Federal Donuts – 2nd Location Preview!

Stand aside Krispy Kreme, you have met a match that cannot even be met. Philly’s very own quirky chicken ‘n’ donuts joint is opening a second location TOMORROW (10/3/12)! There are no other words but Hawesome.

We have been frequenting the original FedNuts location in South Philly since they opened, and although we will probably continue to visit the original, a new Fednuts will open its doors soon at 16th and Sansom in Center City.  Josh wins everything, so he got chosen to sample some free donuts and chicken during their dry run on October 1st -and since he could “Bring the chicken to his friends, but not his friends to the chicken” I got to wait in the car and cry tears of sadness while he got to shmooze with the coolest fast food place around.  Then I ate the food with him when he came back, so my tears were short-lived.  Here’s what we think of the new flavors!
Donuts!

Turkish Mocha – The fresh donuts are always my favourite because of the texture, and this one was no exception. A great combination of not-too-sweet with chocolate/coffee flavor.

Strawberry Fennel- I didn’t really like this one, and Josh was torn between getting vanilla spice and strawberry-fennel as the 2nd fresh flavor to sample, but ultimately decided to go with strawberry-fennel because it was the more adventurous of the two. Josh enjoys fennel, but not fennel seeds themselves, and thankfully they did not use whole fennel seeds in this, so he throughly enjoyed the sweet and savory combination.

Maple Bacon – The fancy donuts are usually a bit too sweet for my liking, but how could I pass up on a combination of my favorite animal and my favorite sweetener? (I am a Vermonter, after all).  It was not too sweet, thankfully, but I still wish there was more bacon flavor.  Tasty breakfast in a single baked good!

Lemon Bar – FedNuts donuts are always delicious but sometimes their donut aspirations don’t always live up to their inspiration. Lemon bar does not suffer this fate: it had the right balance of sweet lemony flavor with a nice bitter taste at the end just like a real lemon bar. Interestingly, the lemon bar donut was actually less sweet than its bacon-y friend, which we both enjoyed.

Chicken!

We opted for the Cowboy coffee spice blend, which was a great kind of tangy, bbq-esque flavor which went great with the fried chicken.   I can’t wait to try dill pickle flavor upon another venture!  I am excited for the new chicken flavors at the CC Federal Donuts, since we have just about exhausted the menu at the original, and although it’s always good, it’s just not as exciting anymore.  The truth is, we were in a stale relationship with Fednuts, and this new location is exactly what we need to “spice up”(pun intended) our romance.

As always Fednut delivers the tasty.  I wish parking were easier, but this place is going to be bananas when it opens.  Good luck donut-seeking friends who try to get in tomorrow!

Visit their website for more info.

Farewell, Rum Bar!

Sadly, a Philly establishment has closed its doors this week, and we would like to wish them a fond farewell, as we remember the fun that we had during Rum week.

We went to both the Duke’s Surf Bar pop up and the Pineapple social.  Both experiences were fun and delicious, and we wish Adam the best of luck in his future endeavors.  Thank you for assisting us in becoming the foodies we are today all those years ago when we first stepped in your doors.  RIP Rum Bar.

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Flights and Bites at Square Peg (Philly Beer Week)

Our mini foray into Philly Beer Week this year was a tasting event at our new foodie crush, Square Peg.  We tested them out on brunch a while back, and it was delicious, so when they decided to team up with Dogfish Head to do a tasting menu for $25, we were all over it.

Dinner Course

Three beers, three bites, triple tasty! First, the menu paired Dogfish Head’s Namaste with Fluke Ceviche.  The ceviche wasn’t as acidic as they are many times as it was cut with orange juice and basil for a light summery taste.  Namaste was a perfect choice for this–a witbeer brewed with orange and lemongrass that could easily become a session beer for me.  This whole combo was super delicious, and I even went for the “Tiger’s Milk” and drank the ceviche juice because it was so irresistibly fresh.

Next, one of our favorites, Midas Touch, was paired with roasted beets.  Midas Touch is one of the Ancient Ales from Dogfish head, and is brewed with ingredients that archeologists found in 2700 year old vessels from the Tomb of King Midas!  It’s rich, dark, and somewhat sweet, which paired perfectly with earthy beets (both in color and flavor).

The last part of dinner was Carne Asada, paired with Raison d’Etre, which isn’t one of my favorite beers, but it went really well with the steak.  The Steak was the BOMB, however.  I could eat spoonfulls of the accompanying paprika aioli all day.  Yum!

Dessert Course

It’s pretty rare, I would say, for the dessert course on a beer tasting menu to be the best part of the meal.  This accomplished that feat.  Dogfish Head’s Black and Blue was served with a super simple ice cream sundae, topped with pickled blueberries and Minus 8 vinegar.  The beer was one of the only fruit beers I have ever enjoyed, but it was far out-shined by this simplest of sundaes.  The blueberries in vinegar sauce perfectly coordinated with super sweet vanilla to produce a flavor that could be compared to a shrub cocktail, if a shrub were a milkshake.

In conclusion, pretty much everything was perfect.  We even got to schmooze with one of the reps from Dogfish head , who gave us a sweet trucker hat! (shhhh–Wendy said it was a secret!).  We also scored some Pint Glasses with the Dogfish Head logo out of the whole deal.  Pretty much every experience at Square Peg has been super enjoyable, and their Beer Week event only brings us closer to what is sure to be the pièce de résistance: DINNER!  Look back soon for that!  It’s sure to happen soon.

The Prohibition Taproom

This post will be different than the standard format simply because we’ve gone almost a half-dozen times to prohibition since we found it. This is more of an overview of the food and the place rather than the snapshot-specific views we usually do.

The Drinks
One of my main reasons for us to check out Prohibition (I regularly look for new places on the net) is that they have this thing called the old man drink of the day (OMDD). The OMDD changes daily and is always a hard liquor cocktail made with house spirits and is something that your grandfather likely drank. In addition to having a full bar and mixing the OMDD they have a decent amount of taps (10ish) rotating with local and imports. In addition to the taps, they have a decent bottle list covering the major styles and there should be something for everyone on that list.

The Food

Prohibition offers the kind of food you’d expect from a standard bar with some attempts at referencing America’s industrial past. The burgers are great and the Shepard’s pie is made with cuts of beef rather than the ground beef you find at most places. There are some interesting twists as well. If you are there just for drinks or want an appetizer with your drink before your food comes then you must order the fried green beans. They are lightly fried in the same batter they use for fish and chips and are still crisp. They make a great salt snack to  share since they come out in a big bowl.

Be sure to look out for the grilled cheese sandwich of the day on the board. They mix it up just like the OMDDAdditionally they also do different deserts like pumpkin bread pudding (the most recent time I went) that are really well made and always interesting.

The Design

“Prohibition is…not a pretty place” – Holly. Prohibition looks like a dive bar, but is well kept and has some slight style with fixtures and features that make it look like a combination of a turn of the century saloon and turn of the century factory space.  It might not be much to look at but all of the furniture and the bar layout works well and definitely encourages a focus on the people you go with rather than whats around you.

The Overall Experience

Prohibition sports good service, and a nice, if bare bones atmosphere and is a great place to go when you just want to hit up a regular bar for a beer and a burger. Basic old school bars like prohibition are hard to find (most basic bars are sports bars, “Irish” pubs, or a mix of both) and we were glad to find it. It’s a place you can go with no expectation and still have an enjoyable and relaxing night.

The Receipt

Burgers and other sandwich or salad meals run around 10 bucks. Dinner entrees are all under 20. The beer and cocktails are equally affordable.

Our Ratings

Drinks: 3/5

Food: 4/5

Design: 2/5

Service: 4/5

Budget: 5/5

Overall Experience: 4/5

Will We Visit Again

Definitely. We’ve already been twice.  It’s an easy location to park at, the food is decent and affordable, and the allure of a different old man drink each visit is somewhat irresistible!

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