According to the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing & Research Program, 21 farms in Pennsylvania feature more than 10 acres of pumpkins. These farms are the source of pumpkins for most big grocers and retailers in Philly, while dozens more Pa. farmers have fewer than 10 acres dedicated to the Halloween crop for smaller shops. But despite the relatively small number of big-volume growers, getting farmers getting pumpkins into stores in Philly or other big cities in Pennsylvania is very competitive. This is how rural PA farmers have cultivated years-long relationships so their crop can be displayed at ACME, Whole Foods and other stores.
The Sixers lost a heart-breaker last night, up eight points with 100 seconds to play before falling 105-104 to Houston on a last-second shot over an outstretched Joel Embiid. The Sixers are 1-4 on the young season, while the Flyers head into tonight at 5-4-0 after a bad loss Tuesday. So it got us thinking: With the Eagles at 6-1, which Philly team will get to 10 wins first? It sounds silly, but two years ago the Sixers only won 10 games all season and Eagles haven't won 10 games since 2014. We looked at each team's upcoming schedule to see — of the Eagles, Sixers or Flyers, which Philly team will get to 10 wins first?
Remember over the summer when there were a slew of articles and TV news spots about how you shouldn't throw your greasy pizza box into the recycling bin? It all stemmed from a 15-second video tweeted out by Philly311, where Chinatown native and Who's Next honoree Albert Lee leads a team devoted to spreading the word about city services. We caught up with Lee to find out how it all works, why he has great respect for cooks and what it's like being in city government during a snowday.
Whether or not you're a fan of the signature sandwiches they serve, there's something you need to know about the city's most famous cheesesteak destination: Pat's King of Steaks also sells hot dogs. Even more importantly: They're pretty damn great. If it seems odd to get a frankfurter at Cheesesteak Vegas, it's not — back in 1930, Pat's got its start as a hot dog stand and has been serving them ever since.
The ice cream wizards at Weckerly's have created a limited-edition Halloween-themed ice cream bar inspired by Frankenstein's monster. The tie-in is that it's made of tons of disparate parts and flavors all "sewn together." To wit: Chocolate and butterscotch cookies, pumpkin caramel ice cream, dark chocolate peanut butter ganache, chocolate ice cream with marshmallow swirl, peanut butter icing and waffle cone. Scary. It'll be available from Friday, Oct. 27, until it sells out.
Where: Weckerly's Ice Cream at 9 W. Girard Ave.
When: October 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
How much: $5 per bar
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Mayfair residents go gangbusters every year for Halloween. The civic association organizes a pretty serious decorating contest, complete with lawn signs, prizes and business sponsorships. Close to 40 people participated for the fifth annual contest, and winners have just been announced. Wanna see the spooky displays for yourself? Check out this map of all the contestants and winners.
'Tis the season: Mad Elf is back on shelves. Since 2002, it's been Pennsylvania’s holiday beverage of choice. The cherry and honey flavored beer with an 11 percent alcohol content sells out every year with beer stores having to limit sales per person or overcharge. Troegs can never make enough Mad Elf to match the crazy demand. When you crack open your next one to begin what'll surely be an interesting night ahead, consider how Mad Elf got started — with a very literal boom.