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Note to self: Next time I begin a lens overhaul project, I'm going to take a before screencap so I can really show the changes I've made to (hopefully) improve the lens.

The last two days I've been working on re-doing my lens on BYOB Dining in Philadelphia. This was another one of my early lenses, kind of revamping some info I'd put in a previous article at Associated Content. Knowing Squidoo like I do now, there's not really much chance this is ever going to be a blockbuster lens - Tier 1 or even likely Tier 2. However, if I could get it to stay in Tier 3 I'd be happy, honestly, as that's still a little $$'s in the pocket at the end of the year. But it's been floundering in the 100,000s and 200,000s since I created it in March, so time to do something about it.

Besides revamping the intro text, I added a more thorough link-list of BYOB restaurants in Philadelphia, broken down by cuisine. Sometimes it's hard to find timely information on that subject, as I've found in Google searching a lot of other indexes were out of date with closed restaurants, or made it difficult to find the website URL for the restaurant.

I checked my traffic stats to see what search phrases were leading to the lens and tweaked some module titles - also added a bullet list to address the top questions that seem to come up about Philly BYOBs. I added a Twitter search module on Philadelphia BYOBs, so people could see which places are currently being talked about. I added a new sales module on current wine guides, especially small pocket-books that people could take with them while shopping for wine. I also worked on the sidebar, adding my related lenses and two Philly-area food blog rss feeds (including my own). I realized I only had 5 tags on the lens as well - oops! A couple more photos added and it's done. Well, for now. I know I have more BYOBs to add to the list, and I want to spruce up the photos once I get the chance to find or take some more related to the subject.
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Planning a trip to Philadelphia in future and looking for information on where to eat while in the city? My Guide to Philadelphia's Restaurant and Food Scene is a great place to start.

I've compiled links to my various articles and "best of" lists for the city, as well as choice reviews, links to other Philly food blog sites, the best gourmet food stores, and more. You can also vote in polls on the city's best restaurants, chefs, and quintessential Philly foods.
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These independent restaurants are excellent picks for fish and seafood lovers. Whether you're looking for a trendy, casual or elegant experience, one of these Philly dining choices is sure to fit the bill.

Read more: "3 Great Seafood Restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that Are Not Chains."
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The biggest sensations and news controversies that affected Philly's foodie scene in 2010. From restaurant closings to law suits to stellar dishes, Philadelphia remained a hot city for food trends this past year.

Read more: "Top 10 Restaurant Trends and Stories in 2010 for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."
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Where and how to order Philly's most famous food specialty. No visitor to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania should miss trying the sandwich that is intimately associated with the city and its history.

Full article: "A Guide to Enjoying a Proper Philadelphia Cheesesteak"
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Where to enjoy this traditional Italian-American Holiday Feast in and around Philly. From traditional menus to open buffet parties, the city has many options available for diners this Christmas season.

Full article: "Feast of the Seven Fishes Menus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 2010"
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From South Street to Rittenhouse Square, these restaurants are excellent picks for enjoying weekend brunch in Philly.

Full article: "5 Great Places for Brunch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania"
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Reflections on city versus country living, having recently moved from Philly to southern New Jersey. Some Philadelphia thoughts as AC's Local Featured Contributor program comes to an end.

Full article: "5 Things I Miss About Living in Philadelphia...And 5 Things I Don't Miss at All" by Nicole Pellegrini at Associated Content
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Good food, great service, and a fun interior make this Stephen Starr restaurant worth visiting. Fans of quality, fresh Mexican food will definitely want to visit El Rey when in Philadelphia.

Full article: "El Rey Mexican Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A Review" by Nicole Pellegrini at Associated Content
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This South Philly BYOB is always busy - but does the food measure up? Mixing Italian-American classics with some original creations, Scannicchio's doesn't always meet expectations.

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Giwa delivers on its promise of "Simple Good Korean Food." This popular Philly lunch spot is a great choice for a hearty and healthy meal, to eat in or to go.

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Photos of Fairmount Park overloaded with Canadian Geese! While jogging along Kelly Drive, it was nearly an obstacle course to navigate around all of these feathered friends.



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Enjoy fine dining in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at bargain prices with these lunchtime specials. Many of the city's best restaurants offer terrific prix fixe lunches.

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The Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding Rittenhouse Square is home to numerous wonderful Italian BYOBs. These are some of the best in the area.

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Small plate dining is increasingly popular, and Cichetteria 19 presents it in the form of traditional Venetian bar snacks known as "cichetti." Review of this Rittenhouse Square-area Italian restaurant.

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Philly residents and visitors alike can enjoy an elegant and affordable lunch at this beautiful hotel restaurant. Located in the Hyatt at The Bellevue, XIX offers both amazing views and exceptional food.

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An interesting mix of classic Italian dishes and house specialties make Bistro La Baia a neighborhood favorite in Center City.

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Review of the Center City Korean restaurant Miran, located on Chestnut Street. From BBQ to noodle dishes, Miran provides great, affordable selections.

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Urban "graknitti" spotted in downtown Philly on July 29, 2010. I never thought bike racks needed cozies, but apparently some crafty knitters did...



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