The Mayor’s Office says the city earned $5.7 million in soda tax revenue its first month in effect, meaning 380 million ounces of sugary drinks were taxed in January. In terms of 12 oz. cans, that would be about 32 million. With our population of about 1.5 million, that’s about 21 sugary sweetened beverages per person in January. And if we’re comparing January to recent averages for Philadelphia, soda consumption went down by about 40 percent.
The Sixers made another move to trade one of their bigs yesterday, and no, it wasn’t Jahlil Okafor. Ersan Ilyasova was dealt on Wednesday, and Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo decided to trade Nerlens Noel the day of the trade deadline to the Dallas Mavericks for… some stuff. And so the question has to be asked: Why trade Noel and not Okafor? The simple, if unnerving, answer is this: They couldn’t. Read more about the hectic day in Sixers world.
Last month, we announced we'd hired our first restaurant critic: Adam Erace, a South Philly native who’s been a restaurant reviewer for a decade. This week, Erace penned his first review for Billy Penn. This time, it's about Res Ipsa, a tiny Rittenhouse cafe run by Zahav and Zeppoli veteran Michael Vincent Ferreri. Read on to see how many "Quakers" Erace awarded Res Ipsa.
|What||King of Prussia Beerfest Royale is the suburban Philadelphia region’s must-attend beer festival of the fall. The #1 ranked festival features over 100 beers from craft and international breweries, inspired dishes from KOP’s most popular and newest restaurants, live music on multiple stages, photo ops and more.|
|Where||DONNERSTAG: HAPPY HOUR at KOP Beerfest Royale takes place under grand tents, outdoors at King of Prussia Mall|
|When||October 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm|
|What||Slice pizza owners Marlo and Jason Dilks are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their first shop. The party starts with free slices today between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at all locations (Rittenhouse, Italian Market, Fishtown and Washington Township —one slice per person.) Throughout the weekend, specialty pies will go for just $10 a pop.|
|Where||Slice Pizza locations at Various locations in Rittenhouse, Italian Market, Fishtown and Washington Township|
|When||February 24, 2017 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm|
Billy Penn Likes
This Black History Month, Billy Penn added an additional 21 locations to our Philly Black Music Map and picked 13 historical books the city’s black communities that were key for understanding Philadelphia. What seemed to be missing were selections from the other parts of the humanities — namely, poetry and prose that speaks to black history in Philly. So we reached out to authors and poets to curate a selection of fiction, memoirs, poetry or plays with a Philly connection.
Know of any great under-40 teachers? How about a school administrator? Or an innovator in the field of education? If you know anyone who falls into these categories and other areas of education around the city, we need your help. Nominate someone today.