To do this week: Eat and drink outside.
On the list of things to do this week: I think the goal of every summer day should be to get out. When can we enjoy daylight after 8 p.m. and days without layers of sweaters and scarves? To help you get out there, we’ve got a guide to the greatest outdoor bars and restaurants in Philly, including the Sunset Social and the Levante Stables in Chester County.
What’s on my personal to-do list: I go down to Cape May where I will visit a few wineries and go to the beach.
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Here is one of the highlights of our weekly calendar of events:
Manayunk Arts Festival 🎨 The two-day Manayunk Arts Festival is the largest juried outdoor arts festival of the tri-state and features artists from a variety of disciplines including jewelry, sculpture, painting and photography. The festival takes place along Main Street, which will be closed to traffic, from Shurs Lane to Leverington Ave. Also expect specialty food and drink at Main Street restaurants. (Free, June 26-27, Main St. from Shus Lane to Leverington Ave., manayunk.com)
Find more this week’s events, and we even have a calendar of events for children, too much.
Summer is here and al fresco dining is calling you. Sometimes, however, it’s hard to find a table in Philadelphia’s outdoor bars and restaurants – and who wants to eat and drink indoors on a summer night? This is where our list comes in. We have a guide to the greatest outdoor restaurants and bars in Philly, which are ideal if you’re hoping to find a table (or at least a short wait) for food and drink with a crowd.
Philadelphia Brewing Company: The laid-back vibe is the theme of this huge outdoor courtyard on Martha Street. Although operated by Philadelphia Brewing Co. (and located across the street from the brewery), nearby Martha and Zig Zag BBQ’s food can be delivered or picked up. Pro Tip: Philadelphia Brewing Company also has a few outdoor tables along its side patio.
Levante stables: At Levante Stables, the farmhouse-style indoor-outdoor tasting room of Levante Brewing Co., there’s a 40,000 square foot beer garden and patio that promise shaded tables, grassy areas for drinking beer. outdoor and food from a changing range of food trucks. The Chester Springs spot also hosts live music and special events throughout the week.
Social sunset: The 1.2 acre lawn covering the parking lot at Cira Green (along 30th Street between Chestnut and Walnut) is one of the city’s newest outdoor stars, with sandwiches, salads, drinks and a view impregnable on the horizon. It’s 12 stories above ground level, so take the elevator to the top of the garage to access the space free and without a reservation.
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Ice cream and shore go together like peanut butter and jelly – a trip to the shore isn’t complete without soft dough-dusted cones, cherry shakes and homemade waffle sundaes, is not it ? Well, our self-proclaimed ice cream expert, Regan Stephens, has a guide to the best ice cream spots on the shore, from Long Beach Island to Wildwood.
The one that caught our eye (and made us hungry) was Skipper Dipper’s Eileen’s Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae (see below), which is made with your choice of ice cream and a homemade brownie, then topped with hot fudge. Yum.
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As the world reopens and social obligations return to our norm, many of us have reverted to our pre-pandemic and overbooked state. In columnist Elizabeth Wellington’s recent story, experts suggest taking a break before instantly agreeing to plans – and in a world where it’s easier to agree than disagree, that will require to feel comfortable being uncomfortable. Here are some tips to ease the discomfort, whether you’re turning down a friend’s wedding invitation or a weekly happy hour with coworkers.
Forget about other people’s expectations. Our new goals may not match our old personalities, said Joelle Tolifero, founder and CEO of Philly-based consulting firm Your Care Collective. This is completely normal and the first sign that the uncomfortable feelings may be worth it. In the face of this kind of confrontation, be honest. Try this conversation on for size: I know the Friday night pinochle was our thing, but maybe we can play once a month now instead of every Friday night. Your friends will have an easier time dealing with version 2.0 of you if you are clear about your new boundaries. And remember, there is no rush to get it right.
Know that the best personal care is group care. It is difficult to commit to changing everything through your loneliness. Use this time to build a self-care team. “Find one or two people who will help you overcome the discomfort and bring you to what your ideal life might be like,” Tolifero said.
For more on advice from columnist Elizabeth Wellington, read his full story.
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