The London Grill

The London Grill is a local restaurant on Fairmount Avenue, featuring a variety of ways to dine.

At this restaurant, you can choose to either eat outside on a warm sunny day or take your pick inside. There is a charming little dining area inside the restaurant, as well as a bar area for all of those Philadelphia sports fans.

At the London Grill, they specialize in serving traditional London-style food, such as fish and chips; however you can make a meal out of the many different mouth-watering appetizers they have to choose from. One of my personal favorites is the fried calamari, which is always cooked to perfection. This calamari does not come covered in sauce, but rather has the option of dipping it by placing the sauce on the side.

Another great option is any of the salads, which are great with a little bit of gorgonzola cheese and the house salad dressing. There are many options to make a meal out of your salad, such as the steak salad or even the roasted beet salad.

Back to the traditional style of London pub dining— the London Grill has a great selection of salami and cheese platters. There are choices between many different selections, such as the Tuscan or mole salami. They also offer a duck bresaola, which is a type of salted beef (aged between two to three months) and duck prosciutto. These platters are a common choice at many pubs in London and it makes a great food to experience while dining in Philadelphia.

Apart from the more expensive main course selections, such as the grilled Black Angus sirloin, there is the less expensive sandwich selection. Make no mistake, these burgers still pack all the punch with a fulfilling flavor. After munching on a traditional London burger, you’ll be pleasantly pleased.

These burgers come with exceptionally crisp French fries and have a wide variety of toppings to add. Perhaps try the provolone with bacon or get wild and add some avocado or even caviar to your burger. It’s always worth it to try new things.

Overall, the London Grill is a great place for college students who want to enjoy exceptional food while watching their favorite football team or even if you just want to dine outside and take in the fresh fall air. The creative tastes of London are only a few streets away.

You can contact Rachael L. Hidalgo at food@campusphilly.org.

Flyers Update

The Flyers by far had their worst week of the season this year, losing two out of three games. They began their season long eight game road trip this week in Florida.

On Wednesday, they faced the Florida Panthers for the first time this season. They fell down early in the game within the first 10 minutes, with the score being 2-0. They were able to erase the deficit and tie the game with goals by Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul. Before the end of the second, the Panthers took the lead back and scored early in the third. Lasse Kukkonen scored late in the third period, but it was not enough; the final score was 4-3. This loss broke their five game winning streak.

On Thursday, the Flyers were in Tampa Bay to face the Lightning. Antero Nittymaki got his first start of the season in goal. Simon Gagne missed the game after suffering a concussion on Wednesday. Defenseman Derian Hatcher also missed the game, due to a knee injury.

Once again, the Flyers got off to a slow start, as the Lightning took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Before the end, Jeff Carter scored his sixth goal of the season. The Lightning took a two-goal lead again, before the Flyers’ Mike Knuble scored. The Flyers ended up losing, 5-2.

On Saturday, the Flyers were up in Boston to face the Bruins. The teams had the same records coming into the game. It was a scoreless game until the second when Boston scored a power-play goal. Mike Richards scored his sixth, to tie for the team lead, a shot-handed goal minutes later. Later in the period, Joffrey Lupul scored a power-play goal, his fourth of the season, to give the Flyers the lead. The Flyers held on to win, 2-1, and snap their mini two-game losing streak.

There was a scary moment in the first. Flyers defenseman Randy Jones checked Patrice Bergeron into the boards. Bergeron tried to stop before being hit, instead hitting them face-first. Bergeron lay motionless for a long time before being taken off on a stretcher and to a nearby hospital. At one point, he was unconscious. He suffered a broken nose and a concussion; he did regain motion in his extremities. Randy Jones was thrown out of the game. According to an article on the Flyers website, Randy Jones said, “I am very apologetic for the hit and what I did. It was not intentional. It is something that I have never done before and it is not part of my character. I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.”

The Flyers are off until Thursday, when they make their first trip to Canada to face the Montreal Canadians.

You can contact Colin A. Fry at colin.fry@temple.edu.

Student Service Conference

Lynne Abraham, Philadelphia’s District Attorney, graduated from Temple. Democratic mayoral candidate Michael Nutter and Governor Ed Rendell both are UPenn alumni. Countless other organizers, directors, planners, politicians, change makers and leaders have come out of Philadelphia’s universities and colleges.

Of all the trends in this city, this is one that we’d all like to see continue.

Campus Philly and PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) are doing their part to bring out the next generation of Philadelphia leaders by hosting the Student Service Leaders Conference, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 10th. The conference aims to give students, whom are interested in civic issues and action, a forum to make connections and exchange ideas.

The conference, hosted at Temple, will consist of two breakout sessions, lunch and a panel discussion revolving around nonprofit career development. Morning sessions will focus on discussions and presentations specific to different Philly regions, while the afternoon session will tackle larger issues, including the environment, hunger and homelessness.

Besides being an opportunity to discuss ways to create positive change in our community, the conference offers students the chance to network with professionals who have turned their passion for service into their life’s work.

Here’s the part everyone’s waiting for: it is entirely free (even lunch) for Philadelphia students. You can register online at http://studentserviceconference.eventbrite.com/ or go to http://campusphilly.org/servicefor more information on the Student Service Leaders Conference.

You can contact Leyla Eraslan at leyla@campusphilly.org.

Flyers Go 3-0

The Flyers had another productive week as they continue their hot start to the season. They went 3-0, which included one big win against division rival, the New Jersey Devils.

On Tuesday, they beat the Atlanta Thrashers with a score of 4-0, keeping the Atlanta-based team from winning their first game of the season. Martin Biron played a fantastic game, making 31 saves for his first shutout as a Flyer. Mike Richards scored his third goal of the season; for Jeff Carter, his fourth. That gave him a career high four game scoring streak. Sami Kapanen scored soon after Carter. They did very well in controlling the skilled forwards of the Atlanta Thrashers. Randy Jones capped off the scoring with his first of the season in the third period.

Not only was it a productive night because of the win, but also because the Flyers were also able to raise money for cancer. It was their annual cancer awareness night. Proceeds of each ticket went to the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation and Breastcancer.org. Flyers forward Mike Knuble is very involved because his family was affected. According to an article on the Flyers’ website , he said, “My mom is a breast cancer survivor and it means a lot to me to be able to encourage others to become educated about this horrible disease.”

On Thursday night, the Flyers continued, playing their biggest game of the season against the Devils and gave themselves a four-game winning streak. Mike Richards Sami Kapanen scored again; fourth line center, Jim Dowd scored his first as a Flyer and against his former team. Joffrey Lupul scored his second, helping the Flyers to win, 4-0. Martin Biron made 38 saves for his second straight shutout.

On Saturday night, the team snuck away with their fifth straight win in overtime, with a score of 3-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes. Simon Gagne snapped his mini scoring slump and got his third of the season. Martin Biron finally gave up a goal, snapping his shutout streak of 143:20. They went down later in the game but bounced back and tied it in the third with another goal from Mike Richards. They won it early in overtime with a goal from Simon Gagne, his second of the game.

The Flyers now hit the road for eight games. They are tied for their best start in franchise history with six wins and one loss.

You can contact Colin A. Fry at colin.fry@temple.edu.

La Viola Restaurant

Hidden on the side streets of Center City lies a little Italian gem called La Viola. Residing on 16th Street, this little bistro has a taste that Philadelphians shouldn’t miss.

This restaurant is especially qualified for college students on a budget because the quality of food is superb, yet the prices are unbelievably low.

I’ve always been told that you can tell whether or not the food is going to be good just by the bread. Well, at La Viola the bread served before the meals is absolutely superb. It’s hot and perfectly crisp; it tastes absolutely wonderful when dipped in the olive oil and pesto sauce.

Some of the best dishes that can be ordered here are the Fettuccini Al Salmone, the Farfalle Marinara and Ravioli Alla Viola.

The Fettuccini Al Salmone is one of my favorite things from the menu. It consists of fettuccini pasta with sliced bits of a delicious smoked salmon mixed in. Then, the dish is covered in a steaming pink cognac sauce, which really makes for a savory meal.

The Farfalle Marina is a dish that features bow tie pasta. The chefs then toss in a plentiful amount of shrimp, topped with either a pesto or pomodoro sauce.

The Ravioli Alla Viola is perhaps one of La Viola’s signature dishes and features their special homemade ravioli. This appetizing ravioli is stuffed with pieces of lobster and covered in a pink cognac sauce.

All of their entrees range from only $12 – $14, making this restaurant a perfect place to go on a first date. However, keep in mind the set-up of La Viola. While many restaurants are able to provide a spacious atmosphere, La Viola completely lacks it. Instead, you may find yourself sitting next to people you don’t know and perhaps sharing a small conversation or two.

If you would like to enjoy the atmosphere of the city, I would recommend calling in advance and requesting a table outside if the weather is nice. You’ll have more space to move around, although you may still be sharing a connecting table with others.

Since this restaurant is set up to cater many guests, it makes it a perfect place to bring a small party of friends. A little side note is that La Viola does not take credit cards, so make sure to bring enough cash for your meal!

You can contact Rachael L. Hidalgo at food@campusphilly.org

Find An Internship on Facebook

Most college graduates will tell you that the best thing you can do before you leave college is get real-life work experience. The easiest way to gain this experience is through an internship. Now I know that even the thought of putting all the effort into finding a place where you have to work for free falls short of spending all day on Facebook, but now you can do both. With the new “Find an Internship” application, you can be logged on and still convince yourself that you’re trying.

The application was put together by CBCampus.com, a division of CareerBuilder.com. CareerBuilder is America’s largest job site, with over 1.5 million listings and 21 million visitors (job seekers and employers alike). Through CBCampus, college students and alumni are directed to opportunities from some of the nation’s leading companies, based on their major and experience level.

The site also allows users to post resumes, sign up for automatic job alerts, search for local career fairs, keep up with news on companies and industries and get advice about everything from writing cover letters to successfully networking. It is essentially a mini-Career Services Office online.

When you add the “Find an Internship” application, information listed on your profile (school, zip code and area of study) is taken and used to find related internships and jobs. Then the related internships are transferred directly to your Facebook account and listed on the application’s home page. The “Find an Internship” application claims to “do the work for you” without you having to search the site at all or set up a CBCampus account, but we all know that’s too good to be true.

The truth is that only 20 percent of all available internships and jobs are listed on the internet. Most employers still rely on word of mouth when they are looking to fill a position. Therefore, your best bet is still (unfortunately) to haul yourself over to your Academic Advisor’s office or your college’s Career Services Department. These professionals are being paid (by you and your parents) to help you out, so you might as well take advantage of their services. No online template can replace someone who helps people find employment for a living.

Before you can successfully find an internship, you must answer three questions. What? Where? How? Talk with your academic advisor and figure out what kind of internship you want to do. What are your interests and what skills do you possess? Secondly, where can you find this sort of internship? Identify and make a list of up to 20 potential employers in your area. Lastly, how are you going to go about getting hired? Prepare all your paperwork, including a resume and cover letter and have someone in your Career Services Office look it over. After it is perfected, send it out to the potential employer. Call the company and find out who you should address it to,as well as how the employer wants to be contacted (through email or snail mail). Follow up with a telephone call to the company a week later and offer to come in for an interview. Repeat this process until you land an internship.

It isn’t easy. The “Find an Internship” application is very appealing to any busy college student, but if you watch “Scrubs,” you know from Dr. Bob Kelso that, “Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy.” Trust me

Bonté Wafflerie and Café

A perfect breakfast treat is never hard to find at the Bonté Wafflerie and Café. Located on 1315 Walnut St., the waffles at Bonté are made in their own signature way to create an ideal crisp and delicious waffle.

You’ll find yourself drawn to this simple restaurant simply by the exquisite aroma creeping out of the open door. The restaurant is arranged similar to most little cafés, with several small tables and chairs set up for a quick bite. There are decorative pieces of artwork throughout the restaurant, including one remarkable painting of an infant child.

The company was founded in 2003 in Philadelphia and there are currently four local cafés throughout the city area.

The waffles are made in a special batter and then placed into the waffle machine. When they come out, each waffle is incredibly crispy and has several little specks of white sugar throughout the waffle. These waffles come out so toasty and sweet that syrup isn’t even required.

One of the great aspects about these waffles is that plain is far from being the only option. At the Bonté Waffelrie, several different selections of fruit such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries and even white or dark chocolate can be added to the waffle batter. This way, when it comes out, the chocolate is literally melt-in-your-mouth amazing. There are also nut choices, such as pecans and walnuts.

Top off your unique waffle with ice cream choices of French vanilla, chocolate or butterscotch and add a warm drizzle of caramel sauce or dark chocolate on top.

As a café, this little coffee shop has a wide selection of hot and iced coffees, ranging from cappuccinos and mochas to macchiato and espressos.

In addition to their sweet breakfast style, the Bonté Café hosts a wide selection of salads, sandwiches and soups. A few interesting selections are the Barcelona sandwich which consists of curried chicken salad, cucumber, tomato, artichoke hearts, alfalfa sprouts and arugula, all served on black pumpernickel bread. For salads, they feature an original Bonté salad, which is made up of mixed greens, crumbled feta, dried cranberries, avocado, red onion and candied pecans.

The Bonté Wafflerie and Café will always be there for something sweet to start your day. For a day full of sugar, sweets and chocolate in the city, the best part is that it’s right next to the Naked Chocolate Café!

For more information, visit www.mybonte.com.

You can contact Rachael L. Hidalgo at food@campusphilly.org.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers have tried quickly to forget their abysmal season last year. Every fan had high hopes going into this year and so far, the Flyers are living up to the hype with a 3-1 start.

Last year, the organization decided that the Flyers needed to go into another direction. It all began with the trade of Peter Forsberg to the Nashville Predators, in exchange for a couple of players, including mainstay Scottie Upshall, who is beginning the season with an injury. The Flyers also traded veteran defenseman Alexei Zhitnik for rising star, Braydon Coburn. As the deadline came closer, they decided they hadn’t done enough yet. They acquired goaltender Martin Biron and defenseman Lasse Kukkonen in two separate trades. The Flyers finished on a high note that gave fans a hope going into the off-season.

The organization’s revamping of the roster did not stop when free agency began. They were able to acquire the rights to both defenseman Kimmo Timonen and winger Scott Hartnell from the Nashville Predators, signing them to multi-year deals. Then, they landed the big first line center they needed in Danny Briere. He was the top free-agent center and is going to be here for a long time. That same day, winger Geoff Sanderson and defenseman Joni Pitkanen were traded to the Edmonton Oilers for rugged veteran defenseman Jason Smith and a Joffrey Lupul, a promising forward.

Many people said that the Flyers had one of the best off-seasons they could have had and were ready to bounce back into the playoffs. It was very disappointing to watch the Flyers become the worst team in the NHL last year. They came into camp with high expectations and played very well. The new captain is newcomer Jason Smith, who brings in a lot of leadership qualities on and off the ice. The alternates this year are Simon Gagne and Mike Richards.

The Flyers began the season in Western Canada with three games. They won two out of three against Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton. They also enjoyed some team bonding in Canada. It helped them become closer as a team and to develop some chemistry they can use on the ice.

The Flyers began their home season this past Saturday against the New York Islanders. The sold-out crowd played a big part. According to an article on the Flyers’ official website, Jeff Carter said it best, “Right from the puck drop, the fans were unreal.” He went on to say, “You know, they’re really supporting us and we got those couple quick goals. It was definitely a good day to hear the cheers.”

The Flyers played well, but let the Islanders back in with a shorthanded goal in the third. Jason Smith added his first, an empty netter and the Flyers won, with a final score of 3-1. Martin Biron stopped 29 shots to get his third win of the season.

You can contact Colin Fry at colin.fry@temple.edu.

Bonté Wafflerie and Café

A perfect breakfast treat is never hard to find at the Bonté Wafflerie and Café. Located on 1315 Walnut St., the waffles at Bonté are made in their own signature way to create an ideal crisp and delicious waffle.

You’ll find yourself drawn to this simple restaurant simply by the exquisite aroma creeping out of the open door. The restaurant is arranged similar to most little cafés, with several small tables and chairs set up for a quick bite. There are decorative pieces of artwork throughout the restaurant, including one remarkable painting of an infant child.

The company was founded in 2003 in Philadelphia and there are currently four local cafés throughout the city area.

The waffles are made in a special batter and then placed into the waffle machine. When they come out, each waffle is incredibly crispy and has several little specks of white sugar throughout the waffle. These waffles come out so toasty and sweet that syrup isn’t even required.

One of the great aspects about these waffles is that plain is far from being the only option. At the Bonté Waffelrie, several different selections of fruit such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries and even white or dark chocolate can be added to the waffle batter. This way, when it comes out, the chocolate is literally melt-in-your-mouth amazing. There are also nut choices, such as pecans and walnuts.

Top off your unique waffle with ice cream choices of French vanilla, chocolate or butterscotch and add a warm drizzle of caramel sauce or dark chocolate on top.

As a café, this little coffee shop has a wide selection of hot and iced coffees, ranging from cappuccinos and mochas to macchiato and espressos.

In addition to their sweet breakfast style, the Bonté Café hosts a wide selection of salads, sandwiches and soups. A few interesting selections are the Barcelona sandwich which consists of curried chicken salad, cucumber, tomato, artichoke hearts, alfalfa sprouts and arugula, all served on black pumpernickel bread. For salads, they feature an original Bonté salad, which is made up of mixed greens, crumbled feta, dried cranberries, avocado, red onion and candied pecans.

The Bonté Wafflerie and Café will always be there for something sweet to start your day. For a day full of sugar, sweets and chocolate in the city, the best part is that it’s right next to the Naked Chocolate Café!

For more information, visit www.mybonte.com.

You can contact Rachael L. Hidalgo at food@campusphilly.org.

Dining Out, Vegetarian-Style

While many vegetarians may have had to scour for something pleasing on the menu, the need to search is over. Philadelphia has a lot to offer and vegetarians can dine in style easily throughout the city.

The first all-vegetarian restaurant that comes highly recommended is Govinda’s Gourmet to Go. This restaurant, located on 1408 South St., features a broad selection of American appetizers and entrées. Eating here is truly a fine dining experience and includes Papadam bread with trio of chutney as an appetizer, as well as Mesclun greens with roasted pumpkinseeds, walnuts, heirloom tomatoes and pomegranate in the house dressing of balsamic vinaigrette. For entrées, settle in with fresh Papradelle with asparagus cream sauce and almonds or try the Spinach lasagna with tomato basil cream sauce.

Kingdom of Vegetarians has many different Chinese cuisine options, ready to easily appease all. Located on 129 N. 11th St., this restaurant carries appetizers, such as Dragon dumplings and entrées like Kung po shrimp. A great feature about this restaurant is that take-out is an option!

If you’re in the mood for Middle Eastern food, fulfill your cravings by trying Maoz on 248 South St. This restaurant is known for their falafel sandwiches and salads, a staple food in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. Some good fillings to try are eggplant, cauliflower and a wide variety of sauces, which can be added from the salad bar. Keep in mind that this is a small place and would be better to go for a quick lunch trip rather than a night out for dining. Also, its cash-only, so go prepared.

Another great place for a fun “fiesta” night is The Nile Café, which plays host to an array of Southern delights. The Nile Café can be found on Germantown Avenue and bases their vegetarian food on an eclectic Caribbean style. For side dishes, they serve sweet potatoes and collard greens; for main courses, try a selection of mock meats, such as steak with peppers or even roasted duck. The best thing about this café is that it’s connected to the Nile Bookstore, a gift boutique with items such as hand lotions and incense.

The amount of vegetarian options throughout Philadelphia is beyond plentiful.

You can contact Rachael L. Hidalgo at food@campusphilly.org.