After living in California for 5 years, where bagels suck, it's nice to have a great source of bagels right in the neighborhood. They simply are delicious no matter how you eat them -- perfect. Just go early while they still have them! Also, the challah is indeed very good.
Please note that the French bread is nothing to write home about, but why would you get French bread at a Jewish bakery?
This store isn't very big, so it doesn't have a huge selection, but it's quite nice to have a store in easy walking distance.
The ladies that run the store do a great job of stocking a wide range of products, from the cheaper stuff to some fancier things. You can just as easily grab a solid box of Cab (killer juice) for daily drinking as a top shelf vodka (Chopin).
The store is almost always busy, with stocking, restocking, and many customers, but the checkout lines are quick and the staff is always willing to answer questions.
Bar Ferdinand is a great spot to go on a date for a romantic supper or diner. The interior is cozy, dark, and well-decorated. The food is meant to be shared and is just delicious, with a nice range of hot and cold dishes.
There is something for everyone, especially if you're adventurous -- some of the things I've tried here I would not have even been able to imagine, yet taste amazing, and others are simple and delicious.
Be sure and stop by on a Monday for 1/2 off wine bottles, since wine is perfect to go with the food and atmosphere.
Also, they have a great outdoors seating area and often cook outside too, so stop by on a pleasant sunny day.
Finally, the staff is friendly and knows the menu (food and drink) well, so they are able to make good suggestions or clarify something if you're uncertain as to what something is/will be.
I've gotten flowers for my wife from Denise several times and they've always looked great. I've stopped in to get a bouquet or called in to order one, either way the flowers are fresh and beautiful. I have no problem trusting her, just asking for certain colors and a theme, and knowing that the bouquet will be great, without random non-floral junk stuck in to bulk it up. The prices are more then fair, especially compared to 1800flowers or such and the bouquets always exceed my expectations.
One caveat is that I think the business hours are a bit odd; I was unable to pick up a bouquet after work and had to have it delivered, but the delivery went well and cost just a couple bucks.
Salon can often be off-putting for guys, but I highly recommend DNA. When I need to get a haircut on short notice and after work, DNA was the only place that was open and would squeeze me in. I was seen after a brief wait and the experience was great and not intimidating at all. I was offered some water or a glass of wine while I waited and the seating area was comfortable.
Moving on to the cut, I came in with shaggy grown-out hair and no real idea what I wanted to do with it. The stylist, Mary Anne, was quite helpful in talking me through some options and the resultant cut looks great. To me, the price was fair $30. I will definitely be going back.
Druid's Keep is one of the first places I went to after moving to Northern Liberties. I was just looking for a place to have a beer and watch the Eagles game and the Keep did not disappoint. This is a comfortable, no frills neighborhood bar with friendly bartenders and all-locals clientele. The beer selection was nicely varied with several great regional microbrews, but they dont have a kitchen. They do, however, have a backroom with a pool table and an outdoors, backyard-type area.
First, let me be up-front in stating I have not dined at La Terrasse, nor eaten any food, so this is a review of the bar.
I work at CHOP, so this place being just a couple blocks away is a convenient post-work-grab-a-drink place. I like the atmosphere better than New Deck which tends to attract more students, while La Terrasse seems to be more of a mature crowd and a good bit quieter.
The bar area is really nice, the bar itself being a long wood bar with comfortable bar stools. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. The beer selection is a mix of imports, American macro- and midi-brews, as well as regional micro-brews. They also are well stocked in liquor, with a great selection, including more upscale vodkas and whiskeys.
Tir Na Nog is a special spot for me, since it basically convinced me to want to move to Philadelphia. Strong praise, but I have good reasoning.
First, Tir Na Nog has pretty awesome decor, most of it imported from Ireland. It's quite impressive overall, very warm and somewhat dark. It's a large place with 2 large bars, outdoor seating, and more indoor seat/booths. Personally, I'm a sit-at-the-bar guy. A brief warning -- the place gets quite busy on friday/saturday nights.
Second, Tir is located in the Phoenix building, an upscale high-rise, and it seems a lot of the residents use it as their de-facto living room, especially on off nights (thursday, sunday). This results is a very friendly atmosphere, as there are plenty of regulars just relaxing at the bar. Likewise, the staff was very attentive and friendly, ready to offer advice about food or drinks or the city. It's this atmosphere, friendly, inviting, that made me realize what a great city Philly was. In fact, while visiting the bar a few times while in Philly for a conference I was adopted as a regular.
However, man cannot live on atmosphere alone and Tir doesn't disappoint in the food and drink department either. In fact, the food is probably some of the best food I've ever had at a bar -- the shepards pie is fantastic. Likewise, their liquor and beer selection is impressive, particularly if you like upscale liquors like whiskeys, portos, etc. Please note that with the upscale setting come upscale prices: most appetizers started near $10 and entreess were more in the $15-20+.
Slainte is located right by 30th St Station -- across the street to be precise -- making it a convenient meet-up location for those using SEPTA transit.
The bar is owned by the folks that run New Deck and there are some strong similarities, but also some differences. First, it is also Irish themed, as the name may suggest. The decor is very nice and the atmosphere is quite warm and cozy -- I liked it better than New Deck in this regard. Also, as opposed to New Deck, the wait staff and hostess were pleasant and attentive. The beer selections are quite similar to New Deck as well: Irish/Euro mega-imports mixed with American midi-brews and regional micro-brews. However, in contrast to New Deck, the bartender useless in terms of recommending a beer or describing the flavors, nor did he offer a sample (he was polite though). All the food we tried (mostly appetizers) was very good, especially the cheese fries. Prices were pretty standard, 5-10 for most of the appetizers and 10-15 for entrees.
Dr. Horowitz is my new Primary Care Physician and he is wonderful. He was highly recommended by my boss and his staff also raved about him when I called to schedule an appointment.
First, Dr. Horowitz was very friendly and approachable.
More importantly, however, he was very thorough, asking many questions and going through a careful physical exam. He took my past, complex medical history in stride and has no issue communicating with my specialist as well. In fact, he made a few quality-of-life suggestions for a chronic abdominal issue that have worked out very well. Additionally, I appreciated his philosophy stressing the importance of moderation in all things.
As an aside, the whole PennCare facility was a pleasant change from other parts of HUP that I frequent, in that everything worked quite efficiently. I saw Dr. Horowitz within 3 days of my first call to his office and my appointment started just a few minutes late. The blood work that he ordered was done in the same building and quick and painless after a short wait.