Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies Opens First Storefront

robeks-smoothies-healthy-eatsRobeks, the fresh juice and smoothie chain has been getting its name out there via their food truck since July. Today they open their first storefront at 1035 Chestnut Street. Robeks started in California in 1996 and is looking to open 36 franchises in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Robeks makes their juices and smoothies to order, promising to use only the freshest fruit and featuring a proprietary Greek yogurt with more protein and less carbs. The store also offers dairy-free, soy and almond milk options. “Boosts” of added vitamins and minerals promising to increase energy, improve the immune system, reduce cholesterol and help digestion can be added.

Robeks – Center City [Foobooz]

Water Main Break Affecting Talula’s Daily and Garden

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The overnight water main break at 7th and Locust Streets is affecting Talula’s Daily and Talula’s Garden. Luckily, not because of water damage but because of water access. Talula’s Daily has a barebones menu and only iced coffee since it was brewed yesterday.

Talula’s Garden is awaiting feedback from the Philadelphia Water Department before making a decision on dinner service tonight.

UPDATE: Talula Daily’s “Secret Supper” will be happening as of 7 p.m. tonight. The market will reopen in the morning.

Let’s Get Ready to Ramen Rumble

Ramen-Rumble-4Cheu Noodle Bar, home to some of Philly’s most beloved noodles, is hosting its fourth Ramen Rumble on Monday, September 29th at 6 p.m. And this one looks to be an epic battle.  Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink will rumble with Nick Elmi of Laurel Restaurant to produce the best noodles of the night.

The event costs $25, which will get you 2 mini-ramen bowls, a beer and a voting card. The event is also first come, first served; however, the chefs make plenty of ramen so don’t let a line scare you.

Cheu Noodle Bar [Foobooz]

Knead Bagels Gets Needed Oven

knead-bagels-ovenChef Adam Willner and his wife Cheri are in the process of creating Knead Bagels at 725 Walnut Street. Chef Willner, who got his bagel start doing brunch at Matyson is going to be offering traditional bagels as well as original takes on the doughy ring. The shop will offer kettle boiled bagels as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and Elixr coffee.

Construction is ongoing but the very important oven has just arrived.

See more updates on Knead Bagels’s Instagram page.

Knead Bagels [Foobooz]

Check Out Talula’s Daily’s Summery August Menu

Photo by Jaeson Han

Photo by Jaeson Han

Yesterday’s dinner consisted of an heirloom tomato salad, grilled corn on the cob and some watermelon snagged off a friend’s dish. It was summer in a meal. Much like what is being offered at Talula’s Daily all month. The monthly tasting menu is all about  buttery lobster rolls, sweet corn soup, Lancaster porchetta with homemade beans and other summer barbecue standards. 

Talula’s Daily’s August dinner is a prix fixe affair, $55 per person with a beverage pairing available.

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Coming Soon: Petit Roti

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A reader provided us with a tip (and a pic) showing signs of progress at Petit Roti at 248 S 11th Street.

Set to open the doors in September, chef Olivier Desaintmartin, chef and Owner of ZINC and Caribou Cafe, hopes to bring a taste of France to Philly (again), but this time with a new spin. Desaintmartin will highlight France’s rôtisseries - a feat that seems more realistic when you hear that he has imported two authentic rotisserie machines from France. And along with the impressive machinery, Petit Roti will also have a pantry full of vinegars, oils, jams, olives, and more to emulate the French épiceries.

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5BR Center City Home for Less Than $1M

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach- Center City Walnut

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach- Center City Walnut

This home has a lot to offer for a five-bedroom, single-family Center City home priced under a million bucks. To wit: several fireplaces; a yard; one-year prepaid gated parking; a separate au pair suite with a full kitchen; multiple skylights, including one that leads to the roof via ladder; a covered portico balcony with great views; plenty of storage space; period details like tile and wood built-ins and hardwood floors; central air; a wood-burning stove in a bathroom; and a circular kitchen.

Why a circular kitchen should appeal is a mystery, but I find it very attractive. I suppose if I were a good cook, rather than a proficient microwaver, I would like the way a circle could facilitate a certain order to my food prep. But as it is now, I simply find it a comforting architectural detail. Like I kind of want to sleep in there.

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Cheu Noodle Bar Unifies Menu

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Yakisoba 2.0

Cheu Noodle Bar is now serving its dinner menu for lunch and dinner. That means buns, pigtails and Cheu fries all day.

The popular Washington Square West restaurant has also added several new noodle dishes to its menu.

  • Sour Broth – ground pork, fermented onion, flat noodle
  • Yakisoba 2.0 – shrimps, shiso verde, charred corn, radish
  • Cold Sesame 2.0 – tahini, yuba, marinated egg, cucumber

And the good news keeps on coming. Cheu will now be opening at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

Full lunch and dinner menu »

Historic Home on Tiny Quince Street

It doesn’t take a history buff to recognize that the narrow cobblestone streets in Washington Square West preserve Philadelphia as it was centuries ago. Located near the nation’s oldest hospital (as well as one of its oldest saloons), the quaint, old-timey feel only intensifies as one enters the living room of 232 S. Quince Street.

While graced with modern amenities, no renovator has yet removed period details like the (newly refinished) original pine flooring, wooden rafters, and a wood-burning fireplace that almost makes us wish for winter.

The main level also includes a full bath (complete with a claw foot tub, of course) and a family room with double doors leading to the back patio.

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Cheu Noodle Bar’s Second Ramen Rumble

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The ramen battleis back. On Monday, June 23rd, at 6:00 p.m., Cheu Noodle Bar hosts the second Ramen Rumble.

This month’s chefs competing for the title of best ramen are friends Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar against Nick Macri of Border Springs Farm.

For $25, you’ll get two mini bowls of ramen, a beer and a voting card for you to decide who the ultimate winner is.

Cheu Noodle Bar [Foobooz]

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