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The History Behind Philly's Most Iconic Foods, the Cheesesteak and Soft Pretzel

Saturday April 19, 2014


Whether you climb aboard a double-decker bus or crawl into the back of a horse drawn carriage, there's no shortage of professional tours waiting to introduce tourists to the sights and sounds of Philadelphia.

Tour guides will no doubt narrate the history of the Liberty Bell and Art Museum along the way, but will they also tell you all there is to know about Philly's most famous foods? We're not so sure. That's why we took a little time this week to write about the origins of two of our city's edible icons, the cheesesteak and the soft pretzel. Read all about 'em, then surf on over to our roundup of Philly's six best soft pretzel bakeries.

Coffee and Playtime Merge at These Kid-Friendly Philly Cafes

Friday April 4, 2014


Ask any parent--new or experienced--and they'll likely tell you that child-rearing and coffee go hand in hand. That said, it was only a matter of time before the play cafe concept took off among sleep-deprived moms and dads. Offering a safe indoor play area for little ones alongside a cafe area where caregivers can sip locally-roasted coffee and hook up to free Wi-Fi , play cafes have, unsurprisingly, earned a foothold in a relatively untapped market.

Curious to see what all the fuss is about? This roundup of Philly-area play cafes has the info you're looking for. You'll find a few indoor playgrounds on our list, too, should you prefer to keep your fun caffeine-free.

Here's Where You'll Find Philly's Best Vegan Cheesesteaks

Friday April 4, 2014

Vegan cheesesteak at HipCityVeg

We're not lacking in cheesesteak coverage here on About.com's Philadelphia site: We've tackled the proper procedure for cheesesteak ordering (don't ask for Swiss!), discussed the hallmarks of a perfect cheesesteak--even provided a recipe or two. However, there's one topic we've yet to delve into: the vegan cheesesteak. This meat- and dairy-free take on Philly's signature sandwich has been attempted by many Philadelphia eateries, but some do it better than others. Lucky for you, we've compiled this handy roundup of Philly's best, most beloved vegan cheesesteaks to take you above the fray. Sample them all, then report back to tell us which is your favorite.

Goodbye From Karrie Gavin

Tuesday April 30, 2013

It has been a pleasure writing about Philadelphia for About.com for the past few years, but my time here is coming to a close. I will miss seeing you here.

All the best!

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