Trinity Tuesday: Revised and Extended in Bella Vista for $385K

602 Coulter St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

602 Clymer St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

C-SPAN fans — both of you — are familiar with the phrase “revise and extend my remarks,” which means that a U.S. Representative’s three-minute speech will run 100 pages in the Congressional Record.

This house on Bella Vista’s eastern edge isn’t that much more roomy than it was before it got a total renovation in 2011, but it is significantly revised. The makeover restored the original trinity steps between the first and second floors but otherwise turned this into a totally modern home.

The first floor features a tile-floored living room, an up-to-date eat-in kitchen, and a powder room. There’s a great wood-decked rear patio out back. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Regal Retreat in Queen Village for $229.9K

228 Catharine St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

228 Catharine St. #3, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Zillow

This week’s featured trinity is one of those rarities: An affordable home in a gated community.

Now, don’t get ahead of yourself: your friends who come to visit you in this Queen Village charmer won’t be given the eagle eye and asked to present ID by a guy sitting in a guard house. But this home does sit on a private courtyard tucked behind two rowhomes on Catharine Street, sealed off by a gate from the outside world.

Which makes it a perfect choice for an individual or couple who want to have their urban vitality and eat their suburban tranquility too. Read more »

Eat This Now: Baked-to-Order Madeleines at Hungry Pigeon

Photo by Scott Charles Schroeder III

Photo by Scott Charles Schroeder III

Look for the nipple. That’s the secret to a great madeleine — the nipple, or téton as the French would say. It’s the bump on the backside of the shell-shaped dessert native to the town of Commercy in the Lorraine region; the bigger the nipple, the fluffier the cake.

Hungry Pigeon’s madeleines? Well, you’ll see.

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Eat This Now: Royal Sushi and Izakaya’s “Industry” Chirashi

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You know what’s cool about Royal Sushi and Izakaya? Like we told you last week, pretty much everything, from the shumai to the sushi to the space robots. But when a restaurant like this surprise-opens on you (mind you, nearly six years after it was first announced), the smaller details reveal themselves over time, on the fly, something new for every visit.

Like, say, Royal chef Jesse Ito’s off-the-menu “industry” chirashi.

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Trinity Tuesday: A Gorgeous Mosaic in Queen Village for $275K

329 Kater St. Unit B, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via RE/MAX Main Line

329 Kater St. Unit B, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via RE/MAX Main Line

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Yet, with one look upon this trinity’s gated entryway, adorned with beautiful mosaics designed by Isaiah Zagar in the 1960s, you will desire to know more about what’s inside.

“Small but mighty” feels like the only appropriate way to describe this tiny trinity located in Queen Village. At 769 square feet, it’s definitely not for everyone. However, if you are looking for the convenience of living in the heart of the city – and can handle doing so modestly – this home might be exactly what you’re looking for. Read more »

Dinner At The Fish Riot: Royal Sushi And Izakaya Reviewed

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There are restaurants you go to because you’re hungry, and restaurants you go to because they’re cool. There are restaurant you go to because they’re close—the old soldiers of your particular block, with rooms as comfortable as faded blue jeans and a bartender who knows your name. And then there are restaurants you go to because they make you feel better about your neighborhood, your city or yourself. That’s what Royal Sushi and Izakaya is for me.

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Trinity Tuesday: Too Cute for Queen Village? You Decide. $285K

921 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via United Real Estate Philadelphia

921 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via United Real Estate Philadelphia

Philadelphia trinity homes don’t get much more charming or better situated than this one. Located on a quiet, tree-lined block just around the corner from the historic Sparks Shot Tower and its playground, this home boasts all the classic details and style while offering totally up-to-date features. Read more »

Hungry Pigeon Offering a Lasagna Family Dinner

hungry pigeon sign 940Scott Schroeder and the Hungry Pigeon team are kicking off a series of family dinners. The idea is to do meticulous versions of comfort food for parties of 4 to 14. And the initial dinner is built around lasagna and is being offered now through Saturday, December 10th.

The dinner is $40 per person and in addition to the main course of lasagna, which is made with housemade pasta and Country Time Farm pork, it isaccompanied by Hungry Pigeon’s own prosciutto, baked oysters, roasted brussel sprouts and much more. Schroeder tells us that each dinner will come with an optional drink pairing. In this case, three “cool wines” for $30. In addition to finding 3 friends, you also have to give the restaurant 24-hours notice to prepare the Family dinner.

Schroeder is planning lots of warming dinners through the winter and wants to continue the specials through the summer, when things like a lobster boil will be on the calendar.

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Third Plenty Cafe Opens in Queen Village

Plenty Cafe opens in Queen Village on Monday

Plenty Cafe opens in Queen Village on Monday

The anticipated opening of Anthony and Damon Mascieri’s Plenty Cafe in Queen Village is set for Monday, November, 14. Like the other two Plenty locations, the storefront at 705 South 5th Street will be an all-day cafe with specialty coffee; sandwiches and salads for lunch; cocktails, wine and beer; and more robust food at night.

The Queen Village Plenty will be the largest of the three cafes with 2,000 square feet housing a 10-seat bar and enough tables for 54 diners. With good weather, another 28 can be seated outdoors.

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