Philly Restaurant - White Dog Cafe (XPN Music Film Fest)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I was pretty good both calorie and pocketbook wise, and brought snacks to eat during most of last weekend's XPN/PFS Music Film Festival, but I did dine out twice - Saturday night with a friend at The White Dog Cafe.

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This used to be my very favorite restaurant, I still love the vibe, but now I've had a few mediocre meals there in the last few months. 

FINGERLING POTATO SKINS $7 (Sorry no pic, we ate them before I remembered to snap one)  Green Meadow Farms Smoked Bacon, Lancaster Aged Smoked Cheddar, Lime Sour Cream - Not nearly as tasty as they sound - 2 Tines


BUFFALO VEGAN CHEESESTEAK $11
Buffalo Wheat Meat, Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing, French Roll, Balsamic Mixed Greens - The faux chicken was fine, but the roll was subpar - 1 Tine


VEGAN ROSEMARY OLIVE OIL LEMON CAKE $8
Walnut Puree, Blood Orange Sorbet - I asked for it with the homemade Rosemary, Lavender & Honey Ice Cream, very creamy. Loved the soothing blend of flavors - 4 Tines. However, I give the dry Lemon Cake - 1 Tine

Did you know The White Dog was name after 19th century, scholar, teacher, spiritualist Madame Helena P. Blavatsky

In the 90's I attended several classes and meetings at the Theosophical Society, the philosophical religion H.P. Blavatsky founded. I even bought all the volumes of her book, The Secret Doctrine.  It's all very dense, sci-fi, esoteric, metaphysical and existential, which is cool! But most of it went over my head.

At any rate, Madame Blavatsky lived where the White Dog Cafe resides, 3420 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19104. At one point in her life she suffered a badly infected leg. When doctors told her she would have to lose the limb, she would have none of it and cured the infection herself by keeping a white dog next to her leg while she slept.

Dining "Tine" Rating System:
* Excellent - 4 Tines / * Great - 3 Tines / * Good - 2 Tines / * Fair - 1 Tine / * Poor - Tarnished


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Tribeca Films Presents - WE COULD BE KING

Hey Philly - Philadelphia based Documentary premieres on ESPN2 on April 26th at 8pm / Opens in NY & LA Theaters 4/25.

Two-time Emmy® nominated director Judd Ehrlich’s documentary, presented by Tribeca Digital Studios in Associate with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, follows the riveting true story of two rival Philadelphia high schools forced to merge due to budget cuts. Their football team’s young, rookie coach and the school’s new principal fight to overcome insurmountable odds and inspire their young players to come together and lift each other toward a better future.


Synopsis: Against the backdrop of a city in upheaval, WE COULD BE KING follows a cast of unforgettable characters through an improbable football season.
Germantown and Martin Luther King High Schools were bitter rivals for over 40 years. This past year, a budget crisis caused Philadelphia to lay off over 4000 employees and close 37 schools, including Germantown High. Now Germantown must merge with their former rival, King. Against overwhelming odds, a 27-year old first time head coach and a new principal fight to inspire young men from difficult circumstances to come together and lift each other toward a better future.

Two-time Emmy® nominated director Judd Ehrlich uses an intimate, unflinching lens to tell a story much larger than the Martin Luther King Cougars. As the threat of more drastic budget cuts and the loss of funding for athletics looms large, WE COULD BE KING examines the crisis of education in urban America, and celebrates the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods, and a city together.

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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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