Food Adventure Collage.

carnitas snack shack. c-level. world famous. woodstocks. terra american bistro. buddies. corbins. casey's cupcakes. mandarin beijing. nazca grill. eiffel tower restaurant. gordan ramsay burgr. in-n-out. bankers hill bar and grill. los primos. bistro sixty. ruth's chris.


... to a place I like to call my very own. *waving hello*

I invite you to enjoy reading about the food adventures that I have with friends, family, and colleagues.

I adore food and I cannot just choose one particular food that is my fave.

Food is really is my favorite. Enjoy!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Michael Symon's Roast - Detroit, Michigan

My sisters and I visited family in Michigan in February of this year.  On our last night, we wanted to have a nice dinner in the city.  We came across Michael Symon's Roast in downtown Detroit, located in the Westin Book Cadillac hotel and made reservations for three.  We valeted our rental car and took a walk around the area before dinner.  We took the Detroit People Mover to the Riverfront and saw Windsor, Canada in the distance.  Because it was a weekday evening, there was no one around and if we did not talk, the sound of the ice floating on the Detroit River was so calming to hear.

L and I enjoyed a glass of red wine from Argentina:  2013 Paul Hobbs, La Flor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ($9.00 / glass).  L chose the wine, as her and her hubby, know wines and they are fans of Paul Hobb, aka the Steve Jobs of Wine.  This wine is from his winery, Vina Cobos in Mendoza.  I don't know much about wine (had to look him up), so yeah, go Paul Hobbs!

They brought out the bread.  It was a simple bread assortment of rustic white and whole grains.  The bread was soft and the butter was softened, as well.  It is a pet peeve of mine to serve cold butter with bread, especially bread that is not warm.  They did a good job here.

We enjoyed the Roasted Marrow ($10.00) with capers, chilies, oregano, and sea salt.  It was served with thin crostini and pickled red onions.  This was super delicious.  I wish we had ordered two, one for them to share, and one just for me, haha.  Every bite was meaty, crunchy from the crostini, and acidic from the squeeze of lemon and the pickled onion. 

S ordered the Pan Seared Scallops ($28.00) for her entree.  There were seasoned pea tendrils and a schmear of, what I think is, butternut squash puree.  Because her entree was so small, I did not ask her for a taste.  It looked really yummy, though!

L and  I thought we were being smart and decided to split the Dry-Aged Ribeye ($46.00) for the following reasons:
  1. Bread, appetizer, and sides will fill us up
  2. Portions, portions, portions - trying not to be too gluttonous
Big mistake.  I think the steak was a 16 ounce portion (or maybe less?), and we did not ask how many ounces it was before we ordered it.  Don't get me wrong, the ribeye was delicious.  It melted in my mouth and the addition of the little lemony arugula salad with sun dried tomatoes, made it more savory and yummier.  It just left us wanting more.  Now we know.  Own steaks.  

We ordered the Rosemary Fries ($6.00), which was really good.  I wish they were crispier, but I always love a good steak and fries/frites. 

We also had the Brussel Sprouts w/ Walnuts ($10.00).  They had a nice char from the roasting that gave it extra flavor.  I always enjoyed eating brussel sprouts.  I see them as mini cabbage.  They just have to be cooked right.  These were definitely cooked nicely.

Overall, my sisters and I really enjoyed family time in Michigan and spending our last evening there at Roast.  It was a lovely meal with a great atmosphere and friendly staff. 

Michael Symon's Roast
Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
1128 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2100

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Zahav [Society Hill] - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zahav is an Israeli restaurant in the Society Hill neighborhood in Philadelphia.  They are the same owners of the famed Federal Donuts, with locations around the city.  L (my sis), A (my cousin) and I walked from her apartment for dinner during my last evening there last fall.  We met my bro-in-law, MK, there.  This is MK's favorite restaurant and I could see why.

I first saw Zahav on Anthony Bourdain's show, No Reservations, when he highlighted the city of Philadelphia.  He told his viewers about this wonderful roasted lamb shoulder that Zahav serves every night, but only in limited quantities.  My sis ensured that she made an early reservation so we can try it. 

The roasted lamb shoulder is part of a Zahav dinner package called Mesibah for $54.00 a person.  The package included an assortment of small salad plates (salatim), hummus with laffa (pita), small appetizer plates (mezze), and dessert.

Ready for the salatim?  Here we go.... oh, yeah.  Also, I just listed the names of the dishes below and did not describe every single one of them.  I tried mostly all of them and I will say, that none of them disappointed.  Everything that I tried was delicious.

Roasted eggplant

Tomatoes / onions / red peppers

Carrots with parsley

Braised beets

Pickled green beans

Pickled white cabbage


Laffa - light, fluffy and warm

The chef brought out this delicious salad of kale, tahini, sliced pears and mushrooms.  It was fresh and amazing.  I loved the crunch of the fresh pears paired with the bitter greens.

The next dish was my ultimate favorite - cucumber, labneh cheese and tomatoes and Israeli seasonings. 

The servers kept bringing more and more dishes, keeping our tummies satisfied and we waited for the big finale of the roasted lamb shoulder.   Here are the small plates:

Kibbe Naya - raw lamb, corn, cucumber, mint, black garlic tahini, and bulgar wheat served with romaine lettuce leaves

I could have eaten the entire plate of this fried cauliflower dish.  The sauce is labneh, chive, dill, mint, and garlic.

Smoked sable in challah bread, fried egg in the middle, with pickled green beans

Grilled haloumi cheese

Cobia crudo with beets, grapefruit and serrano chili

.....and now, for the grand finale...

Here it is, the roasted lamb shoulder with glazed pomegranate and chickpeas with the crispy rice.  

Closer look at the crispy rice that complimented the succulent lamb very well.

We loved every single bite of it.  It was meaty and flavorful.  I loved the char from the caramelized glaze on the lamb.  The chickpeas were also crispy from the glaze and provided great texture.

Then, we received our desserts....

Pistachio tart with blackberries and pine nuts

Coffee cream with whipped cream and blueberries

Olive oil cake

Lastly, the baklava with candied watermelon rind

This meal was certainly a special treat for all of us.  We absolutely loved trying all the dishes here and the lamb was worth the wait.  The service was impeccable.  They also played a song from my favorite group of all time, A Tribe Called Quest, right before we left.  The party was just getting started there.  I will definitely be back here.

237 St. James Place
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-8800
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