Fitness Fundraiser: Optimal in Motion
Exercise for a good cause with this all-day event from FBPH and Optimal Sport Health Clubs.
May 17, 2013
Optimal Sport Health Clubs will offer a variety of fitness classes that will whip you into shape and support a good cause.
Philadelphia fitness organization, Optimal Sport Health Clubs, will join the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health (FBPH) for an all-day fitness fundraiser, Optimal in Motion, on Wednesday, May 22.
A variety of exercise classes—including cycling, zumba, yoga, and bootcamp—will take place from early morning through the evening hours in order to accommodate the schedules of all participants. Optimal Sport is also encouraging partakers to gain sponsors to contribute to the cause; the individual who raises the most funds will win a free one-year membership to the premier health club.
With four locations in the Greater Philadelphia area, fitness enthusiasts of all levels can sweat to support the advancement of breast and prostate cancer research and treatment. “It is our hope that through events like [Optimal in Motion] we elevate awareness and educate the public,” says Colleen Daley, executive director of FBPH. “The funds raised at this event will allow us to underwrite grants to local hospitals that provide free prostate screening for men of the Delaware Valley, and the Fund for Living that provides assistance to women with breast cancer and their families by helping to cover unique problems associated with their care that may not be covered by traditional insurance.”
A minimum donation of $20 is suggested, and a select few of the classes require reservations. For the complete schedule and to reserve your spot, visit optimalinmotion.com. Curtis Center, 601 Walnut St. LL30, 215-238-5751; The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St., 215-735-1114; 2132 S. Eagle Rd., Newtown, 215-579-7600; 2501 Mt. Holly Rd., Burlington, NJ, 609-239-6900
Talented Actresses Talk Mame at BCP
A show featuring Andrea McArdle and Lea DeLaria kicks off Bucks County Playhouse's season.
May 13, 2013
As the kickoff to the Bucks County Playhouse's summer season, veteran actresses Andrea McArdle and Lea DeLaria light up the stage in Mame, a musical that follows the wealthy/flighty Mame Dennis (McArdle) as she is unexpectedly left to care for her orphaned 10-year-old nephew—with a dose of support from her hilarious best friend/“world’s biggest lush” Vera Charles (DeLaria). Philadelphia Style sat down with the leading ladies to find out more about their characters, what it’s like to perform in Philadelphia, and more.
Tell us how your prior experiences in movies, TV shows, and Broadway, have shaped your careers?
ANDREA MCARDLE: Annie on Broadway was just magical for me. I was sharing the stage with the best of the best, it was an iconic show—this kind of thing is so rare. It's made me grateful for every second.
LEA DELARIA: I was the first openly gay comic to perform on TV in the US. That projected me right into the limelight in an aggressive way. I was regularly seen in sitcoms and movies throughout the ‘90s, then George Wolfe cast me as Hildy in the Broadway revival of On the Town, and I’ve never looked back. New York theater allowed me to sing, act, [and] play both men and women; straight and gay.
How did you get involved with the Bucks County Playhouse?
LD: Jed Bernstein has revitalized the playhouse. He called me to do the Vagina Monologues and Andrea was in that as well. As soon as she told me she was doing Mame, I called my manager to say I wanted to play Vera. Just the thought of us doing “Bosom Buddies” [a song between McArdle and DeLaria’s characters in Mame] made me squeal like a little girl.
AM: The playhouse is my legacy. I was there way back when, but I've returned because it’s doing great work, and I adore Jed.
What can audience members expect from Mame?
LD: It is a truly fun two-and-a-half hours of music, dancing, and over-consumption of booze.
AM: Yeah, the audience is really going to get a treat, this cast is a wonder and Jerry Herman's music will transport them.
Can either of you relate at all to the characters you play in Mame?
AM: Oh, so much so, I totally relate to Mame—she is a woman who becomes a woman when she is forced to become a "mother" to a little boy. This child enables her in becoming a true heroine.
LD: Vera Charles is New York City. She is sophisticated, stoned, and scintillating. I, on the other hand, am fiercely loyal to my friends, and I will always speak my mind…so no, I don’t relate to her at all!
How does it feel to perform in Philadelphia?
AM: I'm a Philly girl so performing here is always a gift! I just love this town, every step of it. Richard Jay-Alexander, the director of my cabaret show demanded that I be honest—well, Philly keeps me honest! Philly will always be my home.
LD: The audiences here are warm and quick and delightful. In fact, the other night when I went out for my bow, I brought a Philly Soft Pretzel [with me] and took a big bite out of it. The audience cheered. You could really feel how they loved that tribute to one of the town’s biggest draws. Then Andrea came out, took it from me and took a huge bite, and they rose to their feet!
Mame plays May 23-June 9 at the Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, 215-862-2121. Tickets ($29-58) are available on bcptheater.org
Photography by Mandee Kuenzle, Bucks County Playhouse
Whipped Bakeshop's Creative Cupcakes
The Fishtown bakery celebrates The Great Gatsby and Mother’s Day with specialty sweets.
May 10, 2013
In celebration of today’s release of The Great Gatsby, Whipped Bakeshop has created a limited-edition cupcake that embodies the refined yet quirky character of the film’s leading lady, Daisy Buchanan.
Dubbed The Drunken Daisy, the cupcake is comprised of an almond pound cake chock full of homemade apricot preserves, and frosted with an apricot-brandy buttercream that’s been cleverly piped into the shape of a delicate, blush-colored daisy. The confection is finished off with a dusting of coral sugar and edible gold glitter.
“We love The Drunken Daisy cupcake because it’s glittery, boozy, and generally a lot of fun,” says Whipped Bakeshop owner Zoe Lukas. “It’s iced to look like an apricot-hued daisy, so we think it makes a lovely and delicious Mother’s Day treat as well.”
Speaking of Mother’s Day, Whipped is celebrating the leading lady in your life with specialty cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. Show mom you’re sweet on her with Spring Bouquet Cupcakes, a set of 12 daffodil-adorned treats made from vanilla-buttermilk cake, raspberry jam, vanilla meringue buttercream, and bittersweet ganache. Or, if she prefers cakes, order the iced Lovely Lily Cake that features hand-painted lily blossoms and buttercream frosting. 636 Belgrade St., Fishtown, 215-598-5449
Mother's Day Dining in Philadelphia
Treat your mom to one of these special Mother's Day menus on Sunday, May 12.
May 08, 2013
Nicole Miller Debuts Philadelphia Print
The Philadelphia-native designer held an exclusive launch event at her Bellevue boutique.
May 02, 2013
On April 27, guests gathered at Nicole Miller Bellevue for the exclusive launch of the designer's limited-edition 2013 Philadelphia print collection. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, shopping, product signing, and an exclusive meet-and-greet with Miller herself before she was recognized later that evening at Philadelphia University with the Spirit of Design Award.
“I was incredibly honored,” says Miller, a Philadelphia native. “The talent and innovation the university fosters is truly admirable—I can’t wait to see what the graduates bring to the fashion industry in the years to come!”
Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation
Prestigious Philadelphia chefs and mixologists gathered to help end childhood hunger.
April 29, 2013
Guests flocked to Hotel Monaco’s ballroom on Sunday, April 28 for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation event, benefiting the No Kid Hungry campaign. Chaired by chef David Katz of Meme renown, the event brought 25 of Philadelphia’s top chefs and restaurateurs together to help end childhood hunger.
As the largest event for the No Kid Hungry effort in Philadelphia, the evening featured dishes from the likes of Sbraga, Vernick Food & Drink, Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, Zahav, Fork, 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge, and many more. Menu items ran the gamut from lamb Rielette with pickled vegetables to a whole roasted pig to a watermelon and red beet cold soup, as well as a special Creekstone Farm beef dish prepared by chef Katz as part of a one-night-only return to the kitchen.
Attendees also enjoyed specialty cocktails, wines, and premium beers crafted by some of the city’s most talented mixologists like Christian Gaal of Emmanuelle, Bess Gulley of Stratus, and Bryant Fennell of Philadelphia Country Club. Drinks on offer included classics like an old fashioned, margarita, and daquiri, in addition to inventive sips like the Blood and Sand.
Meanwhile, a silent auction comprised a summer cookout for 10-12 guests prepared at your home by chef Katz, gift cards to notable restaurants, and sideline tickets to a Philadelphia Union match. All auctioned items benefited No Kid Hungry.
Spring Nails at Lacquer Lounge
The Queen Village salon talks gel manis and the return of nail art.
April 29, 2013
Although Lacquer Lounge Nail Bar and Boutique offers a complete range of beauty services—from makeup application to full-body airbrush tanning to a Fiji Island Twist skin soak—manicures and pedicures remain their most popular appointments. The posh pink salon is especially known for their cleanly, health-conscious environment and extensive gel manicure offerings.
In addition to the gel signature mani and pedi service, clients can also opt for a gel French mani or the Forever French mani. But the pièce de résistance is the glamicure—a gel manicure with Dashing Diva Design FX, heat-free application, and gorgeous customizable designs.
Salon owner Lisa McElhone explains that nail art has made a big comeback, losing its stigma. What’s on trend? “Simple patterns, modern French manis with a twist, and metallic finishes,” McElhone says.
After a two-week wear, clients can revisit the salon to have their gel manicures properly soaked off and reapplied to prevent damaging their nails. 501 Fitzwater St., Queen Village, 215-987-3656
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with El Rey
Stephen Starr’s Mexican eatery gets in the spirit with a special menu.
April 29, 2013
Stephen Starr’s Mexican haunt serves up weekend-long Cinco de Mayo specials.
In celebration of Mexico’s rich heritage and culture, Stephen Starr’s South-of-the-Border-inspired El Rey will offer a special Cinco de Mayo menu from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5. Since chef Dionicio Jimenez is a native of Puebla, Mexico, guests can expect thoroughly authentic fare that will “test their palates and leave nothing to the imagination” Jimenez says.
“I really enjoy educating everyone on the delightful food options I had growing up in Mexico,” the chef explains. “There are so many delicious foods that most would not entertain because they are afraid to try new things. Yet when they come to El Rey to celebrate the ‘Mexican’ holidays, they get to broaden their horizons with wonderful food and real Mexican traditions.”
After digging into El Rey’s fresh, homemade guacamole and chips, you’ll want to sample the many elevated nacho varieties: blue cheese and shrimp with salsa picante and black beans, or lamb and goat cheese with morita salsa and lentils, are two fantastic options. When you’re ready for more, take a taste of chef Jiminez’s tacos—which are jam-packed with spices and full-bodied flavors—or the Vuelve ala Vida, a mix of shrimp, crab, oysters, tuna, and octopus. Lastly, eager eaters must try the enchiladas, which are so sumptuous you’ll want to order seconds. 2013 Chestnut St., Rittenhouse Square, 215-563-3330
Shape Up with American Laser Skincare
The nationwide skincare clinic has everything you need to look your best come summer.
April 22, 2013
Get your body beach-ready with the variety of treatments available at American Laser Skincare.
Though diet and exercise are a part of many summer slim-down plans, American Laser Skincare offers a variety of alternative options that provide great results in a short amount of time.
“People want to look their best, body-wise, coming into the summer months, and the body treatments that [American Laser Skincare performs] are very effective for getting people ready, says Dr. Paul Flashner, a seasoned physician and the medical director of American Laser Skincare’s Massachusetts-based clinics.
According to Flashner, three of the most popular treatments that clients seek in order to achieve a bikini-body for summer are Zerona, a fat melting technology, VelaShape, a body shaping solution, and GentleMax Pro laser hair removal. All treatments are non-invasive, and have proven to yield results without any negative side effects. Depending on the client’s body type and personal preferences, American Laser Skincare’s professional consultants can advise what types of treatments would be the best fit.
The Zerona treatment is a cold, low-level laser therapy that creates pores in the fat cells, allowing them to liquefy and drain into the lymphatic system. During the process, the laser hovers a few inches above the body and clients are able to relax comfortably while it works. Some of the more common areas treated by Zerona are the abdomen, waist, hips, and arms. “Zerona has been documented to reduce—after six treatments—three and a half inches [from the treated area] on average in the studies that have been done,” says Flashner. It is suggested that a 40-minute Zerona treatment is done every other day, so clients can expect significant results in just under three weeks.
Similar to Zerona, Velashape is a circumferential reducing solution that uses a combination of radiofrequency, infrared energies, and physical massage to shape the body and reduce cellulite. “The heat energy and the radiofrequency heats up the tissue, allowing the lymphatic [system] to be cleared out by the massage action of [Velashape’s] rollers,” says Flashner. “It has been shown to reduce the circumference [of the treated area] by half an inch to three and a half inches.” The most common areas to be treated by Velashape are the abdomen, inner thighs, buttocks, and love handles. Flashner recommends that the one-hour treatments be performed once a week for between six to nine weeks in order to see full results.
For the utmost in body contouring, Dr. Flashner says combining the two treatments has produced significant results. “We offer Zerona with Velashape—called Zerone Extreme—which is the most effective way to do it because Zerona opens up the fat cells and drains them into the lymphatic system, and then Velashape empties the lymphatics,” he says.
Finally, for those who want the “glass-like appearance” of hairless skin this summer, American Laser Skincare utilizes the GentleMax Pro, the “best hair removal laser available in the marketplace.” The dual laser system offers long-lasting, cost-effective hair removal over the course of six treatments—one every four to six weeks, depending on the area. Since clients are required to stay out of the sun for a week following each treatment, now is the best time to start.
Whatever your body needs in order to look great for summer, American Laser Skincare is ready with trained experts all over the country. “What we do, is all we do, and if people are interested in these treatments there is no better place to get them,” says Flashner.
American Laser Skincare has multiple clinics located in the Greater Philadelphia area. For more information, visit americanlaser.com.
Philly Tap & Tavern Comes to Town
The new bar/resto at Harrah’s Philadelphia offers a taste of Atlantic City closer to home.
April 19, 2013
At the end of March, Harrah’s Philadelphia opened the doors to their newest bar/restaurant, Philly Tap & Tavern. The beer-centric establishment boasts an impressive selection of brews alongside upscale bar fare.
“Philadelphia is a city that prides itself in accessibility of great neighborhood restaurant and bars,” said Philly Tap & Tavern manager Stephen Demilio. “At Harrah’s Philadelphia, our goal was to create a concept that provided our guests with the atmosphere of their favorite local Philadelphia tavern.”
That being said, diners can expect new twists on old pub grub staples like beer battered onion rings, bacon covered potato skins, NY York strip steak, and twice-fried chicken wings, all carefully crafted by chef Justin Vignola.
To wash it down, the extensive draft beer list includes favorites like Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Dogfish Head 90 Minute I.P.A., Brooklyn Lager, and 21st Amendment Back in Black, among others. Bottled brews run the gamut from a rarer Young’s Double Chocolate Stout to the more familiar Lagunitas IPA, and everything in between.
Meanwhile, the sleek, modern interior boasts arcade games and 12 big-screen TVs, prime for watching Philadelphia sports games. Happy hour and live entertainment will be available Thursdays-Sundays. 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester, 800-480-8020