Sancho’s chef Adán Trinidad is from Puebla, so maybe it’s not truly gringo. But the flavors here know no bounds. Korean short rib tacos, banh mi tacos, brussels sprout tacos and falafel tacos harmoniously share the menu. If only the rest of us could get along this well. 19 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, sanchopistolas.com.
The meats are thinly shaved to order, the bread is seeded (as it ought to be), the dressing is light, and the provolone has a bite. Building a quality hoagie takes years of experience, and Ricci’s—around since the 1920s—has had plenty of practice. 1165 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, riccishoagies.com.
Her claim to fame may be simple lamb tacos, but Martinez (of South Philly Barbacoa fame) is a master of her craft. Her use of quality ingredients and dedication to making everything—from heirloom corn tortillas to soulful stews—by hand, are why Philly’s top toques bow down to her prowess. 1149 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, facebook.com/Calle9ElCompadre.
The peeps at La Cabra pay as much attention to what’s coming out of the kitchen as to what’s coming out of the kegs, so you can score crispy pork belly with chipotle honey along with that Atlas double IPA. 642 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312, lacabrabrewing.com.
A jaunt with this all-paces-welcome trail-running group (they meet at Wissahickon’s Valley Green Inn at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays) squeezes in a hefty dose of nature, a calf-burning workout and a chance to make new friends, all before brunch. Facebook.com/groups/chasingtrail.
In the city, Totem proves that men's accessories aren't all cheesy fedoras and corny cuff links with a selection of Shinola timepieces, Miansai screw cuff bracelets and I'm-not-trying-too-hard Shwood eyewear. 535 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, totembrandco.com.
UberX? Pfft. All those blue two-wheelers you've seen cruising around town are evidence enough that the city's pay-and-pedal bikes are this year's ride of choice (5,000 Indego members and counting!). Now if we can just keep all those newly mobile folks off the sidewalks ... Various locations, rideindego.com.
This tiny company operating out of a cluttered space above a pizza shop is actually one of the largest cell-phone parts wholesalers in the Northeast, so they have the real Apple screens (not the knockoffs others use) dirt cheap. We recently brought them a badly shattered phone: Ten minutes and $60 later, it was like new. 299 Levering Mill Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, ipartzusa.com.
Owner Trina O'Boyle, a former Montessori teacher, brings ingredients, supplies and aprons and holds court during her (healthy!) cooking party while you relax and snap pics. oboyorganic.com.
There's rarely a cover at this Philly dive bar, where a shot and a beer still cost just $3.50. And the talent lineup is always intriguing, from a twice-monthly country music hoedown and a funky Saturday-night guitar trio to the lounge-y sounds of Dena Miranda and the Mellowtones. 1509 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, bobandbarbaras.com.
Bucks County has plenty of gorgeous to go around thanks to destinations like the nearly 1,500-acre lake -- all shimmering and tree-lined -- in Nockamixon State Park. There are six public launching areas, which means this is a windsurfer's, paddle boarder's, kayaker's and boater's dream. (Much of the needed gear is available to rent on-site for fair prices.) 1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown, PA 18951, dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/nockamixon.
As happens so often, a run-of-the-mill strip mall yields ethnic-dining gold. This small mom-and-pop just down the road from the Berlin Farmer's Market has a fiercely dedicated clientele and is always filled with soccer-watching Mexican guys and young families chowing down on menudo, amazing tacos al pastor and homemade horchata. Just as a heads-up, not every staffer speaks English, so feel free to try out your Espa�ol. 33 West White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ 08009, .
Screw you and your vegan, fair-trade, farm-to-table almond milk. There are some things we'll always do better on the East Coast, and Italian food is one of them. The ironic thing? Il Pittore looks like every taste-of-Tuscany dining room scattered across the Left Coast, but the food is so much richer, smarter and more soulful than virtually anything you'd find at any of those "lighter is better" places. 2025 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, ilpittore.com.
Need insta-motivation? A quick visit to O'Hearn's Instagram page—the Philly Phitness owner posts a medley of non-cheesy motivational mantras and videos of sweaty, intense training sessions—will get you off the couch and into your sneakers in no time. instagram.com/phillyphitness.
When Sip-N-Glo Juicery started bottling its wholesome juices and smoothies, it was like the juice gods were smiling down on us, finally. And we thank them. 932 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, sipnglo.com.