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High School Chefs Compete In Center City Competition

March 21st, 2018 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on High School Chefs Compete In Center City Competition

Cooking for competition is something that’s really in right now. We live in an age where a whole television channel – Food Network – is dedicated to the exploits of chefs young and old, professional and amateur, cooking in unusual conditions, under time constraints, against big-name superstar chefs, and in all manner of circumstances. I myself am a big fan of Chopped, which gives chefs three baskets of unusual ingredients on a time limit to make an appetizer, entree, and dessert. I love it when the show does special episodes with kids, which led to the spinoff Chopped Junior. There is also the Junior Baking Championship. Seeing kids conquer a grown-up kitchen is tremendously rewarding. To that end, high school chefs in Philadelphia competed recently for the chance to earn a culinary school scholarship.

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High school chefs competed to get scholarships to culinary school at an event in Center City yesterday.

Yesterday, nineteen high schoolers from around the city came together at the Art Institute of Philadelphia to show off their culinary chops. The young cooks had two hours to prepare two gourmet dishes from memory – poulet chasseur (that’s chicken in brown sauce) with tournee potatoes, and crepes with pastry cream and chocolate sauce. Both dishes require a great deal of skill and technique, which would be impressive in a chef of any age, but especially a teenager.

The time restraints aren’t just for competition, either. The urgency to cook and plate the food in time and make it both taste delicious and look good mimics the pressure that chefs face in real restaurant kitchens every day.

According to the local CBS affiliate: “The culinary scholarships are offered through Careers through Culinary Arts, a non-profit where Karen Brosius is president. “It’s not about necessarily matching money with the most well-performing students,” she explained. “It’s about what’s best for the student.” Local chefs judged the final plates for taste and presentation. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 3.”

First Day of Spring Brings Nor’easter #4 to Philly

March 20th, 2018 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on First Day of Spring Brings Nor’easter #4 to Philly

Today is the first day of spring, although you’d be hard-pressed to find proof of it here in Philadelphia. While my relatives down in Florida are enjoying budding flowers, lush green lawns, and temperatures in the 70s, the City of Brotherly Love – and much of the mid-Atlantic and New England coastline – is staring down the barrel of the fourth nor’easter in as many weeks. This winter storm is expected to dump a full foot of snow on Philly in the next 24 hours, bringing with it high winds, freezing rain, and sleet.

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This image from the National Weather Service shows projected snowfall from the coming nor’easter during the next 24 hours.

This is a big storm with a long duration. It was expected to kick off in the Washington-Baltimore area this morning and will bluster its way northeast for the next two days until it dies down Thursday night in New England. This nor’easter is not a storm to be trifled with. According to The Washington Post, snowfall of over 2 inches an hour is possible, power outages due to wind and snow pileup are likely, and road traffic will be dangerous due to reduced visibility and blocked roads.

Per the Post: “In Philadelphia, wintry mix began Tuesday morning and is moving northward through eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ice accumulation is possible on roads and elevated surfaces, which will make travel dangerous. Tuesday night, precipitation will change to snow and will be heavy on Wednesday. Snow totals will range from 7 to 13 inches in the Philadelphia area.”

New York is expected to get off even worse, with 12 – 16 inches of snow forecasted. Long Island will be hot by blizzard conditions, and a winter mix of snow and sleet will pellet the Tri-State area. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are facing the likelihood of similar conditions.

Center City Sips Will Return With Needed Improvements

March 19th, 2018 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Center City Sips Will Return With Needed Improvements

Center City Sips is a beloved annual tradition in which bars, restaurants, and breweries throughout the heart of the City of Brotherly Love offer after-work food and drink specials every Wednesday night throughout the summer. It was recently announced that the event will return for its 15th year, but with some improvements and changes to policy that will hopefully counteract problems that city officials say have marred the CC Sips in the past: namely, underage imbibing and drunken misbehavior.

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Center City Sips will return for a 15th year, but with changes and improvements meant to make the event better.

The original aim of Center City Sips was to provide a treat to young professionals working in the downtown district by offering cheap food and drinks in the dog days of the year. Towards that end, says the Philadelphia Voice, the city will try and return to serving that demographic by raising prices throughout the event and upping police presence during the nights that the event takes place. The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Delaware River Port Authority police, the PATCO police, and the SEPTA police are all in partnership with the Center City District to ensure that no revels get out of hand. You’ll have to shell out an extra couple of bucks on drink specials, too: beer, wine, and cocktails will go for $4, $5, and $6, respectively.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves at all of the great bars and restaurants that take part in Sips on Wednesday nights,” said Frank S. Spera from the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement in a statement. “However, we want to make this perfectly clear: If you’re underage, or if you’re traveling into Center City with the goal of drinking excessively and behaving badly, you should stay home.”

Just Listed For Rent: 1012-14 S Randolph St Unit #4, Philadelphia, PA 19147

March 19th, 2018 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Listed For Rent: 1012-14 S Randolph St Unit #4, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Just Listed For Rent: $2,450/month

This massive bi-level unit is almost new (there’s only been one set of occupants thus far) and READY FOR MOVE IN! Nestled in the heart of the immensely popular Queen Village, this amazing unit is will make your jaw drop. Featuring a wide and open floor plan, this unit has gorgeous & pristine hardwood floors throughout, brand new finishes (including stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops) and is perfect for entertaining. Both bedrooms are enormous with large windows which provide tons of natural light. The bathrooms feature immaculate tile showers, sleek vanities, and ceramic tile throughout. If the luxury and quality isn’t enough, this unit has a GIGANTIC, COMPLETELY PRIVATE, ROOF DECK giving breathtaking views of Center City and providing as much entertaining space as you could possibly want. Stay cool with the central air system, and live in comfort with equally pristine and virtually new mechanicals and a massive WASHER/DRYER IN UNIT! On top of all of that, this unit is in the heart of the extremely popular Queen Village, providing easy access to virtually all that South Philly, Passyunk, and Center City has to offer. This unit wont last.

CenterCityTeam Founder and CEO
Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors
530 Walnut Street, Suite 480
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Over $80 million and 163 homes sold in 2016!

CenterCityTeam Awards

2017,  2016, 2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” – national award by Real Trends, Trulia, Zillow, WSJ
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 PREA 100 – Top 100 Real Estate Agents Nationally at Berkshire Hathaway
2017,  2016, 2015, 2014 Best of Trulia Top Agent Award
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, Philadelphia Magazine Top Real Estate Agent

Just Listed For Rent: 1019 S 20th St Unit #B, Philadelphia, PA 19146

March 16th, 2018 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Listed For Rent: 1019 S 20th St Unit #B, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Just Listed For Rent: $2,700/month

Beautiful Graduate Hospital townhouse style condominium available immediately for rent! This bi-level three bedroom, 2.5 bath condo has spared no detail. First floor consists of the beautiful gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Built in wine refrigerator. Lots of kitchen storage space in oversized cabinetry. Front room can be used as dining or living room. Powder room on first floor. Large master suite with full bath and access to rear deck. Hardwood floors throughout first floor. Two additional large bedrooms, washer and dryer, and full bath in the finished lower level. Jacuzzi tub and double sink within downstairs hall bathroom. Great space for roommates or families! Take a look before it is too late!

CenterCityTeam Founder and CEO
Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors
530 Walnut Street, Suite 480
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Over $80 million and 163 homes sold in 2016!

CenterCityTeam Awards

2017,  2016, 2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” – national award by Real Trends, Trulia, Zillow, WSJ
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 PREA 100 – Top 100 Real Estate Agents Nationally at Berkshire Hathaway
2017,  2016, 2015, 2014 Best of Trulia Top Agent Award
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, Philadelphia Magazine Top Real Estate Agent

Exploring Center City as a Visitor

March 15th, 2018 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Exploring Center City as a Visitor

Center City is the heart of Philadelphia, and one of the most lovely parts of the City of Brotherly Love. As a district, it encompasses many of the aspects of Philadelphia that make it a world-ranked city. It mixes three centuries of history with the state-of-the-art, and 24/7 business with endless opportunities for shopping, eating, and leisure.

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Center City makes an ideal place to eat, shop, and play for the lucky visitor who goes there.

Shopping is a cornerstone of Center City life. There are several shopping districts in the area, including Rittenhouse Row (home of the most upscale couture and boutiques), the eclectic Midtown Village, Center City East, which is a burgeoning district that is expected to add more than a million square feet of new retail in coming years, and West Market Office District, which, as the name suggests, has historically been mostly office space but is increasingly catering to newcomers with an abundance of food and retail.

Speaking of food, you can’t mention Center City without talking about its incredible eateries. Here you can expect everything: traditional 5-star dining from James Beard award winners, charming sidewalk cafes, pop-up beer gardens, and rooftop bars. Every ethnicity possible is represented in the cuisine here, and a lot of it is available all day and all night. Here is Center City’s official guide to dining in the district.

The parks of Center City are clean and safe, representing serene spaces for residents and visitors to escape from the clamor of the daily grind and relax, play, or take a picnic lunch. Some of the district’s parks are Dilworth Park, whose fountains convert into a skating rink in the winter, Sister Cities Park, which has a famous playground, John F. Collins Park, which is situated perfectly off of busy Chestnut Street, and Cret Park, which is notable for its lush landscaping.

If you are coming to Center City as a visitor, you have a world of dining, eating, and relaxation to explore!

With New “Express Pool” Service, Uber Customers Will Get a Cheaper Ride

March 15th, 2018 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on With New “Express Pool” Service, Uber Customers Will Get a Cheaper Ride

Everyone knows that carpooling is the cheapest and most environmentally-friendly way to get around town, but what if you don’t have an established carpool group with whom to commute? That’s the question that ride-sharing service Uber set out to answer with its new service, Express Pool, which is freshly available in the City of Brotherly Love.

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Uber’s new service, Express Pool, will help ride-sharers get where they’re going in a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly way.

The new service matches up ride-sharers going in roughly the same direction and has them meet up at a common embarkation point, no more than a few blocks away. Express Pool represents an exciting development for Uber, as it is the first new service the company has introduced in three years. It was piloted in Boston and San Francisco in November 2017, and has now been rolled out in a handful of other cities including Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, and Philadelphia.

Cost is the big benefit to Philly commuters when they use Express Pool. According to Uber, the new service can be up to 50 percent cheaper than Uber Pool, and 75 percent cheaper than Uber X. Ride-sharing has never been so affordable for city residents, and at very little cost of convenience.

According to the Daily Philadelphian: “Riders who select Express Pool may experience a slight delay while the app searches through hundreds of drivers, locations, and passengers to find their ideal matches. Then, after receiving a match, riders will be asked to walk a distance less than three blocks to their pickup location, where they will meet up with the other passengers. These riders should ideally all be headed towards the same direction, and will be dropped off within a few blocks of their original destination.”

In addition to putting ride-sharing on a cost level with other Philadelphia forms of transportation, like SEPTA, Express Pool is also better for the environment and has the potential to alleviate traffic congestion. It’s a winning situation for everyone involved.

Just Sold: 2200-28 Arch St Unit #616, Philadelphia, PA 19103

March 15th, 2018 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Sold: 2200-28 Arch St Unit #616, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Just Sold: $380,000

DRAMATIC LOFT with sunset views… Features include a great room with open kitchen, 12′ ceilings, industrial accents and a window wall with motorized solar shades; a spacious Loft Bedroom with walk-in closet and large tile Bath with full laundry. 2200 is pet friendly and offers a 24/7 concierge, fitness center and 1 car secure garage parking (#235). Located in Logan Square, you are an easy walk to Trader Joes, shops, restaurants, the Schuylkill River trail, and all that Center City has to offer. This is MOVE-IN CONDITION!

CenterCityTeam Founder and CEO
Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors
530 Walnut Street, Suite 480
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Over $80 million and 163 homes sold in 2016!

CenterCityTeam Awards

2017,  2016, 2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” – national award by Real Trends, Trulia, Zillow, WSJ
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 PREA 100 – Top 100 Real Estate Agents Nationally at Berkshire Hathaway
2017,  2016, 2015, 2014 Best of Trulia Top Agent Award
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, Philadelphia Magazine Top Real Estate Agent

Free Trees for Philly Residents

March 13th, 2018 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Free Trees for Philly Residents

Who doesn’t love trees? Not to sound completely hippy-dippy, but trees are our friends. They provide us with shade, they purify the air, and they give our homes an irreplaceable lived-in feeling that beautifies our neighborhood as well. The city of Philadelphia is on a mission to increase tree canopy coverage of Philly neighborhoods, and so, to that end, they are running a program that provides free trees to residents.

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Free trees will be available to Philadelphia residents looking to spruce up their yards or help with canopy coverage.

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, along with partners at the Fairmount Park Conservancy and TD Bank announced on Monday that registration is now open for the Spring 2018 TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaways. Have you been thinking about planting a tree in your yard, either to commemorate a member of the family or because you simply think it makes the street look prettier? Has cost been a factor in your not planting the tree yet? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Under former mayor Michael Nutter’s Greenworks initiative, which aims to have 30 percent tree coverage in Philadelphia residential neighborhoods, TreePhilly was established to give free trees to homeowners in the City of Brotherly Love. Since its inception in 2015, TreePhilly has given away 19,000 trees during registration periods each spring and fall.
“Increasing Philadelphia’s tree canopy is essential to increasing the quality of our neighborhoods,” current Mayor Kenney said in a release, carrying the mantle of his predecessor. “Which is why I am inviting Philadelphia homeowners to help us improve our city’s air and water quality by planting a free TreePhilly yard tree on their property. We cannot reach our goals of increasing the tree canopy in all our neighborhoods without their help.”

The trees are meant to be planted on private property only, and the list of trees available for planting is long and includes

large shade trees, small flowering trees, and fruit trees.

As per Philadelphia Magazine: “Interested residents are encouraged to pre-register to pick up their free yard tree at the TreePhilly signature giveaway event at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center (700 Cobbs Creek Parkway) on April 14th.”

Just Listed: 3334 Wiehle St, Philadelphia, PA 19129

March 9th, 2018 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Listed: 3334 Wiehle St, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Just Listed: $305,000

A one-of-kind gem of a home fit for all seasons! A cozy, wood-burning fireplace in the open, spacious living room for those cold winters, a new kitchen island where you can entertain guests while cooking, and an updated deck just off the kitchen with ample yard space and greenery makes for perfect barbecuing during the warmer fall, spring, and summer evenings. Within walking distance to the East Falls train station for city excursions, and just as easily enjoy the convenience of pulling into your private cul-de-sac home with 2 car parking. Enjoy all that East Falls, Manayunk, and the city have to offer with this centrally located home. With over 2200 square feet, this 3 bed, 2.5 bath home has it all! Schedule your showing today!

CenterCityTeam Founder and CEO
Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors
530 Walnut Street, Suite 480
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Over $80 million and 163 homes sold in 2016!

CenterCityTeam Awards

2017,  2016, 2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” – national award by Real Trends, Trulia, Zillow, WSJ
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 PREA 100 – Top 100 Real Estate Agents Nationally at Berkshire Hathaway
2017,  2016, 2015, 2014 Best of Trulia Top Agent Award
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, Philadelphia Magazine Top Real Estate Agent