Photos: Revivals Consignment Boutique Pop – up Fashion at Capital Grille

The Mainline’s best kept secret: Revivals Consignment Boutique 258 Haverford Ave Narberth, Pennsylvania, PA 19072 held another Pop-up fashion show and boutique at Capital Grill last week. Guests braved the NFL Draft traffic and enjoyed an evening of fun, fashion, food and catching up with friends at the pop-up.

HD1_7963 (Custom)Randi Kaymer, Eden Kratchman, Robin Eklund, owner of Revivals Boutique, Jillian Dunn, Store Manager Revivals Boutique

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A few of the fashionable shoes they carry

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Valiant Edmondson, Judy Jacovitz and Kim Rodgers

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Felicia Dragone and Debbie Cenci


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Morgan Brit and Eden Kratchman



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Mariska K. Bogle, ‎Executive Director at Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc

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Lela wearing a Reiss navy and grey dress size 4 $299 with a Hermes inspired pink clutch $150 and a Ted Baker navy suede strappy sandal $98


Morgan is wearing an AMT Shirt $96, with Marlene Berger black pants $150, beaded neclace with tassel $125.

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Bryn is wearing a Nicole Miller black and white striped crop top size small $40, Leila Rose white and black print skirt with pockets #118
a COS clutch $108Black and White Faux Chanel pearl necklace $150 and a Prada Metallic Peep toe Pump size 9.5 $450

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Julia is wearing a Lavin black, white and yello tweed dress with fringe size 40 – $899/ Vince white sleeveless blouse size medium $118; Citizens of humanity white denim jeason size 28 – $65; Bottega Venetta black Patent satchel with lambskin $1499 and white stones necklace $118


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Lucky is wearing a Lucky Brand white denim jacket $65; Missoni mint green and beige maxi dress $450, and is carrying a Prada hob-gold with gold hardware bag $599; Twisted gold plated cuff $150; Casadei gold sandal $498

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Julia is wearing a Parker floral drop waist dress size small $178; a Prada petite red patent leather cross body $399 and a See by Chloe Beisge leather sandal $299

HD1_8046 (Custom)Leela is wearing a Shoshanna blue print strapless dress size ) $138. The Row Sidekick yellow cross body $1500 and a Delman gold strappy sandal size 8.5 $150
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Leela is wearing a gold brocade cocktail dress $750, a Chanel vintage bag with gripox detail $1850 and a Michael Kors gold platform sandal $285Pop

All the models at the end of the show pose with Robyn and Jillian






James, the bar and restaurant Launched a New Menu for their Gastropub #FoodPorn

James, the bar and restaurant Launched a New Menu for their Gastropub
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According to my friends at Wikipedia: The term “gastropub” was coined in 1991, when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, London. Traditionally, British pubs were drinking establishments and little emphasis was placed on the serving of food. If pubs served meals they were usually basic cold dishes such as a ploughman’s lunch. I think we all can agree, especially the Yelpers of Philadelphia, that James, the bar/restaurant at 1835 Arch Street has delicious food.


Recently they updated their menu with new choices, at affordable prices. I stopped by and took a few photos of the new menu items.

Deviled Eggs, delicious and a great presentation – $8New
The James Wedge $10

The James Daily Flatbread $13

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Moroccan Spiced Wings – $12


The Millionaires Mac & Cheese Skillet – Lobster Mac & Cheese $14

NewRosin Green Beans – $6New
YUM – Coconut Curry Cauliflower – $7

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Cajun Shrimp Cocktail $14
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Penne Carbonaro – $21


Drafts on tap


Happy Hour Menu


Saturday & Sunday Brunch

11am – 3pm
$5 Mimosas, $5 Bloody Mary, $25 Bottles of Champagne and 3 carafes of juice
Located in Center City Philadelphia across from the Comcast Tower



Friday 5/5 Cinco de Mayo -Margarita Special
Saturday 5/6 Kentucky Derby Party (Brunch & Stay for the Derby) hats encouraged! Most festive attire wins gift certificate

Sunday 5/7 Post Broad Street Run brunch

Sunday 5/14 Mother’s Day Brunch

Inaugural Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival to be held Earth Day Weekend

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Showcasing a juried slate of thought-provoking, exceptional new environmentally-focused shorts and features, the Festival launches as the first of its kind in the City of Brotherly Love


Philadelphia, PA, April 12, 2017 – The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival is proud to announce the full film line-up for the inaugural Festival, which launches Earth Day weekend, April 21 – April 23, at the historic Prince Theater in downtown Philadelphia.



Opening on April 21st with Fisher Stevens’ Before the Flood and closing on April 23rd with James Cameron’s Avatar, the Festival will showcase dozens of new shorts and features from international and domestic filmmakers on the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day weekend.


“Philadelphia is brimming with passionate people who care about environmentally focused issues like farm-to-table eating, sustainability and environmental justice.” said Executive Director, Debra Wolf Goldstein. “We wanted to do something big and impactful, and what could be more impactful than utilizing these visually stunning and moving films to engage and inspire appreciation and conversation about our environment?”


Festival founders, Debra Wolf Goldstein and Alexandra Drobac Diagne are thrilled to integrate the Festival into Philadelphia’s vibrant arts, culture, and green scene for years to come.


“The idea of bringing an environmental film festival to Philadelphia struck a chord in me like lightning! It seemed like an obvious need and long overdue for a vibrant major city such as ours,” said Alexandra Drobac Diagne, Artistic Director. “I am honored to be part of such a global passion and aim to program carefully curated, engaging and visually beautiful films from around the world each year. We have a strong lineup for our inaugural fest.”

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The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will honor Fisher Stevens, Director of the critically acclaimed climate change documentary Before the Flood, on Opening Night with the Festival’s first Environmental Advocacy Award, presented by founding sponsor The Nature Conservancy.

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Two prestigious environmental organizations — The Nature Conservancy and the Media, Pa.-based Natural Lands Trust — provided critical funding for this inaugural year of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. The Wyncote Foundation and Drexel University also provided major support, along with an extensive list of other environmentally-minded donors and community partners.  All are truly making this new Festival a must-attend cultural event in the City of Brotherly Love.


Weekend passes and single tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Festival website www.philaenvirofilmfest.org/festival/buy-tickets/ or in-person at the Prince Theater box office (open MondaySaturday from noon to 5:00 pm).


The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will be a welcome addition to our city’s vibrant arts & culture scene, offering entertaining, informative, and inspiring environmental films for years to come.



For more information, visit www.philaenvirofilmfest.org
Facebook: @PhilaEnviroFilmFest
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Twitter: @PhilEnvFilmFest


South Street: Puyero Venezuelan Flavor Celebrates Their Grand Opening With Free Dishes

Simon A. Arends, Gil J. Arends and Manuela Villasmil announce the grand opening of Puyero Venezuelan Flavor at 524 S. 4th Street in South Street Headhouse District. This casual Venezuelan street food concept specializes in quick-serve arepas, patacones, and other incredibly delicious food. Dishes pair perfectly with tropical specialty drinks made in-house that are sweet and perfect for Philadelphia’s hot summer days. The dining room is fresh, colorful and vibrant with humorous proverbs that will make you laugh and music that will make you want to tap your feet. Grand opening festivities will include free giveaways between March 17-19th including arepas, churros and other signature Latin dishes.Puyero
* On Friday, March 17th, arepas are on the house! Between 11:30am to 1:30pm enjoy any style arepas from the menu. One per person. No purchase is required.

* On Saturday, March 18th, enjoy a free order of tequenos, yuca, tajadas de platano or mandocas with any purchase of an arepas or patacones.

* On Sunday, March 19th, enjoy a sweet ending to the weekend with free orders of churros.

Friday also marks the first day at Puyero will open every day for lunch at 11:30am. Puyero also debuts their final opening menu featuring tasty Venezuelan street food – including arepas, patacones, buns, tequenos, yuca, tajadas de platano, mandocas, churros, marquesa, cilantro lemonade, chicha and papelon con limon.


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Puyero is a family affair – being designed and operated by brothers Simon and Gil, along with Gil’s wife Manuela. This is the first restaurant for all three young new restaurant owners. The menu is designed by Claudia Zamora, a Venezuelan chef living who is just as passionate about Venezuelan food and culture as the Simon, Gil and Manuela.



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“We want to introduce rich flavors and combinations that people in Philly would never had thought of before,” said one of the three partners, Simon Arends. “We also want to showcase who Venezuelans are and as one of the different stories that come from Latin America.”


Puyero currently seats 22 people inside, with expanded seating coming outside later in the spring. Starting this Friday, Puyero will open every day (Tuesday through Sunday) at 11:30am for lunch and stay open through dinner until 10:00pm Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, and 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

The entire menu is available during lunch and dinner – with brunch options to come later in the spring. Delivery is now being offered through Caviar. Parking for Puyero is available at meter spots along 4th and South streets, or there are nearby parking lots in the District. The restaurant is in walking distance from Old City, Rittenhouse, Center City, South Philadelphia and the waterfront.



Puyero also serves traditional sweet and tropical drinks, perfect for those hot South Street days (and nights):

* Papelon con limon – sugar cane sweetened water with lemon
* Chicha – a rice based, kind of shake with cinnamon
* Cilantro lemonade – a twist on the lemonade adding a touch of cilantro
* Tamarind juice – made from tamarind fruit with simple syrup.

Other juices and drinks will be added based on seasonal fruit selections available





Puyero serves Venezuelan street food with a special focus on the arepa – the quintessential Venezuelan plate – and the patacon – a sandwich made from plantains. Savory sides include the Venezuelan favorite tequeños – cheese wrapped with dough which is later deep fried – which goes great with the house-made sauces. There is also the very richly flavored mandocas – a combination of corn flour, plantains and a hint of cinnamon topped with salty white cheese and cream. Plus, don’t miss the fried yucca served with guasacaca – an avocado based mix.


The green mayo is the kind of sauce that one might find when they are eating in street carts. Pink sauce sriracha, and chipotle ketchup are spicy twists on typical sauces used for traditional sides. Papaya hot sauce is sweet and spicy. “In Venezuela we like to put sauces on our food. We like to grab the container and spray all that sauce on sides (tequenos and pastelitos), arepas, empanadas, burgers, hotdogs, anything you can think of…we have four sauces right now,” said Simon.


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For the full menu and any questions, please call (267)928-4584 or visit www.puyeroflavor.com. Reservations are not accepted at this time.





Photos: The Florida Keys and Key West Cook-Off in Philadelphia

A touch of the Florida Keys came to Philadelphia on Monday night March 6th. The first-ever Philadelphia Florida Keys and Key West Food Influencer Cook-Off took over Walnut Hill College – 24 of the region’s top radio/TV personalities, chefs and food influencers got behind the stove and cooed off for a chance to win a five night six day vacation.


The sold-out event took over the entire building and had over 120 people in attendance.

Some notable names included Pat Croce, iHeart’s Nicole Michalik, Fox 29’s Alex Holley, WOGL’s Marilyn Russell, WMMR’s Marisa Magnatta, TV chef Roberta Pipito, Tony Luke and others. On top of the cooking portion, four bartenders competed in the cocktail competition from Vesper, Dim Sum House, Fine Palate and Whetstone Tavern.  HD1_7037 (Custom)

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The setting was perfect for local celebrity and influencer cheftestant cook off as Walnut Hill College is a culinary school which

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has full size industrial kitchens,

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as well as dining areas for serving


Chef Bobby Stoky from famed Marker 88 restaurant in the Florida Keys worked with the students and was a judge in the competition. Chef Bobby prepared a Red snapper, which the cheftestants were to prepare as part of the competition.
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Local son Pat Croce who has several spots in the Florida Keys hosted the Keys Cocktail Competition. The idea behind the cocktail contest was to give a hard-working, over-worked, talented bartender a chance to get away “from it all.” The winner walked away with a trip to Key West!


Joe Maiellano and Sarah Maiellano, Thrillist, Emily Tharp, Her Philly and Caitlin McCullough, Restaurant School at Walnut Hill


Four bartenders from around the region and stirred up Keys-inspired cocktails including Kimberly Shurig – Fine Palate
Mother of the Dragon – Tequila and dragon fruit with a hint of habanero-infused simple syrup over fresh ice garnished with lime peel dragon fruit skin and cilantro. Here with Courtney Dow, owner of Fine Palate and Chef Vince Joseph


Ashley Serrate, NewmanPR and Carl Becker, executive VIP Walnut Hill College


Linda Vertlieb, Frugal Philly Mom


Paxton Reese and Alex Holley, both of Fox 29


LeAnne Lindsay, Tinsel and Tine (one of the best and consistent blogs with longevity) and Marisa Magnatta, WMMR

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Alex Holley has a favorite apron

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Barry Johnson and Cheftestant Ernest Owens, Philly Mag

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His pie was delicious, his snapper – hot and spicy


Seamus Banning, Vesper (winning bartender with his Black Pearl drink)


Maria Newman, Pat Croce, Andy Newman, Senior Vice President Newman PR and Jeff Sorg, CEO of Pat Croce & Company

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Michelle Curtis – Whetstone Tavern
Papa’s Punch
In honor of Hemmingway’s fishing nickname, this is a refreshing rum punch with flavors of basil, strawberry and pineapple. Perfect for drinking after a long day in the Florida sun.

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Reporter Jenny DeHuff wrote a humorous piece for her paper The Philly Voice


Steve McCann and Chris Balbi of PhillyGayCalendar won for the best Snapper – mango chutney tossed with coconut and jalapeño with a secret ginger kick.

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Iris McCarthy, The Palate Princess

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Aversa PR Reps Jamyra Perry and Karianna Simpkins

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Judging was tough


Pat Croce, who judged the drink competition with the winner Seamus Banning, Vesper. Who created a drink called The Black Pearl. The Black Pearl
Eucalyptus, bitter citrus and spice affably dance with molasses in this dark rum cocktail, though its color remains as mysterious as The Black Pearl

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Chef Bobby Smoky
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and Chris Balbi of PhillyGayCalendar won for the best Snapper – mango chutney tossed with coconut and jalapeño with a secret ginger kick.

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Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay was the overall winner for both her Key Lime Pie and Snapper

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