Sunday, November 15, 2009

Last Birthday before the baby...

Brian took me out to Ole Tapas for my birthday. We haven't been here since our anniversary when I told Brian we were expecting, but we had the same waitress and table, and just as good a time. I always like taking pictures of the food here. The menu had a lot of new things and we tried a few new tapas. Our entire dinner included:

  • Chefs Complement: an eggplant tapa
  • A trio of cheeses including: Valdeon, Queso Jerezano (seared Miti CaƱa goat cheese with Sherry reduction), and Curado Pimenton

  • The Empanada of the day
  • Chiluetas Cordero (baby lamb chop)

  • Higos Cabrales (bacon wrapped figs with Cabrales)

  • Serrano Croquetas (ham croquettes)
  • Fish N Chips (the only one we don't recommend.... we're not big fans of smelt apparently)
  • Bread Pudding & Espresso (with cinnamon ice cream)
We had a little more ice cream at home, so I could make my birthday wish.

We also hit up the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. It is a pretty cool marketplace, you see a glimpse of it in National Treasure (when the girl is hiding from the bald guy). We ate a gold old fashioned meal served by Amish women at the rib place, and browsed the many cheese and meat counters. We bought a few spices at the Spice Terminal, and some more seeds for Brian to plant our own herbs. We also took part in the Unforgotten Food festival, mostly so Brian could have some Teaberry ice cream. Apparently, teaberry is a local thing, it grows on the mountains in PA. Brian loves it. We tried a few other things, including another local specialty:  Pepper Pot Soup. I'm now looking for a recipe for this tasty dish, preferably one that doesn't include tripe.

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