Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
But here’s what will make your jaw drop: see that tony wine cellar flanking the dining area? Yeah, that’s a mini state-run liquor store, so you can buy a bottle for your table or brown-bag it for home. Shocking. Bah-bah-bahrilliant! There’s so much wine, you almost wonder if the Trading Co. is really a market or if, secretly, it’s a wine bar for people who like sitting in luxe grocery stores – nothing wrong with that. Yes, there is something a little Aveda meets Dean & Deluca about the whole affair – it’s a cheese market spa.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Baker E. is the in-house dessertista at A Full Plate Café in Liberties Walk, a great go-to spot for really good vegetarian (and non-veggie) fare with a healthy Southern twist. (Try the vegan riblet sandwich, unless you dream of chicken and waffles.) For dessert, you can sample Baker E.’s bars, her cookies, and – best of all – her cakes.
These are ‘50s era layer cakes, the kind you might find in a pink kitchen, displayed on a milk-glass stand. They are moist, oh so moist, thanks to Baker E.’s penchant for buttermilk, and her frostings are exquisite – creamy, not filmy or foamy.
In liquor-drinkin’ circles, Baker E. is famous for her Root’n Red Velvet cupcakes that incorporate locally made Root Liquor, a spicy brown blend based on a 1700s-era recipe for Root Tea (it tastes like boozy root beer); it’s made here in Philly by Art in the Age, an arts collective with a shop on N. 3rd Street. Hint: stop in this weekend and you can sample a mini Root’n Red Velvet cupcake for free.
Baker E. also provides her Root 'n Red Velvet cake recipe here, on her blog, the popular Foodaphilia.com. You can special order cakes from her at 215-627-4068.
P.S. Tomorrow's cheese tasting is still on! See you at Quince Fine Foods for a pre-Valentine's cheese board at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
One of my favorite go-to books for planning a cheese board is Janet Fletcher’s Cheese & Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing, and Enjoying (Chronicle Books, 2006). It’s not a comprehensive book by any means, but it’s inspiring – full of beautiful photos, interesting cheese selections from artisanal makers in the U.S. and abroad, and helpful pairing notes.