The state needs more doctors participating in its medical marijuana program. As CBS reported, Pa. Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said last week that more than 100 doctors have already been approved and 200 are currently going through the process, but it's not likely to be enough to handle the onslaught of patients looking for prescriptions. Registration officially opened Nov. 1, with more than 1,000 signups on the first day. That's probably a lower number than it could have been, since the rules for entering your info are strict — use ALL CAPS, don't use punctuation in your address — and several people reported having problems completing the registration. If you missed it, here's the state's guide on how to sign up.
It appears hell has officially frozen over, because in a recent survey asking residents to weigh in on city services, responses indicate cleanliness is more important than parking. When asked what their top three priorities are for the city to focus on, survey responders were interested in safety, streets, infrastructure, development and a whole bunch of other things that aren’t parking. Meanwhile, our parking tweets of the week include the valid observation that "If you ask, 'am I alright if I parked there' in Philadelphia" — you're probably not.
There’s lots of reasons to visit Southgate, the two-year-old Korean tavern at the corner of 18th and Lombard. There's a new chef (Matt Delatour), a chill vibe and a very skilled bartender (Who’s Nexter Juan Bustamante). There's also a really killer selection of soju, the Korean distilled spirit that's the world's most popular booze but rarely found in Center City. One of the best preparations at Southgate comes as a riff on a Bloody Mary: A shot of house-infused spicy soju next to a carafe of kimchi-spiked tomato juice. Best news? It's just $6. Here's what to order with it.
Family-owned, Pennsylvania-based snack company Utz is making moves to become a national player. The company plans to borrow $660 million to refinance, buy out investors and acquire another snack company, according to a Philly.com report. Here's more about the plan to compete with big names like Frito Lay and Snyder's-Lance .
On the Calendar
Despite intense interest in the subject, the constitutional process of impeachment is widely misunderstood. Cass Sunstein, former White House advisor and author of Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide, will break it down in an hour-long talk. When you get your ticket, you can also pre-order the book for him to sign.
Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106
When: November 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $18
To celebrate the grand opening of his newest location, Saxbys CEO Nick Bayer has lined up a roster of celebrity baristas. Throughout the day, the counter will be manned by Pa. Rep. Jordan Harris, Councilman Alan Domb and the Eagles' Chris Long and Rodney McLeod. Mayor Kenney is also slated to stop in. Everything is pay what you wish, and will be 100 percent matched as a donation to Saxbys' new fund for CCP scholarships.
Where: Saxbys Rittenhouse at 1800 Chestnut St. 19103
When: November 7, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Want to eat fresh greens and herbs all winter long? Penn nutrition expert Eric Sherman will lead a free workshop on how to grow your own edibles (the legal kind) indoors. Class is for adults or teens 14 and up. RSVP by calling 215-898-1600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Sayre Morris Recreation Center at 5900 Spruce St. 19139
When: November 8, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
How much: Free
Renowned religion scholar and bestselling author Reza Aslan will discuss his most recent work, God: A Human History. The book is described as "a chronicle of humanity’s drive to reconcile its spiritual beliefs [that] draws a line from prehistoric religions to today’s interfaith connections." You know, light stuff. Advance tickets recommended.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: November 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $24 and up
Weyerbacher Brewing and Devil's Den partnered to brew a limited-edition Veterans Day beer called Integri-tea, a 6.5% dark saison with oolong tea. Sales of the beer and others pouring during the release party (and proceeds from raffles) will benefit the National Military Family Association.
Where: Devil's Den at 1148 S. 11th St. 18147
When: November 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go