New Year’s Eve 2007

Penns Landing On New Year’s Eve

Photo courtesy of GPTMC

With just about every  restaurant, club and bar in Philadelphia offering a special prix fixe menu or open bar deal, figuring out what to do for New Year’s Eve is getting tougher and tougher.

So we here at Foobooz are aiming to highlight some of the best bets out there.

Updated 12/31/07

Happy New Year!

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Health: Have a Happy — and Healthy! — New Year

Make resolutions you’ll actually keep

 

 


The ball drops, streamers fly and resolutions are made. Each year, January 1st prompts us all to declare lofty goals of what we’ll be striving for in the coming year. And just as regularly, we’ve almost all forgotten them by the 14th!

This year, don’t just strive for a lower number on the scale. Instead of saying “I want to lose 10 pounds,” make a concrete goal to attend an extra Spinning class each week or to start packing a healthy lunch twice a week for work. These are things you can undoubtedly do and check off as you go, which will keep you motivated. And even if the goal in the back of your mind truly is to lose 10 pounds, these tangible intentions will help you get there.

In order to stay motivated, I’m publishing my 2008 resolutions to the world. First of all, I have gotten away from any weight lifting, and, after stumbling into a Body Pump class yesterday morning (my regular 6 a.m. Spinning class was canceled due to the holiday week), my entire upper body and backs of my legs are nicely reminding me I have been neglecting this area of my workout routine. So for 2008, I will be Body Pumping my way to a better bod every Thursday morning — and building stronger bones, too!

My other goal is to have a cup of green tea each night after dinner. Yes, green tea is full of so-good-for-you antioxidants, but the true reason I’m swearing to a mug a day is because I’m hoping that sipping after dinner will keep me from snacking, my most diet-destroying habit. And by not noshing on salty pretzels or popcorn right before bed, I have a feeling I’ll see a drop in that number on the scale.

So what are your 2008 health goals? Post them below, and you’ll have all of Philly to hold you accountable and cheer you on as you head into the New Year healthier and happier.

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    Weekend Mega Post

    What To Do
    The days preceding New Year’s Eve are empty of events so make sure you do the following this weekend.

    • Hang out with your out of town friends.
    • Hang out with your favorite bartender because you won’t be able to on NYE.
    • Break down and pick a place to go for New Year’s Eve or don’t. The fun day is New Year’s day anyway.

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    Week In Review: Year End Edition

    The Year In Review – March 2007

    We’ll be looking back at the year in Foobooz. Today we take a look back at March 2007, or as it was known at Foobooz, the month of Tinto.

    Dish of March

    Stuffed French Toast at Sabrina’s

    Cornflake-crusted stuffed with Nutella and pistachios, topped with Cointreau butter, honeysuckle syrup, mango, Brussels sprouts, and angel dust

    Blogalicious

    March News

    Notable Openings

    Legal Sea Foods, Tinto, Talula’s Table, Uzu Sushi,

    Top Search Terms

    tinto, xochitl, mission grill, rum bar, zot

    Restaurant Design

    Alison at Blue Bell
    The Making of Zahav and Alison’s New Restaurant each have posts detailing the the trials and tribulations of designing a new restaurant that works for staff and customers as well as evokes the right ambiance.

    Raising the Bar [Alison’s New Bar]
    Week Eight: Meet the designer [The Making of Zahav]

    Web extra: Eat This Now: Shortbread Cookies


    1 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
    1 c. confectioners sugar
    3 c. Mill at Anselma pastry flour
    1⁄2 tsp. table salt
    1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract

    In a large bowl using an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar. Stir in flour, salt and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Roll dough into a log 2 inches in diameter. Wrap log in plastic wrap and chill until dough is firm.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice chilled dough into coins, 1/4 inch thick, and bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12 minutes, until golden. (This recipe is also good for using with your favorite cookie press.)

    Yields 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

    Pulse: Chatter: High Society: Brooke de la Villanova 0108

    As our gardener Carlos would say, it is absolutamente congelación here, and that means it’s time for us to follow our fellow Main Liners to Palm Beach. The big event on our calendar is the annual gala for Palm Beach Friends of Magen David Adom, the Israeli Red Cross, which will be held at the Breakers and is co-chaired by the delightful Robbi Toll, wife of real estate honcho Bruce. (I have forbidden Edgar to bring up the housing market.) The entertainment will be by the singer Jon ­Secada, who our daughter Maine assures us was a big star in the 1980s. … Before we go, we’ll be at the Orchestra’s annual Anniversary Concert and Ball, hosted by the boisterous newsman Chris Matthews, who we hope will manage to stop talking during the performance. First will be a concert by yet another big 1980s singer, Billy Joel, followed by a yummy dinner of tuna and tenderloin. Due at our table: Ruth and Ray Perelman, along with Dorrance Hamilton, an Uptown Girl if ever there was one. …


    As our gardener Carlos would say, it is absolutamente congelación here, and that means it’s time for us to follow our fellow Main Liners to Palm Beach. The big event on our calendar is the annual gala for Palm Beach Friends of Magen David Adom, the Israeli Red Cross, which will be held at the Breakers and is co-chaired by the delightful Robbi Toll, wife of real estate honcho Bruce. (I have forbidden Edgar to bring up the housing market.) The entertainment will be by the singer Jon ­Secada, who our daughter Maine assures us was a big star in the 1980s. … Before we go, we’ll be at the Orchestra’s annual Anniversary Concert and Ball, hosted by the boisterous newsman Chris Matthews, who we hope will manage to stop talking during the performance. First will be a concert by yet another big 1980s singer, Billy Joel, followed by a yummy dinner of tuna and tenderloin. Due at our table: Ruth and Ray Perelman, along with Dorrance Hamilton, an Uptown Girl if ever there was one. …

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