Monday, July 21, 2014

Cherries, Apricots, Blackberries

There were predictions of scant regional cherry availability but we've had plenty of the local crop.

Conditions out west must have been perfect because markets everywhere were featuring big, plump fresh juicy and high quality (brix 18) cherries. Perfect looking NW USA were $1.99/# at WFM Friday Special. Super Fresh had beauties for $2.99/#.

I like the Grande ricotta product called Del Pastio  This time though, on the advice of a skilled Italian baker, I switched to Calabro.  Fantastico. This cheese is available at Salumeria in RTM
Vanilla pastry cream, black raspberry eclair
 Vanilla pastry cream with fine black raspberries from FairFood Farm Stand
Vanilla Ricotta, Apricot Cherry Tartlet

 There is a pool of delicious fresh apricot inside the pastry shell.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ba Le

Banh mi from Ba Le 
state of the art sandwich.

Sunday Market Offerings

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Early Summer Market Offerings Berries & Bacon and Eggs

 Gougere sandwich with Taproot eggs n sprouts, D'angelo's apple-hickory bacon

 Hammonton Blueberries, lemon pastry cream, candied lemon, white chocolate
Sweet cherries from Beechwood, chocolate shell and vanilla pastry cream

 Cell phone pic

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dedication Preview of the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Yesterday we took a family visit to the 9/11 museum 
Unidentified remains are kept behind the blue panels, which are representations of how people recalled the color of the sky that day.


This is a recovered part of the radio tower from one of buildings.

I believe this is a picture of missing posters from Union Square.

My brother could have been one of those trapped on 84 S. He worked on that floor and many of his colleagues did escape before the collapse.

9/11 quilt
The pools occupy the foot prints.
Water valve from below WTC
I felt that the memorial museum was very moving and tastefully designed. It succeeded in capturing the shocking brutality of the event. Thirteen years later, the museum artifacts organically conjure the mayhem, panic and profound grief of the day.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Omakase Monday @ Monsu

Brion Shreffler's first omakase Monday had a fantastic launch this week. Chef McAndrews reprised a few past menu favorites for our 

First taste was delicious. Caponata.

 Scrappalino was amazing! Plum mostarda was a brilliant bridge between the scrapple and the egg.

Brion and Chef McAndrews
 Lil Lady with ethereal oxtail canneloni.
 Grilled lamb with saffron.
Superb hospitality and a charming mix of diners made this evening fun, delicious and happily repeatable.

Friday, May 9, 2014


 I could't wait. Resistance was futile I purchased these Cali cherries at WFM @$7.99/#. I had been contemplating using a candied cherry as a chocolate eclair garnish for a while.
The ghost tree flowers again on South St.

 'Sunspire' blossom in 08204

Monday, April 28, 2014

Philly Bred Gingko Grove

These volunteer Gingkos, rescued  from random center city plots, have been groveing in that pot for a few years.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Piri Piri with Canter Hill Chicken

Wayne, from Canter Hill Farm, supplies us with a prime, pastured chicken every so often. With the last bird he gave us a packet of Piri piri.

There are no local veggies around town (unless you visit the magical vendor at Fitler Sq who has had broc, cauli, fennel, leeks and greens for more than a month). So the plated veggies I found on 9th St.

Basajo from Claudio with bread from DiBruno Bro$. This cheese is tarted up with Italian straw wine. You can see one of the grapes that are used in the packaging of this delicious blue.