<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:10:16 -0400 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:10:16 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Makeover in Store for Philly's Love Park]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:58:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011742606_1200x675_515280963719.jpg The "Fairmount Park Conservancy" plans to begin a one-year renovation of Love Park this spring.]]> <![CDATA[Bathtub Girl Meets Luke Bryan: 'I Love Him']]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:42:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Ava_Finley_Luke_Bryan.png

A little girl struggles to say who she loves and her dad couldn't make out the words. 

The two-year-old professed her love to country singer Luke Bryan during bath time. The video of the father-daughter episode went viral, followed by an in person meeting with the superstar. 

As Ava Finley took a bath last year, the toddler began babbling with her dad Jonathan Finley and he started shooting video of her chatter. At first, he didn't know exactly what she was talking about. 

"A little bunny? You look funny?" he asked. 

What the little girl from Calera, Ala. was trying to tell her father was — Luke Bryan! Her pronunciation was a little tough to make out.

"I love him!" she exclaimed.

Ava became a Bryan fan after listening to his music with her aunts. "Play It Again" is her favorite song. 

Ava's mom first shared the video on her personal Facebook page last year. After being nudged by friends, she posted it to Twitter in April of this year and tagged Bryan, who eventually saw the video and retweeted it. His record label got in contact with the Finleys and invited them to a concert and meet-and-greet this year.

"She is really shy around people she doesn’t know. I was kind of afraid she would chicken out," said Ava's mom Adrian Finley. 

Dressed up in her cowboy boots and a white bow, Ava finally met Bryan before his concert in Atlanta on Aug. 23. Upon seeing her, Bryan scooped up Ava and gave her a big hug. He shared the moment on his Facebook page. 

"She was even cuter in person," Bryan wrote.



Photo Credit: Adrian Finley
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<![CDATA[Knotty Art Exhibit for Pope's Visit]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:08:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011731863_1200x675_514784323798.jpg People got a first look at an art installation inspired by "Mary Undoer of Knots."]]> <![CDATA[Philly Zoo Welcomes New Sloth Bear]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:29:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kayla+Sloth+Bear.jpg

The Philadelphia Zoo showed off its newest furry addition Thursday as Kayla made her public debut.

The 2-year-old sloth bear, weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, came to the Philly zoo from the San Diego Zoo last month. A sloth bear, unlike other bears, uses its snout and claws to dig for insects and search for fruit. They often make grunting or snorting sounds, according to National Geographic.

Visitors can see Kayla in the Philly zoo’s newly-enlarged Bear County exhibit.

“There’re very busy diggers, so if you come to the Philadelphia Zoo you will absolutely see Kayla out digging around, looking for bugs," said zoo curator of carnivores and ungulates Donna Evernham.



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<![CDATA[Spontaneous Philly 5K With Philly's Own Kevin Hart]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:06:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kevin+hart+running+nike+edit.jpg

If you've ever needed motivation to go for a run, perhaps Kevin Hart can convince you.

The Philadelphia native is teaming up with Nike+ Run Club for a spontaneous 5K Saturday at 8:04 a.m, and runners of all speeds and paces are welcome.

Hart will be in town all weekend, as he is performing at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

The run starts and finishes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and you can reserve your spot here. Nike+ coach Knox Robinson will be on hand to lead the charge through the city of Brotherly Love.

Spots may be limited, so don't wait! Sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity today!



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<![CDATA[Steve Harvey Teases New Season of Show]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:45:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_156087_0043.jpg "The Steve Harvey Show" debuts its fourth season in two weeks. NBC10's Tracy Davidson spoke to the talk show host about what surprises he has in store for his viewers.

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<![CDATA[Philly's Among Most Honest Cities]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:56:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/honest-tea-popup722.jpg

Philadelphians are among the most honest in the country. That’s the truth revealed in the 2015 edition of "The National Honesty Index."

Philadelphia tied for third with 97 percent of people paying $1 on Honest Tea’s honor system in which the beverage company sets up a display of drinks in 27 different cities around the country and asks people to leave $1 in a collection jar.

Philadelphia tied with Los Angeles, San Diego and Houston with 97 percent of people forking over a buck for refreshment. Atlanta topped the list with 100-percent honesty while Providence, Rhode Island placed last with 83-percent honesty. Overall, 94 percent of people paid – slightly down from 95 percent last year. And, Woman (95 percent) were more honest than men (93 percent), said the company.

“It’s always refreshing to see that Americans are more honest than most people assume,” said Honest Tea founder and “TeaEO” Seth Goldman. “During these election cycles we are reminded that we have different views across the country, but that doesn’t mean people are dishonest.”

For all the good vibes, there were some dishonest people including one person in Providence who tried to pay with a faux $1 million bill and a person who stole the collection box in Washington, D.C.



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<![CDATA[Cop Dances to Cheer Up Sick Child ]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:47:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/173*120/breakdance.PNG

Officer Joe Marte knows how to put a smile on your face.

The San Francisco Police Department officer busted some serious moves to cheer up Colren Guerra, a cancer patient at UC Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco.

Marte's uniform didn't stop him from taking on the break dance challenge, right after Guerra showed off his skills. He came in on his day off to entertain Colten, who's a huge Incredible Hulk fan.

The 5-year-old from Brentwood has a 2.75 inch tumor in his kidney and doctors at UCSF diagnosed him with Stage 4 Neurblastoma Cancer that has spread to his hips, one leg, spine, kidney, some ribs, and shoulders.

Doctors started agressive chemotherapy on Feb. 14 and are hopeful of beating the cancer.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Colten "Hulk" Guerra and his family with "medical expenses, daily expenses, and just love."


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<![CDATA[Rude Restaurant Server on Video]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:17:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/11137110_10152876011048299_1762192408383809822_n.jpg

Most Chicagoans know that when you go to the restaurant Ed Debevic’s you shouldn’t expect the nicest servers. In fact, you should prepare for incredibly rude ones.

But it appears that one exceptionally rude server at the restaurant has reached Internet stardom in a viral video posted to social media last week.

According to the video’s caption, a group of people in town for the Younique Convention decided to dine at the “interesting” restaurant, which they knew was known for its rudeness.

In the video, posted on Aug. 10 by LaNetta Limb Maxfield, a server is heard telling the group that she’d likely get fired if she was nice to them and called the patrons cheap.

“You know what grandpa, if I was nice to you, I’d get canned,” she said. “If you want good service, you go somewhere else. I know Hooters is probably more your speed, but you came here on purpose.”

The server is also heard telling a woman who ordered a Diet Coke, “I’d love to get you one, if it’ll shut you up.”

While the scene is a common one at the Chicago staple, the video has since been shared more than 82,600 times and received more than 4.4 million views.
 



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<![CDATA[Rascal Flatts in AC]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:53:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011636278_1200x675_509513283673.jpg Country music group Rascal Flatts will follow the Maroon 5 "concert on the beach" with one of their own.]]> <![CDATA[Sheryl Lee Ralph Celebrates 25 Years of DIVAS]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:27:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011621750_1200x675_508608579643.jpg Sheryl Lee Ralph talks her upcoming event "DIVAS Simply Singing." A star-studded concert at the Dell in Fairmount Park that brings awareness about AIDS and HIV.]]> <![CDATA[Philly's '3 Shades of Blue' Perform on 'America's Got Talent']]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 01:47:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/3+shades+of+blue+agt.JPG

A local Philly band performed on NBC's hit show "Amercia's Got Talent" Tuesday.

The band, '3 Shades of Blue', advanced to the live rounds on the talent show, and took the stage at 8 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall.

Having opened for Switchfoot, Lightswitch and many others, the band has garnered attentioned both in Philadelphia and along the East Coast. They are currently scheduled to open for Panic! at the Disco in September as well.

'3 Shades of Blue' consists of three brothers- Jeffery, Jesse and Austin- and their best friend Dane, who all hail from Philadelphia.



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<![CDATA[Starbucks to Offer Wine, Macaroni and Cheese ]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:54:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/starbucks.jpg

Starbucks will now include an "evening menu" in addition to the breakfast and snack options that made it famous.

The menu will feature craft beer, wine, truffle macaroni and cheese and flatbread among other items.

Starbucks said its customers are twice as likely to prefer craft beer. Also, 70 percent of Starbucks customers drink wine as opposed to 30 percent of the general population, according to Mintel Insights for Wine, January 2014 and Mintel Insights for Craft Beer, June 2014.

Starbucks first launched the evening menu in a Seattle location five years ago, and will expand to 70 stores this week.

The menu varies region to region to reflect local tastes and traditions.

Click here to find out which stores will have the evening menu.
 



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<![CDATA[Wonderful! Music Legend Plays Free Concert]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:06:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Stevie+Wonder+Dilworth.PNG

Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park was a “Pastime Paradise” as one of the biggest music legends in the world played a pop-up concert.

Iconic performer Stevie Wonder brought his band to the plaza near Philadelphia’s City Hall to announce the final performances of his “Songs in the Key of Life” tour that will include an encore Oct. 7 date at the Wells Fargo Center.

The public news conference and FREE performance -- which began at 3 p.m. -- was the second of three Wonder played Monday with an earlier stop in Washington, D.C. and an evening performance in New York City.

A large stage was set up during the day with Wonder's familiar keyboards front and center.

If Monday's pop-up show made you want more Wonder, tickets to the October concert go on sale Friday at noon.



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<![CDATA[Thousands of Rubber Ducks Fill Morey's Pier]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:45:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011587548_1200x675_506580547678.jpg The 22nd annual United Way Rubber Ducky Regatta raised more than $600,000 for United Way's impact fund.]]> <![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Kitty Kam]]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:50:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ezgif.com-optimize+%281%29.gif

As NBC10 and Telemundo62 work with local animal shelters to #ClearTheShelters on Aug. 15, you can get ready by checking out the exclusive “Kitty Kam” for the event.

The “Kitty Kam” shows off some of the adorable animals up for adoption at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society’s Grant Avenue location.

"There's no telling what you may see on the camera," said PAWS executive director Melissa Levy. "But it's hopefully going to be a little peek into their happy life at PAWS."

PAWS creates room where the cats can feel comfortable and have fun as they await for a loving permanent home.

"We have wheels for them to run on and things for them to climb on and boxes for them to snuggle up in," said Levy.

The wheel -- "it's like a huge hamster wheel" that some cats completely ignore while others run on it "like a cheetah" -- draws a crowd of people inside and outside the shelter, said Levy.

PAWS, like many of the shelters that have pets up for adoption on #ClearTheShelters Day, has a feline for everyone.

"If an adopter wants a really playful, frisky cat, we know who fits the bill, and if somebody just wants a cat to snuggle up with them on the couch we know who (that cat) is too," said Levy.

Levy had a message for people that may watch the cats but aren't sure about adoption.

"If your attention is piqued, just come on in," said Levy.

PAWS’ Northeast Philadelphia center is located at 1810 Grant Avenue and is open seven days a week. If you visit the shelter on Saturday, you can adopt a pet without paying some of the normal fees so help NBC10 and Telemundo62 #ClearTheShelters.

Click here for a full list of participating shelters in all three states.



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<![CDATA[Seinfeld Headlines Musikfest]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:14:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP681142225257.jpg Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform Monday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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<![CDATA[Bring Your Hearse to Cemetery Car Show]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:42:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/professional+car+show.jpg

A car show with a taste for the macabre is coming to a Philadelphia cemetery this weekend.

Laurel Hill Cemetery will host the Seventh Annual Professional Car Show Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, put on by the Mohnton Professional Car Club, welcomes all professional cars and fans thereof.

If you are interested in hearses, flower cars, limousines and ambulances, according to the MPCC's Facebook page, "you should probably be there." 

The event is free (but donations to the cemetery are encouraged) to attend and will feature live music from Video Massacre and Somebody's Circus. Dan T. Wienerman and Son's Hot Dogs will serve hot dogs, sodas, water and "maybe other stuff."

Rain or shine, this car show will go on. If you plan on bringing your own vehicle, be sure to preregister.

Laurel Hill Cemetery is notable for being the final resting place of many famous Philadelphians, including broadcast legend Harry Kalas and gunsmith Henry Deringer. You can visit their graves while you take in the car show. 



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<![CDATA[Sea Lion Pups Born at NJ Amusement Park]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:25:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/six+flags+sea+lion+pups+2.png

As if you needed another reason to go to Six Flags Great Adventure, the amusement park now has two adorable new attractions.

New Jersey's largest theme park is celebrating the birth of two female California sea lion pups. 

Piper and Ridley, born June 5 and June 18, respectively, are both high-spirited and full of energy, according to Jessica Peranteau, senior supervisor of animal training. 

“She has no qualms about sassing the trainers or her mother through vocalizations. She is exploring her independence at an early age,” Peranteau said in a news release. Piper also seems to enjoy blowing bubbles in the water, according to Peranteau. 

Ridley is named after the endangered Ridley sea turtle species because of her flipper movements. Although sea lion pups are not usually competent swimmers shortly after birth, Ridley quickly showed signs of proficiency in the water. 

“[Ridley] finds sliding down the hill on our stage especially rewarding and fun,” Peranteau added.

Ridley is the smallest sea lion pup born at the park, weighing in at 15 pounds. The two pups are expected to reach 110 to 220 pounds when fully grown.

Guests can see Piper, Ridley and their mothers at the park’s SeaFari Theater in The Golden Kingdom section of the Jackson, N.J. theme park.



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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Pizzeria Is Named Best in America, TripAdvisor Says]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:11:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/juliana+pizzeria+handout.jpg

A Brooklyn pizzeria has been named the top joint for a slice in America, according to a TripAdvisor ranking based on the quality and quantity of reviews and opinions from millions of travelers.

Juliana's Pizza, on Old Fulton Street in DUMBO, won top honors from TripAdvisor. Opened in 2012 by legendary Brooklyn pizza maker Patsy Grimaldi, this eatery tantalizes taste buds with its thin crust pizza that is charred to perfection under a coal-fired hearth.

One TripAdvisor reviewer raved, "The main reason why Patsy Grimaldi is an institution is because he does make outstanding pizza! After all these years, the perfect crust, great tomatoes, delicious mozzarella and toppings galore; try them all, you can't go wrong."

Keste, on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, known for its authentic Neapolitan pizza, came in at No. 4 on the top 10 list. John's Pizzeria, also on Bleecker street, came in at No. 10.

Overall, New York City was named the second best city in the country for pizza, behind Chicago.

Here is a list of the top 10 pizza restaurants in country, according to TripAdvisor:

1. Juliana's Pizza -- Brooklyn, New York
2. Pizza Time of St. Augustine -- Saint Augustine, Florida
3. Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria -- Anchorage, Alaska
4. Keste -- New York, New York
5. Tony's Pizza Napoletana -- San Francisco, California
6. Pizzeria Regina -- Boston, Massachusetts
7. Antico Pizza Napoletana -- Atlanta, Georgia
8. Bill's Pizza -- Palm Springs, California
9. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana -- New Haven, Connecticut
10. John's Pizzeria – New York, New York

The TripAdvisor ranking of top U.S. pizza restaurants is based on the quantity and quality of reviews for pizza restaurants, giving more weight to reviews written in the past year. Pizza restaurants were identified as those having a majority of reviews mentioning pizza, a minimum of 500 reviews, and at least 10 percent of reviews mentioning "best pizza."



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<![CDATA[Grumpy Dog Earl Challenges Grumpy Cat's Reign]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:23:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/My+Name+is+Earl.jpg

The world’s grouchiest feline has some new competition. Meet “Grumpy Dog.”

Earl, a second-generation puggle with a permanent scowl and sulky expression, is challenging Grumpy Cat’s reign over sour-faced pets of the Internet. 

The 5-month-old beagle-pug quickly rose to fame on Reddit, amassing millions of fans across multiple social media platforms and becoming the subject of some hilarious Internet memes.

Earl’s owner Derek Bloomfield tells Yahoo! News that despite the pooches peeved appearance, he is very friendly and the “most relaxed, content puppy.” 

“The vet said he’s as healthy as any other puppy,” Bloomfield said. “He just looks grumpy because of his underbite, wrinkles, and dark complexion.”



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<![CDATA[Meet Jahlil Okafor at Sixers' Beach Bash in Avalon]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:36:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jahlil+Okafor+Sixers.jpg

Join the Philadelphia 76ers and former Sixers legends at the Jersey Shore this weekend for the annual Sixers Beach Bash!

Newest Sixer Jahlil Okafor will join Robert Covington and former players Darryl Dawkins and World B. Free at Jack's Place in Avalon on Saturday (Aug. 1).

“Year after year, this event gives us an opportunity to celebrate Sixers basketball down the shore and connect with our fan base in a way that can only be done at Beach Bash,” said Sixers Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer Tim McDermott.

The 16th annual "bash" will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., as both former and current players will mingle with fans and signed autographs.

Fans of all ages will also be able to enjoy interactive games, have their face painted, and win unique Sixers prizes! Team merchandise will also be available at the "Sixers Yard Sale," with some proceeds going to the Sixers Youth Foundation.

The Sixers Dancers will be making their season debut on stage both inside and outside Jack's Place, and will also be accompanied by team mascot Franklin and the high-flying Sixers Phlight Squad.

“Our goal is to provide our fans the chance to create lasting memories by meeting some of our players, alumni and front office staff in addition to enjoying first-class entertainment by Sixers Phlight Squad, Sixers Dancers, Franklin and a host of other elements we have planned," added McDermott.

Jack's Place, located at 3601 Ocean Drive in Avalon, will be offering drink specials and a live DJ during the event.

A limited number of vouchers for each autograph session will be distributed to fans on a first-come, first-served basis upon arrival to Beach Bash, so plan your trip now and get in on the action.



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<![CDATA[Lifeguards From Throughout South Jersey Do Battle]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:07:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011325413_1200x675_492586563708.jpg Lifeguards from all over South Jersey showed off their life saving skills at the 25th Annual Lifeguard Classic in Atlantic City.]]> <![CDATA[Reborn A-Treat Soda Wants Fans to Pick 1st Flavor ]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:56:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/A-Treat+Soda.JPG

The recently revived A-Treat soda company is back in business and wants fans to decide which flavor they want to see first.

The Allentown company had been shut down since January after nearly 100 years of business, but a local developer entered a co-packing agreement with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Lehigh Valley to bring the brand back to life.

The Morning Call reports Orefield turkey farmer and real estate developer David Jaindl is acquiring A-Treat's brand name, trademark, flavor formulas and related intellectual property.

The company announced a social media campaign where fans can pick the first flavor to hit shelves.

Soda lovers can log on to the A-Treat Facebook page starting until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and cast their vote for their favorite flavor. Is it black cherry? birch beer? Rico Mango? Treat-Up?

Jaindl says production will be restored in the coming weeks and retailers will stock A-Treat as soon as it becomes available.


 



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<![CDATA[Selfie Sticks Banned at Six Flags Parks Nationwide]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:06:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Six+Flags+sign+generic.jpg

Six Flags has joined the growing list of amusement parks across the nation that have banned selfie sticks.

The company implemented the ban Monday at all of its parks across America, according to Katy Enrique, communications manager for Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.

“We strive to provide the safest possible environment in our parks and these devices pose a safety risk to guests and employees,” Enrique told NBC Chicago in statement.

Enrique did not specify if any incidents involving selfie sticks had taken place, but said the goal is “to prevent such an occurrence.”

“The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority,” she said.

The move comes after news that Disney planned to ban selfie sticks at all four of its theme parks in Orlando along with its water parks and Disney Quest. The company also planned to ban them at Disneyland Resort in California and Disney’s parks in Paris and Hong Kong.

Officials warned that the sticks have become a “growing safety concern.”

The device has already been put on a list of “prohibited items” on Six Flags’ website, alongside monopods and similar devices.

The sticks have been banned at a number of museums, music festivals and sports venues, including Lollapalooza, Comic-Con and the Art Institute of Chicago.  



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<![CDATA[New Book Illuminates History of TV in Philadelphia]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:19:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/WCAU+NBC10+Historical+Photo+Shull.JPG Former WCAU-TV news producer Bill Shull wrote "Philadelphia Television" about the local ties to the history of television.]]> <![CDATA[McDonald's All-Day Breakfast May Go National: Report ]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:03:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4707047541.jpg

McDonald’s could soon dish out all-day breakfast nationwide.

The Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo sent to U.S. franchisees and employees Tuesday, reports that the fast food giant could begin offering breakfast all day later this year.

The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company began testing all-day breakfast in March in its San Diego market. The test was expected to expand to Nashville this summer.

The memo, sent by LeAnn Richards, a franchisee from Arizona who heads a task force studying all-day breakfast, told franchisees to be ready for the potential launch of all-day breakfast as soon as October, WSJ reports.

McDonald’s, however, would only confirm that the company is testing the possibility of all-day breakfast.

“Serving all-day breakfast is likely the number one request we hear from McDonald’s customers,” the company told NBC Chicago in a statement. “We’re testing it out in a few markets to learn more about this possibility. We know your mouth is watering, but there’s no news on this yet.”

McDonald’s breakfast currently ends at 10:30 a.m. in most markets.

McDonald's has long been the fast-food leader in the mornings, with its popular Sausage Biscuits, Hotcakes and other items pulling in roughly 20 percent of the company's U.S. sales. But the chain has faced stiffer competition in recent years, with competitors such as Starbucks and Subway rolling out breakfast sandwiches as well.

McDonald's, which has more than 14,000 U.S. locations, has also said it plans to step up its marketing of breakfast as it faces intensifying competition.

As for extending its breakfast hours, the world's largest hamburger chain is known for treading extremely carefully when discussing any tests or potential changes. Such matters are considered sensitive in large part because they would require the support of the company's network of franchisees.
 



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<![CDATA[McDonald's' 'Secret Menu' Not So Secret Anymore]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:02:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/167*120/51122973.jpg

The mythical “secret menu” at McDonald’s may not be a myth at all.

According to a McDonald’s manager who conducted a recent Reddit AMA, customers can in fact order secret menu items, but the items really aren’t that secret.

Reddit user OrchidHibiscus, who claims to be a manager at a McDonald’s in Glasgow, Scotland, said McDonald’s didn’t specifically develop a secret menu, but menu items can be customized into “grill orders.”

Customers can add or take out ingredients from current menu items to make them into what they want—including something off a so-called “secret menu.”

"Order one and the workers might not know it by name ... but if you explain what it is, and are willing to pay for all the ingredients, it's just another 'grill order' that we can make up," OrchidHibiscus wrote.

The user referred to rumored secret menu items like the Land, Sea and Air Burger, which is a combination of a Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish and McChicken.

A website called #HackTheMenu claims to have a list of “secret menu items” from McDonald's, including an “All American,” a “Big McChicken,” “Biscuits and Gravy,” and a “Chicken McGriddle.”

McDonald’s addresses the possibility of a secret menu on its website saying, “We have no secret menu – or do we?”

“Actually, our customers are pretty clever when it comes to customizing their orders with our menu items, so you may have seen some of their creations online,” the company wrote. “But we have no official secret menu of our own.”



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<![CDATA[Magazine Hosts 'Best of Main Line' Party]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:48:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011232702_1200x675_487554115663.jpg Main Line Today Magazine is hosting a "Best of the Main Line" party on Thursday night. NBC10's Vai Sikahema talks to J.B. Braun, the publisher of the magazine, about the VIP event.]]> <![CDATA[PHOTOS: Adorable Pets From Around the U.S. ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:51:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/MurphyBoxerWVIT.jpg Pet owners coast to coast have one thing in common: they love sharing pictures of their furry friends. Here's a look at some cute pets photos shared by NBC Owned TV Station viewers across the country. Help us "Clear the Shelters" on Aug. 15 by adopting a pet of your own to love (and photograph)! ]]> <![CDATA[$125 Caviar Twinkie Sold at SoCal Fair]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:10:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/friedcaviartwinkieoc.jpg

Picture this: An ice cream cone and a swirl of cotton candy and some roasted corn and a turkey leg and a funnel cake, all huddled around some conference table in some office building, madly discussing how their games can be upped in the face of the most buzzed-about edible headed for the 2015 OC Fair.

Hints: The foodstuff involves caviar, and it involves a Twinkie, and... there you have it. It's the Caviar Twinkie, and it shall be available at that famous purveyor of offbeat fair treats, Chicken Charlie's, throughout the Costa Mesa extravaganza.

The month-long OC Fair opens on Friday, July 17. 

Naming the Caviar Twinkie's price isn't much of a guessing game, though, if you know what anniversary the fair is celebrating. The midway-bright, animal-sweet spectacular is turning 125, and the Caviar Twinkie created in its happy honor is... wait for it... ding ding ding, you're right: $125.

All proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

"The finest caviar" shall top the golden-sponge Hostess Brands icon, and judging by early photos, there should be a solid amount of the luxury item. The Twinkie, of course, shall come complete with its creamy middle, so perhaps diners will discover a new taste-combo sensation.

Will sponge-cream-salty be the next flavor trio to storm the gourmet world? Will everyone need to scoop the fish egg delicacy with a just-out-of-the-box snack cake?

You never know how trends start.

If the $125 Caviar Twinkie isn't your bite-worthy bag, Chicken Charlie's is also serving a Totally Fried Peanut Butter Pickle and Deep-Fried Slim Fast.

Deep. Fried. Slim. Fast. 

Part of the fun of the fair is not simply daring your friends to try something and then devouring and then returning for more. Surely there's a branch of high-brow philosophy devoted to the study of enjoying something before, during, and well after?

Philosophers, start with the deep-fried treats of the OC Fair, which get fans theorizing well in advance of the fair and long after the treat's been eaten. (During, maybe not so much, since mouths tend to be full.)

And for the Caviar Twinkie overshadowing classics like ice cream and cotton candy? We don't think the fair's tried-and-true favorites need worry; there's always room for a little more when it comes to memorable fair food.



Photo Credit: Chicken Charlie's]]>
<![CDATA[Bring Breakfast to New Heights on a Ferris Wheel]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:55:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*126/Ferris+wheel+boardwalk+wildwood+shore+moreys+piers.jpg

 

Bring breakfast to new heights this summer by enjoying a meal a top of one of the largest Ferris Wheels on the east coast!

 

Morey’s Piers is launching "Breakfast in the Sky", where people can enjoy the ocean breeze while eating a private breakfast aboard the Giant Wheel.

Imagine eating breakfast favorites such as Belgian waffles, lobster omelets, spinach and fontina quiche, and steak and eggs while soaring 156 feet above the Wildwoods, New Jersey shoreline. This fancy meal will be topped off with white linens and fine china.

Each guest will be served bottled water, hot coffee or iced tea, choice of juice, a pick of hot breakfast entree and assorted bread baskets with condiments.

Individuals can make reservations Aug. 1 through Aug. 24 on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays only. The breakfast cost $85 per car for two people and $40 per additional person.

Groups can make reservations to take over the entire Giant Wheel on Friday, August 7, 14 or 21. The two-hour breakfast package costs $3,000 for a maximum of 48 people.

This experience is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.



Photo Credit: Morey's Piers]]>
<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Icon, Lucy the Elephant, Turns 134]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:39:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lucy-the-Elephant2.jpg

The country's longest standing roadside attraction will be celebrating a birthday this weekend, and you're invited!

Lucy the Elephant, a National Historic Landmark, will turn 134 on Saturday, July 18. There will be a carnival-themed party will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, with a rain date scheduled for Sunday.

Lucy's "Birthday on the Boardwalk" will feature many of the same fun-filled games from last year's party, but with more prizes and new additions.

And what carnival wouldn't be complete without a huge variety of food? Fresh-roasted Jersey corn-on-the-cob highlights the birthday fare, which includes Philly Pretzels, hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and birthday cake.

Check out Mackie the Stilt-walker, ride a water-slide, hop around in a Moon Bounce, and don't forget to try out the new climbing rock wall.

Evelyn Johnson, author of Lucy’s official bedtime storybooks, will also be on hand, signing copies of her highly acclaimed children’s books from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be tours offered through the World’s Largest Elephant, and birthday T-shirts will be sold, but only while supplies last.

Parking will be available at Union Avenue School playground, located on Vendome Avenue between Winchester and Monmouth Avenues. A complimentary shuttle, furnished by the Atlantic City Jitney Association, will be running every 15 minutes between the playground and Lucy during the event.

Miss the party? You can visit Lucy the Elephant any day of the week. She is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sundays, which is 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Feel free to check out Lucy’s website at www.lucytheelephant.org.



Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[Delco Summer Stage Alumni Gather for 40th Anniversary Show]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:36:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011126119_1200x675_482926659737.jpg Summer Stage alumni gathered at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Delaware County this weekend for Summer Stage's 40th Anniversary show and alum Tina Fey sent a video message to her fellow Summer Stagers.]]> <![CDATA[Last Day of Philly's Hispanic Fiesta]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:32:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011126023_1200x675_482922563754.jpg Sunday is the final day of the Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing that features food, music and entertainment emceed by Telemundo 62's Violeta Yas and Carolina Cardona.]]> <![CDATA[Beware The Blob: Festival Returns to Chester County]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:29:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/colonialtheatre.jpg

Beware the Blob.

The Phoenixville Blobfest returns this weekend to celebrate the iconic 1958 movie "The Blob."

Parts of the movie were filmed in Phoenixville, including a popular scene that was filmed at the Colonial Theater.

Friday nights kick off event, "The Run Out", commemorates this famous scene. During the event, guests will flee an alien that crash lands in the theater at 9 p.m. just as characters do in the film.

Saturday's Streetfair will feature free live music, costume contests, food, and vendors. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet special guests such as Kris Yeaworth, son of "The Blob" director.

Saturday will also include a double feature showing of The Blob" as well as "The Creature from the Black Lagoon."

The festivities close out on Sunday, but not before a Q&A with legendary director, writer, and stuntman Ricou Browning at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are the same price for all events: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for children 13 and under. 

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