PGW EnergySense Event at Citizens Bank Park

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Rena Asher, Jacob Markovitz and Cathy Davis attended the PGW EnergySense event yesterday morning at Citizens Bank Park. While eating breakfast in the Executive Dining Room, they sat through a program created to educate Philadelphia Realtors about the various Home Rebate Programs available to either upgrade a building to natural gas usage or to a more efficient system. After several informative speakers and question-answer time, the group set out on a full tour of the stadium, including visits to the press box, broadcast booths, batting cages, and most exciting – the Phillies dugout and locker room.

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Philly Eats: GRADUATE HOSPITAL

Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed.  Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.

Though the large medical institution that gave this south-of-Center City swath its name is no longer in operation, Graduate Hospital — or “G-Ho,” to fans of brevity — has solidified a reputation independent of its common moniker. South Street West is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare; it’s clean, well-lit and extremely pedestrian-friendly thanks to a vibrant entrepreneurial energy coming from the neighborhood’s restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and more. Characterized by a mix of single-family homes new and old and thriving places of worship, it’s a remarkably kid-friendly place (just look at the stroller-filled sidewalks), but Graduate Hospital also has the distinction of possessing some of the best neighborhood bars in the area, from long-running institutions to gastropubby newcomers. (Visit Philly)

ETHNIC:

Balkan Express: (Eastern European) “Mediterrenean grilled dishes and slow cooked stews. Breads and desserts are baked in house.”

Fortune: (Chinese) ” Fantastic Chinese food for a hungry crowd! Try classic dishes like General Tso’s Chicken or something new like Chicken with Black Bean Sauce.”

Jamaican Jerk Hut: (Jamaican) “Along with its delicious menu, one of the popular reasons for visiting the Jerk Hut is its amazing outdoor dining area. During seasonal weather, there is an awesome, 60-seat, semi-secluded outdoor seating area around the side of the restaurant that will practically transport you to Jamaica. Bright tablecloths, blooming hibiscus and bamboo plants, candle-lit pathways and reggae music playing softly in the background set the mood. There is a covered veranda area plus additional seating for groups around circular picnic tables for true under-the-stars dining. In Jamaica, “jerk” refers to the traditional method of cooking spiced meat over an open fire. At the Jerk Hut, the meat is cooked over a charcoal pit in the kitchen. The homemade jerk seasoning — with ginger, thyme, all-spice, onions and soy and rubbed onto the meat before cooking — creating a delicious tangy, spicy and smoky flavor.”

Kidari: (Sushi) “Kidari” refers to a man who is warm- hearted, handsome, and tall. “Yatai”, a wheeled snack bar on the street, is a food culture that emits a heart-warming feeling. We intend to put our heart and 23 years of experience of making sushi to serve you. We will always serve you with fresh food and do our best to become “kidari sushi” that satisfy our customers. ”

My Thai: (Thai) “Traditional Thai food on 22nd and South Sts. Solid Pad Thai”

Roberto Cafe: (Italian) “Experience a true taste of Italy. Friendly atmosphere and great food.”

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe: (Bakery / Pizza) “Imagine if a pizzeria and a bakery had a baby… a place where classic cakes and chocolate-everything fill cases alongside pizza pies topped with pepperoni, sausage and veggies. These are the grown-up versions of the recipes we grew up with. We use the first and freshest ingredients, and we’ve adapted to healthier times with whole-wheat crusts and gluten-free options. ”

Lazaro’s Pizza:(Pizza) “Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill has been serving Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities with the best pizza in town for over 10 years. We offer an inviting atmosphere perfect for the entire family. Our comfortable dining room and friendly staff create the perfect setting for a family dinner or a special date. Our selection of lunch and dinner choices range from thick, juicy cheeseburgers to mouth – watering gourmet pizza. With options including side salads, buffalo wings, calzones and Stromboli, there is no second guessing where you should be having dinner tonight. So come on by and indulge in our famous 18” steak, delicious seafood or a hearty club sandwich. But be sure to save room for dessert! We’re famous for our 26” jumbo pie!”

MISCELLANEOUS:

Ants Pants Cafe: (Eclectic)  “Australia-inspired cafe. Coffee, brunch, dinner and sandwiches.

Govinda’s: (Vegetarian) “Great vegetarian and vegan entrees”

La Va Cafe: (Cafe) “In 2005, Liron and Victor Agiv saw an opportunity to transform a building on the corner of 21st and South Streets from a vacant shell of what was formerly South Street Blues Bar into a bustling neighborhood cafe. Since 2006 La.Va has been the premier cafe of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.  With La Colombe coffee, a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, and free wireless internet, La.Va Cafe has become a popular place for locals to frequent to do work as well as meet new friends and get to know their neighbors.”

Pumpkin: (BYOB) “Impressive farm-to-table BYOB ”

Sidecar Bar and Grill: (Eclectic) “Cool brews, smokin’ good food and an atmosphere that warms the soul and cures what ales ya.”

Ten Stone: (Eclectic) “Located on the corner of 21st and South Streets, Ten Stone Restaurant and Bar is a neighborhood favorite because of our food, our atmosphere our outstanding beer selection and our staff. Connoisseurs of quality draught beers visit Ten Stone because we constantly rotate our selection of 16 imported and domestic micro brews and beers on tap. Our food style is “fine light fare”, reasonably priced and well portioned. You will feel comfortable in our English Pub atmosphere boasting warm woods, eclectic art and a cozy fireplace.”

Pub and Kitchen: (Eclectic) “Pub & Kitchen combines the sophistication of contemporary European cuisine with the comfort and warmth of an authentic neighborhood tavern. With a frequently changing menu created by Chef Eli Collins and an extensive list of spirits, beer and wine, Pub & Kitchen is a casual and energizing space where well-crafted food & drink happily go hand-in-hand.”

Rex 1516: (Eclectic) “REX 1516 offers quality Southern food in a comfortable, though elegant, setting.”

Magpie Artisan Pie: (Bakery) “We offer a variety of sweet pies with fresh whipped cream and savory pies with a side of homemade pickled vegetables. Magpie pies are one-of-a-kind. We take the classics and add new twists, develop unexpected flavor combinations and create pies that you have never tasted before. We can’t stop creating or baking; so don’t be surprised to come in and see new pies on the menu.”

Honey’s Sit n Eat: (Eclectic) “Excellent Brunch and heaping portions of tasty comfort food.”

There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!

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The Chestnut Hill Rotary Chili Cookoff

The Chestnut Hill Rotary Chili Cook-off took place on Sunday, April 6th at the Lutheran Seminary on Germantown Ave.  This is the Chestnut Hill Rotary’s biggest fundraiser of the year and proceeds from the event provide funds to Jenks Elementary School, Shelterbox, Power Up Gambia, Hope Childrens Home in Guyana and many other worthy causes.

For the second year Elfant Wissahickon Realtors participated as a Rose Gold Sponsor along with the Larry DiFranco Team, the Wendy Schwartz Team, and the Louise D’Alessandro Team.  Local firefighters judged the chili entries from 12 different local restaurants and caterers to arrive at the following winners for the day:

Mt. Airy Firefighters judged these as the best in a blind taste test:

1ST PLACE TRADITIONAL (MEAT) CHILI
FATTY’S BAR & GRILL, WYNDMOOR

1ST PLACE VEGETARIAN/VEGAN
TROLLEY CAR DINER, MT. AIRY

1ST PLACE EXOTIC
KEYSTONE HOSPICE, GLENSIDE

FIREFIGHTER’S FAVORITE AWARD (BEST OVERALL CHILI)
FATTY’S BAR & GRILL, WYNDMOOR

People’s Choice Awards:

1ST PLACE
McMENAMIN’S TAVERN, MT AIRY,

2ND PLACE
MAGERKS’S PUB & GRILL, GLENSIDE

Over 500 people attended the event and thoroughly appreciated the great chili while their kids enjoyed the balloon animals, face painting and magician throughout the day.

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Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Partners with Face To Face Germantown for its 2014 Anti-Poverty Initiative

From L to R: Jared E. Pontz (VP and Managing Partner, Martin Elfant, Inc.), Bob Elfant (President, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors), Susan O'Hagan Marley (Director of Development, Face To Face Germantown), Louise D'Alessandro (Partner, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors) and Larry DiFranco (Partner, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors).

Philadelphia, Pa – April 2, 2014 Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, Philadelphia’s Leading Independent Real Estate Brokerage, in conjunction with Martin Elfant Inc., Class and Northwest Abstract, and Direct Mortgage Loan Co., is proud to announce Face to Face in Germantown as its community partner for the company’s 2014 anti poverty initiative.

Face to Face is a multi-faceted service organization that works with individuals and families living below the poverty level. It is located at 109 East Price Street in Germantown and offers a Dining Room, a nurse managed health center, a legal center, social services center and children’s summer camps and after school programs for people in the region. They also have a “Washeteria” where those in need can take a hot shower and receive a new set of clothes. Face to Face serves 2,500 annually and has been a stable presence in Germantown for over 20 years.

Philadelphia’s poverty rate is at an historic high of 26% according to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. On the heels of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors’ most successful year ever, the partners of the company, along with those at Martin Elfant Inc., have decided to structure a campaign that would enable the companies to mount a significant antipoverty initiative.

The companies have set a fundraising goal of $30,000. The agents and owners of Elfant Wissahickon will donate funds every time someone does business with the company. Guaranteed Rate, Mortgage Master Inc. and First Choice Loan Services, the preferred lenders of Elfant Wissahickon, are making donations each time a Buyer client of EW secures a mortgage. Northwest and Class Abstract are making a contribution for each title insurance policy placed. The principals of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors and Martin Elfant, Inc. will make an additional donation of 50% of the total funds raised after 12 months.

Home buyers and sellers will also receive information about Face To Face at the Settlement table which will allow them to make personal donations through Elfant Wissahickon Realtors. Bob Elfant adds, “The money will be used to fund an increase in the level of service provided by Face to Face, an organization that treats their clients with dignity and respect. We hope our contribution will make a real difference in the lives of people served by Face to Face.”

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Some Photos From The North Light “Madness In March” 5k!

On Sunday, March 23rd Elfant Wissahickon Realtors was proud to have sponsored and participated in the North Light Madness In March 5k!

The race/walk took place on the Manayunk Towpath and all proceeds went to benefit the North Light Community Center, a staple in Manayunk for over 75 years! Its mission is to enable people of all ages and abilities in our communities, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens through initiatives that support and enrich children, teens, and families.

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Philly Eats: MT. AIRY

Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed.  Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.

Mt. Airy is a lovely and diverse neighborhood northwest of downtown Philadelphia. In addition to some beautiful and large old houses and lush, tree-lined streets, Mt. Airy has some great boutiques, excellent taverns and a wide variety of food options. Below are some you should check out!

ETHNIC:

Bacio Italian Restaurante: (Italian) “For real home made Italian dinners, lots of seafood, steaks and vegan foods. Gluten free per request. My grandmother made food from love, she never left the kitchen; come and see us cook for you in our open kitchen and taste the love.”

Mi Puebla: (Mexican) “Authentic Mexican Cuisine in the heart of Mt. Airy.”

Avenida: (Latin American) “We invite you to indulge your taste buds in the bold Latin American flavors and tantalizing cocktails that we serve at Philadelphia’s award-winning restaurant, Avenida. Set in a historic Mount Airy home built in the 1700s, patrons will sit by the stone fireplace or on the romantic outdoor porch sipping margaritas and sampling Chef Edgar’s signature guacamole with homemade tortilla chips and salsa. Stop by for dinner tonight to sample the award-winning delicacies that he and wife and partner Chef Kim Katz Alvarez have prepared.

Tiffin: (Indian) “Fresh, healthy and nutritious Indian and Asian food delivery to the location of your choice. The service has been modeled after the famous meal delivery service of Mumbai, India. Eat in BYOB as well”

Jyoti Bistro: (Indian) “Over thirty years ago, working in her home kitchen, Jyoti and her husband Vijai Gupta, dreamed of bringing the taste of fresh Indian cooking to homes across America. Using all natural ingredients, they soon started Jyoti Natural Foods which quickly became one of the first companies to make Indian cuisine for grocers nationwide and bring their kitchen flavors to your cupboard. Weaver’s Way Co-Op became one of the first grocers in Greater Philadelphia to carry their products. Having developed a robust variety of ready-to-eat for retail sale at stores including Whole Foods, as well as vegetarian entrees for several major airlines, Jyoti was ready to bring her recipes to the restaurant world. Today, that taste comes to Mt. Airy with Jyoti Indian Bistro. Jyoti Indian Bistro offers fresh and healthy Indian foods—with many gluten-free and vegan choices—every day with a rotating set of weekly specials. Eat-in or take-out or take home enough in our 32 oz. containers for a house party!”

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

Earth Bread + Brewery: (Tavern) “Flatbread pizza baked in a wood burning oven. Four house drafts along with seven ‘guest’ taps. Great selection of wines by the glass, including wine on draft.”

Mt. Airy Deli: (Deli / Sandwiches) “Mt. Airy Deli has been a staple in the Mt. Airy community for nearly 15 years. At the early age of 14 the founder Abdul–Raheem Thomas knew that he wanted to create a sandwich that was so good people would say that’s the best sandwich I ever had. Abdul put his dream to the side while working for various other companies in the food service industry. One day Abdul decided to pursue the dream he had 20 years earlier to open a hoagie and steak deli and that’s exactly what he did. With the blessing of his family Abdul took a leap of faith and opened Mt. Airy Deli at 7AM on August 8th, 1995 right in the heart of Mt. Airy (on the corner of 7200 Devon Street). Since that morning Mt. Airy Deli has been making the best hoagies and steaks in Mt. Airy. And if you don’t believe it you should give it a try.”

MISCELLANEOUS:

McMenamin’s Tavern: (Tavern)  “Ever so “loud” “when the Eagles are on TV”, this old-school Mt. Airy hang is a “true neighborhood pub” that’s flexible enough to work for “getting together with colleagues”, “a date” or “just relaxing in the early afternoon” over a pint and a “casual meal”; it’s “not the place to go to if you’re into decor”, but it is worth patronizing if you appreciate “polite” service and a “friendly” crowd.”- Zagat.

Chef Ken’s Café: (Southern / Soul Food) “Fantastic Soul Food.”

Wine Thief:  (American Eclectic) “Wine Thief’s seasonally inspired menus feature local products from neighboring farms and vendors including grass fed beef and fresh produce from Lancaster county and a selection of local wines and beers from as close to home as Fort Washington. The bar uses fresh juices and produce creating signature as well as classic cocktails that stand apart. We strive to provide an exceptionally comfortable, affordable, and delicious dining experience for all ages and every occasion. Style of service is casual while being professional. ”

Trolley Car Diner: (American Eclectic) “Welcome to the Trolley Car Diner. Slip into a booth. Get comfy. Turn around and check out our regulars. Guys by the name of Elvis, Frank and Jackie. And gals like Audrey, Grace & Ella. Yes, it’s always the 1950s in our magical little part of the world. But you don’t have to be an old-timer to enjoy our delicious milkshakes and succulent burgers. Just bring a sense of fun, and some of your favorite people. And leave the rest to us.”

Geechee Girl Rice Cafe': (American Eclectic) “Geechee Girl Rice Café is inspired by traditional southern rice delicacies with world influences. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Valley Green Inn: (American Eclectic) “Looking for a brunch or dinner spot to please your relatives from 7 to 70? This is it. The charming historic inn is not only a one-of-a-kind within city limits, but it is also one of Philly’s most painted buildings. The menu focuses on regional and seasonal American, farm-raised and free-range meats and fowl, and locally grown vegetables when possible.”

Umbria: (American Eclectic) “New American BYOB with seasonally inspired, local fare.”

Goat Hollow: (Tavern) “Mt. Airy has taken kindly to the resurrection of this long-dormant pub, now transformed into a friendly American brasserie. Chef Adam Glickman, previously at  Monk’s Cafe, is serving a variety of salads, sandwiches, burgers, mussels and mains to the Northwest Philly eaters who crowd the cozy dining room.”

Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe: (Diner / Bakery) “Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia is serving up breakfast, lunch, and southwestern specialties along with all homemade bakery goods.”

High Point Cafe: (Diner / Cafe) “High Point Cafés are small neighborhood cafes, serving only the highest quality handmade patries and desserts created daily, along with made-to-order crepes and the best espresso in town.”

There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!

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Philly Eats: CHESTNUT HILL

Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed.  Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.

Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood northwest of downtown Philadelphia. In addition to some of the nicest houses Philadelphia has to offer, Chestnut Hill has many wonderful shops, restaurants and museums flanking it’s tree-lined streets. Below are some of our favorite restaurants!

ETHNIC:

Cin Cin: (Chinese) “Cin Cin, in historic Chestnut Hill, has earned rave reviews for inventive Chinese and pan-Asian recipes with a refined French flair. Best of Philly award winner.”

Hokka Hokka: (Japanese) Chestnut Hill’s most extraordinary Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Here the food is art and the atmosphere is a mesh of elegance and casualness. Hosting an excellent sushi chef who has over 25 years of experience. Thehy prepare the most fresh and finest delicacies. A wide variety of sushi, sashimi and maki (rolls), delicious Japanese cuisine presented in a tasteful French style.

King’s Garden: (Chinese) “King’s Garden is a terrific neighborhood restaurant right in the heart of Chestnut Hill serving excellent Chinese food, both eat-in or take-out. The restaurant is charmingly decorated and has a nice little bar which is great if you want a drink, a glass of wine or a cold beer. Prices are reasonable, service is friendly. Reservations welcome but not required. ”

Osaka: (Japanese)  “Since 2003, Osaka has been a hidden gem located in the heart of Chestnut Hill, satisfying guests with a menu that is both familiar and unique. Its personable and knowledgeable staff functions in a warm and hip atmosphere, providing an intimate and fun dining experience for any occasion. Preparing traditional sushi, as well as elegant, nouveau dishes, Osaka’s innovative chefs integrate orthodox Japanese techniques with international flavors to create stunning, mouth-watering bites for an eclectic crowd. From seasonal, exotic fish, Tuesday night jazz, an excellent, affordable wine list, to reasonably priced lunch boxes, Osaka is a promising destination for all to enjoy and share.”

Stella Sera: (Italian) “A delightful Italian restaurant with a warm, intimate decor. Delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts with daily specials that always entice. Friendly, professional service. Stella Sera is a BYOB.”

Thai Kuu: (Thai) “A beautiful Thai restaurant located at the top of the hill plaza in Chestnut Hill. Executive Chef Tanawat Nontakarn creates wonderfully delicious meals with a wide variety of dishes from his native Thailand that are sure to please everyone’s palate. The restaurant is BYOB and is conveniently located right next to Chestnut Hill’s Liquor Store.”

GASTROPUBS:

Iron Hill Brewery: “With nine locations throughout Pennsylvania, the Iron Hill Brewery is a restaurant and bar that serves a selection of appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, pizzas and chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes for lunch and dinner. Menu highlights include petite filet mignons, grilled chicken and penne carbonara, baked crab cakes, turkey burgers, Mediterranean wraps, seafood bisque, apple crisp, crème brulee and chocolate hazelnut mousse cake. A gluten-free menu is available.”

Tavern on The Hill: “And its a warm welcome, indeed, that always awaits you at the TAVERN ON THE HILL bar and restaurant, located at the top of Philadelphia’s historic cobblestone Chestnut Hill district. Amidst the lovely shops, boutiques and galleries, here you’ll find the perfectly charming and cozy village pub which offers a great selection of beers, wines and spirits and serves up a superb menu at very reasonable prices, all with exceptional service and gracious hospitality. For a great lunch or dinner, for after work refreshments or a late night bite, at the TAVERN you’ll find the comfortable combination of a warm and friendly tavern ambiance with the best cookin’ anywhere around. Be sure to try the wings…Tavern on the Hill was listed as one of the top picks for awesome wings in Philadelphia by uwishunu.com.”

McNally’s Tavern: “Soups, salads, sandwiches and simple platters have been the mainstays now for 86 years. There’s also a Daily Special that includes a cup of soup and a soft beverage; could be a wrap of fresh baked turkey or a meatloaf & mashers plate, maybe even an enchilada. See this month’s Daily Specials just below the tapped keg to your right. Soups are scratch-made and there’s a new choice each day. Expect Prime Rib with mashers every Monday night, tavern-made crab cakes & authentic Snapper soup every Friday and, of course, McNally’s famous Chicken Corn Chowder each and every Saturday. And be sure to save room for Meg’s delicious chocolate cake, carrot cake or coconut cake!”

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

Cosimo’s Pizza Cafe: “One of the most innovative menus in the area. In the tradition of great Italian cuisine, and inspired by the very old and the very new.”

MISCELLANEOUS:

Baker Street Bread Co.: (Bakery)  “Baker Street was created to put the flavor-and heart-back into bread. They give their breads all the time they need to develop their full flavors and characters. Sometimes it takes all day and night.”

Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Ice Cream: (Bakery) “Bredenbeck’s Bakery is a Philadelphia tradition. Since 1889, they’ve been welcoming customers to their historic shop in the heart of Chestnut Hill. They keep those customers coming back with their friendly service and exquisite cookies, special occasion cakes, pies, pastries and ice cream. No matter what you’re craving, Bredenbeck’s Bakery can be counted on to deliver a delicious treat and a delicious experience every single time.”

Campbell’s Place: (American) “Campbell’s Place is an Old World tavern styled after an English pub. A lively unpretentious atmosphere serving affordable New American fare along with an extensive selection of fine draught beers and wines. Dine in a cozy booth, at the 100 year old bar, or at the V bar and upstairs dining room. A neighborhood gathering spot, Chestnut Hill’s Cheers is located on Germantown Avenue just below Gravers Lane. Campbell’s Place, a Chestnut Hill institution for nearly four decades, changed hands October 2008 as Mary Campbell retired and longtime Chestnut Hill resident Vanessa Noonan Mullen and her husband Rob Mullen assumed control of the business.”

Chestnut Grill and Sidewalk Cafe: (American) “American Bistro Cuisine in a casual urban setting, offering Chestnut Hill’s premier outdoor dining. Open every day for lunch, dinner and late night drinks. Also Sunday brunch.”

Chestnut Hill Hotel: (American) Beginning with its original destination as “Summer Hausen”, the vacation spot of choice for colonial Philadelphians, Chestnut Hill always had a reputation as a most accommodating place. ”

Green Soul: (Wraps / Sandwiches / Salads) “A healthy lifestyle conscious cafe featuring wraps, smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, sandwiches and salads. Expect your meal to b fresh, fast and flavorful! Kid-friendly meals and a kids’ corner play area make this a great spot for the entire family.”

Heirloom: (American / BYOB) Heirloom restaurant is an intimate 50-seat BYOB that features New American Regional Cuisine influenced by the rich flavors of the American South, New England, the Midwest, West and Southwest. Locally sourced produce along with authentic American ingredients have inspired renowned chef Al Paris to craft innovative dishes that pay tribute to the rich and flavorful culinary traditions of our nation.

Market at the Fareway: (Farmer’s Market) “The Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, located behind the Chestnut Hill Hotel at 8229 Germantown Avenue, houses a variety of food stands, including fresh produce, prime meats, poultry, seafood, baked goods, coffee/tea, ethnic foods, deli meats and cheeses, flowers, and more.”

Mica Restaurant: (American / Electic) “Chef Charles ‘Chip’ Roman of Blackfish Restaurant in Conshohocken brings his award winning cuisine to Chestnut Hill. Recently named by GQ Magazine as one of the Top 10 New Restaurants in America.”

Night Kitchen: (Bakery) “Great sandwiches, cakes and cookies!”

Rollers at Flying Fish: (American) “30 years crazy delicious! Think neighborhood-comfortable with vibrant scrumptious food. The menu makes bountiful use of fresh, often locally-sourced vegetables and fruits to complement the sparkling seafood and meat dishes…..or simply star on their own. This marriage of the great culinary traditions of Roller’s and Flying Fish restaurants also showcases gorgeous salads, a carefully edited wine and craft beer menu and homemade desserts (don’t miss the pies!). During the summer, outdoor dining, legendary soft-shelled crabs and Tue.-Thurs. nights clambake reign”

Top of The Hill: (American) “Top of the Hill Café is committed to freshness. Our soups, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees are prepared daily on the premises. We offer outdoor seating in the warmer months, as well as free delivery to local homes and businesses.”

Valley Green Inn: (American / Eclectic)  “Whether dining before an open fire on a cold winter evening or enjoying the seasonal beauty of the Wissahickon Valley while dining outdoors on the Inn’s porch, visitors to the Valley Green Inn can always be assured of a delicious meal in a fantastic setting. Dating back to the mid-1800’s, the Inn is one of Chestnut Hill’s most notable landmarks and a favorite destination for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. It’s also a beautiful venue for banquets, weddings and other special occasions.”

There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!

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Reminder: The LOOP Deadline is Fast Approaching

In a previous blog post, we discussed LOOP and how it could benefit you if you are a long-time resident:

Many people’s property tax assessments went through the roof under the city’s new property tax valuation system known as AVI. For some residents, specifically:

1) Those who have been in their homes for over 10 years.

2) Those whose property taxes will more than triple due to AVI.

The city is offering relief in the form of LOOP (Longtime Owner Occupants Program). To be eligible for this program you must fill out a form and be under a certain household income (illustrated on the second page of the form).

If you qualify, your tax bills will be calculated on a tripled assessment, abating anything beyond that for 10 years.

The Deadline for LOOP has been extended, but is fast approaching.   Visit the LOOP  page at Philadelphia.gov and apply by FEBRUARY 17th. 

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Philly Eats: OLD CITY AND SOCIETY HILL

Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed.  Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.

The Old City/Society Hill area is one of the most dense, restaurant-wise, in the city of Philadelphia. Being ground zero of the birth of our nation, this area represents colonial charm with quaint cobblestone streets lined with dozens upon dozens of excellent restaurants and bars. Enjoy our summary of the best of the area!

ETHNIC:

Amada: (Spanish) The gorgeous rustic-chic restaurant and bar has embraced the rich traditions of Spanish gastronomy while incorporating avant-garde cooking techniques.

Morimoto: (Japanese) The restaurant’s namesake and head chef, Morimoto (of Food Network’s Iron Chef fame), has created a menu offering the very best in contemporary Japanese cusine. While regulars flock here for the exquisitely prepared sushi, Morimoto offers diners a broad spectrum of flavors that delve beyond nigiri and sashimi.

Buddakan: (Asian Fusion) The fare is top notch — appetizers include seared kobe beef carpaccio, endamme ravioli, miso tuna tartare and tea smoked spareribs. For the main course, delve into delicious dishes like Japanese black cod, wasabi crusted filet mignon, roasted ponzu chicken and collosal tempura shrimp. For dessert, the chocolate bento box will please just about anyone.

Cuba Libre: (Cuban) Dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot’s delectable menu of ‘Nuevo Cubano’ dishes and traditional favorites, make all of our restaurants a must-see, must-experience dining destination.

Zahav: (Middle Eastern) With the opening of Zahav, chef Michael Solomonov realized his dream of bringing the flavors of his native Israel to his. adopted city of Philadelphia.

Eulogy: (European) The restaurant features Philadelphia’s largest beer selection with an amazing menu of over 300 international and domestic craft brewed bottled beers and 21 draught beers are served every day. Ranked as the fifth best beer restaurant in the United States by ratebeer.com beer menu highlights include “Eulogy’s Busty Blonde” beer brewed by La Binchoise Brewery in Belgium exclusively for Eulogy Belgian Tavern. The Belgian owned restaurant features a full menu of award winning Belgian and casual dining American foods.

Spasso: (Italian) When you’re dining at Spasso, you can expect great food at a reasonable price. Spasso’s open kitchen produces a menu that combines a full array of fresh seafood and meat, an assortment of appetizers, fresh vegetables, and homemade pasta. All the desserts are made on the premises, so be sure to save some room.

Positano Coast: (Italian) For an extraordinary dining experience, savor mouthwatering inspired Italian cuisine, such as the Sea Urchin Pasta, Beef Tenderloin, Pan Seared Branzino, Gnocchi Gorgonzola, Grilled Octopus and of course, the must have Crudo. Positano Coast welcomes guests to sample delicious selections from the menu, including the freshest fish and seafood, the Crudo menu (the Italian version of sashimi) and creative variations of classic Italian dishes. With menu options for everyone in your group, including those seeking traditional Italian flavors and certainly for the adventurous palates, Positano Coast offers a dining experience unlike any other in Philadelphia.

Han Dynasty: (Chinese) Award winning Sichuan style Chinese restaurant.

Aqua: (Thai / Malaysian) With a passion for fine food, a gifted expert chef, and love of hospitality, Aqua Restaurant welcomes you to experience the best in Asian dining right here in Philadelphia. Their distinctive menu features entrées from South East Asia.

Plough and The Stars: (Irish) The Plough and The Stars is Philadelphia’s premier Irish Pub.

Zento: (Japanese) Contemporary Japanese Cuisine and Sake bar.

Kabul: (Afghan) This understated, long-running BYO sleeper takes you out of loud Old City via delectable Afghan dishes and a quiet setting that charms. There’s nothing more you can ask for besides an excellent value, and a staff that is as attentive as possible.

Ristorante Panorama: (Italian) A feast for the senses, Ristorante Panorama offers authentic trattoria-style dining in the heart of Old City. The flavors of the Northern region influence this Philadelphia Italian restaurant, featuring homemade pastas, authentic veal dishes, and fresh seafood specialties.

Kisso: (Japanese)  Come and enjoy the edible art here at Kisso Sushi Bar in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia. Kisso’s menu reflects the eclectic upbringing and taste of its chef and owner, Alex Park. BYOB.

Karma: (Indian) One of Philadelphia’s very best Indian restaurants.

La Famiglia: (Italian) An old world inspired menu, an exquisite wine list and flawless service to create the most romantic and memorable dining experience in Philadelphia.

La Locanda Del Ghiottone: (Italian) “You can smell the garlic a block away” from this “attitude”-filled Italian BYO in Old City, where “made-to-order” “classics” (mushroom crêpes, mussels) are slung with “panache” by “bossy”, “colorful” waiters who are quick to “dish out food as well as quips”; “you really feel like part of the family here”, so “don’t expect a quick meal” and don’t forget the cash. -Zagat.

European Republic: (European) A restaurant serving up fresh and healthy European wraps in the Philadelphia area!

Xochitl: (Mexican) While the food has its ambitious moments — like the deconstructed tamale served without its typical corn husk — there’s no pretension, simply a solid, modern play on classic Mexican fare. Both custom-ordered guacamole and ceviche serve as perfect starters, and from there, it can become a Tecate and taco night. Or you can make it a tequila flight, short rib and red snapper affair. Either way, prepare to leave wanting to return to Xochitl.

Pizzicato: (Italian)Since 1997, Pizzicato, the Olde City Landmark brings the robust flavors of Italy with hand crafted pastas, pizza, and truly authentic Italian cuisine.

Hibachi: (Japanese) Hibachi possesses all the qualities of a perfect dining experience. Enjoy the finest in steak and seafood skillfully prepared and presented with great flair by Master teppan-yaki chefs over an open flame on your table top grill.

Ariana: (Afghan) Experience the unique flavors of authentic Afghan cuisine. Traditional specialties, skillfully prepared and attentively served in a cozy environment.

Uzu: (Sushi) UZU, meaning “whirlpools” in Japanese, are known to produce some of the most fresh fish in the world.  At UZU, they aim to please every customer serving Grade-A sushi and sashimi, as well as some of the most creative rolls in the city.

Pagoda Noodle Cafe’: (Chinese) A simple, unassuming noodle bar.

Lucha Cartel: (Mexican) National Mechanics’ new Philadexican cousin Lucha Cartel is serving a tex-mex mix of apps and entrees at 2nd and Chestnut along with a bevy of beverages like mojitos, margs and a host of specialty cocktails. The decor is your typical rudos y tecnicos battling dia de los muertos monsters in a bloodbath of distressed bar stools, prickly cacti and evocative lighting. Your typical Mexican joint, basically.

El Azteca: (Mexican) Amigos abound for these “nothing-fancy” Mexican twins in Mount Laurel and Wash West that are “better than the big chains” with “authentic”, “consistently good” comida, “reasonable prices” and an offer to BYOT (bring your own tequila); the staff is “friendly”, the vibe is “comfortable, not uppity” and the decor? – well, “it’s one of those places you can’t judge by looks.” – Zagat

La Veranda: (Italian) Old School Italian Restaurant on the Waterfront.

Rosa Blanca: (Spanish) Rosa Blanca features a rotisserie in the kitchen, comfort food on the menu, and a take-out counter with a variety of Cuban coffee and pastries.

GASTROPUBS:

Triumph:  Always 9 or 10 Triumph brews on tap with a solid selection of pub food.

Race Street Cafe: Sit inside the low-key café and you’ll feel like you’ve settled into a rustic bistro: heavy wood beams hold up the ceiling, a wood stove warms the room, and a gas street lamp throws dim light on exposed brick. During the warmer months you are likely to find the large barn doors on the front of the building propped wide open looking out onto the sidewalk dining and passers by. Friendly bartenders and a broad selection of 15 beers on tap, with one hand pump, help you wet your whistle. The menu is simple but accomplished with a blackboard list of specials and a focus on seasonality of local products.

Cooperage Whiskey and Wine Bar: Gastropub meets southern soul, Cooperage: A Wine & Whiskey Bar combines southern bistro fare with an eclectic list of wine and whiskey.

PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:

LaScala: Since 2005, LaScala’s Restaurant and Bar has been serving up quality Italian-American home-style cuisine in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district.

Soho Pizza: Offers a wide selection of brick oven pizzas.

Pizzeria Stella: Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.

Gianfranco Pizza Rustica: GianFranco Pizza Rustica has always given the people of Philadelphia quality food, fast delivery, and great customer service… all at a palatable price. Their pizza, pasta, and meats are prepared freshly daily in their kitchens.

Margherita Pizza: Pizza with a thin-crispy crust.

Pete’s Pizza Joint: Crispy crust and large prices.

Barra: Basic pizza place with a nice variety of pies.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Jones: (American) Shaggy, stylish décor and unfussy, upscale comfort food are the focus at this moderately priced, 70s-themed restaurant.

Continental: (American) The creative cocktails and imaginative décor at this diner-made-martini bar creates an atmosphere all its own, making it one of the hottest night spots in Old City.

Fork:(American) Ellen Yin’s elegantly casual New American bistro helped pave the way for Old City’s revival in the mid-1990s. Ever since, Fork’s consistent output of finely crafted and inventive cuisine has made it a neighborhood classic. With Chef Eli Kulp in the kitchen, Fork has continued to reinvent itself time and time again. Fork has a variety of menu options including a fixed price menu that offers diners the opportunity to choose from among Chef Kulp’s wealth of creative dishes and customize their own multi-course supper. Fork’s menu changes frequently throughout the year to showcase the region’s finest produce, seafood and meat.

Farmicia: (American) FARMiCiA is the conception of Kevin Klause (formerly of the White Dog Cafe), James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born (owners of Metropolitan Bakery), who share a vision of a restaurant that captures the pleasures of simply crafted food and excellent beverages served in a relaxed yet lively environment. The emphasis is on great tasting food and beverages crafted from local, organic, and artisanal producers.

City Tavern:(American) Est. 1773, City Tavern hosted the first July 4th celebration. Paul Revere stopped here on his midnight ride & the unofficial White House. Chef Walter Staib, host of PBS A Taste of History has recreated 18th century cuisine.

Wedge and Fig: (Modern American) A cheese-bistro in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia. If you like carefully chosen cheese, hearty soups or salads, and inspired sandwiches, you’ve found the right spot!

National Mechanics: (Pub Food) National Mechanics is the most authentic new bar Old City has seen in years. The space is large but feels very neighborhood-like. And with a menu full of delicious bar fare and more than 15 beers on draught, National Mechanics is a place you should add to your to-do list.

Khyber Pass Pub: (Creole, Cajun) Khyber Pass Pub is a historic Old City tavern that features a beautiful bar handcrafted in 1876. One of Philadelphia’s oldest bars and a ‘Philadelphia Magazine’ Best of Philly 2011 winner, the menu features an extensive selection of craft beers, authentic New Orleans specialties, hickory-smoked barbecue, and tasty vegan and vegetarian options.

Moshulu:(American, Seafood) Docked permanently on the Penn’s Landing waterfront, the Moshulu is a restaurant that deserves a spot on your must-visit list. Featuring an adventuresome contemporary American menu with a South Seas flair, the Moshulu was named one of the top 15 restaurants in Northeast America by noted food critic John Mariani and is the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award (2005, 2006). Dining on the Moshulu, one of the world’s grandest tall ships, will surely be a most memorable experience. The Moshulu’s private dining rooms and outdoor decks take full advantage of the unparalleled views of the city and waterfront.

Sonny’s Famous Steaks: (Steaks and Burgers) Hand sliced ribeye steaks and 100% angus beef burgers.

Sassafras: (American) A fixture on Second Street for over 35 years, Sassafras is the Grande Dame of neighborhood bars. Among the bright lights and crowds of Philadelphia’s Old City lies this old-world pub with modern flavor.

Campo’s Deli:(Steaks and Burgers) Campo’s Deli is the best place for authentic Philadelphia food. Located conveniently in Old City, Campo’s is only three blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Visitor Center. So after your visit to the historic sites in and around Independence Mall, take the short walk down Market Street to this charming corner deli for a delicious Philadelphia Cheese Steak. Campo’s specializes in two authentic Philadelphia sandwiches — Philly cheesesteaks and Philly hoagies. There are several varieties of each, so take your pick. Both of the classic versions, however, are consistently rated among the best in the city. Campos will even ship a Philly Cheese Steak or hoagie anywhere in the country.

Mac’s Tavern:(Pub Food) Mac’s Tavern is a true blend of comfort and quality. Whether you are looking for a fantastic sandwich, a unique beer and a ball game to watch, or just a friendly face… Mac’s is where you want to be. Located in historic Old City, Philadelphia, Mac’s offers a welcoming tavern aesthetic and experience… with a little something extra. Mac’s Tavern was formed by a small to semi-medium group of partners, comprised mainly of old friends. Mixed with a few national, local and (perhaps) cult celebrities – most notably, Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame – the dynamic is as unique as it gets.

Chloe: (American) A solid, unassuming BYOB in the heart of Old City.

Serrano: (International) Nestled in the heart of old city, Serrano’s motto is simple…serve great food at neighborhood prices. Executive Chef Gina Rodriguez has recently introduced new menu items such as ‘Serrano’ Pot Stickers, Frito Misto and Pistachio & Coriander Crusted Perch. She’s also given a new twist to classic dishes like the Serrano Meatloaf and Lamb Shank. The craft beer and boutique wine lists have been hand selected.

Revolution House: (American) The creative comfort food is the work of Chef Luca Sena Jr. He has created a menu of internationally influenced comfort food and inspired wood fired pizzas made in Revolution House’s custom pizza oven. Some signature items include savory cupcakes (like the mozzarella lasagna topped with a warm ricotta “icing” and fresh marinara sauce), housemade tater tots (the traditional tot with a twist), and fried calamari served with a mustard and pickle infused dipping sauce.

Bistro 7: (American) Bistro 7 is a modern French byob located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City section. Chef/Owner Michael O’Halloran relies on a network of local, organic farmers for the pristine ingredients that form the basis for his creative dishes, and the ever changing menu reflects the best that the season has to offer. The understated, minimalist décor features white linen tablecloths, filigreed heirloom flatware and graceful stemware, and the open kitchen provides an intimate glimpse of the chefs at work.

Nick’s Roast Beef: (Sandwiches) The first “Original” Nick’s Roast Beef opened in 1938 and is still a Philadelphia institution.

Buffalo Billiards: (Pub Food) Billiards, beer and pub food. Any questions?

Prime Stache: (American) American Comfort food, with a great fusion of spices that will tickle your palate.

DiNardo’s: (Seafood) DiNardo’s is the place to have your shell-cracking, claw-sucking, crab-eating feast…A Philly Tradition for 35 years, family-owned DiNardo’s flies fresh Crabs in daily, Served “Hot and Dirty” Baltimore Style or Sauteed Garlic Style, with the DiNardo’s family’s Secret Sauce. Award-winning Seafood Specialties, Grilled Juicy Steaks, Chicken and Pasta Dishes are also featured.

Morgan’s Pier: (American) At Morgan’s Pier Head Chef, George Sabatino (Philadelphia Magazine “Best Chef 2012” / Craig LaBan “Best New Chef”) has created a refined foodie picnic menu with fresh seafood snacks, creative bar bites, seasonal and locally-sourced veggie dishes and a variety of sammies.

Rotten Ralph’s: (Pub Food) A down to earth Philadelphia bar with pub food and solid beer selection.

Drinkers: (American) Bar and pub food. Party central on weekend nights.

Red Owl Tavern:(American) Cocktails hand-crafted with fresh squeezed juices, house-cured charcuterie, butcher shop cuts of steak. Red Owl has the roots of a true tavern – so ideas can be exchanged over a great meal and a cold drink. It manages to be old, new and free-thinking. Just like Philly.

There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!

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Tips: Moving with Children

Moving with kids can be quite an ordeal. Children often thrive on familiarity and routine, and uprooting their lives can leave them reeling. There are some steps to help lessen the blow and even excite them about their new situation. Remember that as much stress as moving can be for everyone, it is a chance at a new beginning. If you stress the positives and downplay the negatives, you can help their chances of adapting to the change.

1) Maintain Positive Attitudes: If you are stressing about the move, don’t let the kids know. Start talking about moving day way in advance and illustrate the positives. Talk about the better things the new house or neighborhood  has to offer.

2) Make It An Adventure: Research the new neighborhood. For distant moves, the new city or state.  Find kid-friendly activities to get them excited. Be tourists in your new neighborhood. Make a family wish list for the new home– let them plan their new bedrooms and play spaces. These tips should keep the kids excited and stop them from thinking too much about what they are leaving behind.

3) Take It Easy:  Start house hunting right away and include the kids in some of the decisionsSpread the move out over a couple of days, even if you could get it done in one. Get family members to help, as familiar faces will make things smoother and extra hands are always useful. Give the kids simple jobs to keep them engaged.

4) Smooth Transitions: When packing, you may naturally want to throw things away. Before you do, talk to the kids, they might have a strong connection to some of the items. Ask them if they’d like to keep their old bedroom furniture, the familiarity might make the transition smoother.

5) Build New Connections: Get right to work toward building a new life in your new home. If your child obsesses over the old house or neighborhood, talk through it with them. Let them keep in touch with old friends, encourage phone calls and letters. Let them know they don’t need to break the ties between them just because they’ve moved away, but gently encourage new friendships.

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