Category Archives: Blog

How to Support Restaurants During COVID-19

As of 5 p.m. on Monday, dining (or drinking) inside of Philly bars and restaurants has been banned until at least March 27th. Philadelphia restaurants and bar owners had to act quickly when faced with the news that Pennsylvania had banned “non-essential” businesses from being open. This meant that these bars and restaurants were ordered to stop dine-in services. Businesses can still offer take-out, delivery, and drive-through services, however.

Image result for empty restaurants

Just like schools, workplaces, and other places that would normally host large gatherings of people, restaurants have been hugely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic that continues to unfold across the U.S. every day. As foot traffic came to a screeching halt, there has been a sharp decline in sales throughout small businesses. With many local venues and eateries forced to close, many have not been able to pay their bills or have had to lay off staff as a result.

With more than 5 million people working in food service or related jobs in the US, the foodservice industry is under particular strain from these closures, as many of its employees don’t have paid sick leave or other ways to compensate them for declining business.

The best way to support these restaurants without furthering your own, or other’s risk of spreading the disease, is to continue to order take-out and delivery services. Some delivery apps, like Instacart and Postmates, have also introduced no-contact delivery, which is basically a way that the food can be dropped off at a specified location, or outside the customer’s door; therefore, reducing contact between the deliverer and the person who ordered.

A delivery worker holding a red thermal delivery bag and walking on an empty street.

I understand that everyone is going through many different changes and hope that everyone does their part to support small businesses and restaurants in any way they can as we go through this uncertain time. We will be able to get through this as long as we support anyone we can, as much as we can.

COVID-19 and Staying Safe

We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families. The most important thing that you can be doing right now is continuing to practice healthy personal hygiene while also taking care of your friends, family, and neighbors; many of whom may be more at risk than you. Supporting one another during this time is especially important in order to allow us to continue to move forward. Although we are practicing social distancing, it is important to note that we are all in this together.

There are also special recommendations for those who could possibly be at a higher risk put together by the Red Cross:

Limit the Spread of Germs and Prevent Infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when in areas where soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; if a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (this includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, and countertops).
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear the facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

Get Your Household Ready

  • Have a supply of food staples and household supplies like laundry detergent and bathroom items.
  • Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications and have other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough, and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins.
  • Learn how your workplace will handle a possible outbreak. Create a plan in the event of any closings, event cancellations or postponements.
  • If you care for older adults or children, plan and prepare for caring for them, should they or you become sick.
  • Help family members and neighbors get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it.

According to the CDC, patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms.

During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible, and for the latest information, please visit the CDC website at

“The City of Sisterly Love” to Honor the 100 Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

The city of Philadelphia, founded by William Penn, was named as such in 1682 because the word is Greek for “brotherly love.” Penn wanted his colony to be a place where those living in it could be free of persecution. Now, 338 years later, Philadelphia has temporarily changed its nickname from “The City of Brotherly Love,” to “The City of Sisterly Love.” This resolution will take place for the rest of 2020 in order to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment to the US constitution was ratified on August 18th of 1920. 

The temporary change to the slogan was announced by Philadelphia councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson and will celebrate the place of women in Philadelphia’s history. The resolution states that “the equal participation of women in politics and government is essential to building strong communities and a vibrant democracy that takes into consideration all facets of life, the workforce, family, and community.” This resolution wants to also stress that the 19th amendment did not benefit all women, especially not women of minorities. This slogan change is therefore meant equally to acknowledge the shortcomings that African American, Hispanic American, and Native American women had to face all the way until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed. 1965, 45 years later, all women were then allowed the right to vote. The city of Philadelphia is excited to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage while highlighting that women of color have only been able to celebrate 55 years. 

The resolution looks to celebrate the steps that have been taken in the direction towards equality and does not mean to exclude men, but rather uplift women. The tourism group Visit Philadelphia and the City Council hope that this will encourage visitors and residents of Philadelphia to explore the many contributions that women have made in Philadelphia throughout the centuries. They also want to encourage women and women groups to travel together to Philadelphia. 

Most Romantic Events in Philadelphia for Valentine’s Day 2020

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, do you know what you’re doing with your special someone? If you don’t yet, don’t stress, just continue reading to find some great suggestions on the best ways to make the day unforgettable in Philadelphia. 

Greenhouse at Fairmount Park Horticulture Center-

While the weather may not seem perfect for an outdoor picnic, at the Horticulture Center you can enjoy a pop-up tropical destination. There are 5 different segments: The Jungle, The Beach, The Midway, The Lawn, and the Campground. Pack a lunch or dinner and cozy up in a relaxing and fun environment. The Greenhouse is packed with things to do, from lawn games, enjoying drinks and food from the bar, and live music to enjoy. 

Wine and Chocolate Tasting at the Chaddsford Winery-

The award-winning winery pairs their wine with chocolate from the makers at John and Kira’s, which is also Philadelphia based. This is specifically set to celebrate Valentine’s Day, meaning that it is here for a limited time, from February 1st-23rd on select dates. 

Philadelphia Auto Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center-

If either of you is interested in cars, then you are in luck; the annual Phialdephia Auto Show falls right over Valentine’s Day. This event allows you to view some of the most unique and amazing cards varying from classic cars, to luxury, to exotic. 

Galentine’s Day at the Penn Museum- 

You can’t have Valentine’s Day without celebrating Galentine’s Day on the 13th. This is an unofficial holiday that allows women to celebrate their friends and have fun together regardless of if they are single or not. The museum features activities like making feminist buttons or photo booth frames, or go on female-focused tours in the museum. They even have an after-party event where you can watch stand up comedy specials of women comedians. 

“Let’s Talk About Sex” at The Franklin Institute- 

This unique after-hours event on the day before Valentine’s Day in the Franklin Institute invites their guests to attend in order to learn more about attraction, love, and long-term relationships; all with a scientific background and explained through the chemistry of the body. This event has a cash bar, demonstrations, and flash talks and performances.

“Awkward Sex … And the City Valentine’s Day Bad Romance Special” at Punch Line Philly

This comedy special hosted on the night before Valentine’s Day features four women and one man comedic that deep-dives into the dating world and how awkward and funny it can be. They will make jokes focusing around dates and bad relationships, while also having exciting giveaways during the show. 

Valentine’s Date Night at the Clay Studio- 

Running from the 13th to the 16th of February, this limited-time Valentine’s event will allow you and your partner to share a pottery wheel and make your own original ceramic piece together. These date nights also have candlelight sitting including chocolate, wine, and champagne to enjoy.

Popular New 2020 Restaurants in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is many times thought about in the context of their food. Because Philadelphia is constantly expanding its list of restaurants, it can be hard to know where to visit next. This list does not just cover the high-end restaurants; it also highlights the casual lunch and dinner spots throughout the city. 

Porcos – 2204 Washington Ave Philadelphia, PA 19146

Porcos is primarily a sandwich destination that runs as a takeout window with vegan options also. You can get your sandwich there, and then go next door to the Small Oven Pastry Shop (with the same owner) to satisfy any and all of your pastry needs.

Via Locusta – 1723 Locust St Philadelphia, PA 19103

This is an intimate Italian restaurant that is known best for its handmade pasta focus. Located just near Rittenhouse Square, this pasta spot also offers fish and steak.

Cicala at the Divine Lorraine – 699 N Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19123

Featured in the Divine Lorraine Hotel, this restaurant that is owned by Joe and Angela Cicala has opened recently to show its stunning interior. The style of food that they serve is southern Italian, with courses such as salumi, lamb, and bruschetta. 

Gabi – 339 N Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19107

In North Philadelphia, this diner does not just focus on one meal time. Gabi has a menu that includes fancy dinner meals such as escargot with steak fries, and kir royales, as well as brunch meals. Because this destination is open all day, it allows for weekend brunch that features banana and Nutella crepes.

Gigi Pizza – 504 Bainbridge St Philadelphia, PA 19147 

In the mood for pizza? Then Gigi Pizza is the spot to go. This snug pizza restaurant serves specialty Neapolitan-style pizza. All of the pizza is wood-fired and goes perfectly with the many wines on the menu. 

Stove and Tap – 245 Lancaster Ave Malvern, PA 19355 

Stove and Tap owned by Justin Weathers and chef Joe Monnich have just opened their second location in Malvern of their popular restaurant. This restaurant offers extensive space with 188 seats available, as well as a long bar. Outside they also have a covered patio that hosts another bar. The kitchen is also remarkably set up with a wood-fire grill and oven, as well as a smoker. They feature dishes such as a brisket flatbread, chicken pit pies, and pulled pork sandwiches.

Philadelphia Events Everyone Should Attend This Winter Season

While winter may be the time to bring out your big coats and bundle up; this does not mean that you should miss out on any of the amazing opportunities in Philadelphia during this season. As Philadelphia transforms into a beautiful winter dream, you should know all of the great events and exhibits that are being hosted throughout the cold months. 

Dilworth Park- 

While the Christmas Village at the park is sadly over, people can still enjoy many other activities such as ice skating and shopping at Dilworth Park until February 23rd. Enjoy and embrace the winter spirit by walking around the park that is located right in front of City Hall. 

Penn’s Landing- 

Penn’s Landing comes alive in the winter months as it hosts Winterfest through March 8th. Located on the waterfront, games, skating, and other events is a crucial winter event to visit. You can even rent out a nice and warm cabin, or eating the delicious food at the lodge, a restaurant, and a bar known for its comfort food. 

Philadelphia’s Art House Cinemas- 

Up until February 9th, Philadelphia will have theaters throughout the city that will be playing some of the most talked-about movies throughout this award season. For example, the Philadelphia Film Society is having an Oscar-party that will require its guests to dress up to attend on February 9th. Other theaters will also play these films, even the new AMC Dine-In located in the fashion district. 

Philadelphia Museum of Art- 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a new exhibit that will be running now through March 8th called “Designs for Different Futures.” This exhibit shows off designs that highlight the ever-changing functions of our day to day lives. This sci-fi exhibit pairs well with the Sci-Fi Sundays that the Museum hosts that will feature assorted readings. 

Winterfest Live- 

Xfinity Live is hosting Winterfest Live on February 15th. Conveniently scheduled right after Valentine’s day, you can celebrate with friends or your partner at Winterfest where there will be more than 100 craft beers to choose from, live music performances, and games to play throughout.