Matt & Marie’s Opening Second Location in Rittenhouse

matt maries 118 s 18th 940In just a couple of weeks, one of Philly’s lunch spots, Matt & Marie’s, will be opening its second location at 118 South 18th Street.

In addition to the Italian sandwiches, salads, bagels, and pastries the flagship shop on 18th and Arch Streets serves, the new Matt & Marie’s will also have fresh ravioli, stuffed shells, and baked Campanelle pasta, along with four house-made sauces to choose from.

All of Matt & Marie’s food is either made fresh in house or picked up early in the morning, like the bagels from South Street Bagels, and the pastries from La Colombe.

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Philly Style Bagels’ Opening Day Menu

philly-style-bagels-940Anyone who knows Philly Style Bagels from their pop-ups at Pizzeria Beddia is already counting the days to the official opening of their permanent shop in Fishtown, opening this Saturday.

It’s been a long process for owners Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber, but after a ton of hard work, a successful indiegogo campaign, and a true passion for making bagels, they officially have a place to call their own.

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The Checkup: 10 Fitness Trends Predicted to Take Over the Scene in 2016

• Can you believe it’s almost 2016? Welllll, it is! And according to health and fitness expert Pete McCall, the new year is going to bring all sorts of interesting fitness trends to the horizon, from a surge in faith-based fitness to a larger focus on combined-format classes (think: Spin and boxing), and more. [Ace Fitness]
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Make: Under-100-Calorie Peanut Butter and Banana Mini Muffins


Photo by Becca Boyd

‘Tis the season for portion control, friends. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and insist you make smaller portion sizes your very best friend this holiday season. Here’s why: By limiting how much you eat of each seasonal holiday treat, you can happily savor every once-a-year delicacy without having to join the throngs of resolution-ers flocking to the gym on January 1st.  Read more »

Girard on Girard Moving to Breakfast and Brunch Only

avocado-toast-girardJust in time for its first anniversary, Girard on Girard is shifting its concept to focus on daily breakfast and brunch only. The change goes into effect on Tuesday, December 1st and will feature a new menu as well as new hours.

The BYOB will open daily at 7 a.m., serving coffee, breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries and morning specials.

Chef and owner Brian Oliveira says he’s “listened to what the neighborhood told us they wanted, which was a more casual place where they could relax, grab a coffee, and enjoy our popular brunch menu all week long.”

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The Checkup: 23 Fast-Food Breakfasts That Aren’t Terrible for You 



• Sometimes, fast-food breakfast happens. So it’s better to be prepared and know what you should order than to go in blind and totally calorie bomb your day away on a breakfast sandwich. These fast-food breakfasts are all under 400 calories with no trans fat, a decent amount of protein and fiber, and lower sugar and sodium counts. So if you find yourself in McDonald’s at 7 a.m., refer to this list. [BuzzFeed]

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Pop-Up Dinner At Grubhouse

Photo by Courtney Apple

Bacon Cakes at Grubhouse | Photo by Courtney Apple

Grubhouse, typically a breakfast and lunch spot, is hosting a pop-up dinner tomorrow night (Wednesday June 17). There will be the always underrated, breakfast for dinner, plus selections from the lunch side of the menu, and legitimate dinner options as well. We’ve got the specials below, but before you settle on anything remember that their Bacon cakes won Best of Philly in 2013.

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Scott Schroeder Opening Hungry Pigeon in Queen Village

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Pat O’Malley and Scott Schroeder | Photo by Neal Santos

In a project that has managed to stay rather quiet since being presented at a neighborhood meeting last year, the cat (or bird) is finally out of the bag. Hungry Pigeon is a European-style cafe coming to 743 S 4th Street, on Fabric Row in Queen Village. South Philadelphia Taproom/American Sardine Bar chef Scott Schroeder is behind the project with his longtime friend Patrick O’Malley. O’Malley comes back to Philadelphia from New York’s Balthazar Bakery. Schroeder and O’Malley’s friendship goes back to when the both of them worked at ¡Pasion! with chef Guillermo Pernot. Despite moving to New York, the two would occasionally do collaboration dinners at SPTR, including one feast I was lucky enough to be at with along with chefs Nick Macri and Gene Giuffi.

Hungry Pigeon will be a coffee shop by morning, a lunch spot in the afternoon, and at night, the lights will dim for dinner with beer, wine and cocktails.

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