Philly Restaurant - Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar

Thursday, April 21, 2011


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Stumbled upon an oasis in the desert yesterday, a real treasure of a spot called Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar.  Located in the triangular apex of 19th & Poplar (1841 Poplar Street).  The vibe inside is wonderfully chill, with a slightly Moorish decor. Owner Kevin Young, is at least partly of Middle Eastern decent and a lot of the menu reflects this flavor, offering Mediterranean Tapas, Vegan Flying Falafel, Exotic Teas and Baklava.


He created the signature sandwich I tried called Captain's Breakfast ($6) - Scrambled eggs with turkey bacon, spinach, horseradish cheddar cheese, roasted red peppers on a everything bagel smeared with Dijon mustard - 3 Tines (* Excellent - 4 Tines / * Great - 3 Tines / * Good - 2 Tines / * Fair - 1 Tine / * Poor - Tarnished)

I was enjoying the sandwich with coffee, but Kevin insisted to truly enjoy the sandwich it must also be accompanied with tangerine juice and proceeded to pour me a complimentary glass. He was right, I'm neutral on OJ, but tangerine juice is a whole new look at this citrus beverage.

Rachel Blythe Udell -embroidery and fabric mixed media collages
 The Cafe has only been open a little over a month and already seems to be a hang out for a mix of types in the neighborhood.  He supports local artists, presently displaying work by Rachel Blythe Udell and Bonnie Macallister who's an organizer with the Women's Caucus for Art, Philly chapter. I'm planning to bring some of my work to show Kevin, in hopes of getting on the rotation of artists.

Flying Carpet is also a full service bar, serving until 1 or 2am if enough people are hanging out. A few neighboring young females (legal age) are trying to get a Thursday night Karaoke going. I was going to check it out, but I think I'm in for the night.  Just got Infamous from Netflix and I was out drinking last night on The New Spirit of Philadelphia (for free) that post is still to come!

FCC&B Side notes: Cash only (ATM machine inside), Free WiFi, Free Parking, Discount for Art Museum Members, Nice Dog, one of those "save a life" breeds with the barrel around its neck, sans the barrel.

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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