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  1. On Kobe Bryant's final game of his career, he tosses in 60 points on a career-high 50 shots. Yes, the Lakers were feeding him the ball and telling him to shoot, no the Jazz weren't playing their best defense, but who cares. All people will remember 50 years from now is 60 points in his final game. Congratulations on a legendary career, Black Mamba!
  2. {Don--I know this is off-topic but I'd like to hear what people I trust think about the Philly dining scene... Delete if you must!!!! } [(*)] They've extended the Dali exhibit and I've got tickets for 9:30 on the morning of the 20th. A good friend is meeting me there from NY. We may add in a trip to the Barnes or the Constituion Center but right now I'm just thinking about lunch. We probably go to Philly once every 18 months or so and have pretty lousy luck with dining. Before we default to cheesesteaks (which we often miss if the parking and traffic is too bad...) I did discover I can get a table at the following places: Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel Morimoto Le Bec Fin Buddakan What's a girl to do???? Thanks! Jennifer --- [(*) Little did you know that almost eight years later, your "Delete if you must' imperative would result in a brand new forum!]
  3. People who love to Eat are always the Best people , Katt Hull In an effort to connect all the dots, I have included a link to a page I manage on FB. The interaction on that platform isn’t as nearly interactive as I would like, but rather a peak inside my adventures in food. I chose to name the page after a quote that completely resonates with me. People who love to eat are always the best People. I knew from an early age , I was different from the rest. I watched cooking shows instead of cartoons. I sought out cookbooks in old bookstores and found a sense of home in those dusty pages. This is a piece of me. My food voice. Personal connections I have made will be shared here as well. For this reason, I enjoy rolling solo most of the time. I have always enjoy dining solo. I learn more about the places I go to in that way, and learned a lot about myself. I connect deeply with those who love food. I encourage anyone who has a blog, to post here, and post often. This is what makes this space so extraordinary. We all have a voice. This is the best place to share it. -kat
  4. Did we really not have a thread on Wilt Chamberlain? I don't have much to say that hasn't already been said, but I'd like to list for everyone Chamberlain's single-season rebounds-per-game average in the playoffs over the course of three different decades: 1959-1960: 25.8 1960-1961: 23.0 1961-1962: 26.6 1963-1964: 25.2 1964-1965: 27.2 1965-1966: 30.2 1966-1967: 29.1 1967-1968: 24.7 1968-1969: 24.7 1969-1970: 22.2 1970-1971: 20.2 1971-1972: 21.0 1972-1973: 22.5 If I had to name five athletes of the 20th century who had the most imposing statistics, in any sport, Wilt Chamberlain would be on that list.
  5. Talk about getting lucky. After driving from Jim Thorpe to Philadelphia, and touring the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we checked into Cambria Hotel with plans to go out to dinner in a couple of hours. Two hours later--not wanting to get up, get dressed up, or get in the car--I began looking online for carry-out. I found the Nomad Roman website, where I saw photos of delicious-looking, thin-crust pizzas. We ordered four pies: Spicy Soppressata, Spicy Sausage, Trenton Tomato Pie, and Marinara. All were fabulous, with thin, wood-fired crust and fresh, organic toppings. The standout, for me, was the Trenton Tomato. My second favorite was the Spicy Sausage, which was sweetened with caramelized onions. All of the pizzas were nearly as good the next day, when we enjoyed the leftovers for both lunch and dinner.
  6. This is extremely sad. "Philly's Restaurant Community Toasts Cocktail Maven Katie Loeb, Now in Hospice" by Danya Henninger on billypenn.com "Restaurant Community Remembering Katie Loeb" by Michael Klein on philly.com
  7. Philadelphia, PA - MRP Realty will officially open The Bourse Food Hall, on Thursday, November 15th and the celebration continues into Friday, November 16th. Initially built in them1890's, the building, was converted from a commodities exchange into a beautiful artisanal food hall. The Bourse Food Hall Grand Opening A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony by Mayor Jim Kenney, will mark the start of the opening on Thursday, November 15th at 9 am. Then, the first one hundred customers to dine at The Bourse Food Hall for breakfast (9:15 a.m.), the lunch (noon), and dinner (5 p.m.) are going to receive gift items including “Taste of The Bourse” souvenir bags, gift cards, vendors giveaways, and a lot more. The Bourse will also raffle off larger prizes, including tickets to Flyers and 76ers games. See more at PhillyBite Magazine: The Bourse Food Hall Grand Opening
  8. The Noma Guide to Fermentation, an authors event at the Free Library of Philadephia. The price of the event is $40/ includes book and lecture. Tickets available starting on 9/7. If you are a couple the price is $55/ one book to share.
  9. Brenner's first time on "The Tonight Show" in 1971: Brenner, among other things, reflects on that performance in 2013. Wow, you talk about a deep, reflective opine - what he's saying extends far beyond stand-up comedy, but for *every* aspiring stand-up comedian, this is required viewing. In just eight minutes, he touches on a lot of fascinating things - Brenner was a true comic pioneer who really lived the transition from old-school to new-school:
  10. I just took a look at Bookluvingbabe's post (which was this community's first post) about Dining in Philadelphia, put a link in for her Salvador Dalí comment, and ended up at Philadelphia Museum of Art's website, which featured this painting representing their 2005 Dalí exhibit. I'm not going to sit here and try to explain the painting (although there are obviously two parts of the same monster, fighting itself - there's your metaphor for Civil War), but I do think it's super-cool, and I really need to find out more about the Spanish Civil War - I've always read that Ernest Hemingway covered this as a reporter, but I've never really paid much attention to what the war was actually about. (And, of course, you have one of the most iconic artworks of the 20th century dealing with the war: Pablo Picasso's "Guernica.")
  11. iPhone users, follow these steps to create a Philadelphia Dining Guide quasi-app: 1) Bring up this webpage. 2) Tap this image on the bottom of the screen 3) Tap "Add Bookmark." Voila! Your own free (kind of, sort of) app in less than 30 seconds! --- Please feel free to contact me with any typos, suggestions, corrections, or comments. In order to ensure future access to this dining guide, simply become a participating member of donrockwell.com. Go back and read the previous sentence ten times: none of the restaurants covered in this guide serve a free lunch, and there is a very high likelihood that this guide will revert to being a reward for our participating members even though that means limiting readership (which, by definition, makes this website less popular). Our members - the ones who post here - are our life-blood, and they deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. It's very easy to sit back with a cup of coffee and read through all the content here; it takes effort to write and add content, and I want our participating members to know how much I appreciate them - I can't say it enough. Please register, post in the Please Introduce Yourselves thread, and then know that your simple actions have just supported this website which cannot go on without you - it takes less than five minutes, it's absolutely free, and your information is safeguarded and remains private. And if you're already a participating member, allow me to say thank you - the best thing you can do for us is to tell a friend about donrockwell.com (again, another simple action that only takes a few minutes). Cheers, Rocks. Readers: After endless searching, I'm convinced that there doesn't exist a single good, well-delineated map of Philadelphia neighborhood maps on the entire internet - one that clearly marks the street boundaries of each neighborhood. Of course, there is overlap between neighborhoods, and the borders are fuzzy, but I couldn't find one single map that dared even attempt. If you know of one, or, if you see clear mistakes in my geographical listings, would you please write me and let me know? Thank you! Please read the above paragraph: I need help with organizing this guide!
  12. My wife and I had dinner at Laurel last night, which I've seen consistently seen reviewed as one of, if not the best, restaurant in Philadelphia. We had a positive experience, though it definitely did not live up to the hype. On the positive side, it is rare to dine at a restaurant of this caliber that is also BYOB, and the $85/8-course price fix is exceedingly reasonable by the standards of refined dining in major American cities. The restaurant is a tiny hole-in-the-wall place devoid of any character or ambiance whatsoever, and it's a pretty tight squeeze. The service was good - servers were attentive, provided a helpful explanation of each dish, and weren't overbearing when monitoring our wine glasses. Generally speaking, Laurel tends more toward the food-as-art concept than food-for-enjoyment. The first two dishes were frozen - hamachi with frozen horseradish powder and green apple and shaved frozen foie gras with granola and champagne grapes. These were two of the most unusual dishes I've ever eaten with very complex flavors and textures that would be a challenge for even the most refined palette, but I would be hard pressed to describe either as "delicious". The high points were the smoky sea scallop with ginger and the arctic char with seaweed butter, and the pork cheek with blueberry miso to close out the savory portion of the meal was also a nice dish. In summary, Laurel is good value, lacking in ambiance, and best suited to adventuresome eaters who are really into refined, experimental cuisine.
  13. Just cleaning out my wallet and I noticed that the sales tax was 6% at a restaurant in Merrifield, but 10% at a Starbucks on Fairfax Blvd near Paul VI high school. Are both tax rates correct? Thanks in advance!
  14. This is going to shock people: Our most popular forum, in terms of views, is not Washington, DC Restaurants and Dining; it's the New York City sub-forum in News Feeds. Sound impossible? It's true. In fact, the Baltimore sub-forum in the News Feeds forum gets more views than our Shopping and Cooking forum. As I've said before, I'm gunning for fingertips; not eyeballs, and I will remain forever loyal to our active members - i.e., those who write posts - because they give us the one thing that no other restaurant website has: a community. Cheers, The Lone Ranger.
  15. The Philadelphia News Feed should be a little more interesting now. Foobooz, Philadelphia Magazine's food and booze blog (get it?) finally fixed its rss feed, so it's now available to youse guys.
  16. All, I have labored for months breaking up the old Intrepid Traveler post "Philadelphia" into a full-blown Philadelphia Forum. This surpasses our New York forum in scope because I've spent my summer fully populating it with threads from what is now the Mother Thread - each post detailing an individual restaurant now has its own thread in the new forum. Furthermore, any references to that restaurant have also been copied in (this was a considerable amount of work). The only restaurants that aren't included in the forum (but remain in the Mother Thread) are from posts which review multiple restaurants (without any corresponding posts reviewing the single restaurant), and that's because implementing that would have been such a brutal amount of work, that a 3-month project would have turned into a 6-month project - please keep in mind that because of this, the Mother Thread still contains unique content, and if you're looking for a restaurant, you should include that in your searches. I know that previous sentence sounds complicated, but it should be obvious when you have a look - as an example, "Monk's" won't have its own thread because none of the (several) posts that refer to it in the Mother Thread refer to it exclusively - this is a shame, but I just couldn't handle the workload on my own. I have exhausted myself in getting this forum ready for everyone, and have organized things as best I could into a Dining Guide - we even have the beginnings of a Help Needed forum. I hope you enjoy it, and if you don't, please don't tell me - I just finished everything five minutes ago, and I'm getting up tomorrow morning to spend my Labor Day weekend in ... Philadelphia. It was my goal to finish this before I left for a working vacation, and somehow, I managed to limp to the finish line. Unlike the Washington, DC Dining Guide, I have not ranked restaurants within geographic category - I just don't have the expertise yet, so they're listed alphabetically. This is all about you. I promised you long ago that your posts would be captured forever, and I meant what I said. I plan to devote the rest of my life ensuring that your hard work here will be preserved for posterity. There are still more exciting changes to come here on donrockwell.com in the very near future; right now, I need a vacation. Cheers, Rocks
  17. I've tried and tried, and cannot find a definitive Philadelphia neighborhood map that clearly delineates the neighborhoods, especially in Center City. There is overlap and I understand things are nebulous, but I can't find *a single one* that dares even try. Can someone PM me if they can find one? I need neighborhoods, clearly delineated by streets. Something like this: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_knHAwNprdBg/TPvkJszaZOI/AAAAAAAADyM/P2T3ifjfIjM/s1600/philadelphia-downtown-map.jpeg is good, but it doesn't have enough neighborhoods (where's Market East, for example), and it doesn't have things well-defined. Something like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78853072/center-city-philadelphia-neighborhoods is useful in that it has more neighborhoods, but doesn't have the borders defined. Thanks if you can help.
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