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  1. Cheaper than any therapist and far more delicious was the counseling session I had with Dr. Carman during my last extended bout with unemployment. Now that I'm back in the thick of it - check out my real estate blog, folks - I think I should try to make it down there to dine while I can.
  2. Today's #quote: "Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address." -Lane Olinghouse

  3. Today's #quote "Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can." -John Wesley

  4. Today's #quote: "Learn as much by writing as by reading." -Lord Acton

  5. Today's #quote: "It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over." -Edna St. Vincent Millay

  6. witnessed a most bizarre pickup attempt last night involving a male passenger and the female driver of the last outbound run of the Route 59 bus, including sweet talk of double-clutching and Cummins diesel engines. SEPTA's Northeast transit routes are among the more weirdly entertaining I have ridden.

  7. Today's #quote: "When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet." -Stanislaw J. Lec

  8. laments the fact that just about EVERYONE misunderstands the significance of the three-fifths clause.

  9. David Gregory just tried to pin former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on the nature of homosexuality, using Lady Gaga as the point of departure, on Meet the Press this morning. While technically correct, the scientific evidence that exists now increasingly backs up Lady Gaga - we are indeed Born This Way. (Pawlenty opposes both gay marriage and civil unions.)

  10. Today's #quote "Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy." -Isaac Newton

  11. Today's #quote "To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it." -G.K. Chesterton

  12. Here's a story that should inspire us all, from Philadelphia Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky. The principal actors are Michael Rouse, who runs a summer camp for underprivileged children at Girard College* called Dream Camp, and Marc Vetri, arguably the finest chef cooking in Philadelphia today. Rouse's camp gives poor children the chance to have the kind of summer camp experience only affluent kids usually enjoy -- for free. Epicures wait for weeks to get a table at Vetri's eponymous restaurant on Spruce Street, where exquisite Italian meals run into the hundreds, while the rest of us wait for hours to enjoy the same caliber fare for somewhat less at his other two restaurants, Osteria and Amis. Now imagine this: Instead of eating lunches consisting of fried and processed foods that produce behavioral problems afterwards -- the usual fare children who qualify for free subsidized lunches get, as processed crap is about all most institutions can afford on a subsidy of $2.60 per child -- the Dream Campers get All thanks to the generosity of Marc Vetri, his business partner Jeff Benjamin, and the charity the two recently founded, the Vetri Foundation for Children. Read the full story to learn how this particular dream became reality. *Girard College is itself a dream world of sorts. Endowed by the estate of early American financier Stephen Girard, the institution is a boarding school for poor children from single-parent homes (Girard originally restricted it to orphaned white boys; the racial restriction was removed by a court in 1964, and the restriction to males came off a decade or so later) that gives them the kind of education found at prestigious private schools.
  13. Philadelphia's Best Burger

    The "Love Burger" with "special sauce"? Shouldn't that be the "G. Love Burger with Special Sauce"? Will peruse this thread in full later, but right now, will go on record as saying: --500 Degrees is good, but not great; the burger struck me as a bit on the dry side, surprising given the place's pedigree --PYT's burger-of-the-week shtick is cute, and one of the Hall of Famers, the bacon and blue cheese number, is actually worth the heart attack you will have after eating it --so many places to try, so little time (and money); so now I gotta add the Oyster House to the list? --Five Guys still has no peers in its subcategory, though 500 Degrees is clearly aiming at its turf
  14. The Oyster House

    I never seem to be in the vicinity when you're at the bar, Katie. Feh. Maybe I'll convince some hungry choristers to make it an early dinner sometime.
  15. The Worst Steakhouses

    About the only thing I can contribute to this discussion is to observe that the shrimp cocktail and bluepoint oysters with cranberry sauce (peppery as well as sweet-tart) that Union Trust served as freebie appetizers for the last Our Night Out there were quite good, and if that is indicative of how that steakhouse treats non-steak fare, then you might want to give that place a try. Judging from Katie's comments above, they could use the business (which may have been why they chose to host Our Night Out, which in a typical month causes some 200-plus gay men and lesbians, most quite thirsty, to descend on some lucky restaurant's bar for cocktails, appetizers and networking). But as far as non-ethnic, non-haute cuisine, non-steakhouse high-end dining is concerned: Could some of you give me some examples of this phenomenon other than The American Restaurant?
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