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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A perfect evening in Philly: crab profiteroles at Sofitel Lounge and cake pops at Shakespeare theater

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The food and service at Sofitel’s Liberty Lounge was incredible! Actually, the kale chips were a bit of a miss but otherwise, it was all lovely. They messed up the check initially but apologized and made amends immediately.

Next we went to Crumb’s. They have generic cupcakes with sickening frosting, but we picked up a couple of cake pops and went down the street to Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater where we caught Othello. The performance was excellent as always!

New York visit 2013

Every year, we aim to take a trip to NYC. There, we split treats at as many highly praised eateries as we can manage. Here’s a look at this year’s trip!

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Like last year, we could NOT pass up a nice brunch at Alice’s Tea Cup. It is one of our favorite places in the city.

When we stopped saw the famous waffle cart, called ” Waffels and Dinges“, we looked it up and knew that we had to share one, just for the experience. It did NOT disappoint.

We knew that it was practically a crime that we had never been to Milkbar before, so we made a point to rectify our our past wrongdoing. Crack pie is delicious, but you can only stomach about half a piece. What was even better was the cake truffles! We also enjoyed cereal milk ice cream. It was incredible!!

Gyu-kaku is an excellent japanese barbecue joint. The prices are pretty good and so is the service. If you have a lot of time to kill and are patient, you will love it. You have to cook your meat yourself, so just make sure you know what you are doing! They give you a little lesson first, though 😛

Burgers and Cupcakes is a quiet little restaurant. It’s not too pretty and the service is slow. The burgers are so-so, too. BUT THE CUPCAKES!!!! OH THE CUPCAKES!! They are hideous! They are the most delicious eyesores we have ever seen/tasted. Our chocolate peanut butter cupcake has officially made it into the top five cupcakes we have ever had. FIVE STARS (for the cupcake) and THREE STARS (For the rest of the place).

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: Lulu’s Bakery

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If this place sounds familiar, you’re probably thinking of that episode of man vs food! On that episode, Adam entered Lulu’s and attempted to tackle a 3lb cinnamon bun (pictured above). We had a hearty breakfast, which was delicious and then ordered the 3lb cinnamon bun to go. Two girls working on this cinnamon bun for 24 hours hardy made a dent! We through half of it out after shoving some off to friends at the conference we were at.

So here’ the review: The place is quaint and not as busy as you’d think. That’s a plus. We had great service but terrible coffee. That balances it out nicely 😉 We attempted to order fruit, but practically got laughed out of the joint. HOW UTTERLY TEXAN! If anything, it made it more charming.

If we had to say one thing that you should live by when it comes to Lulu’s Bakery, it would be: Definitely go, and make it memorable- get the cinnamon bun 😛

Just try and go infrequently if you actually live in San Antonio.

Two thumbs up!!

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!

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!