Village. Her second business, A Dash of Magic Events, was her back-up sideline business that brought joy to kids at birthday parties and special events across the region. Then, the pandemic hit, and shut-down orders came and cancelled major events and parties, as well as in-person jewelry retail opportunities. Loeks quickly waved her magic wand and shifted gears to survive the new normal. From the sparkle of her main occupation as a jewelry maker, to a major pivot to launch virtual princess meet and greets to socially-distanced princess sidewalk serenades, Loeks is making all that glitters into gold for the final weeks of the year. 
For one of Philadelphia’s biggest Disney and princess fans, this major pivot might sound like a fairy tale out of a cartoon movie. But it’s a story that saw a turbulent few months and a tremendous loss of income where her livelihood was in jeopardy, and health and safety is now a constant concern. She also faces the same challenges other businesses face, as she has to constantly adapt her work to the current government guidelines and shut-down orders. But for this local survivor, it’s not a question of survival but more a question of when will all this be over, and when will the fairy-tale ending come. For her full story, and booking your own private princess sidewalk serenade, story time or family-time, visit www.adashofmagicevents.com.


GLU HOSPITALITY PIVOT! 
For Glu Hospitality, what a year – pivoting from Vesper Dayclub and Pool, the open-air steakhouse Germantown Garden Grill, to launching the heated, poolside Igloos at Germantown Garden Grill – and now the Princess and Snow Queen Brunch Series. This has helped them stay open well past their usual date in September when the pool club would close. 
If you haven’t been check out their menu for the Igloos and weekend brunch, plus its a great spot for steaks – and on Sundays for Sports! Menu is at https://gggrill.com/
Congrats Tim Lu and Derek Gibbons on making big things happen in 2020 for their company – they helped open Anejo and SET NoLibs this summer and fall, launched Hunnies Crispy Chicken and Tiny’s Burger Joint on Grubhub, and they have not one but two more restaurants coming your way in 2021 – and Philly Chit Chat will be there for both of them! 

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Day Menu

It’s that time again, to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day, the annual national holiday celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year or in this case we’ll be thanking the harvest of 2021, which no doubt will be much better. Warning do not read this post on an empty stomach:
Philly restaurants offer The Ultimate Thanksgiving Day Menu – dine in, pick up or delivery you can enjoy all the thanksgiving tradition feast prepared by an expert chef, and best of all your supporting local restaurants.

Photos by: Eddy Marenco

Garces Events Thanksgiving Dinner is Available for pick-up at The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Order through Saturday, 11/21 and pick-up on 11/25
Order online at  www.TheOldeBar.com

Package One –
$95/package (serves 2 with leftovers), $60 per additional guest  

Garces Events serves up a Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all the trimmings, includes: 
-Butter Lettuce Salad, Tart Apple,Candied Walnuts, Creamy Cheese, Maple Vinaigrette
-Rosemary Parker House Rolls, Crème Fraiche Butter, Apple Butter
-Herb Roasted Hudson Valley Turkey Breast & Gravy from the Drippings
-Cranberry-Orange Relish
-Challah Bread Stuffing, Sage, Rosemary, Dried Fruits
-Salt Roasted Beets, Whipped Chevre, Arugula, Pecan Crumble
-Brussel Sprouts, Guanciale, Pecorino
-Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pecan, Brown Sugar
-Whipped Mashed Potatoes
-Garces’ Green Bean Casserole, Mushroom, Crispy Onions
-One piece per person-Select your pie.  Pumpkin Butternut Squash, Bourbon Pecan or Caramel Apple. Smoked Cinnamon Whipped Cream  

Package Two –
Cheese & Charcuterie Display $30 addition
Aged Manchego, Roquefort, Prosciutto di Parma, Speck, Chorizo Pamplona accompaniments

Package Three –
Whole Pies, $18 each – Pumpkin Butternut Squash, Bourbon Pecan or Caramel Apple, with Smoked Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Thanksgiving Dinner at Devil’s Alley in Rittenhouse Square is an annual tradition! Leave the cooking to the chefs with a full three-course dinner. First course – Butternut Squash Soup; Main Course – pick one Roasted Turkey or Bourbon Glazed Ham; select three sides including mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, charred brussels sprouts, whipped sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese or grilled sweet potatoes;

Dessert – pick one Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie. Available for $45 per person for adults, or $20 per person for children (minus the soup). Non-alcoholic beverage included! Cocktails to go available for order as well. Delivery available through Doordash and Grub Hub – orders must be placed that day – and leave extra time for delivery please! Otherwise for pick-up order through the Devil’s Alley website.

ORDER AHEAD AND PICK UP GREAT DEALS!

Devils Alley will be open from 12:00pm – 9:00pm on Thanksgiving!  We will be serving a prix fixe dinner for $45 per person, available for DINE-IN and TAKE-OUT.

Butternut Squash Soup

Choice of Turkey or Ham

Choice of 3 sides: Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Charred Brussel Sprouts, Whipped Sweet Potatoes w/ Marshmallows, Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Cornbread Muffins

Choice of Pumpkin or Apple Pie

Fork 306 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-9425
Folks sticking around the city for Thanksgiving will be happy to know that Fork will be open and taking reservations from 1:00 to 7:00PM on Thanksgiving. Available for parties of up to four inside, and groups of up to six outside, guests can enjoy Fork’s feast at $75 per person. To start, each person at the table will have their choice of Green Salad with Walnuts and Pears, Grapes and Burrata,  Carrot Ginger Soup or Boston Mackerel with Sweet Potato. Similarly, each guest will choose their entree from the line-up of: Trout with Shaved Leeks, Short Rib with Jus and Horseradish or Green Meadow Farm Turkey with Cranberry Chutney and Gravy. Family-style sides, served for every table, include: Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts, Anadama Herb Stuffing, Parker House Rolls, Mashed Potatoes and Wild Rice Stuffed Squash. To cap off the meal with something sweet, each guest will take their pick of Classic Apple Pie, Kabocha Squash Pie, Salted Honey Custard Pie or Dark Chocolate Budino.

Panorama
14 N. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-7800

Thanksgiving Menu To Go
Dinner for 4 people – $200 + tax (Pickup Only)
4 person minimum – $50 + tax for each additional person
All packages will be ready for pickup Wednesday, November 25 between 12:00-6:00pm
Heating instructions will be included
Pay online in advance all orders by Wednesday, November 18

TAKE-HOME MEAL KITS! 
Hudson Table
1001 N 2nd St Unit 01, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 982-2580
 Order:
Order by 11/20 for pick-up 11/25 between 2-6pm
Feeds four people
$125 per kit

Our high-end meal kits are back for a limited time! Reheating/finishing instructions will be provided and we will be offering streamlined pickup / take out. This meal kit is intended to be 4 servings. Everything will be prepared in our controlled, sanitary, fully compliant kitchen in small-batches each day with a rotating menu, along with a small team of highly-trained team members each day to ensure cleanliness and precautions are taken. Pickup procedure is intended to be minimal to no person-to-person contact for the health and safety of our guests and team.

Brined and Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy and Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Garlic and Sage Stuffing
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Glazed Brussell Sprouts
Seasonal Berry Cobbler

Hawthornes Beer Cafe
(215) 627-3012  
738 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
 
Hawthornes Beer Cafe has a brand-new pastry chef and baker – and will do holiday pies for the first time. This is also a preview of a special new bakery-oriented concept from the owners coming soon! Pre-order Holiday Pies with Hawthornes Cafe! We’ve got Dutch Apple Crumb Pie, Streusel Pumpkin Pie, Gluten Free Almond Apple Pound Cake Loaf, and Crumb Coffee Cake Loaf. You can order via our website @ Hawthornecafe.com or call ahead @ 215.627.3012  Pick up dates Tuesday Nov 24, & Wednesday Nov 25th from 9:00am to 8:00pm.  


Stove and Co Restaurant Group
The Bercy in Ardmore
609-870-3027, 7E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003
Al Pastor in Exton484-341-8888,
560 Wellington Square, Exton, PA 19341
Stove and Tap in Landsdale215-393-8277, 329 W. Main Street, Lansdale
Stove and Tap in Malvern484-450-8890, 245 Lancaster Ave, Malvern/ Frasier    

Stove and Co Restaurant Group will offer take-out/ pick-up order ahead at all four properties -leave the cooking to Al Pastor, The Bercy and Stove and Tap this Thanksgiving with a Thanksgiving Feast for 2 or for 4-6 people. Order by November 19th and pick-up by November 25th.
Chef Joseph Monnich and his culinary team present turkey and all the trimmings with mixed green salad, cornbread, traditional mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing, cider glazed brussels sprouts, smoked turkey and pumpkin walnut cake.
Price is $90 for two people, or $225 for four to six people. Add on mulled wine for $30 or Mac N Cheese for $25. Other cocktails to go packages are available as well. Call and place your order today!  

Thanksgiving Day Menu 2020 Sponsored Post – All Photos Provided

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Bejeweled Roses For Mother’s Day By Steven Singer

STEVEN SINGER JEWELERS CELEBRATES MOTHER’S DAY WITH 24 KARAT GOLD-DIPPED ROSES THAT BENEFIT LOCAL HEALTHCARE HEROES

Steven Singer Jewelers helps you celebrate Mother’s Day with a special gift that helps you send Mom love while you support local restaurants and healthcare heroes.

The man that everyone loves to hate is spreading love by using a portion of sales from Singer‘s famous 24 karat gold and platinum dipped roses to purchase meals from Philadelphia restaurants and donating them to essential hospital workers and first responders. For owner Steven Singer, this is a win-win that thanks those tirelessly working to treat Coronavirus patients, and to support an industry in crisis during these unprecedented times.

Mother’s Day has traditionally been one of the busiest and most beloved weeks of the year for a local independent jewelry store like Steven Singer Jewelers. This year, the holiday takes on a brand new meaning for the expert jewelers at Singers as it kicks off a multi-month campaign to give back and be a good community partner during the Coronavirus global pandemic.

Starting this week, a portion of sales from Singer’s famous gold and platinum dipped roses will support food orders from recovering restaurants that will be donated to local hospitals. The famed roses are 12 inches in length, and are made from real roses preserved and then dipped and trimmed in 24 karat gold or platinum. Each rose is handcrafted by artisans, so just like snowflakes, each rose is one-of-a-kind. The roses start at $59.95 and feature a lifetime guarantee.

This Year’s Line Up Includes:
Rose Gold (New) – The brand new color for 2020 is ROSE! Singer’s popular, fully dipped classic gold rose now comes deeply dipped in rose gold. Add something new to a previous bouquet or start a new one with Steven’s brand NEW Rose Gold Rose! We recommend that you make it a threesome by pairing this rose with our Classic Yellow Gold and our Classic Platinum Roses for a luxurious bouquet sure to stand out.

  • Royal Sapphire (Blue) – Blue Roses symbolize the ultimate and the unattainable. I’m lucky to have you in my life every single day. A real rose picked at the height of its beauty, preserved, and trimmed in 24 karat pure gold.
  • Sweet Love (Lavender) – Inspired by the love Howard Stern and his wife, Beth, share – Introducing our Sweet Love Rose; a never before seen Lavender color. The perfect gift for any mother figure in your life, whether she’s a sweetheart, family member, or friend.
  • Frozen (White) – Get lost in the moment on minutes of frozen time. This Frozen Rose captures the beauty of a glistening falling snowflake.
  • I Love You (Pink) – Make her blush with Singer’s Blush 24kt Gold Dipped Rose. This soft pink color symbolizes love and admiration. Tell her “ I Love You” with a real rose dipped in real gold that lasts forever. This is the perfect color to start her collection or a must have for her growing bouquet. You can thank us later when she can’t stop blushing.

    **Sorry The Pink Rose is Sold Out but will be restocked after Mother’s Day

On top of dipped roses, Steven Singer’s website also has a host of other ideas to show Mom the love – especially during unprecedented times when we all need the support of our families more than ever. Other gift ideas for this Mother’s Day include everything from diamonds to her favorite jewels, from bracelets to necklaces and everything in between.  While the jewelry showroom on Jeweler’s Row at 739 Walnut Street is closed due to state-wide guidelines, Singer’s team is shipping nationally with free shipping for orders placed by Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by 2:00pm (EST), and overnight shipping as an option for orders shipped by Thursday, May 7, 2020 by 2:00pm (EST). For Mother’s Day gift ideas, and to order the gold and platinum dipped roses, visit www.ihatestevensinger.com.

From sales from the Mother’s Day roses to date, Singer and local restaurants supplied hundreds of free meals in the Philadelphia, Detroit and Indianapolis to hospitals including Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian, Temple University Hospital, and Jefferson. Restaurant partners so far have included Hungry Pigeon, El Fuego, Bazbeaux Pizza, Milk Boy, Del Rossi Cheesesteaks, New Wave Cafe, Manny’s Deli, Bucharest Grill, Rybread, Sabrina’s Cafe and others.  “We want to brighten the days of nurses, doctors and hospital workers that continue to show up, risking their own safety to keep the public safe,” added Singer. 

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SaveTheDate: BrAVA Philadelphia! Saturday, March 28, 2020 The Academy of Vocal Arts’ (AVA) 85th Anniversary Celebration!

Don’t miss AVA’s spectacular concert extravaganza of opera stars at The Met Philadelphiathe beautifully restored opera house, which featured performances by legends such as Enrico Caruso, Rosa Ponselle, and Arturo Toscanini. This will be the first time in over 80 years that opera returns to the historic stage, as star AVA alumni will perform in this concert extravaganza! This concert is sure to delight opera aficionados and newcomers alike. Tickets to the concert only may be purchased through The Met Philly website, and start at just $30 https://themetphilly.com/event/brava-philadelphia/

BrAVA Philadelphia! Performers:

BrAVA performers include international opera stars and AVA alumni sopranos Angela Meade and Latonia Moore, tenors Bryan Hymel and Taylor Stayton, bass-baritone James Morris along with rising opera stars soprano Vanessa Vasquez, mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig, baritone Jared Bybee, and bass-baritone André Courville. AVA’s current roster of Resident Artists will also lend their voices throughout the evening. The concert will feature a full orchestra, conducted by AVA’s Jeannine B. Cowles Music Director Chair Maestro Christofer Macatsoris.

Gala Honorees:

AVA is pleased to honor the men who rescued and restored The Met Philadelphia with the AVA Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award:

  • Rev. Mark Hatcher of the Holy Ghost Headquarters
  • Eric Blumenfeld of EB Realty Management Corporation
  • Geoff Gordon of Live Nation

AVA’s internationally recognized voice teacher Bill Schuman will also be honored. 

BrAVA Philadelphia! Young Professionals Reception – $175

AVA invites Philadelphia’s Young Professionals (ages 45-and-under) to enjoy an exclusive cocktail hour in the Loge of the opera house prior to the concert, where you’ll enjoy mingling with fellow arts and culture lovers. 

Includes $50 contribution, $100 ticket, and $25 value reception

  • One ticket to Saturday, March 28, 2020 Gala performance at The Met Philadelphia featuring AVA alumni stars, with full orchestra, conducted by Maestro Macatsoris
  • Exclusive pre-concert cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Loge with other Young Professionals (accessible only via stairs) 6:00-7:30 with open bar
  • Mingle with opera singers
  • Recognition in the evening’s Program Book

BrAVA Philadelphia! Gala Dinner

Gala patrons will enjoy a seated dinner onstage of The Met Philly, catered by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix’s Brûlée, after the concert, and much more! For details on each gala package level, please visit the AVA website here.

For information about Young Professionals, the gala dinner and to reserve your space, please email Leah Golub at lgolub@avopera.org or call at 215-735-1685.

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Authentick Opens in Rittenhouse Square

The owners of East Coast Time / Authentick celebrated the opening of their new store/showroom in Rittenhouse Square with a party for friends, family and clients last month, and Mike Hirata, of Philly Chit Chat was there to capture it.

Alan Havkin with his son Authentick Co-Owner Eric Havkin.

From there website: For over 25 years, AUTHENTICK and East Coast Time have been proudly serving the luxury watch and timepiece community. Our store, showroom, and service facility are located in Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia. We take great pride in providing first class service to our clients and collectors all over the world buying, selling, and trading high end watches. We specialize in new and pre-owned watches from exclusive prestige brands including A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, Rolex, Ulysses Nardin, and more.

Authentick sources their inventory from independent distributors and suppliers who they trust and have worked closely with for many years.

East Coast Time / Authentick
1737 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 355-3585info@authentick.com

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Door 19: Clams Casino Royale

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University wants to invite you to: For Your Eyes Only: An evening of science and inquiry with a martini (shaken, not stirred) in your hand. A quarterly party, after hours inside the museum for folks over the age of 21.
Bring 007 of your friends and register soon; tomorrow never dies but the early-bird discount does. Throw on a tuxedo t-shirt or rent the real deal, and get ready to spy on some fun!

Get shaken AND stirred at the open bar Sneak a secret peek at the specimens of the REAL James Bond or fictional Bond Girl Honey Ryder behind the scenes in our Ornithology and Malacology collections. Enjoy the sultry vocals of Meg North and the Victor North Trio. Get as close as you dare to nature’s assassins. Discover why spy tech experts are turning to geckos for inspiration. Shoot some “craps” and learn about scat identification

Try a little target practice with a twist. Assign yourself a cheeky animal code name. Be seduced by the heat of the Butterflies! exhibit. Test your movie acumen with spy flick science trivia. Eat great food from our exclusive caterer, 12th St. Catering (vegetarian options available)

And … did we mention the open bar?

Early Bird Price: March 20–April 2: $75 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

April 3–April 10: $85 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

Buy your tickets now! https://ansp.org/programs-and-events/adult-programs/door19/

There are only three times left where you will have the chance to go beyond the galleries and into specimen collections off-limits to visitors, alongside experts who will bring our coolest specimens out to play. Our rogue scientists will go a little bit off script to share their most incredible knowledge—from creepy taxidermy to medicinal botanicals. You’ll be reminded that no, in fact, you haven’t seen it all—far from it. Don’t miss out on this fun party.

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The Best Places to Visit with Kids this Holiday (in Philly)

The Best Places to Visit with Kids this Holiday (in Philly)

There’s still time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year – and there are some things in the Philly area you don’t want to miss this holiday season.  As the cool temperatures take over, this year guarantees the return of Philadelphia’s festive holiday spirit and endless events for kids of all ages. Take a look at the best places in Philly to visit with kids this holiday in Philly.

Macy’s Center City

Holiday

Since 1956, the Grand Court in the Wanamaker Building has offered an impressive Christmas Light Show. The store brings back the sugarplum fairies tradition and dancing snowmen with a light show of more than 100,000 lights. These performances are free of charge and offered every two hours during the normal store hours. Tour the Dickens Village on the third floor between shows – the setup of animated dolls retell a Christmas Carol and ends with the opportunity to let your kids meet Santa and get photos with him. Allow for at least 2hrs to see everything.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Throughout the season, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts various activities and events to celebrate the holiday season. Visit on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. and admission to the museum is Pay What You Wish. Don’t miss the tree lighting celebration on the East Terrace and the card-making night where you can make your own handmade holiday cards for your loved ones. The festive Friday night performances are a must-see and make sure to enjoy the seasonal snacks and spiked hot chocolate.

Dilworth Park Wintergarden

The area is chocked full of holiday activities including the Deck the Hall Light Show. The Rothman Institute Ice Rink offers skate rentals for ice skating, lights, and a space indoors where visitors can enjoy snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Don’t miss Craft Hall where you can enjoy BBQ, bread, and beer while viewing the city’s holiday tree. In the open-air courtyard, the youngest guests will find pleasure in the carousel.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Last night Buddy The Elf – Mayor Jim Kenney and Santa Councilman Mark Squilla lit the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

The Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square brings the historical square to life, with shows to music playing every half hour from 4 to 8 p.m during the week and from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In the center of the 50,000 bulbs is a large, illuminated kite. Enjoy the free event other festivities created with kids in mind such as Saturdays with Santa. Ride the holiday train and enjoy the comfort foods, hot beverages, and local beer. Make sure to check out the mini-golf while you are there! December 31, 2017 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Christmas Village

The Christmas Village is back at the refurbished JFK Plaza, also called LOVE Park. Visit this German-style village where local and international merchants set up booths to showcase and sell cold weather apparel, edible goods, and handmade toys. Festive entertainment makes LOVE Park a must-visit spot by locals and visitors alike this holiday season. The Village is set up through Christmas Eve. Look for the Love statue to return in early 2018.

The Morris Arboretum

The Holiday Garden Railway within the evergreens of Morris Arboretum offers a mini winter wonderland with a model-train track with multiple rail lines, seven tunnels and loops, and model trains that move past replicas of various historical monuments and landmarks decorated with twinkling lights.  Your little train-lovers will be awestruck! Viewings are on select nights and tickets are required.

Philadelphia is home to a wealth of fun experiences and destinations to make this holiday season one for the books. Make sure to take a break from wrapping presents so you don’t miss these breathtaking seasonal celebrations throughout Philly. It’s always a good time to make new family traditions!

This post was written by Katie of Junk Car Medics. Junk Car Medics buys junk cars for cash in Philadelphia.