The Revisit: Vernick Food + Drink

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Greg Vernick in the kitchen of his restaurant | Photo via Facebook

Every restaurant has an inaugural “regular,” and for Vernick, it was me.

At least that’s what chef Greg Vernick divulged, with a chuckle, when I called to ask a few questions about a late-spring meal. It was news to me. It seems that after I paid my third visit — a bit too quickly on the heels of my first two upon its 2012 opening — general manager Ryan Mulholland giddily proclaimed that the restaurant’s first serial patron was officially in the bag.

Whereupon I returned once more — and then completely disappeared for almost three years. Read more »

Bar Bombon Has An Opening Date And Menu

BarBombonspaceOnce upon a time, the space pictured at left was going to be a Latin-themed vegan joint from Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg, Charlie Was A Sinner) called JoseJose. We’d already been tracking the opening for a long time when word came down that the name was going to be Bar Bombon and that the inspiration was going to be a bit wider–a little Spanish, a little Puerto Rican, a bit of straight-up Mexican. Because this was Nicole Marquis, it was obviously still going to be vegan, but it wasn’t until this afternoon that we got much in the way of specific details.

Now we can tell you that Bar Bombon (which will still be opening in the former Crumbs space at 133 S. 18th Street) has a date. It’s switching on the lights officially on Monday, August 24. And what’s more, we have a full menu.

Check it out after the jump.

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DanDan Gets Liquor License, Begins Happy Hour

dandan-marqee-940On Friday, DanDan at 126 S 16th Street received its liquor license. On Wednesday, August 19th, the Sichuan/Taiwanese spot will be launching its interestingly named happy hour, “The Baby High-Five Happy Hour.”

The happy hour includes $5 beverages and bites. Drinks include a featured beer, house red and white wines by the glass, plus well liquors with a choice of mixer.

Happy Hour is available weekdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Check out the happy hour bites and full drink list »

Iced Tea Pop-Up at Cook

with tea, a journal about tea | Photo by Alexis Siemons

with tea, a journal about tea | Photo by Alexis Siemons

Friday, August 14th and Saturday the 15th, tea writer and consultant Alexis Siemons is hosting an iced tea pop-up at Cook (253 S 20th Street). She will be offering free sips of freshly brewed iced tea and cold brew tea from noon to 2 p.m. each day, as well as sharing iced tea tips and tricks.

Siemons will also be launching the first issue of her quarterly journal, with tea. The journal features 11 seasonal tea-infused recipes, photos and stories. Each  journal comes wrapped in a vintage handkerchief. The handkerchiefs providing an attractive placemats for a cup of tea at home. Siemons created and tested the recipes, wrote the stories and took the photographs for the project.

Each journal will be available for purchase for $24 at COOK (but only during the Iced Tea Pop Up, look for it online starting August 19th). Also, COOK will be offering 20% off all of their cookbooks and pantry items during the pop up.

COOK [Official]
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Listed for $1.2 Million: Remodeled Bauhaus Home in Rittenhouse

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

If ever there was a home that genuinely warranted the adjective “unique,” this is it. It may not seem that way at first glance, to be sure, but to look at this Rittenhouse abode is really to see the passage of time.

Built in the mid-nineteenth century, the home likely appeared as its preserved neighbors do now. The early 1950s, however, brought with it a wave of change: it’s at that time that its then-owners had it re-designed in the Bauhaus style. You can still see elements of this in its grey granite brick façade, although its current owner tells us it was updated again within this last year to be a smart house.

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A Look Back at Friday Saturday Sunday’s First Review

fri-sat-sun-940With the final days of Friday Saturday Sunday under owners Jamie and Weaver Lilley coming up quickly. We reached into the Philadelphia magazine archives to find the 42-year old restaurant’s first review.

The review is by restaurant critic Jim Quinn, who in the October 1973 issue of the magazine reviewed Friday Saturday Sunday and Thursday Too (as it was known) as well as Astral Plane and Frog, two other restaurants that history shows were part of what we now refer to as, Philadelphia’s first restaurant renaissance. Even in its earliest days, it was clear that these restaurants were something special. 

Waiter, There’s a Long Hair in My Vichyssoise »

Trinity Tuesday: “Fantasy Landscape” Pied-à-Terre in Rittenhouse

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Trinities, by their nature, make excellent second homes in the city for those with primary residences elsewhere. But as you can see by the responses we’ve gotten to our query about what it’s like to live in one, whole families have managed to make it work with a Father, Son & Holy Ghost as their home. Here’s a historically-registered one on the corner of 17th and Pine and it comes with a mural on its side façade to boot!

Commissioned by the city’s Mural Arts Program, Brian Senft’s “Fantasy Landscape” scene takes up the the entire left side of the home and stretches to an adjacent building. Inside, the move-in ready trinity offers newer HVAC, updated Donatucci kitchen with custom cherry wood, and a second-level room with built-in bookcases and recently renovated bathroom with skylight. Upstairs, the third floor master bedroom comes with a built-in double bed with custom storage, plus an attic/storage area. The home can be sold turn-key. Photos and specs below.

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Cheerio! Unique “English Village” Tudor Near Rittenhouse Square

All TREND photos by Drew Callaghan via Kurfiss Sotheby’s

Rittenhouse is chock-full of wonderfully walkable streets, but one of them tends to stand out for its uniquely English characteristics in the middle of Philadelphia: the 2100 block of Saint James Place. Closed off to cars, this block is a secluded collection of Tudor-style houses developed in the 1920’s. With a stone walkway lined by flowering trees, it’s downright romantic. Imagine having a chance to live within its calming confines?

2141 Saint James Place, an end cap on 22nd Street inside English Village, just hit the market. Listed at $735,000, the  architecture–a pitched roof, strong stone wall and a classic brick chimney–does not lack in curb appeal. Inside, the 3-bed, 2-bath home offers many original touches, such as the parquet floors and three fireplaces.

Updates are definitely needed–namely, central air and a revamped kitchen–but there’s something to be said about living in a unique enclave that’s a short walk from Rittenhouse Square. Plus, it’s well under $1 million, has reasonable taxes, in the Greenfield catchment and the HOA dues are a mere $25 per month to maintain the courtyard.

Don’t forget, the Walnut Estates development is in the process of replacing the unsightly surface parking lot between Chancellor and Walnut on 22nd Street with five multi-million dollar townhomes.

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Friday Saturday Sunday Throwing One Last Wine Dinner

Weaver and Jamie Lilley  at Great Chefs Event | Photo by HughE Dillon

Weaver and Jamie Lilley at Great Chefs Event | Photo by HughE Dillon

Restaurant institution Friday Saturday Sunday has been around since 1973, the lone survivor of Philadelphia’s first restaurant renaissance. Weaver and Jamie Lilly have guided the Rittenhouse Square restaurant through the decades and are selling the restaurant to Chad Williams, a Garces veteran and current chef at Tela’s Market. Williams and his wife Hanna are going to keep the name but make some cosmetic changes after a brief closure.

That closure is set for Saturday, August 15th, but before that happens, the Lilley’s are throwing one last wine dinner.

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DanDan Offering Free Noodles Through Friday

Free Dan Dan noodles with the purchase of any meal through Friday.

Free Dan Dan noodles with the purchase of any meal through Friday.

DanDan opened over the weekend at 126 S 16th Street. The restaurant serves Sichuan and Taiwanese cuisine in Center City for lunch and dinner.

For now the restaurant is operating as a BYOB, but soon enough the restaurant will have a full liquor license. The restaurant is run by Kevin and Catherina Huang, former operators and managers of Han Dynasty’s University City location. As such, the dan dan noodles are a must order (even better, they’re free with any purchase through Friday). Even after bringing leftovers back to the office, several staff members put the noodles slightly ahead Han Chiang’s renditions.
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