Museum of the American Revolution

April 17, 2017
Travel

A New Nation. Philadelphia's brand new Museum of the American Revolution shares the real stories of the struggles and war that helped found the United States.

To say that Philadelphia played an important role in Colonial America can’t be overstated. The city is home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Valley Forge and the Brandywine sit just a stone’s throw away. Yet somehow, the City of Brotherly Love didn’t have a single museum dedicated to the movement that founded the United States of America. Until now! I recently got a chance to get a sneak peek at the brand new Museum of the American Revolution, which opens on Wednesday, April 19th.

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Sakura Sunday Celebrates Philadelphia’s Cherry Blossoms

April 12, 2017
Travel

Tamagawa University dancers take to the stage in Philadelphia. Every year, people gather in Philadelphia's Shofuso in Fairmount Park for Sakura Sunday to celebrate Japanese culture and picnic under the cherry blossoms!

Tulips and daffodils are sure signs of spring. But so far cherry blossoms! What started as a Japanese tradition of picnicking under the blossoming cherry trees has been adopted internationally as a rite of passage each spring. Cities around the world are now celebrating spring by hosting celebrations under the cherry blossoms. Philadelphia is no different. Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts a week long celebration in honor of those pretty flowering trees. The final event of the cherry blossom week is Sakura Sunday in Fairmount Park. And this year’s Sakura Sunday was bigger and better than ever!

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German Film: You Are Wanted

April 10, 2017
German Films, Learn German

You Are Wanted German Film

Amazon Studios’ suspenseful new thriller is…German?! The latest offering from the online giant’s lineup of original programming is You Are Wanted. The series features German movie star Matthias Schweighöfer struggling against a faceless cyber foe that has hacked his mobile devices and is causing chaos in his life: both personally and professionally. What’s more, the series is filmed in the German language and has been made available outside of Germany.

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Must See: Chiemsee, Bavarian Sea & Islands

April 3, 2017
Travel

Chiemsee Palace

With my next trip to Munich a matter of weeks away and me unable to contain my excitement, now seemed like the perfect time to highlight another Must See on my travel bucket list. For this month’s Must See travel feature we’re traveling a bit southeast of Munich to the Chiemsee!

On our first trip to Munich some years back, we traveled by car to Salzburg with friends. As we passed a seemingly unending body of water on the left side of the car, one of our friends turned to my husband and I in the backseat. “That’s the Bavarian sea,” she said, with a smile. She meant the Chiemsee.

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5 Philadelphia Museums Off The Beaten Path

March 30, 2017
Travel

5 Philadelphia Museums Off The Beaten Path

Quick. Think of Philadelphia. What’s the first museum that comes to mind? Probably the Philadelphia Museum of Art? Maybe the Franklin Institute? For out of town visitors looking to get the most of the city, there are lots of things to see that might ordinarily be overlooked. For locals, there are places that you might have heard about but never made time to go visit. Regardless of the reason, there are plenty of museums to inspire, entertain and pique your curiosity. But now is the time and go visit! Here are 5 Philadelphia museums off the beaten path that you shouldn’t miss!

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Great Brews from the Coffee and Tea Festival

March 27, 2017
Food

great brews from the coffee and tea festival

For me, the biggest draw of attending the Coffee and Tea Festival NYC was about trying new coffee and tea brews. But it is also about taking some of those samples home with me. I also enjoyed getting introductions to companies that are new to me. In addition to having great tasting products, many have positive background stories. You can have good tea and coffee and feel good about it.

Many of the vendors exhibiting at the festival offer premium quality products. So my “haul” is rather limited. I’m more in favor of quality over quantity! Let’s get to know Ippodo Tea Co. Kyoto, Ajiri Coffee, Four Sigmatic and Sugimoto America!

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4 Coffee and Tea Trends You’ll Want to Try

March 24, 2017
Food

Coffee and Tea Trends

Tea and coffee seem to be more popular than ever! Everyone’s trying special artisan coffees and loose-leaf tea blends. After attending this year’s Coffee and Tea Festival in Brooklyn, I noticed some specific coffee and tea trends. We’re not talking about your grandma’s instant coffee and weak tea anymore. Oh, no! We’re way past that! Artisan, organic, and unconventional. There is something for everyone. Check out these four Coffee and Tea Trends that you’ll want to try!

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Visit to: Coffee and Tea Festival NYC 2017

March 22, 2017
Food, Travel

coffee and tea festival nyc 2017

What is better than a hot cup of coffee or tea on a snowy winter’s day? How about sampling dozens of different coffees and teas? This past weekend my husband and I took the ferry to NYC and trekked to Brooklyn. The annual Coffee and Tea Festival was being held in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. After attending the Philadelphia arm of the festival a year or two ago, I was looking forward to the NYC version.

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German Music: Pop Singer Max Giesinger

March 20, 2017
German Music, Learn German

max giesinger

We’ve all seen the talent shows on television where singers compete to be their country’s next big star. But even if you don’t end up winning the show, the exposure can be enough to propel your career. Take Max Giesinger, for example. The smooth and soulful pop singer only finished fourth in the debut season of The Voice of Germany. But he’s won plenty of awards and his songs have been in the music charts of the German-speaking world. Practice your German language skills and sing along with this month’s German music recommendation for German language learners: Max Giesinger!

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Going Dutch: Philadelphia Flower Show 2017

March 14, 2017
Travel

The Philadelphia Flower Show is one of the most anticipated events each year in the city. Holland: Flowering the World, is tulips, tulips and more tulips!

The Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) knocked it out of the park this year with the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show. Holland: Flowering the World is a people-pleasing theme. The florists and landscapers from around the region have beautifully executed the theme. If, like me, you love tulips then you simply won’t want to miss this year’s exhibition.

In recent years, the theme for the Flower Show has made things a bit difficult for the exhibitions. “The Movies” was inexplicably interpreted as Disney princesses. The National Park Service, while beautiful, wasn’t very floral. Simply put: people want to see flowers. They want to see colors. They want to anticipate spring. And if ten acres of blooming trees and flowers don’t get you in the mood for spring, then you’re just not trying.
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