Now Online: Philly’s Best Of Wellness and Fitness

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

August and September are fun ones for us here at Philly Mag. With our Best of Philly issue hitting stands in August and our Be Well Philly print issue coming out in September (more on that in a bit), it’s basically a two-month-long celebration of everything that’s awesome about living in and around Philly.

All of the Best of Philly winners and Best of Be Well Philly winners are now available for your online perusal. Best of Be Well Philly is part of the annual Be Well Philly print issue that just went out to Philly Mag subscribers. You can’t find it on newsstands, but in the next day or two, we’ll have a way for you to subscribe for free online; just give us your info and we’ll be happy to mail you a copy. (By the way, this year’s issue has more than just the Best of Be Well Philly winners. We also have the results of a massive reader poll—yes, we probed your deepest, darkest gym habits—and what we’re calling the Ultimate Philly Fitness Bucket List, featuring 25 things every fitness-obsessed Philadelphian needs to do at least once. So yeah. You’ll want to snag a copy.)

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Morgan’s Pier Launches Pumpkin Week

morgans-pier-pumpkin-weekWell at least Morgan’s Pier waited until September for Pumpkin Week. The riverfront bar is offering $10 pumpkin beer flights from now until Sunday, September 7th. Also, there will be pumpkin-themed food specials. Across the week, fourteen different breweries will be featured.

It all kicks off this evening at 5 p.m. with chef David Gilberg grilling on the pier.

Morgan’s Pier [Foobooz]

Happy Bourbon Heritage Month!

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So weird that we’d have a whole month to celebrate a bunch of 16th century French and Spanish kings. I mean, Henry the IV? He was a good guy. Made a lot of work for portrait painters. Penned the Edict of Nantes granting rights to Calvinists. But a whole month?

Oh, wait. We’re talking about the drinking kind of bourbon? Well that’s WAY better. And the Twisted Tail (which certainly stocks a fair amount of drinky bourbon) is running all sorts of specials throughout September to celebrate.

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The Tiny Running Accessory Philly Runners Need Like Whoa

Photo courtesy Runbell

Photo courtesy Runbell

Here’s how I know summer’s over: The sidewalks in Center City, which have been relatively abandoned (read: peaceful) these past few weeks, are once again jammed with pedestrians, strollers, dogs and, yes, the occasional cyclist (grrr), all of whom have returned from their vacations to their regularly scheduled 9-to-5 programs.

It’s a pity, to be sure, but especially if you’re a runner; we’re back to helter-skelter starts and stops as we dodge the throngs en route to wide open spaces like the Schuylkill River Trail (obviously, I’m being sarcastic, you guys) and the Wissahickon (no sarcasm!). If you’re used to shouting, “ON YOUR LEFT!” as you flash by or, less politely, “MOVE!” I would like you introduce you to the Runbell, a handheld get-out-of-my-way bell just for runners.

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Chaka Fattah Jr. Talks Gambling, His Congressman Dad, the IRS

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It’s a crazy time to be Chaka Fattah Jr. He’s facing federal charges for tax evasion. He’s suing the IRS for $10 million (complaint below). And his dad, Congressman Chaka Fattah, is under investigation, too (as is his inner circle). We got the younger Fattah on the phone to talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of blackjack.

What is the status of your $10 million lawsuit against the IRS?

I am very happy to report that the court just issued a ruling allowing my case to proceed. The primary claim — which is a media leak to the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Washington Times — the court allowed that claim to go to trial. What this means for me is that they will have to turn over discovery documents, and there will be a trial over this media leak. They damaged my reputation, and I am claiming that they owe me millions of dollars in damages.

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McNabb Not Yet Sold On Foles

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Donovan McNabb has seen Nick Foles start 16 games, but he’s not ready to say the Eagles have found themselves a franchise quarterback.

“That’s the big question. I really can’t answer that at this particular point. But if I had to, give or take, I would say no,” McNabb said during an interview with Harry Mayes and Brian Baldinger on 97.5 The Fanatic. Read more »

WATCH: Bradley Cooper, John Legend and The Roots Team Up for Eagles Campaign Video

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The Philadelphia Eagles released the latest video in its #FlyEaglesFly campaign, a new series of ads designed to promote the local NFL team’s upcoming season.

This time around the video, called “Everything and More,” features a collaboration between Philly’s Bradley Cooper and The Roots, and Penn alum John Legend. Cooper does the voiceover, an impassioned monologue about what the Eagles mean to the City of Philadelphia: “This is more than a team. It’s a family. It’s our family. This is more than a city. It’s our home. This is more than a game. This is everything … and more,” he says.

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Is Mayor Nutter Making Nice on Pot Decriminalization?

It looks as though Mayor Nutter is charting a new course on pot decriminalization.

Newsworks reports that the mayor — who still has several weeks to veto or approve City Council’s decriminalization bill — is now working on his own plan to deal with small-time possession.

What’s more, he’s dropped the sneering tone that accompanied his previous statements on the topic — and seems surprised that anybody thought there was a conflict on the topic.

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5 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Needles Jones Gets Roasted, Superhero Costume Ball, Dolly Meets Meryl, and More



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