Tria review!

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What’s a Philadelphia food blog without a Tria review?

Here it is:

Tria has amazing food and great service. The location in Rittenhouse is a little small, a little too crowded, and a little too loud. If you can get over that, its a great place to catch up with a very small group of friends (maximum 5).

We had a cheese plate which was semi-smelly but quite delicious, a panini-style sandwich, some crostinis with goat cheese and pesto, and the best bread pudding we’ve tried in philly. The bread pudding was surprising because who goes to Tria for dessert? Anyways, it was excellent and we’d go again, but we’ve had our fill for now.

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San Antonio Outings: The Friendly Spot

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First and foremost, this place is a bar/ ice house at night and it open till about midnight or 1- I forget 😛

Anyways, I didn’t go there to drink (Although if you plan on doing so, please note that their selection is vast). Actually, I went there to have lunch and it was incredible. It was a perfect lunch. Perhaps it was because I came from Philadelphia to San Antonio in the middle of winter and ended up basking in the sun eating a plate of nachos and sipping on an iced tea. The simplicity of my situation it is what made it delicious.

My one complaint is that on its own property, the Friendly Spot has set up a popular little playground for children, where people drop off their young’uns and sit in the Friendly Spot yard chairs and drink away the afternoon. I sort of disapprove :/

Now I will get off my high horse and tell you that they have a very short menu, but everything we tried was delicious. The outdoor seating is charming. The lemonade and iced tea are made fresh. You are not going to regret sitting serenely at The Friendly Spot, enjoying a nice conversation with your friends!

San Antonio Outings: Sushi Zushi

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If you’re at a conference in San Antonio, there is pretty much only one Sushi place. Its right near the river walk and honestly, pretty good. Sushi Zushi is a relatively small restaurant with slightly Americanized Sushi. In my opinion, if you are in Texas, try and enjoy the texan food. Your arteries won’t thank you, but hey, if you’re only there for a couple of days, enjoy the best San Antonio has to offer. Try Lulu’s bakery, or the Friendly Spot .

All in all, if you can’t stomach the rich TexMex Cuisine that Antonio has to offer, Sushi Zushi is a good bet!

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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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 🙂