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August 2015


Thousands Show Up For #HustleWithHart Run at the Art Museum Today – Naked Bike Race Info & Invisible River 201

And I overslept. I’m beyond bummed out, especially since it’s right across the street from where I live. I grabbed a few pixs from Twitter and it looks like it was a huge success. It’s inspirational too how Kevin Hart took charge of his health and is inspire others to do the same thing.


At the end the runners were greeted by cheering crowds as they made their way up the Art Museum Steps.

Today there’s still a lot to capture.
2PM  Invisible River 2015 Celebrates Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River With Aerial Dance, Boating, Arts Installations And More, Saturday, August 29. Info and More Info

I Nearly Ate My Way Through Bud & Marilyn’s Menu – Pixs & Thoughts & Menu

Over the past two days I had dinner at the new Marcie Turney and Val Safran restaurant Bud & Marilyn’s in Midtown. The restaurant is named after Marcie’s grandparents Bud and Marilyn Briese, who had an eatery in Wisconsin and it is fabulous.

One of my friends said Bud & Marilyn’s captures the era much better than other restaurants that have tried to replicate this era because

Marcie and Val painstakingly picked out every item in the new eatery, including tracking down the of the material used in Marcie’s grandparents restaurant.

Opening night I attended with 7 of my friends who loved the cocktails. We all had the Pork and Pickles shareable. It was delicious. It’s a great dish to have while at the bar too. $16

The Crispy Cheese Curds were also delicious. $8

Warm Skillet Bread with caramelized onion, corn, cheddar, crispy potato skin with labneh butter. This dish can be made vegetarian. $7 We had it both nights, it was delicious.

Marilyn’s fried Chicken, with warm biscuits, zucchini pickles, salted honey butter, house made sauce, (1/2 bird) $18 . Everyone loved it, I think I need to try it again. I’m spoiled with City Tap House’s Fried Chicken. Unfortunately they only serve it at brunch on the weekend.
Fontina & Chard Stuff Meatloaf, with mashed potatoes, royal trumpet mushroom gravy, peas & carrots $22 – Delicious
A delicious dish: Justin Pizzi is holding Seared Sea Scallops, with corn & zucchini succotash, shelling beans, castle valley corn cakes with smoked orange dressing $26. By the time I posted this photo this dish was consumed by my friends. Sad face.
Pastry chef Kristen Moorer with some of her tasty treats. I LOVED the Carrot Cake, I didn’t have the Malt Ball cake, but it looks great. I love the name Funfetti, it’s so fun. It was good, not overwhelming sweet my friends said.

CHEESE & CRACKERS ………………………….. ………………………….. …….. $14 rogue smoky blue + hazelnut honey  (cow ’s milk) landaff cheddar + huckleberry jam  (raw cow’s milk) savah schaff pecorino + bourbon apple butter  (raw sheep  milk) –  

NASHVILLE HOT BUN S hot fried chicken,  little  pickles, ranch, pickle brine slaw $10


CHOP SUEY pork belly,  country ham fried rice, summer veggies,  fried farm egg, funky kohlrabi & cabbage ** ……………………… $12
B&M KIELBASA horseradish – potato pierogie’s,  caper  brown  butter, cabbage – kohlrabi slaw, Bud’s Best beer mustard $16 – OMG DELICIOUS!!
I had the
SHORTRIB STROGANOFF wild mushrooms, olorosso, hand cut egg noodles,  english peas, horseradish crème fraiche $18. I loved the shortrib.

The Fat Elvis – OMG Elvis Lives
Last night they added a brownie to the dish, for you chocolate lovers you’re going to love it.
super clever, and so pretty
The slices are big
When I was there the 2nd night I met at least 6 people that told me they had come in after seeing my social media photos from the night before, including this nice guy Noah Webster, who loved the place. T


Executive Chef Marcie Turney and Chef Quincy Logan

Can’t wait for the late night menu to start

 Click to make larger, plus go check them out on FooBooz

#MadeInAmerica Ticket Give Away Contest – THE CLYDESDALES ARE COMING! #Philly #LiveUnitedMIA

Made In America is SOLD OUT. I have  four two-day passes 

For the fourth consecutive year, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will benefit from the Budweiser Made in America
Festival, taking place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over Labor
Day Weekend. A primary goal of this event is to highlight the City of
Philadelphia and once again, the concert will benefit United Way,
specifically contributing to education and talent development
initiatives to enhance cradle-to-career education and equip
individuals with job skills and training.
United Way encourages
you to connect with them on social media at @PhillySJUnited and
#LiveUnitedMIA and learn how you make a difference in addressing critical issues in our region related to Education, Financial
Stability, Health and Basic Needs. Visit United Way in
the Cause Village on September 5-6 to hear first-hand about our
mission, the Impact of our work, and join the fight against hunger.

United Way of Greater
Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is your local partner to drive
measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone. Please
visit for more information.

The Instructions: Go to one of the clydesdales appearances below and take a photo of yourself
with the horses behind you, they must be at least 25 feet behind you,
and make sure you listen to what their handlers say so you are safe.

Tweet a photo like the ones below using these tags:

#Budweiser #Clydesdales @PhillySJUnited and #LiveUnitedMIA  @iPhillyChitChat 

I’ll use all the photos on my blog, and will randomly pick two winners – Friday Morning.


They’ll be in our area starting Tonight

Budweiser’s Clydesdale horses at the new Fraternal Order of Police headquarters in the Northeast 5PM – 7PM

August 28 – 6PM to 8PM 9th and Wharton
at the PHS Beer Garden

August 29 – 6 – 8PM in Manayunk

September 2, 6 – 8PM – The Irish Mile
Walnut Street 10th to 21st Street

September 3, 6 – 8PM – Fairmount  

21st to 24th
There will be a Pop Up Beer Garden on Fairmount Ave in front of Eastern State
(between Corinthian Ave. & 22nd St.) from 5-9pm,
bands will be performing outside
and you will get a close-up look at the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales! 

I’ll notify you on Sept 4 and you can pick up your tickets at my condo which is across the street from the Art Museum.

(Please be aware of street closures on Fairmount Ave. for this event.)


A Thousand Horses at Philadelphia Zoo

Tuesday A Thousand Horses stopped by the zoo, no not real horses, the country music rock band – A Thousand Horses.

According to Wikepedia – A Thousand Horses is an American country music group formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The band is composed of Michael Hobby (lead vocals), Bill Satcher (lead
guitar), Zach Brown (guitar and vocals), and Graham Deloach (bass and
vocals). Their first EP, A Thousand Horses, was released under Interscope Records in 2010. In 2014, the band signed with Republic Nashville of Big Machine Label Group and released its first single “Smoke“, which set a record for the highest debut by a new act when it opened at number 28 on the Country Aircheck radio chart

WXTU and The Philadelphia Zoo hosted their annual country western concert and a whole lotta fans came out to support the rising country stars including Junior and Yumee Yi

Mark and Lisa Ward
Mary Pat, Morgan and Doreen
William, Danielle and Heather
Vanessa Cotto and Aurora Martinez
Danielle and Chris
Nicole Campbell and Sarah Nutter (No relation to Michael she tells me.)
Brittany Kalitz and Bill Thrasher
Bill and Caryn (Who told me she last saw me outside the Four Season’s looking for Justin Bieber. Must have been that time he stood me and his 4 cartons of pop rocks up too, remember that story.)
Lindsey and Ryan

Before the concert, A Thousand Horses took a behind the scenes tour of the zoo. Michael Holby, Zach Brown, Graham Deloach and Bill Satcher 

We saw a lot of animals including these cuddly, but loud screaming ones running through the Zoo360 Animal Exploration Trails.
Zoo360 currently consists of four trails: Gorilla TreewayTreetop Trail, Great Ape Trail and Big Cat Crossing
(with more on the way!). The trails link existing animal habitats, so
animals with similar habitat requirements can use one another’s spaces
in a time-sharing system and take advantage of more room to roam.

Leo Sewell created this rhinoceros out of dinner plates, and it’s part of an art exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo called “Second Nature.” an array of artist installations, some larger than life, each one telling stories of endangered animals through the use of recycled, reduced, reused, repurposed and renewed materials. It’s there til October 31, go check it out. I know I have to go back cause I didn’t see all the exhibits as those animals were distracting me.  
Check out these other great events happening at the ZOO