What Golfer Dads Want This Father’s Day: A Lower Score

Going to a golf-geared personal trainer to improve your golf game is a lot like going to … a personal trainer. He visits. You move. He watches. You meet again. You work out. Here’s the difference, though: After those workouts, you’re not just in better shape—you’re also a better golfer because everything you do in the gym is tailored to strengthening your score card. The result: Your scores are lower. Your handicap is higher. And, when you’re back at the clubhouse after a round, you’re happy, not frustrated, energized, not exhausted. Read more »

14 Outdoor Entertaining Essentials

You’ve waited for it all winter: dinner, lunch, breakfast, brunch—out back. But first, please gently update your patio’s overwrought iron. Starting with that table. Replace it with Antares, Terrain’s new round teak version (pictured, $2,900), which is modern yet natural. Next, it’s a simple matter of adding gently countrified linens, silver serving wares, a sturdy glass hurricane, and green—lots of it. Need more advice? Look below for a slideshow featuring everything you need for a perfect outdoor dining experience.

Five Father’s Day Gifts

If Dad can’t set it up, Springboard will.
Sonos S5 wireless music system
, $399 at Springboard Media, 2212 Walnut Street, 215-988-7777.

If it’s good enough for Navy Seals …
Luminox Tony Kanaan watch (pictured), $950 at Cooke & Berlinger, 379 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, 610-896-6000.

The coolest.
The Beats by Dr. Dre Pro Beats Headphones, $450 at Bob and Ron’s World Wide Stereo, 8 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore, 610-649-7002, and 754 Route 309, Montgomeryville, 215-368-8343.

Compact, with built-in functions galore (panoramic mode, HD resolution, anti-dust technology)—the Porsche Panamera of cameras.
Sony NEX-5 with 18-55mm lens, $700 at the Sony Style Store, the Market at
Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard, 215-523-6241.

A flying toy he can control with his iPhone.
Parrot AR.Drone, $300 at D & K Hobbies, 116 Barclay Farms Shopping Center, Cherry Hill, 856-795-9005.

2011 Shore Issue: The Truth About Jersey Shore Lifeguards

Paris? London? Cape Cod? They’re all beautiful. But when summer rolls around, there’s just one place a real Philadelphian wants to be. From ice-cream cones to crab races to saltwater taffy, here’s what keeps the sand in our shoes, year after year after year.

Photography by Ryan Donnell

2011 Shore Issue: Beach Eats

What is it with Italian men and their namesake restaurants? Luke Palladino, who used to be at the Borgata (and more recently received three LaBan bells for his Northfield BYO), has Luke Palladino’s at Harrah’s (also new Mex and burger spots there), while Chris Scarduzio of Table 31 and Mia is opening Scarduzio’s, a steakhouse, at Showboat. Look for high-end labels at the Borgata’s new wine boutique, Vintage, and pricey seafood-shack fare at Caesars’s Atlantic Grill. At Bally’s, the family behind Dock’s Oyster House will launch the 280-seat Harry’s Oyster Bar—named for the man who founded Dock’s in 1897—on June 27th. Just need a hoagie? Head to the Taj’s new White House outpost.

Luke Palladino’s. 777 Harrah’s Boulevard. 609-441-5575.
Scarduzio’s. 801 Boardwalk.
Vintage. 801 Boardwalk.
Atlantic Grill. 2100 Pacific Avenue. 800-223-7277.
Harry’s Oyster Bar. 1900 Pacific Avenue.
White House.
1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue. 609-449-1000.

We regret that Domenico’s lost its Blue Bell spot (sorry, Montco), but we sure are happy it’s still in Ventnor—though we have become addicted to Presto’s awe-inspiring gnocchi and that Jimmy’s Milan salad (sorry, Domenico’s). Hannah G’s lost its dinner location, but its cute kitty-corner luncheonette—an area fave—is staying put. And Johnny’s has moved from Ventnor to Margate, picking up 100 more (white leather) seats and a liquor license. But we’ll probably just sun on the Margate sand and call Mack & Manco’s in Somers Point for a beach-delivered pie.

Domenico’s. 5223 Ventnor Avenue, Ventnor City. 609-822-1300.
Presto at the Shore.
9307 Ventnor Avenue, Margate City. 609-823-1710.
Hannah G’s.
7310 Ventnor Avenue, Ventnor. 609-823-1466.
9407 Ventnor Avenue, Margate. 609-822-1789.
Mack & Manco’s.
758 Boardwalk, 920 Boardwalk, 12th and Boardwalk. Ocean City. 609-399-2548.

“America’s Greatest Family Resort” kicks off its two-for-one rendition of Restaurant Week on June 20th. But whatever you do, don’t try bringing a bottle of red to Cousin’s or Spadafora’s to enjoy with your pasta and seafood. No, in Ocean City it’s still illegal to tote a bottle of wine or a six-pack to dinner out, even though the restaurants themselves aren’t allowed to serve alcohol. The local restaurant association is trying to change the law via a petition and public referendum, but in the meantime, we’ll see you over the bridge at Charlie’s in Somers Point for those killer wings and cold beers.

Cousin’s. 104 Asbury Avenue. 609-399-9462.
843 Atlantic Avenue. 609-398-6154.
800 Shore Road. 609-927-FOOD.

Last year, residents were all aghast at the impending closure of Busch’s Seafood after 98 years. They kicked. They screamed. It was not unlike the Le Bec-Fin hysteria. Well, it seems the owners may have taken a page out of Georges Perrier’s book after all: Busch’s is not closing, so you can still get your fix of its famous she-crab soup. “We’re in it to win it,” says chef-owner Al Schettig, who promises to remain open for the “foreseeable future.” Also monumental: Braca’s is 110 years old this summer. Stop by and soak up the history with veteran bartender Patrick, even if he does serve your martini in one of those awful stainless-steel glasses.

Busch’s Seafood. 8700 Anna Phillips Lane. 609-263-8626.
Kennedy Boulevard and the Beach. 609-263-4271.

The Shore isn’t safe from farm-to-table mania, with Curtis Bashaw’s resorts expecting to source nearly all produce from his Beach Plum Farm by midsummer. Changes: Four Seasons alum Tony Clark has taken over the Old Grange, Mangia Mangia is now another Dock Mike’s Pancakes, and Nick Nezaj of Hotel Alcott is opening a new high-end hotel (Ocean Club) and restaurant (Sea Salt) on June 17th in the old Atlas Inn on Beach Drive. Before you hit the Parkway home, pick up a growler from the just-opened Cape May Brewery.

Old Grange.
735 Seashore Road. 609-898-2300.
Dock Mike’s Pancakes.
1231 New Jersey 109. 609-884-2855.
Sea Salt.
1035 Beach Avenue. 609-884-7000.
Cape May Brewery.
1288 Hornet Road. 610-308-2621.

Other than Frenchy Claude’s, with its new outdoor menu of moules et frites and foie gras sashimi(!), it’s all about Boardwalk food here. Tony Luke has opened a walk-up joint in the Crest. Chickie’s and Pete’s is hawking Crabfries near Morey’s, instigating a South Philly-style feud with neighboring Curley’s—a legend since 1974. And Morey’s itself features Hatfield Dollar Dog booths daily. Meanwhile, “Brisket & Brew” Thursdays at the Jersey Girl (which just launched breakfast) sure sound like fun.

Claude’s. 100 North New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood. 609-522-0400.
Tony Luke’s.
6200 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood Crest. 609-770-7033.
Chickie’s and Pete’s.
Cedar Avenue and Boardwalk, Wildwood. 609-770-8833.
25th Street and Boardwalk and Schellenger Avenue and Boardwalk, Wildwood.
Jersey Girl.
Schellenger and Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood. 609-523-1800.

Travel: The Outer Banks

OBX bumper stickers are ubiquitous for a reason: The Outer Banks, with its laid-back vibe and miles of beaches unblemished by overdevelopment, is hard not to fall for. Thick vegetation that lines roads and beaches holds myriad birds and other critters, and occasional breaks in the flora yield glimpses of colorful houses perched high on stilts. Jersey Shore-goers will delight in the free beach access. June is the region’s sweet spot—the temperatures and ocean are summer-warm, but sticky humidity and big-time crowds have yet to arrive. Plus, on the 14th, the town of Nags Head celebrates its 50th anniversary with a charity golf tourney and gala.

Stay: The area’s only inclusive resort, the Sanderling Resort and Spa feels like a cozy inn. All 88 rooms face either sea or sound, and offer furnished balconies and access to the hotel’s spa and beach. Rooms from $350 per night in season.

Visit: Jockey’s Ridge State Park, with its breathtaking 90-plus-foot sand dunes, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial, celebrating the adventuresome duo’s forays into flight. Take in the unspoiled coastline with a drive along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, stopping in Buxton to visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse—the nation’s tallest. On Roanoke Island, check out the exquisite Elizabethan Gardens, modeled after a 16th-century English garden and home to the “Old Oak,” a tree dating to 1585. You’ll also want to consider extracting yourself from your beach chair for biking, hang-gliding, fishing, kite-surfing, kayaking—and a trip to the Sanderling’s tranquil spa (opt for the Soothing Sea Stone Massage).

Eat: At the Sanderling, the nautically festooned Lifesaving Station is great for local seafood like Carolina sunburst trout, while the pricier Left Bank features upscale, new American fare with a local and sustainable bent. Off-property, JK’s is superb for wood-grilled steaks. If you make the drive down to Buxton, don’t miss the Captain’s Table (252-995-3117) for golden-crisp hush puppies and smoky, tangy Carolina pulled pork.

Summer 2011 Travel Deals

Jersey Shore: The Seaview in Galloway, New Jersey—about eight miles from A.C.—has reopened after a multimillion-dollar reno. NYC: Because folding back your sheets isn’t enough anymore, Manhattan’s Duane Street Hotel has introduced a “marshmallow trolley” at turndown. Guests can pick the house-made treats in flavors like violet and cardamom. Spa Day: Drop the teens at Hershey Park and head to the Spa at the Hotel Hershey for a 10th-anniversary special: the five-hour, $533 “Chocolate Decadence” that includes treatments such as Whipped Cocoa Bath and Chocolate Fondue Wrap.

2011 Shore Issue: A Morning at Uncle Bill’s

Paris? London? Cape Cod? They’re all beautiful. But when summer rolls around, there’s just one place a real Philadelphian wants to be. From ice-cream cones to crab races to saltwater taffy, here’s what keeps the sand in our shoes, year after year after year.

 Photography by Ryan Donnell

It Happened Today: A Phillie Faceplants, the Union League Opens, and Sick People Find a Place to Heal

What do you get when you turn 260? Well, if you’re Pennsylvania Hospital, you serve cake to your employees in the caf. Two centuries and three-fifths ago, on May 11, 1751, local doc Thomas Bond and all-around-renaissance pal Ben Franklin convinced Lieutenant Governor James Hamilton to sign onto their harebrained scheme to put sick people in one, convenient place. Their bill said the joint’s aim would be caring “for the sick poor of the Province and for the reception and care of lunaticks.” Four years later, the hospital, then and still at 8th and Pine, welcomed its first patients, including casualties from the Revolutionary, Civil and Spanish-American wars, brave recipients of surgeries in an amphitheater, and dozens of babies each full moon.

Worth mentioning, too: May 11, 1865, the Union League opens, and, in 2009, the Philadelphia Union announce their colors, crest and name—coincidence? Also on this date five years ago: In order to catch a bases-loaded, deep fly ball, Phillies outfielder Aaron Rowand plants his face into the center field wall. Rowand’s seven hours of ensuing surgery (to stitch up facial lacerations and fix his broken nose) take place at Jefferson.

It Happened Today: The Weaker Sex Rows While Cinderella’s Night Songs Tour and Dawn Staley Arrive

Surprise, surprise: our boathouses so famously lined up in a row were once all boys clubs. That changed May 4, 1938, when 28 women (including several wives of oarsmen) met in the Pennsylvania Barge Club to found the Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club. Their reason, according to minutes from that first meeting: “Because of the growing interest in girls’ rowing, and the fact that none of the Clubs along Boat House Row would permit the weaker sex to use their equipment, a small group of girls had conceived the idea of forming a girls’ rowing club, the first in the City of Philadelphia.” For $60 a month, the PGRC rented out the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society’s boathouse, #14. There they remain today, our nation’s oldest extant all-female rowing club. Their colors are navy and white.

Other notable happenings: Glam-hair band Cinderella visit their hometown on their “Night Songs” tour (May 4, 1987) and filmed part of the concert for MTV’s August 1987 home video release of the acclaimed Night Songs: The Videos. And birthdays: Olympic triple-gold medalist, former Temple women’s basketball coach, current University of South Carolina women’s head coach, Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970, in North Philadelphia) and the Flyers’ current superstar, left winger James van Riemsdyk (born May 4, 1989).

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