A much-deserved mazel tov to Penn grad David Fine and his new food truck, Schmear It! UTB proudly presents Philly’s first (and only) bagel truck, set to open mid-August at Love Park and 33rd and Arch.
Schmear It will serve fresh South St. Philly bagels, La Colombe coffee, and its own signature creations, like the Stuffed French Toast Bagel (cc, strawberries, bananas, maple syrup, and walnuts on a French toast bagel). Yes, this is real life. Schmear It even lets you create your own “dream schmear” by providing an endless smörgåsbord of spreads, bagels, and add-ons. But wait, it gets better.
The truck’s slogan “Spread some good!” refers to the truck’s philanthropic side. Each week a portion of Schmear It’s sales will be donated to a different local non-profit so every customer can spread that brotherly looove. Carbs for a cause!
Click here to read more about Schmear It, here stalk its location, and here to tell your bfflz!
In keeping with the now-heralded tradition, Center City Sips returns tonight and lasts all summer long. For the uninformed, CCS runs every Wednesday evening through August 29. More than ninety bars and restaurants participate by offering drink specials from 5pm to 7 (hello $3 beers, $4 wines, and $5 cocktails) and half-priced appetizers. Some restaurants continue the fun and discount menu items 15% after 7pm. Round up the
most tolerable best of your fellow interns and friends and get there tonight!
Sick of going to all those career fairs that Helen and the rest of the gang insist are open to all majors only to realize that you don’t know what “marketing” or “finance” really mean? In other words, are you an aspiring starving artist?
Fear not. The Philadelphia Liar’s Club has planned a benefit party for Leslie Esdaile Banks, a Penn alum and NYT bestselling author who writes under the name L. A. Banks and who is currently battling adrenal cancer.
The “Writer’s Bash” will take place at Smoke’s this Saturday night from 7PM until closing and will host numerous bestselling authors, agents, editors and marketing gurus (so you can finally ask them what it is they really do), and it’ll be the perfect opportunity to “rub elbows.” Read the rest of this entry »
It’s hard to ignore the cat craze phenomenon currently sweeping the nation; from youtube to tumblr to your one friend who’s taken it upon herself to become a cat lady because all of a sudden it’s haute couture, felines are totally dominating.
In apt continuation of said craze, the Global Egyptian Mau Society (GEMS) is hosting an event titled “Precious Stones,” which is really just a euphemism for “come watch a bunch of cats meow in a smelly room while we pick the prettiest one” (is anybody else getting déjà vu?). The event, which is this Saturday and being held at the Philadelphia National Guard Armory, is kind of a trek, but it’s not so bad if you think about it like a mini vacation. One with cats. And crazy cat people. And souvenirs–according to the flyer, there will be kittens for sale. To that, we say: me-owesome.
Next week, Philadelphia’s Davio’s steakhouse will compete against New York City’s ‘Cesca restaurant to finally determine who has the best-placed apostrophe. Haha, not. In honor of National Cheesecake Day, the two Italian eateries are serving their signature cheesecake to prove once and for all that their respective city is home to the world’s best.
Each restaurant will ship their cheesecake desserts to the others’ restaurants with serving instructions. From Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 to Thursday, July 28th, 2011, guests that order the ‘Cheesecake War Dessert’ will be served 1/2 portions of both the Philly-favorite and ‘CESCA’s acclaimed New York dessert on a plate along with a comment cards. With the honor system at work, each restaurant will tally their numbers and announce the winner live on each other’s Twitter and Facebook pages along with a photograph of the losing restaurant’s general manager wearing the other city’s baseball jersey and eating a little humble pie.
The dessert special costs a Hamilton, and reservations are suggested at both locations.
With National Kissing Day long gone and National Walk of Shame Day not for another week, there’s a hole in our hearts where another patriotically offbeat reason to do something ridiculous should be. Enter–National Hot Dog Day.
Scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd, you can pick up your free ‘dog from 1-6 p.m. at 139 North Third Street (just outside of Silicon). We know what you’re thinking: this is just another excuse to eat something long and meaty in public. But wait, it’s like so totally not. In order to get your free wiener, you have to bring an item of clothing or miscellaneous good for children aged from infants through preteens. Yay, philanthropy!
We’ve all seen(/have been) that kid: you know, the one in Wawa wearing sunglasses to hide his bloodshot eyes, wondering, “shit, do I want the BBQ chips or the mint mocha milkshake?” and dripping buffalo sauce all over his Sperry’s. And as long as he’s not carrying any pot on him, hey, rock on bro–you’re totally legal. However, a recently implemented Philadelphia program has eased up even more on marijuana, giving us hella reasons to celebrate (and pretend we’re cool enough to say ‘hella’).
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It’s that time of year again– University City Dining Days are almost upon us. We encourage you to check out the $15-$30 deals running July 14th-28th, but more than that, we want to hear how it went!
With so many people away for the summer, a little vicarious culinary experience could be nice– and useful for the future. If you do go to UCDD, email or tweet us a review. It can be short and sweet, a full-scale critique, or even a picture; just let us know what you ate and what you’re thinking. We’ll put your submissions up on the site for all the world to see (and be jealous of).
So you’re in the birthplace of this great nation for its Super Sweet 235, but how do you celebrate? With a weekend so chock full activity, it can be hard to figure out events which to hit and which to quit. That’s why we put together an easy guide to help you get the most out of America’s birthday party — just pick the category that describes you best and we guarantee the weekend of a lifetime!
7-Year Old Child / Anyone With Tastebuds: Run, don’t walk, to the Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival, where for $7 you can consume your weight in sugar for three successive days. Runs noon – 5pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, as well as 6 – 9pm on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s treat the July 4th holiday the good ol’ fashioned Penn way: by starting the weekend pregame on Wednesday, of course! Center City Sips can be intimidating, so we’re here to offer a way to narrow your choices and be as productive and efficient as possible.
If you want beer: Tavern 17 has a different draught selection daily, but if it’s local, it’s part of their Sips special. Ditch the Yuengling for a night and try something new. Other good options: Noble American Cookery and Fadó.
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