What To Look For At Tonight’s Grand Re-Opening Of XFINITY Live

1100 SocialTonight, Friday October 2nd, Philadelphia’s XFINITY Live! is having its grand opening featuring numerous changes and improvements to the popular dining and entertainment destination.

Plus Jason Cichonski.

Located in the heart of South Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Sports Complex, a venue featuring dozens of restaurants and entertainment options, XFINITY Live! introduces their new expansion with 52,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space added (just in time for this beautiful weather), along with improvements and visual enhancements to the concert and event stage.

Wanna know exactly what they’ve done with the place? Of course you do. So here’s what’s new at Xfinity Live this season.

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Feliz Gang Branches Out With A Pizzeria


No one out there can say that the Feliz crew doesn’t know how to put in a hard day’s work. Even though they closed Beast & Ale in Manayunk, they’ve still got Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington, La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount and Taqueria Feliz in Manayunk. And now they’re adding a 4th: Pizzeria Felici which, obviously, is some kind of sushi restaurant.

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Lobster, Chocolate and Fish Stories In Cape May

CapeMayChocolateThe event programmers at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities in Cape May have got it going on. While other non-profit organizations struggle to create themes for their one big annual fundraiser (or repeat the same public activities all the time), these folks are constantly coming up with unique programming. Coming up in early October: an exploratory lesson on local seafood and fishing history on October 3 and a chocolate-tasting tour through a series of historic lodgings on Oct. 10.

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Want Free Coffee For A Year?

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Tomorrow is World Smile Day. And yes, I know. If you’re a grouchy-ass cynic like me (or just deeply distrustful of people who smile for no reason), something like World Smile Day is just the worst.

But if you also happen to like caffeine (as I do), then there’s an upside to this one. Because eight Corner Bakery Cafe locations around Philly (and the burbs) are giving away free coffee for a year to the first 100 people in line tomorrow (Friday, October 2).

The downside? It comes with a free, bright yellow smiley-face mug. And that’s the mug you have to use if you want those free refills. Smiley-faces? Also the worst.

So which locations are we talking about here?

First Look: Coeur


Last year, Brendan Hartranft was diagnosed with hodgkin’s lymphoma. In February of 2014 the symptoms that he and Leigh Maida had thought were allergies or the stress of running their multiple restaurants (Local 44, Strangelove’s, Memphis Taproom, and, at the time, Resurrection Ale House), turned out to be more something than nothing, and before they knew it, he was signed up for chemotherapy.

Despite having no appetite while in treatment, Hartranft nonetheless devoured the Joe Beef cookbook, so it was fitting that when he was through with treatment the pair celebrated with a trip to Montreal. Liberated from meals crammed in between responsibilities at the restaurants, and what Maida calls the “chicken finger existence” of meals prepared according to the preferences their children, they ate as though it were date night every night. Their server at dinner one night asked, “Are you celebrating? Or are you just used to eating and drinking so well?”

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Twice in a Lifetime: Whetstone Tavern Reviewed

Passyunk Pork - pork chop, sharp provolone polenta

Passyunk Pork – pork chop, sharp provolone polenta | Photo by Caroline Russock

Jeremy Nolen—chef at Whetstone, the man behind Brauhaus and Wursthaus Schmitz, lonely local champion of modern German cuisine and a fella who knows an awful lot about tube-shaped meats—stopped by our table somewhere between the drinks arriving and the menus being taken away. He looked distracted, tired— sucking breath like a boxer in the third round suddenly realizing that the guy across the ring from him is more of a fighter than he’d expected. Read more »

A Creative Way To Make The Beloved Beer Can Sustainable

11910358_697066010393102_1179145357_nIn honor of DesignPhiladelphia’s upcoming, annual Pearl St. Passage festival covering the streets of Chinatown and North Callowhill neighborhood, retro whiskey and go-go bar, The Trestle Inn, is hosting We Can, a pop-up beer garden to help the city find creative ways to reuse and “upcycle” aluminum beer cans.

The Trestle Inn, located at the corner of 11th and Callowhill Streets, teamed up with MIO to create this event as a “playful tongue-in-cheek response” to the growing number of pop-up beer gardens surfacing the streets of Philadelphia.

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A Happy Hour to Help the Homeless

Best Foot PhillyA happy hour to support the homeless is approaching and you can help join the cause by drinking cheap beer, eating delicious food and bringing clean socks to contribute.

Indoor German bierhall, Bru Craft & Wurst, located at 13th and Chestnut Streets in Midtown Village, will host the Best Foot Forward Happy Hour and Fundraiser this Friday, October 2nd, starting at 4pm and extending drink deals until 9pm. Best Foot Forward Philly is a free, all-volunteer clinic that supports the podiatry needs of Philadelphia’s immense homeless population.

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VIP Tickets Going Fast for Whiskey Fest

whiskey-fest-flask-400VIP tickets for Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival on Thursday, October 29th are going fast. The VIP tickets get you the chance to taste Pappy Van Winkle and a host of other ultra-premium spirits. Early entry and a behind-the-scenes tour of Lincoln Financial Field is also part of the VIP experience.

VIP tickets are $150 per person (general admission tickets are $95) are on sale now. Get them now before like the Pappy, it’s all gone.

Whiskey Fest [Philadelphia Magazine]

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