For various reasons, I have not been cooking much this summer. Lack of motivation, busy schedule, traveling – all the usual suspects have made their contributions.
So in lieu of any new recipes, let me share with you some pics from a recent foodie-centric trip to Philadelphia.
The weekend started with some killer flat-bread sandwiches from Cosi (come to Pittsburgh, please?), manicures and pedicures, and frozen yogurt eaten in Rittenhouse Square. A lovely afternoon for sure.
For dinner that evening, we made it to Amada. This place was super cozy and would be the perfect date spot. We ordered several tapas and swooned over the aged manchego with lavender truffle honey. Amada is owned by the Garces Restaurant Group (as in Jose Garces, the Iron Chef).
I am beginning to realize I ate quite a lot on this trip. So it is. Moving on…
Saturday morning we got ourselves to the Northern Liberties in order to enjoy Silk City Diner.
This was a solid breakfast/brunch choice. I tried the french toast and the smoked salmon and goat cheese omelet. Quality stuff.
Next up, we wandered further into the neighborhood and ended up at Brown Betty (Liberty Place location).
Here we split a chocolate on chocolate cupcake. This thing was huge and dense. I enjoyed it but I am not sure it was the best I have ever had. The place was super cute though.
Fast forward a few hours and we are dining on homemade pasta at the very reasonably priced and pretty damn tasty La Viola. To note, this place is BYO and cash only. Neither point proved to be a problem for us 🙂
BYO + out all night = amazing brunch needed the following morning. Fortunately, my host knew right where to go. Parc.
Please note the incredible bread basket and perfect omelet shown above. If you want to feel super cool and like you are most definitely on some type of vacation, please go to Parc, which sits right on the edge of Rittenhouse Square. It is quite lovely.
I had an awesome time in Philly and hope to return again soon!