Worst Idea Ever: They Want to Fill Devil’s Pool with Rocks

Photo by Kara Milstein

Photo by Kara Milstein

On Sunday, I read with great interest Claire Sasko‘s feature on Devil’s Pool, the legendary swimming hole along Wissahickon Creek. I’ve been known to jump off of 80-foot cliffs in the Bahamas, but somehow, in my 41 years in the Philadelphia area, I’ve never made it to Devil’s Pool. Well, it sounds like I’d better hurry if I want to take the plunge. Read more »

The Eternal Lure of Devil’s Pool

IN THE WOODS OF Valley Green, just minutes off Livezey Lane in Northwest Philadelphia, the small, bubbling Cresheim Creek cascades into a basin that swells between mossy, fern-covered cliffs before emptying into the Wissahickon Creek. Twentysomethings clad in swim trunks, neon bikinis and muscle tanks linger on the boulders, congregating in groups.

Welcome to Philly’s notorious Devil’s Pool. Read more »

The Checkup: The Sriracha Lover’s Must-See Guide to Cooking 

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• If Sriracha is your go-to condiment for everything from soup to ice cream (Little Baby’s Sriracha Earl Grey ice cream, anyone?), you’ll love these recipes: 50 healthy recipes — ranging from breakfast to dessert, and everything in between —  that are all made better by Sriracha. Plus, how to make a batch of the beloved hot sauce yourself. [Greatist]
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Introducing … Ask Liz: Your Philly Conundrums Solved

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If the taxi I’m in gets into a fender-bender, do I still have to pay the fare? — D.W., Northern Liberties

The Public Utilities Commission, which regulates taxis in Philadelphia, doesn’t have a rule for this particular situation. But assuming you’re unhurt, you’re governed by the same rules you always are in a taxi. In other words, has the driver taken you to your intended destination? If so, pay the fare. If you’re five blocks away and the two drivers are still swapping insurance info, dust yourself off, pay what you owe, and get another taxi — or just walk, for God’s sake. Not that I do, mind you, but I hear it’s good exercise. Read more »

Grab Your Running Buddy: 11 Great Spots to Run and Walk With Your Dog Near Philly

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Can we take a minute to talk about how wonderful this fall weather is? It’s breezy, but not blistering cold, and it’s sunny, but not sweat-your-face-off sweltering hot. It’s perfect. And the mild temps are especially wonderful for exploring all the beautiful trails and running spots that Philly has to offer with your pooch by your side. My dog refuses to move beyond four feet from our front door in the summer heat and in the winter snow, so autumn is when we get most of our trail-time in. But after four consecutive falls spent trudging along the Kelly Drive path, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need a change of scenery, stat. But where?

Well, that’s where this post comes in: To help find some new trails to tackle, I asked five folks who love to explore Philly with their pooches where their favorite spots to run and walk are. And boy, did these lovely people provide an arsenal of go-to spots for me and my dog to get our sweat on—from Ridley Creek State Park, where dogs can cool off in the water post-run, to the new Washington Avenue Green and more. So if you and your pup are tired of pounding the same pavement fall after fall, read on to see which spots these Philly folks suggested—you’re bound to discover some new dog-running and walking inspiration. And we’d love to hear about your favorite pup-friendly running spots in and around the city, too! List ‘em off in the comments section below.
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Free Ladies’ Night Run Tuesday in the Wissahickon

Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

Grab your sneakers and get ready to sweat, ladies: Tomorrow evening, you are invited to a free ladies’ night out, courtesy of sports coach Marcy Gialdo. And if your typical ladies’ nights are anything like mine (margaritas, Mexican food and more margaritas), this night is guaranteed to be a bit more scenic than usual.

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Fall Couch-to-5K Group Coaching in the Wissahickon Starts September 13th

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Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

If you’re one of those people who thinks running could be the greatest thing ever but doesn’t quite know for sure, because, well, you’ve never actually tried it, then we’ve got just the program for you: the Cedars House cafe’s fall Couch-to-5K training program, tailor-made for beginners like you, kicks off Saturday, September 13th.

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