Philadelphia Restaurant Week

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If you live in a big city and you’re big on the food scene, restaurant week is most likely one of your favorite weeks of the season. So listen up!

Choose a place that is normally crazy expensive- it is a flat rate for all participating restaurants. Dinner is $35.00 per person.

There is a fixed mix and match menu- look it up! Some places offer three courses while others offer more.

Look at the website- http://www.centercityphila.org/life/RWRestaurants.php

Go for lunch- 20.00 for every participating restaurant.

Make reservations!!!

Brunch at Day by Day

For about a year, we have considered Day by Day to be the best brunch spot in Philadelphia. Let us tell you why:

1- On Sundays, it opens at 10 am and by 10:05 there is a line of toe-tapping tardies who are waiting for the 60 or more people who have already been seated to eat their breakfast so that they can begin enjoying a lovely brunch.

2- The food is delicious. We have tried practically everything. If It is your first time, try the stuffed challah french toast! There’s usually a different flavor every week, and they’re all delicious.

3- The pastries are delicious and they will give you samples.

4- The servers are extremely overworked, yet somehow, they’re still smily folks! Also, they are quite an eclectic bunch 🙂

You should note that they will try and rush you and ask you at least five times during your meal “how’s the food?”. That should only ever be asked once– about five minutes after you have received your meal. Additionally, they will sometimes forget that you asked for more hot water, etc, but it’s ok because they have so many customers to handle.

Just be patient with the servers and try to enjoy your meal 🙂

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This morning, we arrived third in line to be seated at Day by Day. We had huevos rancheros, and crab, asparagus, and gruyere scramble with black toast and rosemary potatoes. Both were delicious! You can also request milk and honey with your tea. If you order coffee, it will be replenished like clockwork (free of charge).

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10 Arts Lounge at the Ritz

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Happy hour at 10 Arts Lounge is one of the best in Philly. The pretzels might be Americas best, the ceviche in grapefruit is delicious, the oysters taste of the ocean ( in the best way ), and the fish sandwich disappoints in comparison with the rest of the menu but far surpasses your average fish sandwich.

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For the price, this place is incredible! At five bucks a plate,happy hour here is totally worth it! We hear it has a great breakfast too 🙂

The Pinterest Round-up!

Here are a few cool things:

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The moon melon looks pretty cool. At first I thought it was just a dyed watermelon or maybe a photoshopped watermelon picture. Apparently the moon melon is from Japan and it can completely alter your palette and change the taste of whatever you eat directly afterwards.
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/moon_melon

Just kidding! It is fake 🙂

Teddy bear toast is a great idea. It’s perfect for kids!
http://wintermonroe.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/strawberry-tiramisu-pancakes/

Strawberry. Tiramisu. Pancakes. = The. Perfect. Breakfast.
http://wintermonroe.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/strawberry-tiramisu-pancakes/

In a perfect world, we would have sugar doilies for all our little tea parties. These are from etsy and they are super cute :)http://www.etsy.com/listing/73349918/24-edible-white-lace-rosettes-doilies-3

Le Garage in Sauselito

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On a recent trip to San Francisco, we made a quick stop at Le Garage, an excellent restaurant in Sauselito. The cheese plate was served with delicious bread and some sweet and pleasantly gritty quince paste. It was a great pairing. The croque monsieur was toasty-delicious, which is definitely a word 🙂

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The neat thing is that it is literally a garage! It’s got a big red garage door and everything!

Eggplant stew and saffron rice

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This dish is called ‘khoreshteh bademjan ‘ in Farsi. Normally, cooks slave for around two hours to make this dish but using a slow cooker, this stew takes far less time and if possible, tastes even more delicious.

Stewed tomatoes, chunks of lamb, and fried eggplant, served over a bed of white basmati rice makes an excellent lunch or dinner. Search for this Persian recipe online 🙂