Monday Obsession: Mara Hoffman Dashiki

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Image via Third Street Habit.

Shop long enough in this city and store owners will get a sense of what floats your style boat. To wit: an email I received from January, owner of Third Street Habit in Old City, which said, “This outfit reminded me of you.” I clicked and saw what has become my standby spring/summer look: a dress or tunic over a pair of flared jeans. (In my book, pretty much every dress looks cooler over pants.) I’ll wear it like this, or with a pair of wild platforms for true ’70s style. Who knows? Maybe shopping for spring can will the season to hurry on up and get here.  Click here for more details.

Old City Shuffling

irish-pol-show-400Drink Philly has the scoop on Irish Pol, the long running Irish/Polish bar at 45 S 3rd Street is closing this Saturday, February 28th.

But the bar will resurface at 114 Market Street, the subterranean home to a club and eons ago, a restaurant named DiPalma’s.

No word on when the reopening will occur.

Irish Pol to Close Its 3rd Street Doors and Reopen on Market Street [Drink Philly]
Irish Pol [Facebook]

Looking Back on 30 Years At Old City Coffee

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Thirty years ago, Ruth Isaac brought coffee roasting to Old City. Today, Old City Coffee has three Philadelphia locations and is still family operated by Ruth and her husband, Jack. All of the roasting is now done at their Reading Terminal location, where Ruth and Jack can be found helping customers, making drinks and offering suggestions for their favorite coffee.

The Reading Terminal location opened four years after Old City in 1988. “When I came in [to the Reading Terminal Market], there were major amounts of renovation that went on, and at one point, when it rained, the water just rained right into the market,” Isaac says. “It was really nitty-gritty. It wasn’t nearly as full, it wasn’t nearly as bright.”

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Luna Cafe Opening In Old City

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Luna Cafe is a small 30-seat BYOB that will open Friday, February 20th at 317 Market Street, where Panini’s Trattoria was located. The menu will feature American bistro-style cuisine and all ingredients will be locally sourced from products grown on farms within 100 miles of Philadelphia.

Owner Sarah Levine is taking the leap after her own experience working in the restaurant biz, from wait staff to line cook, in places such as Chart House and Westin’s Winthorpe and Valentine. She earned a BA at Temple University for business administration and an MBA at Drexel University for entrepreneurship.

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Get Drunk for Puppies

Wouldn't you drink for this guy?

Wouldn’t you drink for this guy?

Finally, this is your chance to use that drinking problem of yours for good.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday, February 18), Old City’s The Gaslight is hosting a happy hour event to benefit The Morris Animal Refuge (America’s first animal shelter).

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Six Pack: Ramen In Philadelphia

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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

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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]

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