Crème brûlée French Toast

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I don’t really have anything to say about the Crème brûlée French Toast at Green Eggs Cafe, but I took a picture of it and I feel that it warrants its own blog post. Green Eggs Cafe in Philly might be known for their red velvet pancakes, but o…m….g….this perfectly sweetened version of the classic breakfast dish will leave you unable to think about anything else for the rest of your day. The berry compote, the Chantilly cream, the anilla anglaise, it’s all too good for words.

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Shack Shack Philly In Photos

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How is it Monday morning already!? As promised, here is the post-Shake Shack experience blog. I meant to take more pictures, I swear but several factors were working against me at the time. You try walking 20 blocks on 95 degrees day, then wait for what feels like hours outside in a line, and tell me if you feel like taking tons of pictures of your food!?

I’m really glad to say, the walk, the heat, the wait was well worth the wait. I ordered a double cheeseburger, fries and a fresh-squeezed lemonade. I’m a sucker for crimpy fries because they remind me of summer night on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore.

The cheeseburger. SO GOOD. It wasn’t the best burger that I’ve ever had in my life but this wouldn’t even fit into the category of gourmet burgers that I consider supreme (Rouge, Village Whiskey) but in the category of fast food-ish burgers, this wins hands down. It was juicy without being greasy. The cheese was perfectly melted on each patty. It was hot and fresh and tasty. The bun was perfection.

The view!

I could not believe how extensive the menu was, too. I knew they had beer and wine but the dessert options were just crazy and I love that they incorporated traditional Philadelphia foods like soft pretzels and the famous Termini Bros pastries.

The Liberty Shell: vanilla custard and Termini Bros. cannoli shells, strawberry puree and lemon ricotta.

Center City Pretzel: vanilla custard with Philadelphia soft pretzels, caramel, marshmallow sauce and bananas.

How insane. No, I did not partake in any of these treats because saying “I was too full” is an understatement. Dessert definitely constitutes its own visit one day in the near future!

Rittenhouse Square. You’ll need a loooooong walk in the park after this meal!

Shake Shack Philly!

The rumors had been swirling around the city for months and then all of a sudden it became official once ground broke at a location off of Rittenhouse Square: Shake Shack of New York City (And Dubai and D.C., etc.) was coming to Philadelphia! And it is right across from the joint that has my favorite burger of the moment: Jose Garces’ Village Whiskey. Try you must.

I realize the cheeseburger craze has been the bane of many a foodie’s existence these days. Like cupcakes and truffle mac n’ cheese, the food elite wish food civilians like myself would stop getting so hyped up about these eats.

Well sorry foodies, but I love the cheeseburger craze. Even when I was tried to be a vegetarian, I couldn’t resist a good burger. And pairing it with a milkshake and fries…c’mon, man.

To Shake Shack I will go today and will update with all of the photos I can take in between bites. Here’s hoping I come up for air a few times! 🙂

Happy Friday!

Sabrina’s Stuffed French Toast

One of my favorite things about Philadelphia is its abundance of stellar bruncheries. Sabrina’s is a staple in the city’s brunch scene. They have grown from a super tiny space on Christian Street in Bella Vista and now have two other locations in University City and my favorite in Fairmount.

Sabrina’s in Fairmount is where I first tried the Stuffed French Toast and oh my gosh, heaven in breakfast form appeared before me on the plate.  Sabrina’s is notorious for their weekly changing  specials and the above photo was a variation of the standard stuffed french toast on the  menu. Get ready to salivate:

Two slices of doughy, sweet, slightly gooey french toast sandwiched together and enveloping cream cheese, Nutella and sliced bananas, sitting in a pool of peach syrup and topped with french peaches. You can be jealous now.

This is SOOOO good that I didn’t even mind the bananas. And I hate bananas. When I say that, I mean that I cannot eat a banana without literally gagging. The texture, the mushiness, the smell…not my cup of tea. Ironically, I do love banana bread but probably because the other ingredients mask the banana enough for my taste. And once in a while when they are not the “star” of the dish, I can deal.

So major kudos to Sabrina’s for not only the best brunch l I have ever had, but for the much-needed potassium boost.

And so you don’t feel alone, know that I’m having oatmeal for breakfast today. So I’m right there with you in any food envy you might have right now…

Cheese Adoration

Crate & Barrel is like my Disneyland. On my last trip there I was determined to leave with something. My souvenir of choice ended up being this hard cheese knife from their seriously magical kitchen department. Ever since, I have been on the hunt for new hard cheeses to try. I really don’t know anything about cheese. The only thing I know is that being immersed in the DiBruno Brother’s cheese department is more fun most other kinds of shopping that 20 something girls live for (read: shoes, read: purses.) Hands down. If you are from Philly, you know DiBruno’s is really freakin’  awesome. And this past weekend to DiBruno’s I went–only I wasn’t shopping for myself but for Mother’s Day! I am kicking myself for not buying anything but I was trying not to be selfish–which in this case was just stupid. What was I thinking!?

Now I’m back looking for new hard cheeses and I need ideas. I just finished off some Gouda so leave me a comment if you have a favorite I should try! I’m really tryna be a cheese expert so help me if you can!