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As soon as I saw the Philadelphia magazine issue with area high-school rankings on its cover, I got an urgent feeling inside, like I had to buy it immediately—or at least read it in Barnes & Noble. (Full disclosure: I blog for the magazine's website. [Hello!].) The urgency has nothing to do with the fact that I have kids because I don't have kids. I'm not a high-school teacher (though I'd like to be) nor do I work in the education field. The urgency is all about me. Or not me, exactly, but my high school. I have to know how my former high school is doing.
Every summer since 1974, Philly Mag’s editorial team has put together its picks for the very best stuff in Philadelphia. And I’m fairly sure that in every one of those 38 years, a breathless meeting has been held to discuss one simple question:Who or what should go on the “Best of Philly” cover?
Last night at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia magazine held its annual "Best of Philadelphia" party. This year, they did something different by having a more intimate party honoring those the magazine named the "10 Best Philadelphians." Legendary Philadelphia news anchor Jim Gardner, here with Amy Gardner, was on the list. He is our Walter Cronkite.
On Wednesday, at the Shops at Liberty Place, Philly Mag's Best of Philly team held another public tasting—this time to pick a winner in the category of roast pork sandwiches. Hungry lunch-goers sampled sandwiches from Paesano’s, DiBruno Bros., McCrossen’s Tavern—pictured here is sous chef Colin Leary (left) and chef Townsend Wentz (right)—and Jake’s Sandwich Board. To see who got the most votes for Best Roast Pork Sandwich, pick up the August issue, on newsstands at the end of July.
It's officially Best of Philly time, you guys. For us, that means breaking our Broad Street diets to sample just about every type of terrible-for-you food the city has to offer and participating in eternal email threads debating everything you can buy, try, attend, wear, purchase, watch, do or taste in Philadelphia. For you, it means an opportunity to decide Philly's best cheesesteak, athlete, brunch, and indie music venue. You, our readers, will decide the winners for those categories and more in an online poll. Jump over to cast your vote once a day between now and May 21st, then
Rounding out a month of Best of Philly fun
EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of Philadelphia magazine's August Best of Philly issue, we asked Philly Post contributors to name their own personal Bests of Philly.Best New Frozen Yogurt Joint: Yapple Yogurt in WynnewoodNot only is the yogurt great, so are the toppings! An extra added plus is that if you are into the see and be seen world, this is the place to go.Best Mani/Pedi: Olive Nails in ArdmoreThey are reasonably priced, nice and they honor appointments. Very clean, too.Best Shoe Repair: Rossi Shoe Service in ArdmoreThese guys have it down to a science. They can even put a red sole overlay on your Louboutin shoes so that the signiture red bottom never chips away!
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I knew the earthquake was coming.No, I don’t have the perceptions of the animals at the National Zoo. I have Twitter.About a minute before it struck Philadelphia, I read a few tweets from friends in D.C. saying they felt an earthquake. When we started to feel some vibrations on the 17th floor of the office building I work in, people were obviously frightened. What I remember saying was, “It’s obviously an earthquake!”“Calm down, guys, everyone on Twitter says it’s just an earthquake!” isn’t very convincing, so I wasn’t able to calm anyone down. But I did know what was going on. I didn’t know it before Tuesday, but one good use for Twitter is as an earthquake early-warning system.
Plus why Zoo, Trader Joe's are the worst
Last week, Philadelphia magazine published its 36th annual Best of Philly list. It’s a good list because its results were based on numerous professional journalists visiting hundreds of locations, interviewing hundreds of persons, and considering hundreds of categories. This ain’t that list. But this, too, is a good list. And although it is admittedly biased (which is an honest admission since all such lists are biased to some extent), it’s a meritorious list because it’s based on the activist rants—I mean the learned analyses—of a person born, raised, educated, employed, experienced, and civically engaged in Philadelphia. Here we go:Best Tourist Site: The President’s House/Slavery Memorial at Sixth and Market StreetsLocated next to the Liberty Bell Center, it’s the site of America’s first “White House.” That’s the good news. But the bad news is that it’s also where President George Washington enslaved black men, women and children. It’s a place where white Americans can literally see their ancestors’ creation of the executive branch of the United States government, where black Americans can finally see their ancestors’ courageous role in making that creation possible, and where all Americans can graphically see the best and worst of this country’s history.
Buzz Bissinger, Chase Utley on list
EDITOR'S NOTE: In honor of the release of our annual Best of Philly issue (on newsstands now), we've asked Philly Post contributors to name their own personal Bests and Worsts of Philly.Best Local Sports Star: In a city packed with sports stars, Chase Utley shines brightest. He has pushed himself so hard over the years that his body seems to wearing down, but not his heart. When I was putting together a documentary on Alex’s Lemonade Stand I met Andrew Accardi, a little boy with a rare form of cancer and a love of baseball. I called the Phillies and asked if I could bring Andrew onto the field before a game, and they were more than happy to oblige. We were standing by the dugout as the Phillies were taking batting practice and Chase Utley walked over. “Are you Andrew?” he said, “I have something for you.” He handed the little boy a Phillies jersey with “Accardi” on the back. Andrew was in a state of euphoric shock when Utley said, “Hey do you mind if I take a picture with you?” I was taken by how kind and gentle Chase Utley was with the young boy. One of the Phillies front office staff told me, “That’s Chase. He’s like this all of the time.” (Andrew is in remission now and an annual golf outing in his name has raised more than $300,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.)
Who won best meltdown?
Best coach. Charlie Manuel is the greatest manager in Phillies history. Don’t be fooled by Charlie’s cornpone demeanor; there’s something about this guy that makes his players want to play for him. They know he’s got their backs, but they also know that if they’re not playing right, he’ll put a foot up their backside.Best recent transaction. The trade of Flyers stars Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. I always thought they liked the spoils of being pro athletes more than actually achieving as pro athletes. Carter won’t have any trouble ruling the nightlife in Columbus, Ohio. But Richards might be a little overmatched; L.A.’s not as sports-crazed as Philly. (Woman in a bar to Richards: “Uh, you play what for who?”)