Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2014!

White Dog Café: Local and Organic Cuisine

Founded in 1983, White Dog Cafe continues the tradition by committing itself to using ingredients garnered from Philadelphia-area organic, sustainable producers. The result is fresh food that repeat diners seem to adore.

White Dog's dinner menu features small plates like Nature’s Well Beef Carpaccio with Dijon aioli, Chick Pea Fritters with pickled red onions, and Fried Chesapeake Oysters with egg yolk aioli. Handmade pasta dishes include Rigatoni with spicy lamb bolognaise, and Linguini with Kennett Square mushroom pesto. Pocono Rainbow Trout, Lancaster Petite Duck Breast, Maine Dayboat Scallops and Steak Frites are also on the menu.

Try to save a spot for a yummy dessert like Crème Brulee, Caramel Apple Tart or Cinnamon Streusel Cake. Beer, wine and cocktails are also on offer here.

White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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The Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop: Tea in Northern Liberties

Steep yourself in the aromatic world of international teas at The Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood.

Beautifully decorated in calming honeyed hues, it’s the perfect spot to erase the woes of the world with a steaming cup of oolong or a healing herbal infusion. They offer more than 40 artisanal teas and house-blended herbal infusions. The curiosity shop portion of the store features fragrant tea blends packaged in pretty tin boxes, plus other tea accessories.

Blends include Chai Masala, 4th Street Breakfast Blend, Earl Grey Royale, Simmer Down Herbal Blend, Respiratory Rescue Blend, and a Moroccan Mint Tea Kit.

Want to visit? The Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop is open Tuesdays through Sundays.

The Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop
713 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 639-2442

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Become Lost in Ancient History at The Penn Museum

Located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Penn Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology tells the stories of the ancient world. Some of the artifacts in the long-term collection, such items in the ancient Egypt exhibit, have never before been on display, including statues of gods, goddesses, and royalty; monumental reliefs; golden jewelry and personal items from the royal family.

Other long-term exhibitions include galleries on ancient Africa, Iraq, China, Japan, and an interactive display, “Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years.” Visitors can touch more than 100 casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records as well as explore a variety of multimedia programs.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for children aged 6 to 17 and full-time students with ID. Children 5 and under, museum members, and active U.S. military personnel are admitted free.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month; and closed Mondays.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000

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Season’s Greetings!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season with all the warmth and splendor this time of year has to offer. Happy Holidays!

Keep Track of the Foods You Eat with The USDA SuperTracker

Beginning dieters always start off with the best intentions, but it can be difficult to stay on track with your meal plan when you’re unsure of what to eat. The USDA website’s SuperTracker tool allows you to create a personalized nutrition plan, keep track of the foods you eat, and even get tips for making healthier choices in the future.

Look Up Nutrition Facts with the Food-A-Pedia
This helpful tool allows you to search for a food that you’re planning on eating from categories like vegetables, pasta and rice, and desserts, and it will tell you the number of calories, saturated fats, added sugars, and more.

Track the Foods You Eat
Keeping track of the foods you eat throughout the day keeps you honest and ensures that you don’t overdo it in one food group and miss out on another. With graphs, daily limits, and food group targets, this tool does all the work to analyze your foods so all you have to do is eat.

Track Your Activity
The amount of exercise you get is just as important as the foods you eat, and this part of the SuperTracker compares your physical activity to the foods you’ve eaten. You may be nearing your calorie limit for the day, but that hour of cardio can cut your calories down to size.

If you want to lose a few pounds but you’re nervous about the process, the SuperTracker will make things easy, convenient, and personalized just for you.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love and full of many things to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

National Liberty Museum

Explore the history of our nation at the National Liberty Museum, where a series of interactive exhibits tells the story of the people and events that led the U.S. to freedom and democracy. The museum’s mission is to highlight the strength and fragility of our fair land. Exhibits explore the life and work of outstanding leaders, including 19 Nobel Prize winners and the honorees of the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, including former President Jimmy Carter, Vaclav Havel, and Lech Walesa. A gallery highlights the story of our nation’s immigrants, exploring the various reasons they left their homeland to immigrate to America. A highpoint is the Flame of Liberty, a 20 foot glass sculpture by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. More than 100 glass art sculptures are exhibited throughout the museum. Open every day.

National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19195
(215) 925-2800

Giorgio on Pine

Giorgio on Pine is a rustic trattoria featuring a savory menu of authentic Italian fare. Settle in with a glass of wine – it’s BYOB, but they’re happy to uncork and serve it to you. Fire up your appetite with an antipasti like Mussels & Clams with cognac & herbs, Grilled Caesar Salad, Carpaccio Salad with thinly shaved beef, and Sauteed Calamari with baby shrimp. Move on to a pasta course with something sumptuous like Linguini & Clams, Spaghetti with Baby Shrimp, or Ravioli with fresh basil cream sauce. Other entrees include Veal with Lemon, Loin of Pork, Chicken with Spinach, Grilled Salmon, Grilled Ribeye Steak, and Stuffed Chicken Breast. Pizza is also on the menu. Lunch specials feature three courses for $20.

Giorgio on Pine
1328 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 545-6265

Fante’s Kitchen Shop: A Landmark Philadelphia Shop

A Philadelphia fixture since 1906, Fante’s Kitchen Shop was started by Italian immigrants Luigi Fante and his father Domenico. The business is still in the family, proving it’s truly a labor of love. It’s the place to find those elusive kitchen gadgets you’ve always wanted, as well as ones you never knew existed. Professional chefs and novice cooks alike congregate at this landmark shop in the heart of Philly’s historic Italian Market. Cookware, cutlery, candy molds, canning supplies, cutting boards, sushi mats, can openers, oil pourers, espresso makers and more are all laid out for your perusal and purchase. The friendly staff is on hand to help you find what you’re looking for and teach you how to use it, so you can whip up a gourmet masterpiece right in your own kitchen.

Fante's Kitchen Shop
1006 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-5557

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