February 28, 2011

I need a study break...

A sporadic post of eats from the past few weeks. I really need to start being more diligent about taking more pictures. Last week, my friend insisted that we travel to some unknown restaurant to sample Ramen which his mother had read about in a Philadelphia newspaper. I was in no mood for an adventure but I thought fine and took my handy dandy camera with me. Then I realized: I forgot the memory card. Sigh. Moral of the story is no ramen pictures. BUT, there are these pictures of Birthday eats, Restaurant week eats and good old brunch eats.

Restaurant Week at Alma De Cuba 

Definitely enjoyed the more simple decor of this place compared to other Starr restaurants.
Arugala salad with goat cheese. Ate every bite even though I don't like goat cheese. Hm, might have to reconsider my cheese preferences.

LOVE the presentation of this bowl. I think it was a curry vegetarian dish but I can't find it on the menu.

Vaca Frita "Fried Cow"
Twice cooked crispy skirt steak with onions and Cuban oregano with black beans, white rice and tomato escabeche.

Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop: maple pumpkin seed mojo and pickled red onions. Definitely the best course of the meal and the pork chops were cooked to perfection
Rice pudding with roasted coconut shreds. The dessert was good but I don't think I'm a very big fan of rice pudding in general.

Traditional Caramel Flan: Creamy caramel custard served with honey-pecan ice cream, apple ceviche and tamarind puree. The flan was definitely too sweet for us. It made everything else after it taste either too bitter or sour.

All in all I think Alma is a great restaurant but the restaurant week menu is definitely lacking. The options were not very diverse and the courses didn't seem to complement each other very well.

Ethiopian Birthday Dinner
(No I don't remember the name of the place but it was located on 45th and Locust...I think). Ethiopian food is definitely one those cuisines that is an acquired taste. I love the numerous use of spices but sometimes, I even find the dishes to be overpowering. All of the dishes are served stew style and eaten and everything is eaten with injera, a sourdough flat bread (which is kind of like mushy nan..at least that's what I think). 

A galore of vegetarian dishes.

Beef tartar.

More side dishes? I think?
Still a very lovely dinner with friends and (a very belated) Happy Birthday wishes to Jeff!

Brunch at RX
Since this is literally my millionth post on RX. I'm just going to post some delicious looking pictures and move on :). Also, finally tried their fresh squeezed orange juice (yum!).

Hm I know these two pictures look the same but I promise their different (can't recall why...) but the both involved poached eggs, spinach, hollandaise sauce and toasted english muffins.

Still have yet to successfully recreate this. Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I cut the bread way to thick when I tried making it at home.
Mexican Birthday Dinner
Traveled to Northern Liberties to celebrate another wonderful friend's birthday. Of course, I forgot the name of this place as well but I'm pretty sure it started with a C....The pictures definitely turned out darker than I would have liked so I'll limit them to the few ok ones.

The entire Mexican feast was kind of a blur after we all devoured the nachos within 5 minutes but I do remember something about pork tacos, ceviche, soup and melted cheese. Speaking of Mexican food, there will hopefully be lots more to come in the following week when I journey south for break.

Happy eating!


  1. wow so much food porn here.

    i still can't get over those little amazing bread balls at alma... dangerous.
    i've been to this ethiopian place before too but can't remember the name either!
    and ugh, have such a weakness for hollandaise sauce.

  2. Dear god...you make the food I regularly consume seem incredibly pathetic...

  3. This looks amazing Lisa. I'm so hungry nowww

  4. i love alma de cuba! but i also didn't go for restaurant week, so maybe my experience was different for that reason

    also, really great pictures!!! :]