Newsletter for Sunday, September 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
For the first time in 74 years, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Linc, Temple beat Penn State in football; photo via @pucknut789 on Instagram
WHERE TO GET THE BEST BUFFALO HOT WINGS IN PHILLY
It’s the start of football season, which means we now have an excuse to gather with friends and devour absurd quantities of that ultimate gameday snack: Buffalo wings. You can find wings at any booze-serving establishment with TVs, and at plenty without — although at the latter, they’re often done up in fancy garb: twice-fried, garlic-soy, beer-mustard, etc. But classic Buffalo wings — soaked in finger-staining orange hot sauce and only properly served next to celery and blue cheese dressing — are the original, and in many minds, still the best. Here’s a list of where to get great ones in Philly.
DAY-TRIPPING THE LEHIGH VALLEY: DO DORNEY PARK, CATCH AN IRONPIGS GAME AND EAT IN BETHLEHEM
Looking for a Labor Day weekend escape that skips the shore traffic? Head north instead, because between Allentown, Bethlehem, Saucon Valley and everything in between, the Lehigh Valley has a lot to offer — especially when it comes to food and drink. It’s the perfect place for an end-of-summer jaunt, especially since warm weather is sticking around and you can enjoy Dorney Park, Wildwater Kingdom and other summery entertainment. Here’s how to plan your Lehigh Valley day trip.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM THE POPE’S ‘TICKET TO RIDE’ TO THE ‘HOT MESS’ OVER LE BOK FIN
We’re reaching full crazy when it comes to the pope visit, and this week saw the introduction of tickets for the events. We also saw Johnny Doc get handed more power as new leader of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, something even more interesting when you consider residential building permits are up 75 percent in Philly right now. But what about education? There was also a lot of fuss over Le Bok Fin, a pop-up restaurant that opened in early August atop the site of a shuttered public school. We recap those stories and other top news from the week and combine them with music in the #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
New news publication the Philadelphia Citizen wants to know: "How great would Philadelphia be if its citizens cared about our civic health as much as our football team?" And guess what? All-time Sixers great Barkley and current Eagle Connor Barwin feel the same. For just $10, you can hang with the sports stars and listen to them talk good deeds and progress.
Where: Arch Street Presbyterian Church at 1724 Arch St.
When: September 8, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $10
You're going to want to be ready to click for these tickets when they go on sale 10 AM Tuesday. Each weekend in October, just $30 gets you a full meal at the riverfront deck (which will be outfitted with heat lamps) from some of the best chefs in town: Michael Solomonov, Joe Cicala, Jeremy Nolen and Jason Cichonski, all working alongside Top Chef Nicholas Elmi. There are 200 seats available for each; good luck.
Where: Morgan's Pier at 221 N. Columbus Blvd.
When: September 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
How much: $30
Might not be a better way to say "Welcome back students!" than cheap killer sandwiches. Expect lines as folks swoop in to score great house-roasted meats carved to order to stuff big Italian rolls, offered for just $3 during Wednesday lunch. (Faculty is welcome to partake, too.)
Where: Jake's Sandwich Board at 125 S. 40th St.
When: September 9, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: $3 per sandwich
What with all the Sanders/Biden/Clinton news, you might not have heard about his presidential run, but candidate Martin O'Malley is known for his progressive tenure as Governor of Maryland. Make a donation ($25 includes open bar; $35 adds food) and hear him speak at the — still operating! — beer garden in Point Breeze.
Where: Point Breeze Pop-Up at 1622 Point Breeze Ave.
When: September 10, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $25 donation
Sausage Fest — the good kind — is back at this Northern Liberties tap house. Look for a special menu with dozens of sausage plates, from bratwurst to chorizo to (really killer) Scotch eggs. Lots of local festbier will be pouring to help ease the transition into fall.
Where: Standard Tap at 901 N. 2nd St.
When: September 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to September 17, 2015 at 11:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go