803 S. Leithgow St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty
The bones of this house may date back to the 1920s, but the newly renovated kitchen and bathroom certainly bring the space into the present day.
This splendid trinity is full of charm. The historic flair is noticeable on the first floor. Enter the home and take note of the brick fireplace, great for keeping warm in the winter months. Pass the common area and find yourself in the kitchen. The space features contemporary cabinetry, tiled floors, ample storage space and black and stainless steel appliances, plus there is room for an eating area. Make the space your own with a breakfast table of your choosing. A back door offers access to the patio, which is a prime location for entertaining and barbecuing during the summer. Read more »
When you’re staring down the barrel of a pabellón arepa stuffed full of braised beef, black beans, and plantains like caramel, nothing else matters. You’re zoned in like you’re defusing a bomb because, from the looks of it, it’s all about to burst—the seams of the cornmeal bun holding it together, yes, but barely. And that’s how it should be. That’s how arepas often come: comically overstuffed.
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The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe
Maybe you’re a freelancer with a few hours between meetings downtown and you want to keep up the productivity. Or there’s construction in your office building and you can’t get anything done with power tools grinding away upstairs. Or you work from home but you’ve reached the point at which you’ll freak out if you don’t leave the house today.
You need a spot to get work done — school, freelance, creative, or just catching up on email. You also need to eat, and as tasty as the croissants and cookies at most coffee shops are, they’re not exactly brain food.
We’ve rounded up some of Philly’s favorite spots to camp out for a few hours (or more), eat a real breakfast or lunch, crush your task list. For our purposes, we’ve stuck with Center City and adjacent neighborhoods; we also made free wi-fi for customers and an actual food menu (however brief) a requirement.
And for when the workday spans meals, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite trendy spots where you might spend a working lunch (and maybe happy hour afterwards) while chowing down on a more substantial, chef-driven menu.
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As tragic as it is to be diagnosed with cancer, it’s good to know you have an entire industry in your corner ready to support you in any way that it can. Philly’s Theresa Lazzari — a back-of-house pro most recently turning out pastas at Southwark and Ambra — recently had that happen to her.
And while she’s out there kicking cancer’s butt, some Queen Village restaurants are stepping up to help her out.
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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 »
We’ve never met a foodstuff that didn’t taste more delicious encased in a wonton wrapper and deep fried. Lucky for us, Glenside-based Humpty’s Dumplings is setting up a city outpost in Queen Village.
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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 »
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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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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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 »