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!

The Streets of Philadelphia

Try to visit Philly and not sing this song to yourself several times along the way. It’s impossible. And if you haven’t seen the movie Philadelphia, do so immediately. It’s phenomenal and will guaranteed make you cry your eyes out, no matter how much of a tough guy you are.

So, on to the weekend. Jacque and I packed up her trusty Prius with sandwiches and suitcases and headed south to Philadelphia for a little sightseeing and soccer. The trip from Montreal is almost exactly 8 hours, but winding through the calming, green mountains of upstate New York, it doesn’t feel like a long drive. Philadelphia is a beautiful city packed with American history and phenomenal architecture – here’s a bit of what we saw:

Here’s Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were adopted.

This is the Liberty Bell center. We wanted to see the bell up close, but chose not to wait in the hour plus line to get in.

Instead, we visited Ben, and then headed towards the Art Museum to run up the steps like Rocky.

Along the way, we stopped at the Rodin Museum to see the thinking man.

We finally made it to the Art Museum and had some fun posing with Rocky and running up and down the stairs.

Here’s the view from the top. I spy a baby bump!

It was such a great, albeit gray, day. I took so many photos that I’ll be back tomorrow with more…you’ve got 3 days of Philly coming at you on le blog this week!