a taste of Paris in Philly – food

An art opening requires a celebration, and after the opening we had a nice brunch at Parc. On a nice day you can sit outside and gaze across to Ritenhouse Park where college girls in sundresses walk by, or you might see a woman saunter by with black and white poodles, a perfect fashion accessory. The day was perfect, and Parc is a fine place to have a brunch.

While you look at the menu, the pastry basket is a wonderful start…

a pastry sampler - croissant, chocolate croissant, madeline, lemon curd and wonderful butter and raspberry jam

a pastry sampler – croissant, chocolate croissant, madeline, lemon curd and wonderful butter and raspberry jam

And then of course the champagne arrives, a rose since it’s warm outside

when it's warm - rose is often just the right way to enjoy bubbles...

when it’s warm – rose is often just the right way to enjoy bubbles…

Next, the pate…. this was called “Chicken Liver Parfait” it came with a grain bread which was heavenly – it gave texture to the pate and the thin layer of rasberry on top of it. This was rich… a bit of pate.. a sip of champagne… a smile at the sun or the passers by…. This choice was a risk, but you know what they say about risk and reward…

pate with bread, mustard, and pickled onion....

pate with bread, mustard, and pickled onion….

And then “Eggs Norwegian” – a twist on Eggs Benedict – replacing the ham with smoked salmon. The fried potatoes were perfect – this meal required no seasoning… every flavor complemented the other

Perfectly poached - the salmon, egg yolk, muffin and sauce were perfect

Perfectly poached – the salmon, egg yolk, muffin and sauce were perfect

I thought Parc was a small place, but inside it was bustling – I will absolutely dine here once again. And… how can I not like a restaurant with this wallpaper in the men’s room…

Now that's a French men's room decorum.

Now that’s a French men’s room decorum.


nothing like an art show PAFA

There’s nothing like an art show, a gala event – especially when your favorite youngest daughter has her first wall in the show…

a beautiful artist...

a beautiful artist…

a proud father by a tapestry.  Art is the voice of the artist made real.

a proud father by a tapestry. Art is the voice of the artist made real.

Soon… the wonderful celebration brunch in downtown Philly.


philly – cycling and food

It was blustery, I mean windy in Philly when my favorite youngest and her boyfriend took me through the city traffic to the bike path along the Schuylkill river. We had seven hard miles out, and then blew back like leaves tossed in the wind.

Cold, Sunny and windy along a tributary to the Delaware

Cold, Sunny and windy along a tributary to the Delaware

You just don’t go anywhere in Philly without finding something historical, and some of the stonework on the bridges or off the path is outstanding. But when we passed Paine park, which surely must be named after Thomas Paine, the author of “Common Sense” where he railed against primogeniture and the monarchy for the right of the common man, I thought history has a sense of humor. He got a skate park.

Returning, windswept we could see the setting sun reflecting gold against the sky-scrapers, and I was reminded of how the Spaniards must have felt about El Dorado, the city of gold. The city skyline is very nice, and nicely lit at night.

If you get to Philly, stop at Monk’s Cafe for Chimay beer, brewed in Belgium by Trappist monks where it with the restaurant’s wonderful scallops and mussels will fill you with pleasure.

And the one place that is a must visit is the Rim Cafe in South Philly. It is truly the best hot chocolate I have found ( my previous favorite was a little place near Garmisch at the border of Germany and Austria ) but at the Rim cafe, they are passionate about chocolate and everything is hand made. it’s expensive but the drinks are lovingly prepared

Each glass is meticulously prepared

Each glass is meticulously prepared

When they have drizzled the salty caramel, or the dark chocolate and add the molten hot chocolate ( either dark or milk ) you won’t regret it. I almost tried the edible gold cannoli ( but Jan convinced me a $24.00 pastry was over the top )

Here’s two of our drinks almost ready, before they added shavings of chocolate truffle and other amazing toppings…

almost ready... just a perfect cookie, and hazlenut, berry and chocolate truffle shavings to add....

almost ready… just a perfect cookie, and hazlenut, berry and chocolate truffle shavings to add….

Philly – a good place to cycle and enjoy the table.


sculpture

I like sculpture, sculpture that can be touched, as if touching it helps to know it’s meaning. One of my favorite pieces resides in Cleveland, The Free Stamp. Perhaps I like it because so many despise it, but the message intrigues me.

In Philly ( Philadelphia ) I came across this sculpture. It’s an actual plane, first a submarine bomber, then a firefighting plane and now…

philly sculpture

philly sculpture

Weapons of war have a beauty in them, a savage efficiency. Here on the street it’s peaceful,just right.

an odd juxtaposition, but it works

an odd juxtaposition, but it works

Maybe there is something to swords into plowshares after all.


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