In homage to Philly’s Restaurant Week, I’m updating it with a post from July, back from Dining Days.
Hello Readers! It’s been about a month and I apologize for such late updates. I had a lot of classes and prep for the upcoming months and eventually blogging got push out of the way. However, to compensate for that, I’ll be updating for a whole week – (could it be that consistent!?) of the foods I’ve been sampling the past month.
This one was from Dining Days over at University City, so as Sept comes, why not have a mini restaurant week right here too?
I recently have been on and off with workouts. Having gym service is terrific especially when you can grab a friend and join their exercise sessions. Body Combat has to be my favorite. It encompasses kick boxing and plenty of cardio to make use of your arms, legs, and joints! Knowing that, I tried to stay off the fat starting with this salad.
Cantina Salad w/ Jicama.
This salad was delicious, especially the bright citrusy dressing which makes you feel perked up and enjoy it even more. I think it’d have been dry without and after throwing away the olives, it lost lots of valuable flavor. Jicama is a very interesting root. My mom usually cooks it in a dumpling like rice noodle pastry and so it’s never had much l0ve by itself. It’s crunchy like guava but has a sweetness where its texture doesn’t work, at least for me. However, after having it here, I appreciated its appearance and it makes the salad much more healthful and enjoying than a caesar salad. I easily gobbled it up utilizing the dressing wisely.
Jalapeno Fries w/ Cheese Whiz.
However, this could not hold off my temptations. We opted for whiz since the cheddar might cool off by the time we finish this. And we really, wanted to enjoy it slowly. As far as fries goes, this is your typical fries and does not disappoint. But the jalapenos really kicked it up a notch! It wasn’t spicy, but more of a warm mild pepper that gives more depth to regular fries. I couldn’t help throwing down more calories as my mouth loved the warm cheesiness, crunchy onions, and peppers combination. Thank goodness my friend let me have most of these peppers!
Honey glazed Salmon w/ mango salsa.
And by the time we finished it off, I was waiting to try this beauty. It was a bit saddening that it was tiny… I expected at least 2.5 times more of the salmon as seen from the online menu. Instead, I was pleased to have the sweet mango salsa along side the wonderfully glazed fish. The mashed potatoes was a bit heavier than I expected and washed well with plenty of warmed butter and minimal salsa dressing that lingered on the plate. Asparagus is always nice to pair up with and grilling it makes a nice finish and smokiness you can’t resist.
Chicken in Jerk Spices
Don’t let the picture fool you! This sure is a huge leg for those whose snacking on fries almost didn’t satisfy. Unfortunately, it was a bit drier to our tastes, which leaves me wondering whether it was already cooked or just sitting there without enough juices evenly distributing. We were already full by the time my friend offered me a sampling of this leg but the spices made the chicken work. It reminded me of my co-worker’s delish jerk rice/jambalaya where the spices in the fried rice and chicken made up for the dryness of rice. Nonetheless, be prepared to have a refreshing glass of lemonade to aid you in finishing this.
The waitress came back constantly to check on us, for either our appetites weren’t very large or she worried our food was growing cold. In either way we were surprised to even hear desserts were coming out. Yikes, being nearly full, I’d wished I took it to go. But the portions of all these dishes seemed small that it was silly to take out just a bit. Mental note, I’ll have the desserts to-go, and check please.
Key Lime Pie.
What a luscious little one. It was my first time having it, but nevertheless it was refreshing, based on all the citrus and fruits going on my dishes, you’d think I’d gotten tired! The crumb was buttery and just as you’d expect. By the time I finished half, I was eyeing both the crust, tart filling, and whips of fat. The side cremes were heavenly just meringues, but just freshly whipped cream. The topping instead was soft and slightly sweetened but much denser than the heavy cream as you see. I just wanted to finish the crust and frosting by then, as I knew no lemony curd would stay still in my stomach. I’m much too full.
Alas, I was able to sample the Chocolate Lava Cake!
By contrast, this was a melty volcano of chocolate. Great for those better than Hersheys’ lovers out there! It was divine to cut through its ooziness but I couldn’t handle it by myself. I had already fallen in love with my pie.
It was probably the best $15 I could spend on a spur, as I didn’t expect to have lunch but Copabanana won’t tire you out!
With its’ fresh flavours and easy classics I think you will not go wrong with any bite. But seriously, try the jicama salad for a fresh burst of morning shine!