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African World Festival

Since 1982, African World Festival has been celebrating African heritage and culture at the Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. Known as “The Meeting Place,” the two-day summer weekend event boasts an impressive lineup featuring some of the top blues, jazz and gospel performers in the genres such as Boney James, Doc Powell, Denise LaSalle and Willie Clayton. More than a concert series, or an entertainment event, the African World Festival prides itself on being an educational experience designed to promote and share the culture and heritage of all people of African descent with the global community. Come together at the festival to sample ethnic dishes from nations across Africa, shop for global products at the event’s Marketplace and let the kids play at the event-themed Children’s Village.

Bamian

If you are looking for something new to tantalize your taste buds visit Bamian for authentic Afghan cuisine. The food is so good members from the Afghani embassy including the Ambassador have paid visits here for a little taste of home. If you are new to Afghani food and have any questions the staff is very knowledgeable and will help you decide what to order off the menu, all the appetizers come with a homemade yogurt and spicy chutney sauce for dipping. The kabobs are standard Afghan cuisine and will not disappoint, and the homemade flatbread is also worth  try. The vegetarian dishes are eclectic and creative featuring vegetables like pumpkin, eggplant, tomatoes, and spinach. 

Bayou City Art Festival

This bi-annual festival takes place in downtown Houston in the fall and in Memorial Park in the spring. With over 300 acclaimed artists across numerous media formats, the festival is often ranked one of the best in the country. Bayou City Art Festival isn't only about fine art, it also features multicultural music and dance, as well as food and win. Additionally, they have a kid zone that features hands-on, interactive art activities for children and their parents. Over the past 40 years, the festivals have raised over $2.5 million to benefit local arts organizations and Houston parks. We highly recommend going as early in the day as possible if you are with kids. The festival gets very crowded as the day goes on.

Boerne Fireworks Show

Put together by the Boerne Fire Department, the city of Boerne has one of the best fireworks shows in the San Antonio area. Since fireworks aren't allowed anywhere else in this city, seemingly everyone in time comes out to watch the show. The event takes place at City Park and begin shortly after the sun sets. We recommend getting there about an hour early to find a comfortable spot. Remember, you are allowed to bring folding chairs and a cooler of food and drinks. The most enjoyable aspect of the Boerne Fireworks Show might just be how friendly everybody is and the respect that is shown for our country.

 

Brandywine Manor House

Set in beautiful Chester County, just west of Philadelphia, Brandywine Manor House is one of the best outdoor locations around and the owner, Nancy, makes the planning process a breeze. You can choose from several ceremony sites, including a garden terrace, pergola, footbridge or lakeside. The tent is a permanent structure so you don't have to worry about weather ruining your big day -- it will keep you protected from the elements and still allow you to enjoy your day worry-free. Nancy just takes this venue over-the-top -- she is helpful throughout the planning process and is a resource for brides who need ideas or who are trying to work within a budget. 

 

Buddakan

As Valentine's Day approaches you may be looking for the perfect restaurant to take your Valentine. For a uniquely Philadelphia dining experience visit one of Steven Starr's restaurants, and the most romantic of these is Buddakan. You and your date will be immediately mesmerized by the oversized Buddha and the overall Asian themed decor. Enjoy your creative Asian fusion dishes and drinks against the golden backdrop and in the candlelit atmosphere. The meals are served family style making the meal even more romantic because you will be encouraged to share, and don't forget to order the donuts for dessert. Street parking will be hard to find here in Old City but there are plenty of parking lots just past the restaurant on Front and Chestnut Streets. 

 

Caffe Casta Diva

This renovated rowhouse located in Rittenhouse Square is the perfect cozy spot for a date night, the small size of the restaurant is best suited for parties of four or smaller and a reservation is highly suggested. They recently added tables so if you ask for a table near the back when you call to make the reservation you will get one of the newer tables. So grab a bottle of wine to take to this BYOB on any day of the week with the exception of Monday for a great dinner. Try the branzino which is out of this world and the sweet potato gnocchi and sweet Italian sausage are also some highlights from the menu.

Carlyle Suites

You will love these luxurious accommodations so much you will not want to leave. Say goodbye to those questionably comfortable hotel beds and say hello to a Tempur-Pedic bed in your room that also includes a full kitchen. In addition to those amenities you will also enjoy free wireless internet and free parking. While there is no gym on site you will have full access to the nearby Washington Sports Club which has equipment as well as group exercise classes and personal trainers for an additional fee. 

 

 

Cassatt Tea Room at the Rittenhouse Hotel

Take a break from shopping or from your stroll through Rittenhouse Square and grab some afternoon tea at the always glamorous Rittenhouse Hotel. Stop into this five star hotel for the royal treatment, in the Cassatt Tea Room from 2pm-5pm daily. The grand decor and signature tea blends like vanilla bean and pear caramel paired with the variety of tea sandwiches and scones are not to be missed. And don't let the idea of dainty tea sandwiches and scones fool you, this is very filling and is a meal in itself so stop in on a day when you have had a light and/or early lunch.

 

Catalina Coffee

This cool little coffee shop offers some of the best coffee and atmosphere in the city. If you are tired of bustling chains with overpriced, over-sugared drinks, then this gem is the place for you. The coffee is delicious and smooth, while the scones, muffins and other goodies and fresh and tasty. Though the neighborhood might not be the best and the parking can be a hassle, this coffee shop is friendly and cozy -- perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or an evening of studying. From yuppies to hipsters to seniors, the clientèle is a mixed crowd. One thing to note -- they don't have available outlets, so your laptop better be charged.