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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Foodies on Vacay: Parc (Philadelphia, PA)

Kate: Goat Cheese and Leek Tart and Mozzarella and Tomato Baguette
We ventured into Downtown Philly for the afternoon while visiting our friends in Jamison. There were SO many tasty looking places to choose from, but Parc was a personal favorite of Chris's, so that is where we landed for our lunch.

It is located on Rittenhouse Square, so it is a beautiful setting. And, as most of the places in Philly do, the front and sides of the place open up to allow for sidewalk seating as well as to let the fresh air into the place. We, of course, chose an outdoor table, perfectly shaded, and started perusing the menu.

This was another one of those times where I had trouble making up my mind. So many things on this menu sounded delicious. And, unlike what I can get at home, honestly. But, the Mozzarella and Tomato Baguette, though simply, just kept calling my name. I was super glad when Paul suggested ordering the Goat Cheese and Leek tart. I mean, we all know how I feel about goat cheese.

So, we sat in the shaded spot and had some of the BEST people watching ever. A wedding party came by to get pictures taken. We were right at a busy intersection so there were some interesting vehicles and vehicle conversations, if you will. So, we got some entertainment while we waited for our food.

The Tart came first, and man, was it delicious. On a light, flaky, phyllo crust, with the perfect combination of leeks and goat cheese. So tasty. I could have eaten a whole one of those by myself. But, I didn't. Because I knew what was coming.

Now, much like my friend and fellow blogger, Kristin, I am a sucker for a caprese salad. And, the combination of mozzarella and tomato is one of my faves. Then, add basil with it, and I'm in. Plus, it was all being served on a fresh french baguette. Seriously people. This is like my dream come true. And, Chris said it was one of his favorite things on the menu. And, I can see why. The bread was a little warm, and soft inside, and crusty on the outside. And, there were nice thick slices of both tomato and mozzarella. Oh. It was delicious.

But, despite the fact that the food was wonderful (and they had my favorite wine, the Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc on the menu), I am not I would go back. I mean, if I moved to Philly, I can see myself spending more time there, but there are so many other places to explore. Had the food knocked my socks off, I might be more inclined to revisit it, but, at least one sock was still on. Plus, it is a little pricey. I am sure everything in Philly is pricier than Kalamazoo, but the bill for that lunch was a little high that I would like to see. But, it is definitely worth checking out if you are around. And, given the chance, I would order something even a little more French the next time...


Now, the cannolli that we got at Termini Brothers to take back home with us... those knocked my socks off! WOAH! Check them out here:


four golden forks out of five.

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