Friday, January 11, 2019

Urban Axe Throwing

Right now, it is 29 degrees Fahrenheit in Philadelphia. When it gets that cold, I limit my time outdoors and start to seriously consider moving to sunny California. Finding new places to spend my time indoors is appreciated, so I was happy to be invited to a birthday party at Urban Axes, located at 2019 East Boston Street in the Kensington area of Philadelphia. That’s right, you can pay money to participate in the competitive sport of urban axe throwing. In addition to group events like the one I attended, they take walk-ins and have 8-week leagues.

Once you sign a waiver and crack open a cold one (it’s a BYOB), a knowledgeable coach, I mean axepert, will go over the rules and provide you with guidance on the best way to heave an axe. Getting a bullseye (which I found near impossible), or even getting the axe to stick in the wood is more dependent on rotation than force. You can earn between one to three points each time you throw. On the final throw each round you can earn seven points if you hit a green dot known as the clutch.

Our group of 14 had four throwing lanes and two wonderful coaches. I was not a natural at this sport, and despite all the encouragement and pointers, I came in last. After 45 throws which were split between three rounds, I ended up with 11 points. To put that into perspective, the other scores in the group ranged from 33 to 129 points.

 

After working up a sweat (just kidding, the axe was only slightly heavier than my can of hard cider) we went to Frankford Hall, located at 1210 Frankford Avenue in the Fishtown area. The hall has an outdoor area where gas lamps and fire pits will warm you while you enjoy your food and libations along with a game of Jenga.

I recommend getting the soft pretzel which is verified to be vegan as it does not contain dairy or eggs. Sadly, the beer I drank, Schofferhofer Grapefruit, according to BeerTutor, is not vegan as it contains carmine made from crushed cochineal beetles. Since that's disgusting, I need to find another beer next time I go there. To find out if your booze is vegan check out the website Barnivore.



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Ice Skating

One of my goals for 2019 was to don a pair of ice-skates and take a few laps around an ice rink. Last Friday, I accomplished my goal when I went ice-skating at the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, located at 1 South 15th Street in the Center City area of Philadelphia. When I stepped onto the choppy ice for the first time in three years, I questioned my decision as my shins felt like they were on fire. Once the Zamboni smoothed the ice, the task at hand become pleasurable and I enjoyed gliding on the ice.


The lodge at the ice rink didn’t appear to have any vegan offerings aside from some beverages and french fries. After working up an appetite, my spouse and I walked the five blocks to Wiz Kid, located at 124 South 19th Street. My first experience dining out in 2019 was so satisfying as I ordered one of my favorite sandwiches in the city; the CFT comes with county fried tempeh, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and thousand ranch sauce. The combination of ingredients blended together in perfect harmony; the prepared tempeh, crunchy pickles, and creamy flavorful sauce really make the sandwich standout.


Before returning home to our precious cats, we stopped at Hip City Veg, located at 127 South 18th Street, for a brownie and hot chocolate which really satisfied my sweet tooth.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2019 and welcome to my life. My name is Michele and I live in Philadelphia with my spouse and our three cats. We are currently fostering a fourth cat named Doc from the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

Meet Doc
Doc loves head pets, spending time with other cats, napping, devouring food, and playing with his favorite feather toy that he was gifted for Christmas. Please spread the word that this ginger is looking to get adopted so he can live out his nine lives in a loving forever home. As evidenced by the photos below, he can make himself comfortable anywhere.







If you aren’t ready to adopt but want to spend time hanging out with cats, head over to the Kawaii Kitty Cafe located at 759 S 4th Street in the Queen Village area of Philadelphia. Go there to relax and experience some cuteness while sipping on some of the most delicious vegan hot chocolate the city has to offer.

Former foster cat Ace at the Kawaii Kitty Cafe

Kawaii Kitty Cafe

Kawaii Kitty Cafe