Billy Penn and our Pittsburgh sister site The Incline recently embarked on an epic project to eat the Pennsylvania Turnpike, visiting and dining at each of the plazas on the main drag between our two cities. We decided to look at our options across the Commonwealth, ranking them based on quality and ambiance. On our 360-mile journey, we ate bad pizza, discovered the joys of tater tot-topped sandwiches and found actual fresh food. We also formed some Very Definitive Opinions about the plazas, which you can read all about here.
Carson Wentz had a good rookie year. For a rookie. But for an NFL quarterback, Wentz was middle of the pack, and in key situations for a team that lost seven games by one score, he just wasn't good enough last year. For the Eagles to truly have Super Bowl aspirations, Wentz has to be better. In Philly, people think he's the second coming, but around the rest of the NFL, well, people look at him very, very differently. Can Wentz prove the national pundits wrong this year? We took at look at how he can, and what his season will mean for the the Birds as training camp begins.
In Philly for a speech to law enforcement officials, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “Preliminary data show murders are up 20 percent from last year. It will put the murder rate at the highest this decade in the city.” When Sessions spoke Friday morning, the homicide count for Philadelphia was 174, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. Given 201 days had lapsed to that point in the year, Philadelphia had experienced about .87 homicides per day. That rate would lead to 315 or 316 homicides by the end of the year. We did some math.
Around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, the Ben Franklin Bridge was closed to both motorists and PATCO train riders, not because of the on-going painting of Philly's bridges and not because of an accident on the bridge, but because two people climbed to the top of it! The were spotted "shimmying up the cables" to the top of one of the towers on the bridge before police caught them. The bridge was re-opened around 3 a.m. in both directions and the two men were arrested. Watch how the scene unfolded.
Last we heard, chef David Ansill was having success with his underground "infused" dinner pop-ups, but this one is fully public (and not infused, to be clear). He'll be channeling his beloved Jamaica at this brewery tasting room with a menu that includes salt fish fritters, coconut shrimp, jerk chicken, curried goat and more. Live steel drums will add to the island vibes.
Where: Saint Benjamin's Taproom at 1710 N. 5th St. 19122
When: July 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: There's a $50 prix-fixe option but you can also do a la carte
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Was your childhood fantasy being allowed to eat an entire scoop of cookie dough right out of the mixing bowl? You're in luck, because the trendiest dessert of the year has arrived in Philadelphia. Gretchen Fantini of Sweet Box has just launched Doughlicious, a new line of cookie dough treats. Best part about them is they come guilt-free. Well, not calorie-wise, but in the sense that there are no eggs and the flour is toasted, so you don't have to worry about eating "raw" ingredients. Check out the five flavors and where to get your dough on.
“Billy Penn is a perfect environment to pitch a weird idea that can inform people while entertaining them." That's a quote from a former intern, and that's us in a nutshell. Wanna join us? We're looking for Fall interns interested in reporting, social media and visuals. Applications are due Aug. 2, so send us your stuff — so long as it's not a Word document.