Converted Bakery in Fairmount’s Pig’s Alley

2310 Aspen St, Philadelphia, PA ,19130

2310 Aspen St, Philadelphia, PA ,19130

Despite being in the old Pig’s Alley section of Fairmount (which some say got its name from the butcher shops that used to line the blocks), this circa 1860 rowhouse served a different kind of culinary purpose prior to becoming a residence: It was a bakery. We imagine the bulkhead door that faces the street was suited to the business.

Today, however, any aroma of fresh baked bread is likely come from a wholly residential kitchen, which features a skylight and stainless steel appliances, and opens into a dining area with a bench. Custom woodwork and flooring is featured throughout, but restored wood floors cover the expanse of the living room, which has a coffered ceiling and decorative mantle.

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So Much Lobster at London Grill

image002Lobstah. Lobstah and more Lobstah.

August in Fairmount means lobster galore at London Grill, and there’s plenty of drawn butter to go around. The bar and main dining room will offer a special menu celebrating summers favorite crustacean. From the kitchen you can expect a lobster bisque garnished with crème fraiche ($8), the classic New England lobster roll with hand-cut fries  ($20) and a savory lobster cheesecake ($14), a cream cheese spread of lobster, peppers and seasonings served with crostini.

If you’re in the mood for something more akin to what they’re serving in Maine, sit down for the three-course New England dinner. Guests start with a house salad, followed by a 1 ¼ pound steamed whole lobster and corn on the cob (with drawn butter of course) and finish with a house-baked berry buckle. The dinner is $32 per person.

London Grill [Official]

Sample Prison Food… Without Prison

Prison

The popular event is back this year, featuring a dish that most likely won’t end up having you beg for the recipe. This Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and 15th, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern State Penitentiary is hosting Prison Food Weekend. And on the menu this year is the controversial Nutraloaf, an item that is served as a punishment for many American prisoners today. The event is giving participants a sample of Nutraloaf that was made using the official recipes from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Maryland. Visitors will also be able to check out sample menus, prison reports and more.

Nutraloaf is generally accepted in prisons as a form of punishment, though the issue does remain controversial. After you’ve sampled the product, you can write your thoughts on a taste card and decide for yourself whether or not it is cruel punishment. So while it may not be the tastiest event we’ve ever written about, you’ll get a sample of something you’ve wanted to know about, but hoped you’d never have to.

Prison Food Weekend [Official]

Lemon Hill Shuts Its Doors

lemon-hill-bar-400Lemon Hill at 25th and Aspen Streets in Fairmount closed suddenly last night. The bar and restaurant from the Franklin Mortgage team came onto the scene back in early 2012 with Mitch Prensky in the kitchen. Prensky didn’t last too long and there always seemed to be movement in and out of the kitchen and management of the establishment.

General manager Aaron Siak posted the following on Facebook:

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Morning Headlines: Jon Bon Jovi’s New Soul Homes Open in Fairmount

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A 55-unit mixed-use housing project by Project HOME will open its doors to many of the city’s formerly homeless this week — thanks in large part to Jon Bon Jovi and his unlikely partnership with Sister Mary Scullion.

Scullion recently told Philly Mag’s Joel Mathis how that relationship evolved:

“Jon was the co-owner of the Soul (Arena Football League) team at that time, and he was staying at the Ritz Carlton on Broad Street. He looked out his window and saw someone just out in the bitter cold and got his sound engineer and said to him, ‘Can you find me an organization in this area that we could partner with to do something about this? It’s an intolerable condition.’”

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PHOTOS: Fairmount Art Crawl Kicks Off the Spring Street Festival Season With Kids, Art and a Birthday Party

fairmount art crawl

On Sunday afternoon, the Fairmount Community Development Corporation hosted one of the city’s first block parties of the season, the 10th annual Fairmount Arts Crawl. The event seeks to “convert local businesses, bars, stores, cafés, restaurants and sidewalks into temporary galleries in order to showcase local artists, vendors and musicians.” It was a great day for it, with families flooding the streets to take part in crafts, face paintings, gallery crawls and other art-filled activities.

More photos after the jump

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