"Its all about the food!"

Its all about the food! Some how when my family or friends and I are on vacation, the experience always ends up being about the food ;) Husband had to be in town by Thursday for a business meeting so our beach plans for Spring Break changed to a 3 day trip to Philly. Yes, Philladelphia! Philly is an amazing town to visit. Lots of history of course, but the food and art scene there is no less than New York City.

Gastronomy, the study of food and culture is taken very seriously in Philly. One would expect the German and Dutch influences to be more apparent than any other culture, but what we experience every time we visit there, is very different. The China town in Philly is less intimating than other major city China Towns, and in a way more hip and young than one would expect. Yuba, Dashi, Yuzu, Miso, Romesco, Kimchee, Harissa, confit, Bagna càuda, Bourdeto, .... are not uncommon on menus in restaurants.

Confit, smoking, whipping, glazing, pickling, and pureeing techniques are used to give depth to lighter fares vs. the fried onions and dallopings of mayo. From Iron Chef Restaurants and Chinese Street Food to Japanese Ice cream and Mid- Eastern desserts, we had no choice but make the trip "all about the food".

So this week and I am guessing in the next few weeks, we will be using some new recipes, techniques and ingredients that we learned from our trip to the City of Brotherly Love. We will steaming our vegetables for the Lo Mein in Dashi (miso broth) to use less oil and added more flavor.

We don't have a smoker but the sweet Paprika will give the chicken a smoky flavor that goes very well with plantains and rice. The whipped cucumber in the dressing is a great vegan and calorie free substitute for mayo or cream. The depth in the house made island spice that goes over the carrots with harissa is taking cooking carrots to another level and so on....

We are super excited to prepare this weeks menu for you and hope that you will enjoy it as much as we enjoy preparing it for you.

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