Fun with my sister in Philly

Posted by in Desserts, Macarons, Restaurants

My little sister came up to Philly for the Thanksgiving weekend and we’ve been having a blast around the city.  Keep in mind that we didn’t eat and drink everything in this post in one day!

On Tuesday evening, I picked her up directly from the airport and took her to the city.  Our first stop was El Vez, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the city.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of our incredible guacamole with goat cheese, pistachios, chile flakes, and roasted tomatoes, but I assure you that it was incredible.   We also munched on the taco tasting platter, which included tacos with sea bass, beef, chicken, pork, and mahi.  And nothing is complete at El Vez without one of their signature drinks.  We both shared a guava mojito and a luna rosa.  We’re lushes, we know.

Cha drinking a Luna Rosa at El Vez: Smirnoff strawberry, pink grapefruit juice, cranberry, and a sugar rim

Fun in the photobooth at El Vez

We then ventured across the street to Capogiro for the most amazing gelato in the world (at least in my opinion).  I think the flavor that surprised us the most was avocado.  It was so creamy and just sweet enough.  Mmm.

An assortment of gelatos: Thai coconut milk, hazelnut, avocado, and cranberry apple

And no visit to Philadelphia is complete without a cheese-steak or two.  Pat’s and Geno’s are two very popular places in Philly, but I decided to take my sis to Geno’s since the lighting is way cooler and I had never been there before.  I honestly can’t tell much of a difference in taste between the two places though.  Maybe because I’m not a fan of cheese-steaks.  We shared a cheese-steak wit (meaning, with onions) and with provolone cheese.  We also smothered it in mustard, ketchup, and relish.  Locals would probably kill me for doing that.

Geno's Steaks on 1219 South 9th St.

After stuffing our face with cheese-steaks, I took her to a much more classy establishment: Miel Patisserie, which is in the Rittenhouse area.  We got an assortment of macarons: cinnamon apple, strawberry, and lemon poppy.  Oh and we also shared a tiramisu.  Of course, we had to get coffee to go along with the desserts so my sis got a cafe au lait and me, a cappuccino.

Strawberry macaron <3

After walking around the city for a little while to digest the cheese-steaks and pastries, we ventured over to Tria.  Definitely one of my favorite places for cheese and overall good wine and beer.  I sipped on a Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, which tastes like pumpkin pie and spices.  I saw it on tap and had to have one.  My sis and I selected a variety of cheeses.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember what they all were.

An assortment of delicious cheeses

Whenever someone comes to visit me in Philly, the trip is not complete without a visit to the Ranstead Room.  The place is a prohibition style bar, hidden on Ranstead Street behind El Rey.  There are no signs to indicate where this place is and you would never find it unless you knew about it because it’s on a sketchy alley.  The atmosphere is just like the one you would find in a 1920’s speakeasy.  You first walk into a private room, where the host takes you into the bar and seats you…only if there are seats available.  I always prefer to sit at the bar because I love to watch the bartenders make drinks.  We started off with blackberry mojitos and then finished the night off with a bartender’s choice: you tell the bartender what you like and he/she will make you a drink.  I told him I wanted something with light spirits and something fruity and he put a drink called Fruit cup in front of me.  OMG.  Best drink I’ve ever had.  I believe it had vodka, ginger ale, lemonade, cucumber, lemon, mint leaves, and strawberry.  I could definitely see myself drinking one of those at the beach.  De-lish.

Blackberry mojitos