A short walk to Brooklyn

I just had the loveliest lunch at Brooklyn, a new spot on St. Viateur between St. Laurent and Casgrain. While I’ve never been to actual Brooklyn, I’d imagine this place isn’t far off from what you’d find along the gentrified streets of Williamsburg. It’s small counter and even smaller seating area provides for an intimate place to people watch while you enjoy your lunch. While you’re waiting for your order, make sure to walk around the design studio in the back – Brooklyn offers a really nice mix of vintage furniture and colorful home goods, all of which are for sale.

I chose the Mezze plate, which was a delicious mix of salty and savory tapas and spreads. I didn’t complain when I was served enough fresh, crunchy bread for two people, either.

Also, after an extremely tough week I found a little comfort in both the ritual of tea, and the message on the bag.

The trio behind the counter were kind and accommodating, doling out extra bread and refills for whomever asked. I love places that have that “something special” feel, and feel lucky that this one is only two blocks from my house.

Brooklyn
71 St. Viateur Street
Open Lunch M-F

Vedge Restaurant

Thank you to Jackie & Denis’ friend Nick for recommending we visit Vedge, an upscale all-vegan restaurant in Philadelphia. It’s not often we get to go out and have a nice meal in which we can choose anything we want on the whole menu. Typically, I’m calling ahead to see what sort of accommodations can be made for a plant-based diet, so Vedge was an amazing treat.

I started with the Pimm’s Cup, which didn’t taste much like a Pimm’s Cup at all but was still light and refreshing.

We then chose the bite board which came with black and green olives, peel & eat lupini beans, a white bean puree and spicy pickled vegetables (the favorite).

Next up – asparagus & root vegetable salad and a sweet potato pate. The sweet potato pate had a savory, smoky flavor and was perfect paired with the jerk cashews and spicy mustard.

Then, the mains. The Spicy Tofu arrived, cooked just perfectly with a savory and slightly sweet glaze. Sadly, the edamame puree it was served on was rather flavorless and went largely uneaten.

And then a phenomenal beet and tofu layered salad. Oh, capers, how I love thee. This was the favorite of the night for both of us, by a long shot.

And the sides – Crispy cauliflower (my favorite) and a brussels sprout salad (Preston’s favorite)

All in all, everything was delicious, although Vedge is not the place to go if you have a big appetite. The plates are all very small, and ranging from $9 – $16 each, it can get quite costly to get yourself filled up. That being said, if you’re a vegan, or just a vegetable fan in general, Vedge must be added to your restaurant bucket list. The understated and elegant decor, excellent service and diverse menu is not to be missed!

Vedge
1221 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
www.vedgerestaurant.com

More Brotherly Love

If you’re a fan of either food or chaos, then the Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philly is a must-visit. It’s packed to the gills with people shouting orders for cheesesteaks and fresh fish, and has treats to satisfy any appetite.

Sadly, the lone Vegetarian stand was shut down, which probably says a lot about the taste preferences of Philadelphians. So what’s a bleeding heart to do? I chose the only rational options.

I hugged a pig…

…and ate a cupcake for lunch. Well done on the Vegan baked goods, Flying Monkey!

On the way out, I snapped a photo of Carmen’s Cheesesteaks – easily the most packed stand in the building.

After Reading, we took a long stroll around downtown where I stopped every few blocks to admire the architecture.

Thanks for showing us a great time, Philly! Coming up tomorrow – upscale Vegan fare at Vedge!