Friday, April 6, 2012

COLIN FARRELL in PHILLY - ORANGE YOU LOVELY

Stop by Teuschers Chocolates in the Bellevue Shops Lobby for you Easter and Passover Candy Today. Cute chick & rabbit boxes. Just sayin'


What a great week. I think I had a column on PhillyMag.com everyday, but today. My "The Party Never Stops" page debuted in Philly Mag. I went to a lot of fun events, and I even remembered a few of your names. Best of all the TULIPS have popped out. Colin Farrell sightings...


I was going to post a bunch of pixs of Philadelphian's that were at the Virgin American party last night, as I posted "celebrities" that don't normally grace these pages in my PhillyMag Column HERE (Seth Green, Amber Rose, Zoe Kravitz & Penn Badgley), but then I thought nah let me do something fresh. I was on my way to the Bows & Brews event at the Ethical Society, as I passed the park the sights and sounds drew me in. I thought wow there's a lot of orange around. Why don't I see what I can shoot and use orange as a theme. So the following pixs of orange somewhere in the shot.
She's in red, but the bike behind her is orange, I think? This is also what you call shooting from the hip. I'm not always brave like my buddy Big Rube who will "hose you down" (paparazzi phrase) whether you know it or not. I really like the shots where you don't know I'm taking you, candid.

I guess Rittenhouse Square wants to keep peeps off of the grass. Not sure if it's working.
It was a little colder today than yesterday.
OK this may be red, but isn't that orange in over there by Parc?
George Perrier is spending a lot of time at the Rittenhouse Row eateries, and people are paying their respects as they should. He looks relaxed at Rouge.
 What's going on at Parc? Colin Farrell didn't eat here.
At Devon Big Rube is shooting a subject in the street. That's Melanie Martin. I haven't seen her in a bit. She's been seeing John Westrum for about 2 years. 
I like how someone put their hat on the statue. Victoria Secret Bag pink & orange
I wish people would walk their bikes through the park. About a decade ago they would give you a ticket for riding your bike through the park. I long for those days. 
I finally made it to 2nd Annual Brews & Bowties Event which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Philadelphia Chapter. I will write more about it next week. 
Francesco Storniok and Anh Phan
Ok that is questionable orange, probably more like pink, but I did like the shoes. What do you think of this subject so far? Or are you a Colin Farrell fan and you just want to jump to that info. It's at the very bottom. 
Then I had dinner at Davio's which I will write about next week. When leaving I remembered that RAW Artists was at G Lounge, which is the basement floor of Davio's. My friend Erin Como hosts it, with producer Fred Calalang. (Erin's with boyfriend Danny Schuyler. Those two are just about to leave town for their next adventure. Erin got a TV gig out of state and will be leaving at the end of this month. So happy, yet devastated at the same time. Erin is by far one of the nicest peeps in Philly.)
Gallery ML to free body painting from its general perception as an over-sexualized fringe art and bring it into the realm of respected fine art. Tonight is First Friday and they are having an exhibit.
Nix Herrera, Face off season 2, Jem, Lawren Alice Curator - Gallery ML and Natasha Kudashkina, Artist

RAW Artist is held the First Thursday of every month. It's musicians, artist, jewelers, fashion designers showcasing their work. I think it's $10 to get in. If you're a budding artist you should apply to show you stuff there.  There's also smaller events held at Valanni's every Monday.

Colin Farrell spotted in Rittenhouse Square area

Colin Farrell is in town to film Dead Man Down with actress Noomi Rapace. There were sightings all over town on Thursday as I hear he is looking for a house to rent for the nearly two months he will be filming here. In the evening he was spotted walking through Rittenhouse Square, and then later at The Sporting Club at the Bellevue. (Guess I'll start working out more.) It's not a surprise because that's where Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger worked out when they were in town. As I was leaving G Lounge someone gave me a tip that he was eating at a.kitchen. (hmm that is really blurry, but he's the guy with the hand over his face [on blurry left]. I so had the wrong camera with me. ) Originally he was sitting in the window, but when I got on the scene there were two other snappers there and he moved his seat to the bar to eat, bummer for me. With no chance of knowing when he was going to leave, and the midnight hour approaching I left.  Tune into Fox 29 Good Day Philly to hear about a few more sightings of celebs around town.  Also did you see my star power column in Philly Mag Online Yesterday?
Happy Easter and Passover. Thanks to my Sponsors.  Please support them. How much fun was Let Them Eat Cake, just too much. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nicki Minaj brings her own kinda crazy into Philly & My Pink Review

Nicki was a little surprised I tweeted she got a police escort yesterday and wanted to know who I was. Read on girlfriend. (BTW I didn't tell you she was staying at the Four Seasons getting prettyfied during the day. I know what to tweet and not to.)

True but who r u? > RT : left power 99 with a police escort, shld be arriving any moment





It songs like this that is going to bring Nicki Minaj to the next level. This CD keeps her rap fans happy, as does her fantasy Barbi world, but the pop songs will take her the Katy Perry route to fame and not the Lil Kim route of obscurity.  I tweeted that this CD is better than Madonna's and it is, I like it the first time I heard it not the 3 days it took me to appreciate #MDNA. Doesn't mean that Madge isn't the queen, it just means Nicki Minaj is going to be played in the dance clubs more this summer.


 Nathan Morrissey and Juliana Rodriguez were first in line. They picked up their wrist bands the day before and then returned Wednesday morning at 5AM to wait in line.
 TI Spmmoer. Shelvy Paredes and Caroline Ogden. Shelvy tells me that Nicki Minaj got her through some rough patches and loves her much for it.
 Mckenzie Belton and Kylie Belton. So nice their mom chaperoned them the whole night, and didn't even get a CD signed for herself.
 Keiko El, Anyee Blount, Dreneisha Hector, Shvone Hill, Jon Carson and Naj oh I didn't get her last name cause the crowd started cheering and I thought I was missing something.
She has a devoted fan base
 For some reason celebrities like to increase my Klout score by starting Twitter fights with me. Then there followers send me the nicest messages. Thanks I'm at 65 now.



I've never seen a turn out for a CD signing in Philly like this

fashion ruled the day whether is was good
about Nicki love
 Nicki signed her chest, she doesn't plan on getting a tattoo but thought it was cool
Fierce Fashion
Everyone I talked to was goo gah in love with Nicki more. She told them she loved them and they were beautiful. They held on to those words like a bouquet of flowers.
The kids were decked out for Nicki like that did for Madonna 30 years earlier
Daniel Boon Coon Skin Hats seem to be in vogue again.I saw more than 1 guy with the animal on his head. Aren't they hot?
 the FYE manager happy triumphant with the awesome turnout
 This scene played out over and over. Fans overcome with joy cause Nicki touched their hands and
told them they were beautiful
 The line was 800 people long.  They had people qued in 4 long lines on three different streets.
 golden touch
 Nicki signed a lot of things for fans, but she would not sign these prints that a guy was giving away to the people waiting in line
 This guy was rushing to the tattoo store to get Nicki's graph tattooed on his wrist.











 Happy Birthday Kelly Mulholland, with friends Kayla Winsor and Lauren Walegg. The girls all go to Penn State, but came down at 2AM to wait in line for Nicki Minaj. Sadly FYE/Minaj cut the line off after the originally agreed upon 500 people. That left a whole lotta people sad, but Nicki apologized via twitter saying that they should never have given out "Maybe Bracelets"
 Future Nicki Minaj?  Check out my Philly Mag column and the celebrity studded red carpet event at the Palomar Hotel last night.




Wednesday, April 4, 2012

8th Annual Flavors of Philadelphia, The Sena Family Honored, Union Trust Makes some noise


The Loews Hotel hosted the 8th Annual Flavors of Philadelphia fund-raiser for the American Liver Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Division on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Guests enjoyed a first class dining experience.  The night began with a cocktail reception with exquisite hors d’oeuvres prepared by Sole Food restaurant. A sit down three course dinner prepared table side for twelve will follow with paired wine uniquely designed by each chef to dazzle the palate of the attendees.  The evening concludes with a delectable dessert reception. 

This year the Liver Foundation celebrated forty years of excellence in the culinary world by the The Sena Family .

 The Sena Family owns Ristorante Panorama, Le Castagne, Revolution House and La Famiglia, which stands as one of the finest Italian restaurant in Philadelphia and a major landmark on the city's vibrant dining scene. La Famiglia has earned an international reputation as one of the premier examples of gourmet Italian cuisine outside of Italy. Luca Sena, Jr (Revolution House), Luca Sena, Sr (Panorama & Penn's View), Chef Rosario Romano  of Panorama, and Carlo A Sena (Pennsview Hotel)

 Although on a much smaller scale then say the PAWS Dinner in June or Alex's Lemonade Great Chef's Event, this event is much more intimate and laid back than the others. The dining stations are all designed by the restaurants themselves too.  Anthony Masapollo of Le Castagne
 Flower arrangements, plating and tablecloths are brought in. William Eccleston, general manager and wine director of the Panorama Ristorante, April Martin and Carlo Sena, Le Castange
At Panorama they served the $500 bottle of Gaja for their guests, which was included in the $250 dinner price.
Bill and Shaiyn Wisemark were my table mates at La Familia. 
Kristina Coiro and Jennifer Chapokas enjoyed dinner at Ristorante Panorama where they had pan seared shrimp over with truffled celery root and onions as an appetizer.
Sean Gibbons and Jennifer Deuel were at LeCastagne
near Rittenhouse Square  
  
Union Trust - Meet the new crew.  These three have been with the steakhouse for over a year and just recently got promoted.  Last week you may recall I wrote about the opening of Revel, what I didn't tell you and will tell you know is that a lot of Union Trust's main honcho's headed down there.  The executive Chef Quincy Logan and Jeremy Ball, former general Manager at Union Trust Steakhouse both went to American Cut at the new casino. Cliff the bar manager is also left to work at the 47 story glass tower.  Above is the new crew: Sarah Christiansen, General Manager at Union Trust Steakhouse, Nick Lauria, Executive Chef and Fredi Vento, Executive Sous Che. The restaurant is going through another growth and metamorphosis and I think you're going to like it. Coming up in a few weeks is their Buck A Shuck special, plus the bar menu will be half price during happy hour, and soon they'll have an Oyster Dinner Pairing.CHARITY EVENT FOR KEVIN NEARY.


Union Trust Event
We’re very excited for the May 6th event at Union Trust Steakhouse. Kevin was working at Union Trust before the shooting, and we are really grateful for Union Trust offering to host this event. It will be the first event in the city that Kevin will be able to attend, and Kevin’s friends Melissa and Erin have been working hard with Union Trust to make it great.
Tickets are available at the Neary house or by contacting Sarah at Union Trust (sarah@uniontruststeakhouse.com or 215-325-6000) or Melissa Magness (melissamagness@gmail.com).

 Chef Eric Paraskevas, terra restaurant
 Co-chairs again this year were Anthony Masapollo of Le Castagne and Sophia Stogiannis of Water Works Restaurant and Lounge. Looking on is NBC10's Monique Braxton. 

 I love me some Revolution House, 2nd and Market Street, Lasagna Cupcakes. You have to try them.
 I ate at La Famiglia. I had never been there before. This is fried artichoke, which sat in the center of the plate wrapped by Branzino (fish). It was delicious.
 There was an auction.  This is one of the auctions where you hire an auctioneer to bring his stuff in for sale, sometimes they have a store.  I know that the Philly Sports Cave will do this.
Usually you get one of a kind items, as well as collectibles like a Jimmy Rollins signed helmet, $750. The auctioneer lists the item at a certain price and that money is returned to them, then the charity adds an additional price and then the money above and beyond the auctioneers set price goes to the charity. The best part is the charity organizer doesn't have to kill themselves looking for auction items.
PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS AND SPONSORS
• Penne • Water Works Restaurant • Le Castagne • Panorama • terra • Sole Food• Table 31 • La Famiglia • Verdad • Union Trust Steakhouse • Tavern 17 • Revolution House• Kadmon • NBC10 • Loews Hotel • Jefferson Hospital • Nemours/Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children • Sole Food• Burman’s Specialty Pharmacy • The Jones Group • Zavino Wine Bar • It’s a Cupcake • Fantasy Pretzels • 
CONGRATULATIONS SENA FAMILY!!