Newsletter for Monday, Jan. 25
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Seems skis were just about the best way to get around West Philly this weekend; via @chuckseye on Instagram.
CLEAN-UP EFFORTS UNDERWAY AFTER 4TH BIGGEST SNOWFALL IN PHILLY HISTORY
Schools across the city are shut down for the day, Monday trash collection has been canceled and SEPTA is working to get all its buses and trolleys back on the road. The city — along with much of the mid-Atlantic region — is still in clean-up mode after Winter Storm Jonas dumped 28 inches of snow on Philly, making it the fourth biggest snowfall total of all time. City officials said Sunday night that the snow emergency has been lifted and cars can again be parked on snow emergency routes. Residents can help the city by clearing ice and snow from fire hydrants and storm drains.
DEAR PHILLY WEATHERCASTERS: WE’RE SORRY WE DOUBTED YOU
We’ve gotten used to the cycle of hype about upcoming weather, forecast after forecast of doom and gloom, and city officials in absurdly over-telegraphed winter gear… only to wake up with bone-dry streets the next day. So when last week started with a bold prediction — 17.9 inches of snow! — we were preparing, all right. We were ready for you to eat crow. Heck, we at Billy Penn set up a spreadsheet to keep you honest, and encouraged our users to flag what we thought were exaggerated forecasts. And then the storm came, and it was everything you’d said it would be — and more. And all of a sudden it’s us eating the crow.
If you were looking to get a prime seat at the Wells Fargo Center at a low price, thank Jonas. Before the storm, the team promised snowfall-connected deals on the next two home games; because we got over 16 inches, discounts are deep (price drop goes into effect at noon on Sunday).
Where: Wells Fargo Center at 3601 Broad St. 19148
When: January 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $25-$50
BILLY PENN LIKES
ICYMI: OUR FIELD GUIDE FOR HOW TO MAKE A PHILLY CHEESESTEAK
There’s really not all that much to the cheesesteak: Three, maybe four ingredients. Minimal cook time. Slap it together. Raise to mouth, hunch over, dig in. And yet restaurants, fast-food chains and delis around the world manage to mangle cheesesteaks into creations that, while possibly tasty, would bewilder any true Philadelphian. So as a public service, we’ve decided to help advance the cause. What makes a cheesesteak a real cheesesteak?
GREAT LOCALLY-MADE SPIRITS DON’T NEED TO BREAK THE BANK
Compared to most labels produced by Pennsylvania’s newly-booming craft distilling industry, Bucks County’s own Faber Craft Spirits are downright cheap. One-liter bottles retail for $13.99 to $15.99 (at least half the price of many other local spirits); and as of this month, they’re available in state stores all over Philadelphia. There’s a vodka, a gin, a white rum and a whole line of flavored vodkas, from orange to chocolate to cherry. Here’s how they pull off that trick.