Newsletter for Sunday, June 14
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You never know what you’ll find exploring on an Indego bike. Photo via @no_ordinary_mundane on Instagram.
12 VISITING CELEBRITY CHEFS NAME THE BEST EATS IN PHILLY
Philly is brimming with great casual food that doesn’t necessarily come with a table, much less silverware. Last year, Billy Penn asked eight local chefs to name their favorites, and came up with a list full of insider tips. As a follow-up — and also kind of an experiment into which places industry out-of-towners actually know about — we took advantage of the Vetri Great Chefs Event to ask kitchen stars from around the country for their Philly picks.
IS PHILLY READY FOR THAT SEX-TOY VENDING MACHINE?
Philadelphia, home of many firsts, will soon get to add another pioneering milestone: home to the first sex toy vending machine from PinkBox. The local start-up is planning on a late June rollout for its DIY sex shops, which offer cash or credit sales of condoms, vibrators and other bedside accoutrements. Where will PinkBoxes be located? Why do we need them in the first place? Are Americans just too puritanical about sex? Newsworks spoke with the company to answer these questions and more.
TEEN CURFEW TAKES EFFECT
In 2010, a flash mob of several thousand teenagers disrupted a Saturday night on South Street, prompting restrictions on how late minors would be allowed to roam city streets without supervision. In 2011, Mayor Nutter established the curfew as part of Philadelphia law, signing legislation that updated a 1955 rule already on the books. The curfew is also in effect during the school year (when it’s actually an hour earlier — see details here), but hot nights and vacation schedules make summer the time enforcement is needed. Last Friday, Philly Police advised they would be stepping up their watch for the duration of the season.
ON THE CALENDAR
NATIONAL CANNOLI DAY
General feeling about made-up food holidays: pretty dumb overall, but if they serve to remind you about a favorite snack, they do more good than harm. Even better when they inspire chefs to offer specials, like Marcie Turney is doing at her grandma-style Italian kitchen on 13th Street. House-made cannoli, which has an impressively light and crsip shell, will be sold by the piece to-go in flavors like funfetti, tiramisu, PB&J and hazelnut-bourbon.
When: 10 AM through sellout, Tuesday, June 16
Where: Little Nonna’s, 1234 Locust St.
How Much: $3 each; pre-order eight-packs for $20
In 1924, when Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach bought the manuscript for Ulysses at auction, not many people were even aware of the James Joyce opus; mild (and very abstracted) obscenity had resulted in bans throughout the U.S. and the U.K. However, obscurity was not the novel’s destiny — it’s now considered a seminal work of modernist fiction. Each year, celebrations on the anniversary the book’s single day of action (as told over 265,000 words) take place around the world. In Philly, things come to a head outside the Rosenbach Museum, where local Irish luminaries take turns in reading the book’s finale to an audience gathered along Delancey Street.
When: 3-7:30 PM, Tuesday, June 16
Where: Rosenbach Museum, 2008 Delancy Pl.
How Much: Free
PADDLE BOARD YOGA ON THE DELAWARE
If you don’t find balancing in the tree pose on firm ground challenging enough, this is the class for you. A twice-weekly summer series of paddle board yoga (also called “stand-up” or SUP yoga) kicks off this week at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Led by Aqua Vida studio, the sessions on the water are actually open to yogis of all levels, from beginner to advanced, and lead to increased flexibility, strength and balance. Maybe it’s easier than it looks?
When: 6 PM, Wednesday, June 17 (and every Wed. and Sat. through Labor Day)
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park
How Much: $30 for 1.5 hour class (reserve here)
NIGHT MARKET CALLOWHILL
In the five years that The Food Trust has been hosting Night Market street food bazaars, the food truck scene in Philly has exploded, and there will be dozens in attendance as the event takes over the Loft District. Stands from area restaurants and an Underground Arts beer garden will complement the mobile kitchens, and PhilaMOCA will curate local music to set the festive mood. Swarming crowds and street performances from Dance Philadelphia will make memories of the area’s one-time moniker, the Eraserhood, fade faster than ever.
When: 6-10 PM, Thursday, June 18
Where: 13th & Callowhill Sts.
How Much: Pay as you go
VENDYS WINNER’S CIRCLE AT THE ITALIAN MARKET
The Italian Market plays host to a up to a dozen of the winners from this and past years’ Vendy Awards at a mini street fest co-organized by the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association. Swing through Ninth Street to snag eats from Lil’ Pop Shop, Cow and the Curd, King of Falafel, Sweetbox and more, while enjoying live music presented by Connie’s Ric Rac and beer from Sly Fox.
When: 5-8 PM, Friday, June 19
Where: Ninth St., Wharton to Fitzwater
How Much: Pay as you go