<![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 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:57:15 -0500 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:57:15 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Learn How to Make Coquito Cocktails for the Holidays]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:06:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ENG_coquito_recipe_1200x675_574318147973.jpg Miami-based food writer Enriqueta Lemoine shows you her take on the Puerto Rican holiday drink coquito.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday 2015: Gift Guide for Any Budget]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:35:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gift-thumb.jpg
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<![CDATA[History of Thanksgiving: How Much Do You Know About Turkey Day?]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:30:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_51734552621.jpg

Millions of Americans will travel to visit family and friends and stuff themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. But how much do you know about the holiday’s origins and why we celebrate? Test your knowledge of the history behind Turkey Day with this quiz.

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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Turkey Do's and Don'ts]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:08:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/turkey_dos_donts_preparations.jpg #NBC5Responds' Deanna Dewberry offers a few surprising tips on how to make that Thanksgiving centerpiece perfect.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday 2015: Top 12 Holiday Toys]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:40:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Toys-SplitScreen.jpg Lightsabers, talking plush toys and robots make up this year's lineup of hot toys every kid would love to get for the holidays. Click through to see the top 12 toys dominating store shelves and kids' wish lists alike.

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<![CDATA[Gift Guide: 12 Hot Holiday Toys]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:36:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/toys-split.jpg

Lightsabers, talking plush toys and robots make up this year's lineup of hot toys every kid would love to get for the holidays. 

Hundreds of products, from puzzles to action figures based on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which is being released Dec. 18, will dominate store shelves and kids' wish lists alike.  

"'Star Wars' is a good monster for the industry," said Richard Gottlieb, principal and founder of Global Toy Group, a consultancy and resource for the industry. "That, of course, will bring an enormous number of shoppers."

Remote controlled cars, droids controlled by smartphones and robotic creatures with voice recognition features are also popular. 

Take a look at 12 hot toys this holiday season:

Star Wars Episode 7 BB-8 App-Enabled Droid

Kids can link this toy and then control it through their iPhone or iPad. The toy reacts to voice command and can patrol autonomously. Also, it can create holographic like recordings. "BB-8 has something unlike any other robot--an adaptive personality that changes as you play," according to the product's description." Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands."

Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber

It's not just another "Star Wars" toy. It is an essential item to have for the series' enthusiasts. It lights up and creates sounds from the movie to simulate the thrill of sword-dueling between Jedi masters and Sith overlords.

Glider Board or 'Hoverboard'

The Glider Board allows you to travel over six miles an hour. It's controlled with your feet as you move around and can climb up 30-degree slopes. The "hoverboard" can go up to 12 miles in distance after every full charge. For security, an anti-theft key lock is included so it cannot be driven without your permission. If you live in New York City, you may have to limit your use of the "hoverboard" to indoor spaces. The NYC police department confirmed that it is illegal to use the 'hoverboards' in public areas because they are considered motor vehicles that cannot be registered with the department of motor vehicles. In California, legislation passed in Oct. allowing the boards to be used in the same places as bikes. Local California municipalities have the ability to ban their use.

Despicable Me 2 Jumbo Talking Minion - Dave

The Minions, both lovable and memorable, are exactly the kind of toy you want for your child. At 16" tall, Jumbo Talking Minion - Dave is a plush toy that with a squeeze on his tummy can say up to 15 sayings in the original voice from the movie. His eyes can also "pop-out" and light up with a press. This plush toy is not only the prefect gift for children, but also for adults who enjoyed the movie.

UDI RC U818A Quadcopter with HD Camera

You can record high definition video from your drone and perform 360-degree tricks at the touch of a button. It has a built-in fast and slow speed function along with a low-voltage alarm on the transmitter to optimize your experience. The manufacturer recommends that this toy be used by people ages 14 and up. It's also important to follow safety guidelines while flying your drone.

Disney "Descendants"

Your child's favorite Disney characters have families in the feature film "Descendants." Toys from the movie feature Maleficent's daughter, Mal and Evie who is the daughter of the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil is another character that you can buy. The figures can be stylized with two outfits, two pairs of shoes and three accessories.

NERF Rebelle Secrets & Spies Arrow Revolution Bow Blaster

This bow and arrow set will unleash your child's inner Katniss Everdeen. The character has spurred an interest in the bow and with the release of the final "Hunger Games" movie, this set will be a hot purchase. Using this bow, an arrow can be shot up to 90 feet away.

Zoomer Dino Jurassic World Indominus Rex Robot

The blockbuster hit "Jurassic World" rocked theaters this summer and toys from the movie will be heavily sought this holiday season. The Indominus Rex, the bio-engineered dinosaur from the movie, can respond to movement, make recorded sounds from the film and change eye color.

Peanuts Happy Dance Snoopy

The Snoopy plush toy is a great gift for fans of the new "Peanuts" movie, featuring Charlie Brown. This plush version of Snoopy dances to a popular tune from the "Peanuts" series and reacts to being kissed on the nose.

Easy Animation Studio

Crayola's animation studio pack allows all future animators and artists to digitally create scenes with characters included with the purchase. After downloading an application for iOS or Android devices, young animators will be able to create scenes with an included poseable mannequin. Position the mannequin into different poses to create a short stop-motion video.

Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit

The equipment for the four super smart girls from the "Project Mc2,"a children's web show, is available for home or on-the-go use. The kit comes with a working 4x microscope and all the equipment needed to conduct a science experiment with a petri dish, safety goggles, pipette dropper and 15 pH strips.

"Lego Dimensions"

"Lego Dimensions," a video game that can be played across most gaming platforms except PC, is the latest in the toy company's reach for the digital age. Figurines such as Lego Batman, Gandalf and Lucy from "The Lego Movie" are available to use in the game. To play the game, figurines are placed on a pad connected to the system and are then represented in the virtual world. More figurines can be bought to expand the character selection.

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<![CDATA[Don't Be a Turkey: Celebrate a Bird-Free Thanksgiving]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:03:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_554344590313.jpg

It’s that time of year again — to give thanks for all that we have.

Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday, one that is deeply rooted in tradition. The first Thanksgiving goes all the way back to 1621 when the Pilgrims sat down with the Wampanoag to celebrate the harvest at Plymouth Colony, according to Smithsonian.com.

More than 150 years later, the Continental Congress issued the first national Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1777. But it wasn’t until 1789 that President George Washington issued the first Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation.

“I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States,” Washington said.

Since then, food and family have become synonymous with the holiday. Many of us will spend time prepping the turkey and pumpkin pie and decorating the table for family and friends before settling down to the feast. 

But if you think eating a turkey on Thanksgiving is overrated, why not change your holiday routine and break free from tradition? 

Go meatless! Sure, turkey is the go-to fare for Thanksgiving, but going meatless does have some benefit. Not only can you cater to the vegetarian guest, it will also eliminate the post-meal food coma. 

There are many different options out there, from vegetarian sides to main dishes like the mushroom and kale-stuffed squash. And, of course, you can still get the feeling of a turkey without the actual bird — products like soy-based Tofurky are a popular alternative to the real thing.

"We’re so proud to see that alternative holiday meal traditions, which were once a niche phenomenon, have become legitimately mainstream in the 20-plus years we’ve been making Tofurky Roasts," said Jaime Athos, CEO and president of Tofurky.

Whatever you decide to eat, why not ask your guests to wear an ugly Thanksgiving sweater? Since they’re not just for Christmas anymore, you can wear these delightfully tacky, non-traditional sweaters while you and your loved ones give thanks.

Staying active is a great way to help burn off the Turkey Day calories, to help alleviate the boredom and promote togetherness.

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition recommends 30 minutes of activity a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for children. Why not kick around the ball, try paintball or go bowling, too? 

Having Thanksgiving at a restaurant is also a non-traditional holiday option — especially if you can’t fathom the idea of spending all that time cooking.

More than 33 million Americans will visit restaurants during Thanksgiving this year, according to the National Restaurant Association. There are a number of national chains including Bob Evans, Sizzler, Morton’s and Cracker Barrel that will be offering holiday specials.

You might also consider giving back to the community while giving thanks. There are hundreds of organizations across the country that are looking for volunteers to serve Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.  

"We hope all Americans will consider making volunteer service a part of their holiday tradition and invite their friends and families to join them," said a spokeswoman for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

More than 25 percent of American adults volunteered 7.7 billion hours of time — including holiday time — in 2013, according to the organization.

Trying something new may just open you up to new holiday traditions. 

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<![CDATA[Holiday 2015: Gifts for Sports Lovers]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:17:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jacket-Gloves.jpg If there's a fitness enthusiast or someone looking to get in shape on your holiday shopping list, look no further than this sports gift guide. Help your friends and loved ones reach their fitness goals with gadgets and gear that will inspire and motivate them all year round.

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<![CDATA[Holiday 2015: Tech & Gadget Gifts Under $100]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:55:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tech+Gifts+2015.jpg Shopping for a gadget-obsessed friend or family member? Discover the coolest gadgets and tech gifts in our 2015 holiday guide. ]]> <![CDATA[How to Carve a Turkey, Just in Time for the Holidays]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:22:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thanksgiving-FINAL_1200x675_570319939834.jpg Chef Fitz Tallon from Eataly NYC shows you how to carve a turkey.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday 2015: Gifts for a Fashionista]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:38:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/fashionista2.jpg Don't know what to buy for the fashion-forward lady on your list. Click through our ultimate holiday gift guide for some of the most stylish items that will be sure to please even the most devout trendsetters. ]]> <![CDATA['Not as Exciting': Black Friday Deals Arrive Earlier Than Ever]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:36:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_583751221090.jpg

Black Friday is becoming a month-long deal.

Amazon's sales began Nov. 20 and continue through Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving and what was once the start of the holiday shopping season. Target and Walmart are offering holiday discounts throughout the month, while Best Buy is holding "pre-Black Friday" weekends.

What was traditionally a single day of shopping already stretches over the weekend and now retailers are trying to extend the extravaganza even further by discounting goods long before the holiday. What that will mean to Black Friday sales is something analysts will be watching for.

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"It remains to be seen how significant the event itself is," said Traci Gregorski, vice president of marketing at the retail research firm Market Track.

Tis the season for holiday sales and strategies for capturing shoppers dollars.

Black Friday spending was down last year, the second drop in a row, according to the National Retail Federation. Spending though the weekend in stores and online dropped 11 percent from $57.4 billion in 2013 to $50.9 billion last year. The decline is partly the result of the earlier bargains, leaving Black Friday with less of a punch.

This year, the Credit Union National Association and the Consumer Federal of America are expecting a 3 percent growth in spending, down from an earlier prediction of up to 3.5 percent. The new prediction is based on a recent survey.


But for all the debate over store hours -- and at one end is Kmart, open on Thanksgiving morning at 6 a.m., and at the other REI, the outdoor gear supplier that will stay closed on Black Friday itself --  for shoppers the season means deals. They are scouting for the best prices before ever stepping inside a store, Gregorski said. They are driving competition among retailers who know their potential customers are online comparing ads.

“They do have a lot of information at their disposal, much more than they’ve ever had in the past,” she said.

On Friday, Tanya Jackson, a hair stylist from New Jersey, will be on the hunt for a washing machine and dryer at Home Depot where she expects to save $800.

“Oh yes, I already checked,” said Jackson, 42, who lives in Orange and who was making her way through New York City's Herald Square on a recent weekday morning. She is prepared to pay about $2,800.

Thanksgiving Day hours continue to court controversy, with some shoppers vowing to stay home and labor and other groups protesting the disruption to workers' holiday.

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"l'm always with my family," said Kendall Castillo, a 19-year-old student studying theater and fine arts in college in New York City. Even the lure of good deals will not interrupt his holiday.

And Naysika Oree, a health-care consultant from the Bronx, has never shopped on Black Friday, turned off by the crowds and reports of unruly shoppers. She will stay home this year too.

"I'd rather just spend the couple of extra dollars then have to go through the madness," she said.

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This year, the federation's preliminary Thanksgiving Weekend Survey found that an estimated 135.8 millions shoppers, or 58.7 percent of those surveyed, said they might head to the stores at some point over the weekend. The findings were similar to the year before, when 133.7 million holiday shoppers were in stores and online over the weekend.

Black Friday is expected to be the biggest shopping day for all age groups, but young adults in particular find Cyber Monday appealing, according to the survey's results. Among 18- to 24-year-olds, 88.7 percent said yes or maybe when asked if they would should online on Monday. Among 25- to 34-year-old, the number was 90.9 percent.

Kate Winchester, a 23-year-old college student in New York City from Pennsylvania, will among those shopping online. She needs a new vacuum cleaner and a heavy blanket.

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"You don't have to wait in the lines," she said.

Plus now that stores open on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday is "not as exciting anymore," she said. "No one wants to go out on Thursday."

To draw shoppers back into the stores, in the hopes that they will spend more money there, some retailers are offering special holiday events, Gregorski said. Wal-Mart for example is making the game Battlefront available to try out before its official launch.

"They’re introducing that experiential element into their promotions and events," she said. "It gives people a reason to come in."

As for what's hot this year, anything related to "Star Wars," game consoles and wearable technology, such as headphones and fitness trackers, she said. Drones are another top item.

Hoverboards, on the other hand, are not proving to be as popular as expected, likely because of their price, she said.

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Other trends to watch for: exclusive partnerships between manufacturers and retailers and bundled offers, televisions and game consoles for example, which can make it difficult to determine how good a deal it is.

Milly Mladjenovic, 21, said she would definitely be out on Black Friday, shopping for work clothes and Christmas gifts.

"What am I not looking for?" she said.

The college student in New York City said deals could be found, but she thought bargains were better in years past.

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<![CDATA[Holiday 2015: Gifts for Foodies]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:16:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kitchen-Items.jpg Get your favorite foodie inspired in the kitchen with these cool kitchen gadgets. From utensils to small appliances, here's a list of great gift ideas any food lover would appreciate.

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<![CDATA[First Taco Bell Goes on the Road]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:41:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/IMG_4536tacobellwearethenext.JPG

While the region's movie industry has made a romance or two in its time, nearly every heart-tugger in the world weakens before one of Southern California's truly intense twosomes: food lovers and historic restaurants that may be in danger of demolishment.

Letters will be written, passionate rallies held, and, if everything works out, the structure will still stand, as was the case earlier this year at NORMS La Cienega, which had the words "wrecking ball" floating above its big-window'd facade for several weeks.

Sometimes, though, the structure ends up standing in a whole new place. Look to Downey, and the very first Taco Bell, the storied eatery that founder Glenn Bell opened in 1962. It's currently at 7186 Firestone Boulevard, but as of the weekend before Thanksgiving, it will be in Irvine, at the Taco Bell corporate offices.

Yep, "Taco Bell Numero Uno" is going on a epic overnight roll on the streets of SoCal. Date? Thursday night, Nov. 19 into the wee smalls of Friday, Nov. 20. Hours? 10-10:30 p.m. to just before 6 o'clock in the morning, or so.

You remember Space Shuttle Endeavour, and LACMA's Levitated Mass, and the other big things we so regularly move around in SoCal; it takes time to put a formerly unmovable thing on wheels and move it.

To call the structure beloved among Downey denizens is to traffic in understatement, and to say that its fans were worried when word of possible demolishment arrived at the start of the year is equally understated. 

For while it has housed a number of different eateries over the last three or so decades, it remained, to many local long-timers, the Taco Bell they grew up going to after games and before dances.

Organizations like We Are the Next of Long Beach and the Downey Conservancy sprung into action at the news of the building perhaps being razed, as did Taco Bell, which met with the civic-minded, past-preservation groups.

We Are the Next's Executive Director Katie Rispoli met with both the property's current owners, which alerted the groups to the building's vacancy and potential demolishment, and Rispoli began to meet with the company to see what the wee building's future might be.

Taco Bell went full hashtag – #savetacobell – which helped spread the early word. The company found funds to put the arch-laden landmark on wheels and transport it to its HQ, and the conservancy and We Are the Next provided guidance and input on the process.

Ms. Rispoli shares that the structure, which cannot be entered, will not be on view once it reaches Irvine. But her hope is that one day it may have a "beneficial public use" and perhaps even return to Downey, its forever home.

Like the romance between food people and historic restaurants, civic organizations and major companies can sometimes unite in a moving, and movable, cause. It's a slice of Downey delight, and regional whimsy, and its a restaurant that birthed thousands of others around the globe.

Want to see it? Catch a nap on Thursday, if you can, because this'll be an all-nighter. There's a live webcam of the roll -- of course there is -- and some true-blue burrito buffs may make for a curb on Firestone, to wave goodbye to a local legend.

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<![CDATA[Mumford & Sons to Headline Del. Music Festival]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:53:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mumford+and+Sons+Bonnaroo.jpg

Firefly Music Festival released their official 2016 lineup -- packed full of big names -- in a surprise announcement early Wednesday morning.

Headliners include Mumford & Songs, Kings of Leon, Florence and the Machine, and Deadmau5. 

"We wanted the 2016 lineup to reach a wide audience while resonating with our core Firefly community more than ever before," says Christiane Pheil, Talent and Experience Director at Firefly Music Festival. "We're confident this lineup does just that, and we look forward to celebrating our fifth year with music fans from around the world."

Other big names playing the festival include Of Monsters and Men, Death Cab for Cutie, Blink 182, Fetty Wap and legendary Earth Wind & Fire.

Firefly's first festival was held in 2012 at The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware. Since then, the festival has more than doubled in size, now featuring more than 100 performances on seven different stages over the course of four days.

Guests can expect the return of favorite attractions like Dogfish Head Brewery, The Beercade, and Hammock Hangout, but can also look forward to new attractions as well.

The 2016 festival will take place June 16 to 19. General admission, VIP passes, and camping packages go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. General admission passes start at $279.

For more information, visit the Firefly website.

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<![CDATA[A 360-Degree View of Philadelphia]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:58:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012796057_1200x675_569024067541.jpg One Liberty Place in Center City will be opening a new observation deck later this month with a 360-degree view of Philadelphia from 57 stories high.]]> <![CDATA[You Can Name New Red Panda Cubs]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:14:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Red+Panda+Firefox+Philadelphia+Zoo.JPG

The Philadelphia Zoo wants you to help name two of its newest additions.

Spark, a 5-year-old red panda who came to the zoo in 2013, gave birth to a male and female cub on June 26. The zoo trumpeted the births since the red panda -- aka the Firefox -- is considered vulnerable in the wild.

On Wednesday, the zoo will give the public its first look at the yet-to-be-named cubs and their mother Spark.

One problem, the cubs are growing fast but they don’t have names yet, that’s where you come in. The zoo, America's first, asked the public to share name ideas one the zoo’s Facebook page or by email.

Mom and her cubs are joined by three other red pandas at the zoo.

You can “adopt” the red pandas by making a donation to help feed the furry bamboo eaters. The zoo said that anyone who makes a donation before the end of the year will receive a red panda plushie.

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<![CDATA[Nordstrom Pulls Holiday Sweater]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:05:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/GettyImages-2751522.jpg

Just days after Target went under fire for a highly contested Christmas sweater and hours after Bloomingdale’s issued an apology for offending customers in a misleading catalog ad, Nordstrom is now the latest retail giant to get heat for a product they were offering shoppers this holiday season.

Earlier this week, talk about Nordstrom's Faux Real "Chai Maintenance" Hanukkah sweater started circulating on social media, with customers flooding to Nordstrom’s Facebook page to express their disgust in the item.

"I'm disappointed to see that Nordstrom is selling such an offensive item that perpetuates negative stereotypes of Jewish women," wrote one user. "I hope you remove it from your inventory."

The festive blue shirt, being sold in the retailer's "ugly holiday sweater" lineup, shows a large menorah across the front emblazed with the words "Chai Maintenance" at the top. Many Jewish women believed it to be distasteful towards their faith, as the Hebrew word chai – meaning life – is pronounced "high," alluding that Jewish woman are high maintenance.

Nordstrom responded by pulling it from shelves. By Thursday morning, the product was no longer able to be found on their website.

"I'm glad Nordstrom took it down," one Facebook user wrote. "Cute and kitschy is one thing but perpetuating negative stereotypes as supposedly cute or fun holiday wear is disgusting. I expect more of a large high end retailer such as Nordstrom. Especially when the version for men is just cute, why is the version for women derogatory?"

Some customers, on the other hand, were not offended by the ensemble.

"Hey Nordstrom, I'm Jewish and a huge fan of these sweaters, where can I get one from now you've stopped selling?" another shopper wrote.

But it was too late, with the company responding: "We appreciate your interest, however, the sweater is no longer available for purchase."

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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:58:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/VS-trip.jpg tk]]> <![CDATA[Nation's Finest Craft Artists Coming to Philly]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:06:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012694359_1200x675_563522627682.jpg Ellen Caplan, chair of The 39th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Comtemporary Craft Show, explains what art you may find.]]> <![CDATA[National Dog Show Prep in Montco]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:53:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012691442_1200x675_563360323721.jpg The 'Best in Show' will be named this weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Montgomery County. Get ticket info]]> <![CDATA[Famed Composer Gets Philly Honor]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:04:55 -0500 Ravinia Festival on June 12th. Check out some of the other acts you can catch this summer.]]> Ravinia Festival on June 12th. Check out some of the other acts you can catch this summer.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/wynton-marsalis-16x9.jpg Composer and Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will be honored Tuesday at the Marian Anderson Gala and Concert at the Kimmel Center.

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<![CDATA[Top Food Trends for 2016 Revealed]]> Sun, 08 Nov 2015 20:32:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/PlantSlant2.jpg

Restaurant consultant group Baum + Whiteman has released its top food trends for 2016, and the number one spot didn’t go to one particular meal. Instead, the top trend revolves around how we get our meals.

Delivery services like uberEATS and Grub Hub will become the top food trend of 2016, according to Baum + Whiteman. One factor speeding up the delivery “revolution” is our smartphones.

Starbucks has started to rollout delivery service in New York City’s Empire State Building. Chipotle has also begun delivering in several cities, including Chicago, using the delivery service Postmates.

Coming in second on the top food trends in 2016, clean menus. The report cited a recent survey about concerns over the ingredients in foods. Thirty-six percent of participants said they worry about chemicals in their food, Baum + Whiteman found.

Several big name restaurants have changed their recipes to meet the demand for healthier options. McDonald’s announced earlier this year it would stop treating chickens with human antibiotics. Panera has also promised to end its use of 150 artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives by the end of next year, according to the report.

With the upcoming New Year, some of us may being saying “ciao” to pasta. The possible decline of pasta came in third place on the 2016 food trends list. The carb-o-licious dish has seen a drop in sales over the last five years, according to Baum + Whiteman. In the U.S., pasta sales have slumped 6 percent. The report associated the decrease to more Americans wanting pasta made from vegetables, like zucchini and asparagus.

Other top food trends picked by Baum + Whiteman include the demise of tipping, and the rise of acai bowls. Check out the full list below:

1. Food delivery services
2. Clean menus
3. Cutting down pasta intake
4. Vegetables
5. No tipping
6. Poke (pronounced poke-ay or poh-key), a Hawaiian dish
7. Modern take on Jewish cuisine
8. Acai bowls
9. Fried chicken
10. Spices

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<![CDATA[Stallone Returns to 'Rocky Steps']]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:32:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Sylvester+Stallone+Art+Museum.JPG

Sylvester Stallone has returned to the Philadelphia steps he made legendary to promote his upcoming installment of the "Rocky" franchise.

Friday morning’s news conference on top of the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art steps echoes the scene from "Rocky III" where the “Rocky” statue in Stallone’s likeness -- the one that draws thousands of tourists -- was unveiled. This time around there was no Clubber Lang (played by Mr. T) to interrupt the festivities.

"When I started this film I think my voice was squeaky," joked Stallone while referencing the nearly 40 years that have passed since the original "Rocky" made him a superstar.

Joining Stallone at Friday’s event promoting "Creed" were co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson as well as writer/director Ryan Coogler, producer Irwin Winkler and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Nutter honored each with a replica Liberty Bell.

Stallone’s character of Rocky put the steps on the map in 1976 when he climbed the steps during his iconic training montage in the Academy Award-winning "Rocky." The steps have played a role in "Rocky" lore and Philadelphia tourism ever since.

"Creed" — the seventh installment of the "Rocky" franchise — comes out the day before Thanksgiving.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Will Gather for Heart Walk]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:05:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/226*120/heart-walk.jpg Thousands will gather Saturday morning to raise awareness for the No. 1 killer of Americans, heart disease. Click here for information on the 2015 Philadelphia Heart Walk]]> <![CDATA[H&M's Balmain X Clothes Spark Shopping Frenzy]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 15:34:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Balmainhm.jpg

Demand for H&M's new collection of clothes by luxury Parisian fashion house Balmain prompted wild scenes at some stores, briefly crashed H&M's website, and had outfits going for up to triple the price on Ebay. 

The collection, Balmain X, was released Thursday as part of a new partnership between the businesses. Interest in the 109-piece collection quickly turned some H&M stores inside-out and left the store's website offline for two hours. The frenzy led some to question online whether H&M wasn't prepared for the large interest in the new clothes.

H&M spokesperson Hallie Ruben said in an email they expected the collection to sell out.

"Most of our customers appreciate the fact that the collections are limited," she said. "Within the collection there are different quantities of the various items and it is always a challenge to find the right amount for each item."

Balmain's collection is headed by creative director, Olivier Rousteing. Balmain's clothes were made famous by model Kendall Jenner. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star led the runway for Balmain during Paris Fashion Week in October, and starred in a commercial that has received millions of views on YouTube.

Videos and photographs on social media Thursday showed packed stores and shoppers rushing to grab the highly sought-after clothes. In one video, two customers tugged at a jacket.


H&M's website was unavailable from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with shoppers greeted by a message saying the site had a lot of visitors due to the high level of interest in the latest collection. Customers were told to try loading the page again.

While searching for the collections online, some people spotted the same items being sold at much higher prices on the shopping and auction site Ebay.com.

A $199 Balmain "Green Sequin Embroidered Dress" was listed on Ebay for $550 or best offer. A sold-out pair of "Sandal Boots," originally listed at $199 on H&M's website, were going for almost $500 on Ebay.

Ruben, with H&M, said that while they prefer selling to take place at their stores or websites, there are no laws against people selling their secondhand clothes.

Photo Credit: Fidel Solano
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<![CDATA[O'Hurley Delivers the Goods -- and Dogs -- on Thanksgiving Day!]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:49:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/john+ohurley+national+dog+show-1.jpg

John O’Hurley has been the human face of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina© since its debut on NBC Thanksgiving Day, 2002. Fourteen years later, his presence in America’s living rooms has become a holiday tradition. Best known for his role as J. Peterman on “Seinfeld” and his turn as Ultimate Champion of the inaugural “Dancing with the Stars,” O’Hurley is also the author of three books about dogs. His most recent, The Perfect Dog, has been adapted for children’s theater and is now being produced across the country. His special touch makes the National Dog Show experience one that over 20 million total viewers look forward to each year. Here’s an inside look at John’s viewpoint on dog shows and the enriching role of dogs in our lives.

Q: John, you come to Philadelphia every year for the Kennel Club of Philadelphia shows and The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. How do you like your annual trip to the City of Brotherly Love.

JOH: Very simply, it is my favorite day of the year. Walking around the benching area with 1,500 dogs bringing enormous energy into the room is an experience unlike any other. I bring my family every year and it has become a major highlight for us and it has become a major event now in Philadelphia, one of America’s great cities.

Q: As you know, the movie “Best in Show” poked fun at the dog show world and that is a world that you are now very much a part of. What kind of input have you received from people over the years about the movie, which inspired the creation of “The National Dog Show?”

JOH: People always ask – are the owners really as crazy as they were parodied in the movie? I always answer that real shows are often family events. Real owners learn how to get out of the way of their dogs and let them take the spotlight. The movie was a wonderful sendup of the rich history of the Dog Show world. I am a poor replacement for the talent of Fred Willard, but I strive to live in his shadow. Most people who have seen the movie are grateful that we present a show that is as much fun to watch as it is educational.

Q: People are always asking you what your favorite breeds are. Can you choose just a couple?

JOH: For the purposes of the show, I love the Irish Setter, and every year I make no apologies for my prejudice. Their color, gait and grooming make wonderful television.

Q: What is your favorite memory of the show, on or off camera?

JOH: My first year, when the judge was picking through the hair on the face of the English Sheep Dog, and (expert analyst) David (Frei) was remarking that the judge was looking for the eyes to gauge the dog’s attentiveness. I remarked, “If she picks through all that hair and finds only one eye, she’s got the wrong end of the dog.”

Q: Why do you think viewers are so attracted to the National Dog Show two-hour special on NBC?

JOH: It is a family show, about the family dog, on Thanksgiving, the greatest family day of the year. It is a brilliant piece of television programming. There is something for everyone of all ages.

Q: Who are the most memorable people that you’ve met during these past thirteen years?

JOH: All of my great memories are about the dogs. A dog worthy of Best In Show looks different and carries itself differently, but whether they win or lose, they’re happy with themselves. They love being dogs, and they love being the dogs that they are, which is a wonderful lesson for all of us.

Q: What would you be doing on Thanksgiving Day if there were no “National Dog Show?”

JOH: I would be watching reruns of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ on Thanksgiving Day from my home. I’d be referring to dogs by their color and size, and have a working knowledge of maybe two breeds. But 14 years of ‘The National Dog Show’ has given my wife and I a wealth of knowledge about God’s great creatures and the extraordinary experience of spending Thanksgiving week in New York City. We are so grateful for all.

Q: In the fourteen years since you began hosting “The National Dog Show,” you’ve written three books about dogs. Was the show your inspiration?

JOH: Absolutely, but I was also inspired by my own dogs, Sadie (a Cavalier King Charles spaniel) and Lucy (a Havenese) as well as my son, Will, who will be nine this year. As a matter of fact, my latest book, “The Perfect Dog,” was an outgrowth of a poem I wrote when Will asked whether a perfect dog existed.

Q: I read once that you are a true convert to the Havanese breed? Still a huge fan?

JOH: You know, we have the two, they’re kind of like Tweedledee and Tweedledum, but as every year goes by, we fall more in love with the Havanese. They’re such great dogs. My brother’s family lost one of their dogs last year and they went to the same breeder we went to in Colorado and picked out a gorgeous puppy. They feel the same way we do. They’re just a great little breed – not as yippy as the Maltese, very family friendly and very smart. Best of all, they don’t shed and they’re pretty much hypoallergenic. They’re great dogs.

Q: So, John, after all these years hosting “The National Dog Show,” does the “perfect dog” exist?

JOH: It certainly does. It’s the one next to you on the couch.

Photo Credit: Chris Haston/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Slide in to Taco Bell Thursday for a Free Crunchwrap]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:48:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TacoBell-GettyImages-163772463.jpg

Breakfast lovers can run to the border for a free A.M. Crunchwrap at Taco Bell Thursday morning.

The restaurant will be giving away free breakfast wraps across the country between 7 and 11 a.m.

And who can you thank?

Kansas City Royals’ center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

Taco Bell launched a campaign during the World Series, promising the freebies if a player stole a base during Game 1 or Game 2.

Cain of the Kansas City Royals delivered, by stealing a base in Game 1.

If you don't want to wait in the lines, the restaurant says you can order your wrap online.

Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Big Gala, Little Smiles]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:57:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012620088_1200x675_559071299740.jpg A special event that makes children stars for a night is returning to the Philadelphia Marriott on Nov. 14. NBC10's Rosemary Conners sits down with Stephanie Tomko and Courtney Simmons to find out more about Little Smiles' Stars Ball]]> <![CDATA[Lisa Scottoline Talks 'Corrupted']]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:12:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012605272_1200x675_558115907642.jpg Author Lisa Scottoline is back with her latest novel, "Corrupted" and she is appearing locally to promote the book.]]> <![CDATA[Sly Returns to 'Rocky Steps' to Promote Film]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:13:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Creed+Stallone+Jordan.jpg

Sylvester Stallone is returning to the Philadelphia steps he made legendary to promote his upcoming installment of the "Rocky" franchise.

Friday morning’s news conference at 11 on top of the iconic Philadelphia Art Museum steps will echoed the scene from Rocky III where the “Rocky” statue in Stallone’s likeness was unveiled. Organizers didn’t mention any appearance by Mr. T this time around.

Joining Stallone at Friday’s event promoting Creed will be co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson as well as writer/director Ryan Coogler, producer Irwin Winkler and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

Stallone’s character of Rocky put the steps on the map in 1976 when he climbed the steps during his iconic training montage in the Academy Award-winning Rocky. The steps have played a role in "Rocky" lore and Philadelphia tourism ever since. A Rocky statue evens sits to the side of the steps where tourists like to take photos with it.

Creed -- the seventh installment of the "Rocky" franchise -- comes out the day before Thanksgiving.

Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher]]>
<![CDATA[Hungry? National Sandwich Day Deals, Freebies]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 23:15:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/subway+sandwich.jpg

If there's anything we love more than made-up holidays, it's sandwiches. Combine the two, and we know what we're having for lunch today.

Tuesday is National Sandwich Day, and to celebrate, several restaurants are giving away some sweet deals. 

Here are some of the best National Sandwich Day deals:

Head to your neighborhood Subway with a friend for a BOGO bargain. Buy one sandwich and get one free with the purchase of a 30 oz. drink.

Pull out your smartphone and download Capriotti's app to be automatically entered for free hand crafted sandwiches for life. That's like National Sandwich Day -- everyday!

You're going to have to do a little work if you want a free sandwich from Quiznos. The sandwich chain says the person who leaves the best comment on their Facebook page will get hooked up. 

All you have to do to get a free sandwich at McDonald's is download their app. 

<![CDATA[Study: What Makes Selfies Better]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 06:54:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/teaser.jpg

They're everywhere: modern self portraits shrunk down to fit the size of a mobile screen.

Better known as a selfie.

Stanford University Ph.D student Andrej Karpathy wanted to figure out what makes one selfie better than the rest with a visual recognition computer process, so he ran over 2 million photos tagged as selfies through the system.

The system, Convolutional Neural Network, or ConvNets for short, calculated how many people have seen and liked each photo, and Karpathy normalized the results based on the followers each user had.

After creating this rubric, Karpathy entered in another 50,000 new photos and had ConvNets order them from "best" to "worst" according to his algorithm. One key finding was that the style of the image is more important than the raw attractiveness of the person.

Wondering if your selfies pass the test? Karpathy created a Twitter account that rates your selfie for you.

Here are some of his most interesting findings, according to his blog:


Females: Women are consistently ranked higher than men. There were no men on the top 100 "best" photos produced by ConvNets

Face occupies about 1/3 of the frame: The top photos showed faces positioned in the center and occupying about 1/3 of the frame. In many photos, the head was slightly tilted.

Forehead cut-off: At least for women, cutting off the forehead seemed like a popular strategy. Especially with long hair strands running down the shoulders. 

Oversaturate the face: An over-saturated face makes the photo more uniform.

Filters and borders: Black and white photos did very well and most top images contained a filter that decreases the contrast. Horizontal or vertical white borders also made a frequent appearance on the top photos by ConvNet.


Low lighting: Darker photos which appear more grainy were ranked as the least appeal photos. 

Zoomed in face: Such a close up view was a turn off and resulted in some of the worst photos.

Group selfies: While Ellen Degeneres and friends had one of the greatest selfies of all time at the Oscars in 2014, this practice is not commonly viewed as the best selfie practice. Karpathy suggests to "keep it simple and take up all the space yourself," presumably, with your head partially cut off. 

Photo Credit: Andrej Karpathy blog]]>
<![CDATA[Harley Quinn Top Costume in Philly, Nation: Report]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:47:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/230*120/googletrends.PNG

Halloween is almost here, and Google found a way to take the data from the Top 500 costume searches to help you pick yours, making your last-minute decision easier.

Now you can put down the scissors, and save your bed sheets. Frightgeist uses Google Trends to help you find what's the top costume in your state, so you will turn many heads at the Halloween party.

DC Comics-inspired Harley Quinn costume is trending No.1 in the Philadelphia area and nationally, with other costumes such as Star Wars, Batman and Minions sitting in the Top 10.

Many will question if this tool will get people out to the stores and buy the costumes?

A seasonal buyer for Party City stated that their top-selling costumes are Harley Quinn, Minions, Super Heroes (Hulk, Batman), and 'Frozen' characters.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Google Trends]]>
<![CDATA[Reclaimed Bridge Connects Manayunk to Lower Merion]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:35:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Manayunk+Bridge+Trail.JPG

Runners, walkers, and bikers will have a new place to go this fall as two of the area's beloved recreation trails get connected.

Officials, including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, cut the ribbon on the Manayunk Bridge Trail Friday morning.

The trail, which is built on an railroad bridge, features scenic views of the Schuylkill River and historical context. It connects the Schuylkill River Trail to the Cynwyd Heritage Trail -- a connection broken for nearly 30 years.

To celebrate the new trail, runners and cyclists made their way from Spring Mill Station across the 0.6-mile Manayunk Bridge before enjoying a catered picnic in Lower Merion Township.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Words to Keep Marriage Happy: Study]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:48:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-140228263.jpg

Want a happy marriage? Never stop telling your spouse, "thank you."

In a newly published study on personal relationships, researchers at the University of Georgia interviewed 468 married people to find the secret behind those who were still happy in their commitment to their spouse, according to Today.

They asked them to detail their financial well-being, ins and outs of communication with their partner and the ways they expressed gratitude. Results showed the happiest married people would consistently express their gratitude to their husband or wife, and also received it right back.

"We found that feeling appreciated and believing that your spouse values you directly influences how you feel about your marriage, how committed you are to it, and your belief that it will last," said Ted Futris, associate professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences in a statement on the university’s website.

That didn't mean the happy couples didn't go through tough times, as all couples do, according to the study. Researchers said the couples who continued to tell each other how grateful they were to have one another during the difficult experiences wound up closer, and even happier in their marriage after the trauma.

And as many already know – nagging is a no-no.

"Demand/withdraw communication occurs when one partner tends to demand, nag or criticize, while the other responds by withdrawing or avoiding the confrontation," the study's lead author Allen Barton wrote on the study’s website. Barton is a former doctoral student in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Already in a negative communication cycle with your partner? That's not a problem, the study showed.

Researchers said gratitude can interrupt the cycle and help couples overcome their current stresses and reverse their toxic relationship patterns.

In a nasty argument? It's bound to happen, but once you move past it end it on the note of being thankful for your marriage and partnership, and ensuring that they know.

Gratitude was measured by appreciation that was seen and heard by spouses who truly felt valued by their spouse and were acknowledged when they did something nice for them.

"It goes to show the power of 'thank you,'" Barton said.

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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About Daylight Saving Time]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:09:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458245984-daylight-savings-stock-generic.jpg

The end of daylight saving time this year means an an extra hour of Halloween festivities over the weekend or just some much needed sleep.

Whether you're going to bed at your regular time or still partying at your friend's spooky Halloween bash Saturday night or early Sunday, don't forget to move your clocks back one hour. The change happens at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Here are five things to know about daylight saving time before you adjust your watches, alarms and microwaves (most cell phones adjust on their own):

How It Affects Your Health:

The change can disturb your sleep pattern and taking advantage of the extra hour to stay up a bit longer over the Halloween weekend may add to the problem. 

According to David Earnest, a professor of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics at Texas A&M University, the time change can have different effects on people, depending on their age, work schedule and their eating and sleeping routines. 

“Our internal clocks have to shift, be it only an hour, and the ability to do that varies from individual to individual,” Earnest told USA Today, adding that most people should adjust to the new time change within a day or two. 

When Was DST Implemented

Before President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which established a uniform daylight saving time, local governments could start and end daylight saving time as they desired. For five weeks a year Boston, New York and Philadelphia were not on the same time as Washington, D.C., Cleveland or Baltimore. Different daylight saving times also caused confusion for travelers going from the Midwest to Northeast. 

In 2005, President George W. Bush extended the daylight saving time for an extra four weeks through an energy bill. Since 2007, daylight saving time has begun on the second Sunday of March, ending on the first Sunday of November.

Not All States Observe DST

Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that do not observe daylight saving time. Indiana did not observe the practice until 2005. The American territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also do not participate.

Some states have tried to get rid of daylight saving time but haven't been successful. In the last year alone, 14 state legislatures have debated bills aimed at revising how we keep time. In March, the Utah state legislature rejected a bill that would have ended daylight saving time. 

Founding Father Did Not Come Up with DST

According to the History Channel, Benjamin Franklin did not come up with the idea of daylight saving time; he only suggested a change in sleep schedules.

Englishman William Willett is the one who suggested in 1905 that the United Kingdom move its clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October, so people could enjoy the sunlight. He published "The Waste of Daylight" and spent much of his fortune and time promoting the idea.

DST is Singular Not Plural

By the way, it's "daylight saving time," not "daylight savings time."

Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[#UberKittens Delivers Cuddly Felines On-Demand]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:18:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-89849246.jpg

Not sure if you’re a cat lover? Well, Thursday is the purr-fect day to test your cat tolerance.

In honor of National Cat Day, the app that pairs you with a driver will also deliver adorable kittens from local shelters on-demand.

For a “snuggle fee” of $30, Uber will bring you a fluffy feline to play with for 15 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. in over 50 cities nationwide. The fee will be donated to participating local shelters.

To arrange your midday playtime just open the Uber app and select the “kittens” option. An Uber driver and shelter chaperone will arrive at your home or office with a kitty to cuddle in no time.

If you aren’t ready to say goodbye at the end of your designated time and realize you really are a cat lover, then you’re in luck. Many of the kittens are available for adoption.

Is there a catch? No. Uber only asks that you have an enclosed space for playtime and that your boss or building is aware the kitten is coming. Also, make sure no coworkers in the area are allergic.

Find your participating UberKitten city and shelter at Uber.com and don't forget to share you #UberKittens play date on social media.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Theatre Holds 'Christmas Story'-Inspired Auction]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 06:01:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012534617_1200x675_553800771518.jpg The Walnut Street Theatre "triple-dog dares you" to check out its Red Ryder Carbine Action Auction.]]>