June 7, 2013 |
Two Indian restaurants have opened branches that are more ambitious than their flagships. Munish Narula has positioned Tiffin Bistro (1100 Federal St., 215-922-1297) between the casual side of his mini-chain, Tiffin, and the posh atmosphere of his South Broad Street destination, Tashan. Narula and company changed little in the room that includes a small bar and a white-tablecloth dining room beautifully appointed in limestone. Menu from chef Kirti Pant, whose background includes Junoon in New York, Amber India in San Francisco, and Cinnamon Club in London, includes dishes from all over India.
May 7, 2013 |
When Andreotti's Viennese Cafe opened in Cherry Hill in 1983, Marianne Andreotti would deliver her restaurant's seven-cheese spread to people sitting outside in their cars, waiting for a table. "We were so afraid they were going to leave," said Andreotti, whose father, Mark, started the restaurant on Route 70, then primarily a pastry shop with lunch seating. The patrons stayed, and the Andreottis expanded, over the years adding a dining room, piano, bar, and dance floor. The space evolved, but the traditions remained, including free hors d'oeuvres and desserts and music and dancing on Saturday nights.
May 5, 2013 |
When Sandy and Chris Ross were in Portland, Ore., they lived in a house built for those who buy large suburban dwellings. "Our house was a McMansion, designed for most people who want a front and rear entrance, a dining room, and a recreation room," says Chris Ross, a software engineer. But the Rosses are not most people. When they moved to Bryn Mawr, they wanted a house built to accommodate their family's special needs, limited finances, and environmental awareness. "We didn't have a great amount of money to spend, so we shopped for a site we could afford," says Sandy Ross, a computer-company lawyer.
March 1, 2013
New on the edge of the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood is Fitler Dining Room (2201 Spruce St., 215-732-3331), a bistro from Dan Clark and Ed Hackett (Pub & Kitchen, the Diving Horse in Avalon). It fills the corner spot that previously was Meme. The 32-seater's clean look evokes a 1920s-'30s salon with its fabric-covered banquettes and bentwood chairs. Two beer taps are set in the dining room - small-batch crafts - plus 12 to 20 bottled beers. Artisan wines (about 40 bottles and 10 by the glass)
November 3, 2012 |
Some interior designers tout paint as the best way to change the look of a room. For Lisa Roberts, "It's lighting. . . . It's more bang for the buck. " With the holidays approaching, a new chandelier could be a fun and affordable way to make over a dining room, said Roberts, a Minneapolis designer who organized a chandelier fashion show at the home and garden show in that city earlier this year. Michelle Jennings Wiebe, president of Studio M Interior Design in Tampa, Fla., agreed, saying a dining room should be about more than the table and chairs.
August 23, 2012
LOOKING for some visual nourishment with your casino-restaurant meal? Check out the views from these dining rooms: Dos Caminos Casino: Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Cuisine: Upscale Mexican. View: The only eatery in town that faces west offers the marshes of Absecon Inlet, a pristine horizon and spectacular sunsets. Contact: 609-441-5747, doscaminos.com. Chart House Casino: Golden Nugget Atlantic City. Cuisine: American with an emphasis on seafood.
June 11, 2012 |
Since 2000, 50,306 additional people between the ages of 20 and 34 moved into the city of Philadelphia, according to the 2010 Census. Meet two of them: David and Jackie Zavitz. This young couple, who met in Washington, where they were both living at the time, chose to move to Philadelphia when they married in 2003. "We wanted to put down roots," says Jackie, 34, a search professional with Korn/Ferry International. Philadelphia is "very accessible. I love city living. It's been a joy that way. " They bought, and renovated, their first home in Queen Village, and in 2007 hoped to buy a bigger place in the neighborhood but prices were too high.
May 7, 2012 |
Kay Sykora had lived in Manayunk and Roxborough since 1973, raising her children there and renovating several houses. Over 39 years, she helped found the Manayunk Development Corp., where she spent 16 years as executive director. She loved the area's history and charm. Frank Meis spent four decades in a classic Colonial in Lafayette Hill, raising a family there with his then-wife. When he and Sykora decided to marry in 2008, they looked for a place that was "theirs. " She was smitten with the hill towns, and he warmed to the idea of city living, but with one caveat: He wanted a driveway.
April 29, 2012 |
The first time Ashley Berke and John McGinniss saw the house in Fishtown that they now own, they bolted. "It was horrible — depressing!" as Berke recalls the three-story house, whose original section dates to the 1840s. Months went by as the couple searched for a home in the Philadelphia neighborhood, one they loved for its diversity, history and old dwellings, until — a year after that first visit — there was a call from a Realtor suggesting that the property might be worth a second look.
April 11, 2012 |
When Michael Vogel was studying architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, he would spend a lot of his free time building things in the school's furniture-grade wood shop. Ten years as an investment banker, first in New York and then in Philadelphia, did not dull the Elkins Park native's interest in woodworking. "I tried to get access to woodshops regularly, but always found closed doors," Vogel said. The shops he approached would cite wear and tear on the machines, or insurance concerns, or that Vogel would be getting in the way as reasons to shut him out. The alternative was signing up for classes at a woodworking school, thus having regular access to a shop, but his schedule would not allow him to commit to, for example, certain set hours every Monday night.