Friday, March 9, 2012

Sixers Lou Williams Meet & Greet at Shops of Liberty Place on Thursday - Looking Fly

Sixers Lou Williams looking sleek, check out that watch. Here he is with Michael Young and Matthew Tucker and Jen Sherlock, PR for The Philly Sports Cave.
The Philly Sports Cave is in the Shops of Liberty. The Shops are at 16th and Chestnut Streets and often have lots of activities held in their rotunda, check the schedule here. Plus they have a lot of great shops under one roof - Nine West, Victoria Secrets, Express and a great food court.


November ushered in a whole new crop of elected politicians that will run our City.

Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C.

have many friends in City Hall as well in the community at large. They thought wouldn't it be nice if they hosted a "Meet the Leaders" for the incoming politicians as well as their clients and friends. It was a huge success. Look who showed up.Front row: Mayor Nutter, Darrell Clarke, Cindy Bass, Longtime aide to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, Lorraine Williams, Vanessa Brown, Mitchell Kaplan
Back row: Tony Payton, Jr, Curtis Jones Jr, Councilman Bill Green,Ted Schaer, Gary DeVito, Sherriff Jewell Williams, Shariff Street,Monique Andes checks the list
Looking stylish as ever Brad and Crystal El of Boaz and Ruth stopped in.
Aida Strata, Stacey Kracher, Ann Nikolaus and Monique Andes
Kathryn Bryne, Guest and Don Pak, EsquireEntertainment by CTO
Christian DiCicco
DARRELL L. CLARKE is the President of City Council and represents the 5th Council District and Mayor Nutter
Stephanie Singer, City Commissioner, Curtis Jones, Jr, City Commissioner, Kenneth Johnson, and David Oh, Councilman At-Large will still be affiliated with Zarwin Baum. Food by B Smith Catering. Fun times had by all, lots of biz card exchanges and laughter. Happy 2012!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Just a heads up about the new TV Show "Do No Harm", with Phylicia Rashad,which I mentioned in yesterday's blog post. It looks like it will be filming on Delancey Street on Friday. I love these notices they are finally getting more descriptive, which will help you plan your day. No Parking along 21st Street between Locust and Pine Streets
Also no parking on Delancey Street half way up the block in the 2100 bloc and 2000 block
Remember when the Neil Patrick Harris movie used this house for Bright Lights, Big City.
And the Answer Man with Jeff Bridges, he used this house at the corner of 21st and Delancey. I think this is the house they are going to use for the TV shoot, the upstairs windows are boarded up as if no one lives there. It's a gigantic house

Also the bike lane will be blocked from 18th Street to 20th Street. The GPFO tells me that the Philly Bike Coalition will have a notice on it's website soon with information, and hopefully alternatives. These restrictions will only be in place for 24hrs, which is nothing when you compare all the great revenue that will flow into the coffers generated by the business and people the shoots bring to the City via the Film Tax Credits. Also I do love to shoot the celebs and bringing the stories to you.

Jar Bar is finally Open - Vegetarians and Raw Foodies do the Happy Dance - Other New Residents of White Building

Last year I started reading about Catalyst Cleanse system, a juice cleansing routine many of the Rittenhouse Square gals were doing. Then I heard they were opening a Raw Foods restaurant, called JAR Bar, on 12th Street in White Building, in the space where Lotus Rugs used to be. It seemed to be on the fast track to open, but there was a delay.
JAR Bar, the raw-foods cafe from Joel Odhner and Jennifer Richmond, at 107 S. 12th Street is now opened as of yesterday. I was zipping by in a cab last night, when I noticed the lights were on, and like a scene out of Miracle on 34th Street I screeched for the cab driver to let me out there when I saw my dream house existed.
As some of you may know, I recently started the Caveman Diet, and those cavemen love raw foods, especially prepared by others in a way that it's gourmet and within pricing reason.
I met Jennifer Richmond, last year at a few events. So sweet, and informative. I was already fascinated with the juice program ( Catalyst Cleanse ) that so many of my readers were on, and was wondering if the restaurant they were opening was all about the juices. She told me that although they were going to sell the juices they were also going to offer various delicious foods to take out or eat in. They're even going to have curbside delivery. You call and order ahead of time, and then park at 12th & Samsom and they'll run the food out to you. Convenient. I know someone who's going to love it and that's Gavin from Fusion Cross Training, which is located upstairs.

Last night I had sweet-potato spaghetti, and a tiny taste of chocolate mousse made with avocado and raw chocolate. It was delicious, really.I was really surprised what I always described as faux food was so good. I especially loved the Sweet Potato pasta, and that serving with a tall glass of water was just what my dietician always suggested.
I nibbled on the burger and fries. The burger is made out of almonds, flax, carrot, celery, red/green peppers. The fries, jicama, sweet potato, salt, pepper, garlic and paprika. There's also plenty of salads and chips, kale chips to be exact. Taste similarly to potato chips. I see a new way of eating. I really had a different understanding of Raw Food, but now that I've eaten it there's nothing foreign or voodoo about it. Jennifer also explained the juicing system, and described the smoothies they would be serving. I chatted about Mike's new Vita Mix and her eyes lit up. They use that too, and said Mike must be serious into his raw food and I said he was. The other day he gave me a Kale smoothie that was delicious. "That's raw food" Jennifer said. I guess I already experienced it and I didn't even realize it.
On either side of Raw Bar are newly occupied spaces too. On the left, closer to Chestnut Street, the Philly Cup Cake boys rented the space and are selling vintage clothing. On the right will soon be the newly relocated Kitchenette, which currently is 1120 Walnut St. Last week I ran into the owner who told me the new space will also have a demonstration kitchen and lots of the same great items you love at the current store. Look for the opening in April.

OMG MS GOODY CUPCAKES debuting a new mobile cupcake truck

Ms. Goody Cupcake at 1838 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, PA has a few treats up her sleeve. First up she's celebrated the “Philadelphia International Flower Show – Hawaii Islands of Aloha.”

Saturday, March 3 - Saturday, March 10, 2012
Hawaii-inspired Cupcakes Support Flower Show Say “Aloha” to tropical themed cupcaLinkkes in time for the “Philadelphia International Flower Show – Hawaii Islands of Aloha.” Each day we will debut new flavors that pay homage to the islands by using traditional ingredients, such as coconuts, bananas, pineapples and macadamia nuts. A new flavor and theme will debut each day, including:

Island Breeze – Banana/pineapple cake, lemon curd, lemon cream cheese frosting
Shake Your Coconuts – Coconut cake, coconut buttercream, toasted coconut
Surfs Up – Blue Hawaiian cake, ocean blue buttercream, surfboard
Volcano – Chocolate raspberry cake, chocolate buttercream, with raspberry lava
Dream Vacation – Pineapple cake, vanilla butter cream, topped with coconut
Piña Colada– Piña Colada cake soaked in rum, coconut cream cheese frosting, cherry

Twenty-five cents from the sale of each Hawaii-inspired cupcake, including advance orders, will be donated to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Next up, she's debuting a new mobile cupcake truck with her special brand of delicious.


Ms. Goody Cupcake will debut her new cupcake truch at the East Passyunk Ave Easter Egg Hunt on Sat March 31, starting at 11am. Stop by for a cupcake and Easter-themed cookie!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Philly Star Sightings: Sigourney Weaver, EVA MARIE SAINT, Dee Snider, Zoe Strauss,

Random Fun Shots chock full of Info - Philly Chit ChatterTuesday I went back to the Flower Show to shoot the afternoon tea (twice a day) and a few other things. It was crowded. I suggest you go between 4 - 7PM if you're not attending the Wedding Night tonight or Girls Night Out tomorrow night. The theme this year is “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha” as you may know from my earlier post on Monday. This guy really wanted be experience the full on effect as if he were on the islands, he wore shots & one of those shirts...I've been tweeting for weeks that Bristol, PA native Lauren Holly would soon start filming a TV show here in Philly. Yesterday I got a tip that filming of the NBC pilot called “Do No Harm” was being shot in Chestnut Hill. It's a medical drama about a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. As recently as 2/14/12 it was listed on Holly's website that she would be starring in it as well as being listed on the IMDB of the show. But now according to and the corrected online column of Dan Gross' Philly Gossip , Mrs Huxtable - Phylicia Rashad will be starring in the show along with Steven Pasquale (Harrisburg Pa native who also starred in The Answer Man with Jeff Daniels which was filmed in Philly), Alana De La Garza, Ruta Gedmintas, Mousa Kraish and Michael Esper. I'll keep an eye out for them at the Stephen Starr Restaurants around town. Keep reading as there is another A Lister coming to town to film a TV Show. (I took the above shot of Rashad at the Tony Awards in 2009)
Congrats to Cheap Chica's Lilliana Vasquez on her book deal with Gotham!! The book will be all about bargains but quality items you could use.
Erin Elmore was on QVC this past weekend hawking the luggage she reps.
TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz and Special Guest EVA MARIE SAINT
Coming to Philadelphia to Introduce NORTH BY NORTHWEST on
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Although the screening is free, tickets are required for entry. Free tickets may be obtained online at, beginning today - March 1, 2012.

I Wanna ROCK...
Dee Snider, of Twisted Sister, signing copies of Shut Up + Give Me the Mic -
5/11 Barnes & Noble 1805 Walnut St Philadelphia 6PM
LA-based artist Mark Bradford will be in town on March 11 to talk about his work & connections to the urban landscape. Zoe Strauss (above with City Paper's A.D. Amorosi last week at Xfinity) will also join the conversation. 2:30 pm, Free tickets req. after Museum admission: **This program is supported by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Endowment Fund for Education, and is also part of The Art and Social Transformation lecture series, made possible by a generous gift from Dina and Jerry Wind Larry Bowa Shortstop 1970-1981 Career w/Phillies signed autographs at The Sports Cave at The Shops of Liberty Place in Center City last week. This Week: Philadelphia 76ers Star Lou Williams will be appearing at The Philly Sports Cave, Thursday March 8th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. $35 in the rotunda.
Last month Philly Mag's Victor Fiorillo wrote on The Philly Post about the new Colin Farrell movie filming here (the production office was in full swing last week so it's just about to start); the article also mentioned a new TV show being filmed in Philly for the USA Network, a 6-episode drama series from Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark, starring Handsome Lone Star and Happy Endings actor James Wolk is to play the Secretary’s son and Chief of Staff , but he didn't know who the actress would be playing the character that is not supposed to be Hillary Clinton, but a fictional character that was once a First Lady and then a Secretary of State. The show centers on Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver), the divorced former First Lady and newly appointed Secretary of State who throws herself into the job after recovering from the dissolution of her marriage and losing the presidential nomination. Barrish relies heavily on her son Doug (James Wolk), an ambitious politico who serves Link as her chief of staff, but is tormented by his twin brother’s struggles with addiction. Shooting will begin in the Philadelphia region for 8 weeks very soon. (Source) (I shot this in NYC in 2010 as Sigourney and her husband were going to lunch at 21)
The maintenance office door at the Reading Terminal Market
The much talked about new men's bathroom at the Reading Terminal Market. The women's bathroom is yellow, but the women didn't appreciate me walking in with a camera
The recently painted mural in the Moyer Foundation Office in Philly. Sad to see my bud Justin Pizzi leave NBC10. If not for Justin including me in the 2009 "Be A Ten in Ten Weeks", then casting me in his TV show on The Scene, I certainly wouldn't have been picked up by Fox 29 Philly's Good Morning Philly. Thanks Pizzi. Justin can now be read on twitter @justpizzi

Rice & Mix Korean Kitchen at 1207 Walnut St - Are they only hiring Hispanics?

A reader send me this:

This is a new restaurant opening on 1207 Walnut street and the posting for "Now Hiring" is only in Spanish on both windows and it seems like they are only looking for Hispanic dishwashers and food prep. This is so discriminating against other races. We were pissed when we saw it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Bellevue Gets Engaged in Nicole Miller - Change is Good, Right?

The Bellevue Gets Engaged is one of my favorite bridal gathering. It's always had just the right elements of notable peeps in the first row, eager brides looking for their dream wedding elements and a beautiful Nicole Miller bridal fashion show on the 19th floor of the historic Hyatt at the Bellevue hotel on Broad Street.This year there were a few changes, all for the good. Change of ballrooms, the shin dig has moved down 18 1/2 floors to the Grand Ballroom. Grand is not an understatement, some of the City's grandest weddings have occurred in this space, as well as many prestigious events including the annual Flyers Wives Fashion Show in January, which also featured Nicole Miller designs. The event was chock full of Philebrities and A Listers. Not only did the new venue also hold more people, but it was roomier and the runway didn't affect the flow of the crowd in the room by overwhelming it. Finally there were less notables filling the room, which was a good thing as it freed up front row seats for the brides to be (BFF of Mary K. Dougherty , First Lady Lisa Nutter, was over at the Flower Show reading the Lorax to the kids). Although a few seemed to be on the runway, and a handful of fashionistas and tastemakers were spotted in the seats. I didn't see Linda and Ian Swain like I normally do, but Lianda Swain was there and she is the demographic of who you want in your audience at a bridal show.
Alexa Gutter and Alana Tosti, Philadelphia Wedding Magazine. Alana loves the new space. I love that the vendors were in the same room, with the cake vendors located on the balcony. Meaning when you went up the stairs and down the stairs you burned, I burned some calories. (I really didn't eat any cake, I'm on the caveman diet. They didn't have cake in their world. Although Fred Flintstone does look like he's never walked by a piece of cake he didn't like.)
Gary Kraus & Liz Scarlett own one of my favorite stores, Scarlett Alley. Even before I was PCC I used to stop in and buy things there. Think of a cross between Foster's and The Home Store. Now they are doing stationary for weddings etc.

Tina Lamsback and her dad Robert Lamsback of Lamsback floral displays, one is behind them and others lined the runway for the highly anticipated Nicole Miller 2012 Bridal Fashion Show. (Tina's the Chair of the upcoming Donors Are Heroes' 10th annual "THE Party" taking place April 27, 2012 at the Four Seasons. It really is the hippest party in town.)
Author/Editor of Philadelphia Wedding, Carrie Denny signs her book "The Bride's Instruction Manual"Laurie Gold, Director of Catering, Monet Imperato, Sales Assistant and Judy Ellis Taylor, Director of Sales and Marketing all at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.
Awesome Shane Victorino cake made especially for the dedication of the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys School, created by Potito's Bakery.
Mary Beth and Liv Sheridan love Teuschers Chocolates of Switzerland, which you can buy in the Bellevue Lobby from Bruce or Rachel at their store.
Oh wait did I mention City of Hope's "Let Them Eat Cake" 4/2/12 is coming up. Another great event, this time all about Wedding Cakes, cakes in general, and it's a competition. (I keep stressing, bring doggie containers. At the end of the night they are giving away the cake.) - This Cake is from Bredenbeck's Bakery in Chestnut Hill. It's a groom's cake. He met his betrothed at a pizza shop so she had this cake made for him.
Julia Greenberger and Greta Greenberger look for ideas as Julia is getting married in November.
Guests were also entertained by the fancy foot work of dance instructors from Society Hill Dance Academy! Check them out at Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars on April 22 to benefit Sickle Cell Anemia.
LinkAmanda Giddings, Capital Grille and Carol Drumstas, Brown Forman. These two are just about to head out on a tour of the Wine Country. I wish I could be a fly on the wall for that trip, cause Carol is such a trip. Laughs a minute no doubt.
The Sporting Club. Upcoming is Fight Night III 3/30/12 at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue is pleased to announce Fight Night 3. Doors Open @ 6:30 PM Proceeds benefit Students Run Philly Style
LinkDJ Bizz of CTOMusic Artist created a nice buzz as the brides roamed around looking at their future memries, and then CTO TriBeCa warmed the crowd up for the fashion show which concluded when Romona of belted out Etta James' "At Last" as the show stopping finale. (CTO has 5 different bands, with 5 different sounds, plus DJ's to meet all your wedding reception needs.)
Front Row Action - Inga D'Angelo, DJ 10 Arts Thursday nights, Renee Patrone, Event Manager at Root Strategies & Weddings by Renee. Renee is also involved with a Black Tie Bowling event at Wynnewood Lanes on March 31, 2012 This fabulous event brings a new twist to the term “Black Tie Event”, Kristin Palmer and Jay Michael, Jay Michael Salon & Spa
Casey Friedman and Adam Cohen are tying the note in 2013 after 10 years of dating. They were so cute while watching the show, obviously in love and looking forward to the big day.
Melissa Bizzak, Philadelphia Magazine Marketing pro takes a turn on the catwalk with the lens of the paparazzi looking her way as she struts her bad self in a Nicole Miller wedding dress.
Ryann Richardson, former Miss Philadelphia and now Director of Public Relations and Promotions - Spirits RESERVE Steakouse. Bar. Lounge, looking fab in this bridesmaids dress.
Men's attire by Hugo Boss and jewelry selections by Tiffany & Co. completed the bridal party's needs.
Rakia Reynolds, can she just go by Rakia, I think I'm just gonna refer her by one name. She is a brand, is it too late for her to rename her PR firm Skai Blue Media to Rakia, I think not, think about that Rakia. Unique, beautiful, a true Philly Phasionista, sweet, a mother, a wife, and entrepreneur. Rakia in a unique Nicole Miller wedding gown, as unique and beautiful as she is.
The fashion show event was executed by Mary K. Dougherty and Associates