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April 25, 2018 – Penn Relays Are Back In Philadelphia This Weekend
This year will be the 124th Penn Relays which will be held in West Philadelphia at Franklin Field. This is a three-day event which is the oldest and largest track and field meet in the country. The event will bring in thousands of athletes from primary school to collegiate and professional levels from all across the country. There will also be the Penn Relay Carnival for spectators to attend and some of the races will be televised on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, April 28.
March 6, 2018 – Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Will Occur Rain Or Shine
The annual Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day parade will occur on March 11 beginning at noon until about 3 pm. The parade will go on rain or shine and the route will begin around 15th and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, go around City Hall and then continue all the way to Penn’s Landing. This year’s theme for one of the oldest parades held in Philadelphia, is “St. Patrick, bless those who respond to the call of the needy.” There will be a mass held prior to the parade at 9 am at St. Patrick’s Church and the parade will be locally televised on Fox29 from 1 pm to 3 pm.
February 6, 2018 – The Eagles Super Bowl Parade Will Be Held On Thursday
The full details of the Eagles Super Bowl parade were released on Tuesday, February 6. The parade will start at 11am on Thursday, February 8 and will begin at Broad and Pattison in South Philadelphia. The parade will end at the Art Museum where a ceremony honoring the team will take place at 1pm. The ceremony is expected to last until 3pm and it is estimated that 1 million people will attend the events. Many streets will be closed, the route will be barricaded, and there will be several changes to transportation including the Market Frankford Line and Broad Street Line being free.
January 16, 2018 – Dog Masks Will Be Allowed In The Stadium During Eagles Game
When the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 Lane Johnson and Chris Long put on German shepherd masks to celebrate winning after having been considered the underdogs prior to the playoffs, especially after losing Carson Wentz for the season due to an ACL injury. This weekend the Eagles will be playing the Vikings at home and Lincoln Financial Field announced they will be allowing dog masks into the stadium for fans to wear. Several costume stores in the city have already reported numerous requests for dog masks, showing that Eagles fans will not disappoint in showing up to support their “underdog” team this weekend!
December 22, 2017 – Carriage Horses From Philadelphia Carriage Company Going To A Rescue
The Philadelphia Carriage Company had only 1 or 2 carriages left in the city but after numerous violations, the decision was made on Thursday, December 21, for the business to shut down. The horses, which were the main concern for animal rights activists, will be transferred to a rescue which specializes in the care and rescue of draft and carriage horses. Activists claimed that several of the horses were too sick to work after being kept in dirty and inhumane conditions. The company had been cited in June for inappropriate roaming space and dirty, poorly ventilated stables. The horses will be moved to the rescue on Dec. 31st.
November 30, 2017 – Holocaust Memorial Plaza Breaks Ground In Philadelphia
The construction has begun on the renovation of the Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial in Philadelphia located on 16th Street and the Parkway. This is a $7 million renovation that was kicked off on November 29, Tuesday morning with a ceremonial groundbreaking which officials gathered together for. This is the first renovation to occur in 50 years. Some of the new plans include the Six Pillars Memorial, An Eternal Flame, a tree grove, and an app that is specific to the memorial which will come out in 2018 and lead visitors on an interactive tour.
October 26, 2017 -Washington Square West Is Home To New Gastropub
On Thursday, August 24 the new gastropub Six Feet Under opened at 727 Walnut Street. The proprietors of the pub are also owners of M Restaurant located in the historic Morris House Hotel. The menu includes a variety of delicious snacks and, unlike most pubs, will serve breakfast all day. The kitchen will be open from 11:30 am to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
What Is A Gastropub?
Gastropubs are popular for chefs who want to provide an atmosphere and price points to attract a variety of customers, not just those looking for a high-end dining experience on special occasions. People frequent gastropubs because they are trendy. They offer a casual atmosphere where you can enjoy a beer, wine or a shot of alcohol. Menu choices vary and include delicious and varied dining options.
History of the Gastropub
The concept of a gastropub first came about in Britain in the 1980s amidst a recession that forced pub owners to give up their leases. The first gastropub, named the Eagle, was a pub that was taken over by two owners who wanted to keep the casual feel that a pub offers while at the same time offering tasty Mediterranean-inspired menu options along with cask ales. Prior to this, most pubs in Britain did not serve food and those that did, offered only cold dishes. Pubs were laid-back places to enjoy a beer. The Eagle joined together the casual atmosphere where you could get a cold beer with that of delicious, high-end food. In 1991, the Eagle’s owners coined the term gastropub to describe their establishment where pub culture and the dining scene first came together.
New York’s West Village was home to the first U.S. gastropub, called the Spotted Pig, which opened in 2004. From that point, gastropubs became a trend with several opening in large cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Popular Menu Items
Gastropubs are known for their use of local, seasonal and organic foods and spices for preparing delectable dishes. Many of the menu choices are familiar items but with a twist. For instance, you might be able to order a cheeseburger which is nothing out of the ordinary. However, it probably would be served with unique cheese, a special sauce and other additions such as bacon and onion jam. Gastropubs really stand out among the competition when it comes to the food they serve. Some of the menu options you might encounter when you visit a gastropub include:
- Gourmet Burgers
- Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Soups and Salads
- Pan-Seared Fish
The above are just a small sampling of what you might find at one of these establishments. The types of food vary and you will find some choices to be very common and other items are more akin to what would be served in a fine dining restaurant. The great thing about the food served at a gastropub is that it can be as casual and familiar as you want it, but you get it knowing it will be bursting with unique flavors that you probably haven’t experienced before.
A gastropub offers a comfortable and casual atmosphere. It is a place where you can savor cold drinks, great food and pleasant company. It is the perfect mix of a fun pub and a good restaurant. The decor and lighting provide a relaxed mood where you can enjoy the social scene while taking advantage of all that a pub has to offer. You can visit simply for the wide variety of drinks, including beer, wine and spirits, or you can also partake of the menu items which are usually varied and include quick lunches all the way up to gourmet meals.
Gastropubs are fun places where you can enjoy the company of your friends while sharing drinks and enjoying great food. It’s a place where you don’t need to worry about being fancy. You can come, relax, drink, eat and socialize. Whether you are someone who frequents a gastropub or you only go once in awhile, it is sure to be a pleasant experience that you will not forget. You will, no doubt, want to go back.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]