Monthly Archives: October 2014


Talula’s Garden: Delightful Farm-Fresh Dining in Philly

Talula's Garden features a menu of fresh fare that’s as inspired as it is comforting. It’s the brainchild of restaurateur Aimee Olexy, whose love of fine food and beautiful décor is evident throughout this Philadelphia eatery.

Brunch is served on weekends, when you can stop in for Honey-Soaked Ricotta Donuts, Warm Field Mushroom & Goat Cheese Crepes, and Warm Spiced French Toast. The cheese menu lets you try a variety of yummy varieties from around the world.

The dinner menu at Talula's Garden offers starters like Crostini of Chicken Liver Mousse, Celery & Date Salad, Ragu of Wild Goose, and Buttery Little Gnocchi. Entrees include Honey Brined Boneless Pork Chop, Seafood Cassoulet, Muscovy Duck Breast, Petite Butcher Filet Au Jus, and Colorado Lamb Shank Ossobuco.

Talula's Garden
210 W. Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-7787


Keep the Kids Occupied With These 3 Easy Craft Projects

If your little one is a budding artist, making crafts together is a great way to foster his or her talents. Here are a few fun, simple crafts that will produce some beautiful results, and most of them only take a few minutes to complete.

  1. Bagel Bird Feeder. This fun afternoon DIY project is great because it will last for days after you make it. Simply spread some peanut butter all over a stale bagel, roll it in birdseed and attach it to a sturdy string. Hang the whole thing from a tree branch and watch from your window as the birds stop by for a snack.
  2. Miniature Easel. For the child who loves painting, make a tiny easel to display in his or her bedroom. Simply hot glue three Popsicle sticks upright in a teepee shape, and then glue a fourth Popsicle stick flat across the front to create a ledge. Encourage your child to create miniature paintings to display on the easel once it’s done.
  3. Closet Monsters. If your child never wants to hang up his or her clothes, make it fun with these silly, scary crafts. Take an old wire clothes hanger and stretch colorful construction paper across the center on both sides. Cut out angry monster faces out of different colors of construction paper, and glue it in the center of the hanger to make long, triangular-shaped monster heads that will look fun and frightening in a kid’s closet.

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Get Up Close and Personal With Sharks at the Adventure Aquarium

Located in Camden, N.J., the Adventure Aquarium is home to more than 8,500 underwater species. Walk through the 40-foot, 360-degree tunnel of sharks featuring the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, or meet a hippopotamus or gator up close.

Sharks, penguins, fish, stingrays, turtles, jellyfish, and more live in recreated natural habitats. Visitors are able to experience the underwater world through hands-on, interactive exhibits. For the 6 and under set, be sure to go to KidZone where little ones can connect to nature via kid-friendly activities, games, and touch exhibits. For an extra fee, visitors can sign up for behind-the-scenes tours that offer VIP access to the hippo, penguin, sea turtle, and shark exhibits. Where else are you going to get the chance to feed stingrays or pet a penguin?

If all that underwater exploration works up an appetite, make a pit stop to the Feeding Frenzy Cafe to refuel with hot dogs, burgers, pizza, and grilled cheese. Gil's Sweet Shop is also not to be missed and serves Breyer's Ice Cream and sweets galore! Finally, grab a unique souvenir at the gift shop on the way out!

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
(856) 365-3300


Jones: Modern Comfort Food in Center City

Craving some flavorful comfort food with a modern twist? Head to Jones and find something tasty right in Center City Philadelphia.

The menu at Jones features appetizers like cheese pierogies with caramelized onions, deviled eggs, baked macaroni and cheese, chicken nachos, and meatless wings. Pair your starter with a bowl of matzo ball or chicken rice soup. The tasty array of sandwiches offers up a brisket on brioche bun, Texas barbecue pulled pork, and a turkey burger with roasted tomato aioli. Tandoori chicken kebabs, fried chicken and waffles, pecan crusted tilapia, chicken pot pie, sesame seared tuna, and fried chicken in a basket are among the entrée options.

Jones also serves a popular weekend brunch. Visit its website to learn more!

700 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 223-5663