There are only a few things that can mar the perfection of a snow day and only a few things that can improve upon its natural exquisiteness. Shoveling is a bummer. But fireplaces make the cold and ice a lot easier to bear. This Washington West condo combines the homey warmth of your own hearth with the convenience of HOAs that ensure you’ll never have to shovel again.
The home was built i 1895 and retains some of its original character in elements like stained and leaded-glass windows, hand-carved doors and fancy balusters. Exposed beams and woodwork abound and work together to forge a sense of cosiness. The unit actually features three fireplaces, which frankly seems more than enough for just two bedrooms. The kitchen comes with standard luxury upgrades like granite countertops and pricey cabinetry and appliances.
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The second night of Philly Cooks Tasting Tours are on sale now (the first night sold outin a matter of hours). We’re offering three different neighborhood tours on Tuesday, February 18th. Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square West and Queen Village tours are all on sale now. Tickets to these events are very limited and sure to sell out fast.
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So Avance’s opening might be the big news tonight, but come Monday at 7am, Jose Garces’s dead-on rendition of a classic Miami Cuban diner, Rosa Blanca, will be hitting the scene.
The Foobooz News Team rolled up on Rosa Blanca (the former Chifa, 707 Chestnut Street) just ahead of tonight’s staff-on-staff dinner, and can I tell you how much I loved this place? Seriously, I’ve been pining for some seriously good Cuban food since leaving Tampa more years ago than I care to mention, and this might finally be the place that brings it home. We didn’t get to try a lot–just a few rum-heavy cocktails (including a very well-served Cuba Libre), some ropa vieja (which was excellent), a bowl of black beans and rice and the best fried yucca I’ve had in a decade or more of looking EVERYWHERE for it.
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On Monday we told you about a series of smash and grab burglaries happening on South Street in Graduate Hospital as well as on Grays Ferry Avenue.
Since then the Philadelphia Police have connected the man with multiple burglaries spanning Washington Square West, Fitler Square, Graduate Hospital and Schuylkill neighborhoods. The break-ins have all occurred between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
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Craig LaBan checks out Talula’s Daily and finds that Aimee Olexy has another hit on her hands.
My favorite dish of all my Daily meals, though, was the paper-wrapped surprise of skate en papillote. Almost always seared, the flesh took on an unexpectedly luxurious quality in a tangerine-scented steam, and concealed beneath its butter-glossed wing a trove of root vegetable treasures. Each was cut and cooked to a unique shape and texture, from weird and squiggly little crosnes, to earthy soft Jerusalem artichokes, snappy shaved ribbons of multihued raw carrots, bittersweet marbles of tender baby turnips, and crunchy cubes of al dente kohlrabi.
Three Bells – Excellent
Talula’s Daily cafe & market is affordable Olexy excellence [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Talula’s Daily [Foobooz]
Earlier this week we told you the time was winding down to enjoy Garces Trading Company’s $5 menu. But now we’re happy to learn that GTC has extended the $5 menu through the end of the year.
The deal remains the same, $5 bar menu, select beers, cocktails and wine from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Garces Trading Company [Foobooz]
Last we wrote about this home, we said Clinton Street was one of the best in the city, which is why, perhaps, this glorious home took only three months to sell in a market where million-dollar-plus homes can take significantly longer. The 900 block is especially charming, as Philly Post contributor told us, despite its one failing: “Pizza drivers don’t know what street you’re saying, but they usually get it when you say ‘like Hillary and Bill.’”
We offered 14 reasons this house was especially charming, which we present again below as a refresher course in the details that make a difference. First, the deets:
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 3,753
Initial asking price: $1,495,000
Final sale price: $1,314,500
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Late Summer Farmstead Collection | Photo by Courtney Apple
Trey Popp says it’s a shame that Talula’s Daily’s chef Scott Megill’s dinner was interrupted by a sales pitch.
But somewhere before dessert and the individually tailored cheese course, our cheerful waitress broke the enchantment of Aimee Olexy’s ode to homespun coziness by delivering what you’d have to call a sales pitch. Everything on the table, she divulged, was a product for sale by Anthropologie.
Two-and-a-half stars – Good to Excellent
Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Talula’s Daily [Philadelphia Magazine]
Talula’s Daily [Philadelphia Magazine]
Cheese-lovers rejoice! DiBruno Brothers has opened their newest location at 834 Chestnut Street in The Franklin Building. The new shop feels like something of a hybrid of their other two downtown locations. Its pressed tin ceiling, pendant lighting and beveled tile work make the space feel lush (it is in the historic Ben Franklin House, after all) yet very much in line with the DiBruno aesthetic. The shop at The Franklin feels small, but only because it lacks the sweeping floor plan with case after case of prepared foods and beverages of the 19th Street location–and it’s still massive compared to 9th Street. There’s a comprehensive cheese counter, a coffee bar, a produce case, and an impressive array of olive oils, vinegars, jams, and other accompaniments, and the DiBruno line of prepared foods and beverages is available for take-out. The one thing that people will gripe about in the new space is the lack of indoor seating, but the new shop will heat your sandwich in a hyper-charged microwave oven (developed by the folks at Subway), called the Turbochef, to ensure that your bread is crispy and your cheese gooey when you take it back to your car or your desk or whatever not-as-beautiful-as-the-Franklin place to eat it.
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Dave Magrogan at Center City’s Stella Rossa.
Stella Rossa is replacing Square Peg at 10th and Walnut Streets. The 200-seat Italian bistro is the fourteenth restaurant for Dave Magrogan.
The restaurant will open on Wednesday, October 30th at 4 p.m. That will be followed by more training and a grand opening on Saturday, November 2nd.
The menu features cheese, cured meats and olives that are curated by Di Bruno Bros. Pizzas and wood-fired specialties like a rigatoni pizzaioli.
The restaurant will also contain an area dedicated to coffee and daily-made grab-and-go breakfast options.
During the grand opening, Stella Rossa will be offering a complimentary appetizer (one per table).
Stella Rossa [Foobooz]