Food

 Philly went from winter to summer in less than a week. One Monday we were all shivering in our hoodies and, by Friday, everybody was in flip-flops and yoga pants and reserving sidewalk tables at favorite restaurants.

The point is, we’ve all but missed spring. Suddenly, it’s almost beach-body time. Fuel, the city’s healthier casual-food outlet, has a slew of new dishes under 500 calories.

 Parx Casino in Bensalem has stepped up its dining and entertainment game in the last few months with a new live-music venue and upscale restaurants to lure people to the bright lights and games of chance.

Among the dining additions is Liberty Bell Gastropub, 2999 Street Road, a culinary oasis in which to sit down and enjoy relatively fine dining away from the controlled sensory chaos of the casino floor.

The Passyunk neighborhood has plenty of fancy sit-down restaurants to lure diners and visitors out of their homes and off the streets, but the recently opened Redcrest Fried Chicken is poised to win the hearts and minds of the casual grab-and-go crowd.

The call of brunch lured us back to the bright and elegant confines of Aqimero, 10 Avenue of the Arts, on the calming upscale ground floor of the Ritz Carlton. And we couldn’t think of a better reason to venture downtown on a weekend morning.

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