<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:25:00 -0400 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:25:00 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Check Out "Nature's Best Photography"]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:39:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1GrandPrize_TinManLee%281%29+copy.jpg Washington, D.C.'s National Museum of Natural History's annual "Nature's Best Photography" exhibition showcases 60 large-format prints of this year's most breathtaking nature photography. More than 20,000 entries from 50 countries compete for the prestigious recognition. See all winners here.

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<![CDATA[Nutter Takes Plunge Off High-Rise]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:45:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Mayor+Nutter+Michael+Nutter+Rappel.JPG

Mayor Michael Nutter took the plunge Thursday -- off the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper.

Nutter joined dozens of others including various other local dignitaries and celebrities as they rappelled off the side One Logan Square along the Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City Thursday to raise money for a local charity.

Nutter’s drop from the 31-story high-rise was part of Philadelphia Outward Bound School’s “Building Adventure” fundraiser. Proceeds from the event helped support Philadelphia school programs, according to organizers.

Nutter, who participated in the same event last year, battled rain and wind while carefully making his way down the side of the building around 2 p.m.

"The wind certainly makes a big, big difference," said Nutter.

The event, which also features descents by sports mascots, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta and state Rep. Brian, helped Outward Bound reach its goal of $250,000.

During his plunge, Nutter seemed to have trouble going straight down.

"The rope just seems a little bit heavier and a little harder to stay where you want," said Nutter.

Nutter said he never worried about his safety.

Participants in the event had to raise at least $2,000 each for the charity, according to organizers.

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<![CDATA[Why You May Spot Teal Pumpkins This Halloween]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:45:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC-teal-pumpkins.jpg

Halloween can be a challenge for parents of trick-or-treaters with food allergies.

Screening candy can be difficult and some children may feel singled out because they receive less than their friends.

However, the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group has started a new campaign called the “Teal Pumpkin Project” that recommends giving out non-food treats and letting other families know by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on their porches.

Possible non-food treats include: glow bracelets, pencils, vampire teeth, mini notepads, and playing cards. You can see more on FARE’s website.

“Food allergies are potentially life-threatening. When we are looking at a Halloween celebration, it is really nice to provide something that is safe,” FARE spokeswoman Veronica LaFemina told Today. She noted that one in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy.

In a post on FARE’s blog, the campaign said that it has reached nearly 5 million people on Facebook. The hashtag #TealPumpkinProject is also filled with photos from many Twitter users embracing the campaign.

Here is some of what people have shared:

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<![CDATA[Mo'ne Davis "Throws Like a Girl" in New Ad]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:13:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mone+Davis+No+Ne+Davis+Taney+Dragons.jpg

Philadelphia’s Little League superstar Mo’ne Davis isn’t old enough to drive but she is already pitching for a major American car maker.

The Taney Dragons star stars in a new Chevrolet ad that debuted during a commercial break of Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night.

“Dear United States of America, I’m 13 years old and this summer was the best summer of my whole life,” starts the ad directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee.

The commercial, filmed in various spots in Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood including Lazarro’s Pizza on South Street and the Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 17th and Bainbridge streets, then continues with Mo’ne talking about her passion for sports.

Instead of wearing the Taney Dragons uniform she wore during her team’s run to the Little League World Series -- the uniform she wore while becoming the first Little Leaguer to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated -- Mo'ne wears an Anderson Monarchs uniform in the Chevy ad.

“The best part was having my family behind me supporting me through everything I did,” Mo’ne says before draining a half-court basketball shot.

“I have a passion for sports. Every day of the week I’m playing soccer, basketball or baseball.”

Besides the 60-second ad, a more than 16-minute mini-movie by Lee titled “Throw Like a Girl” appeared on Chevy’s website.

“I stand for girls who want to play sports with the boys and to be a role model for people young and old,” Mo’ne says. “I throw 70 mph and that’s ‘throwing like a girl!’”

The ad ends with Mo’ne signing off, “sincerely, your daughter, Mo’ne Davis.”

Before Chevy’s iconic logo appears on the white screen, the words “Chevrolet celebrates Mo’ne Davis and those who remind us that anything is possible.”

The ad was met with criticism because Mo’ne’s heroics didn’t lift her Taney Dragons to Little League World Series glory and there are boys her same age who also throw 70 mph or harder.

But plenty of others -- including actress Holly Robinson Peete, the wife of former Philadelphia Eagles quaterback Rodney Peete -- showed support for Mo’ne.

Any concerns of Mo’Ne’s role as spokesperson costing her a shot at her dream of playing NCAA basketball were squashed Wednesday.

“Mo’Ne Davis may be paid for appearing in the Chevy commercial without impacting her NCAA eligibility,” NCAA spokeswoman Emily James told ESPN W.

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<![CDATA[Quiz: How Pumpkin Savvy Are You?]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:07:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-177531910.jpg

With fall upon us and Halloween fast approaching, it's high season for all things pumpkin. You may sip pumpkin spice lattes with the best of them or carve a mean jack-o'-lantern, but how well do you really know the seasonal staple? Test your knowledge in this interactive quiz.

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<![CDATA[Teen Nobel Peace Prize Winner to Receive Liberty Medal]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:43:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP515994279056.jpg Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, will receive the 2014 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Player Helps in Haiti]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:00:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008421063_1200x675_345247811841.jpg Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin took a trip to Haiti with NRG to install solar panels on an orphanage.]]> <![CDATA[New Ice Rink in Camden]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:35:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ice-Skating-Generic.jpg A new ice rink coming to Cooper River Park in Camden is set to open November 28.

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<![CDATA[New 'Today Show' Role for Philly Native Sheinelle Jones]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:24:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Sheinelle+Jones+Weekend+Today.jpg Philly native and former Philadelphia news anchor, Sheinelle Jones chats with NBC10's Renee Chenault-Fattah about Jones' new role as weekend anchor of NBC's "Today Show."]]> <![CDATA["Philadelphia" Sweepstakes, Philadelphians NOT Eligible]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:06:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/century+21+exterior.jpg

A brand new, high-end discount retailer is getting ready to open its doors in Center City later this month and to celebrate, they're giving away $1,000 to a lucky shopper -- as long as you're NOT from Pennsylvania. 


The "Philadelphia" Sweepstakes -- yes, that's what it's called -- was created to commorate the grand opening of the Century 21 store that will open Oct. 23 in the former home of Strawbridge's at 801 Market St.

The contest, which began in mid-September and ends Nov. 14 is open to legal residents of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, according to the rules.

If you're wondering why Pennsylvanians -- more specifically, Philadelphians -- aren't eligible to enter a sweepstakes giving away money to shop in a store in their own city, we're just as stumped as you.

Anywho, if you're reading this and you're in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut, no purchase is necessary and entries can be made, as long as you're an email subscriber, on the Century 21 website.

The new store will be the first outside of the New York metropolitan area. Its first store opened in Manhattan in 1961.

<![CDATA[Nodding Head Nods Out of Center City]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:21:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+empty+beer+glass+generic.jpg

Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant has been brewing suds and serving food on the second-floor of 1516 Sansom St. since December 1999. But the brewpub's owner, unable to reach a new deal with his landlords, is closing the bar on Halloween and reopening in a new location next year.

"We'll still be within the city limits, but not in Center City," said Curt Decker, owner of Nodding Head, known for its wood interior, comfortable booths, unique brews and dozens of bobble heads.

"It is not going to be far," said Decker, who was willing to give only a few details on the new space. “I've always been attracted to being in a neighborhood. I like that feeling of inclusion, being part of something."

The bar owner said he decided to move the business after he couldn’t work out a lease with the  owners of the Sansom Street property.

Negotiations were complicated since Nodding Head spreads out over three storefronts, which are owned by two different groups -- downstairs neighbors Sherman Brothers Shoes and Oyster House.

“It just became apparent we weren't going to be able to work things out,” Decker said. “When I got the renewals moving forward, I was priced out.”

“One of the landlords has been great and super supportive and the other guy," Decker hesitated, "I think they have a plan for the space."

Decker wouldn’t elaborate on which landlord “priced” Nodding Head out.

“It certainly didn't come from the Shermans,” said Ken Sherman, who manages 1518-1522 Sansom St., where Sherman Brothers Shoes is located. "This is not something we wanted to have happen.”

"You are dealing with two landlords and one property," Sherman said. “It is a unique situation when you have two different landlords."

David Mink, owner of 1514-1516 Sansom St. where Oyster House is located, didn’t return calls for comment.

Relocated Nodding Head -- including moving all of the brewing equipment -- will take several months, said Decker, who added the brewpub's concept would remain similar.

“We are going to tweak it more to fit what the market is now, but we are still going to do the beers that people love," he said.

The new location will be on the ground-floor -- an exciting change for Decker, who said he struggled to draw attention to the flight of steps leading to Nodding Head's second-floor location on Sansom Street. 

As Decker and his staff head into the final two weeks before Nodding Head shuts down, the pub owner said he hopes that fans of Nodding Head won’t let them go without a goodbye.

“People should stop in and say hi before we are outta here.”

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<![CDATA[Expect to Spend More This Holiday Season]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:41:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+Shopping+Bags+Mall+Generic.JPG It's not yet Halloween, but consumers are already looking towards the holiday season and retail experts expect people to spend 4 percent more than last year.

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<![CDATA[Mo'ne Davis Lands on 'Influential Teens' List]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:07:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mone+Davis+No+Ne+Davis+Taney+Dragons.jpg

Philadelphia’s baseball superstar Mo’Ne Davis already made history when she became the first Little Leaguer to grace the cover of Sports illustrated but now the 13-year-old can add another magazine honor to her accolades.

Mo’Ne lands on Time’s list of the “25 Most Influential Teens of 2014.”

Time explained why the Philadelphia teen made the list:

“It’s not every day that a black female athlete appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated -- let alone one who’s 13. So Mo’ne Davis made quite a splash in August when she landed that spot (cover line: 'Remember Her Name') after pitching a shutout game in the Little League World Series."

The Taney Dragons pitcher has some impressive company of the list including first children Sasha and Malia Obama; Philly star Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith; Nobel Prize-recipient Malala Yousafzai; and singing sensation Lorde.

Mo’Ne yet again stands out for she is joins Sasha Obama as the only 13-year-olds on the list.

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<![CDATA[Hey Eagles Fans! The #SNF Bus Is in Town]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:01:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snf-bus-fortworth.jpg

Eagles fans can get fired up for the Birds Sunday Night Football on NBC showdown against the division-rival Giants by getting on the Sunday Night Football bus.

The SNF bus will be making various stops in the area including stops in Center City, South Philly ad Bucks County

Here are some of the spots where and when you can catch the bus.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Eagles Pep Rally
Where: Comcast Center at 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd. in Center City.

Noon to 2 p.m.: XFINITY Retail Store at 518 N Oxford Valley Rd. in Langhorne, Pennsylvania
5:30 to 7 p.m.: XFINITY LIVE! Plaza in South Philly. (Parked in the VIP Lot off of South 11th St.)

4 p.m. to kickoff - Xfinity LIVE! 

The bus will also be making other surprise appearances around the city and region this weekend. So keep you eyes open and if you see it Tweet #SNF to @SNFonNBC.

Can't get to the us? Be sure to tune into Sunday Night Football on Sunday night on NBC10 starting at 7.

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<![CDATA[Pop-Up Store Celebrates New Jersey's Anniversary]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:08:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008333658_1200x675_339718211614.jpg A New Jersey pop-up store in Mount Holly is celebrating everything about the state for its 350th birthday.]]> <![CDATA[One Fish, Big Fish: Man Makes Record Catch]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:00:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/David+Walker+Records+Sheepshead+Fish+Delaware.jpg

The fish was how big?

A Pennsylvanian angler made an amazing catch during a sport fishing tournament off the coast of Delaware.

David Walker set a new Delaware state record when he caught a 17.1-pound sheepshead in the lower Delaware Bay over a rock pile on a green crab on Sept. 29, according to Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

Wildlife officials said the 28-inch long fish that had a girth of 24 inches broke previous record holder Christopher Wentz’s 15.11 pound sheepshead catch from two years ago.

Sheepshead are known for prominent teeth, veritcal black bars of color and strong, sharp spines.

Walker, who hails from Boothwyn, described his record catch as “delicious,” according to wildlife officials.

Delaware officials recognized the catch since Walker caught it from a boat that departed and returned to a Delaware port.

Photo Credit: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife]]>
<![CDATA[Verbal Connections Conversation Party on Sunday]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:35:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008295069_1200x675_338289219549.jpg Corey Carter of the Verbal Connections Conversation Party talks in studio of a social gathering planned for Sunday that brings people together to have open discussions about any issue they would like to discuss. Carter gives details about the event.]]> <![CDATA[She's a Mom & Monster Truck Driver]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:10:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/Candice+Jolly+Monster+Truck+Driver.JPG Monster truck driver Candice Jolly -- a working mom -- talks about her truck Monster Mutt Dalmation and what she plans to show fans this weekend at the Monster Jam at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Philly's 1st River Boardwalk Opens]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:21:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Schuylkill+River+Banks+Boardwalk+8.jpg

Runner, walkers and bikers, rejoice – that project over the Schuylkill River you’ve seen being built for years has finally coming to fruition.

Dignitaries, organizers and neighbors gathered Thursday to officially unveil the sparkling new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk – the first of its kind in the City of Brotherly Love.

“People along the trail have been asking about it,” said Schuylkill River Development Corporation director for capital program Lane Fike. “People were coming up and talking to you saying, ‘this is so exciting,’ ‘I can’t believe it’s in Philadelphia, this looks like something in New York.’ Everybody said ‘we can’t wait for it to be open.'

"It's going to bring a lot of people down to the trail."

The 2,000-foot boardwalk, which connects the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge, took nearly two and half years to construct at a cost of nearly $18 million to build.

Fike said the money came from a combination of federal and state funds including nearly half from a first-phase Tiger Grant, a federal stimulus project grant.

The grant came due to a joint request from the SRDC, Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition and other groups, Fike said.

“We got about seven or eight projects here in the city and the biggest one was the Boardwalk and we got about $8 or $9 million out of that Tiger Grant,” said Fike. “There was very little, if any, city money at all.”

The boardwalk, designed by Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based URS, might look like wood but the boards are actually concrete.

“We couldn’t have wood out there,” said Fike. “So we put a concrete deck on it and we put on what they call a ‘broom finish,’ where you take a stiff broom across the deck to roughen it up and then we actually ran a piney rake – it looks almost like a garden rake but has flexible pines on it – and it produced a pattern of a boardwalk similar to Atlantic City.”

The concrete span can withstand floods, ice and heavy rains. The lights also should keep working no matter what Mother Nature brings including large logs, branches and other debris that sometimes comes down the river and winds up on the trail.

“You design for the worst-case scenario,” said Fike. “The thought with the boardwalk was to design a railing, more like a guardrail, that if these branches and logs come down they are going to bounce off the rail and go back in the river.”

The boardwalk also includes a solar light system designed to work even when the boardwalk is underwater.

Expect further expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail, which currently runs from Valley Forge to Center City, in the coming years.

The plan is to eventually run the trail all the way down to Fort Mifflin in South Philadelphia but in the coming years the SRDC would like to build part of the trail on land in hopes of reaching Bartram’s Garden on the other side of the river is Southwest Philly, Fike said.

The trail officially opened Thursday morning with ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Michael Nutter, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, SRDC officials and engineers. A community celebration is also planned for 1 p.m. Sunday.

But before those events, a sold out, pre-grand opening walk was held Wednesday night as 200 people became the first to go across the boardwalk.

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<![CDATA[Pumpkins: From "Food of Last Resort" to Fall Flavor King]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:29:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/451601919.jpg

Fall is in full swing and so is the seasonal menu staple no one can escape: pumpkin spice.

The autumnal flavor, long found in pies, breads, and beers, experienced a boom in popularity in recent decades and is now found in everything from Oreos to dog treats. 

America’s love of the orange squash dates back to the New World, as historian and author Cindy Ott recounts in her book “Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon.” In an interview, Ott explained how the simple pumpkin went from being a “last resort” food to an American favorite. 

When did pumpkins become a part of American cuisine and culture?

Pumpkin is actually the oldest domesticated plant in the new world. It was domesticated in 10,000 BC in Mexico, so it’s older than corn and beans. Indians in America in precolonial times relied on pumpkin for daily sustenance and they had all kinds of special ceremonies — many of them did celebrate pumpkin. But for Europeans, it meant something much different. For them, it was associated with natural abundance like it was for Indians, but then it had connotations of being a symbol of wild nature and cultural backwater. So people ate it when they had to but then they preferred to eat European food, like potatoes and onions and cabbage, when they could.

When did pumpkin move from a food of “desperate times” to say, a seasonal treat?

First of all, all forms of squash and pumpkins are interchangeable, they’re botanically interchangeable—you can crossbreed a zucchini with a field pumpkin and get a mix. It wasn’t until the 19th century that people started distinguishing something as unique pumpkin and then these different stories started developing. Pumpkin was kept in production because it was cheap. Farmers used it for substitute for livestock feed. It was considered a food of last resort for people, associated with the small family farm that wasn’t a part of the big market economy. Just at that same time people aren’t really using it for practical reasons anymore, they’re moving into cities and Americans are getting nostalgic about this old-fashioned farm life. The pumpkin starts appearing in poetry in the mid-19th century and paintings. People start celebrating because they’re nostalgic for that old life of old times and the pumpkin in particular.

Its recent popularity and the obsession with pumpkin flavors has sparked a bit of a backlash. Has America’s love for pumpkin become a joke?

It’s always had these negative connotations. It’s just now because less people are living on the farm that those associations aren’t as negative as they were in the past. There’s a sense still you can make fun of someone for being [a country bumpkin] from rural areas. Ichabod Crane in the 19th century in “Sleepy Hollow,” he’s scared and he’s this silly character and he’s associated with the pumpkin. He thinks it’s this ghost coming to get him, but it’s really a pumpkin head. For a man, a pumpkin head is someone that’s pompous, that’s full of themselves and not so smart. It’s still used in political cartoons. You can see politicians being illustrated with pumpkin heads. 

Does this popularity help or hurt pumpkin producers?

I think it all ties into helping these small family farmers. It’s a niche market for small family farmers, so for example, many small family farmers pulled up their pigsties and put in a parking lot and pumpkin patches because they made more money six weeks out of the year instead of raising hogs.


But, why pumpkin? Sales for Starbucks' other seasonal beverages, like the Eggnog Latte, come nowhere close to the company’s sales of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Why the lack of nostalgia there?

There’s really no practical reason for this answer, right? There’s corn, apples, cherries in American culture that have strong folklore traditions but they also have this very practical use. There may be something great about a big apple, about 12 ounces or something, but that doesn’t compare to the world record of a 2,032-pound pumpkin. It’s a very American story. In Germany and France, you go into the markets and now they’re starting to have big slices of pumpkin out there, but there’s no sense of ceremony. It’s just shoved next to zucchini and lettuce.

What’s the most unusual pumpkin hybrid you’ve seen in your research?

There was a Tiffany’s crystal pumpkin key chain that was a pretty good mix of metaphors and association, so that was a pretty funny one. You can have a zumpkin, where you mix a zucchini and a field pumpkin and now there’s a lot of appreciation for these old-time varieties.


What’s your favorite pumpkin food?

Your basic Thanksgiving pumpkin pie is probably my favorite recipe. The first time it appeared was in 1796. The first cookbook, “American Cookery” by Amelia Simmons, was first published in the U.S. That was the first time the pumpkin appeared as a pie and the first time the squash appeared as a vegetable. So I think in terms of flavor and tradition, it’s my favorite.

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<![CDATA[Take a Look at Philly's 1st Boardwalk]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:24:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Schuylkill+River+Banks+Boardwalk+Generic+Philly+Skyline+Generic.jpg Take a stroll along Philadelphia's $18M boardwalk extending the Schuylkill River Trail to the South Street Bridge.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com - Dan Stamm]]>
<![CDATA[Tour (or Buy!) Jon Runyan's $5.8M Mansion]]> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 15:13:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/153850271.jpg Former Eagles player-turned-politician, Jon Runyan, wants to sell you his French chateau -- the one tucked onto 23 acres in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Photo Credit: John Martinelli]]>
<![CDATA[Pumpkin Spice Madness: Craziest Treats]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:41:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-spice-fatte-Ramsey-Mathew.jpg It seems like everyone is going crazy over pumpkin spice-flavored this and that. Take a look at the wackiest pumpkin-inspired culinary items that might be worth a try this season. ]]> <![CDATA[National Coffee Day Deals and Freebies]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:45:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/514727145.jpg

The start of the work week can be rough, but many coffee chains are offering free or inexpensive cups of coffee to celebrate National Coffee Day.

See where you can get a discount on a your daily dose of caffeine. 

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts is offering a free medium cup of its new Dark Roast blend. 

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is celebrating the day by offering free small coffees at participating shops.


You can visit McDonald's for a free small coffee during the chain’s breakfast hours.

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons will be selling $1 cup coffees, and some stores will also have hidden golden envelopes with “more than $9,000 in cash and gift cards.” CNN Money reported that the scavenger hunt will take place in Columbus, Ohio; Buffalo and Rochester, New York; and in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


Wawa is giving away a free 16-ounce coffee to customers who sign up for a coupon by email. The East Coast chain has convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Central Florida.

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<![CDATA[Harriton Plantation Fair]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:30:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Harriton+Plantation+Fair.jpg

If you're looking for down-to-earth, family-friendly, old-fashioned fun this weekend, look no further than Lower Merion Township!

The annual Harriton Plantation Fair is this Saturday, September 27th in Bryn Mawr. For more than twenty years, this charming event has been delighting visitors of all ages with antiques, crafts, a flea market, pony rides, childrens' activities, muskets, blacksmiths, stone carvers, cabinetmakers, spinners, skep [beehive] demonstrations, weavers, sheep herding (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and falconry/birds-of-prey demonstrations (12 p.m. and 2 p.m.) and live, bluegrass music by Summit Hill Station.

Country-style vendors abound, including the Harriton Farm stand featuring flowers and organic produce (some of which is from the Harriton garden) and Lapps Country Market with their yummy, freshly roasted chicken and ribs.

Visit 14 Revolutionary War soldiers on the groundsto hear about life in the 18th century, participate in two-man saw races and meet Ferdinand, the two-month-old Guernsey bull calf.

If you go, don’t miss the opportunity to take a tour of the historic house, one of the oldest and most significant buildings to survive in Pennsylvania.

The country fair admission is free, but keep in mind that this is a fund-raiser. Your vendor purchases and contributions help to assure Harriton's continued operation as an historic site!

For more information about the fair and exquisite property, visit HarritonHouse.org, after the jump!

Insider Tip

While you're at the fair, purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win a private dinner for eight by Chef Walter Staib in the hearth kitchen at historic Harriton. Chef Walter Staib Chef Staib is the four-time Emmy award winner of A Taste of History on PBS. $100 tickets are available at the fair, are tax-deductible (as long as you don’t win) and are valued at approximately $3,000 if you do! Keep your costs down, while supporting a great cause, by teaming up with seven friends for your purchase!

Harriton Plantation Fair
Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
500 Harriton Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Harriton House]]>
<![CDATA[Chester County Restaurant Festival]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:25:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/020810-Feast-Food-Truck-20.jpg

Food… shopping… music… and it’s all outside.

Before Octoberfest events begin to take over your social calendar, the annual Chester County Restaurant Festival is coming to downtown West Chester to close out the summer season on Sunday.

More than 65 restaurants from Chester County will set up their tents and trucks on the city blocks and sell small plates of their most popular menu items.

Gay Street will be shut down between Matlack and Darlington streets, along with Market Street between Darlington and High streets.

Arts and crafts vendors will be selling their wares so people can do their two favorite things- shop and eat.

Maggie Moos Ice Cream, Cupcakes Gourmet, and Popcorn Obsession are just a few of the specialty food vendors people can check out at the event.

The festival will also feature a beer and wine garden located near Gay and Church streets.

Several bands will play throughout the day for people to enjoy on Gay and Matlack St, Gay and Church St. and Market and Darlington St.

For the under-21 crowd there is Jr's Soda Shoppe truck where people can get their fill and refill of old fashioned sodas once they pay for the mug.

All of the restaurants that participate in the festival are also competing for the “Dish People’s Choice Awards” hosted by TheTownDish.com where festival-goers can vote for their favorite eatery.

A full list of restaurants and specialty food vendors setting up shop can be found on the festival’s website.

The event is free admission but the borough charges $5 if you park in one of the garages.

The event kicks off Sunday at noon and goes until 5:30.

Photo Credit: Kate Lord/NBCNewYork.com]]>
<![CDATA[Fall Music & Arts Festival]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:59:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/238*120/Narberth+Festival.jpg

Narberth hosts its 11th annual Fall Music and Arts Festival this weekend and, if you’ve been lucky enough to attend one of these block parties in the past, you know it’s worth the trip!

Grab your dancing shoes and head on down to Narberth's charming downtown where Haverford and Forrest Avenues will be closed to traffic and hoppin’ with friendly folks having good, old-fashioned fun. Enjoy mouth-watering street nosh and tasty beverages provided by The Greeks and McShea’s Pub, magic tricks, balloon and sand art entertainmentt for the kids and toe-tappin’, live music for all ages.

West Chester Dance Works (a teen outreach program) will kick off the festival with a live performance and later, the Broesler School's Irish dancers will dance a few jigs. The festival's talented musicians include Hank’s Cadillac, Police on the Beat, Gray Roots and Nash & The KZP.

Just around the corner, Forrest Avenue will be transformed into Artist’s Alley, where an eclectic mix of artisans and local businesses will showcase a variety of antiques, vintage finds, hand-blown glassworks, art and photography, handmade jewelry and soaps, up-cycled furniture, frames, mirrors and more - all for sale! (Early-bird shopping begins at Noon).

Additional highlights include special recognition for Narberth’s own American Family Market celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and IRadioPhilly.com will broadcast live all day.

Hosted by NBC10’s Doug Shimell, the lively festival benefits Philly's Philabundance. Although admission to the event is free, visitors are encouraged to donate canned goods and $1.00 or more to help those in need.

Approximately 900,000 Delaware Valley residents suffer from hunger. Here’s your chance to help drive out hunger in our region, and have a rip-roarin’ good time while you’re at it!

For more information and directions, visit Narberth’s Fall Music & Arts Fest, after the jump!

Insider Tips

Public transportation is recommended, although free parking will be available in the municipal lot by the tennis courts and in the lot behind McShea’s Pub.

While you’re in town, take a stroll and "like", tweet or check-in on Foursquare at Narberth businesses like Sweet Mabel for special savings on Sunday!

Narberth Fall Music & Arts Festival
Haverford and Forrest Avenues, Narberth, PA 19072
Sunday, September 21st
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Artist's Alley Opens at 12)




Photo Credit: Courtesy of Narberth Music & Arts Festival ]]>
<![CDATA[Urban Outfitters Pulls Bloody-Looking Sweatshirt]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:53:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kentstatesweatshirt.jpg

Urban Outfitters is once again at the center of controversy, this time for selling a Kent State sweatshirt that appeared to be splattered in blood.

The $129 shirt, sold as part of the Philadelphia-based retailer's vintage sweatshirt line, was so popular it quickly sold out -- but it also was decried as offensive because of the tragic killing of four students by the National Guard on Kent State's campus in 1970. 

The university, located about 40 miles south of Cleveland, took “great offense” to the shirt:

“May 4, 1970, was a watershed moment for the country and especially the Kent State family,” read a statement posted to the university’s website. “We lost four students that day while nine others were wounded and countless others were changed forever.

“We take great offense to a company using our pain for their publicity and profit. This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.”

Urban Outfitters has yet to return phone calls or emails from NBC10.

The company did, however, tweet that it “sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused.”

“It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such,” said a company statement posted online.

“The one-of-a-kind item was purchased as part of our sun-faded vintage collection. There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray," it continued. "Again, we deeply regret that this item was perceived negatively and we have removed it immediately from our website to avoid further upset.”

The retailer dropped a photo of the “bloody” sweatshirt but did leave up the “sold out” page on its website.

Other vintage sweatshirts — including ones with “Penn State,” “University of Texas” and “Cathedral College” printed on them — were also listed as sold out on the Urban Outfitters site. None of those shirts appeared to be bloody, and the photos of each remained on the site.

This isn't the first time that Urban Outfitters has found itself facing public backlash over one of its items. Last holiday season they pulled a pair of socks seen as religiously insensitive.

They've also gotten heat for a pro-booze shirt sold to the 18 to 24 crowd, a "Jewish Star" shirt that drew comparisons to the Holocaust and about a dozen other designs laid out by The Week.

Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters]]>
<![CDATA[UPenn Is Playboy Magazine's Top Party School]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:57:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/UPenn-Best-College.jpg

So here's a little nugget of information that might surprise you. Playboy Magazine just released its list of 2014's Top Party Schools and the University of Pennsylvania was on it!

Not only did the Ivy League school make the list for the first time ever, it took the top spot!

Yes, that's right, Playboy Magazine named the University of Pennsylvania the country's No. 1 party school.

"UPenn puts other Ivies to shame with its union of brains, brewskies and bros," says the magazine.

The rankings took a variety of factors into consideration -- things like access to nightlife, musical events and creativity when party planning.

"Boasting a notorious underground frat scene that school officials have deemed a nuisance, these renegades pony up thousands of dollars' worth of liquor for their parties."

Coming in at No. 2 was the University of Wisconsin, followed by West Virginia and the University of Arizona. University of Iowa rounded out the top five.

The issue, which also includes honors for "Coolest Indie Music Scene" and "Sexiest Small School" will hit newstands and online Friday.

Photo Credit: _13thirteen/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Burger Joint "Bares" Down on Philly]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:37:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bareburger+Goat+Burger.JPG

Burger lovers in Philly rejoiced when a New-York-based craft burger joint recently opened its first location in the City of Brotherly Love.

Bareburger -- known for its exotic selection of meats including bison, elk, duck bacon, wild boar and the new-at-the-Philly-location goat -- recently opened its doors at 1009 Walnut Street.

The burger chain promises organic burgers as well as salads, fried chicken and salads.

“The ‘bare’ being a nod to the choice to use organic ingredients free of hormones, pesticides and other unsavory elements,” said the company.

The company said that the Philly location has been well-received so far.

“We're so excited to be a part of the Philadelphia community,” said CEO Euripides Pelekanos. “We could not be happier to be in the city that knows, demands and respects good food. We strive to have a fun and welcoming atmosphere, and look forward to welcoming in customers in Philadelphia for a good time and great burgers."

Since opening its first location in June 2009, Bareburger has expanded to 20 restaurants in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ohio.

But the Philly store opened right around a time of controversy on the Philly burger scene after Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy left a 20 cent tip at Northern Liberties burger joint PYT. Bareburger put out a challenge to Shady last week.

No word yet on if McCoy is a Bareburger guy.

Photo Credit: Bareburger]]>