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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby Philrad71 » Mon May 28, 2018 7:17 am

We need to get back to Wildwood - it has been way too long!

Mudhen's beer, drink and food selection look amazing! :lover:

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby TBpony414 » Mon May 28, 2018 4:36 pm

On a scale of Delicious to OMFG AMAZING, how do those donuts compare to the ones at Reading Terminal Market? The donuts we had at RTM last year were insanely deliciously amazing and we still talk about them. I got a good laugh out of your poor planning with biking home, but seeing as they didn't end up on the ground I'd say it was a great success!

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby boldikus » Tue May 29, 2018 4:04 am

^ Huh, that's an interesting question. Beilers are like the best donuts on the planet, so while Fractured Prune are fabulous and insane, Beilers are generally better. Beilers has a wide selection, but lots of traditional flavors, while FP feels like its trying to be strictly outrageous/weird, which isn't a bad thing, but it would be nice to be able to get a simple glazed donut or something. Beilers also has filled (cream, jelly, etc) donuts, while if you notice FP does not have any - toppings only, so that also gives Beilers an edge.

The huge trade off is you can rarely have Beilers without waiting a significant amount of time. Even when the rest of the RTM is a ghosttown (weekdays, mid day) there is usually a wait at Beilers. Prune has been said to have been getting decent waits in the early mornings so far, but I have yet to run into anything significant, however I've only had them 2 or 3 times now, and this last visit the entire island was dead.

Also worth mentioning since we're talking about Philly area donuts - Federal Donuts. All they serve is fried chicken and donuts. And its phenomenal.

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby anonymouscactus » Thu May 31, 2018 5:28 pm

Mmm doughnuts. Those look fantastic!

A few months late to this thread, but just wanted to say phenomenal reports. Spent the last hour going through your latest shenanigans. Always very informative! You lived through the food truck festival @ Gradv which I missed out on this year, so it was great to see, while not extravagant, it was a good time and won't be missed by me next year.

Just got back from Busch/Dominion myself and share similar thoughts as yours on just about everything rides-wise, though I was smart enough to avoid loch-ness unlike yourself ;). Bill is really good at peer pressuring in pretty much every report I read, lol. On Pompeii I would have been more worried about the water cannons than the ride itself I saw some people getting soaked from those the other day.

I generally don't drink a ton at the parks but Busch had a bunch of ciders (and Frozen spiked lemonade!) for me to drink, so I definitely took advantage and actually got buzzed. I like the way you guys roll. The photo with the drinks riding in the coaster car was welcoming to know is now possible / no more beer jail at Great Adventure :-p.

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for the write-ups and photos!

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby boldikus » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:31 am

^ Appreciate the kind words, thanks for reading.

anonymouscactus wrote: Bill is really good at peer pressuring in pretty much every report I read, lol.

:lol: You have no idea, dude is such a nag.

Also @TBpony414! Look what you made me do!


I was up early today and took the train down to Beilers. Diet be damned.


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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby bert425 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:03 am

^^ LOL. . .Liz (TBPony) is quite the convincer, innt she?

she got me to go eat at Melt! with her and her Mom (Hi Mom!) at CP last year.. even tho we had eaten a huge lunch earlier that day.

we need to all meet up: you, me, Liz, Bill/Brit . . it would be the perfect storm! drunk and stuffed full wobbling around the parks riding stuff!

as for me, when we were in Philly, never got to RTM :(. . it was closed by the time we got back to the hotel every night (even tho we were literally staying across the street from it).

luckily, in Austin, we have an outlet of Voodoo Donuts, so I get my fix that way:
(their signature is a jellyfilled, chocolate coated Voodoo doll, that you can stick with Pretzel sticks)


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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby TBpony414 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:25 pm

Major family emergency on my end so I'm late to reply. Boldikus and Bert you two have me really laughing over here with your donuts!! And yes I can be extremely persuasive :lmao: I was even *this close* to getting Bert to go see the BMX Stunt show at CP last year... and now that it's gone I hope you are truly kicking yourself for not seeing it in all its glory. Definitely count me in for park shenanigans with any of you hilarious yahoos!!

Boldy - I appreciate the in-depth analysis of the donut shops. Until I went to Beiler's I was not really a donut person but they seriously changed my entire view on the matter. I know for sure we got an apple pie, an apple crumble (yes two diff apple ones), blueberry somethingorother, banana cream pie, key lime pie, maybe an Oreo something? Good god they were delicious. Shawn and I keep talking about making a trip up there to get more donuts and go to Adventure Aquarium again in Camden.

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby boldikus » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:34 am

^ We had the oreo, banana cream and key lime as well. The key lime was not as good as we were expecting (and we're big key lime fans). My favorite is the chocolate mousse. God damn. Also, the Elvis Delight (peanut butter cream & topped with banana & sprinkled with bacon) was ridiculous. As was the smores.

I will say that as good as Beilers are, they are awfully small donuts. I knew this already but forgot about that tidbit until we had them again over the weekend. I guess thats good thing considering we bought an entire dozen. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby boldikus » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:47 am

Alright enough about donuts, but I'm not quite ready to talk about rides just yet. Rest assured we'll be looking at cool stuff and drinking beer in this next installment.

Last weekend the missus and I wound up having an impromptu date night of sorts to check out Independence Beer Garden, a new(ish) little spot near our downtown historical area where you can find the likes of the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Constitution Center, blah blah blah... (sorry but when you grow up here it all gets a little old). After some drinks and a bite we planned to walk a few blocks north to Franklin Square Park which was hosting the 3rd annual Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, and which is coincidentally the only park in Philadelphia proper that contains a permanent, operating amusement ride. Yes its a carousel but its still counts. The park itself is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn when he laid out the city of Philadelphia 1682. Over the last century it fell into disrepair and eventually became a homeless camp until the early 2000's when the city invested into cleaning it up. It currently houses gardens, a large fountain, a playground, and Philly Mini Golf - a fairly respectable course with obstacles and themeing based around Philly and its history, as well as Squareburger - a small milkshake/burger stand.

We hopped in an Uber and after a short 11 minute drive we were at 6th & Chestnut being dropped off in front of the new spot. The missus noted she felt a little old among the sea of early-20-somethings scattered around. I agreed. Once we got wristbanded after being carded at the entrance (feels nice when you're our age lol) we walked around and found the place was enormous. Sadly I was not thinking I'd be doing a Trip Report at this time, so I didn't take a lot of pictures at the beer garden (the missus took a few).


We grabbed some beers and began to explore, noting the place had at least 4 different bars, indoor and outdoor seating, a whole section for people to park/lock up their bikes, shuffleboard, as well as an entire lawn with a small cornhole competition going on.


We found a covered table, seated ourselves and within no time our server appeared and grabbed us another round of drinks and some menus. It's mostly bar food so I ordered up a juicy cheeseburger, some fries and pretzel bites. All three items were small for the price but not surprising considering we were smack dab in the middle of the most touristy area of the city, but we loved all 3. Slightly annoying was that all three items came out separately, which our server warned us about, but at the end of the day who cares.


After we ate we settled up and slowly made our way a few blocks up 6th Street to find a very large crowd of people gathered around the entrance to Franklin Square. Even though we bought tickets online in advance, we still had to wait in a decent line. It moved quickly, and thanks to the beer we consumed prior to arrival, we were inside the park in no time.


The park itself was very, very crowded. Inside, where the festival is held, are two dozen different lit up "installations" consisting of 1,500 individual lanterns made up of more than 15,000 LEDs. The lanterns are created by local and Chinese artisans. Some are small, while some are enormous, like a 200 foot long dragon that snakes across the park. The festival also features Chinese folk artists, as well as performances by acrobats & contortionists, and a food/beer garden.


The event has been going on nightly since early May, but the night we attended happened to be the first Saturday in Philly in about a month where it didn't piss rain so the entire park was mobbed. Unfortunately the area around the stage where the performances were being held was particularly crowded, so we just slowly wandering around the park and checking out all of the different lanterns...








You can see the stage in red. The large area in front of it is a huge lawn that was just covered in people. We didn't even try to get close, instead wandering further into the park to check out more of the lanterns...



I took a few videos to make a few gifs out of so you guys could see the changing lights/colors. Really neat stuff.


I'm not sure if you can tell by the photos but this tree was huge - easily 20-25 feet tall. The attention to detail was incredible. It was crowded enough that we had to "fight" a little bit to get close to the lanterns, but we did.



Right in the center of Franklin Square Park is a large fountain, built in 1838, with water piped in from the Schuylkill River, and is thought to be the oldest surviving fountain in William Penn’s five urban squares. The park was very dark so it wasn't easy to get photos but at least I tried.



Note the carousel on the other side of the huge fountain.



Was having 90s rave flashbacks in this funky tunnel. That led us over to...


The absolutely massive 200 foot long dragon!






All the lanterns for this years show are newly created except for the giant dragon (above) and the ever popular pandas.






Across the way we notice this massive contraption.





So neat. And the dragon from the other side. Due to the crowds and the size of this thing it was near impossible to get the whole lantern in one shot. *sad face*




This was one of our favorites - a giant glowing shark you could walk right through.





This giant flower softly changed colors and then would suddenly turn into a tron rave robot.









We made our way back toward the central fountain, stopping to peak over at the very busy mini-golf, and checked out the food offerings.




We wound up getting a "funnel cake" which was a giant overpriced disappointment. No photos I'm afraid since it was so dark in the park, not to mention it was awful. We soon thereafter found ourselves the beer guy where we grabbed a couple of suds, so that made up for it. Sadly no photos of that either. But... look! A ride!



We didn't bother with a ride on the carousel, as anyone who had brought children was lined up for a ride. I've ridden it already, its a nice carousel.




One of our favorite of all the installations was the elephant. You could ride a bike that powered the changing of the lights but of course there was a nice little line we didn't feel like waiting in.


You can kinda see a guy pedaling off to the right there.



And suddenly we're snapping Brit like we're @ Seaworld. The was another one of our favorites.






Hey everybody!






And that's all from the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival! Thanks for reading, and I promise the next update (coming soon) will feature some airtime. Subscribe!

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Re: Boldy's Beer and Airtime Adventures

Postby coasterbill » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:49 am

Damn, that's awesome! Great pics.


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