It’s mealtime in Philadelphia and Street is here with macarons and nachos and so much more. Our Spring Dining Guide has suggestions for incredible eats near and far. Try hot fried chicken at a restaurant with a porcine name (and read our interview with owner and Top Chef Kevin Sbraga) and see what Drexel has to offer you in the realm of mac n cheese and quesadillas. Our own campus now boasts excellent pizza, and on certain weekend days, bagels. Explore South Philly for a high quality Italian byo and a creative vegan one. Walk around Rittenhouse, croissant in hand or grab an elegant picnic in Washington Square or a pickle and a drink at Gaslight. Northern Liberties is changing the Tater tots game and Jose Garces gave Philly a Cuban Diner. For fine dining, consider Avance and read our exclusive interview with Chef Justin Bogle. Or try High Street on Market, a more casual restaurant from the Chef of Fork. Any way you slice it, Spring 2014 is a wonderful time to dive into Philadelphia’s thriving food scene. Where are you going to start?
Because we’re thankful for ya, the staff here at UTB put together a li’l Thanksgiving bingo card for your eNjOyMeNt. Click to enlarge, print, and cut it out (god bless if you actually do). See if you can get bingo before the food coma sets in, or blackout before Grandma blacks out. Hurrah, hurrah, happy Thanksgivukkah!
It’s a day-dream-come-true. As of Saturday, Insomnia Cookies are expanding their delivery hours on the weekend.
Icing on the cookie cake: to celebrate, everyone can get three FREE chocolate chunk cookies via the online “Deal of the Week” (now until September 8th).
Delivery hours on Saturday and Sunday now begin at 1pm, which is great news if you are
To paraphrase CEO Seth Berkowitz, Insomnia is “eager to satisfy munchies whether at 3pm or 3am.”
Before you buy those Rave tickets for Monsters University in 3D, check this. Every Thursday night from June 27th to August 15th (minus the 4th of July), there’ll be outdoor screenings of some classic ’80s movies at Drexel Park.
So if you’re lookin’ for somewhere to bring your SO, are tired of the butter laden air of a cramped theater, or are just short on cash, head over to 32nd and Powelton for a grand ol’ time. All shows start at dusk. Here’s what’s coming up:
- June 27 | Adventures in Babysitting
- July 11 | Spaceballs
- July 18 | Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
- July 25 | Die Hard
- August 1 | Batman
- August 8 | A Nightmare on Elm Street 3
- August 15 | The NeverEnding Story
Update: The screening on the 27th has been postponed due to inclement weather!
Hill residents must know that the fire alarm went off for an actual reason this morning. A car parked near the corner of 33rd and Walnut was seen ablaze and has since been extinguished. Fortunately, no one seems to have been injured. After being let back in, Hillites were asked to keep their windows closed. People in the area have been saying they heard a loud boom, and no cause has been reported. Check back later at the DP for updates!
Do youse guys love speaking like real Philadelphians? According to a recently published study by Penn linguistics professor William Labov, the Philly accent has changed significantly over the past century.
The Philadelphia dialect used to be more similar to Southern speech, but Northern influences have been increasing during the last few decades. Some sounds, like the “i” in fight, have become more extreme, while others, like the “o” in soda, have become less distinctive.
This might seem like a lot of change, but don’t worry. This is still the only city in the world where you can order a glass of wooder.
For seniors counting down their last days as undergrads and other students alike, Sidetour might be your new best friend. It’s a new community marketplace aimed at offering unique experiences in cities and Penn grads just brought the site to Philly. From tequila tastings to a guided tour from a descendant of Philadelphia’s charter-writer, all the offerings on the site sound like preceptorials you would want to take. This might just be the perfect opportunity to finally put that thesis to rest and reacquaint yourself with the outside world.
If you’re stressing about that exam tomorrow or paper due in a few days, don’t. With all those equations and dates and principles to memorize, it may seem like your brain is on fire! We’re here to tell you that things can always be worse. Your brain could actually be on fire.
This article from CBS warns about a mysterious sickness that seems to be striking mainly young women. Appearing at first like a mental illness, the disease begins with personality changes. Affected women bounce between feeling hysterical and catatonic with no warning or explanation, prompting doctors to claim that it was like their brains were on fire. It’s no mental illness, but an auto-immune condition that causes antibodies to affect the brain.
The disease was first diagnosed by doctors at our very own Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, but its causes are still unknown. Even worse, this isn’t the first time a bizarre disease has swept through Philthadelphia. Cue the hysterical calls from Mom. Have you been Purell-ing?!?!
2013 is well under way, y’all, and even though we don’t have WiFi-enabled contact lenses or hover skateboards yet, new computer technology may allow us to predict crimes before they happen, much like in Minority Report.
Developed by Penn professor and criminologist Richard Berk, new software can help predict which freed prisoners are expected to repeat crimes, making police and parole officers’ jobs, like, a billion times easier. The algorithms can also help decide sentences and bail amounts based on these predictions. It’s already being implemented in Philadelphia, making for a smarter security.
Peep the the full details here.