Thursday, February 23, 2012

and I'll never tell you what I saw

Last weekend Jason & I had a late valentine's day dinner at Vedge in Philadelphia.
I had been to Horizons many times before, which was owned by the same owners of Vedge, and was very dissapointed when I heard they were shutting down.
Luckily, my dissapointment was gone after hearing about their new restaurant they were opening up!

Just from going into the restaurant, it had such a warm ambiance and the decor was dimly-lit and very cozy. Already I knew I would love this place.

Since the menu runs a bit "small", our waitress told us that most people would order about 3-4 plates each. We decided on getting two things off of the dirt list to share and each getting something from the larger menu.

The two items from the dirt list (which is the restaurant's daily vegetables) was the Crispy Cauliflower and the Fingerling Potatoes.
The crispy cauliflower had the most AMAZING sauce under it. Seriously, I wanted to lick it off the plate, but figuring it was a romantic dinner I probably shouldn't. :)
Jason agreed, the sauce was this creamy, savoury, amazing-ness that made the cauliflower taste like the best. I even dipped some of the bread they gave us into it. That good.

The fingerling potatoes were also very very delicious. They had a creamy worcestshire sauce that really accented the potatoes. Both were great. We were already huge fans of Vedge after this.

My entree was the Grilled Gochujang Tofu. Don't you just love those grill marks? The tofu was perfectly grilled and has the exact not too mushy, not too rough texture. I always loved the tofu dishes at Horizons so I was very happy to see it on their menu at Vedge. The edamame puree that it came with was delicious as well and added a bit of creamyness to bites of the tofu. The sauce around it is called smoked miso dashi and it had a great salty ness to it that was perfect with the tofu.

As per usual, I'm always loving my entree, until I try a bite of Jason's and wish I had his instead. Luckily, he gave me a couple of bites :) Anyway, he ordered the Grilled Seitan. It came with black lentils and mushrooms, creamy horseradish, and kohlrabi. We both are not fans of mushrooms, but this was the only seitan dish that Vedge had offered that evening so he was willing to try it. Honestly, you could barely even taste the mushrooms and he really enjoyed it.

Of course, you have to have dessert at this place. We have stopped in here about 2 months ago just for an after dinner dessert and drink, but it just made me want to come back even more. Last time, we had tried the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which was phenomenal so we had some high standards for the dessert at Vedge!
We chose this time the Apple Cake Fritters. As well as the ice cream trio that are behind them but not shown.
The three flavors of ice cream we tried were Peanut Butter & Jelly, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Pistachio. All 3 - amazing. Peanut butter & Jelly being my favorite, of course.

As far as the apple cake fritters went, Jason had said he preferred the pudding dessert that we had gotten another time. I love these though, they were like mini fried apple pies, and the salad and cider caramel that it came with was a great touch. Anything with apples in it, I'm usually a fan of.

We had a fabulous evening and we will definitely be back to Vedge, hopefully sooner than later!

Vedge is located at 1221 Locust Street in Philadelphia.
Definitely recommend a reservation, it was quite busy in there! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cupid's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Hope you enjoy it whether with a significant other, family, friends, or showing self-love to yourself, we all deserve it :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

have you ever felt like everybody's watching...

A bit ago Jason & I visited DC again for a weekend. We love having our weekends away every now and then and DC is always a great place to visit! We lucked out with the weather as well and it wasn't too bad!

We arrived on Friday night and went out with my brother since he lives down there. We of course, had to go to RFD which is Jason's favorite place and has a HUGE menu of millions of different beers. It was okay, and loud, but I know Jason likes it. :)

On Saturday we walked all over! I love wandering around different cities and seeing everything they have to offer. We went to the museums and saw the Andy Warhol exhibit which was really awesome.
We also walked over to the Eastern Market which is in the Capitol Hill area of DC. i had never been over there before but there were so many awesome vendors!
Including a PICKLE stand!!

They offered tons of different pickles on a stick that you could get for only $2. We definitely had to try them and they were SO good!

After walking around all day we rested for a bit in the hotel and then ventured out for dinner. I had never had ethiopian food before, and heard that DC had a ton of awesome ethiopian restaurants to check out so I figured it'd be a great place to try it for the first time.

We ended up making a reservation for Etete. They were located on 9th St and not a far walk really from our hotel. Nothing in DC is really thattt far away.

We started out with the Sambusa which was a roll filled with lentils, green peppers, jalapenos, and onions. They were delicious!

I wasn't sure what to really order, so I asked for the vegetarian plate and she ended up putting both of our orders together on the injera.

Sorry for the low lighting! It was very dim in there which I thought made a great atmosphere. I was the girl though, that asked for a fork, even though I know you're supposed to kind of eat it all with the injera in your hands. Ahh well.. I tried! Everything on it was absolutely delicious though!
It had collard greens, cabbage & carrot, split peas, red lentils, and some amazing sauces that tied it all together.
Definitely not the last time I'll be going to an ethiopian restaurant!

On Sunday we met up with my brother again for brunch! I had heard about Sticky Fingers a lot and I knew I had to try it out for myself. They are located at 1370 Park Rd NW.

It was absolutely adorable on the inside and even though small, we were able to find a spot outside to eat our brunch.

I ordered the tuna melt sandwich. Tuna is one of the things I really enjoyed pre-vegan days, so it was great to have a substitute!

Jason & Brian both got the same thing - the breakfast burrito. It was a whole grain tortilla, tofu scramble, black beans, tomato, spinach, and daiya cheese!

yeah, not the juciest of pictures for the burrito, but under all that spinach there was definitely tofu scramble!

We couldn't leave sticky fingers without trying their beautiful desserts!

My brother tried the famous cinnamon roll. It was as big as our heads. At least.

But oh so good. They had a great deal for the cinnamon roll & a cup of coffee together. I would love to live near by and go there for breakfast and eat that - every day. Hah...

Jason & I split the cupcakes..

We chose cookies n' cake cupcake and a peanut butter fudge cupcake, of course. Those are our favorite flavors for anything, I think.
Of course, they did not dissapoint and not a crumb of anything was left!
It was great to catch up with my brother and we both really enjoy going to DC. hopefully one day we can get down there for the cherry blossom fest!

enjoy your weekends & hope the superbowl is fun for everybody whether you care about the football, the food, the commercials, or seeing Madonna perform! :)