Sunday, November 27, 2005

Philadelphia: TV Setting

The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been the setting for a number of TV shows, including recent hits, American Dreams and Cold Case.

Address: Philadelphia Visitors Bureau, 1700 Market Street #3000, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103; 215-636-3300; 800-537-7676; Fax: 215-636-3327. Web:

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Salad Bowl of the World

Because the Salinas Valley in California produces so many vital vegetable crops including celery, head lettuce, and broccoli, the city of Salinas bills itself as the Salad Bowl of the World. The valley supports a $3 billion agricultural industry.

Salinas was also the setting for John Steinbeck's classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, about the 1930s dustbowl years. The novel was later made into a movie starring Henry Fonda.

A Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Steinbeck's boyhood home was in Salinas. In a personal letter he once wrote, "I think I would like to write the story of this whole valley, of all the little towns and all the farms and the ranches in the wider hills. I can see how I would like to do it so that it would be the valley of the world."

Address: Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, 119 E Alisal Street, Salinas, California 93901; 831-424-7611; Fax: 831-424-8639. Email: Web:

Sunday, November 20, 2005

First Restaurant in America

Founded on December 13, 1827, by John and Peter Delmonico, Delmonico's restaurant in New York City was the first restaurant or public dining room in America. Note: The first shop they opened was a café and pastry shop with the official restaurant opening next door in 1830.

Address: Delmonico's Restaurant, 56 Beaver Street, New York, New York 10004; 212-509-1144; Fax: 212-509-3130. Web:

Friday, November 18, 2005

Close to Home: Indianapolis, Indiana

The new CBS TV crima drama Close to Home, starring actress Jennifer Finnigan, is set in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Aerial views of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana are shown often, especially during returns from commercials.

Address: Indianapolis Visitors Association, One RCA Dome #100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225-1000; 317-639-4282; 800-642-4639; Fax: 317-684-2590. Email: Web: