First-Time Find: A New Urbanite’s Dream Near the Art Museum

2022 Green St. Apt. 5, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

2022 Green St. Apt. 5, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

There’s no better place for first-time Philly homeowners to settle down than near the Art Museum. Nothing screams “I live in the city now” more than the spectacular urban panorama to be seen from this condo’s rooftop deck.

This building sits on the incredible tree-lined block just down the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This third-floor unit features a spaciously open living and dining room area with parquet floor that’s wide enough to accommodate your new friends and guests. The wood-burning fireplace is a nice touch and the three windows allow for plenty of natural light to flood through. The spiral steps in the living room not only add a stylish, industrial touch but lead up to a private deck with stunning views of the Center City skyline.

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Where to Celebrate Bastille Day This Week


Photo by HughE Dillon

Still looking for an excuse to set off  your leftover fireworks? No worries, Bastille Day is this week on Thursday, July 14th.  There’s plenty happening around the city to celebrate this week.  But if you’re still looking for something besides catching as many Tastykakes as possible at the Eastern State Penitentiary, we’ve rounded up some other French-inspired Bastille Day events happening at restaurants around the city.

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That House Out There: Form Follows Function in Spring Garden

living room and kitchen

1700 Melon St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | Images via Keller Williams Center City Realty

The part of Spring Garden where this recently built townhome stands was once home to several light industrial buildings, some of which have since been converted into residences.

Given that heritage, it’s quite logical that this home would reflect that industrial aesthetic, but it does so with contemporary flair and elegance.

The main floor of this 24-foot-wide residence, for instance, is completely open in plan, which means you can arrange it to suit your lifestyle. There’s plenty of room to relax and entertain, and the kitchen is equipped to handle it all, with high-end finishes and features that include a gas range with double oven, a wine fridge and a generously sized island with bar seating. If you’re in the mood for outdoor dining or entertaining, the patio in back is just the right size for grilling. Read more »

High-Gloss Rustic: A Mano Reviewed

A Mano | Photo by Emily Teel

A Mano | Photo by Emily Teel

In the back, chef Michael Millon is dancing.

Not dancing-dancing (because that would be weird), but that’s what it looks like. He and his crew, the other white jackets working the line at Townsend Wentz’s new BYO, A Mano, turn and weave around each other, reaching and ducking as the floor staff crowds up against the short pass, waiting on plate after plate after plate. It’s formal, this ballet. It only looks like a disaster happening and then re-happening every second, a series of near-misses and almost-collisions. It’s a culinary galliard—chaotic but measured. Practiced. Natural. In reality, it’s just another day at the office.

And at A Mano, it’s loud in the dining room. I’m seated about halfway down the banquette that runs the length of the far wall, so there’s no way I would’ve heard them if they were talking anyway, but I’m watching pretty closely (staring, really), and I don’t even see them speak. Don’t see lips moving or heads turning except in the simplest, most terse nods and single syllables.

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Fairmount Running Club Hosting Walking (Yes, Walking) Bar Crawl This Weekend

Do your friends seem to “miss” your texts or hide under the nearest piece of furniture whenever you’re looking for a run buddy? As a non-runner myself, I instinctually dive behind a nearby couch at the mere mention of a morning jog. But here’s a good way to ease those non-runners into the running scene: Tomorrow evening, Fairmount Running Club is hosting a walking bar tour around Fairmount. Yes, walkingRead more »

Say Adios to Winter at the Springtime on the Schuylkill Fun Run and Potluck

Springtime on the Schuylkill Fun Run and Pot Luck Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook | Philadelphia Runner

Looking for the perfect way to welcome spring weather back into your running routine? Wave goodbye to the frosty chill and say hello to spring with Philadelphia Runner’s Springtime on the Schuylkill Fun Run and Potluck. This run will knock out your cardio for the day AND satisfy your post-run appetite with a potluck picnic at the Art Museum’s Azalea Garden. Read more »

Pho Comes to Fairmount

Photo via @MowniaMowtruse

Photo via @MowniaMowtruse

The former BlueCat at 1921 Fairmount Avenue is now iPho, a Vietnamese eatery for Fairmount. Owner and chef Van Nguyen also owns an iPho in Atlantic City. Nguyen is excited to bring his pho, vermicelli, rice platters, noodle soups and bubble tea smoothies to a neighborhood in Philadelphia that doesn’t have much Vietnamese to speak of.

IPho is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Takeout and delivery is also available. A website should be online soon.

iPho [Foobooz]

Bar Hygge Readies for Opening

The taps at Bar Hygge

The taps at Bar Hygge

This week (Wednesday, February 3rd will NOT be the day) will see the opening of Bar Hygge at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The brewpub is a collaboration between two couples, brewer Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver (Earth Bread + Brewery) and Julie and Stew Keener (West Conshohocken’s Bagataway Tavern).

Hygge means a sense of happiness in the present moment or conviviality in Danish. It is pronounced HOO-ga and makes Bagataway seem like a simple name in comparison. But Hygge is definitely a word worth seeking out and the bar was already warm and comfortable on a pre-opening Friday afternoon where Team Foobooz was lucky enough to check out Baker’s opening six taps.

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Townsend Wentz Readies BYOB, A Mano

Chef-Owner Townsend Wentz.

Chef-Owner Townsend Wentz opens A Mano with exec chef Michael Millon

Townsend Wentz has received a ton of accolades at his East Passyunk Avenue restaurant Townsend (#5 on the new Best Restaurants list), and he will debut his second restaurant, A Mano in coming weeks. A Mano is a casual Italian BYOB at 2244 Fairmount Avenue, in the Fairmount neighborhood. Wentz is bringing in Michael Millon as executive chef. Millon has worked with Wentz for ten years, including as Wentz’s opening sous chef at Townsend. More recently, Millon, a Lansdowne native, has been at A Voce, a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant on Columbus Circle in New York.

A Mano will offer regional Italian fare, moving from northern to southern Italy throughout the year to reflect what is fresh and available in Philadelphia. When the restaurant opens this winter that means dishes inspired by northern Italy including Alto Adige. As the weather warms, southern Italian dishes will make up more of the menu.

Handmade pastas will be integral to the menu where prices range from $8 to $28 per plate.

A Mano’s dining room features big windows that open wide to the street, plus wood topped tables (no tablecloths here), hardwood floors and bright grass-green banquettes.


A Mano [Foobooz]

Where to Toast the Philadelphia Marathon With Brunch and Beer After the Race



Picture this: You’ve crossed the finish line at the Philadelphia Marathon, proudly hung your medal around your neck and wrapped yourself in one of those reflective space-blanket thingys. So, now what? It’s time to celebrate, duh.

What better way to toast your big finish than with a beer and a big ol’ pile of pancakes. That’s what you’ll find at these bars and restaurants within hobbling distance of the finish line.  Read more »

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