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Kay Wicker

City Smart: Philadelphia

Google the fourth “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood —you will learn that she’s scored seven Grammys, broken country music records with six number-one albums and that her hunky hockey player husband makes headlines for knocking opponents’ teeth out—and you might concede she’s earned that adorably smug smirk on the cover …

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Preschool and the Power Play

What do Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mr. Rogers and Plato have in common? They all recognized the importance of play. Einstein called it “the highest form of research.” And acclaimed physician Maria Montessori declared, “Play is the work of the child.” That belief built the early-educational philosophy most revered …

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Restaurant Deconstructed Oh Donna

Donna Crivello—yes, that Donna—has historically created restaurants where she herself wants to eat. Serene specialty coffee shops in the days when Starbuck was still just the mate in “Moby-Dick,” casual eateries with neighborhood appeal. Now she’s cooked up the restaurant of her dreams. Inspired by Crivello’s Italian heritage—and many trips …

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Now Serving: Hot Tomales

John Sen bought Tortilleria Sinaloa, the diminutive Eastern Avenue taco shop (that has garnered plenty of “best of” accolades) in 2011 because he figured Mexican food was the next big thing. “People were trending more toward Chipotle and Qdoba than Subway,” reasoned the Subway franchisee, who had recently sold his …

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Home Cooking Southern Accent

When Craig Curbean and Dante Davis took on their first catering gig, they served pulled pork and pit beef, ham, salads, homemade bread, an array of desserts and alcohol. The tough experience—they were faced with non-functioning stoves—prompted the duo to find their own kitchen, and they opened the carryout-only Taste …

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Eggs Anytime Breakfast barn

After a car drove headlights-first into Farmstead Grill last year, the property owners needed to, well, rebrand the space. And the cocksure Iron Rooster was more than ready to move in, opening its second location in less than a year. The breakfast-all-day concept is a good fit for the barn-like …

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Foodie Truckstop Meals on wheels

Damian Bohager organizes special food truck events—one known as The Gathering—plus regular parties of trucks and eaters; his Taste of Three Cities features vendors from New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. These events attract thousands of hungry patrons who pay admission to wander among the rigs, purchasing paper cones of fries …

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Bottoms Up Dream of spring

The recipe for Chartreuse is a closely guarded secret known to only the order of the Carthusian Monks trusted with its production. What we do know is that this luscious, complex liqueur is produced with 130 herbs, plants and flowers. Green Chartreuse makes for the perfect Spring spirit with the …

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