Restaurants to try and Chinatown's resurgence, restaurants breaking tradition amid COVID-19

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
A pair of recent James Beard nominees highlight our list of takeout restaurants you must experience for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Celebrate Asian Heritage month with takeout from these 3 restaurants

To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Karen Rogers rounds up some local restaurants to check out.

One was just nominated by the James Beard Foundation for the best new restaurant in America, another was a James Beard semifinalist in 2018.

All are serving up great food and comfort for those suffering most during the COVID-19 crisis.

Soy Cafe |Facebook

630 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Kalaya Thai Kitchen | Instagram

764 S. 9th Street (9th & Catharine), Philadelphia, PA 19147


Hardena | Facebook

1754 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145


COVID-19 shut down 95 percent of Chinatown's economy. With restaurants leading the way, the neighborhood is in the midst of a major comeback.

A look at Chinatown's resurgence from COVID-19

The pandemic has caused a lot of anguish for business owners around Philadelphia. Many in Chinatown believe the neighborhood was one of the most affected areas of the city.

Partly because Asian Americans acknowledged the crisis first because they got the news from friends, family and news stations in their home countries.

And some believe there was a backlash because of the stigma that Coronavirus was a "Chinese" virus. Either way, an estimated 95 percent of businesses in Chinatown were closed.

Normally a dining destination in Philadelphia, the neighborhood has been quiet for weeks. But now restaurants are leading the way in an effort to reopen Chinatown.

Vietnam Restaurant | Facebook | Instagram

221 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Penang Philly | Facebook | Instagram

117 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Emei | Facebook | Instagram

915 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

A new ordering app for the near-century old Termini Bros. and brick oven pizza from a row home backyard. Philly's old-school restaurants are taking a new approach to serve customer

Philly's Old school Italian restaurants get a new look in COVID-19 era

It's been a trying time for the restaurant industry, but spots steeped in tradition are stepping into the future and finding creative ways to keep the legacy alive while bringing the legendary hospitality into the modern reality.

For the nearly century-old Termini Brothers Bakery, there's now an app for their amazing baked goods.

Termini Brothers Bakery |Online Shop

1523 S. 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

At the James Beard award-winning John's Roast Pork, the old-fashioned PA system has been brought into play and the shop has been retrofitted to add COVID-19 protections.

John's Roast Pork

14 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

For husband and wife chefs Joe and Angela Cicala, it's an underground backyard oven pizza pop up that raises money for their furloughed staff while helping them practice for the day they can reopen their new Cicala at the Divine Lorraine.

Cicala at the Divine Lorraine

699 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

From masks that go with formal wear to statement pieces with popping colors and bold graphics, these designers are taking masks to the next level.

These local designers make mask fashionable

Local fashion designers are getting to work behind the sewing machine creating much-in-demand masks, and fashion statements in the process.

You may have seen some of these stylish masks on the streets of Philly already, we're talking bold graphics, popping colors, and top-notch fabrics.

Elizabeth Delgado, from Pennsauken, New Jersey, is creating hand-stitched masks with different accessories, like beads and sequences.

This is usually her busy season, designing bridal, prom and evening-wear dresses. Since COVID-19 most of her orders have been canceled, so, she's transitioned her work.

Now, now she's making matching masks to go with bridal dresses and former wear. The best part? For every mask she sells, she donates one to front-line workers.

Elizabeth Delgado Designs | Instagram

Armstrong & Wilson, the local men's accessory line, is making classic menswear style fashion masks.

The brand is known for its neckties, bowties and pocket squares, and of course, their signature button on the pocket square. They are bringing that same timeless design and attention to detail to their masks.

In addition, Armstrong & Wilson are producing matching masks to go with pocket squares, as well as masks for children and women.

Armstrong & Wilson| Instagram

Here is a list of the other designers we feature:

Modisch Clothing Co. | Instagram

Majeeda Monae | Instagram

Paragon Charisma| Instagram

Mere Argyris| Instagram

KCC3Studios | Etsy | Instagram

BECOME AN ONLINE SUPER SELLER: Get ready for a quarantine home project that clears out your old junk to make you some new money.

How to make money selling your old stuff online

Julie Clevenger has been selling items online for more than 20 years.

She started small selling things she found around her house on ebay. Over the years she has grown into a super seller selling across 11 different platforms.

Now she has her own packaging area set up at her house. She searches for special items at home and storage auctions looking for that overlooked goodie.

She provided some tips on how you can get started selling at home.

You may be going through your house while stay-at-home orders are in place and as you clean out keep an eye out for that little gem that could make you some extra money.

Julie Steere Clevenger | Facebook marketplace Poshmark | OfferUp | Ebay | Depop

GOLF IS BACK! Pinecrest Country Club gave us a look at how golfers can get back in the swing of things while adhering to new health guidelines.

Golfers can get back on the greens at Pinecrest County Club

Pinecrest Country Club in Lansdale is just one of the hundreds of golf courses to reopen across the Delaware Valley.

Golf courses were one of the first businesses to get back to work as the COVID-19 cases began to dip in the region.

Whether you are an avid golfer or an occasional duffer golf is an opportunity to escape the house for a few hours of leisure.

Courses had to maintain during the closure so the greens and fairways should look the same when you arrive but each course has rules to prevent spreading germs.

Some of the safety precautions include one person per cart, limited tee times and holes plugged to prevent common touchpoints.

Pinecrest Country Club | Facebook | Instagram

101 Country Club Dr, Lansdale, PA 19

From Philly to Texas and beyond, this at-home workout is building a fitness community during the quarantine. #BeLocalish

These free virtual workouts are creating an online fitness community

Christina Dorner is a personal trainer who started free, daily live virtual workouts for people to do during the quarantine.

She started doing them when the gym she was teaching at was closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She says it's been a way to bring people together and keep them moving during this difficult time. She has a live stream set up that allows her to communicate with everyone working out in real-time and her workouts are free for people to do.

You can find her workouts on Facebook @CDornerFitness!

How do you socialize a new puppy in the era of social distancing? Karen Rogers' new puppy, Bella, got a training lesson virtually thanks to this local school.

Virtual dog training

Karen Rogers is among the numerous people who have adopted new pets during the COVID-19 quarantine.

But how do you socialize a new puppy in the era of social distancing?

Opportunity Barks is a local behavior-and-training school for dogs, and they are offering virtual training. Owner Leigh Siegfried and her team have 35 combined years of experience with all types of dogs.

They offer a variety of online classes to help your new pet get acquainted to life with you.

When it's safe to do so, their three locations (Old City, East Falls, Quakertown) will re-open for in-studio clinics, a boarding school, and many other services for your precious pooch.

Opportunity Barks | Facebook | Instagram @opbarks


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Summer reading season is here so we rounded up some local bookstores you can support during the COVID-19 crisis.

With retail stores closed, Chestnut Hill is hosting a live virtual shopping event and The Philadelphia Zoo, closed during the pandemic, has launched a line of t-shirts and hoodies that raise money for America's oldest zoo that celebrate the animals and the city they call home.

Summer Reading:

Hakim's Bookstore| Website

210 S 52nd St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19139


Big Blue Marble Bookstore | Website

551 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19119


Harriet's Bookshop | |Website

258 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125


Chestnut Hill Virtual Fashion Show | Zoom Registration Link

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 7 pm

Want to enjoy a cocktail during the show? Paris Bistro has provided a specialty cocktail recipe

Easy Peasy Quarantini:


  • 1 bottle of sparkling water, flavored if desired
  • 3 oz of strawberry vodka
  • whole lemons or strawberries


  • Fill glass with ice
  • Pour strawberry vodka over ice
  • Fill with sparkling water
  • Garnish with lemons and strawberry slices

Philadelphia Zoo T-Shirts | Apparel Shop | Spring Back Fund