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Warm weather is hitting and instead of snagging a ticket to Brazil, we suggest a budget-friendly alternative by submersing yourself in an authentic Brazilian experience at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse.

  

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse is celebrating the change of seasons with a Restaurant Week April 9th through the 12th and April 15th through the 19th. During these weeks, guests can enjoy the entire rodizio and salad bar for only $39.50 (regularly priced at $49.50). Fully indulge in Brazilian culture by ordering a caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil using cachaça, sugar and lime and satisfy your sweet tooth with a Brazilian-style flan, cream caramel, for dessert.

If you don’t have time to stop in for the fun, try making a caipirinha at home with Chima’s recipe:

Ingredients:
-          1 lime, quartered
-          2 teaspoon fine sugar
-          2 ounces cachaça (Chima uses Leblon)
-          Optional: strawberry, mango or kiwi flavoring

Directions:
1.            Place the lime wedges and sugar into an old-fashioned glass.
2.            Muddle well to create a paste.
3.            Fill the glass with ice cubes.
4.            Pour in the cachaça.
5.            Stir well.

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I met a guy about a month ago who really seemed to be quite a prince charming.  He was a lawyer, good looking, and appropriately aged (this means he Qbert photo: g42.orgwas old enough to get my joke/reference to Q*bert, and mature enough to not know who I was speaking of when I made a comment about Justin Bieber).  After speaking for an evening he asked for my telephone number and I obliged. He immediately called me the next day and we spoke for a while, pretty long by “first phone call” standards. I gave him some sound advice I could tell he really needed and for that I think he was grateful. 

Well, I know he was grateful. To show his gratitude he sent me a text message immediately following our conversation of his six-pack abs.   

Many issues with this: A) at first glance, I couldn’t make out what in the hell this was a picture of. I was actually concerned that it was his junk and that he had a Nike “swoosh” tattooed on it.  I had to have someone else look at this picture and explain it to me as if I was looking at a sonogram. B) The whole thing was way too “Situation” for me.  He’s pulling up his own shirt to reveal his signature AB-alanche of pride.  C) It was really presumptuous of him to assume I would find this flattering or sexy, and came off kinda creepy in the long run. 

Of course, this whole situation (no pun intended there) immediately launched the red flags of narcissism, but other than that it got me grandly thinking about the standards for telling a girl you like them and OH how they’ve changed.  We all remember being in the 3rd grade and Johnny would punch you in the arm, or push you in the hall, only to have it revealed later (through a note where as you should circle “YES” or “NO” to confirm) that he in fact likes you. Situation photo: wetpaint.com

As a kid, I found that stuff to be ludicrous, but it sure made a lot more sense to me than Captain Ab-Slide sending me a candid of his physique as a hint to his intentions and/or affections. I just want to find a place in a time where we all, guys and girls alike, capture that value and the innocence of the first meetings again. That time is so short compared to the possibility of a lifetime that I look forward to each one of the moments. Because, if a relationship does bloom, it’s only a matter of time before you are forced to then see those sides of one another that don’t come out on a first, second, or third date.  And you all know you’ve got some of these sides!  I just don’t see the point in rushing through this phase. I know we’re in a different age of technology and chivalry now-a-day, but I still need to believe that we practice standard respect and consideration for those we meet and “like.”

Getting to know me is the best part about me. It’s the best part of you. Your family is bored with you, and your friends know you backwards and frontwards by this point. Get back into the habit of enjoying the nuance of relationship.  It’s a hell of a lot of fun to have someone new come along who’s never heard about your family trip to the place where celling fans are made, or you’re intense fear of sporks!  

After the incident with AB-raham Lincoln above, I decided there is nothing wrong with having adult standards, especially if you are an adult. Just because we’re not living in an era anymore where a man would place his coat over a puddle for a woman, we can still move in the direction where the “getting to know you phase” is a cherished time again.  

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  Philly2Philly followers can win tickets to an advance screening of ‘The Hunter’ starring Willem Dafoe Thursday, April 12th.

Starting Thursday April 5th, we will be asking trivia questions relating to 'The Hunter' star Willem Dafoe on our Twitter and Facebook pages. The first to answer gets passes that admit two for the screening!!

NOTE: There will be no actual passes for the film screening. Just RSVP to info@philly2philly.com

 

THE HUNTER
THURSDAY
APRIL 12th
7:30pm
RITZ 5 THEATRE
214 WALNUT STREET

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The new Seafood ShantyWarm weather, open road, top down – all before scoffing down some Cape Cod-style seafood to boast about. Even if you can’t put the top down, I would love for you to experience the newly reopened, Seafood Shanty. Detour out of Philadelphia area for the day and take the scenic route to Wyomissing, Pa., where there is more to brag about than being the hometown of Taylor Swift.  

Reopening after more than 18 years, Seafood Shanty has caused a huge draw for Philadelphians to head to Wyomissing for its unsurpassed seafood tastes.  Under new ownership, the nostalgic brand has brought back original recipes of some of its best items- New England Clam Chowder and Key Lime Pie while adding a new, modern flair with a raw bar and new items like Oyster Flights, Seafood Martinis and Table Towers of seafood meant to be shared.  Great for families to bring your children, siblings or younger relatives back to a classic restaurant they’ve never tried- but brings back old time memories for you.

Make a day trip out of your seafood cravings and stop by the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading.  The six buildings consist of studios, dance, music and galleries. GoggleWorks also has a film theatre on campus, showing current movies with state-of-the-art sound equipment. If you’re craving some sports, head to FirstEnergy Stadium to catch a baseball game of the AA-affiliate of our beloved Phils- the Reading Phillies.  You’ll leave Reading feeling stuffed with food and culture.

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In recent weeks, the Trayvon Martin shooting case has been growing legs and captivtated much of the attention of Americans and the news media alike.

It all started last month when Florida resident George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, shot Trayvon Martin after following him in a wealthy neighborhood. Zimmerman claims he followed Martin because he looked suspicious and was even told by police to stop following him.

Zimmerman claims that Martin was a threat and decided to shoot him in self defense. There are witnesses who claim that Zimmerman had his hands pressed on Martin's back as he laid there dead and never tried to help him.  Zimmerman's team disputes this and claims he was attacked by Martin, which justified the shooting.

Either way you slice it or dice it, Zimmerman clearly was in the wrong for shooting him. The Sanford, Florida Police Department has handled the Trayvon Martin case poorly and let this situation fester by not arresting Zimmerman, claiming he's protected by Florida's "stand your ground law."  Since then, the Police Chief in Sanford, Florida has resigned.

Now, onto what's really wrong with this situation. People in the media are turning this issue into a race issue. Also, millions of Americans are turning this into a white-on-black issue and taking to the streets. It's especially disturbing when the truth is that Zimmerman is partially hispanic and not "white." Some in the media are going so far as to say Zimmerman is a racist, which explains why he got trigger-happy that night.

These same Americans should instead focus on the violence, which is prevalent within innner cities. Turn on ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox on any given night and you'll hear about shootings, rapes, muggings, car jackings, etc. It goes on all over the country within cities and tens of thousands of neighborhoods across the nation. If Americans would go out and protest these sorts of things and focus their energy on the horrors within our neighborhoods, we'd see gang violence and urban violence drop 90%.

Again, Trayvon Martin's story is one of tragedy, but it's abominable that this has become a white-on-black thing. It's a tragedy, which should have been prevented.  Period.

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 Max Talbot to Appear at the Sports Cave

WHO: Flyers right-winger Max Talbot will be at the Sports Cave.Max Talbot photo: ccmhockey.com

WHAT: Talbot will be present to sign autographs for fans. Tickets cost $30, and can be purchased ahead of time at www.phillymancave.com

Mention you saw this on Philly2Philly.com and you will get 10% off your order!!!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Sports Cave, 1625 Chestnut Street, Suite 171 Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Shops at Liberty Place).

WHY: Since joining the Flyers at the beginning of this season, Talbot has proven to be a strong addition to the lineup. Talbot has scored 18 goals this season, a career high for him. Talbot also sets a positive example for the team with his toughness, grit, and high-intensity on the ice.      

About The Sports Cave:

The Sports Cave is a family owned and operated retail store located at One Liberty Place in Center City, Philadelphia.  Customers are treated to a wide range of gift items, pricing, and our convenient location.  We offer authentic sports memorabilia, vintage posters, stadium panoramics, books, and many other gifts for any bar or “cave.”  We also offer special services like custom framing, appraisals of memorabilia, player signings, and much more. Visit our website, http://phillymancave.com/, to learn about upcoming events and specials.

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I was having a quick brunch with a girlfriend, and she was talking rather candidly with me about her ‘sexcapades’ with her new beau. She was telling me where, how often, how so, foreplay, all play, role play, all of it.  I sat and listened to her and was genuine happy for her and he as they were obviously enjoying one another immensely, and then some.  Photo: James Estrin/The New York Time

I was sipping my mimosa when an older woman, she had to be in her late 60’s, came over to our table and said, “Excuse me, but I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation.” I immediately thought about the most recent items of discussion and was wondering if she heard my friend recant their game of “on the loose circus monkeys” (Don’t ask. I didn’t even want the details). We turned around and my friend politely said “I’m sorry were we too loud.  I have a tendency to forget my indoor voice sometimes.”

She looked at us both and with a small smile said “Oh, no you weren’t too loud, I just wanted to tell you that I find your sexually perverted antics shameful and you alone could be the reason that this world is going to hell in a hand basket.”

Now  A) I’ve always hated that phrase because I don’t know what the hell a hand basket is. If they mean a ‘purse,’ they should say “purse,’ and  B) From what realm of the universe did this woman hail in which it was acceptable to judge someone so harshly and unleash such wicked statements unprovoked?  I stared dumbfounded at the “cohunes” on this woman. Granted, there were some stories told involving a glue stick and rain ponchos (which were relayed and I still haven’t decided if it’s worth the reoccurring mental image,) but no matter what degree of “R Rated” material she was dishing, this woman (in my opinion) had no place to judge anyone.

My friend may be a sexually driven woman (and as Ludacris would say “a freak in the bed”), but it does not open the gates of judgment from strangers or friends for that matter.  We are all entitled to practice our own virtues and forge our own paths through whatever methods we choose. Some will be good for us, some learning experiences, but all in all they will be OUR own choices. The constant negative judgment needs to be curbed back so we can again begin to recognize the fundamental beauty in those who “wax the car” a bit differently than you.  I really don’t want to believe that we’ve reached a place as a society that we’re cool with just walking up to total strangers, judging them, and then TELLING them to boot. We all are guilty of judging in our heads and hearts, but when you take that a step further and tell someone of your angst for them who you know nothing of, my God where else is there to go from here?   


By no means am I saying I never judge someone, I totally do. I’m just saying after being approached by such a brazen individual, it really made me think about how that kind of negativity adds nothing to the world. I do have to say the positive which did come out of being approached and reprimanded by the Hall Monitor was that it forced me to recognize my own judgmental tendencies and take a step back before I dive right into an opinion. I don’t know where they’ve been in their lives, or what drives them.

And who knows?  We could have been rehearsing a play…or scripting some freaky porn. 

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On Saturday March 10, the Oxford Valley Mall held a Zumbathon to benefit the Bucks County Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). The YWCA is a national organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women, and supports under-served women and their families. Zumba is known for being an intense calorie burning workout that anyone can do and have a fun doing it. This exciting Latin- inspired aerobic program involves a combination of dance and fitness moves. This year’s event had a fantastic turnout. Over 120 participants danced together to raise over 200 pounds in food and supplies as well as $600 to fund YWCA educational enrichment and social service programs in the Bucks County community.

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The event organizers Jim Malervy and the Zumba Instructor Shannon Grosso

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The large crowd enjoying dance at the Zumbathon Event

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The crowd getting into the spirit at zumba class

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Participants of the zumbathon are dancing to the aerobic program and burning the calories away

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Who do you think are some of the Philadelphia Flyers’ All-Time Goons?

We want to hear from you!

During the next two weeks (Monday-Friday), Philly2Philly will post Flyers related trivia involving their all-time tough guys. If your answer is voted the best of the day by the Philly2Philly panel, you will receive passes to an advance screening ‘Goon’ starring Sean William Scott (Stifler from the ‘American Pie' movies) on Wednesday, March 28th at AMC Neshaminy 24 (3900 Rockhill Drive) in Bensalem, PA at 7:30.

The questions on Monday-Friday will be featured on our Facebook page. 

Here are the rules:

-You must be 18

-You can only win once, but you can play until/if you win the passes.

So bring your thinking cap as well as your knowledge to the table, don’t pull any punches, and you can win!

Good luck!

Note: THIS FILM IS RATED R. YOU WILL EXCHANGE PASSES AT THE BOX OFFICE FOR TICKETS. PASSES ADMIT TWO. SEATING IS LIMITED TO THEATRE CAPACITY. NO CASH VALUE

Special thanks to Donna Baum at TPG (The Promotions Group Corporation)

 

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How many of you missed church today? (and not on purpose!)Daylight Savings Time photo: hcgreenthumb.wordpress.com
 
Fall back. Spring ahead (except Arizona and Hawaii). That’s what we have been told from as far back as fifth grade.
 
And yet I still wonder why is Daylight Savings Time still such an issue for people?

Now I can understand not knowing exactly what day it happens. However, unless you’re hiding under a gigantic rock, have no television, computer or cell phone older than 1998, there is no excuse for not knowing when Daylight Savings Time is about to transpire.

If you have a television, just go to the DVR. You can always look in the bottom right hand corner of your computer for the time, and if you have a new cell phone, it updates this automatically.  Even some clocks these days update this on its own!

There you have it: just some basic ways to tell when exactly Daylight Savings Time has arrived.  Or, you could just remember that it’s 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March to 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. This year it’s November 4th!

 

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