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Art All Night, something for everyone…

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While the Los Angeles Kings are celebrating their Stanley Cup win, I am also celebrating a win. I come from a large French-Canadian, hockey-loving family, who participate in an annual hockey pool. This year (I think it’s maybe the 6th?), we were 32 competing for top honors of said hockey pool. The rules are to chose 17 players among the 16 teams that make it to the playoffs. We are awarded 1 point for every goal scored and 1 point each for up to 2 assists. You may use any strategy when selecting your players; just make sure you win the most points by the last night of the playoffs.

Final Results From our Family Hockey Pool

Well, I’m delighted to say that this year, I have finished in 1st Place! And I must thank the Philadelphia Flyers for my win. Out of 32, only 5 of us chose the Flyers’ players to advance while the remaining 27 chose the Penguins. After the very first series, almost all of my competition lost 1/4 of their players. The other teams I chose were the Vancouver Canucks, the San Jose Sharks (bad call), the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils.

The icing on the cake? That I narrowly beat my older brother and lifelong Pittsburg Penguins fan, Paul. Just don’t feel sorry for him, he’s already won twice. 2nd Place is a great consolation to losing to his little sister 😉 Xoxo

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If you are out and about this weekend, there’s a great chance that you’ll run into an Alex’s Lemonade Stand. As members of the Northwest Philadelphia International MOMS Club, we were asked to donate a couple hours of our time to help raise money and awareness for the foundation whose mission is to fight childhood cancer.

For the past few years, Fran O’Donnell, the owner of O’Doodles toy store in Chestnut Hill, has partnered with the MOMS Club and allowed us to set up our station in front of his store. It is with the kindness of local shop owners and hours volunteered by our members that we hope to bring Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation closer to its goal of eradicating childhood cancer.

Please stop by our table on Sunday, June 10 between 12pm-4pm for lemonade, home baked treats and a chance to win a copy of the award winning Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand book. O’Doodles recently relocated to 8532 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill.

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On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, a group of around 15 people (including me, Jon and Elliott) gathered in front of Marchiano’s on Umbria Street in Manayunk and eagerly awaited a slice of their famous Tomato Pie. This was our first stop on the Chew Philly Food Tours and we were off to a great start!

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Elyse Castillo and Jason Blank are the co-founders of this wonderful new company which is described on the Chew Philly Food Tours‘ website as follows:

“We’ll treat you to an afternoon of savory and sweet foods, while teaching you a thing or two about local architecture, history, and culture along the way. Your taste buds will be tickled with new foods, some beloved classics, and some that can only be found right here in Philly.”

ImageThe tour lasted 2.5 hours and the total walking distance was 1.7 miles with a decent amount of time spent walking along the Manayunk Tow Path near the canal. All 5 of our stops were perfectly timed, never feeling rushed to finish our treats, and always ending just as you began wondering what was next.

Our food tour consisted of stops at:

Marchiano’s Bakery

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Sorrentino’s Deli

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Angelo and Josephine’s

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Volo Coffeehouse

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Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes

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Since I am far from being a food critic, I won’t go into detail about everything we ate. Suffice it to say that it was all delicious, we were more than pleasantly stuffed and as we shared our favorites with the group, it was clear that there was something for everyone. (My favorite was the cappuccino from Volo…yummy and pretty, decorated with a steamed milk heart. And this from a gal who worked at Sbux for almost 3 years!)

Thanks to Chew Philly Food Tours, we have been introduced to local shops that we will continue to patronize and have been inspired to seek out even more hidden gems on our own. And an even bigger thanks to Elyse for being a wonderful tour guide who takes a lot of pride in creating a memorable experience for all. You’re the best!

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