I need to lay down. It's been a grueling, yet gratifying week of eating.
It started Sunday with a Schmitter at the Phillies game followed with a small cup of sorbet(Campari Grapefruit & Raspberry) from Capogiro post game.
Monday night - Lolita's, dinner for four. Highlights for me were the gucomole, carnitas and my lamb done two ways as a loin and stew combination. Nice bright clean flavors. Service was fine - nothing spectacular. Room is pleasant, though perhaps a little too dark. You might want to bring along a mining helmet. The cost was $150 for 5 appetizers, 4 entrees & 2 coffees, tax & tip. Good to keep in mind as a Monday night dining option. Back to Capogiro this time for a Pignoli and Cappucino gelato cone.
Tuesday - Tria at 18th & Sansoms Sts. What was supposed to be after work drinks with a friend turned in to a 2 1/2 hour orgy of snacking. We had two seperate cheese courses of three cheeses (1rst course included a Camembert, a Tomme and Gouda) each served with strawberries, lemon-zested honey and macerated cherries with wonderful bread (I wonder where it's from). Next, a plate of dried beef served with shaved asiago and a serving of prosicutto stuffed with an apricot-fig jam. With these courses we downed (in a ladylike way) 6 glasses of 4 different wines. Our server was extremely helpful in helping us match wines to the various food flavors plus he was great at keeping the table under control, clean plates, silverware etc. For dessert we split a grilled panino of bananas, caramel & marscopone cheese, which goes on my Top Ten Sweet list. Two Cappucinos and ca-ching: $133 including tax & tip. Definitely not a meal for the lactose-intolerant or the overly thrifty. Be advised ,portions are not large but I left well satisfied as if I had eaten a standard 3 course meal and the quality was excellent.
Wednesday night - Dinner for two at Chloe. My third time here, my husband's first. As usual, fresh inventive food in a relaxed setting. I started with a salad of grilled peaches, figs, and gorgonzola over greens in a reduced balsamic vinaigrette. Very large portion - almost a meal unto itself especially with the roasted pepper/garlic puree they serve with their bread. Followed this with a ragu of beef, pork and duck over potato gnocchi;a very savory dish with lots of heft. Would be great comfort food on a cold night. As a side we split an order of grilled asparagus bundles wrapped in prosicutto. No wine tonight just bottled water for a total cost of $83.
Thursday - Next, another BYOB, this time on South St. Received rave reviews from friends & they weren't wrong. While some of the creative flavor combinations may put some people off -all were deftly executed and worked well in all of the dishes we sampled. Instead of ordering from the appetizer list we got three side dishes, a greens salad, sauteed spinach & gingered carrot risotto. The risotto was the winner with the spinach a close second. My main course was the pancetta & fontina stuffed pork chop with briased greens and a tomato/garlic jam. Simply fabulous. Mr. Man had the roasted chicken in an Amaretto chicken sauce which came with buttermilk mashed potatoes & broccoli w/ almonds. Wow. He is a roast chicken fanatic and this was his favorite for 2004 along with a dish he got in Chicago at Trattoria Roma. Dessert & coffee were a bit of a letdown. The coffee's served French presse & it wasn't as hot as we like, they do the plunging in the kitchen. The peach cobbler with honey almond ice cream was okay - the ice cream portion was too small for the warm cobbler. Still, all in all, a great meal. Dining area is nice, removed from the hubbub of the street by going down a small flight of stairs. Total cost was $86 which also included a bottled water. Note: They have early bird specials of three courses for $28 on Tues-Thursday.
In conclusion, I now weigh three pounds more than I did last Saturday.
Tonight - Home. Maybe tunafish with red pepper hummus instead of mayo, no bread, baby carrots on the side.