Food Adventures in Philly, Maryland, and Washington DC

I have an awesome dessert recipe to share with you…tomorrow.  Today, I want to tell you about what I’ve eaten recently that were cooked by someone other than myself.  This past weekend, my sisters and I took our cousin Fiona to Philly, Maryland, and Washington DC, where we visited the iconic landmarks, and, of course, ate some of the foods on my forever-growing “foods to try” lists!

No visit to Philly is complete without trying the cheesesteaks, especially from the two famous vendors: Geno’s and its rival Pat’s.  We all thought Pat’s was better.  Sorry Geno’s fans!

Bassett’s ice cream.  I had Guatemalan Ripple (coffee with chocolate swirls) and Macadamia Nuts, though I thought the flavors were a bit lacking in intensity.

Maryland crab soup and bisque, crabcakes, and steamed crabs with Old Bay seasoning!  We had crabs at Captain James Landing and Schwartz’s, and both were fresh and tasty.  The seasoning at Schwartz’s was better (not too spicy and just the right amount of salt), but I enjoyed the ambiance at Captain James Landing more.  With outdoor seating of picnic tables and benches on the pier, and a couple of wooden mallets and plastic buckets, we were all set for a relaxing and low-key summer evening!

Brunch at Cafe Leopold in Cady’s Alley.  Two of us ordered the sausage hash and two of us ordered the quiche, and we all agreed that the dishes were perfectly cooked (the potato was especially delicious)!

Pastries from Paul Bakery.  My sister raved about their palmiers and even got an extra one to snack on for when we returned to the hotel later!

Coconut flan

Fresh apricot puff pastry tart

Gourmandise (puffed pastry filled with pastry cream and chocolate chips)

We had dinner at Founding Farmers.  Since the restaurant is supported by sustainable farming practices, the menu is inspired by the farm-to-table concept and includes seasonal vegetable dishes.

Toasted ciabatta with three different dips: romesco, avocado, and pimento cheese

The highlight of the meal was definitely the bacon lollis!  It tasted like jerky with a crunchy brown sugar coating and I could imagine myself eating a dozen of these in one sitting.  I’ll try to recreate this appetizer as soon as I can get my hands on some thick-cut bacon.

Chicken pot pie

Pan-fried chicken and waffles

Fresh pasta with sweet corn and asparagus

Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, squash, and “rice-a-roni”

And finally, I visited the kitchen of my favorite chef of all time: Julia Child!  Julia’s kitchen is currently being displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, so definitely go check it out if you’re a fan like me!


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