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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!

 

As this post appears on the internet, I will be at the dentist, getting ready for my teeth to be cleaned, so I thought it only fitting that I would write about the gooiest, most cavity-creating thing I could.  So, why not write about sweets, particularly those covered in caramel?  Well, as I’ve said before, I was in Central Illinois for October for research. I left this past Tuesday to visit the parents in the north suburbs of Chicago, but while I was in farm country, I traveled all over to find people to interview.  One day, my travels brought me to Decatur, Illinois. By the way, if anyone goes there, the lady at the travelers bureau is super nice and will send you to all the best places in Decatur. That’s how I found myself walking around downtown Decatur and happened upon the original Del’s Popcorn Shop.

When I walked inside, there were cases and cases of candy and chocolates everywhere inside this cramped little store, and a gigantic popcorn maker.  There’s even a second room to the store, but I wasn’t entirely sure about how to get over there, so I just took a picture of the display in the window…

They had tons of delicious candies and chocolates. I had to get myself a caramel apple, though, because they just looked so good. I picked a double dipped apple, which had so much caramel! It was delicious. Here’s a few pictures of that epic caramel apple, which I saved for later that night when I got back home. Mmm…

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