Newsletter for Sunday, December 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Municipal infrastructure made fun by Philly kids flipping through warm December air; photo via @lukedarigan on Instagram
US SENATE CANDIDATE JOHN FETTERMAN DOES PA SOCIETY HIS WAY
The Pennsylvania Society is pretty dead this year, and the budget impasse isn’t the only reason. Still, many people showed up for the fancy events throughout the weekend, including a group wearing an unusual wardrobe choice: the tuxedo t-shirt. Most everyone else was sporting suits or cocktail dresses so, yes, they seemed out of place — but then U.S. Senate candidate and Braddock mayor John Fetterman appeared, and it all made sense. This is Fetterman’s first Pennsylvania Society, and he’s clearly trying to go about it in his own way.
PUTTING PHILLY’S FOOD DELIVERY APPS TO THE TEST
Getting dinner delivered to your doorstep is as easy as a few taps on your phone. The harder part is deciding which app to use. Is there a noticeable difference between workhorses GrubHub and Eat24? Are higher-end services like Caviar and Postmates worth the minor up-charge for their bespoke couriers? We put several competing services through their paces with a series of head-to-head tests.
WEEKEND TEMPS BREAK 84-YEAR-OLD RECORDS
Temperatures as high as 72 were recorded in the region, but Saturday’s official high of 69 degrees (measured at PHL Airport) smashed the previous December 12 high of 65, which was set all the way back in 1931. More records are set to fall today and possibly Monday, as the mercury is expected to creep past 70 once again. Why is this happening? Here’s the link that was missing from yesterday’s newsletter, where we talk to meteorologist Sarah Johnson about this crazy winter weather, and how long it will last.
ON THE CALENDAR
Founded by Wharton grads, this spot is like a healthy Chipotle, serving design-your-own platters that build on grains, greens or noodles with chicken, salmon, steak or "vegan jawn," plus sauces and sides. The first 101 guests will get a free lunch.
Where: Herban Quality Eats at 3601 Market St. 19104
When: December 15, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay as you go
Greek celeb chef Diane Kochilas is from the island of Ikaria, where people live so long it's known as "the place where people forget to die." She's hosting a cooking class/demo in Midtown Village that comes with wine and mezedes (hors d'oeuvres).
Where: Opa at 1311 Sansom St. 19107
When: December 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: $35
Dock Street Brewery is launching a monthly program to collect school supplies for West Philly public schools. Bring a ream of 8x11 paper and get a free 6-oz. pour of a belgian golden ale aged in a tequila barrel.
Where: Dock Street Brewery at 701 S. 50th St. 19143
When: December 16, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
How much: Ream of paper
Think of it as the ultimate holiday live band karaoke. People of all ages and skill levels are invited to lend their pipes to songs like Jingle Bells and Silent Night during an hour-long SingIN backed by the string and brass sections of the orchestra. Free with registration.
Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center at 4200 Wissahickon Ave. 19129
When: December 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: FREE
Best possible way to pre-game for a holiday party? If you love biking through Philadelphia and also festive lights, this is it. Decorate your bike and join in the leisurely ride before ending up at SouthHouse for food, drink and fun.
Where: Festive streets at South Philadelphia
When: December 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free