Touring Cambodia in Philadelphia

Beef Ceviche at I ♥︎ Cambodia

Beef Ceviche at I ♥︎ Cambodia

Joy Manning writes about Philadelphia’s “Cambodia Town,” the area of South Philadelphia that’s home to Khmer Kitchen and many other authentic Cambodian flavors.

On sunny weekend afternoons, in the shadow of an ornate, golden Buddhist temple, Mifflin Square in South Philadelphia is dotted with charcoal grills, chile-lacquered chicken wings, and thin-sliced fatty beef heavily seasoned with lemongrass sputtering over the coals. Women pound chilies, garlic, and dried shrimp to a paste to season the snappy unripe papaya for the lime-drenched salads they sell to passersby.

Read Manning’s entire piece and then start planning your Cambodian adventure, right here in Philadelphia.

Carving an official Cambodia Town out of South Philadelphia [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Spotted in South Philly: Phase II reNewbold Homes Now Available

reNewbold Phase II rendering | Image courtesy of At Media

reNewbold Phase II rendering | Image courtesy of At Media

The 2013 groundbreaking of its first phase long behind us, Phase II is now set in motion at reNewbold, the first LEED Platinum-certified sustainable housing development in South Philadelphia: homes are available. (Hm, maybe be quick lest they go like hotcakes!)

Unfolding over at 16th and Moore, the latest stage of the project developed by John Longacre’s LPMG Companies involves the construction of energy efficient homes in Philly’s Newbold neighborhood, seven of which are rowhomes and two of which are condos with retail space. Groundbreaking for this second phase took place last September, right after Phase I was completed and homes sold out. Construction of the Phase II homes is expected to finish this summer. (Again, quick!)

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HOG Tour Hits South Philadelphia on Thursday

A very important photo of a bear holding the Hammer of Glory

A very important photo of a bear holding the Hammer of Glory

In case you missed The Hammer of Glory (HOG) pub crawl in March, you can join the #HOGTour in South Philly on Thursday, Apr. 30.

The crawl will be led by Grand Marshal Curt Decker of the currently relocating Nodding Head Brewery (leading a South Philly bar crawl, hmmmmm), and will travel around East Passyunk Avenue from 6-10pm, beginning at Taproom on 19th. Other stops include South Philadelphia Tap Room, Pub on Passyunk East, and Devil’s Den, “plus craft beer specials and other surprises along the way at the whim of The HOG.

If you can’t make this one, have no fear: there is one more crawl on Thursday, May 28 in the Fishtown/ Northern Liberties neighborhood (which is the night before Philly Beer Week officially begins on Friday, May 29.)

Check out more about Philly Beer Week here.

Opening Soon: Mercer Cafe In The Navy Yard

First Tacconelli's pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

First Tacconelli’s pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

Mercer Cafe, the small, beloved Port Richmond eatery, is expanding to the Navy Yard at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk.

The new location will have its grand opening on May 1, offering their breakfast and lunch menu, along with La Colombe Coffee, a grab-and-go market and lunch delivery.

What’s even more exciting is co-owner Dina Woltjen and her brother Vincent Tacconelli have decided to merge their businesses under one roof. The new Mercer Cafe will serve the famous Tacconelli’s pies, with their own brick oven in the cafe.

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Renderings: Plans For Lot Across From Pat’s King of Steaks

Canno Architecture + Design | Renderings courtesy of Paul Mirabello

Canno Architecture + Design | Renderings courtesy of Paul Mirabello

“We won’t proceed without neighborhood support,” said developer Paul Mirabello last time his plans for 827-29 Wharton Street made headlines. Indeed, even if we might have wished to take that back in light of Tuesday’s heated neighborhood meeting, Paul and his team are happy area residents care enough to be involved in the project. “We’re always willing to work with immediate neighbors on any other changes,” Brett Feldman, Mirabello’s attorney, tells us.

And changes there have been, among them the fact that earlier plans had called for twenty-one residential units, a number now down to eighteen. Three floors would be along Wharton, while the 9th Street side would have four floors, matching up in height with the commercial property next door. As for the ground level retail in Mirabello’s proposed mixed-use building, the 6,700-square-foot space would have entrances along 9th and allow for up to five tenants.

Click here to see the renderings!

Driveway or Patio? This Bella Vista Home Has Room For One

TREND photos via Listhub / Plumer & Associates Inc.

TREND photos via Listhub / Plumer & Associates Inc.

If the surrounding amenities are any indication, this home is in a neighborhood that’s just as a lively as its interior. Situated within the Meredith School catchment, the home is within short walking distance to two parks and a playground, cafes, restaurants, and all the hubbub South Street has to offer. And guess what? Walkability aside, car owners can relax as it comes with driveway.

Of course if you’re like me and refuse to drive, there’s always the possibility of converting the parking space into a patio (barbecue season is upon us!). Inside you’ll find a finished basement that’s been fully carpeted, hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with granite tops and a breakfast bar, a third-floor master suite with vaulted ceiling, two closets, and a non-working brick fireplace, and–if the whole patio thing isn’t in your plan–a deck.

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Chickie’s Italian Deli Is Closing

Photo via Chickie's Facebook page.

Photo via Chickie’s Facebook page.

Chickie’s Italian Deli is closing after 21-years in business. The award winning deli is known for its Italian-style sandwiches, hoagies and particularly its veggie hoagie.

A Facebook message from owner Henry George stated:

It is with great sadness that after 21 1/2 years in business, Chickie’s Italian Deli will be closing its doors permanently on Saturday, April 11, 2015. I would like to thank all of my loyal customers for your years of patronage! It has been my pleasure serving the community for over two decades. Thank you to everyone especially my dedicated employees for their years of service.

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Philadium Shut Down

philadium-cease-operations

Photo by @labelle_19

The Philadium has been shut down by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue for taxes owed. Michael Klein is reporting that the South Philadelphia bar owes almost $20,000 in taxes and fined $1,400 last May for operating with an expired liquor license.

Whether this closure is temporary or permanent, the Phillies opening day on Monday might happen without the popular Packer Avenue bar for the first time since 1977.

City Paper’s Caroline Russock was just at the Philadium in January for her Pint Sighs feature (two screwdrivers, two Heinekens and a roast pork sandwich for $26.50).

Philadium shut down over back taxes [The Insider]
Pint Sighs: Philadium Tavern [City Paper]

 

Spotted on East Passyunk: The Avid Organizer’s Ideal Abode?

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

In the spirit of spring cleaning, which Shoppist has so generously helped us tackle, we present you this organizer-friendly South Philly house. Per the listing, the second-level bedroom has built-in storage taking up an entire wall, while the master bedroom boasts another whole wall built-in closet and walk-in closet. Additional storage space and a home office can be found in the finished basement. Guess keeping things from disarray should be easier now, huh?

Other features of note include swing doors with bamboo inset, two wood fireplaces, mid century chandeliers and light fixtures, a solar powered water heater, trellis patio, and a kitchen overlooking the open elevated dining room. It also has a newly installed A/C unit and there’s access to the roof from the family room.

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