<![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 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:55:48 -0400 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:55:48 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Google Maps Introduces Pac-Man Feature ]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:24:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/photoGoogle+Maps+PAC+MAN.jpg

Let the office productivity fall even more.

If March Madness wasn’t enough of a distraction, people can now play Pac-Man from the convenience of their desks.

Google Maps introduced a new online rendition of the classic arcade game on Tuesday. Click on the Pac-Man icon in the lower left corner beside the Earth icon, and use your keyboard arrows to move your little yellow man through the maze.

Not all addresses typed into Google Maps are playable areas. Cities, including New York, N.Y., appear to work best because of the number of roads. Pac-Man can’t play in some rural and suburban areas such as Hoover, Alabama, and Burlington, Massachusetts, because there aren’t enough roads for Pac-Man to get around.

Click here to try your hand at Pac-Man and see how high a score you can earn. Just make sure your boss isn’t looking.

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<![CDATA[Oxen Return to Trenton to Kick Off Gardening Season]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:52:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/%5BNECN%5D5pm_Oxen_Meat_College_Food_controversy-PkgH264-E_NECN1500kMP4_640x360_2296685110.jpg

Curious to see how farmers did things in the old days? Now you can!

On Tuesday, a team of Oxen from the Howell Living History Farm will plow the largest of Trenton's community gardens on Chestnut Ave. and you can watch between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The event will demonstrate plowing techniques in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th Century and will also have hands-on events for students like directing horses, corn shelling and lessons on soil composting and more.

"There’s no better way to start off the year than by sharing this tradition with Howell Farm and our community. said Jim Simon of the Isles Garden Support Network.

The Isles Garden Support Network provides a range of training and support to people who grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables in sixty community and school gardens.

This event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, it will be held on Thursday, April 2.

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<![CDATA[What's New at Citizens Bank Park]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009900476_1200x675_420543555720.jpg Citizens Bank Park is showcasing its new features, food and more for the upcoming Phillies season on Tuesday. ]]> <![CDATA[McDonald's to Test All-Day Breakfast in San Diego]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:02:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mcdonalds+sign+new+1.jpg

Could you soon get an Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich after 10:30 a.m.?

A McDonald's spokesperson told NBC Chicago the company plans to begin testing all-day breakfast next month at select restaurants in the San Diego area. 

"We know our customers love McDonald’s breakfast and they tell us they’d like to enjoy it beyond the morning hours," the company said in a statement. "We look forward to learning from this test, and it’s premature to speculate on any outcomes. We’re excited to serve our customers in this area some of McDonald’s great-tasting breakfast sandwiches, hash browns and other favorites all day long."

The move comes as the fast food giant based in Oak Brook, Illinois, fights to maintain its slot at the top of the fast food breakfast chain.

The president of McDonald's USA, Jeff Stratton, told the Associated Press last year that the chain was in the early stages of looking at whether it can extend its breakfast hours.

According to the company’s website, the reason breakfast isn’t served all day is because of the size of their kitchen grills.

“They simply don’t have the room for all of our menu options at one time — especially considering we use our grill to prepare many items on our breakfast menu,” the website reads.

McDonald's has continuously entertained the idea of serving breakfast throughout the day. The company offers an "After Midnight" menu at select locations. The menu, available from midnight to 4 a.m., consisted of a limited mix of breakfast and lunch items so kitchen operations wouldn't be overwhelmed.

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[Philly Alternative Film Fest]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:37:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/movie+theater+generic+RESIZED.jpg

Pay tribute to Philadelphia through film as the city’s third annual alternative Cinedelphia Film Festival showcases everything from local oddities to historic spots.

This year’s film festival starts Thursday, April 9 and continues through Saturday, April 25, and will feature amateur filmmakers along with their short movies, all of which follow a Philly theme.

PhilaMOCA, the event's host, wanted to create an out-of-the-box film festival that both locals and tourists can enjoy.

Event highlights include a preview night on opening day with complimentary snacks and refreshments, a free live Video Pirates program and a 10th anniversary special of "Rock School" screening.

Check out a list of all films and program details here.

Tickets will be available at the door on opening day -- thirty minutes before the event kicks off. Free admission events will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To gain access to all CFF events, all-access badges are also available for purchase.

To reserve your seat or order an all access badge, check out the Brown Paper Tickets’ website or contact 1-800-838-3006.

PhilaMOCA
Thursday, April 9- Saturday, April 25
531 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, Pa.

 

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<![CDATA[Ardmore Music Hall Craft Beer Celebration]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:33:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/467650193.jpg

Calling all craft beer lovers! The Ardmore Music Hall is hosting its first-ever craft beer celebration, offering unlimited samples for nearly four hours of more than 60 beers for the ultimate beer experience.

Enjoy pours from more than 20 breweries including Allagash, Anchor, Goose Island, Ithaca and Lancastor.

To go along with your drink, food trucks will be at the event prepared to satisfy your cravings. You can also expect live music from Philadelphia-based rock ‘n’ rollers Kalob Griffin Band The group Bird Watcher will preform a mini Beatles set.

The event is Saturday, April 11 from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Ardmore Music Hall on Lancaster Avenue.

Tickets are $40 per person, which cover unlimited drinks, live music and a complimentary beer glass, and is only open to attendees over 21. 

For more information, check out the music hall’s website.

Ardmore Music Hall
Saturday, April 11
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
23 East Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, Pa.



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<![CDATA['Love Run' Road Closures]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:33:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/runner_shoe_generic.jpg

The Love Run on Sunday, March 29 starts and ends at Eakins Oval, taking participants past the city's most adored landmarks and causing road closures throughout Center City and parts of West Philadelphia.

Runners wil take off at 8 a.m. from the starting line on the north side of Eakins Oval. From there, they trek east on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway until hitting a three-way intersection at 16th Street. They continue east on Arch Street before turning south on 6th Street until they reach Market Street.

The route continues west on Market Street and the runners will circle around City Hall before continuing west on John F. Kennedy Boulevard to 16th Street. Racers will head on 16th Street north to the Parkway, where they will turn west to continue running on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Next the participants will run west on Sweet Briar Drive, turning north on Landsdowne Drive, then west on South Concourse Drive, followed by north on East Memorial Hall Drive.

Runners weave through Fairmount Park, heading east on the Avenue of the Republic then following Lansdowne Drive/Black Road from the circle to MLK Drive.

Turning south on MLK Drive, runners will sprint towards the finish line along Eakins Oval and in front of the Art Museum steps.

Eakins Oval and all other roads should reopen around noon, according to the Philadelphia Police Department.

Drivers should expect delays in the race area. Officers will be along the route to assist motorists.

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<![CDATA[NJ Church Hides 100K Easter Eggs Across State]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:24:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/eastereggsgenreicsd.jpg

A New Jersey church wants to make this Easter one to remember so they're orchestrating the state's largest egg hunt full of candy and other surprises.

Liquid Church, offering services in four spots throughout New Jersey, will the state’s largest holiday hunt – hiding more than 100,000 eggs – to be found Easter weekend.

“We want to build a bridge to the community,” said Liquid Church founder and lead pastor Tim Lucas. “We have a lot of parents in the church so we always try to create events for kids.”

Lucas is hoping to showcase a different side to church-going, by uniting families with fun festivities.

“There aren’t Easter eggs in the Bible, but it’s a fun way to get children and their parents together,” Lucas said.

The eggs will be scattered at the church’s four sites in Morristown, Mountainside, New Brunswick and Nutley.

Children will find candy and some other goodies inside their eggs.

“Traditionally, [the eggs] are filled with candy and some of have small toys, but some of the eggs will have coupons for a free iPad,” Lucas said.

The church expects about 6,000 people at this year’s egg hunt, which will also include a traditional service and a rock performance.

“It will be a fun day for the community," Lucas said. "We are really looking forward to welcoming new families."



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<![CDATA[Rainbow Crosswalks to Philly's Gayborhood]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:31:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/145063403.jpg

A popular Philadelphia neighborhood could soon become a lot more colorful with plans to add rainbow crosswalks at two intersections, according to Philadelphia Gay News.

Philly Pride Presents and the City of Philadelphia plan to paint eight rainbow crosswalks at 12th and Locust and 13th and Locusts sts. in the city's Gayborhood this summer.

“We know that other cities have installed rainbow crosswalks, and we have been trying to do the same in Philadelphia for a long time," Philly Pride Presents executive director Franny Price told Philly Gay Pride. “It will add a little bounce to our steps as we walk the streets in the Gayborhood."

The painted crosswalks have been a project two years in the making and will cost $26,000, which will be paid by the city. Maintenance will be covered by Philly Pride, said the paper.

Painting is expected to begin shortly after the city's annual Pride celebrations in June. 



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<![CDATA[Pet Pig Roams Philly Streets]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:22:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/pig13.JPG

The City of Brotherly Love has taken a liking to a very photogenic, not-so-typical neighborhood pet, a pig named Olive.

Olive, the one-year-old Juliana pig lives in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood and her owners describe her as an extremely sociable girl who manages to steal the spotlight wherever she goes.

“You know, when you walk down the street with a pig, people want to stop and take pictures,” said Olive's owner who asked to remain anonymous. “And she loves it.”

And so do the more than 2,500 people who follow Olive's daily adventures on Instagram.

Having quickly become "just one of the gang" when it comes to the neighborhood dogs, Olive is looking forward to warm weather adventures with her four-legged friends.

“They don’t always know what to make of her,” said  her owner. “She looks different, but there are a handful of dogs who don’t mind her anymore. She’s just part of the gang now."

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<![CDATA[Historic Philly Photos Found in Colorado After Burglary]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:37:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Civil+war-era+1.jpg

Historic photos used as evidence in a string of burglaries in Colorado may have ties to Philadelphia and police are asking for the public's help in getting them back to their rightful owner.

The pictures, which date back to the Civil War era, were found in an old tin and were used as evidence against two men convicted of burglarizing storage units in Jefferson County, Colorado, according to News 9, an NBC affiliate in the state.

For the past two years, evidence technician Kim Van Norman has been searching for anyone who recognizes the people in the 140-year-old photos, most of which were taken in Philadelphia's Tacony section.

Along with the pictures, envelopes addressed to an Emma Stull, including a pension check for her husband Richard, was also inside the tin, said Van Norman. A poem, written by one of the couple's daughters, Lily, was also found.

"We were able to trace their children and who their children married. They seem to have stayed in Pennsylvania, as far as we can tell," she said.

Van Norman and her co-worker used census records they found on the Internet to trace some of the Stull family tree, but have come to a dead end.

"The problem is, when you start on your own family tree, you know the facts and can go forward from there. We’re kind of working backward," Van Norman said.

The determined duo are hoping that will the help of the web, news and social media, they'll be able to find the family and get these photos home where they belong.

"I'll never give up," said Van Norman. "I'm determined to find this family."

Anyone who recognizes the people in the old photos is asked to contact Kimberly Van Norman at 303-271-5655.

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<![CDATA[Opening of Franklin Square Shows Spring Is Here]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:35:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009868032_1200x675_418860099909.jpg Who better than Ben Franklin to help kick off the spring season at Franklin Square? Every year the Old City square offers a variety of events for the city of Philadelphia.]]> <![CDATA[New Starbucks Frappucino Flavor]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:31:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Birthday_Cake_Frappuccino_%283%29.jpg

Get it while it’s… cold?

Starbucks’ popular frappuccino has turned 20 and to honor the beverage's big birthday, the company has debuted a new specialty drink—the Birthday Cake Frappuccino.

The limited-time beverage, a vanilla bean and hazelnut mixture topped with raspberry-infused whipped cream, will be available at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada from Thursday to Monday.

The iconic drink was first released in the summer of 1995 with coffee and mocha flavors available. The drinks was initially made without whipped cream.

“The first week of launch we were tracking sales, and it was something like 200,000 drinks the first week – when we were hoping for 100,000,” Dan Moore, director of brand management at Starbucks, said in a statement. “The next week it was 400,000 and the next it was 800,000. We had figured it would do well in Southern California – but it sold just as well in Chicago, Vancouver B.C. and Boston. It was huge.”

The drink changed the company’s customer base, giving them a way to bring in people who weren’t typically coffee drinkers.

In 1999, Starbucks released the Caramel Frappuccino, complete with the now-typical “dome lid” for whipped cream.

“At the time, domed lids were radical thinking, so was the idea of adding whipped cream,” said Dina Campion of Starbucks’ Digital Team. “But for our customers it represented a momentary break – an escape in their day.”

In 2002, came the Blended Crème beverage, followed by the Frappuccino Light. By 2010, customers could customize their frappuccinos to be made with milk or soy, various coffee types and their preferred syrups and toppings.

The blended beverages are now available in 66 countries with more than 36,000 different drink combinations.

Other countries have unique flavors like the Coffee Jelly Frappuccino and Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino in Asia, the Algarrobina Frappuccino in Peru or the chocolate Brigadeiro Frappuccino in Brazil. 



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<![CDATA[Beyonce and Jay-Z Have Not Bought Philly Penthouse...Yet]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:44:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/461993368.jpg

Rumors of Jay-Z and Beyoncé buying a $20 million penthouse in Philadelphia have been quelled, for now.

The power couple had reportedly committed to purchase real estate at the new 500 Walnut building in the Washington Square section of the city, according to Michael Angelina, a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realtor. However, this information is not being confirmed by the tower's developers.

"Though it is not our policy to either confirm or deny who our buyers are to respect their privacy, we can tell you that Jay-Z and Beyoncé did not purchase the penthouse at 500 Walnut at this time," said Paula Celletti-Baron, VP of Sales and Marketing at 500 Walnut.

Angelina did not respond to calls today, but he told PhillyMag.com that his source has been solid on multiple big stories before official releases.

"Do I believe it? I don't know," Angelina said. "But I believe [my source]."

500 Walnut is a 26-story glass condo tower that is expected to open in the spring of 2017. It faces Independence National Historic Park and is being built by Scannapieco Development Corporation.



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<![CDATA[Wawa Coming to Broad Street]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:56:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+wawa.jpg

Wawa is coming to the Avenue of the Arts.

The popular Delaware County, Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain tells NBC10 they are under contract to build a new location at the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets.

The busy location will replace the defunct Robinson's Luggage location in the ground floor of the University of the Arts' Terra Hall. The nearly 5,000-square-foot store shut down in 2013.

A Wawa representative said the company was currently working to obtain approvals ahead of a scheduled formal announcement on April 16 during Wawa Day, which marks the chain's anniversary.

The location will have unique features, officials said, but they didn't go into detail. They added that a potential opening timeline would come at the formal announcement as well.

Wawa currently has three Center City locations: 17th and Arch Streets, behind Comcast Center; 10th and Arch Streets, across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center; and 9th and Walnut Streets, on Thomas Jefferson University's campus.

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<![CDATA[Need Travel Ideas?]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:48:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009825623_1200x675_416394819815.jpg The Travel and Adventure Show set up shop at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend. It's designed to provide people with travel ideas and more!]]> <![CDATA[Brzezinski to Give Away $10K if You 'Know Your Value']]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:03:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/mika_bio_tease_02.jpg

Mika Brzezinski is giving women nationwide a shot at winning $10,000 to "further their lives and careers" as part of an upcoming "Know Your Value" conference tour across the country.

And the deadline to enter the contest is just hours away.

The "Grow Your Value Bonus Competition" will challenge women around the United States to explain in a 60-second video why they deserve a $10,000 bonus, said the co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Women over the age of 21 have until midnight Saturday to enter their video submission. Click here to enter now!

The giveaway is part of the "Know Your Value" nationwide tour, which will feature guest speakers including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) at five conferences across the U.S. The tour begins April 10 in Philadelphia before stops in Washington, D.C. (May 15), Chicago (Sept. 25), Boston (Oct. 23) and Orlando (Nov. 20).

Warren, Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb, actress Brooke Shields, TV personality Donny Deutsch and a slew of others are scheduled to appear at the all-day event at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Three finalists will be chosen from each tour stop to receive professional coaching from Brzezinski, the Knowing Your Value author.

Of those finalists, five grand prize winners — one from each stop on the tour — will be selected to win the $10,000 bonus.

Each conference will also include workshops designed to help women "attain a higher level of confidence and ultimately achieve success," including negotiating and body language, according to NBC.

The public can purchase tickets to the conferences and enter the "Grow Your Value Bonus Competition" beginning Monday, March 2, at the Know Your Value website.

NBCUniversal is the parent company of NBC10 and MSNBC.

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<![CDATA[Get Free Water Ice Today]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:09:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/rita3.jpg

It might be snowy and wintry Friday but an annual tradition has us thinking of spring days ahead.

Rita's Italian Ice locations will give out free water ice Friday to celebrate the first day of spring.

The 23rd Annual First Day of Spring Celebration normally draws long lines to Rita's locations throughout the Philadelphia region as people yearn for a taste of spring -- even if the temperatures make it still feel more like winter.

This year the Trevose, Pennsylvania-based business wants you to tweet (@RitasItalianIce) or Instagram (@RitasIce your "Rita's bliss" using #ritasfirstdayofspring for a chance to win "SWEET" prizes.

Click here to find the nearest Rita's to you.

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<![CDATA[Free Dairy Queen Cones, and More Free Treats]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:15:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ice-cream-stock-79772399.jpg

Spring is right around the corner, and what tastier way to start it than with ice cream — or Italian ice?

Dairy Queen is giving away free ice cream cones Monday to celebrate its 75th anniversary Monday, just a few days before spring officially begins.

Customers can stop at any participating location to get a small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on the top. The ice cream chain is also asking for donations for kids at children's hospitals during its free cone day.

Then, on Friday, Rita's Italian Ice will kick off the first day of spring with an Italian ice giveaway — a tradition that has been going on for 23 years.

The company says it gave away more than 1.2 million cups of its Italian ice last year. Click here to find the nearest location.

And next month, Ben & Jerry's will be giving away ice cream on its Free Cone Day on April 14. Find the nearest franchise here.



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<![CDATA[Tony Danza Talks Philly Students' Talents]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:21:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/135151207.jpg

Tony Danza showed "Who's the Boss" during his teaching stint as an English teacher at Philadelphia's Northeast High School.

Since then the actor has continued to work with the high school on an annual talent show. Ahead of this year's show on March 23, Danza appeared on NBC10's 11 a.m. News to promote the show.

Tickets can be purchased through the Northeast High Alumni Association for $8 (in advance) by calling 215-728-5018 ext. 1143 or emailing.

Also, check out Danza now in Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway.



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<![CDATA[Dairy Queen Free Cone Day]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:41:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/dairyqueenfreeconedaymarch16.jpg

So many intriguing mysteries surround a certain longtime purveyor of cold treats that we hardly know where to begin our story.

1. Does Dairy Queen have an actual throne, castle, and courtiers who wear velvet breeches and play trumpets?

2. How does one get to be known far and wide by just their initials -- in Dairy Queen's case, the snappy and now-iconic "DQ" -- in a world flooded by attention-catching foodstuffs and restaurant choices?

3. What will the founded-in-Illinois company do for its big 75th, which falls in 2015?

We know the answer to that one, as do the people you'll see queuing up at participating Dairy Queens across the land on Monday, March 16. The frozen treat shop, founded in 1940 near Chicago, will celebrate by handing out soft-serve vanilla cones on Free Cone Day at all participating Dairy Queens.

There are more fun things to come during Dairy Queen's diamond anniversary year, but bet Free Cone Day will be mighty popular, especially around Southern California, where a March heat wave is putting ice cream lovers in an ice cream state of mind.

Oh, we jest; true ice cream lovers maintain a permanent second address in that state.

So is there a hashtag for all of this frosty fun? It wouldn't be #2015 if there wasn't: #conewithme is your go-to, social media enjoyers.

Is there a limit on how many cones you can pick up? Of course there is: You may have one. You'd cock an eyebrow at the person leaving with twenty free cones in front of you, wouldn't you? Fairness is best in all things, including Free Cone Day.

And one more mystery we'd like to solve while we're delving into all things DQ: How does the vanilla soft-serve cone get that perfect little twirl on the top? And how does one recreate that in a hairstyle? Asking, of course, for a friend.



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<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day Event Guide]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:34:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/174*120/479085941.jpg

Get ready to sport your shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day because Philadelphia is in the mood to celebrate!

Check out our guide to a week full of St. Paddy’s Day fun!

Through Tuesday, March 17 all three Philadelphia-based Shake Shacks are serving up their special edition of Irish-themed potatoes, When Irish Fries are Smiling. The St. Patrick’s Day-inspired fries are topped with horseradish cream, scallions and applewood smoked bacon.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, celebrate the day with the Mast Brothers chocolate mint frozen custard dessert special.

On Tuesday, kick off St. Paddys Day at Fado’s 14th annual celebration. Festivities start at 8 a.m. with pints and pancakes and continue the entire day.

Following breakfast, a $5 cover for drinks begins at 3 p.m. along with live music.

Check out a traditional Irish dance performance as troupes travel the region in honor of Saint Patrick. The McHugh dancers are performing in the parade, restaurants and community centers among other venues. Their last performance concludes at Duffers Restaurant in Glen Mills at 7 p.m.

A complete list of performance times and venues can be found here.

South Street’s famous Bridget Foy’s is celebrating Ireland’s most admired patron saint starting the weekend before St. Paddy's Day.

Following a free concert Sunday at 3 p.m., the fun continues with traditional Irish food and drinks, including whiskey fights. Be sure to check out the popular Guinness Beef Stew paired with locally and internationally-brewed draft beers.

Join the Irish Memorial Board of Directors on Tuesday at 11 a.m. as they honor America’s rich Irish ancestry. The day begins with a mass service in the afternoon followed by Irish music and dancing.

The memorial is located on Front and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

Pace yourself for a night of fun as you get your drink on at some of the best bars in Philly. Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, the crawl gives guests the chance to bar hop throughout the city. The event begins at Infusion Lounge on 16 South 2nd St. and concludes at midnight.

Enjoy live music and drink specials at the oldest Irish pub in Philly. Stop by for menu specials that include Irish potato martinis and authentic Irish stout. The bar opens an hour early on St. Patrick’s Day at 10 a.m.

Join the Philadelphia Union on Friday, March 20 as they challenge Dallas FC in a soccer match. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, an Irish-themed package is available for purchase celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. The package includes four, limited edition Irish heritage t-shirts. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.

 



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<![CDATA[Wok 'n' Walk Chinatown Food Tour ]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:52:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chef66.jpg

Taste your way through Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood with TV Chef Joseph Poon, as he gives you the inside scoop on some of the best eateries in the area.

You’ll get the chance to discover and experience history and culture, while tasting delicious foods. Highlights include visiting a fortune cookie factory, a Chinese herbal medicine shop, a bakery specializing in bubble tea and an Asian grocery store.

On the tour, Chef Poon will discuss the rich history behind Chinatown. Plus, there's prizes for whoever knows Chinatown trivia best!

Once the tour concludes and you work up an appetite, you’ll join Chef Poon for a delicious meal at one of his favorite restaurants in Chinatown.

Walking tours are available on Friday, March 20, Saturday, March 21 and Saturday March 28.

More information and ticket registration can be found here.



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<![CDATA[Experience America's History in 3-D]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:52:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/PHI+archbold+ben+franklin+stroke.jpg

Immerse yourself in America’s rich history at Liberty 360, Philadelphia’s first and only indoor 360-degree, 3-D panoramic attraction.

Benjamin Franklin will be the host for the night, as he guides the audience on an unforgettable journey through the country’s complicated and emotional history, providing detailed stories behind America’s symbols of freedom.

The 15-minute panoramic film will be displayed on a 360-degree screen at the PECO Theater inside the Historic Philadelphia Center.

The event is on-going through Tuesday, March 31, with shows starting every twenty minutes.

Save big by purchasing the family four pack for $20. Regular admission is $6 for adults and $5 forstudents, senior s and children under 12.

Check out Liberty 360 on from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. daily, except on Sunday from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Historic Philadelphia’s website



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<![CDATA[Philly Wine Week Returns]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:40:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/wine-glass-generic.jpg

Toast to the return of Philly Wine Week which kicks off Sunday, March 22 and runs through Sunday, March 29 at some of Philly’s most-loved wine-centric restaurants.

Kick the week off with the Opening Corks Gala at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts which will feature white and red wines, rosés, sparkling wines and tasty small plates.

Tickets for the gala start at $75 and can be purchased here.

Philly Wine Week will continue with parties and specials at participating restaurants and bars all over the city.

At 9 p.m. each night, restaurants will host Wine at Nine parties to conclude the day’s festivities.

Among the 35 select restaurants are Vedge, Tria, Paradiso, Jamnera and Osteria. The complete rundown of restaurants and bars participating in wine-centric events can be found here.

Cost for Philly Wine Week varies, depending on price tags set at each individual restaurant.

For more information, check out Philly Wine Week.

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<![CDATA[Shut Up and Dance]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ballet+dancersjpg.jpg

Come out for a night of dance performances at Shut Up & Dance, a benefit hosted by Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet for MANNA.

Dancers will perform their own choreographed routines at the Forrest Theatre on Philly’s famed Walnut Street on Saturday, March 21.

The money raised from the event will go toward finding a cure for individuals diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

The benefit starts at 8 p.m.

To participate in pre-performance fun, a VIP party will be hosted by philanthropist Steven Korman in the downstairs lounge of the Forrest Theatre. 

Following the performance, an after-party will be held at Tabu on 200 South 12th Street.

To purchase tickets, visit MANNA’s website.

Seats are assigned based on availability and will be available for pick-up at the theatre on performance day starting at 4 p.m. Check out the seating chart here

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<![CDATA[ Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:58:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Love+Run+35.jpg

Following its inauguration last summer, Philadelphia runners can once again add the Love Run Half Marathon to their schedules as it returns on Sunday, March 29.

Registration for the 13.1 mile run is still open with limited spots available. Last year, the Love Run sold out to 10,000 runners.

The course begins and ends at the Eakins Oval at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Runners race through the beautiful streets of the City of Brotherly Love, passing some of the nation’s most historical landmarks along the way.

Runners will head down 6th St. and back up the Parkway, as they continue along the Schuylkill River and make their way to West Fairmount Park, before running toward MLK Drive and to the Art Museum.

The Love Run kicks off with an athlete healthy expo on Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m. followed by a Happy Hour outing at McFadden’s at 5 p.m.

On race day, competitors will be greeted at the finish line with a spinner finish medal.

The first 10,000 runners to register in the race will receive a free Phillies ticket. Every runner will also get a long-sleeve tech shirt, a commemorative coffee mug and a complimentary BOGO beer at a pre-race party.

Love Run
Eakins Oval
Philadelphia Art Museum
8 a.m. on March 29, 2015



Photo Credit: John R. Dominy (jerseypix.smugmu]]>
<![CDATA[Lime Light Gala]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:34:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009759120_1200x675_413107779705.jpg The HEADstrong Foundation hosted its 5th annual Lime Light Gala to recognize achievements in cancer research.]]> <![CDATA[Local Team's Doughnut-Hot Dog Combo Needs Name]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:56:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/Krispy+Cream+Donut+Dog+Wilmington+BlueRocks.JPG

A Delaware minor league baseball team is taking ballpark food to the next sweet and savory level, but needs help coming up with a name.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Kansas City Royals affiliate that plays just south of Philadelphia, is introducing a "Donut Dog," and it's every bit as interesting as you might think.

What's in this glazed menu item, you ask? It's a hot dog wrapped in a Krispy Kreme doughnut bun, topped with raspberry jelly and chunks of bacon. According to CSN Philly, If you don't like raspberry jelly, the team's FaceBook page says you can swap it out for mustard or ketchup.

This potentially palatable creation does not yet have an official name, but that's where fans and viewers alike can chime in.

On the Blue Rocks website, the team is hosting a contest to name the culinary creation. The winner will earn four tickets to Opening Night, a chance to throw out the first pitch at the game, and $50 to spend in concessions at the stadium. Five other finalists will receive tickets to a 2015 Blue Rocks game.

But don't delay; the contest ends at noon on March 17. Voting on the six finalists' names will begin that day and run for a week.



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<![CDATA[100-Year-Old Artist's First Gallery Exhibit]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:06:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009743205_1200x675_412278339861.jpg Frieda Lefeber turns 100 this month and her first-ever gallery exhibit opens at Rosemont College's Lawrence Gallery on Thursday. ]]> <![CDATA[Raunchy Game Cards Against Humanity Hits the Web With Free App]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:41:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/51RD-Lha01L._SL1023_.jpg

Oh the humanity! Cards Against Humanity has gone digital.

A new website called CardsAgainstOriginality.com offers a free version of the game on all web browsers on computers and mobile devices, though it wasn't made by the card game's original creators.

The Cards Against Originality app was created by Canadian designer Dawson Whitfield, who used the card game’s Creative Commons license to make a digital version.

Previously, users needed to either purchase the game for $25 from the Cards Against Humanity Website, or download and print their own deck for free (plus the cost of ink and paper). Fans can also purchase desired expansion packs on the game's website, and those cards are also featured in the new app.

"I built it because there were too many times that I wished I had brought my CAH deck. During lunch at work, at the bar, in the car," Whitfield said in an email. "Once I had the idea to build it, I had to build it out of frustration that no one had done it,"

According to Cards Against Humanity's website, the game's content can be used "to make whatever," but the game needs to be given credit and the user can't profit from using its content.

“Cards Against Humanity is available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. That means you can use, remix, and share the game for free, but you can’t sell it without our permission. Please do not steal our name or we will smash you,” the game’s website reads.

Cards Against Humanity, described as a “party game for horrible people,” involves a group of players using raunchy and often expletive-filled white cards to answer questions or fill in the blanks of a single black card. The funniest answer is then picked by a fellow player acting as the judge, or “Card Czar.”

Like with the physical deck, you must be in the same room as your friends to play together on the digital version.

Whitfield said the response to his app was better than he expected — the rush to play even created some problems for the new product.

"I didn't expect it to take off like this and my servers couldn't handle the traffic," he told NBCChicago in an email. "I had it on a measly server for my friends and I to play on, which crumbled under the traffic."

Whitefield said he has since moved the game to new servers and the site is back up and running, though it may take time for the change to appear "everywhere around the world." 

Now, with a new name and the same vulgar cards, the (horribly inappropriate) party can begin online. 

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<![CDATA[The Rules for Pa. Beer Delivery]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:51:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/beer-generic1.jpg

A six pack will soon just be a phone call away.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released guidelines Wednesday to allow home delivery of beer and malt beverages.

The PLCB put out eight stipulations (including that buyers must be 21 years or older) that must be met including that all sales must take place before 2 a.m. and can't exceed 192 ounces (two six packs) and that the restaurant delivering the booze has a "Transport-for-Hire" license.

Drink in the full list of requirements for delivering booze to a customer''s door:

  1. A retail licensee cannot accept payment for the malt/brewed beverage at the time of the delivery. The sale must be completed on the retail licensee’s premises.
  2. There are no limits on how much malt/brewed beverage a Transporter-for-Hire licensee can transport, but a single sale by a retail licensee cannot exceed 192 ounces (two six-packs). Deliveries can occur at any time, but sales must take place before 2 a.m.
  3. While food and non-alcoholic beverages can be included with the delivery of malt/brewed beverages, it is not required. Deliveries can only include items that are pre-ordered by the customer, so a licensed transporter cannot use his/her vehicle to sell other items with the alcoholic beverages at the same time. For example, a licensed transporter cannot use its vehicle as a food truck.
  4. The person making the delivery must be at least 21 years old. There must be written evidence the driver is an employee or a contractor of the licensed transporter.
  5. The delivery vehicle must be identified with the Transporter-for-Hire licensee’s name, address, license number and the licensing identification (LID) number in letters at least 2 inches tall on each side of the vehicle. Magnetic signs are allowed.
  6. The Transporter for Hire licensee is required to check the ID of the person accepting the delivery, and the licensee must maintain records documenting that verification.
  7. The sale and/or delivery of alcohol to someone under the age of 21 years old or a visibly intoxicated person is a violation of the Liquor Code, and the retail licensee is liable for any violations.
  8. A person or entity that holds multiple retail licenses needs only one Transporter-for-Hire license to cover all of its licensed establishments.

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<![CDATA[10 Questions With 'The Blacklist's' Ryan Eggold]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:19:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ryan+Eggold+Tom+Keen+Blacklist.JPG

From Beverly Hills to international spy, actor Ryan Eggold has played the role of teacher twice on television but his most recently role on NBC’s hit show The Blacklist turned him from elementary school educator to covert operative. Eggold’s character Tom Keen recently returned to The Blacklist with a new look and plenty of questions about where he was in the meantime.

Eggold sat down with NBC10 to talk about his turn as Tom Keen, to give some insights into the Californian native behind the character and the Pennsylvania singing star he would love to co-star with.

Was it difficult to make the jump from 90210 to The Blacklist?

I wouldn’t say it’s difficult to make that jump. Every role is fun…. Anytime I get a new role I feel like I forget what the job is – I forget what acting is or how to do it … You sort of stumble through it until you find your way and say, ‘Alright, I think I have a semblance of who this guy might be.’ I’m just grateful to be playing a role that’s well written and multidimensional.

So where was your character Tom this whole time?

Tom was in Brazil, he joined a group of professional knitters who knit quilts and sell them for $10 apiece and he decided to come back and be an assassin. (Eggold jokes)

I actually don’t know where Tom was, I think he was regrouping. Liz let him go from the boat and when we find him again he’s sort of desperate for a job and trying to rebalance himself. I think he’s desperate for a job, not just to keep going, but to forget where he’s been and what he was and who he was with Liz. Sort of hide behind a new mask because I think he has difficulty coping with his own life.

Is Tom your favorite character you’ve played?

It’s hard to say favorite but I would definitely say I love the character and I’m super grateful to be playing him. He’s definitely, definitely on my list of Top 5 or so.

What comparisons do you draw with Tom?

I draw a few -- obviously, the sociopathic murderous tendencies I don’t share in common with him. He’s someone who pretends for a living so I can certainly relate to that. When he was the schoolteacher there was a lot of that that was closer to me as a person as terms of the more mild-mannered nature. But discovering the violence and finding those parts of yourself where you can find rage and bring those kind of things are really fun because it’s new for me.

What happened to the hair?

It was gorgeous; I’m not going to argue with you there. I didn’t shampoo (he jokes).

Tom is going on a new mission and he’s going undercover as a new character and we’re going to get more into it but it’s for his new mission – it’s a new look, a new persona.

Do you prefer it long or short?

For me personally I like both – I like change. I don’t like to stick in one look for too long... It’s a good job for that. The long hair was really fun, I dug it but the short hair is so much less work – you take a shower and you’re ready to go.

What is it like for a Southern California guy spending winters now on the East Coast?

It takes a couple of weeks for my blood to adjust and then I’m fine. This is my second winter in New York – last winter was friggin’ freezing – I think winter’s been better. Maybe I’m crazy. But I’m kind of enjoying the snow right now because I know we’re at the tail end of it. It does make for a pretty picture – with the snow-capped trees. It’s funny, growing up in California I didn’t have the snow, I didn’t have seasons, so I kind of appreciate it because I haven’t been slogging through it my whole life.

I got giant snow boots that are just big pieces of rubber on my feet and I just stomp through the snow. It’s kind of fun.

Who would you love to play in a biopic?

I gotta say Kurt Cobain but I’m 30, so it’s already too late for me. Who would be Courtney Love? Could we miss up Taylor Swift, mess her up a little bit -- give her some runny mascara or something?

What is your advice in life?

Don’t take advice from me that’s my advice. (He smiles) I guess my advice would be just to be sure of yourself, no matter what, to be self-possessed to not make your decisions based on what other people think.

What message would like to give your Blacklist viewers?

The ride that Tom is going on is really about to change and I’m really excited for people to see it. And, I’m really excited to see where this character is going, he’s really at a crossroads in his life. So we’re going to learn more about who this guy really is, finally, for the first time. About who he is without a false identity -- who he is not being the violent assassin, spy that he is -- but who he really is as a person. I’m excited to explore that.



Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[NBC10 Bids Farewell to Jillian Mele]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:52:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Vai+Sikahema+Jillian+Mele.JPG NBC10's sister station The Comcast Network is launching a new morning sports show called "Breakfast on Broad" and NBC10's First Alert Traffic Reporter Jillian Mele will be leaving her traffic cameras behind to become one of the co-anchors of the show but not before longtime colleague Vai Sikahema said goodbye.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Badu, A$AP Rocky Headline Annual Roots Picnic]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:05:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Erykah+Bady+Hat.jpg

Philadelphia’s favorite sons released the lineup Tuesday for their annual picnic concert.

The Weekend, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram and Erykah Badu join Philadelphia’s The Roots atop the lineup for the 8th-Annual Roots Picnic.

The all-day party hosted by The Tonight Show band returns to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on May 30.

Rap legend Afrika Bambaataa, Philly DJ King Britt (a Central High School graduate) and DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire) join 11 others in rounding out the musical lineup.

Tickets cost $81.75 (including Ticketmaster fees) and go on sale to the general public Friday at noon.

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