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Happy First of February! Welcome back to Foodie Fridays! It’s been a while, so I thought I’d give this a New Year boost and talk about one of my favorite hidden secrets in Philly: the Vietnamese restaurants of South Philly.

If you drive around on Washington between about 11th and Broad, you’ll see a couple of Vietnamese restaurants, including the famous Pho 75 (not a favorite) and Pho Ha (the boyfriend’s favorite pho place… But hidden between a party hall and a grocery store, around 11th and Washington, you’ll find this gem, Nam Phuong.

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There aren’t many places me and the boyfriend agree on in terns of Vietnamese, since he loves pho and I’m not a fan (especially now that I’m not eating meat), while I tend to like vermicelli dishes. My one exception being this place, where I get the eggplant with garlic sauce. Mmm…

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Look at all the rice! This is actually eggplant with lemongrass and was a little spicier, but as should happen at a favorite restaurant, I loved it almost as much. Plus I got peppers! I would have gotten a pic of the boyfriend with his pho, but he finished before I even had the chance! Also, they make one delicious vegetarian summer roll. Unlike most rolls, there isn’t way too much lettuce to battle with.

In conclusion, just go and get pretty much anything and you’ll be happy. Enjoy!

 

 

Today’s Foodie Friday is just an example of what one can do with what’s in your kitchen and a little ingenuity.  Basically, I was planning on making my usual tuna salad sandwich with goat cheese when I found myself without tuna.  But I had eggs, so I decided that would be the day I’d figure out how to make egg salad.  And I’m glad I did.

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Unfortunately I loaded on the avocado before taking a picture of the egg salad, but you can see it poking through.  Basically, I combined 3 hard-boiled eggs, 2 tablespoons of mayo, half a tablespoon of lemon juice, some dill, a little paprika and cayenne pepper, as well as a tiny bit of mustard.  It probably would have been better without it or with a little less.  But it ended up being delicious!  And my recipe didn’t say to add paprika, but since I love it on my deviled eggs, I thought it couldn’t hurt.

My favorite part was the avocado.  It gave the sandwich a little bit extra flavor that I usually get from goat cheese, but it was probably a little healthier…

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Anyway, that’s my egg salad and avocado sandwich!  Hope you enjoyed it!  I liked it so much I made another one today…  Well, see you next time for the next Foodie Friday!

 

artemisia1What one food is Argentina known for?  Meat, meat, and more meat.  Well really, I’d say beef, steaks in particular.  And I’ve already talked about that.  But today, I’m going to take a short detour and talk about the one vegetarian restaurant I went to in Buenos Aires.  It was a place that even the boyfriend, a voracious carnivore, loved!  So I’d say it’s worthy of mention here.  This first picture here is of me before the beautiful dinner of vegetarian deliciousness that set in just a few minutes later.  This place is called Artemisia and their menu is right on their website.

Since I’m with someone who has been described as having two wooden legs, we got quite a few things and therefore a bunch of pictures.   The boy can eat!  Anyway, we started off with a platter of everything but the kitchen sink.  From what I recall, there were quinoa fritters and vegetable “ceviche” and guacamole and other delicious things.

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Then, one of the most delicious part of the meal: the ginger lemonade.  Oh man, was that stuff good!  And we almost forgot, but saw a large group of women order many bottles of wine and this and knew we had to get it.  It was totally worth it…  And if you can see him eating beyond the lemonade, I think he got the “polenta lasagna.”

And finally, the “salmon ravioli.”  Before looking at the picture below, think about what you think that would mean.

Ok, now look:

 

 

 

 

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Yes, that’s right: the salmon is the “pasta” part surrounding the wild rice.  Yeah, I was definitely a little surprised when this sucker showed up on my plate.  I guess it’s low in carbs?  Regardless, it was delicious and if I can ever figure out how to replicate it, I will be doing just that.

Anyway, those are all the pictures I have from our delicious dinner at Artemisia and if any of you go to Buenos Aires in the close future, I hope you all will visit (and not be turned away by the fact that it’s a vegetarian restaurant in meat country).  Well, that’s all tuckered me out, come by the site this weekend for some more pictures from my travels!

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