Lots of Love
Regarding Aaron Kase’s investigation into vacant lots in the city:
Walking through the Northeast, where I’ve lived for several years, this morning I again thought about how wonderful it is that we have all these beautiful overgrown lots in our city, and how important it is for us to keep these moments of nature in our sight. Not prepared parks of flat grass and trees (though those are important too), but spaces of spontaneity and growth, giving us relief from endless walls of construction and property, and a chance to look at the way our planet works beyond our interventions and domination of it. Even the accumulations of trash in the cauldrons of these vacant spaces can be food for thought for us as we pass through our neighborhoods. I was thinking how sad it is that my neighborhood will become slowly more gentrified, and the land more valuable, till all the lots are bought up, and those who live there are surrounded by nothing but brick and concrete and everything is owned.
This article seems obliviously one-sided.
REBECCA via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding last week’s lush life about where to find Laphroaig whisky in the city:
Laphroig is my favorite of the single malts, although I’m partial to most of the Islays. That taste like iodine IS iodine and is characteristic of all Islays, which are buried in wooden casks in sea caves below water level. The iodine flavor comes from the sea. The peat? That’s the part of Laphroig (or of any other Scots whisky) that tastes like peat.
MJ via philadelphiaweekly.com
Village Whiskey may have an extensive Scotch list, but the prices are ridiculously exorbitant. I love Garces’ food and restaurants, but for a couple drams at VW I could buy a whole bottle of a good single malt to last me weeks. Get real Jose!
RC via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Brian Freedman’s recent review of new restaurant Barbuzzo:
Totally agree, this is my favorite new restaurant opened in the last year. Love the open kitchen and warm, cozy, crowded dining room. I had the mussels as an appetizer and the meatballs as an entree, and I can’t wait to go back to try the rest of the menu. Wonderful!
LUCY via philadelphiaweekly.com
Gaga for Lady
Regarding a music feature with Lady Alma:
Great album and awesome vocalist. You will certainly get a treat when you see a Lady Alma performance and the band as a whole.