Did you know that we love Philadelphia?
Well, we do.
If you already follow me on instagram, then you have seen these photos already, and I apologize in advance.
Philly is a GREAT food city filled with culture and art.
The museums are wonderful and it's great for a quick family weekend getaway.
It's only a 2 hour drive from Manhattan and an easy walking city.
The food is what keeps bringing us back.
Not only are there fresh ingredient, farm to table, sustainable food restaurants everywhere, there are wine bars popping up on every corner, serving cheese and tapas for lunch, brunch and dinner.
Bring your appetite, there are not enough hours in the day to try it all.
This trip we didn't do the pork and rabe sandwiches or cheese steaks like last time, however, we were lucky enough to get a table at Zahav, Michael Solomonov's Israeli Middle Eastern restaurant, serving the best hummus and mezze on the planet. Ottolenghi would be proud.
We had so many small courses, each bite better than the next. It was too dark to take pics, so just imagine.
Next time, I would like to try the chef's counter, 11 courses and roast lamb.
On to Vetri Pizzeria. Marc Vetri's Napoletana style pizza place.
The pies were excellent and the salads even better.
Another night we dined at Vernick, a terrific restaurant with innovative cocktails and a simple, fresh, amazing menu.
We had the avocado & spicy radish toast, along with a bunch of small plates to share.
A homemade bialy with in house cured arctic char (they have my number), and in-house made pastrami on a cheddar biscuit with cauliflower sauce, amazing, at FORK for lunch.
and I had to get in line at Federal Donuts. Full disclosure: I am not a donut fan. I don't like munchkins either.
But these are a different animal.
You can order the "fancy" donuts that are glazed and in the case (if you get there before 10 a.m.), or get the donuts, HOT, to order all day long.
Why not try them all? Ok, I did.
Chocolate with sea salt, crumberry, vanilla spice, strawberry lavender.
No wonder there is a line outside.
Oh yeah, did I mention they serve fried chicken too? After 11 a.m., get in line for ridiculous fried chicken.
Henry was very happy.
We visited the beautiful Barnes Foundation, with 181 Renoir paintings, 51 Matisse, and 600 plus other impressionist paintings.
What a treat.
The people of Philly are always the nicest and it's my favorite little weekend getaway. They call it the "City of Brotherly Love" for a reason.
Make sure you go hungry.
Oh yeah, and a big kiss for you on Valentine's day from me, and a hug.
Hope you are all shoveled out by now.
Have a great weekend.
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