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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Trinity Tuesday: Lots of Sun for Not Much Green in Queen Village

708 S. Leithgow St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Plumer & Associates

708 S. Leithgow St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Plumer & Associates

What distinguishes the trinity, that most peculiarly Philadelphian house type, from all the others is its three-stacked-rooms arrangement (four, if the home has a basement) with a tight spiral staircase taking up a chunk of the space in each room.

Somewhere along the way, an owner of this trinity had a bright idea: Since there’s this big courtyard in the back, I’ll put the spiral staircase in its own extension!

Thus this classic trinity has two unusual features: A larger back yard and doors separating the staircase from some of the rooms. It also gets more sunlight than many trinities do thanks to that large back yard, which means the windows on both east and west sides get plenty of exposure to the sun. So does the staircase, as it’s topped by a skylight. And it even has a roof deck for all-day sunshine. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Little Big Home in Queen Village

124 Catherine St. Unit B, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via the Mike McCann Team - BHHS Fox & Roach

124 Catherine St. Unit B, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via the Mike McCann Team – BHHS Fox & Roach

Some people say the best things come in the smallest packages. That’s about right when it comes to this trinity nestled in the heart of Queen Village. Located on an idyllic tree-lined street, within walking distance of the fabulous shops and restaurants Headhouse Square and Penn’s Landing have to offer, you get the perfect mix of city and suburb, all for the price of one perfect home.

Your home is even quieter than many others in Queen Village because it faces a large interior courtyard that it shares with the other trinities in this small development. That means you’ll not only have a great space for outdoor relaxation, cookouts and entertaining guests, but you’ll also get to know your neighbors as well. Read more »

Now Serving: Ambra

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It’s been said before that no plan survives first contact with the enemy. That same thinking applies to restaurants opening their doors to customers for the first time. Now Serving is Foobooz’s series of interviews with the chefs and owners of just-opened restaurants and bars where we ask what has changed between opening night and today.

Without Southwark, Ambra wouldn’t exist. At least not now. Not in the form it has taken. And without Ambra, owners Chris D’Ambro and his wife, Marina De Oliveira would’ve never taken over the Southwark space operated for years by Kip and Sheri Wade.

“We really walked into a unique scenario,” D’Ambro told me when I got him on the phone to talk about how things have come together at his tiny, jewelbox Italian restaurant next door to Southwark. “And it wouldn’t have worked without Southwark.”

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