Where you been at, chica? I miss you....ALOT. Oh and you should blog more often lol. :)
I will try! I feel like I never have time. I can’t wait til break. I’ll definitely be in Philly Dec 30-Jan, so I hope we see each other then! Do you have any plans for New Year’? I miss you too! Our chats at Beacon were so long ago! I can’t believe it’s been a year and a half now that we haven’t worked together.
This is your last semester in school, right? Congrats! I’ll treat you to dinner or for a drink in celebration some time. :)
Having a late birthday and moving to New York City shortly after college graduation did not allow me a chance to participate in Center City Sips. I happened to be in Philly on a Wednesday, and happily seized the opportunity to go to Chifa for Center City Sips.
I started off with a lychee sangria with orange. I couldn’t taste the lychee very well, although Angel swears you could. The orange taste was stronger to me. Still a delicious drink, and very light and refreshing after a hot day walking around Center City.
We shared pork belly buns, which included a hoisin glaze, pickled daikon, carrot, and togarashi mayo. The meat was nicely glazed and very tender. The bun was nice and soft. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between the salty and tangy taste of the pickled daikon and carrot, and the sweet hoisin glazed pork belly. Transcendent.
If you’re in Philly for the summer, you still have a few weeks left of Center City Sips. I highly recommend it— $4 cocktails, $3 wine, $2 beer, and half-off appetizers during happy.
Upon leaving the Queens Center Mall after a day of ridiculous heat, we stumbled across empanadas on our way home.
I’d never had empanadas before, so I forced Angel to eat some with me. We each got the carne y papas (shredded beef and potatoes) empanada in corn flour patties. After waiting a few minutes…
I had no idea what the size would be, and I was excited. The meat inside was nicely flavored, and I loved the little chunks of potatoes. I especially liked the crispy skin on the outside. My only complaint is that afterwards, I felt gross since the empanada was so greasy. It was also my first empanada, so I can’t comment on authenticity or how it stacks up against other empanada places. That being said, I did quite enjoy my first empanada experience!
The cumin flavor was pretty strong. The meat was nice and tender. I loved the dough— my only complaint is that the dough seemed a bit stale. Nevertheless, it was yummy. I could’ve eaten two of these and been full. ($2.50)
Mount Qi Vegetables on Hand Pulled Noodles
These were delicious as well! However, if you can’t handle spicy foods, DO NOT GET IT IN SPICY! A. and I both have a fairly good tolerance for spicy stuff, and it got really tough by the end. I wasn’t sure what all the veggies (carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, lots of other random stuff) were, to be honest, but the broth was good, and I liked the noodles. ($6.00)
I will definitely be back there! It’s a nice cheap, delicious meal. The two of us ate for only $10.50, and we were pretty full.
Started off with a pineapple margarita made with fresh pineapple. Yum. Drinking margaritas for breakfast is classy.
We began the meal with carnitas tacos, with pulled pork, black beans, radish, and pineapple salsa. Absolutely wonderful. The meat was juicy and nicely seasoned. I normally don’t eat radishes, but the amount was not overpowering, which I liked. Very good— another friend actually ordered four more of those to go after our meal!
Angel’s torrijas were delicious. The moist center was nicely juxtaposed with the crispy crust. It was made from tres leches batter, with cajeta (goat milk caramel — AMAZING), berries, and chantilly cream. Everyone couldn’t help but try a piece, and everyone couldn’t help but foodgasm after tasting it.
I ordered the torta de huevos, which included an over easy egg, queso oaxaca, Benton’s bacon, avocado, tomato, refried beans, and crema. My only problem with the torta was the logistics of eating the sandwich— the egg dripped and made the bread a bit soggy. Otherwise, it was great. Of course, I enjoyed my bacon and eggs. The avocado was a nice touch to the different textures in my mouth.
Angel and I are already planning on going back. So far, in my eyes, Garces does very little wrong (see calamari, baked goat cheese in tomato broth at Amada).