I have many beloved go-to's, as documented more than once on this blog. Yet, as of late, I've felt the need to shake things up. Try something new. I haven't always been rewarded by my intrepid grazing, but when I am, I win big-time.
Case in point: My latest trip to Philadelphia to see Mama Vamp. Instead of going to one of our Sunday brunch standbys - namely Stephen Starr's French bistro Parc or Chef Marc Vetri's Amis - we hightailed it out to Fishtown at a bartender-friend's recommendation. There, we entered a meat-apalooza hot spot called Kensington Quarters. The place is half butcher shop, half restaurant, and all delicious.
Still feeling a bit of bovine overload from my summer trip to Argentina, we opted to split a classic Egg, Bacon and Cheese Sandwich...
Well, maybe it wasn't that basic.
And, then there was that order of pancakes we shared...
Yeah, this was really more of a Dutch Baby with stewed apricots and thick whipped cream. Oh baby, oh baby, oh baby!
As I said before - a win big-time.
Don't think the adventurous attitude left me when I left the City of Brotherly Love.
Just last night, I planned to hit a mainstay Chinese joint in the West Village, but the potent combo of cute signage and frigid winds, blew me into a Singaporean restaurant on Cornelia Street called Chomp Chomp. I need to thank the sign company and Mother Nature for the find. Didn't take photos, but let me tell you that you want their BBQ Stingray - all at once delicate and richly satifying, the fish was grilled, wrapped in a banana leaf, and accompanied by a tart flavor-bomb of a calamasi sambal for dipping.
New might be the rule for 2016. Then again, some of these new spots could just end up becoming my next set of regular go-to's. And, I wouldn't mind one bit.