Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Prom Season

It's prom season (again) which means Seventeen Prom graces checkout lines in every supermarket, hair dressers are briefed on the latest up do...and on the main line, well-off teens swarm area boutiques to find the perfect prom dress.  But, what about other teens that can't afford the Nicole Miller gowns that were popular back in my day.  Grant an underprivileged teen's wish by donating your no-longer-needed special occasion gowns and coordinating accessories to Princess Project.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spring time in the City

As the weather warms, I'd rather gather for an outdoor happy hour then prepare for a long night in a dark bar.  So, last friday when happy hour crept upon the last work day of the week, I met Kelly and Chalmers at Tria.  Slightly removed from the square, the food is delicious, somewhat unexpected, convincingly healthy, and perfectly priced.  The wine is, of course, a little pricer (chards starting at $7/glass), but well worth it.  If I may, I recommend the fig starter plate and the asparagus salad.  Also, of note, they have an excellent beer list for a more hearty dish or the man in your life.  

If you can't break away from your cubicle in time for happy hour, try a wine class or "sunday school (wine at 50% off the regular price)."  View your options at Tria-Events.

Just lovely.  

18th and Sansom Street
(and! there's also one in Washington Square - who knew!)

Philadelphia Museum of Art is for Lovers

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.  ~Stella Adler

If you are thinking of going to Cezanne and Beyond and the soon to come Picasso exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or any other future exhibits, you may want to consider purchasing an Art Museum membership.  

Pair up with a friend or life partner and get a dual membership for $100 which basically covers the cost of 2 exhibition tickets ($48) to two events ($48 x 2 = $96).  Added bonus - $80 of the $100 membership cost is tax deductible.  

Friday, April 17, 2009

Stand Up for Aids

"Stand up for Aids by sitting down at your favorite restaurant."  

Thursday, April 30th is Dining Out for Life.  Dine at a participating restaurant, and 33% of your food bill will benefit local services in the fight against aids.  

Not only will you have an excuse to meet friends at a restaurant you've been meaning to try, but you're helping local services.  So, while you enjoy dessert, know you're helping a neighbor.  

Bon Appetit.  

Thursday, April 16, 2009

NPR from sea to shining sea...

As summer approaches the chances I'll be (1) stuck in unreal traffic returning from the boat/shore/poconos and (2) road-trip-ing from radio frequency to radio frequency drastically increases.

But, static is annoying and so is Brittney Spears played every 15 minutes. So, NPR and all those nifty little programs sprinkled with news and traffic/weather reports comes in handy.

Plot your trip via NPR's Station Map or buy your well traveled friends "I want my NPR Map."

Happy Trails.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

La Colombe

The first time I ever tasted La Colombe we were at Marigold Kitchen and it was love at first sip. Since then, I tried to please my palette with Starbucks and the much cheaper alternative, Maxwell House, but to no avail.  I've succumb to the fact that a few things are worth their price tag - prada shoes, louis vuitton, clinique foundation, organic food, j.crew suiting - and La Colombe.  If you are not sure, try a cup at the 19th street cafe for only $1.25 a mug - yes, you read that right.  A bag will put a $11 dent in your cole haan wallet, but make mornings a little bit easier (priceless).   

La Colombe Torrefaction
130 S 19th St 
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What Ales You?

Every once a while it is, oh, so, refreshing to venture beyond rhittenhouse for an alcoholic beverage.  Entre Apothecary Bar and Lounge located at 102 South 13th Street.  A collaborative endeavor between a restaurateur and Urbanspacedevelopment created this fabulously eclectic alcove for amazingly creative drinks.  I'm not talking about a pom-tini. I'm talking about concoctions containing interesting, not to mention delicious, blends of fresh surprising ingredients.  And to top it all off, it has a roof deck.