Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back!..For The First Time.

                                             Ortlieb's Jazz Lounge ~ 847 North 3rd Street

                  Season's Greeting's Fellow Quester's... This edition is a very special one, as I introduce and bring to you back for the first time... The lendary "Ortlieb's Jazzhause" now heraled as Ortieb's Jazz Lounge. In April of 2010 this classic venue was previously confirmed closed due to poor economy. After serving after more than 23 years of music and food pleasure for its patrons, the Northern Liberties based venue is back!, bigger and deffer. Under a slight different management approach... Ortliebs now provides a more broad base of live music including Indie Hip-Hop, Rock, Soul, Funk, and of course Jazz..

              On any week-day you can enjoy a great happy hour which is from 6-8. Fully equipted with inexpensive drinks, great tex-mex inexpensive bar food, friendly/helpful bartenders, and an awesome Blues House Band. Anyone leaving this place will be sure be dying to come back. With a slight influential edge to the music and drink the new and improved Ortlieb's does include a nice mesh of American and Tex Mex food menu items.

A great insider tip: Try their house hot sauce..contains a cinnamon blend very different.

For those eager for the experience events are alive and well all this week and every week.!

Tuesday- Jazz Jam    Wed- Funk and Soul open mic Jam     Friday- Legendary MC Schoolly D

Great re-addition to the neighborhood!

Vibe:Tex MexDive Bar/Lounge   Neighborhood: No Libs   Good for Group: Yes   Tv: Yes   Music: DJ, Live 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Here Comes the Sole...

                                                               SoleFood at Loews

Season's Greetings Fellow Questers ~ back from a life too busy haitus but here to give you the Real.! This edition is dedicated to all my c.o.o.l.(calm, observant, outstanding, & likeable ;) people out there.

Delicious and uniquely local seafood dishes combine with an elegant, modern atmosphere would be the perfect way of describing SoleFood. Located at The Loews Hotel in Downtown Philly, Sole creates cutting-edge, contemporary American cuisine, offering unigue seafood-inspired choices at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take a cozy table for two, or join the group at a lively communal table.

Or, try the traditional American treats like salads, sandwiches, pizza and burgers. Just Voted one of the “Top 10 Seafood Restaurants” in Philadelphia by Gayot Guide, SoleFood is the ideal dining spot for business or pleasure. Located in the Market East section of Downtown Sole provides a amazing ambience and cool vibe to relax to. For more info and details go to www.loewshotel.com

Neighborhood: Center City 1200 Market St     Dining Style: Elagant Casual    Price: $30 and Under


Monday, December 12, 2011

Soho ~in Cheltenham

Season’s Greeting’s...                                     
Straight off a full moon, crazy hectic week at work! I decided to shoot out with my brethren to unwind a little. I had always seen this particular place from and to daily destinations throughout my week, but never took the time to actually check it out. To my somewhat surprise, I was pleased with the atmosphere, service, and food.  The food Is excellent, in particular the ‘spicy wings’ with pickled radish  (think general tos’s chicken as wings) Soho CafĂ© serves a Korean, Japanese and Asian Fusion cuisine with an American twist easily accessible whether at lunch or late night, fully equip with a full bar as well (for all you drinkers ;) )  As a nearby spot to Mt. Airy, Glenside, Springfield, Ambler, Cheltenham, & Northeast Philly Soho stays open until 2am unlike most neighborhood restaurants.

Spicy Wings

Good For: Late Night, Dinner    Alcohol: Full Bar   Attire: Casual    TV’s: Yes    Ambience: Trendy, Casual

Good For Groups: Yes                Parking: Street      Good for kids: Yes

Saturday, November 5, 2011

London in Philly

                                                                London ~ Grill
                                                            2031 Fairmount Ave.

Questers.!, No money to fly to England.? No worries.. You can have London right here in Philadephia. First order of business  this IS one of my favorite places to wine n dine in the city, period. If you've never ventured here take heed, youv'e been put on.

Located a few minutes outside of the Philadelphia Art Musuem (one of Philadelphia's quintessential neighborhood spots) , London is a place to kick-back outside of the grind of center city,  to guzzle your favorite beer,  ale or sip fine wine (Great Happy Hours). A place to bring your best friend, girlfriend, or your mother-in-law, to woo a client or celebrate a boss, to enjoy fine dining, or a simple drink for a honest price. A place where you naturally become a regular...With a complete dining room area, private upstairs, and full bar this restaurant breaks your common chain restaurant in half!

Neighborhood: Art Museum Area       Type: American Grille/ Cafe'       Music: No/ Selective (Live)

* Soulive, Lettuce, & Rahzel will be performing live @ The TLA Nov 5th

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Public Works: SFO Edition

                                                                  Public Works
                                   161 Erie St (at Mission St) San Francisco, CA 94103
Season's Greeting's Questers, As promised I'm here to give just a taste of the low down that is San Francisco. During my time there I got to venture through a few dope neighborhoods in Frisco but had my best time at Public Works at a FREE! Hieroglyphics show showcasing legendary acts/Del, Souls of Mischeif & Casual.

Public Works is a pretty awesome venue.. Especially for your smaller, local bands or acoustic sets. But don't let it fool you! You can pack a ton of people in here and a full set! As they did.. For a free show, they rocked out pretty much the whole night (well worth free.99). The environment is kind of an upscale warehouse with a huge bar and great sound system. Kind of unsual but it works. There's an upstairs area balcony were you can take look down at the band and crowd while comfortably loungin'. Ultimate Pro: This spot provides very feesable parking Con: If your hungry, then you gotta get out of here. Overall, Like a box of positive's its a plus luv. This is how we chilled from 11'' until...

                Neighborhood: Mission              Music: Yes (Live)            Food: No


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

California Soul ~

Season's Greeting's Fellow Questers! ~ Fresh off a left coast vacay from San Fran here's a little inspiring tribute & love to The Bay Area. A special shot out to a great long-time freind OhPenM.i.n.d.> otherwise known as Sean and "The Homie!" Bontay

Coming Soon - 11/3 "San Francisco" Edition: Public Works
11/4 London Bar & Grill

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hip Hop, Love, & Fire.?

                             Weekly Spotlight: The Fire @ 412 West Girard Avenue.

Season's Greetings Questers.! In the spirit of the new hip hop album "love & rockets vol. 1", I had the opportunity to check out MURS (Living Legends, Roxy Renolyds fame) an excellent emcee by the way at The Fire, right in the heart of "Old Kesington " hovering across Northern Liberties. Small venues are always dope for great music acts( Rule of Thumb!) . Although I missed the bulk of the performance, shotout to Reg Stag, I enjoyed my time. The Fire brings a cool, grungy feeling, typically not known for hiphop rather indie punk & rock bands but easily able to transition as the sounds BuMp. The stage and bar are completely separated allowing show goers and bar goers to have their respective space with small outside seating available as well, (good for day-time chillin' or late nite illin') While The Fire surely does not rank as one of the largest venues around the town, its small neighborhood-ish bar feel is what makes this place unique.

Alcohol: Yes    Food/Type:Yes/ American Grille     Music: Yes (Live)

Keeping It in the vain of live music here are some selected dates for upcoming shows This Month:

Immortal Technique @ The Trocadero Oct 29th
Lallah Hathaway @ World Cafe Live Oct 24th
Goerge Benson @ The Keswick Theatre Oct 23rd