Exploring the Ancient World via Philadelphia with a side of Szechuan Cuisine

There are few better ways to spend a damp, rainy, unseasonably cold spring day (or a hot muggy summer or a bitter cold winter one for that matter) than spending several hours exploring the ancient past at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  Throw in a new exhibit about King Midas and […]

A Tale of Eating & Shopping on 13th Street – Five Great Spots

I love streetscapes designed with the needs of people in mind.  Additionally stores and restaurants built on a warm and welcoming scale tend to work their way into my heart, assuming they serve good food and sell good products.  Thirteenth Street in Philadelphia and specifically the single block between Chestnut and Sansom is a small […]

Five great places to satisfy your pizza craving – Pizza Philadelphia Style

Philadelphia is clearly a city with a large and significant Italian heritage.  As with other large American cities, Italian immigration greatly enriched the culture in general and is evidenced quite vibrantly in food culture.  Many specialties were introduced to the American palate through the opening of Italian restaurants and specialty shops featuring food that people […]

The Liberty Bell – A tale of Freedom, Souvenirs & Selfies

Philadelphians can have a reputation as a cynical, pretty tough bunch.  Attempting to challenge that reputation, I can personally say that a lot of my fellow Philadelphians take a great deal of pride in their city, it’s history and traditions.  Of course as anywhere, there are defenders and detractors, optimists and cynics.  As for myself, […]

Turning the PMA on its head… Looking at Art through a tween’s eyes…

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is recognized as one the finest museums in the country.  It has a wonderful collection of American Painting as well as Decorative Arts.  European art is well represented from the Medieval Ages through the present day. Specifically it’s collection of 19th century French art is particularly well known (and along […]