Guys, I have eaten A TON of food lately, oh my gosh. Josh and I don’t typical get to go out for dinner dates. Well, it is really hard to get Joshua out of his comfy chair to leave the house. I mean, he is a major homebody! And when we do go out on dates, we always end up at the same old boring chain restaurant. Now, I won’t lie. I can be a bit of a picky eater. Okay, I am super picky about the food that I eat but we have both proven that we can come out of our shells a little bit by trying different food from different and exciting cultures.
The foodie adventure started in Toronto this past September but we brought that courage home with us back here in Philadelphia. Here’s a short recap of a few our favorites!
You can’t walk by Smoke’s in Canada and not get Poutine. If you haven’t had poutine, its basically a pile of french fries doused in gravy and cheese curds. If you haven’t had Smoke’s, its that french fry, gravy and cheesy goodness topped with more toppings than you can think of. I had the classic poutine and Joshua topped his with pulled pork.
I have been stalking the instagram account of this amazing Hungarian pastry shop for years now and I finally summoned the courage to track the place down in Toronto. The cones are these super soft doughnuts covered in sugar and cinnamon. It’s first stuffed with spreads and sauces galore. Then, topped with ice cream and other incredible things. It was a solid 45 minutes of dessert heaven, I’m not even kidding!
Here in Philly, this cute little Hawaiian/Filipino/Japanese fusion restaurant has easily become a favorite. The food is so complex in flavor that its really hard to describe how amazing and unique it all is. My favorite dish is the Mochi Nori Fried Chicken. This was our first time trying the Pork Belly Adobo and Oh.My.Gosh is it good. Like, i’ll risk the heart attack and love handles good. Take a look at their amazing menu here.
The pork belly was so good that we wanted to try making it on our. We were going to try and attempt the Pork Belly Adobo but a cookbook that I’ve been holding onto, The London Cookbook by Aleksandra Crapanzano, has this amazing recipe for Japanese braised Pork Belly. There are so many recipes in this book that Joshua and I want to try, its not even funny. I love this book because it contains recipes from restaurants from all over London. Everyone knows that London is number one on my list of places to go but with my health and our quest to start a family, cooking from The London Cookbook will have to be the closest thing until we can get there. Its packed with photos and information. Its definitely the perfect cookbook if you’re looking to get out of your foodie shell.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.