From Monday, December 9 through Monday, December 23, chef Jeremy Nolen will offer a Classic German Christmas Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz.
Nolen’s modern take on the German tradition will feature a ten-pound roasted goose served family style for eight or more guests. The goose is filled with pretzel, apple and sage stuffing. The goose is just one of the courses of the $60, three-course dinner. The dinner also includes a glass of Glühwein, a mulled red wine that is poured warm and accented with German spices.
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Headhouse Crab and Oyster Co. is celebrating oysters this month. In addition to daily buck-a-shuck oyster deals, chef Mike Stollenwerk is preparing oysters in different ways for the month that ends in ‘R’. Among the options, baked oyster and chorizo, fried oyster tacos and to wash it down, oyster shooters.
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At 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, a massive fight erupted inside the Mixed Plate, on the 200 block of South Street. The fighting poured into the street, where a man suffered multiple gun wounds to the torso. He later died at Jefferson hospital. The suspect, who police say was running and firing his gun at the same time, was chased down by police and later taken to the hospital for injuries.
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Zagat has the story on Hot Diggity’s Keith Garabedian’s impending expansion into the United Kingdom. Garabedian was approached by a British restaurateur to open Big Dog, a hot dog spot in Birmingham, UK.
Like South Street’s Hot Diggity, the shop will offer unique toppings and housemade dipping sauces. Zagat reports that some of the toppings will include British comfort food into the toppings, so think of things like black pudding and piccalilli relish.
Hot Diggity Owner Expanding to the UK [Zagat]
Some three weeks ago we mentioned forthcoming refurbishments to Fabric Row and how, apart from infrastructure upgrades and landscaping renovations, a lot of the area’s revival would be generated by its retail occupants.
It’s good to hear of long-established shops modernizing their approach but new retailers are great too — preferably those with merch we don’t often get around these parts.
News of the latest fashionable addition to South Fourth Street comes to us via our sister site Shoppist: New York-influenced Armour.
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The idea of South Street being “sexy” was a PR campaign launched in 1999 referring to the street’s more adventurous stores — those with stripper shoes or sex toys or condoms or lingerie. But there was a time — when Whyte’s Court was first built — when the moniker would have meant something different. The first writeup of the gated courtyard community at 12th and South ran in the Inquirer in 1991, and described a South Street we’d have a hard time recognizing today: “South Street, with its tattoo parlors and fine-art galleries, fast food and fine dining, is a street of eclectic tastes, so it’s no surprise to find an eclectic collection of dwellings at Whyte’s Court…”
At the time, the townhomes ranged from $79,900 to $139,000. The condominium fee was in the area of $60 per month. This two-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot unit costs $310,000, and the fees are only $30 per month. Finally! A price that’s gone down!
But back to sexy. The exterior of the community, which is just two blocks west of Magic Gardens, has a mosaic mural by Isaiah Zagar. Above the entranceway, he has placed tiles that say, “THE SEXIEST STREET.” That — and the mosaic detailing on the floor inside, done by a prior owner — should be good for a smile every time the new owner walks in the door.
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Back in 2011, on the day Joey Vento died, I attended a “media night” at Twisted Tail with a dozen or so other writers. That night, I walked out before the entrées came, because the food and service were just plain terrible. Subsequent reviews by critics pretty much backed me up on that. Well, I am happy to report that a recent meal—featuring both a new chef and a revamped menu—was remarkably better. Standout dishes included the oxtail rillettes, a fantastic Pennsylvania trout, charcoal-grilled corn and oyster mushrooms, and a simple but delicious mac-and-cheese that had our table of six fighting over the last bite. Quite the turnaround.
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First appeared in the October, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
You’ve probably heard about Rolling Stone’s interview with Miley Cyrus by now:
But it was last summer, in Philadelphia, where she really found her new style. She was living there with Hemsworth, who was filming a movie with Harrison Ford. “Best summer ever,” Miley says. “Have you ever been to South Street in Philly? That’s where I got my first chain. Sixteen bucks – not real,” she says, laughing. “I was away from people for a minute, and I just started feeling my own vibe. I bought a pair of Doc Martens. I shaved my head. Driving a fucking Ford Explorer around. Just blending in.”
Philly, it seems, has mixed reactions to this news.
Reddit had some reactions, too:
There you go.
Whether it’s staging by this unit’s designer-owner or simply the everyday decor, the interior design of unit 314 at 1352 South Street has a few fresh details we really like. And if any building could use a fresh look, it’s 1352 Lofts, which was unfortunately compromised by the housing crash. Of the 72 units in the building, 42 went to sheriff’s sale. The fact that they’re back on the market now, as the Inquirer’s Al Heavens points out, is ”another sign of the recovery of the Center City condo market.” Hurrah!
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