My favorite things in Philadelphia – 2019

Bowl of noodles – Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House
Charcuterie – Royal Boucherie
Chinese – Han Dynasty*
Cider – Kurant
Coffee shop – ReAnimator Coffee (Master St.)
Decadent breakfast – Sausage Roll at Cake Life
Dessert – Slice of cake @ Cake Life
Falafel – Liberty Choice
Gay Bar – U-Bar
Good Cocktail in a Quiet Place – New Liberty Distillery
Grocery Store Beer – Bar @ KCFC
Greater calorie lunch than I deserve on a workday – Matt & Marie’s
Hoagie – Castellino’s
Italian – Le Virtu (this list is city only, but Andiario is a real contender)
Mexican – South Philly Barbacoa
Pizza to share with friends – In Riva
Pub Grub – Cook & Shaker
Restaurant – Royal Boucherie
Shawarma – Al-Amana Grocery Store
Single Dish – Squid Salad at Aether
Sushi ala carte – Kisso
Susi omakase – Da-Wa
Thai – Kalaya
Wine Tasting – Pen & Pencil


*The food here is so good.  The last time I was there, I was expecting to meet a friend.  She did not show, because she died in her house that day.  I’ve not returned to Han Dynasty and I am not sure when I will.

Vegan February: Day 2

I am in to day 2. Really nothing to extreme. It tends to help out that I eat out on the weekends, so it is pretty easy to direct my attention to vegan friendly places to eat.

We ordered a pizza from Pizza Brain. It was great. Actually we got 2 pizzas, due to a mix up. One had arugula and Daiya cheese on it and one was just sauce. I would forego the faux-cheese from here on out. The plain pizza was awesome. Next time it will be a plain pizza with arugula.   

I also went shopping today. I got lots of fruits and nuts and vegan friendly things.


  •   Coffee with soy milk


  • Roasted pepper sandwich
  • Hummus and
  • Pretzels


  • Vegan Pizza


  • Dried fruit

Vegan February: Day 1

I started Vegan February today.  Things are going well.  Here is what I ate.


  • Potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Fresh Fruit


  • Banana and Apple
  • Gretzels
  • Granola Bar


We went to Vedge and pigged out.  Everything here is vegan and it is all incredible.  Here are the dishes that we split.

  • Scarlet Turnip “Home Fries” – black kale, whipped sesame
  • Sweet Potato “Fondue” – roasted purples & hammons, grilled bread
  • Nebrodini Mushroom “Fazzoletti” – roasted grape tomato, olive oil, basil
  • Roasted maitake mushroom – celery root fritter, smoked leek remoulade
  • Grilled seitan – creamy parsnips, red wine onions, mustard crumbs, green olive
  • Funky kimchee stew – charred broccoli, pickled tofu, togarashi
  • Winter squash pierogies –  hedgehog mushrooms, madeira, hazelnut picada
  • Cheesecake – meyer lemon marmalade, clementine juice, hazelnuts
  • Turnovers – whipped candied sweet potato, sweet kraut & cream