Travelers from around the world have been discovering for years that Philadelphia offers an amazing variety of top-quality adventures for the whole family. From high fashions and fine food to ground breaking theater and this month, exotic flowers, Philadelphia PA USA has something for every taste.
The beautiful people have arrived in the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love. Philadelphia Fashion Week has begun! The world’s top international and national models can be seen strutting and showing off their latest looks everywhere; jewelry stores, clothing stores, makeup and beauty stores, hair salons…
From today and lasting over the weekend Philly is hosting lots of trendy, top brand fashion shows, exclusive brand parties throughout the city, fashion education classes, fashion fun activities and eclectic, artsy design exciting events featuring new, first seen, innovative styles from all walks of the Fashion Industry. Philadelphia’s acclaimed Retail Scene big names are also throwing their supporting events too. Joan Shepp of Chestnut Street has a special, Shop in the Name of Girl Power Event going on where you can stop in and talk with celebrity women who are making a difference. There is even a Masquerade Ball this year. Designer Carmelita Couture is one of the feature exhibitors. Las Swim Wear will be showing their newest collection of designs and there is also a stunning men’s clothing runway show planned.
Discriminating culinary palates will not want to miss the Fourth Annual East Passyunk Avenue’s Restaurant Week running from Feb 21 – Feb 27. This is South Philly Italian Cuisine at its very most delicious for a lot less money for one week only. South Philadelphia’s top chefs are showing off traditional Italian dishes done with Philly flare as well as their own signature dishes, all at an unbelievable once a year super discount. In case you haven’t heard Passyunk Avenue has been rated one of the Top Ten ‘Foodie Streets’ in America by Food and Wine Magazine. Now’s your chance to try Mamma Maria Ristorante’s award winning Penne alla Primavera in delicious delicate cream sauce. I highly recommend Palladino’s Duck Saltimbocca with prosciutto & sage with its bold flavored, white wine pan glaze accompanied with polenta and shredded Brussel sprouts with pancetta.
As for sightseeing, Philadelphia is a historical gem. We’ve got the Rocky Balboa statue at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s stone steps and Steven Spielberg’s first camera is on display at the National Museum of American Jewish History. If you are looking for Art History not much is more exciting as the Barnes Foundation’s controversial Picasso Expo titled, The Great War, Experimentation and Change, which opens Feb 21st featuring 50 of Picasso’s best transitional paintings created by the Spanish Artist between 1912 and 1924.
Elaborate Floral designs, breath taking indoor garden displays, beautiful floral art, gardening workshops and expert florist lectures are only a few weeks away. From March 5th -13th, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is hosting the Philadelphia Flower Show which is the world’s longest running flower show first launched in 1829. The Philly Flower Show is also the globe’s largest indoor flower show. Cut flowers, bulbs, seedlings and seeds, horticulture and floriculture, live entertainment, garden accessories and emerging tools and chemicals, even Mediterranean plants are featured. This is the place to learn about the latest watering technologies, green house heating and potting and basket art. One of Last year’s favorite displays was the miniature trees.
If you want to do something education with the kids that they will surely remember, take them to the popular ‘Walk through the Giant Heart’ Exhibit at the Franklin Institute. If you are looking for some innovative theater that the whole family can enjoy, you will not beat the circus like interpretation of the classic musical ‘Pippin’ playing at the Academy Of Music from Feb 23 – 28th.
Visitors searching for new culinary experiences and tourism fun will find Philly to be exciting and ground breaking. The City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love is a gastronomic paradise offering cuisine to suit all tastes casual pub fare, farm to table, diverse cultural delicacies, upscale dining with plenty of unique, local specialties. My choice this month, for those looking to dine on something new and different is to head over to Greg and Julie’s, Vernick Food and Drink at 2031 Walnut Street and try the grilled octopus & escarole Caesar. The lamb rack & belly with yogurt dressing is also tasty. The ambiance is bistro like and the staff is very friendly and attentive.
Philly PA’s restaurants are becoming quite creative with their diverse recipes and novel culinary presentations. All year long, vacationing in Philadelphia Pa USA is always in good taste.