Beyond the Bells Tours is a queer-owned and operated tour company in Philadelphia that offers a daily LGBTQ+ history walking tour through the city.The company promises you'll "get your facts straight and your history gay."During Pride Month, the company is also doing something special. On Friday, June 21, and Friday, June 28, Beyond the Bells will offer a BYOB trolley tour to explore Philadelphia's LGBTQ+ history.On both dates, the two-hour tour will kick off at 7 p.m., leaving from outside the Betsy Ross House in Old City.Attendees will discover hidden histories about the Gayborhood, learn about "Gay Pioneer" Barbara Gittings, hear about Queerstock '95, see the nation's longest continuously-operating LGBT-focused bookstore, visit the Gloria Casarez mural and more.Tickets are $38 per person. Ten percent of proceeds from the trolley tours will be donated to Qunify, a social community that organizes events for those in the LGBTQ+ community.So grab some … [Read more...] about Beyond the Bell Tours offers LGBTQ+ history tours through Philly
Who's ready for the weekend?The popular Fishtown FestivAle and the weird-but-wonderful West Philly Porchfest are this Saturday. Then on Sunday, it's the annual Pride Parade and Festival.Piazza Pod Park is also opening (Hi, Bebot!), Black Restaurant Week is back and the Philadelphia Orchestra is putting on a free show.Check out our picks for things to do this weekend below.The neighborhood's largest festival is Saturday. More than 30 food and drink vendors will line Frankford Avenue, offering beer, tacos, ice cream sandwiches and more. There will be DJs and craft vendors to shop, too.Sunday is the 31st Pride Parade and Festival in Philadelphia. The parade will start in the Gayborhood and travel to Penn's Landing, where the festival is held each year.Hang out in West Philly on Saturday to catch a ton of free concerts, live from people's porches. The quirky event starts at noon and goes until 6 p.m.Piazza Pod Park opens Saturday. You can hang out at the outdoor dining destination from 10 … [Read more...] about Things to do in Philly this weekend, June 8-9
Karen Heller, The Washington Post Published 9:57 am PDT, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Lucca Ravioli's owner Michael Feno (center) helps customer Heni Martin (right) as she pays for items on their final day of service at Lucca Ravioli's after 90 years of business on Valencia Street in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. less Lucca Ravioli's owner Michael Feno (center) helps customer Heni Martin (right) as she pays for items on their final day of service at Lucca Ravioli's after 90 years of business on Valencia Street in San ... more Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 33 Caption Close Image 1 of 33 Lucca Ravioli's owner Michael Feno (center) helps customer Heni Martin (right) as she pays for items on their final … [Read more...] about How San Francisco broke America’s heart
Just in time for Mother's Day, reservations app OpenTable has released the top 100 brunch spots in the United States, and Philadelphia is well-represented. The 2019 list is based on an analysis of more than 12 million reviews of 30,000-plus restaurants across the country. Six Philadelphia restaurants made the cut, including some familiar names and a couple of relatively recent openings. • Bud & Marilyn's - 1234 Locust Street• The Dandelion - 124 S. 18th Street• The Love - 130 S. 18th Street• Parc - 227 S. 18th St• Suraya - 1528 Frankford Avenue• Talula’s Garden - 210 W. Washington SquareFour of the restaurants above — The Dandelion, Parc, Talula’s Garden and The Love — are Stephen Starr locations. The Love, which opened in late 2017, was named one of Esquire's top 20 new restaurants in the U.S. last November.Bud & Marilyn's, the retro-themed Gayborhood restaurant, opened in 2015 and is … [Read more...] about Six Philly brunch spots make OpenTable’s top 100 in U.S.
One of Center City's most charming restaurants is planning a second location at Philadelphia International Airport. Bud & Marilyn's, the retro-style bar at 13th and Locust streets, announced Friday that they will team up again ROHE Creative to design the full-service outpost at the airport. The original bar, another collaboration between Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran (owners of Barbuzzo, Lolita, Verde, Little Nonna's and more), opened in the Gayborhood in 2015. Its warm ambiance and collection of vintage decorations made it an instantly comfortable addition to the Midwest duo's group of restaurants. The menu at Bud & Marilyn's offers hearty shareables (think buttermilk pretzel rolls and smoked chedder pierogis) to salads, steak, grilled and fried chicken, pork chop and salmon. A Moscow mule or a Hemingway daiquiri may be exactly what travelers need before they jump on a flight. The cocktail list is full of new and old-fashioned options. A timeline for the project was not … [Read more...] about Bud & Marilyn’s reveals plan for second location at Philadelphia airport