The really important thing about Philly (aside from our Nation’s history and all that) was the fried chicken at Federal Donuts. The best I’ve had since Ad Hoc I think. Crunchy skin, tender flavorful meat and a couple neat twists if you’re not a purist (yes, that means they will dust your fried chicken in za’attar if you like). There isn’t much room to sit and not much else on the menu (save some delicious donuts, but only if you get them hot) but trust me after you try this chicken you won’t really want anything else. Especially not tacos from Loco Pez. The internet raves about this place. Zagat gives them a 29. I see the words L.A. style tacos when I Google it. One of the owners has family in San Diego. It looks like it’s going to be awesome. The nachos were good. The refried beans were not. But the real problem was the supposedly great tacos. Over-battered fish isn’t really a good sign. But the taco full of braised meat claiming to be carne asada? BRAISED. Not grilled. Yeah screw you. Don’t get my hopes up and then do that to me. So the search for tacos continues …
Another random pic of the pig outside the Hine School in DC.
After we found our car yesterday (thanks DC “courtesy tow”), we decided to check out Union Market. It is pretty much awesome. Most of all because I no longer have to stalk Red Apron and their delicious guanciale (best I’ve had since Europe) around the city farmer’s markets. They also had some amazing looking steaks which will have to wait since we’re hitting Bourbon Steak for some wagyu for the Bob’s birthday next weekend. Harvey’s meats had this awesome looking pig head.
Other highlights not pictured include the trickling springs creamery (they make ice cream!) and righteous cheese amongst a long list. The only disappointing vendor was the “farm fresh” vegetable stand where there was clearly a ton of non-seasonal produce. And the prices were awful. I mean seriously $15 for some green onions, cauliflower, and 3 leeks. I was assured all of those were local and they look great but those prices are just out of control.
Another awesome find was Salt and Sundry, a beautifully cultivated home store that makes me want to quit my job and start selling cheese knives, napkins and depression glass. Plus it inspired me to finally get stuff done around the house today. The owner also has a charming blog that’s worth checking out http://www.amandamcclements.com/?m=1
So now that we found the car (it was “relocated” (I say stolen) by the city and moved 5 blocks, not to mention subsequently ticketed) we decided we needed cheap San Marzanos. If you’re the one person in DC who doesn’t know Litteri is the place for cheap Italian staples check it out. Next stop Union Market!
In the neighborhood.
I finally found those long lost pictures from Syria. A stark reminder that Damascus is not the place it once was.