Six Pack: Ramen In Philadelphia


This weekend’s frigid winter weather has us all longing to hibernate until warmer days. But don’t let the cold stop you from going out. Just use it as an excuse to indulge in some heartwarming comfort food that will bring feeling back into your fingertips.

Back in December, we did a round-up of the best soups in Center City and now we’re coming back with the best ramen in town–for those of you who want all the comforts of Japanese food thrown into one large, steaming bowl.

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Looking for a Single-Bedroom? Check Out This Old City Loft Inside a Former Factory

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Center City Walnut

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City Walnut

The original details that once swathed this former factory from the mid-1800s have not all been lost in the footnotes of history, as many of its materials have been restored to outfit the condo lofts that now sit on this cobblestoned-block of Church Street.

Inside, high ceilings tower above, while original pumpkin floors are throughout. Exposed brick walls, ceiling beams, and built-in bookshelves also have their place in the unit. There’s even a built-in bench seat that was made from reclaimed wood beams from the factory.

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This Million Dollar Condo in Old City Is All About That Space

Photos by TREND via Redfin/BHHS Fox & Roach Center City–Walnut

Let’s face, when you’re looking for a million dollar condo in Center City, channel your inner real estate Meghan Trainor: It’s all about that space (’bout that space–sorry).

Enter this condo on N3rd St. in Old City. The open floor plan flows wonderfully throughout the home and makes the nearly 3,000 square-foot space look even larger. Natural light streams through the five historically restored windows in the living room and highlights the gorgeous hardwood floors and exposed brick made more industrial by the torn wall aesthetic. We also have to point out the large metal sliding door that leads to the den–it’s incredible.

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Foobooz Six Pack: Philly’s Best Pie


Double Crust Apple Pie à la mode from Jones

Philadelphia is a quintessentially American city. We have the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Even more important, we have some of the best pies in the country — and there is nothing more American than pie. Here are six of the best places in Philly to get a slice.

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Philly Cooks Tasting Tours Are Now on Sale

PhillyCooksLogo_2014The first two Philly Cooks Tasting Tours are now on sale. Get unprecedented access to top restaurants in Old City and Center City. Each neighborhood-focused tour takes you behind the scenes at three different restaurants.

The Old City and Center City Tasting Tours take place on Tuesday, Februray 17th. The Old City Tour visits Capogiro’s new pizzeria Capofitto for a pizza primer, then heads to Eli Kulp’s High Street on Market for breads, pasta and meats before finally landing at Peter Woolsey’s La Peg for a history lesson and French pastries.

The Center City tour kicks off in the private kitchen at Kevin Sbraga’s latest restaurant, Juniper Commons for an assortment of appetizers and gin and tonics, then heads to Sbraga for a pasta and wine tasting before ending upstairs at Pub & Kitchen for large cuts of meat and make-your-own sandwiches.

For more details, check out the Philly Cooks Tasting Tours page. And don’t hesitate, tickets are extremely limited.

Philly Cooks Tasting Tours [Philadelphia Magazine]

Magical Ivy-Clad Condo For Sale on Cuthbert

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Center City.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City.

Literally steps from the clamor of Market Street and the Delaware River waterfront, this tucked away home is a gem of a find on quiet Cuthbert Street.

But prime location aside (equidistant to Franklin Fountain and Race Street), it’s an appealing place in and of itself: original plank hardwood floors, skylights, and an updated kitchen. There’s also a personal roof deck for entertaining. The listing adds that it’s had $6,000 docked from its original price and offers low condo fees, as well as a private entrance.

Click here to see inside…

Renovation Planned for Two Blighted Eyesores in Old City

Photo via Google Street View.

Photo via Google Street View.

A ray of hope from Hidden City’s Ryan Briggs today: The buildings at 223 and 225 Chestnut, two sister structures that have been slowly falling apart for the last few years, are to be redeveloped by its newest owners:

“We hope the reconstruction work will begin later this year. There are still some plans, permits and approvals to be secured,” said [Ross] Goldberg. “There are two tenants. The First Church of Christ Scientist will be occupying the first floor and an office tenant on floors two through four.”

Goldberg is the president of Posel Managment, the firm that purchased the site from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation who acquired the property in 2013 after years of “attempting to seize the buildings through sheriff sale.”

The buildings’ architectural features will be preserved, however…

Old Original Bookbinders Building Turns Leaf With New Bar


Photo credit: Arthur Etchells.

Foodies and historical building buffs alike can go have a mini celebration tonight as the Old Original Bookbinders on 2nd and Walnut has re-opened as a new bar. Foobooz reports that in spite of the change, the venue is still very much Bookbinders-ish.

Sayeth Foobooz:

The exterior is definitely still Bookbinders. Only a small square sign reveals that “Bookies” is now Olde Bar. The rest of the signage, century old stained glass, banquettes, lighting and flooring all harken back to John Taxin’s seafood house. The menu won’t feel all that different either.

For a full gallery of the newly opened space (and the new menu!), check out Foobooz’s post.

Jose Garces’s Olde Bar Opens Today [Foobooz]

Jose Garces’s Olde Bar Opens Today

the-olde-bar-bar-bookbinders-940Today, Jose Garces opens the Olde Bar in the Old Original Bookbinders building at 2nd and Walnut. The Olde Bar is indeed the old bar from Bookbinders and it hasn’t been so much remade as reopened.

The exterior is definitely still Bookbinders. Only a small square sign reveals that “Bookies” is now Olde Bar. The rest of the signage, century old stained glass, banquettes, lighting and flooring all harken back to John Taxin’s seafood house. The menu won’t feel all that different either.

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Just Listed: Live Above Capofitto for A Smidge Under $1M

You have to see this place. (Images by TREND via Redfin)

You have to see this place. (Images by TREND via Redfin)

Your dream of living over a pizzeria and gelataria is one step closer to reality, as the fourth floor unit at 233 Chestnut Street just hit the market. That is if you have $975,000 in your house-hunting budget, of course.

This plush pad in the heart of Old City sizes up to be 2,600 square-feet of space and boasts its own elevator access directly to the unit. Completely redesigned by Urban Space Development Inc., The 3-bed, 2.5-bath mega-condo is a sight to behold, featuring biometric keyless entry, LED lightings, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, designer tile from Ann Sacks, Akdo and Waterworks–let’s just say it’s tony.

Oh yeah, you can also hop in your private elevator and be inside Capofitto in a matter of moments, which is completely worth a cool million bucks in our book.

You’re definitely going to want to stick around to check out this gallery.

CORRECTION 12/24/14: The listing on this home has been updated to reflect that it is 2,600 square-feet, not the 12,987 square-feet that appeared on the original post. 
The pics are Capofitt-oh, so beautiful!

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