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In early March 2020, Samantha Bateman finally opened the doors of The Merrygold Shop to the public after months of preparation. Two days later, all nonessential businesses in Philadelphia were ordered to close for two weeks, which then turned into months.
There is something so incredibly attractive about exclusivity. Even for the nice people who care about inclusion and openness, nothing matches the sexiness of being part of a club that’s hard to get into. It’s why people apply to Ivy League schools, join sororities and fraternities, or beg for Raya friend passes. It doesn’t matter what kind of person you are, no one can resist the allure of being at least a little inaccessible.
I spent Saturday morning hungover and failing at getting work done. I involuntarily woke up at seven and couldn’t get back to sleep after a late night of festivities with my roommates. We took shots, danced, and talked—all in hopes of dulling the anxieties we all felt about the soon–to–be–announced outcome of the election.
When beginning to plan for this semester’s Dining Guide, never did I think it would be like this. Cliché, I know; but I really was envisioning timid freshmen with their first work–study jobs passing copies out on Locust Walk, scarfing down the hastily–assembled plate of takeout I’d be eating in the windowless Stroffice (ed. note: Street, office, get it?) on the night of publication, and enjoying the free dinner I’d be reviewing at a really nice restaurant.
The first thing you notice about Catherine de Luna (C‘20) is her warm, inviting smile. It’s pretty difficult to exude anything but awkwardness on a Zoom call with someone you’ve never met, but somehow it doesn’t even faze her. It's immediately clear she’s the kind of person you want to be friends with: funny, nice, outspoken, thoughtful, and honest—she doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing what she believes, and she is incredibly passionate about everything she does.
I used to think I didn’t know anything about love.
Another Israeli fast casual restaurant from the people behind Goldie and Dizengoff? Yep. Did I stalk its opening by lurking around 13th and Samson to see if they were letting people in or not? There was no other option.
With a new in–house roastery and an ever–expanding social impact program, things at Saxbys are moving faster than ever. This Philadelphia institution continues to stay true to their mission to “Make Life Better” with the launching of their new coffee program, and Street sat down with CEO and founder Nick Bayer as well as Head of Coffee David Amos to explore exactly what drives their endless pursuit for progress.
Every night, I fall into a deep slumber after some seemingly endless scrolling through bite–sized videos. Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed” runs on a hamster wheel in my mind after my phone screen shows a loop of videos of random people dancing to it. At this point I can recite some very important rules: “Rule number one if it’s about me, @ me so I can see it. Rule number two if you heard shit that ain’t come from me then don’t believe it." This is the world of TikTok. Rules, songs, jokes, and pranks—all of which are chaotic, unapologetic, crazy, and captivating.
While Philadelphia isn’t automatically associated with French culture, a booming culinary scene full of francophone favorites has long been the norm. From classic French bistros and crêperies to restaurants that feature the flavors of the French–speaking Maghreb region of North Africa, there’s a lot of food to explore.
This fall has been an exciting time for the Philadelphia restaurant scene. Whether it’s old favorites like Taco Taco going back to their roots, or established restaurateurs branching out into new concepts like with Condesa and Merkaz, you can’t go wrong with any of these new places. Here's a list of all the restaurant openings you missed while studying for midterms and decorating your dorm room.
It seems like every day there’s a new boutique fitness class people are talking about. Orangetheory, SoulCycle, Rumble, you name it. One downside of all the hype is that they’ve been infiltrated by Penn students—and no one needs to see that guy in your Econ recitation sweat that much. They’re also ridiculously expensive when bought frequently, burning a hole in the average college student’s wallet. Whether you’re trying to break out of your Pottruck rut, or just interested in exploring the workout scene in Philadelphia, Street has some picks for you.
Whether you’re looking to get your Jewish food fix during the upcoming period of the High Holidays, or just interested in exploring the Jewish food scene in Philly, these places are a great place to start:
For Gen Z, sustainability is sexy. Metal straws and tote bags are plastered all over social media, and new eco–friendly innovations are popping up faster than ever. Part of this urgency stems from the impending climate crisis, but also because companies and influencers generate profits when everyone buys into the idea of sustainability. This begs the question—are sustainable products, specifically clothing, even sustainable to begin with?
With blocks upon blocks of eateries peppered on the street that serves as the beating heart of Philadelphia’s small business scene, you can’t go wrong with South Street. From juiceries to fast–casual joints to sit–down restaurants, this melting pot of a street has it all.
In the sleepy residential neighborhood of Society Hill, there is an evident need for more neighborhood dining spots. Though options may be limited, locals can still find places that are quick, high–quality, and family–friendly. And now, the new Bloomsday Cafe manages to encapsulate all of those aspects, while also offering an amazing selection of natural wines, pastries, hot drinks, and more.
If there’s one food trend that seems to have taken over in Philly eateries, it’s CBD. It’s lucrative, easy, and has a lot of built–in hype. The best part? It can be added to truly anything, whether it’s ice cream or juice, and is shown to manage chronic pain and aid relaxation. And while there are no psychoactive compounds in CBD oil, which is extracted from hemp, which means you can't get high, it still creates the mellow feeling derived from a joint or edible. The same way coffee or tea helps you focus, CBD can help you chill, so why not try it in its most delicious forms?
If there’s anything all of those post–NSO sneezes and sniffles in class show us, it’s that flu season is just around the corner. Aside from putting together a prevention plan (i.e. chug that orange juice and stock up on DayQuil), knowing where the tastiest, most healing soups are in the city definitely helps when you’re stuck wondering how you got sick in the first place.
Sparkling water is polarizing. There’s a divide between those who love or hate it, and a bigger divide between which brand you stay loyal to. With new brands being introduced faster than we can drink a pack of LaCroix, the sparkling water market is anyone’s game. With a mix of old classics and new innovators, Street puts seltzer to the test, tasting for crispness, flavor, and overall freshness.
For better or for worse, art, media, and protest seem more intertwined than ever these days. Social media's effect on the symbiotic relationship between activism and art is undeniable. New platforms allow artists and activists to amplify one another's voices and grow a following without wealth or fame. For evidence of this, look no further than the trend of subversive femininity that's overtaking our timelines and Instagram feeds. Set against the backdrop of an administration that has been criticized by many as anti–feminist, these female creators are turning traditionally female hobbies into political action.