Friday, August 8, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Unexpected Bumper Crop of Chanterelles = Chanterelle Tarts for Market

I was jubilant to discover an amazing deal on fresh, local chanterelles at Fair Food Farm Stand.  I acquired a 2.5# sack today for an amazing price. 

Those fine cipollinis are from Z Food and the tomatoes are from Tap Root.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SOS Chefs

I was in NYC this past Monday. When I met up with my son he directed me to SOS Chefs, a super fragrant downtown spice market, where i did a little shopping.
SOS Chefs offers an amazing assortment of the familiar and the exotic and the not to be found in Philly.

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.