Friday, August 21, 2009


Last Friday during my restaurant Tidbits & Rumors I mentioned the new pizza-wine bar, Zavino's under construction in the former check-cashing agency on the northwest corner of 13th and Sansom. (I think the Check Cashing sign is still there that I mentioned.)
I mentioned that I had seen the drawings and how impressive the design was (This is how it the outside looked last Thursday).
From the press release: In October, Chef-partner Steve Gonzalez will debut Zavino (112 South 13th Street, 215-732-2400), an Italian pizza kitchen and wine bar. Featuring a seasonal menu, classic cocktails, an approachable selection of wine and beer and the area’s best late-night menu, Zavino is sure to become a neighborhood favorite in the city’s trendy Midtown Village.This morning Michael Klein wrote a few more tidbits on the place including what they're serving as well as a price range in his Insider column. As you can see the glass awnings are depicted. What I like most about this idea is it will allow ample light in as there is a rather large building across the street. It makes the place very light and airy.I was so excited when I got permission to release one of the sketchings, because this design is something to get excited about. I really love the woodsy, strong feel of the place with a very long bar. In another former life I used to be a volunteer architectural tour guide so I have an interest in buildings, design and layouts. I also love the exposed brick, I can never get enough of exposed brick and raised ceilings. I was perplexed at how they were going to create an inviting, comfortable place. I think they achieved it (Looking from 13th Street entrance): Update On Zavinos Click Here

Zavino will be open from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily. No reservations. Take out available. For more information, please call (215) 732-2400 or visit

Above the restaurant will be a few apartments where several tenants with shops on this stretch of 13th Street will reside. I'm so excited to see the 13th Street vision come to realization with all this new life.


Recently I re-connected with a high school friend on Facebook (gotta love that instead of going to reunions), Sandee Clark. Sandee and I met when we both performed in the high school play, Bye Bye Birdie, which is currently on Broadway right now with John Stamos. Did I ever mention I got an "A" in drama in college? Anywho Sandee was always the star and now is front and center at her salon Profomance Cuts, a race car themed salon at 193 S. Rt 73 (at Tauton Rd), West Berlin, NJ 08091 (856) 767-7004 Co-Owners Sandee Bengel and Marty Kulesza

Sunday Proformance Cuts is partnering with Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport, NJ in bringing a Race Car show in our salon lot August 23, 2009 . Come see the race cars, meet the drivers and mascot, Bandit from Bridgeport Speedway. Proformance Cuts is now the proud sponsor of the outlaw street stock cars at the speedway. This event is open to the public.

All Haircuts include a Hot Lather Neck Shave for the Men. (Which I love)
Now offering Facial Waxing
We are an American Sign Language- friendly salon
Keep checking our group site for added updates
Bring your wristband from Bridgeport speedway and receive $2.00 off any haircut service at Proformance Cuts,
the Bridgeport Speedway mascot, Bandit ( a raccoon) will be making an appearance at the Salon open house as well as a few racing cars and drivers. We are having a show for the public, gift basket raffles to sponsor the Outlaw Stocks at Bridgeport Speedway cuz they don't get a lot of funds. Proformance Cuts is their main sponsor, but we would like to help these guys get more sponsors for all of their hard work.

WHAT SOME PEOPLE DO ON A HOT NIGHT IN PHILADELPHIA, or Geez what's worse Skateboarders in Love Park or Swimmers in Swann Fountain?

Why do we have police hanging out in Love Park preventing skateboarders from doing their thing, when I think it's far more dangerous/destructive to have a person get injured via impalement or cracked head swimming in Swann Fountain?

Pit bulls in the fountainI guess he's done lunges

I never knew there was a wading pool at the top of the fountain
A nice cool spot for a little shut eye
Hard Head

If you must swim in Swann Fountain, please don't jump or dive?

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I'm getting a lot of exercise chasing around the movie making trio around Philadelphia as they are a slippery bunch, even though they love sitting in the window at many of our local restaurants. Today, I went out to the set of the James L Brooks movie the other day, or more specifically where the trailers are kept, to try and get a photo of specifically Reese. This is not Reese, but a honest to goodness paparazzi shot of her assistant. I don't pride myself on these shots, I like to be out in the open, but I had heard that openness was not the way to go with this production as it's so top secret including the title.
They've hired a lot of top guns. In fact shortly after this picture some of them came over to intimidate me. I mentioned that I just wanted a couple shots of Reese anywhere, anytime and I wouldn't photograph her til say after the leaves start changing colors after say 9/20. You see no one has gotten a decent shot of her. I've plenty of opportunities, but every time I ask she ignores me or turns her back (or it rains, or I am playing miniature golf somewhere in Jersey), I know, I shouldn't ask anymore.

I also told her bodyguard that she really should take the kids to some of our great museums, especially The Please Touch Museum, The Franklin and The Academy of Natural Sciences. He looked at me perplexed, and I said I would never, ever photograph her kids, or her going to these places. I sincerely wish them a good stay and want to make sure they get to see all Philly has to offer. I should have mentioned Franklin Park too. (Since I hear her assistant reads my blog, Franklin Park for miniature golf, you'll love it)

This is Reese's trailer behind 3 fences.
Reese's trailer. Everyone else has a Hadad trailer, she has a very upscale Movie Makers trailer. Sorta like a double wide deluxe.
These folks really don't want their photos taken for the press, although I have heard that Reese & especially Paul Rudd have allowed fans/people to take their photos (which is really important in my book). I don't think I will be going back to the set until perhaps October as all I really got was a mean ass sunburn on my head & this cool shot of the Cira Center. I wouldn't recommend you going either as it would be a waste of time since no one seems very friendly. They only break for lunch, then it's back into the armory never to be seen until after work that day. I would look for them to return to shooting in Center City in September as they are scouting locations. Most near City Hall, and as Dan Gross reported at Union Trust Sept 13. I will be in NYC shooting celebs that are more cooperative.This is an extra on the set. A friend of mine is filming this week, and although she's in full make-up and costume, she has no idea what the scene is and they didn't even call the extras in on her first day.
Wednesday Night Paul Rudd started off at Morimoto's (thank you to my Tweepstir); to tell you the truth I wasn't going to go down there to get his shot. I did tip off a friend who told me Paul closed the place, and posed for photos for him as he walked to his car.

Quite a big difference than Reese, who last week took a cab from the backdoor to the front door and her waiting car. I really don't understand what the big deal is, they live in LA with paparazzi far more aggressive and unscrupulous than me. I at least try and ask. Now granted those photos I took the other day with her covering her face are not the norm for me. I do regret taking them.

It's just I really thought that as I bargained with her, see Demi Moore's shots last year, that she would drop the hands and allow me to get a shot so I wouldn't bother with her for another month. She must know there are only two of us.

I left my surveillance around 11PM and walked home. Around this time I started getting tips that Paul Rudd was at Parc. Hmm really how odd. Then someone tipped me that Owen was there. I still wasn't interested in going back it was late and I had to process the photos from Jennifer Carroll's Top Chef Screening Party at 10 Arts. Then at midnight I got the call, two of my favorite Philadelphian's were at Parc. I hopped in my car and drove back. I though how awesome to get my two favorites in People or Us Mag with Owen Wilson or Paul Rudd.

I'm thinking to myself, Owen was probably at the Phillies game with the rest of Philadelphia, since Rudd ate alone at Morimoto's and now he's having dinner with the First Lady of Baseball Jen Utley ( Utley's All Star Animals Charity) and home run king of the night, Chase Utley (I received over 5 tips by the end of the night). Everyone stayed to the bitter end about 1:30AM

For me it was odd to be out there as I know Jen on more than a name basis and well it was just weird to be shooting her, but as a Philly "Paparazzi" and one that gathers news for Philly, it fell within the territory that I know people would report on and I just hoped they didn't see me as I was a tad embarrassed to be doing this. Another awesome thing was while waiting for a cab Chase was greeted by fans, and he shook their hands as they wished him well. Sometimes I know I am very lucky to get to shoot/witness the things people seem to want to know about.

As for Owen and Paul... There were lots of fan flashes taken inside of Parc, so I mistakenly thought this was going to be my night.

But here's Owen Wilson leaving, he literally dove in the car from the exit into the open door of his Prius (I've seen him do this exit before in NYC @ the nightclub Butter). That's him in the checkered shirt.

I was disgusted with this chain of events, with me trying to get these photos, to questioning why am I trying to get these photos, and I left. I did want to stay for a photo of Paul Rudd, especially since I had already shot his the previous week and he gave me a beautiful shot and I just didn't want to bother him again. Well that was a mistake as my friend tells me Paul came out 45 minutes later (That part wasn't the mistake, I would not have wanted to be there another 45 minutes later), Paul's security guard opened an umbrella, I've seen this action before at Jack Nicholson's trailer when it was located at City Hall. Anyway, when Paul exited his security detail put up an umbrella to block the shot, Paul says to the guy "what are you doing? We don't need this drama!!" Pushes the umbrella out of the way and let's the paparazzi get off a few shots.

Paul you're fucking great the source told me. So Reese & Owen why the drama. These photos aren't for me they're for you fans, I'm not getting rich off of them, I am literally taking them so the fans that read about you everyday, see you. If you look on the blogs out there, they are recycling your photos, sometimes purporting them as current like last week when your shiner picture made the rounds again. Please let me get a couple photos and I will leave you alone for a month, I'd like to get some sleep.I did see Cole Hamels (The Hamels Foundation) walking his seriously adorable dog as I walked home about 11PM, so that was cool - LOL Of course when I took my focus off Parc that is when Jen, Chase, Owen & Paul walked into the place, so that sucked since I continued on my way home taking lots of pictures of the night scenes. Oh and I got a sugar free slurpee too. (I was a tiny bit bad as I did point out Cole to a group of 4 girls who had Phillies Jersey's on. After the initial screams they calmed down and just watched him walk by like I asked) I hear it's not a rare sight, but to me it was interesting as people have fan sites dedicated to him, wear his jersey and like all celebrities is really just like us. Here he is walking his pooch after work.
I wonder why I keep seeing all those smiling faces of Reese in the glossies week after week, I just want one of them to be from Philadelphia, it's great PR and well I love getting that for our City.

But, right now I'm not a big fan of what I do right now, I don't want Owen Wilson to have to dive in his car to avoid a shot from me, or Reese to have to bump into her bodyguard because she cant' see where she's going as she covers her face. Philly I might stop seeking these folks out, what do you think? I will always have the stories as folks are kind passing them along to me, thanks.

Celebs I Recently Took with my Mobile Phone

Sorry I wrote this in a tired stupor after a difficult night of trying to get photos of our three A-Listers. I wish the other three were as awesome as Paul Rudd was, but that's another blog entry.

Cindy Drue

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick at the opening of his latest play on Broadway.

Dolly Parton at the Tony's

Ben Franklin
Questlove - The Roots

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


This week concludes the Be a Ten in Ten weeks program with NBC10 & Fusion Cross Training. It was hard as hell, my body constantly ached, but 10 weeks later I dropped 17lbs and I feel awesome. For the most part the challenge was just showing up, secondly no matter how much you work out if you don't track your food AND eat healthy, all those workouts aren't going to matter too much, finally you have to want it, and trust me when you start losing those first few pounds you do get much more motivated. So please do it for yourself, you don't have to go to a gym, you could go for a walk, climb some stairs and begin to eat healthier and you will see results.
Last week we had the wrap up party for the "10 in 10 Challege" at Valanni's on Spruce Street. Lauren Albert, Kirsty Halliday & Chip Capelli; Chip lost over 35lbs in boot camp over the past 10 weeks, 17lbs just on vacation when he was in Provincetown - WOW (Ok bedtime for me its 2AM, I will fill this in more tomorrow. Thanks for tuning in)
Justin Pizzi & the sweet Aditi Roy.
Me. I lost 17lbs and I feel great. Thanks everyone for your support. I will be continuing the program and write bi-weekly updates. This week, I took off the entire 7 days. This morning I will be returning to the gym
George Waldron, Nicole Michalik today says [I'm so] bruised from the gym, I feel like I'm back in Biggest Loser world! No pain, no gain?, Justin & the great videographer Brad Berner
Part of the "Rack Pack" Megan Smith of Brownstone PR, with Brad Berner & Justin Pizzi.
Michael Short, Nicole and Joseph Matthews,
Sara Finne & Christine Stern
We finished and it was great....Check out the final stats HERE Plus the final video that is airing this week on TV. (I don't know what measuring tape they are using, but I do not have a 55 inch waist, at least that's not what my dress pants tag says. [although it does say we give you an extra secret inch]) Thanks a lot to all the Fusion Coaches, to the NBC !0 gang, Gavin McKay, Justin Pizzi and Brad Berner for an awesome editing job week after week, it's not his fault the camera added 100 lbs. Scroll down for more scoop...
On a side not a lot of credit needs to go to Justin Pizzi for coming up with this idea. After gaining a few pounds he started going to Fusion Cross Training and started seeing results and thought maybe he could inspire people to take their fitness and health more seriously.

Yesterday I randomly ran into him on the street after he had left one of the coaching classes at Fusion. I think he's achieved his fitness goals.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Phillies come out in force to support the Fourth Annual Jimmy Rollins Celebrity BaseBowl Tournament

Thankfully people tip me off to events because it is almost impossible to for me to get on the Phillie's media list. If anyone has any connections I really would like to be put on a media list so I can promote the Phillies events with out them slipping by. I enjoy seeing the fans interact with their heroes and visa versa. (Also thanks to the two people who tipped me off yesterday to the two R's, Renee & Reese. I really appreciate it. HughE)

Yesterday I went to Lucky Strikes, and lucky for me it was across from where I work, to support the Philadelphia Phillies’ 2007 NL MVP and 3-time All-Star shortstop Jimmy Rollins will host the Fourth Annual Jimmy Rollins Celebrity BaseBowl Tournament Rollins and other members of the World Champion Phillies as well as other feature athletes, sports personalities and entertainers will team up with executives and Phillies fans to raise money for the Rollins Family Foundation and The Arthritis Foundation. There was a silent auction where you could purchase trips, dinners and lot of sport memorabilia like this Kobe Bryant signed Lakers jersey
The turn out was overwhelming, especially if you were me and haven't lost enough weigh on the insert plug here] NBC10 Be a Ten in Ten Weeks - Fusion Cross Training Challenge. Tomorrow is the results show on NBC10 @ 6:45AM, or Thurs 4pm or Sunday @ 11PM. Anyway so it was hard for me to navigate this baby, but awesome for the charity and it's supporters to have so many guest turn out.
It's always nice to be recognized by readers, especially these two nice girls Sarah Casey & Kate McAdam of Maven Communications.
Dwight Howard's size 17 signed sneakers
Mia Tinari & Dave Fisher engaged to be married.
A lot of talent came out to support Jimmy's foundation, can you name a few
The new Phillie Cliff Lee More auction items. Although I didn't see Ryan Howard, I did see his shirt.
Jayson Werth who didn't play but did come as to be the cheering section (He's got his World Championship ring on)
Before the start of the games there was a nice tribute to Harry Kalas

Surprisingly this Cowboy's Roy Williams signed helmet didn't do so wellMitch Williams and his "girl", Mitch told me. Someone else mentioned that it was his daughter. (Sure at first I thought maybe it was his wife/girlfriend)star
The Championship Trophy arrives. I wonder if this guy realizes that he is holding the dream of a million or so people.
Phillie's Ball Girls Debbie & Kelli
Mike Jerrick returned to Fox 29, co-anchoring “Good Day Philadelphia” and starting reporting again, on July 27, 2009; Hopefully after his stint in NYC he can bring down a few more A-Listers that he has interviewed over at Fox NYC and his own national morning show. Although then PCC will have to wake up extra early to make it to their stage door. I hear that when Jose Conseco was in town a few weeks back, he brought an entourage of 60 people. Crazy. Last week when Linda Hogan came by it was just her and one handler.
Guest, Jimmy Rollins and board member Nina Tinari, who jetted off to San Francisco right after this event.
The Phillies Phanatic looks like he's found a few friends.
Maybe one of those friends purchased the mini version signed by Jimmy Rollins.

Not sure who this is. After this event I covered the Taste of Philly, which I will be posting tomorrow. Then I got a tip about Reese Witherspoon eating at Parc and ran over there just to have her put her hand over her face. So irritating. If I got one decent shot of her I wouldn't bother her for the next couple weeks. ugg
Chase Utley was on to playand if you wanted to you could bid on a Chase Utley signed bat

Sweet Ending. Go Phillies and thanks to all of you who turned out to support:The Jimmy Rollins BaseBowl Event provides an entertaining event to raise funds and awareness for the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the Rollins Family Foundation. For more information visit: