Eat This Now: 100-Day Dry-Aged Rib Eye at Kensington Quarters

Photo by Jen Bragan

A couple months ago, someone asked chef Damon Menapace if he’d ever heard of anyone dry-aging a steak for 100 days.

And okay, so to a normal person, that might be a weird question. But Menapace is the chef at Kensington Quarters — a restaurant that takes meat very seriously. So Menapace thought about it. He researched a little. And while 20, 30, even 40 days of dry-aging is not uncommon, things get a little weird when you get north of that.

60 days? That’s serious. 70 days, 80 days and you’re talking only about obsessives, experimenters and restaurants doing them on special order. But 100 days? That’s unicorn country.

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First-Time Find: A Foothold in Fishtown* for $235K

2412 E. Firth St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Space & Company

Need more than two bedrooms?

Have less than $300,000 that you can afford to spend on a house?

Want to live in Fishtown?

Usually, if the answer to the first two questions is “Yes,” then the answer to the third is, “You can’t.”

But every so often, a house that flips that last answer comes on the market. This* is one of those houses. Read more »

First-Time Find: Exposed in Fishtown for $280K

2226 Memphis St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The formula is a familiar one, repeated in older homes all over Philadelphia: Take that old main floor, with its separate rooms, archways, and claustrophobic kitchen, and blow it open, turning it into one huge room where you and yours (and your guests) can roam freely. (It’s a great setup for entertaining, but perhaps somewhat lacking for other purposes.)

In the process, a home with character is usually transformed into a bland, soulless gray (or white) box suitable for characters in Woody Allen’s “Interiors.” Such personality as these main floors possess is contained entirely in the granite-countertopped, stainless-steel-applianced, espresso-stained-cabinetted kitchen.

But every once in a while, a Philly rowhome gets this kind of a makeover without sacrificing its soul. This Fishtown home is one such. Read more »

Center City Realtor Charged With Murdering Her Boyfriend in Fishtown

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L: Via the Philadelphia Police Department | R: Via Google Maps

A 37-year-old Center City realtor has been charged with murdering her boyfriend in Fishtown earlier this week.

Jeanette B. Wakefield, of the 1000 block of E. Montgomery Avenue, was arrested on Friday. Police say she shot and killed 33-year-old Terrance Corrigan IV early Wednesday morning in the hallway outside of her apartment.  Read more »

Why You Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Judge Philly ‘Scrappers’ Digging for Trash

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“Did someone catch him doing it? If so did they break his hands? I sure hope so.”

“There are soooo many lately.”

“He’s up too something.”

The “Eyes and Ears of Port Richmond” Facebook page is filled with comments like these: They’re talking about the recent influx of scrappers who canvass the streets for aluminum, brass and stainless steel. Scrappers have become Public Enemy No. 1 in the neighborhood, especially those with two or more shopping carts strung together like small trains. But residents shouldn’t always be so quick to judge. Read more »

Another Cool Mixed-Use Building to Rise on North Front Street

“Frontline” at 1229 N. Front St., viewed from Girard station on the Market-Frankford Line. | Renderings: Interface Studio Architects

This much you can say for certain about the buildings that come out of Interface Studio Architects:

They’re about as far from bland and boring as one can get.

Having already created one exclamation point for the stretch of North Front Street between Girard and Berks stations on the Market-Frankford Line in South Kensington, the “El Chalet,” ISA has produced another metal-clad mind-bender for the 1200 block of Front, this time on the Fishtown side of the street. Read more »

Has the Knockout Game Come to Fishtown?

Ted Wisniewski is still in a hospital bed after he was attacked at Front and Girard streets in Fishtown.

When lifetime Fishtown resident Ted Wisniewski went out for drinks earlier this week, he was a sturdy, fun-loving 47-year-old union concrete mason. But now he’s stuck in a hospital bed, confused and suffering from a brain injury. Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Nima Etemadi

Nima Etemadi | Photography by Dominic Perri

Nima Etemadi is an award-winning pastry chef and co-owner of Cake Life, a new seasonal bakery in Fishtown. We chat with the winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars about being a successful transgender business owner, culinary life, and making the service industry more inclusive. Read more »

This Fishtown Engagement Shoot Begins at Home, But Ends Somewhere Magical

Mikey Ticzon and Brandon Ryan’s love story begins where many do: with mutual friends from college. Mikey’s roommate was dating Brandon’s best friend, and Brandon came to DC for a visit. The night they met, Mikey was supposed to go out dancing with another group of friends, but his roommate convinced him to at least join their group for dessert. Frozen yogurt turned into a movie and late night diner food. Mikey never made it to his original plans, but the next morning he saw a Facebook message from Brandon. Brandon told Mikey he was cute and had “a killer smile.” Mikey responded with his phone number.  Read more »

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