Julie Anne’s Place: Malvern Comfort Food

July 22, 2014 1:51 pm

Mix up your brunch routine and try Julie Anne’s Place in Malvern. This family owned cafe serves breakfast and lunch in a charming old twin home, which makes the meal all that more reminiscent of Mom’s home cooking. Although standard egg and griddle items are served here, this is no greasy spoon; Julie Anne’s takes pride in using fresh, quality ingredients. The Mexican Mess with scrambled eggs, chorizo, and refried beans is a popular breakfast item. For lunch, the menu offers a range of salads and sandwiches.

Many of the historic architectural details have been well preserved at Julie Anne’s. The cozy dining area has only a handful of tables and plenty of natural light. Few people know about this cafe, making it a hidden gem of Malvern and easy to get a table. When the farmers' market across the street is open, parking can be a bit of a challenge, but your meal will be worth it.

Julie Anne’s Place
22 S. Warren Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355
(610) 640-1482

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Mi Pais: Home to Excellent Empanadas and Exotic Juices

July 15, 2014 3:46 pm

Stop in for a snack at Mi Pais, a Colombian cafe in Frazer. This family-owned and -operated establishment serves dishes made from generations-old family recipes. Many come to try the empanadas. Mi Pais serves five different kinds, but the Hawaiian and Argentinian styles are the most popular. For those with a bigger appetite, the Bandeja Mi Pais meal is loaded with red beans, rice, plantains, a fried egg, and three meats, including the famous Colombian bacon. Customers describe this smoky house specialty as addictive.

Mi Pais has your sweet tooth covered as well. There are generally fresh baked goods available, along with a wide selection of fruit juices and specialty beverages with exotic flavors including tamarind and tree tomato. Service is notably friendly and welcoming here. Browse the small grocery section for something new to try at home.

Mi Pais
477 Lancaster Avenue
Frazer, PA 19355
(610) 251-0956

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Must-Read Storage Tips for Renters

July 8, 2014 1:13 pm

You love your apartment, but sometimes you can’t help but wonder where to put all of your stuff. Maximizing the space in a rental is tricky, but it’s not impossible. Here are a few expert tips that will help keep everything folded, boxed, stacked, and just generally tucked away.

  1. Take advantage of under-the-bed space. Though mom always told you not to shove everything under the bed, sometimes it’s necessary in a rental. The key is to do it neatly! Invest in some long, flat containers made for that particular spot, and fill them with off-season clothes, shoes, books, or anything else that’s taking up space in the bedroom.
  2. Only buy furniture that doubles as storage. From the coffee table to the couch, there are a number of different ways that your furniture can offer storage space. For example, cedar chests or trunks both make great coffee tables that can also store living room essentials.
  3. Utilize the walls in the kitchen. If you have a lot of cookware and not enough cabinets, consider using the walls. Install some sturdy hooks to hang pots and pans, add a metal rod with dangling hangers to store small kitchen utensils, or add a leaning shelf to stack plates, bowls and glasses.
  4. Don’t forget “hidden” spaces. Places like the backs of doors, corners of the bathroom, and tops of kitchen cabinets are all often underutilized. Start looking outside of the usual storage spaces and you’ll be surprised at how much space you actually have.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces [Real Simple]
Clever Storage Ideas to Create Space in Your Rental Home [Rentals.com]
Organizing Solutions for Renters [Unclutterer]
12 Big Ideas for Creating More Storage Space [Rental-Living]

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