Love finding old school fire escapes in #Philly

Love finding old school fire escapes in #Philly

The Rittenhouse area has so many awesome little alleys #Philly

The Rittenhouse area has so many awesome little alleys #Philly

These Philly streets

These Philly streets

Rainy day #philly

Rainy day #philly

Back to school Brews
Elixr is moving to a bigger space this week and are celebrating their grand opening with a wonderful FREE event featuring music, food and a silent auction, with all proceeds going towards supporting the construction of a new art classroom at a SW Philly charter school.
If you need your morning fix of coffee everyday like me, and work in Center City then consider purchasing one of their Coffee Cards for $15, and it gets you one free coffee a day Sept 1-10. The proceeds go towards the art classroom construction, so you get to support a great cause and feed your coffee habit!
Elixr Grand OpeningAugust 29th 7 p.m.1512 Walnut St. (entrance on Sydenham b/t Walnut & Locust)

Back to school Brews

Elixr is moving to a bigger space this week and are celebrating their grand opening with a wonderful FREE event featuring music, food and a silent auction, with all proceeds going towards supporting the construction of a new art classroom at a SW Philly charter school.

If you need your morning fix of coffee everyday like me, and work in Center City then consider purchasing one of their Coffee Cards for $15, and it gets you one free coffee a day Sept 1-10. The proceeds go towards the art classroom construction, so you get to support a great cause and feed your coffee habit!

Elixr Grand Opening
August 29th 7 p.m.
1512 Walnut St. (entrance on Sydenham b/t Walnut & Locust)



A little taste of Plenty
"Matahambre" steak sandwich
East Passyunk Ave is blowing up lately, it’s quickly becoming a dining destination in Philly with a slew of talented chefs opening and operating restaurants there. Plenty artisanal sandwiches is another great spot worth checking out on this cool South Philly strip. Before you could only grab these awesome sandwiches at coffee shops like Bodhi or Shot Tower but now with their own space you can dine in and have a nice relaxing brunch like the one I did this past Saturday.
The name of this sandwich translates to hunger killer, which was really appropriate since I was starving when I got there. The ‘Matahambre’ is made up of medium-rare steak, spinach, carrots, chimichurri and garlic, so good!

A little taste of Plenty

"Matahambre" steak sandwich


East Passyunk Ave is blowing up lately, it’s quickly becoming a dining destination in Philly with a slew of talented chefs opening and operating restaurants there. Plenty artisanal sandwiches is another great spot worth checking out on this cool South Philly strip. Before you could only grab these awesome sandwiches at coffee shops like Bodhi or Shot Tower but now with their own space you can dine in and have a nice relaxing brunch like the one I did this past Saturday.

The name of this sandwich translates to hunger killer, which was really appropriate since I was starving when I got there. The ‘Matahambre’ is made up of medium-rare steak, spinach, carrots, chimichurri and garlic, so good!

Last week I visited this awesome project in West Philly called Farm 51. This urban farm (run by partners Neal and Andrew) grows fresh seasonal produce that their neighbors can purchase at the weekly farmstand. Some of the kids who live in the neighborhood help out at the farm; it’s such a great opportunity for kids to learn where their food comes from and what fresh produce looks and tastes like. The younger kids get involved with healthy eating the better they will eat throughout their lifetime. 

I had the chance to taste some amazing heirloom tomatoes, purple basil and honey(!) from here, and they were so incredibly delicious. Once you start eating local seasonal produce you’ll be hard-pressed to buy the year round supermarket stuff.

There are a lot of organizations around Philly working on bringing fresh and healthy food to neighborhoods all across the city, independent projects like Farm 51 do more than feed people well, they also help foster community. Neighbors can walk around the urban farm, feed the chickens, engage with each other and get to know one another. It was great to see this kind of small town vibe going on on this one block. I often say that Philly is like a small town in a big city, hang around Farm 51 on a Thursday when they host their farmstand and you’ll get a feel for that type of vibe too.

Visiting Farm 51 is super easy, just take the number 13 trolley all the way down to 51st & Chester Ave and you’ll be dropped off right in front of it. Also in this neighborhood is the awesome Clark Park Farmers’ Market hosted by The Food Trust. You can visit that one Thursdays from 3-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

Farm 51

Farmstand 
Thursdays 4:30-7:30pm
51st & Chester Avenue
West Philadelphia, PA

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Love the architecture on Arch St in Center City #Philly

Love the architecture on Arch St in Center City #Philly

A bit dramatic

A bit dramatic

Prime meats on @EPassyunkAve #southphilly

Prime meats on @EPassyunkAve #southphilly