Thursday, February 28, 2013

Green Eggs Cafe - Philadelphia

Green Eggs Cafe is undoubtedly a cult favorite brunch spot in Philly! I was so excited to try it out for the first time with a lovely group of girlfriends :) To our pleasant surprise, as a relatively big party, we were seated within five minutes of arriving, despite the long line of hungry people waiting outside the restaurant on that Saturday morning. Walking to our long table along the wall of the restaurant, nearly every other table at the restaurant had ordered the classic red velvet pancakes, french toast, or kitchen sink... And so did we!

Red velvet buttermilk pancakes with chocolate, strawberry mascarpone, strawberries, chantilly cream and maple syrup
Creme brûlée french toast with vanilla bean custard, berry compote, vanilla anglaise with maple syrup and chantilly cream

The Kitchen Sink -scrambled eggs with cheese, potatoes, peppers, onions, biscuits, pork sausage gravy in a cast-iron skillet
























































































Green Eggs Cafe
212 S 13th St
Philadelphia
(267) 861-0314

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Honeygrow - Philadelphia

Frankly, I'm obsessed with all things "healthy," salad and yogurt. Luckily for me, so was Roopa, minus the yogurt, and plus the custom stir-fry options that were offered at Honeygrow. After drooling over online food porn, planning a million food outings, and scouring Philly for all the hip and healthy salad/stir-fry bars we could try out in the future, we decided to celebrate the end of midterms with a quick dinner downtown at Honeygrow! With the green "Keep Calm, Grow On" flag waving outside the store-front, we knew we were at the right place for our long-awaited meal together! And despite the forceful wind that destroyed our umbrellas and messy rain that completely scrapped our plans to walk at least forty blocks there and back, we had the best time :)

Good things come in small, white take-out boxes :)

Egg white noodle stir-fry with beef, coriander, red onions, chili flakes, spinach and sesame garlic sauce
All mixed up

...After

Greek yogurt, granola, fruits & clover honey -How could I go all the way to Honeygrow without getting a sweet treat from the honey bar?! 















































































































































loveeeee obsessing over healthy food with my girl, Roops! Next stop: Sweetgreen/Pure Fare, HipCityVeg/Freshii? Or maybe just a place for our guilty pleasures ;) A girl's gotta pamper her tastebuds!


Honeygrow
110 S 16th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 279-7724

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fountain Restaurant - Philadelphia

So after sifting through dozens and dozens of restaurants to hit up for our brunch date, Christine and I decided to settle on Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons. We took quite a long walk getting there and back, but it was well worth the view (like the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with flags decorating the whole road down) and the calories we walked off :D

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

House-made crunchy honey granola

Brioche french toast with nutella mascarpone stuffing, crushed hazelnuts and fresh raspberries

French toast and toad in the hole (baked eggs, smoked salmon, brioche, hollandaise)























































































Fountain Restaurant
1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 963-1500

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Shiroi Hana - Philadelphia

After the disappointing meal at Morimoto, I wanted to show my family a better side to the Japanese food scene in Philly. Shiroi Hana has been an all-time favorite of mine, ever since we came to visit Philly back in the summer of senior year when we were touring campuses. Their miso-marinated black cod is, hands-down, my favorite dish.

Assorted sashimi


Negimayaki


Broiled black cod with miso

















































































Shiroi Hana
222 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-4444

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Morimoto - Philadelphia

Over the Winter Break, my family came to Philly as their last stop before returning back home to Jakarta to drop me off for college. As soon as we arrived from our 3-hour drive from NYC, we checked in at our hotel and went straight out to dinner. After weeks of restaurant food, I was longing for some simple, clean-to-the-palate, cuisine, and what better choice is there for this than Japanese? We decided to try Morimoto, Masaharu Morimoto (aka Iron Chef)'s eponymous restaurant under the Stephen Starr restaurant brand. I was curious about the hype, held my expectations too high, and was quite unpleasantly disappointed...

We ended up going with the omakase, wasabi fried rice, duck duck duck, tuna pizza, and a few sushi rolls... The timing of the omakase, supposedly the highlight of the menu, lagged on for ages, despite how empty the restaurant was at 10pm on a Thursday night. The food was good, but nothing special, especially with its prices in mind.

The stylish interior of the restaurant, very reminiscent of the ambiance of Stephen Starr's other Japanese restaurant, Pod
Toro tartare with osetra caviar and fresh wasabi


Tuna pizza - Crisp tortilla with spicy tuna carpaccio and anchovy aioli

Mix of sushi -Uni, ikura, soft-shell crab roll
Tuna tataki, shoyu and mixed greens



























Wasabi fried rice





Morimoto
723 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19105
(215) 413-9070