The Time Machine: Jansen Reviewed

A soaring plate at Jansen in Mount Airy | Photo by Emily Teel

A soaring plate at Jansen in Mount Airy | Photo by Emily Teel

My wife, Laura, hated Jansen as soon as she walked through the door.

To be fair, she actually hated it before she walked through the door. She’d looked at the menu online, with its photos of the dishes available—shellfish sauces, slouching ring-molded tartares with sprigs of thyme poking up like tiny trees, food stacked or clenched tight like fists amid the vast white space of plates doodled with sauce)—and asked why we were doing this.

“I’ve eaten enough country-club food in my life, Jay. Why would I want more?”

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Mount Airy Gets a New Barre and Yoga Studio (With SurfSET Classes!) 

Y2B Fit | Photo courtesy Crystal Widmann

Y2B Fit | Photo courtesy Crystal Widmann

’Tis the season for fitness studio openings: In the past few weeks, Philly has seen quite the influx of studios, with Freehouse Fitness Studio opening in the Grad Hospital area, Sculpt Fitness Studio opening on Broad Street and Wake Up Yoga announcing a soon-to-come Rittenhouse studio. Then there’s Solidcore and Unite Fitness’s new Rittenhouse studio, both slated for summer openings. And now, another one to add to the list: Y2B Fit, a new yoga and barre studio setting up shop on Emlen Street in Mount Airy. Read more »

First Look: Jansen

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There’s nothing new about scallops, lemons, capers, and parsley. It’s a plate full of beige, ecru, and green as tame as Pottery Barn. Fortunately, David Jansen’s scallops are just as pleasant as the catalog-worthy interior at your Aunt Susan’s house. Seared golden and seasoned beautifully, they sink slowly into a puree of cauliflower punctuated with jewels of preserved lemon and parsley leaves.

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Alma Mater Offers Mt. Airy Deals Galore

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Alma Mater opens on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy | Photo via Facebook

Alma Mater celebrates its grand opening today at 7165 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy. The former home of North by Northwest is a restaurant/bar/beer garden designed for sports watching in an ode to Philadelphia’s prep schools, colleges and universities. Alma Mater is open from morning to late night and offers reasons to come in at anytime of day.

The main floor offers an antique bar with sixteen beers on tap. Outside is a seasonal beer garden with its own boardwalk and ping pong tables. Downstairs is a sports lounge with plenty of TVs for watching live events.

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Reading Terminal Market Has a New GM

anuj-gupta-400The Reading Terminal Market has been looking for a new general manager since Paul Steinke stepped down in December, in order to run for City Council. Today, the Board of Directors of the Reading Terminal Market Corporation named Anuj Gupta as the new general manager. Gupta comes from Mt.Airy, USA where he served as Executive Director. Gupta has been instrumental in many improvements in Mt. Airy over the past five years including; the resurgence of some of the 6500-6700 blocks of Germantown Avenue; a second location for Wissahickon Charter School; and the birth of Street Fare – Mt. Airy’s successor to Night Market.

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High Point Cafe Opens Wholesale Facility

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High Point Cafe in Mount Airy is having a pretty good spring. They recently expanded and opened a new wholesale facility at 6700 Germantown Avenue. The facility opened on April 24 in an old post office building.

The expansion will function as a coffee roasting facility and commercial bakery, due to high demand of owner Meg Hagele‘s baked goods. The new space is not a retail location, but will hold special events, such as tours of the facility and special tastings.

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Fundraiser for Family of Slain Earth Bread + Brewery Employee

bernard-earth-bread-brewery-940This Thursday, Earth Bread + Brewery is hosting a fundraiser for the family of one of its own. Long time employee Bernard Ray was killed Saturday night and leaves behind three young boys, a daughter and grand child. Earth Bread + Brewery will be donating all proceeds on Thursday to his family.

As Marcos Espinoza posted today, Ray was a welcoming face at EB+B and will be sorely missed. Owners Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver have always run their brewpub as more than a business and our condolences go out to them, the staff at EB+B and the Ray family.

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Architype: Off the Grid in Mount Airy

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Photo of celebration at Final-ly Friday by Michael Albany Photography via Go Mt. Airy

About six months ago, after 11 years in West Philadelphia, I decided to move. I’d been part of a wave of young white professionals who came to Cedar Park and made it possible for someone to open a haute-cheese patisserie where a friendly bodega used to be. I liked the bodega better, but it was my own fault.

Now I’d priced myself out of my neighborhood, but I still wanted trees, the birdsong, the mix of old and young, black and white, and the progressive vibe. So I moved to Mount Airy.

This decision has been met with undisguised horror. You’d think I moved from a 12-room penthouse on Rittenhouse Square to a shack next to a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. There also seems to be a significant degree of geographical confusion. A couple of people have said, “I never thought you’d leave Philly.” And absolutely everyone has said, “But it’s so faaaar.”

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PHOTOS: Mount Airy Street Fare 2014



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