Garces Trading Company with the girls

Sometimes you just need a girls afternoon – a sunny day with maybe an out-of-town friend on a surprise visit and nothing to do but play. I got one of these delightful days and it corresponded to the opening weekend of Garces Trading Co., the new casual dining/gourmet food store by Jose Garces. The line was long, and you can’t call a reservation in, but … Continue reading Garces Trading Company with the girls

Modo Mio menu turista

I’ve been trying to get to Modo Mio for months and months, but circumstances keep thwarting me. When I finally made it, I decided to go with the menu turista – the “tourist” or pre fix menu – in order to sample as many dishes as possible. Above the the barbabietola, an antipasti of roasted beets, toasted almonds, baby arugula, anchovy (which they kindly left … Continue reading Modo Mio menu turista

Spring Risotto with Truffled Shitake Mushrooms

I’m trying to eat and cook with more local seasonal ingrediants. It’s not any harder, really, it just takes a little bit of thought and some personal education about just what is in season. I had good friends coming in for Friday night dinner, and decided to make this risotto filled with spring vegetables I could pick up easily. I followed this recipe to a … Continue reading Spring Risotto with Truffled Shitake Mushrooms

Tria – Sipping on the Edge

SeƱor Lanky and I went to the “Sipping on the Edge” event at Tria, a happy hour featuring three Italian wine with tricky names easy to tie your tongue around. Tria is one of my favorite places in Philadelphia, and I’m always excited for a reason to return. We started off with a medium-bodied Cantine Statti Galioppo. From the “snacks” menu we order the truffled … Continue reading Tria – Sipping on the Edge