We Want to Hear Your True Life Wawa Stories

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

I have plenty of Wawa memories that are pleasant: As a kid, picking up a paper with my dad to read about who blew the Eagles game for us; Traveling across state lines for a taste of home while in college; Grabbing a hoagie (paired with Herr’s Sour Cream and Onion chips and a Tastykake, naturally) on my way to work as a lifeguard in high school – one of the better summer jobs of my adolescence.

But then there’s the dark stuff. The weird and often inexplicable life events that will remain stowed away in your limbic system for eternity, ready to call up at a moment’s notice. I’m talking about those “it could only happen at Wawa after midnight” moments we all have experienced. Read more »

OPINION: Philly Isn’t Charlottesville. It’s Worse.

Rizzo Statue Protest | Photography by Ernest Owens

“Who is more racist: The North or the South?”

That is the age-old question I’m often asked when I tell people I moved to Philly from Texas. Initially, my answer was the South, easily. Philadelphia, with its majority Democratic political base and socially progressive laws, was a clear contrast to the land of statewide bans I grew up in.

But after seven years of residing in Philly, I can’t help but reflect on my grandmother’s long-held response to that question: “What’s worse: a town that can’t seem to get any better no how, or one that doesn’t get any better by choice?”

And it’s that line of thinking that has made me realize that Philly is one of the most unapologetically racist cities around. Read more »

Philly to Host Army-Navy Game in Five of Next Six Years

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After several years of trading off hosting duties with Baltimore, Philadelphia has been named the official site for the Army-Navy Game in five of the next six years, officials announced at a joint news conference on Tuesday at City Hall.

Lincoln Financial Field was awarded the game this year as well as in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022. MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will host the 2021 grudge match in observance of the 20-year anniversary of 9-11. Read more »

We Took a Look at Philly’s “Nuclear Incident” Plan

Recent diplomatic friction with North Korea has left a growing number of Americans feeling a sense of impending doom – a sentiment that was once the hallmark of the Cold War era but hasn’t been broached since. All of this talk of nuclear warheads, scud missiles and launch codes has paranoia on high alert as of late. Read more »

Where to Get Your Frosé Fix in Philly This Summer

The frosé at Bud Marilyn’s / via Facebook

Right off the bat, I think I should say that I am not recommending that anyone actually drink frosé. I am not endorsing this mystifying fad for frozen rosé wine. I am not condoning its consumption. There are already so many alcoholic beverages that are perfect for summer (the classic gin and tonic, mai tais and zombies, salty dogs for when you’re sweaty and cold beers from a foam cooler when you’re not), so I’m not sure why anyone would want a wine slushy.

But this is Philly and Philly sometimes goes off on these strange, obsessive, quasi-historical jags when it comes to food and booze. Allegedly, the frosé (or frappé à la glacé if you wanna be classy) was invented here more than a century ago — undoubtedly by drunken malcontents furious that air conditioning hadn’t been invented yet and desperate for any way to cool off in the 150-percent humidity. And today, frosé has inexplicably become a thing again. Because we live in some kind of post-rational nightmare world where even the simplest and most universally agreed-upon social conventions (like that only underage Southern debutantes and the clinically insane put ice in their wine) have broken down.

But I know some of you out there are excited by this. I see it in your Instagram posts and on your Twitter feeds. And I’m not here to judge, but to help. So to that end, I have put together this list of bars in town which are serving cheap wine Slurpees to the masses. I’m sure it’s not all of them, but it is certainly some of them. And if you’re drinking frozen wine anyway, there’s no reason to be picky.

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Philly’s Unlikely Role in the “Twin Peaks” Revival

In David Lynch’s surreal world of Twin Peaks, the FBI is not headquartered at its familiar J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., but in Philadelphia of all places!

That funny little nod to the acclaimed writer/director’s muse – Lynch lived in Callowhill while attending PAFA during the late 1960s and has called Philly’s grit the biggest influence in his life – came toward the end of the third episode in the cult show’s revival on Showtime, which aired this past Sunday. Read more »

Philly Drops From Top 5 U.S. Cities

Philly’s population increased for the tenth consecutive year, but surging Phoenix somehow managed to overtake us as our country’s fifth-largest city, statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday show.

“I think the competition this will inspire is healthy — we always need to be upping our game — but in reality, it’s not a real loss,” Mayor Kenney told the Inquirer. “Phoenix’s metro area is still smaller than Philly’s, and Phoenix has grown in population in large part because of land annexation.” Read more »

Philly Is Outpacing New York in Job Growth, Says CBRE

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Philadelphia is growing jobs at a faster pace than New York for the first time in at least 25 years, according to data compiled by the regional chapter of global commercial real estate firm CBRE.

A report released by the company says that while Philly’s growth was particularly sluggish following the Great Recession, we have since rebounded over the past two years, and thanks to changing trends we’re “displaying some of the best performance in nearly 20 years.” Sounds like things are looking up. Read more »

What To Eat This Weekend: SPAM, Lobsters, Plant-Meat and SPAM

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Once again, we have made it to Friday. I think we deserve to celebrate. And how better to do that than with lobsters, SPAM, donuts, plant-based proteins and more lobster? We’ve got everything you need, from the best bagels in Philly to Hawaiian food that’s perfect for a hot afternoon and a new seafood brunch.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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