Philly Restaurant - Las Bugambilias

Saturday, March 31, 2012

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We were heading to South Street Diner when I noticed Las Bugambilias (148 South Street) not sure why it never caught my eye before as I normally pay attention to all the dining spots in and around Headhouse Square.


I plan on coming back to this romantic little brick-walled Mexican Cantina (hopefully with a date) as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, my friend Di and I were really only looking for a quick bite, as earlier we consumed a big brunch (see Hawthornes post) and were tired after shopping and a movie (See The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye post), so she ordered a salad and I had soup.


The restaurant is owned by a married couple Michelle Zimmerman and Carlos Molina. Molina was a former chef at David Suro's Tequilas, and Zimmerman worked in the kitchen.

They must work very hard as Las Bugambilias has an extensive menu (not available online) from Buenos Dias (Mexican breakfasts) to incredible salads like Ensalada de Noples: chopped Mexican cactus leaves, marinated in lime and vinegar served w/ avocado, onions, tomato, Serrano chiles, queso fresco, coriander and shrimp tossed with a vinaigreta.  By the way, cactus leaves have excellent texture, a cross btw a green bean and a roasted pepper.


To several Pescados (fish dishes) like: Chalupa Veracruz: Grouper filet, jumbo lump crabmeat, shrimp, and mussels in a salsa de chile Guajillo with mixed bell peppers, capes, celery and water crest served in a giant chalupa

And many Aves (poultry dishes), an assortment of Las Enchiladas, plenty of Carne - (beef dishes). In fact, when I return I'd like to order the Filete Toluca: Grilled Filet Mignon served atop a corn tortilla covered in a black bean puree with chorizo de Toluca and noplales, served in a salsa de chipotle.

Vegetariano meals and much more!

Here's the soup I ordered:

Sopa Tampico: Chile ancho (dried, smoked poblano), chipotle, tomato-seafood base with diced carrots, celery, leeks, shrimp, crabmeat and grouper - 3 Tines


What's Pleasing about Las Bugambilias: Reasonable prices and they don't close between lunch and dinner.

What's Not so Pleasing about Las Bugambilias: Can't find a website. The above restaurant link takes you to a blog post by Foodaphilia posted in May of 08.

Rating System:
* Excellent - 4 Tines / * Great - 3 Tines / * Good - 2 Tines / * Fair - 1 Tine / * Poor - Tarnished

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Hey Philly - Philadelphia based Documentary premieres on ESPN2 on April 26th at 8pm / Opens in NY & LA Theaters 4/25.

Two-time Emmy® nominated director Judd Ehrlich’s documentary, presented by Tribeca Digital Studios in Associate with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, follows the riveting true story of two rival Philadelphia high schools forced to merge due to budget cuts. Their football team’s young, rookie coach and the school’s new principal fight to overcome insurmountable odds and inspire their young players to come together and lift each other toward a better future.


Synopsis: Against the backdrop of a city in upheaval, WE COULD BE KING follows a cast of unforgettable characters through an improbable football season.
Germantown and Martin Luther King High Schools were bitter rivals for over 40 years. This past year, a budget crisis caused Philadelphia to lay off over 4000 employees and close 37 schools, including Germantown High. Now Germantown must merge with their former rival, King. Against overwhelming odds, a 27-year old first time head coach and a new principal fight to inspire young men from difficult circumstances to come together and lift each other toward a better future.

Two-time Emmy® nominated director Judd Ehrlich uses an intimate, unflinching lens to tell a story much larger than the Martin Luther King Cougars. As the threat of more drastic budget cuts and the loss of funding for athletics looms large, WE COULD BE KING examines the crisis of education in urban America, and celebrates the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods, and a city together.

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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