t says: It’s my fault. It’s not due to a lack of eating. It’s not due to a lack of photo-taking. It’s not even due to a lack of time to type. I’m not sure what’s gobbling up my time (it’s clearly not because Scrubs is now on hulu.com … ok … maybe it is …). Let’s play some catch-up:
Ok, so now my iPhoto is all caught up. Hooray! Now I feel far less guilty about not updating the blog. Ahhhhh. I’ll be sure to try and keep up with the holiday eating season. It’s tough, but I’m up for the challenge.
t says: no, not Christmas … Girl Scout Cookie Time! And it seems like this year, I can order them digitally! Our bank account is afraid …
t says: g and I are in the Golden State once again – we just can’t stop visiting! Between the friends, the food, and the wine – it’s a triple threat! We would have mentioned weather for a quadruple threat, but today, it decided to rain on us … hard … so we’re deducting points. But at least it gave us time to stop and make this post.
There were lots of awesome photos of us scaling rocks in Monterey … but they reveal our identities, so we’ll skip them. Let’s just say that I’m pretty agile on those rocky shores …
We did a variety of wine tastings in Paso. Our fave was Clos Solene. Sure, their wines are a bit pricey, but Guillaume and Solene are gracious hosts with absolutely superb wines. Definitely the best Syrah I’ve ever had in the US. And the barrel-sampling of rose and white wines were fabulous – we’re totally in for some Clos Solene next Spring.
On the way back from Paso, we stopped in Mountainview to visit some friends, who treated us to this great little Indian restaurant nearby. I have no idea what it was called, but all I can say is that it was tiny and had great food.
t says: Four years ago, we (g & t) went on our first food-centric outing with a & v. We chose Modo Mio, as we heard about this “great tasting menu option” … and it was FABULOUS. Fast forward 4 years, and here we found ourselves: four friends, with a helluvalotta good food and stories. And guess what: Modo Mio is still killing it:
November 2014, Friday Dinner, Party of 4. The challenge of the evening was: “who could eat the most eggs?” You’ll see what I mean in a second …
You know – I know we’re light on details – so sue us. But know that the meal was fabulous. The price was right (did I mention it was BYO?) And we’ll go on recommending it friends and family alike … just so long as they bring us with them when they go …
t says: I was cleaning out the pantry the other day, and look what I found.
Why on earth would someone require so many chocolate chips? I’m not sure. I mean, I am known to eat a few chips from time to time when I need a hit of something sweet … and somehow I managed to have three open bags at once … with an unopened one “just in case”. I’m going to say that it’s because our pantry is just soooooo big that I couldn’t keep track. Sounds plausible, right? Right?
(I think I have a problem.)
t says: sometimes, someone just hits the nail on the head:
t says: Sooo, I was a little bored-and-hungry after work the other day, and, having read all about the coverage on foobooz, decided to venture on out to Knead Bagels.
November 2014, Thursday Morning, All by Myself. It was a quaint little operation they had going on there.
Now, there is some be some sort of bohemian anti-efficiency clause in Philadelphia – like you can’t open up a cool-but-quick place to eat – it must be the least efficient, most confusing process ever. Now, I realize that this was only their secon day open, however, I foresee an operation very similar to Spread Bagelry and Rotisseur. You go in, place an order; they work on the order, and then when it’s ready, it comes back out to you. Simple, right? Kinda. But this arrangement is fragile. Take Spread for example – you walk in and place an order. That order gets put in line while some suer-cool dude with his hair tied back takes his sweet time cooking eggs whilst singing along to whatever’s playing on overhead. But of course, your order then needs to be proof’d by the person who took your order before it goes out … but that takes away from her ability to continue taking orders … oh and did I mention the pick-up and order-taking occurs at the same place? The result is a giant cluster-storm, as the line extends out the door. Oh – and because the customers tend to be quite the self-entitled Rittenhouse type, the idea of a “line” eventually breaks down and it’s a free-for-all with people huffing-and-puffing, rolling their eyes, coppin’ ‘tude, and placing orders out of turn). If only Spread’s bagels weren’t so damn good, I would have written them off a long time ago (btw – be careful – their inefficiency at keeping track of fresh vs. not-fresh bagels means I got a super-stale most-likely-day-old one – I would have gone back to exchange, but the ginormous line of Lululemon gear and tight-jeans made me too self-conscious about creating too big a scene). Ok, so we’ll see if Knead Bagels also has the same systems issues. I will say that Rotisseur, after many-a-months, did manage to streamline their operation – they can keep up with the lunch rush without issues now – so there is some hope!
Now, as for the bagels. What did I think? Well, I tried the togarashi-scallion-lime as well as the black-sesame-kimchi. You know – I can say they were “ok”. The flavors were great! But ultimately, I was underwhelmed. I couldn’t figure out why. So I thought: these flavor combinations are something that I’d expect in a small plate of some sort at a restaurant – not a huge bagel. Consequently, to have the staying power to last through a full bagel, balance is more of an issue. While they were tasty at first (probably because of the novelty), I grew a bit tired of them after a few bites – there’s just something about having that much cream cheese that was distracting. If only there was a way to put more flavor in the bagel, and let the cream cheese be more of an accent. For example, what if instead I had a scallion-onion bagel with togarashi-lime cream cheese? Or a garlic-kimchi bagel with a sesame spread? I don’t know if it can be done, but if it could, I’d totally get those again. Now, there is a bagel that was on my radar that needs to be sampled because it sounds awesome (spiced apricot, lemon-goat-cheese spread) – so I’ll be back. We’ll see how they fair on round 2.