Newsletter for Sunday, January 24
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Not since Pope Francis have the streets of Philadelphia been this car-free; photo via @tismfu on Instagram
IS PHILADELPHIA UNDER-REPORTING HEAVY METALS IN WATER SUPPLY?
As Flint, Mich., reels from a toxic municipal water crisis, is Philly tap water more contaminated with lead or copper than we think? Philadelphia is called out in a report in the Guardian that says water boards across the U.S. are using controversial methods that don’t accurately test for heavy metals. A senior Philadelphia Water official blamed confusion about EPA guidelines: “We are trying to stay up on the latest science as best we can. We get confused by it and wish that a national forum of experts could get together and agree.” As Billy Penn wrote over the summer, tap water that tastes bad isn’t necessarily contaminated.
HOW TO MAKE A CHEESESTEAK, THE RIGHT WAY
There will never be an end to the debate of who makes the best cheesesteak in Philly, and for that, we’re blessed. Because while those of us in Philadelphia get to argue the merits of one classic joint versus another, the rest of the country seems to have trouble figuring out what a cheesesteak actually is. As a public service, Billy Penn decided to help advance the cause. What makes a cheesesteak a real cheesesteak? We break it down.
WINTER STORM JONAS: PHILLY’S FOURTH-BIGGEST EVER
The official snowfall total at PHL Airport was 22.4 inches, making it the city’s fourth-biggest in 132 years of record-keeping, according to the Inquirer. Malvern got 28 inches, and out in the Lehigh Valley, 32 inches fell, while at the Jersey Shore, the troubles caused by a foot or so of snow were dwarfed by tides that led to flooding almost as bad as Hurricane Sandy. In the city, SEPTA is expected to resume most services on Sunday, some as early as 10 am. The 24-hour traffic jam on the Pa. Turnpike was finally being alleviated Saturday night, rescuing the some 500 vehicles stranded 80 miles east of Pittsburgh, including the Temple women’s gymnastics team.
ON THE CALENDAR
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
The new PSPCA Fishtown Center is hosting a BYOB crafts night, where a local jewelry designer will help you make your own animal-themed necklace. Ticket price includes materials.
Where: PSPCA Fishtown Center at 1546 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: January 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15
London Grill owner Terry Berch McNally inspired Sierra Nevada to develop a new, limited-edition beer called Breakfast at Chico's. The only Philly-area kegs of the stout brewed with lactose and almonds will be tapped at a special happy hour.
Where: London Grill at 2301 Fairmount Ave. 19130
When: January 27, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Hot soup! A special à la carte dinner upstairs at this Fishtown restaurant-slash-butcher shop will have a menu of pork and veggie ramen, steamed buns and other special small plates. No reservations, just show up.
Where: Kensington Quarters at 1310 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: January 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go ($12-$14 for ramen)
RTM is kicking off its new movie night series with this Jon Favreau flick about a food truck. Food and drink will be available from a variety of merchants so you can have dinner while you watch the on-screen cooking action.
Where: Reading Terminal Market at 12th & Arch streets 19107
When: January 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay what you wish (supports RTM)