Jill Beckel

Philadelphia area copywriter, web content writer/editor, blogger and dancer.
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Another Nor’easter Didn’t Stop People from Attending the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Restaurant Festival

A wicked winter afternoon in March was the start of another Nor’easter! But that didn’t stop Philadelphians from attending the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Restaurant Festival which was held at the beautiful Crystal Tea Room at the Wanamaker Building. This year’s Philadelphia Restaurant Festival did not disappoint with over 60 restaurants, wineries and distilleries participating.
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Dish of the Week | The Godfather | Deli on 4th

This week’s Dish of the Week is The Godfather from Deli on 4th. This delicious specialty hoagie is made with capicola, genoa salami, soppressata, prosciutto, sharp provolone cheese, roasted red peppers and then topped with lettuce, tomato and onions. It is one of eight specialty hoagies available in an 8 inch or 12 inch size. Deli on 4th is a well-known local favorite breakfast and lunch spot located on the corner of West 4th Avenue and Fayette Street in Conshohocken.
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Dish of the Week l Crispy Salmon l Dishez

This week’s Dish of the Week is the Crispy Salmon from Dishez. This crispy salmon entrée is served with hollandaise sauce, mushroom risotto and pickled cippolini onions. It makes the perfect light summer dinner. Dishez just opened this past March at 551 Germantown Pike in Lafayette Hill. It offers tasty American cuisine with a French flair. The owners, Peter and Renee Liccio, also own the nearby Market of Lafayette Hill and Knishes & Dishes as well.
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Dish of the Week | Smoked Salmon Bagel | Tradestone Cafe

This week’s Dish of the Week is the Smoked Salmon Bagel from Chip Roman’s Tradestone Café (117 Fayette Street). The bagel is one of Tradestone Café’s six breakfast sandwiches and is served topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, cucumber slices, tomato slices and onion on a sesame seed bagel. The Tradestone Café is open every day of the week from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch.
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Dishez Set to Open in Lafayette Hill on March 3rd

Dishez, a new restaurant in Lafayette Hill, will be opening this Saturday, March 3rd to the public. Dishez offers American cuisine with a French flair. Some appetizers and entrees that they will be offering include Smoked Mozzarella, Olive Oil Poached Trout, Airline Chicken Breast, Strip Steak (pictured above) and a Bourbon Short Rib Burger. Don’t forget to bring your favorite wine or beer with you since Dishez is BYOB.
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Dish of the Week | Smoked Pulled Pork | Flanigan's Boathouse

This week’s Dish of the Week is the Smoked Pulled Pork from Flanigan’s Boathouse. This toasted sandwich includes smoked pulled pork over baby spinach, roasted peppers and provolone cheese on a Kaiser roll served with apple au jus. It comes with your choice of French fries, rice, cole slaw, house/Caesar salad or the vegetable of the day. Flanigan’s Boathouse is a casual restaurant on 113 Fayette Street in Conshohocken.
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Dish of the Week | New Lafayette Sushi Roll | The General

This week’s Dish of the Week is the New Lafayette Sushi Roll from The General. This colorful sushi roll is made with spicy tuna, shrimp, mango, avocado, black tobiko and spicy mayo. The General restaurant is a concept that was created by Nick Ciaffone and Bob Devine, who are partners at The General as well as at their other restaurant, From The Boot. “We consider our menu representative of a ‘modern American’ theme with something for everyone, and we have renovated the space to create a more contemporary feel while tying in the historical aspects of the building.”
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American Boho Boutique Giving Vintage Jewelry New Life

Explore recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Haley Waugh on a warm January Sunday morning. Haley is the owner of American Boho, a small Philadelphia-based jewelry boutique. According to her website, “American Boho is a small boutique with original designs from repurposed pieces. This shop is dedicated to providing customers with affordable, one-of-a-kind accessories including hand-selected vintage items.
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Dish of the Week | MVP | Baggataway Tavern

This week’s Dish of the Week is the MVP from Baggataway Tavern. The MVP is a grilled and sliced filet on a Conshy Bakery kaiser roll with melted provolone cheese and a creamy Parmesan peppercorn sauce. It comes with a side of freshly made beer-battered onion rings with zippy petal sauce for dipping. Baggataway Tavern is a true neighborhood tavern with a killer craft beer selection and delicious food. They strive to be your go-to place for great craft beer, great food and exceptional service.
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Dish of the Week | Cast Iron Bronzed Spanish Mackerel | Fayette Street Grille

This week’s Dish of the Week is the Cast Iron Bronzed Spanish Mackerel over Asparagus Risotto topped with Sweet Chili Aioli and a Micro Green Salad. This dish is served at the Fayette Street Grille in Conshohocken. Healthy, refreshing and tasty, the vibrant colors of this dish really set it apart. Fayette Street Grille offers a varied gourmet three course prix fixe meal for just $38.50 that includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert!
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Tasty Wine, Tempting Cheeses, Music and Even Goat Yoga at 8th Annual Skippack Winetober Festival

Explore Philly had a blast at Skippack’s 8th Annual Winetober Fest. The event took place on an October weekend and we chose to attend the Saturday daytime session. Skippack, PA is an adorable small town located in Montgomery County. With lots of little shops, restaurants and bars, the quaint town offers a lot of things to check out. We picked up our entrance passes, wine cup (attendees could upgrade to receive a wine glass with the VIP passes) and were off to sample all the wines!
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The Turtle Always Wins the Race at Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

Explore Philly recently got a chance to check out the brand new Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille in North Wales and we had a blast! From tasty appetizers and filling entrees to fancy happy hour drinks, the Greene Turtle has something for everyone. Whether you want to stop in for Happy Hour with some coworkers, have a nice family dinner, or catch the game, the Greene Turtle is the perfect spot. The atmosphere is welcoming, fun and relaxing.
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Catering to Both Men and Women, Jay Butler Shoes Are a Classic, Handmade Staple

Justin L. Jeffers, Founder & Creative Director of Jay Butler Shoes, thinks that shoes should be comfortable, stylish, made to last and affordable. According to their website, “Jay Butler is a brand that strives to provide men and women with classic, well-made footwear and leather goods. Jay Butler was established out of the desire to fill a void in a market for justly priced, direct to consumer footwear.
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With Burgers, Wings AND Tacos, No One Left Hungry at This Year’s Burger Brawl

On a hot and humid Sunday, the 7th Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl took over the parking lot of Xfinity Live. Over 60 local Philly area restaurants competed for the title of best burger, best taco and (for the first time ever), best chicken wing! This year, Explore Philly was excited to be a part of the judging panel! When it comes to food, we are always more than eager to help out.
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Simon’s Soiree, a Heartfelt Evening for a Great Cause at Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel

This year’s Simon’s Soiree was an elegant, heartfelt affair. The soiree is held annually to benefit Simon’s Fund and this year’s 8th Simon’s Soiree was held at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in February. Simon’s Fund aims to provide free heart screenings at schools and raise awareness for undiagnosed heart conditions. Per their website, “The organization provides free heart screenings to children, advocates for life-saving legislation, hosts awareness events, and promotes research.
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