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Primark Grand Opening Event Today

TODAY: Thursday, September 16thinternational fashion retailer Primark will officially open its doors in the famed Fashion District Philadelphia, with some exciting opening activations. Customers will be delighted by personalized rides to the event, an all-day set by DJ Neek Nyce, creative swag designed by local Philadelphia artists, and a photobooth to document the day. President of Primark U.S., Andy Stewart will join the Primark team in celebrating the accomplishment of the highly anticipated store opening.

Tuesday night was the Preview Party Night, the Philly Chit Chat team was there including moi and photographer Andre Flewellen. These are Andre’s photos from the other night. I will post mine next week with interviews of folks on the scene. It was a fashionable soiree.

IRISH FASHION RETAILER PRIMARK OPENS AT FASHION DISTRICT PHILADELPHIA ON SEPTEMBER 16TH

The value shopping destination offering Amazing Fashion at Amazing Prices to customers will be Primark’s third store in Pennsylvania, boasting 34,200 sq. ft of retail space at the bustling corner of 11th and Market Street. The new store will also create over 350 new jobs, providing a significant boost to the local economy. Primark’s Fashion District location sits in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, in a complex that spans three city blocks across 900,000 square feet.

“We are delighted to welcome Philadelphians to our latest Northeast location in the US, where customers can shop the latest fashion trends, beauty and homeware, all with an amazing price tag” said Andy Stewart, President of Primark US. “Our Fashion District store will mark another important milestone in our ongoing expansion in the US and bringing our Amazing Fashion at Amazing Prices to more and more customers.”

I’ll be there at 11AM looking for your smiling face to photograph, especially as you leave the store with your savings. On opening day customers can look forward to exclusive swag, branded customer pedicabs and some more surprises to celebrate Primark’s arrival. See you then….

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Tick Tock #MLTRW Ending Soon

Main Line Today Restaurant Week is over in just a few days on Sept 5 , there’s still a chance for you to dine at 40+ spots in Delaware, Montgomery and Chester counties. This week is a wash in the weather and a win in places where you’ve been meaning to go to dine. Check out the list HERE. (PS PCC readers, this is my last post for a week as I am on vacation in the Smoky Mountains and in Charlotte. See you in September, September 7!!)

It was fun to join my fellow foodie Instagram friends on a tour of all many of the delicious restaurants participating in the preview nights including:

* Philly Chit Chat, Hughe Dillon 40,600 
https://www.instagram.com/phillychitchat/

* Alex Holley, Fox 29 270,000+

* NBC 10, Miguel Martinez Vale 5,800+

* NBC 10, Aunyea Lachelle 14,000+ 

* Aversa PR, Kory Aversa 4,700

* Main Line Today, Samantha Geiger Digital Editor 16,500

* Main Line Today, Marie Edwards Associate Publisher 

* Toi Time, LaToi Storr14,200

* What’s On Mimi’s Mind, Mimi Wong35,200

* Sip on What, Ellie/ Danielle Alvarez 8,500+ 

Philly Food Ladies

* Manayunk Made, Kait and Rory 4,800

* Influencer, Dhruvi Shah 7,000

Chef Joe Monnich and Justin Weathers owners of Stove & Tap with Alex Holley, Miguel Martinez Vale and Aunyea Lachelle

Thanks to Stove and Tap Malvern for a delicious meal (we also ate at Avola Kitchen + Bar [a hidden gem] and La Cabra Brewing and I will forever remember that it’s across from the train station parking lot as I passed it a few ties on my way there. Their food was amazing,)

. They have a vegan selections you’d never know they weren’t the real deal.
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Congrats to NBC 10, Aunyea Lachelle on her new gig at B101 sharing the 411 on Philly every Friday.

Danielle Alvarez, Sip On This and LaToi Storr, Toi Time
Taylor-Brooke and Nate Weaver at Terrain Cafe

Congrats Nate Weaver on your new position with IHeart Radio :

nateweaverradio Ladies and Gentleman, the news is out! I officially started my new position as the Promotions director and on-air personality for iHeartMedia’s Wilmington and Salisbury Markets 🙌

On the first night we at at Terrain Cafe, Pizzeria Vetri, and Amis Tratoria

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock what are you waiting for….. Main Line Today Restaurant Week P.S. After doing this partnership with Main Line Today, now I know how to spell Main Line, before this I thought it was spelled Mainline, LOL, as I bet a lot off people might think.

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RHD’s Main Line Wine Gala Returns Al Fresco!

Get ready for the most festive social event of the year! Resources for Human Development
(RHD) will host the highly anticipated Main Line Wine Gala, following COVID-19 guidelines, on
Thursday, September 30 th at the beautiful Appleford Estate in Villanova, PA.
The Main Line Wine Gala showcases the world’s most exclusive winemakers in an event that
benefits RHD’s innovations in human services. RHD is a national human services organization
that creates effective, quality services in person-centered, trauma-informed programs across the
country.

RHD reached a milestone in 2020 and turned 50 years old! It continues to celebrate 50 years of
delivering the highest quality services to people of all abilities, in a values driven environment
built around the respect for the dignity and worth of the people it supports.
Each year, RHD supports tens of thousands of adults, children, and families in need. The
people served rely on the generosity of supporters who believe that every person should be
treated with dignity and be given the opportunity to develop their fullest potential.

Your support of this year’s Main Line Wine Gala will benefit The Center for Creative Works, La
Casa, and future RHD initiatives that impact the communities they serve. The Center for
Creative Works is a unique art studio focusing on developing creative workplace potential and
cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities. La Casa provides safe, transitional
housing for at-risk young adults who are experiencing homelessness and mental health
challenges.

Main Line Wine Gala Goes Al Fresco!
Thursday, September 30 th at 6:00 p.m.
Appleford Estate
770 Mt. Boro Road
Villanova, PA 19085
Cost – $400 per person
For More Information & Tickets: https://www.mainlinewinegala.com/tickets-2.

COVID-19 Regulations & Guidance
Resources for Human Development (RHD) will continue to follow all current State of PA and
CDC guidelines to maintain the safety and well-being of our event guests, staff, and volunteers.
Any changes in COVID-19 protocols will be communicated directly to guests.
EVENT CONTACT
Torrina M. Bennett-Michael, RHD Director of Development, 267-279-4295 or
torrina.bennett-michael@rhd.org.

Philadelphia

The Leeds Estate Is On The Market

Every decade or so, the magnificent Leeds House in West Mt Airy comes on the market, and you’re in luck it’s on the market now as the owners want to return to their hometown. The home was built for noted industrialist Morris Leeds, an inventor and founder of the company that became Leeds & Northrup, the first American manufacturer of quality scientific research and testing instruments. The English style home built in 1931, but has been updated over the years as you will see in the following photos, while maintaining it’s charm.

This home underwent a major restoration in 2008/2009 giving it a new state-of-the-art kitchen, seven new bathrooms, central air and an in-law suite with two bathrooms, kitchen and a separate entrance.
James McFadden of Kurfiss gave me the tour of the home with exquisite detail, which I couldn’t possibly remember but you can appreciate through these photos. I really was stunned by the intricate details of the original ironwork by Samuel Yellin

The two-and-a-half-story stair hall measures twenty-one-feet square and is capped with a soaring timbered ceiling. Nine concrete steps with the original Yellin handrail lead down to the hall and to passageways forming the main axis of the house. To the southwest are the dining room and covered porch; to the northeast, the library and study. The living room lies perpendicular to the axis, jutting out to the northwest above the dramatic landscape. To the south, an extensive two-story ell houses the kitchen and other original service quarters. Guests heading up from the front landing climb thirteen steps to the second story, where the Yellin railing continues along the balcony. The upper hall grants access to four en suite bedrooms, a sewing room, and, beyond the master bedroom, a sitting room that is one of the most majestic spaces in the house.

To see more about your country estate so close to Center City check out the listing here.
James McFadden
I did do a fun video for Instagram. Check it out the tour as I wandered around the historic home.
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Crave Montco Month is Happening Now!!

Crave Montco month is happening Now!! It’s 31 days of deals and promotions to re introduce guests to local restaurants and breweries re bounding after a year of COVID closures.

The 31-day culinary experience runs from July 1-31 and transforms Montgomery County into a foodie lover’s dream, with special menus and discounts at a variety of restaurants. And that’s not all–as diners support local eateries, they can check in and enter giveaways and contests throughout the month using the Montco Makers app.

Throughout the month, the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board social media channels (@VisitValleyForge on Instagram and Facebook and @VisitVF on Twitter) and website will also proudly highlight Black/Brown-owned, Asian-owned, female-owned, and LGBTQ-owned businesses, as well as romantic spots for date nights, brunch, family-friendly, and even pet-friendly dining options.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
What can I say, I love Fogo de Chão, the food, the service, especially the salad bar.

Many of the eateries are locally and family- owned and are the faces of Montgomery County’s towns and Main Streets, making the mission of this unique event even more important to those who live and work in the area.

Last month I had a chance to grab dinner at Lola’s Garden in Ardmore, again, as you know I ate there in April as well. It was delicious, we had the lamb and the chicken, which were cooked to perfection, but most of all it was a fantastic atmosphere dining outdoors. The service was great as well.

Crave Montco Month Offers Dining Deals Throughout Montgomery County

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More Fun Pride Events To Enjoy

Sofitel Philadelphia’s annual Drag Tea adds two more dates after selling out: June 19 and 26. Head to Philly Gay Calendar for other shows around town.

The Pride Celebrations continue in June as Philly Gay Pride Month with a month-long celebration! FCM Hospitality and owner Avram Hornik announce that Lola’s Garden, Juno, Parks on Tap (two locations), Morgan’s Pier, Harper’s Garden, Craft Hall, The Garden at Cherry Street Pier and Rosy’s Taco Bar will all work in unison to help raise funds for LGBTQ Philadelphia-based charities through Philly Gay Pride Month Cocktails for a Cause.

All eight locations will feature a special-colored cocktail that matches up with the eight colors of the Philadelphia Gay Pride Flag. All eight cocktails to match the eight colors in the Philly-specific and inclusive rainbow flag will raise money for four different charities. One dollar from all eight cocktails during the 30 days of June will go to support William Way LGBT Community Center, Attic Youth Center, Philly Asian Queer and Galaei. This stance in social solidarity hopes to shine light to the various communities that the celebration of national Pride month helps represent, being mindful to include all groups that help make Philadelphia the amazing, diverse community it is. FCM Hospitality will compile donations from all venues and equally divide them between the organizations which were selected for their dedicated work and ongoing efforts to focus on intersectional populations. Additionally, FCM Hospitality will host the first-ever Philly Gay Pride Day at Parks on Tap at Trail’s End on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.

#loveislove Gay Pride Month Special Beer Release (also, Philly Beer Week) 
Available at the Lab at Evil Genius and through GoPuff starting June 1st
Evil Genius Beer Company
Love who you want to, drink what you want to! Evil Genius Beer Companyy celebrates June as Philly Gay Pride Month with a special limited edition beer release #loveislove. This brand-new Strawberry Blonde Ale (6% ABV) is crisp with a hint of natural strawberry flavor. A portion from all sales will be donated to The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQIA+ youth. Starting June 1st, #loveislove is available in Evil Genius’ new 12 ounce cans at the Lab in Fishtown – and for exclusive delivery to your front door through a Pride partnership with GoPuff. The beer will also be available on limited release in drafts at the Lab and Evil Genius Beer Garden. Limited supplies of #loveislove will also be available at retailers and restaurants in Harrisburg and York, PA.

BOS Philly Presents Pride Night at Concourse Dance Bar
Friday, June 11, 2021, 10:00pm to 2:00am
Presented by BOS Philly  
At venue Concourse Dance Bar
1635 S. Market Street, Philadelphia
267-534-4128
Tickets/organizer:  http://bosphilly.com
Venue: https://www.concoursedancebar.com  

Philadelphia, get ready to dance again! Timed with the reopening of Philadelphia bars and dance floors, BOS Philly will take over Concourse Dance Bar with Pride Night featuring DJ K!RK. Get ready for the first big party of the year! Celebrate Pride Month with the team that brought you Primal, Goldlust, Fairydust, and more! Concourse has become known for its Instagram-famous ball pit, this massive underground nightclub in Center City is decked out with eclectic, retro flair. Get ready to dance for the first time in a year and a half! This event is presented by BOS Philly at venue Concourse Dance Bar. Tickets are $25 or save $5 when tickets are bought in advance with promo code BOS2021. Tickets are available at: http://bosphilly.com.

Northern Liberties, the years of waiting are over and Philly’s hottest food neighborhood finally will get its bagel shop! Glu Hospitality debuts its first-ever breakfast and lunch concept Bagels and Co (1001 N 2nd St) with a grand opening celebration between Friday, June 4 and Sunday, June 13, 2021. On June 12th, Bagels and Co. will celebrate their grand opening with festivities all day with a free cup of coffee with any bagel or sandwich purchase. Bagels and Co. will stay open that day for a Grand Opening Public Party in conjunction with Northern Liberties Second Saturday and Artists at Work, with a DJ, featured artist at work, samples, giveaways – plus a local offer for the neighborhood with 10% off for any locals who show identification, mail or anything that says they are from No Libs and 19123 zip code – or from anyone that works in the neighborhood. More happening in the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District presents Artists at Work Celebrate Pride. On Saturday, June 12th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, head to various businesses in Northern Liberties for a celebration that features local artists showcasing and making their wares, including several featured LGBTQ artists.

Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

On Saturday, June 12, 2021, Come Alive 215 and Meet Philadelphia present a Pride Workout, Drag Show and Picnic Brunch – to benefit two essential local gay charities.

Double the trouble, double the fun, double the sweat!
Fitness experts Kim Harari and Shannon Brennan of Come Alive 215 just won Best of Philly for Best Virtual Workout Class in 2020 – and the duo are keeping things moving into 2021!
Their fitness classes are unlike anything else in the Philadelphia fitness market – and the electric workout experiences have gone viral! Now, the duo are headed back outdoors, with some of the biggest names in town – for Philly Gay Pride Month.
For food, the duo get some help from one of the single biggest names in town. James Beard winner Michael Solomonov will be providing brunch bites, along with other complimentary food and drink from the likes of Crystal Head Vodka, Athleta, NY Bagel Butler, Red Bull, Bean2Bean and more. Drag performances will showcase the talents of Vinchelle, Iris Spectre and Poochie, with beats from DJ Kat Bancer.
Tickets are on sale now for $65.00 with a portion of proceeds being donated to The Attic Youth Center and William Way LGBT Community Center. For details and tickets visit hellopride.eventbrite.com.

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Unique Valentine’s Day Gift from Steven Singer Jewelers The Gold Dipped Roses – Collectibles

I Hate Steven Singer Collectible Roses

Rose Information:

Each 24kt Gold or Platinum Dipped Rose is a real, 12-inch American beauty rose picked at the height of its beauty. It is then preserved and dipped in real 24kt Yellow Gold, 24kt Rose Gold, or Platinum to last forever. Steven’s Gold or Platinum Dipped Roses are all handcrafted by skilled artisans making each unique and different. Every rose comes with a lifetime warranty, lifetime guarantee, free shipping, a free personalized gift message and a full 100 day 100% money back guarantee. Now you’re starting to see why everyone loves to hate Steven Singer.

  1. Twinkle Twinkle 24kt Gold Dipped Rose
    1. Picture it, it’s Valentine’s day and she opens this really cool gift box and out slides a blue rose trimmed in gold, ya know the blue color of the sky just before the sun sets and you can start to see all the stars sparkling in the night sky? It’s breathtaking. Now, picture a magnificent REAL 24k gold rose deeply dipped in real 24k gold with petals in this rich blue color covered in sparkles that mimic the stars in the sky. That’s Twinkle Twinkle, our brand-new exclusive rose only available at Steven Singer Jewelers. REAL jewelers, REAL roses, really dipped in PURE 24k gold with a real LIFETIME guarantee. Our roses are always the number one Valentine’s day gift that lasts forever! It also comes with your own FREE personal love note and ships Fast and Free to the love of your life, your wife, daughter or sweetheart and say I’m so lucky to have you in my life.
  2. Pink Champagne 24kt Rose Gold Dipped Rose
    1. It’s time to pop the bubbly and celebrate! Steven is ringing in the New Year of 2021 by introducing a new and exclusive rose – his Pink Champagne 24kt Rose Gold Dipped Rose. Part of our sparkle collection, this rose means celebration and excitement. Perfect for any occasion. Add a little more pop with the fresh rose scent and cleaning cloth to give her the ultimate experience.
  3. Stardust Gray Platinum Dipped Rose
    1. Stardust, star bright, Steven’s BRAND NEW Platinum rose is just right! This Stardust Gray Platinum Dipped rose is out of this world, complimented with sparkles in the petals designed to look like stardust. She’s been wishing upon a star for this color rose. Glamorous and sophisticated in meaning, make her wish come true with this beautiful real rose that lasts forever. The sky is not the limit with this gift!

Rose Add-on Products

  1. Signature Rose Scent
    1. What’s even better than seeing our beautiful 24 karat gold dipped roses? The fragrance of freshly picked roses at the same time of course! Take your gift to the next level with an aroma that will last for months.
    2. Additional Info: Steven’s Signature Rose Scents are sold separately for $4. Rose Scent packets should not be opened, they are made to be displayed or stashed near the rose, and are designed to last for months.
  2. Rose Cleaning Cloth
    1. Your famous gold dipped rose collection from Steven lasts forever, keep them looking brand new for that long, too. Steven’s exclusive two sided cleaning cloth adds substantial value to your gold and platinum dipped roses. Simply use the inner white cleaning cloth to gently clean your roses, removing dust and dirt that can collect over time without damaging your rose.
    2. Additional Info: Rose Cleaning Cloths are sold separately for $7.
  3. Exclusive Rose Displays
    1. Steven’s Exclusive Rose Displays are designed specifically for Steven’s gold or platinum roses, to show them off in their entirety and at the perfect angles to form the ultimate bouquet! All rose displays are designed with a notch across the base which can be used to display a rose scent or a gift message.
    2. Additional Info: Rose Displays are sold separately. They are made from sturdy acrylic and are specially crafted to avoild breakage. There are five variations of the display:

  i.      Single Rose Display – $15.95 – holds one Gold or Platinum Dipped Rose

ii.      Double Rose Display – $19.95 – holds two Gold or Platinum Dipped Roses

 iii.      Triple Rose Display – $24.95 – holds three Gold or Platinum Dipped Roses

 iv.      Half Dozen Rose Display – $29.95 – holds six Gold or Platinum Dipped Roses

 v.      Dozen Rose Display – $34.95 – holds twelve Gold or Platinum Dipped Roses

FREE SHIPPING NOW IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY! ORDER SAFELY ONLINE – those are key messages. 
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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Heart Shaped Pizza and more Valentine’s Treats – Self Love Starter Kit

SliCE (Delivery, pick-up)  
Citywide Delivery for Hearts:  215-463-0868  
Fishtown, 431 East Girard Ave., Philadelphia, 215-425-1555
Italian Market, 1180 S. 10th St., Philadelphia, 215-463-0868
Washington Twp., 137 Egg Harbor Rd., New Jersey, 856-302-5099

Heart Shaped Pizzagrams! Plus One Valentine Will Win a Gold Dipped Rose with Pie!

This Valentine’s Day, love is in the pizza! Say “be mine” with a specially delivered heart-shaped pizza-gram from SliCE. Customize your pie with his/her favorite toppings or select one of SliCE’s signature pie combinations. As a bonus, SliCE will surprise one lucky pizza-gram delivery recipient with a 24k gold dipped rose from Steven Singer Jewelers. The winner will be drawn at random based on delivery orders on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Heart-shaped pies are the same price as a traditional pies and are available at all SliCE locations – including the Fishtown organic location. Heart-shaped pies are also available for dine-in and take-out, but the jewelry contest is valid on delivery only.
For more information about SliCE or to place an order, call the location directly, visit www.slicepa.com, follow @slicepa on Twitter and like “SliCE” on Facebook.

The Olde Bar (Dine-in for food, dine-in or pick-up for drink specials)
125 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-253-3777
Price: $65 per person

Fall head over heels this Valentine’s Weekend/Day with Garces and The Olde Bar! Enjoy private intimate dining in the library nooks at The Olde Bar, located in the heart of Old City Philadelphia. This special three-course fixed price dinner includes your favorites, like filet, shrimp, bass, oysters, and of course dessert. Available Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, 2021.A la carte menus also available Friday and Saturday.

Garces Trading Company
Breakfast in Bed Take-Out/ Heat and Serve Package
Pick-up at The Olde bar – 125 Walnut
Price: $45/person; min. order is 2 people
Available: Saturday/Sunday 2/13 & 2/14
This package requires 3 days notice.

This Valentine’s Day weekend, plan on a lazy morning  and enjoy breakfast in bed to start this romantic day. Includes: Deviled Eggs, Quiche Lorraine, Breakfast Burritos, Biscuits & Sausage, Gravy, French Toast with Blueberries & Maple, Sliced Fruit, Garden Salad, Bacon and Merguez Sausage. Pick-up from GTC at The Olde Bar at 125 Walnut Street.

Garces Trading Company
Valentine’s 3-Course Dinner for Two/ Heat and Serve Package
Pick-up at The Olde bar – 125 Walnut
Price: $70 per person
Available: Friday-Sunday 2/12-14th
Order by: Tuesday, 2/9

Love is in the air! Celebrate your loved one with a classic, 3-course chef’s tasting menu inspired by the original Garces Trading Company. Includes: First Course: Winter Squash and Chicken Liver Tart, Pomegranate Gelee; Hudson Valley Camembert ,Saffron and Cardamon Syrup Poached Pear, Chestnut Crumble; and Paris Tartine, Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraiche, Caviar. Second Course: Poached Halibut, Melted Leeks, Kale Salsa Verde, Artichoke; Grilled Beef Tenderloin ,Celeriac, Oyster Mushroom, Glazed Shallot, Kalamata Olive, Bordelaise; and Chickpea Panisse, Blood Orange, Lentils, Harissa Mustard, Orange Vinaigrette. Third Course: Milk Chocolate Corazon, Marcona Almond, Earl Grey Panna Cotta, Pistachio

Germantown Garden Grill and Germantown Garden (The Igloos) (Dine-in)
1029 Germantown Avenue, 19123

Igloo Seating, Outdoor Seating, Indoor Seating
Brunch and Dinner

Philadelphia’s hidden garden restaurant and Philadelphia’s open-air poolside steakhouse host Valentine’s Day dinner and brunch all weekend long in Northern Liberties. Private heated covered igloo and other covered dining is available first come, first serve. Reservations suggested. Enjoy dinner under the starry skies with the following:

Saturday, February 13, 2021 – Valentine’s Four Course Dinner $75 per person with appetizer, entree, dessert, bottomless wine or champagne. Select from House or Caesar Salad; Calamari, Wings, or Buffalo Cauliflower; Surf and Turf ($15 add-on) with hand cut 12 oz. New York Strip, Crab Cake, Garlic Mashed, Grilled Asparagus, Teriyaki Salmon, Cajun Shrimp penne or Vegetable Lasagna; Rainbow Cake, Oreo Cheesecake, Skillet Sundae or Chocolate Cake.

Sunday, February 14, 2021 – Valentine’s Day Brunch for 90 minutes with bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys plus brunch specials.

Sunday, February 14, 2021 – Valentine’s Dinner $75 per person with appetizer, entree, dessert, bottomless wine or champagne. Select from House or Caesar Salad; Calamari, Wings, or Buffalo Cauliflower; Surf and Turf ($15 add-on) with hand cut 12 oz. New York Strip, Crab Cake, Garlic Mashed, Grilled Asparagus, Teriyaki Salmon, Cajun Shrimp penne or Vegetable Lasagna; Rainbow Cake, Oreo Cheesecake, Skillet Sundae or Chocolate Cake.

Wine Dive (Dine-in, outdoor dining, cocktails to go)
1506 South Street
267-900-9463

This Valentine’s Day Wine Dive is celebrating the month of love with some brand new cocktails. Featured here “I’m My Own Valentine” – a delightful Rosé spritzer, “Circle Yes, No, or Maybe” – a chocolatey truffle shot, and “Safe Word” – a killer Bourbon cocktail. Be sure to try all of these and more at WineDive! Wine Dive is also excited to showcase Galentine’s Day featuring women winemakers, Rotating live music on weekends, and some cutesy to-go gifts for you, your friends, or your special someone. Look out for our favorite “Self Love Starter Kit” a wine centric idea of a relaxing night in!

Juno (Dine-in, outdoor dining, covered/heated) (greenhouse dining!)
1033 Spring Garden Street
 267-639-2892
Enjoy the new greenhouses at Juno for two for Valentine’s Weekend – limited reservations, call today. Plus, Juno celebrates Valentine’s Weekend with brunch specials including Chocolate Chip Pancakes with powdered sugar, whipped cream, strawberries and bananas; Tres Leches Cake all day to share, glasses of champagne for $8 on special, and build your own mimosa to share for $35 for a bottle of sparkling wine with choice of two juices.

Punk Burger (Dine-in, indoor limited seating, outdoor dining, take-out, limited delivery)
1823 Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 468-PUNK (7865)

No reservations required – no fuss, no complicated plans! Marlo and Jason Dilks know how busy things get with all those kids and running all those restaurants – and they know that sometimes something delicious and casual is what’s in order! For the burger lovers, enjoy two burgers (any specialty burger or BYO with 3 toppings), plus two sides (fries or onion rings) and two shakes (any variety) for only $35. Make it a family night with all of the above and 2 slider kids’ meals and 2 shakes for only $55.

Rosy’s Taco Bar (Dine-in, delivery, take-out, indoor dining, outdoor dining)
2220 Walnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
267-858-4561
Reservations: https://rosystacobar.com/reserve

Rosy’s Taco Bar celebrates Valentine’s Weekend with menu specials for Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14

Rejon Rose (Cocktail) Rejon Blanco, Rose, Pomegranate, Lemon juice and club soda to top it off. Rose petal garnish.$13

Salmon Picante – Blackened Salmon with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. $19

Hornear Mejillones – Mussels, white wine, butter, cilantro, tomato, chorizo, jalapeno, lime all served with a side of grilled bread. $16

Pudin De Pan Con Fresa – Bread, Chocolate, milk, egg, strawberries served with vanilla ice cream on top. $7

Stove and Tap Lansdale (Dine-in, indoor dining, outdoor dining)
215-393-8277
329 W. Main Street, Lansdale

Available Saturday 2/13 and Sunday 2/14, Limited Ala Carte Menu will also be available
Price : $60 per person

Apps
Spicy Tuna – Ahi Tuna, Avocado, Sriracha, Everything spiced Lavash, Scallions, Sesame
Beet and Berry Salad – Strawberries, Balsamic, Frisee, Watercress, Red Onion, Tangerines, Feta

Entrees
10oz Boneless Ribeye – Herb Roasted Potatoes, Garlic Roasted Caulini and Maitre D’Hotel Butter
Crab Cakes – Buttermilk Tartare, Grilled Asparagus,, Root Veg Puree
Lobster Pomodoro – San Marzano Tomatoes, Spaghetti, Basil

Al Pastor (in Exton)
560 Wellington Square, Exton, PA 19341  
https://www.eatalpastor.com/
(484) 341-8886  
Reservations encouraged on OpenTable. Available all day 12pm-8pm.

Valentine’s Day Menu-$30 per person

Complimentary chips & salsa
Complimentary 4oz Cranberry Marg

First Course-option of one
Shrimp Ceviche (shrimp cocktail)- served in Martini glass
Thai Carrot Soup-served in guac bowl

Second Course-option of one
Pork Belly- (large square cut) sweet potato, corn and bean salsa(warm), pineapple salsa, avo crema, chipotle aioli, micro cilantro
Plantain Tostada-Plantains, grilled chicken, chili lime vinaigrette, cilantro crema, sesame seed
Tofrito Stir Fry-Fried tofu, carrots, cauliflower, jalapeno, noodles, soy sauce

Third course-option of one
Tres leche
Churros

Hawthornes Beer Cafe
Pivot Coffee & Wine Shop

(215) 627-3012  
738 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This Valentine’s day Hawthornes will offer Detroit style PIZZA – Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, and Veggie Pizza. Pre-order these savory eats via our website at Hawthornescafe.com or call ahead at 215-627-3012.

If dessert is more your thing Hawthornes whipped together a DIY take home brownie sundae kit for you. May you gift it, or eat it all yourself – do you boo. This kit includes brownie batter in an aluminum cup, a pint of ice cream, and some cutesy heart shaped sprinkles. To order these, call ahead at 215-627-3012 for pick up, order via our website at Hawthornescafe.com for pick up, or through delivery services – DoorDash, or Uber eats.

El Camino
(215) 925-1110  
1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123  

Tacos are for lovers. Enjoy Valentine’s Day at Home or at El Camino.  Three courses for $35 per person for take or dine in. Valentine’s Menu

Chips & Salsa

Salad
Greens, Pepitas, House-Made Queso Fresco, Radishes, Grilled Corn,
Roasted Peppers, Grape Tomatoes
Lime Vinaigrette

Chilled Veracruz Seafood Cocktail
Shrimp, Calamari, Crab, Mussels, Jalapeno, Tomatoes, Peppers

Tacos
Accompaniments
Guacamole, Pico De Gallo, Rice, Black Beans, Crema, Jack Cheese, Tortillas, Limes

Chose 2
Smoked Dry Aged Ny Strip with Roasted Salsa
Chipotle Honey Glazed Pork Loin
Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Herbs & Queso Fresco

Dessert
Strawberry Cheesecake W/ Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Cocktails
Traditional Margarita   $24/32oz $36/64oz
Add-Strawberry, Pomegranate, Blood Orange, Raspberry   $30/32oz  $48/64oz

Rose Sangria- Rose, Strawberries, Melon, Apple  $24/32 $36/64
Pink Senoritas- Tito’s Vodka Pink Lemonade $24/36  $36/64oz
Chocolate Martini- Godiva Liquor, Tito’s Vodka, Cream  $36/32oz  $60/64oz  

Sparkling Margarita
$40- 32oz Flavored Margarita & Bottle of Champagne

Liberte Lounge (Dine-in, Upgrade to Dinner in Luxury Hotel Room also available)
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
120 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103  
https://www.sofitel-philadelphia.com/happenings/
(215) 569-8300
Four people max per table
Reservations required
$75 per person plus tax/gratuity

Saturday, February 13, 2021 and Sunday, February 14, 2021, 5:00pm to 9:30pm

This Valentine’s Day escape to Paris at the Sofitel Philadelphia.  Indulge in our 3-course menu curated by our classically training executive Chef, Ed Hancock.   Our Valentine’s Day menu is available in Liberte Lounge, or if you are spending the night, it is available for in-room dining.

COURSE 1
Warm cauliflower and Brussel Sprout Salad, Arugula, Caraway Tuile, Butternut Vinaigrette
OR New Zealand Lamb, Garlic custard, Jus
OR Snow Crab & Truffle Bisque, Crostini
OR Crispy Oysters, Sweet and Sour Cucumbers, Sevruga Remoulade

COURSE 2
Pan Roasted Halibut, Lobster Strudel, Lobster Veloute, Green Apple and Fennel Gremolata
OR Filet Mignon, Oxtail, Winter Roots, Smoked Honey-Leek Jam
OR Rutabaga 4 Ways, Roasted, Pickled, Crispy, Puree
OR Chicken Breast, Gnocchi, Lardon, Maitake, Bordelaise

COURSE 3
Chocolate Tasting Plate for Two

UPGRADE WITH ROOM – OPTIONAL LUXURY PACKAGE:

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square, part of AccorHotels, invites you to experience a private luxury dinner for two in the comfort and elegance of your own hotel room. Sofitel is offering a special experience with an overnight luxury stay, gourmet dinner for two, breakfast for two the following morning, plus 20% discount on valet for Valentine’s Day. Luxury King Room is $390.00 inclusive or Luxury One Bedroom Suite for $475.00 inclusive – both include dinner for two and breakfast for two. All tax and fees are included. Sofitel Philadelphia is located in the heart of Center City and Rittenhouse, at 120 S. 17th Street.

For information and ordering, visit sofitel-philadelphia.com or call 215-569-8300.

Even more food, event and experience offerings from Positano Coast, Caffe Aldo Lamberti, Hudson Table and others at a post I did last week:

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Philly Valentine’s Special Events and Experiences

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day. Aversa PR has over 50 client events, experiences, classes, activities, dinners and much more – nearly triple last year. This is an exciting start to the year as all of our small businesses and restaurants look to better days ahead! 

SLEEPING BEAUTY FAMILY BRUNCH FOR YOUR LITTLE LOVES

Valentine’s Day Family Brunch with Sleeping Beauty
Saturday, February 13, 2021, 11:00am and 1:00pm seating’s
Germantown Garden Grille – The Igloos
1029 Germantown Avenue, 19123
Tickets $5 for outdoor seating, $15 for Igloo seating, Food and drink separate

Get ready to experience Disney’s Sleeping Beauty at this one-of-a-kind dining experience, perfect for kids of all ages. This is the perfect event to celebrate all the loves of your life – including your cherished little ones! This socially distanced magical dining experience includes 90 minutes in a private heated igloo or a completely covered outdoor table for you and your immediate family members. Get ready to enjoy photo opportunities, songs from the princess, and a grand entrance worthy of your own Prince or Princess. Each reservation comes with a private visit from the princess, a souvenir, and princess-themed activity sheets. Tickets are $15/pp for Igloo seating and $5/pp for outdoor seating without the Igloo. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. A portion of each ticket will go to charity and provide a free princess appearance for children in need through the Salvation Army.

“’Marty, whatever happens, don’t ever go to 2020” is a Hazy Pale Ale 5.5% ABV brewed with barley and wheat and dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe. This new beer is here to remind you that you made it through 2020 and you should never go back. Ever!

Back to the Future Theme Night and Beer Release
The power of love is a curious thing. Make a one man weep, make another man sing. Change a hawk to a little white dove. More than a feeling, that’s the power of love. Evil Genius Beer Company time travels with a special Back to the Future theme night and special beer release for “Marty, whatever happens, don’t ever go to 2020.” Four Humors Distilling will present a Cafe 80’s Speakeasy-themed vending area that would make a modern-day Marty McFly and Jennifer Jane Parker proud. Kick back (to the future) in the Evil Genius Beer Garden with food truck specials, drink specials and futuristic fun. Plus be on the lookout for staff dressed ready to impress plus nostalgic decorations and surprises. Live music will be provided by Tom Curtis from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. – Dress in your best 80s gear – enter to win a prize. Reservations aren’t required but are highly suggested. Wear your mask, plan to social distance, and get ready to step back in time.
Details:

Back to the Future Theme Night and Beer Release
Saturday, February 13, 2021, 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Evil Genius Beer Company
1727 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA
No charge, food/drink pay as you go.

East Passyunk Opera Project (ePOP) teams up with Pistola’s del Sur, Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for Love Notes

a special three course dinner and virtual concert taking place over Valentine’s Day Weekend. The dinner and concert, presented by RE/MAX One Realty – The Capri Dessecker Team, will feature performances by Philadelphia-based opera singers Ashley Marie Robillard, soprano, and Joshua Blue, tenor. The real-life couple will perform safely from their home in South Philly. The duo will be accompanied by pianist Aurelien Eulert. In addition, several prominent opera singers will make guest appearances throughout the concert: Anthony Roth Costanzo, Sandra Piques Eddy, Joélle Harvey and her husband Alex Fletcher, Zachary James, and Will Liverman, all of whom have sung leading roles at The Metropolitan Opera and a host of other distinguished opera and concert venues throughout the world. Opera never tasted so delicious as Pistola’s Executive Chef Adan Trinidad created a special three-course dinner to pair with the concert. Love Notes runs Friday, February 12th through Sunday, February 14th. Food is available for pick-up or delivery. The virtual concert premieres on Friday night at 7:30pm and the link is live for ticket holders all weekend long. Tickets are $75 which includes three-course dinner for two and performance, or $95 for the three-course dinner for two, drink pairing for two and performance. Tickets are on sale now at www.pistolaslife.com.

VALENTINE’S LUXURY HOTEL AND DINNER PACKAGE

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square, part of AccorHotels, invites you to experience a private luxury dinner for two in the comfort and elegance of your own hotel room. Sofitel is offering a special experience with an overnight luxury stay, gourmet dinner for two, breakfast for two the following morning, plus 20% discount on valet for Valentine’s Day. Your private romantic feast will include three courses as follows:

COURSE 1

Warm cauliflower and Brussel Sprout Salad, Arugula, Caraway Tuile, Butternut Vinaigrette

OR New Zealand Lamb, Garlic custard, Jus

OR Snow Crab & Truffle Bisque, Crostini

OR Crispy Oysters, Sweet and Sour Cucumbers, Sevruga Remoulade

COURSE 2

Pan Roasted Halibut, Lobster Strudel, Lobster Veloute, Green Apple and Fennel Gremolata

OR Filet Mignon, Oxtail, Winter Roots, Smoked Honey-Leek Jam

OR Rutabaga 4 Ways, Roasted, Pickled, Crispy, Puree

OR Chicken Breast, Gnocchi, Lardon, Maitake, Bordelaise

COURSE 3

Chocolate Tasting Plate for Two

Luxury King Room is $390.00 inclusive or Luxury One Bedroom Suite for $475.00 inclusive – both include dinner for two and breakfast for two. All tax and fees are included. Sofitel Philadelphia is located in the heart of Center City and Rittenhouse, at 120 S. 17th Street. For information and ordering, visit sofitel-philadelphia.com or call 215-569-8300.

Details:
Valentine’s Overnight Package
Saturday, February 13 to Sunday, February 14, 2021
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
120 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103  

PRIVATE DINNER IN WINE CELLAR FOR TWO

Tuscan Wine Cellar Exclusive Experience
Caffe Aldo Lamberti
2011 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002
(856) 663-1747
Open all weekend regular hours for Valentine’s dining with specials

Looking for something special and unique this Valentine’s Weekend? For the first time ever, Caffe Aldo Lamberti is opening up their Tuscan Wine Cellar for an exclusive Valentine’s dinner and wine experience for two. The entire wine cellar, normally reserved for group events, can now be yours for you and your sweetheart to enjoy exclusively and privately complete with candlelight and rose petals. Enjoy the finest wines, signature seafood and pastas, Valentine’s specials and decadent desserts – all while the staff cater to your every need. 

Special Selections for the Tuscan Wine Cellar Experience include the following Valentine’s Weekend Specials – including Lamberti Signature Crabcake, Grilled Baby Spanish Octopus, Tuna Tartare, Capellini Positano, Veal Chop Parmigiana, 8 oz Filet Mignon, Grilled Rack of Lamb, Pan Seared Scallops and House Made Lobster Ravioli, Salmon Imperial, Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass and more. All specials above are also available in the main dining room and to go. 

This special wine cellar experience has a 2.5 hour maximum time per reservation. A very select number of reservations are available for Valentine’s Weekend – as only one party is allowed in the wine cellar at a time. If you would like to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your family or another couple, additional chairs can be added (per state/local guidelines). This exclusive experience can be booked with a room fee of $200, plus food and drink. Call 856-663-1747 to reserve today. 

For those not indoor dining, enjoy the Caffe Aldo Lamberti Sweetheart Package for Two to Go for $125 per couple, including: Choice of Caesar or House Salad; Choice of Winter Caprese or Colossal Shrimp Cocktail; Choice of Chicken Lucia or Catch of the Day Barcelona; Choice of Tiramisu or White Chocolate Chip Cake; and Choice of Featured Red, White or Proscecco. Take-out and to-go only. $125 plus tax and gratuity. No substitutions. Available Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, 2021. Please pre-order by Saturday, February 13, 2021. Sweetheart special not available for third party delivery.  

OLD CITY CANDLELIGHT DINNER EXPERIENCE 

Details:
Positano Coast
212 Walnut St {2nd floor}, Philadelphia
215.238.0499

Positano Coast in Old City has three special ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day/Weekend this year – including a special exclusive weekend-long candlelight event. Let the Lamberti family set the scene as they present a special dinner by candlelight for the entire weekend – where the lights will be turned off in multiple spaces and dining rooms throughout the spacious Old City staple. Let them set the mood and vibe as you enjoy a night with your date – while enjoying the warm glow of the candles throughout with your wine, cocktails, dinner and dessert. Valentine’s Weekend candlelight dine-in specials will include: (sampling below of highlights) 

Last, for those looking to take-out and enjoy Valentine’s at home, Positano Coast will debut a special Sweetheart menu for Two – including Crab Tacos for two; Rigatoni for two; choice of Pork Chop Parmigiana or Grilled Salmon; Chocolate Delights for two; and a Bottle of Prosecco. Take-out and to-go only. $125 plus tax and gratuity. No substitutions. Available Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, 2021. Please pre-order by Saturday, February 13, 2021. Sweetheart special not available for third party delivery.  

Fire and Ice Valentine’s Food and Drink Experience

Concourse Dance Bar
Friday, February 12 to Saturday, February 13, 2021, 5:00pm to 9:30pm
1635, Back Entrance, Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 534-4128  

The only thing colder than our ice-room is your ex’s heart. Enjoy a night of fun, safe, social distance entertainment with the best dance music in Philly as the background tunes! The only ice-room in Philly will offer a unique location for your next Instagram post. For a Valentine’s twist, the light room will offer a light show that to go with some of your favorite single anthems! Leave those boring nights sitting at home in 2020. Concourse Ice Bar’s Valentine’s Weekend experience is only $32.50 (plus tax and tip) per person. The cost includes entry, three drinks (including an amazing specialty cocktail menu), and three small plate pairings (pretzel bites, mini-cheesesteaks, and TastyKakes).

VALENTINE’S BOXING FOR TWO

You’re a knockout! Bring your partner for a Valentine’s Day you won’t want to forget. After a year staying at home and eating take-out, enjoy something truly different and out of the box. Get out, get active and head to this Northern Liberties black-owned fitness center for a special class for $125.00 a pair with five class times to pick from from 9:00am to 1:00pm – only 20 slots are available to make this special and give each couple special attention. Email hello@maleekjacksonfitness.com to sign-up and for inquiries.

COOKING CLASSES AND DEMOS FOR TWO

Hudson Table
1001 N 2nd St Unit 01, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 982-2580
https://hudsontable.com/ (search under meal kits, and cooking classes)

Cooking Class for Two – Dumplings (hands-on)

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Delve into dumplings with Chef Benjamin Flesch! We’ll work through making doughs and fillings, and practice the techniques of wrapping various dumpling styles.  You’ll stuff then boil, steam or fry your pillowy pockets and serve them alongside a host of dipping sauces. The hardest part will be waiting to let them cool just enough before digging in! Includes: Shrimp Shao Mai, Crispy Crab Wonton, Pork and Chive Dumplings, Black Pepper Beef Dumplings. Either bring another couple for four or cook with one other couple but then dine separate per couple. $190-$360.

Couples Night Out: Steak Frites (hands-on)

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Featured Chef:Benjamin Flesch

A classic French bistro affair. You’ll cover the classics in this balanced meal while practicing a range of techniques.  Bon Vivant! Classes will be reduced capacity with all tables being 6′ apart. All guests will be required to wear masks until ready for dining. If the weather permits, we will have tables outside for that portion of the evening. We are offering two options – buying 2 seats to join another party of 2 where you will cook together but dine separately with separate platters or option 2 which is buying out the entire table for up to 4 people. Please select your preference from the dropdown. Due to the current public health environment and COVID-19, mask wearing throughout the class will be strictly enforced. $200-360.

Valentine’s Day Four Course Plated Dinner

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Featured Chef:Benjamin Flesch

Join us for a night to remember in our open kitchen as Chef Flesch completes each dish for everyone to watch. All tables will be socially distant in our well ventilated kitchen space. Seating times will be limited to 1:45 to allow for our 2 seating times. There will also be limited counter seating available for an upcharge. Please reach out in advance for any dietary restrictions. **Price is per couple** Please note all guests will be temp checked upon entry. Any guests registering above 100.1 will be turned away. We ask that all guests follow mask guidelines when not seated at their tables by wearing their mask when standing for any reason. $230-240.

CHOCOLATE AND BEER EVENT 

Chocolate & Beer: A Valentine’s Event
Friday, February 12th, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30pm, via Zoom
Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Meet Quaker History? Join Arch Street Meeting House for an extraordinary craft beer and Cadbury chocolate tasting on Friday, February 12th at 7pm!

Designed for two, enjoy a relaxing evening for you and your sweetheart as ASMH staff and volunteers create an amazing, personalized experience by hand-delivering your valentine’s treats the day before the event. Tickets include a variety of craft beer from Conshohocken Brewing Company, Duclaw Brewing Company, and Breckinridge Brewing Company, as well as candies from the delicious and Quaker-founded, Cadbury Chocolates. For an added bonus, VIP ticket holders will also receive additional chocolates from Shane Confectionery, America’s Oldest Continuously Operating Confectionary shop that’s located right here in historic Philadelphia! With this thoughtful gift, you and your loved one will be ready to go for a 30-minute hosted tasting, prior to a 45-minute presentation from Dr. Katherine Turner. $50 general admission, $60 VIP admission, priced for two people.

Please Note: This product contains alcohol and must be of the age of 21 or older to purchase a ticket. This product cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 21.

*Prior to purchasing a ticket please be aware that we are only able to deliver within the Philadelphia Metro area, including Philadelphia County, Lower Bucks, Montco, and Upper Delaware County. If you are outside of this delivery radius and interested in this event, you may arrange a pickup from Arch Street Meeting House.

*To ensure everyone’s health and safety, all Arch Street Meeting House staff and volunteers will be following strict health guidelines by wearing masks, gloves, and maintaining a social distance of at least six feet.

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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.