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My name is Minerva, and I'm a 23-year-old law student who spends her lunch breaks in Philadelphia trying to eat her feelings as creatively as possible.

Philly Foodlet turns one today!
I know I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus with this restaurant blog of mine, but my conscience has been eating me up about it enough (no pun intended) to finally get my shit together and start posting again… and no better a time to do it than on my blog’s one year anniversary!
I’m working on a few posts, so hang in there and expect some activity this week! Thank you all so much for your support and for following me despite my unpredictable presence. As always, my inbox is yours for any and all questions, comments, and suggestions you may have.
All the best!

Philly Foodlet turns one today!

I know I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus with this restaurant blog of mine, but my conscience has been eating me up about it enough (no pun intended) to finally get my shit together and start posting again… and no better a time to do it than on my blog’s one year anniversary!

I’m working on a few posts, so hang in there and expect some activity this week! Thank you all so much for your support and for following me despite my unpredictable presence. As always, my inbox is yours for any and all questions, comments, and suggestions you may have.

All the best!

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— 9 months ago
#tumblr birthday 

Where: El Rey (20th and Chestnut)

I’m coming back from my temporary hiatus to tell you about El Rey, which should already give you a sense of where I’m going with this… but in case it’s not clear, I love it. Go. Drop what you’re doing and GO. 

The façade may give the impression that there’s a 50/50 chance of walking out with a case of Montezuma’s revenge, but any Los Angelean (such as myself) can tell you that, oftentimes, the sketchiest looking places tend to churn out the best food when it comes to Mexican cuisine.

By the time you cross the doors, you’ve probably realized that you’re in the clear as far as your GI tract is concerned and you’re already looking at the decor. Once side of the restaurant is covered in what your waitress will soon tell you is Mexican prison art, and the other half are Mexican movie posters. I remember thinking that the only Philadelphia restauranteur capable of such a scene is Steven Starr… and I was right. 

I am already in love with the ambiance before I even put a morsel in my mouth… but as if that wasn’t enough, the food is unreal. Very fresh, very authentic, very satisfying. I’ve been there a few times in the past month or so, and I can say that you pretty much can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. You could probably blindly pick something and be happy with your choice. 

However, as far as cocktails go… give the mango margarita a shot. It’s one of the best things I’ve had this year.

So like I said, go now.

— 1 year ago with 6 notes
#El Rey  #Philadelphia  #Philly  #food  #Mexican food  #Center City 

Where: Almaz Cafe (Walnut and 20th Streets)
What: Zilzil Tibs (strips of tender beef sautéed with onions, exotic and traditional herbs, herbed/purified butter with a side of vegetarian sampler)

Again, sorry for the lack of posts, but things have been surprisingly hectic. The odd combination of a boring daily routine and too much mental actively has actually re-spurred the interest in visiting new places in the hopes of breaking out of day-to-day monotony. Hence…

Almaz Cafe! I was feeling pretty restless, and I wanted to try something new and out of the ordinary. I pass this eatery every day on my walk to work, and I figured it was worth a shot. I had no idea it was Ethiopian until I was looking through the menu, and I was actually transported back to When Harry Met Sally when Billy Crystal’s character remarks, “Oh I didn’t know they had food in Ethiopia; we can order two empty plates and leave!”

Wrong.

I had no idea what I ordered when I ordered it, but I love those fifteen/twenty minutes between ordering and when the food arrives during which you don’t know what to expect… And it was really, really scrumptious. The closest equivalent that I can think of is are beef fajitas, except the “tortilla” is more based on sourdough than anything. The Zilzil Tibs was so flavorful and filling. My tastebuds were having an unexpected field-day. I can’t say anything bad about the experience. The staff were super friendly, and the cafe has enough diversity on the menu to satisfy just about everyone. 

I would honestly go back in a heartbeat. 

— 1 year ago with 7 notes
#Almaz Cafe  #Philadelphia  #Philly  #food  #Ethiopian food  #Zilzil Tibs  #Rittenhouse Square