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Philadelphia Mural Art Tour

Philadelphia Mural Art Tour

A tour of Philadelphia’s fascinating mural art is an absolute must, to get a glimpse of the city’s home-grown creativity. There are over 3000 murals in Philadelphia, telling the stories of the communities, scenes from everyday Philly life and paying homage to prominent historical figures. The Mural Arts Program began [...]

January 14, 2013 × 0 comments
Shopping In Philadelphia

Shopping In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the perfect city to refresh your wardrobe and it has one distinct advantage over neighbouring New York – tax-free shopping.  Not only is it exciting to explore the stand alone stores of covetable American brands that haven’t yet made it to the UK, but to also get an [...]

October 31, 2012 × 0 comments
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

On my visit to Philadelphia for the opening of the Barnes Foundation this summer, I had the pleasure of spending five consecutive nights in the same glorious bed at Marriott Downtown Philadelphia. Marriott Downtown Philadelphia is conveniently located in the Convention Center part of town, within walking distance of Museum [...]

September 10, 2012 × 0 comments
Reading Terminal Market, Downtown Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market, Downtown Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia is absolute heaven for foodies.  It should be top of the itinerary when visiting, as you may find yourself gravitating back there each day for a sneaky cannoli or Philly Cheesesteak.  Anyone staying at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, like I did, is in luck [...]

August 7, 2012 × 1 comment
Stephen Starr Dine Around, Philadelphia

Stephen Starr Dine Around, Philadelphia

Stephen Starr is Philadelphia’s best-known restauranteur, whose portfolio of eateries range from chic Pan-Asian fine dining to colourful Mexican brunch joints.  Starr began his restaurant empire in Philadelphia, gaining an unrivalled reputation before venturing into New York with Buddakan, Morimoto and Caffe Storico and restaurants in New Jersey and Florida. [...]

July 15, 2012 × 0 comments
Arts & Culture in Philadelphia

Arts & Culture in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the city to watch for art and culture this summer, particularly with the monumental re-opening of The Barnes Foundation and the Rodin Museum.  Whether it’s a downtown hidden gem or a world renowned institute on ‘Museum Mile’, Philadelphia’s art scene has plenty to discover… Philadelphia Museum of Art [...]

July 9, 2012 × 1 comment
Sampan & Capogiro Gelato – Midtown Village, Philadelphia

Sampan & Capogiro Gelato – Midtown Village, Philadelphia

Chef Michael Schulson’s Sampan brings Asian fusion to Philadelphia’s chic Midtown Village.  The restaurant has a sleek vibe with simple wood tables and striped banquettes, back-lit murals throughout the two dining rooms and a bar overlooking the kitchen. I visited alone for a pre-theatre bite, before seeing the Philadelphia Orchestra [...]

July 8, 2012 × 0 comments
Dining in Philadelphia

Dining in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has a thrilling dining scene, whether it’s fine dining with impressive views over the city or a vibrant bistro hidden atop a designer furniture showroom with only a kitsch neon sign marking the door.  Here are some of my favourite Philadelphia food finds… Fine Dining Chef Daniel Stern’s R2L [...]

July 6, 2012 × 0 comments
Garces Trading Company, Philadelphia

Garces Trading Company, Philadelphia

Garces Trading Company, by Iron Chef Jose Garces, is one of my favourite foodie finds in Philadelphia, especially for a posh lunch.  Located in the well-heeled Washington Square West neighbourhood, Garces Trading Company is an informal yet chic dining room with communal wooden tables and its own mini food hall. [...]

July 5, 2012 × 0 comments
Things To Do In Philadelphia

Things To Do In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of East Coast America’s most vibrant cities, with a remarkably thriving art scene.  Steeped in monumental American history, Pennsylvania’s largest city is full of colonial charm. Whether it’s tax-free shopping on chic Walnut and Chestnut Street, exploring the cultural institutions on ‘Museum Mile’ or strolling around the [...]

June 29, 2012 × 2 comments
The Barnes Foundation Re-Opens In Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation Re-Opens In Philadelphia

The re-opening of The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has been one of the most talked about happenings in the international art world for many years.  For the grand opening week, in mid-May, I was invited to the press preview to discover the new Barnes Foundation.  A controversial relocation and redevelopment has [...]

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June 6, 2012 × 1 comment