Archive for May, 2010

May 24th, 2010 by Campus Philly

The Lowdown on Opportunity Fair

You’ve probably heard a lot lately about Campus Philly’s second annual Opportunity Fair, coming up on June 15th at Drexel University’s Bossone Center. You might even be friends with one of the 850 former students who successfully networked at last year’s Fair. So, what’s in it for you? Is it really possible to make a good connection—one that will lead to a fulfilling career?

With opportunities to meet with local companies that offer jobs and career-level internships, as well as with graduate and professional school representatives eager to set you in the right direction, the chances of putting yourself on the path to a potentially profitable career are fairly high. But, what do these organizations—Campus Philly, The City of Philadelphia, and sponsoring companies like Verizon Wireless, Kaplan, and The Philadelphia Business Journal—care about your future?

According to the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, Philadelphia students rank in the bottom tenth of 100 major U.S. cities on local workforce engagement after graduation. While you benefit from gaining contacts and prospects to help guide you, these regional companies reap from hiring our city’s competent, intelligent graduates. It’s a win-win situation.

Never been to a job or an internship fair? No worries. Campus Philly has created a Fair Prep PowerPoint to show you the ropes of this event. For instance, be sure to dress to impress—a business suit and tie for men, a skirted suit or tailored pantsuit for women. Always be conscious of the companies that will be participating in the Opportunity Fair, and try viewing yourself from their perspectives. Would you hire yourself if you wore that outfit, or addressed those particular skills in your resume? Be aware of these factors, and you’re sure to make good connections.

In addition to hiring companies and graduate school representatives, the Fair will include skill-building workshops throughout the day. So, don’t let fear of failure hold you back. Philly wants you to stick around and succeed, and this will be your chance to do just that.

For graduates in the midst of their job search, the Campus Philly Opportunity Fair is a great, free, resource, said Alethia Calbeck, Employer Partnerships Director, Campus Philly. At the event, grads will be able to connect in person with employers and have the chance [to] further their networking experience and hopefully gain employment. The event provides the opportunity to connect one-on-one with employers and make a great first impression. Though the unemployment rate for those with a college degree may have increased, businesses are still interested in talented, skilled workers.

Even if you’ve graduated up to four years ago, the Opportunity Fair will have something for you. Register for this free, unique occasion to jump-start your future. Save the date: June 15th, between 12:00 P.M. and 3 P.M. After all you’ve worked for in college, it’s worth a shot, isn’t it?

You can contact Elisabeth Harby at liz@campusphilly.org

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May 13th, 2010 by Campus Philly

The New Landmark Americana at DU

Landmark Americana Tap & Grill brings its franchise to Drexel University and gives students even more reason to hang out in Philadelphia. The Landmark Americana is located at 3333 Market Street on the first floor below Drexel’s newly redesigned Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC).

The Landmark Americana opened on Mar. 16 in Philadelphia but there are Landmark Americanas not too far from Rowan University and West Chester University. When you look through the menu, which is available online, you see the restaurant offers the norm in terms of sports bar food with French fries, salads, ribs, burgers, etc. but the restaurant promotes a college student vibe.

Drexel students can easily grab a bite to eat after working out at the DAC or in between classes for a modest price. Even if you aren’t a Drexel student and don’t call West Philadelphia or University City home, the Landmark Americana is still a nice place to grab lunch or dinner between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The restaurant’s cherry wood exterior against the concrete sidewalk will probably grab your attention if you’re milling around Drexel’s campus, maybe you’re coming from American Apparel (3661 Walnut St.) or the coffee shop Cosi (140 S. 36th St.). The interior and dining area is brightly lit with natural sunlight from windows looking out onto Market Street. Slim but comfy dark pumpkin colored chairs and booths with retro patterns and brown tables make up the dining area that can seat 200. You can easily have a small dinner date or get a group of friends together to hang out or root on the Phillies. Of course there are plenty of flat screen TVs tuned in on ESPN, but the Landmark Americana’s décor is artsy enough to please hipsters and visiting parents.

There are glass half walls inside the restaurant for DJs to spin music and for musicians to perform. Outside there is the still under construction outdoor seating and fire pits that promises much excitement for visitors.

If you want to check out the Landmark Americana Tap & Grill for yourself, make a reservation by calling 215-222-4500.

You can contact Victoria Hudgins at communityeditor@campusphilly.org.

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May 13th, 2010 by Campus Philly

Cream & Sugar

While driving through the center of Wayne, I always catch a glimpse of a little café right on Lancaster Avenue and make a mental note to go check it out. Well, I finally did, and it was definitely a great choice!

If you’re a self proclaimed coffee connoisseur like me, you have to check out Cream & Sugar (163 E Lancaster Ave.)! Though it doesn’t have the retro/hipster feel of cafés like Milkboy and Gryphon, Cream & Sugar capitalizes on a great homey feel and quality food.

Unlike other cafés that offer mainly coffee and maybe some croissants, Cream & Sugar offers a relatively large selection of breakfast items, sandwiches and soups. As I was speaking to a staff member about their menu, one customer quickly interjected, “The food’s really good!” as she picked up her coffee and headed out.

I was in a bit of a rush and had to hit the road, so I can’t attest to the food, but the staff member explained that the food is all homemade, and their hummus is particularly popular. I made a mental note to check out the hummus pita next time I was in the area.

Although the food sounded great, I moved to my favorite part of the menu: the coffee. Cream & Sugar offers the full café selection ranging from the basic coffee to fancy drinks with mocha and whipped cream.

I was in need of a caffeine jolt, so I decided upon an interesting item called the “Brewski.” Featuring the roast of the day and a shot of espresso, it was delicious! I’ve often tried to make a similar drink when ordering coffee at Villanova’s Holy Grounds, but it never turned out so good. Smooth and fully blended, it was exactly what I was craving.

Perhaps it was the preparation, but I’m betting the local coffee also made it extra delicious. Cream & Sugar uses local Philadelphia coffee brand La Colombe in all their drinks. Featuring five distinctive roasts, La Colombe gets rave reviews and has two popular cafés in the city called La Colombe Torrefaction (130 S. 19th St.) and La Colombe Panini (4360 Main St.).

Although Cream & Sugar may not have open mic nights or jams like some other local cafés, it does feature live piano music during weekend brunch hours.

Also, if you need a quiet place to study, look no further than Cream & Sugar. Though I love some of the other retro cafés on the Main Line, they often play music in the background. While this is usually great, if I have some intense studying to do, I need peace and quiet.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Cream & Sugar’s great smoothies have no sugary syrups! Once again displaying their homemade approach, the smoothies are made with fresh products and are very popular in the summer months.

So if you’re ever in Wayne and need some coffee or yummy homemade food, look no further than Cream & Sugar!

You can contact Monica Mazzoli at sportsrec@campusphilly.org

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May 13th, 2010 by Campus Philly

Plate restaurant lacks in service.

After a long afternoon wandering Suburban Square (Anderson & Coulter Aves.), you’re famished. You’ve walked up and down the rows of shops, browsed through your favorite stores and done some minor damage to your checking account.

You turn the corner when walking up the sidewalk, and what do you see? Plate (105 Coulter Avenue), one of the restaurants in the shopping center. Your hunger prayers have been answered.

On the surface, Plate is an alluring restaurant. Its angular architecture and long windows give it a trendy, chic appearance. Inside, it features dim lighting and comfortable leather chairs, giving it a relaxed, but hip ambience. The lunch and dinner menus are both appetizing and affordable. It seems like the perfect restaurant.

Having always passed by Plate without actually stopping in, a few friends and I decided to try the restaurant for a Sunday afternoon lunch. Before we tackled our homework, we figured we’d treat ourselves to a nice meal. However, we were ultimately disappointed with the choice of Plate.

We expected to be greeted with the lunch menu, but instead, were given the brunch menu. It was nearly 1:30 p.m. and we were in the mood for something other than eggs. Fortunately, the menu did offer a few lunch options, so we were able to find something we wanted.

The service, however, was slow and we sat with our menus for over fifteen minutes before our waiter made his way to our table. His presence throughout the meal was scarce and our food order was slow.

We ordered salads (the Asian Chicken salad and the Cobb salad, to be specific), but the wait was much longer than expected. The salads were well prepared and filling, but were not worth the poor service and lengthy wait.

Plate has been open since 2003, and its longevity can be most likely attributed to its location. After a day out in Suburban Square, it’s a convenient restaurant for its patrons.

However, there are plenty of other restaurants along the Main Line with comparable menus and better service.

When you’re looking to dine out, it’s best to pass on this “Plate.”

You can contact Maggie Mallon at entertainment@campusphilly.org

May 13th, 2010 by Campus Philly

Local Indian Cuisine

The restaurant Tiffin (710 W Girard Ave.) is just a few blocks from Temple University’s main campus and downtown Center City, but the authentic Indian cuisine and herbs are great for anyone who wants to treat their taste buds to great food from a different culture.

The restaurant sits next to Tiffin Etc., Tiffin’s American food spin-off that serves Indian style pizza takeout and shows Tiffin’s growing popularity and reach to feed more out of town visitors and Philadelphians.

As soon as you walk into the restaurant—which is built like a spacious but comfy row home—your nose is filled with the welcoming smell of natural herbs and spices used to cook the food and stocked on the shelves for purchase.

The Saturday afternoon when I ate at Tiffin, it was busy with college students, families and other attendees. The atmosphere was lax; there wasn’t a constant refill of water every time you took a sip from your glass, but the waitress or waiter was always in eye sight if you had a question or concern.

It’s a good spot to have lunch or dinner and enjoy good food by yourself or with friends in between or after classes for an inexpensive price. The most expensive main course I spotted on the menu was the $14 South Indian Shrimp curry made with a coconut sauce and plump shrimps.

If you want to see the menu for yourself, Tiffin has its menu online, which shows all of the lunch, dinner and desert meals. The names may be unfamiliar, but the descriptions are handy in deciding what you want to try, especially if you’re new to Indian food. The menu has a vegetarian section and all food is served with rice and cooked with trans fat free cooking oil; trust me, it took none of the delicious flavor away.

I had the Lamb Saaag (lamb cut into cubes with spinach, spices and herbs) that was served with a bowl of white rice. When I first saw the Lamb Saaag, it reminded me of creamy spinach. But when I mixed it with the white rice and took a bite, I tasted something way better than just spinach. It was creamy, slightly cheesy and spicy. The lamb was tender and easily broke when I dug my fork into it.

Tiffin has been praised by Philadelphia’s dinning community and has been listed as Philadelphia Magazine’s best, inexpensive and Indian restaurant over the past few years.

If you don’t care for (or your stomach can’t handle) spices, Indian food probably is not for you. But for those who like to try something new, I recommend Tiffin! The delicious, fresh and legitimate Indian food shows that Philly is not just the home of tasty cheesesteaks.

Conveniently, there are four Tiffin restaurants located in and right outside of Philadelphia—Mt. Airy, Elkins Park, Germantown Avenue and, according to the website, there are plans to start restaurants in Wynnewood and Bryn Mawr.

You can contact Victoria Hudgins at communityeditor@campusphilly.org