Sunday, September 15, 2013
To help get the word out about this event, Tinsel & Tine was invited to a Media Preview Food Tour last week! I joined up with a group of fellow bloggers, food writers, photographers and other media peeps.
|Heather of Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, Parris Mt. Airy USA Board Member and Julia with the Metro|
|Photo: Tinsel & Tine - Trolley Car Crabcake Sliders|
As a diner lovin kinda foodie, I was devastated when the Manayunk Diner closed down recently; however, of the two, Trolley Car consistently provides meals rated *4 Tines, where Manayunk was often *2.5 - 3 Tines on most menu items. My absolute favorite thing to get at Trolley Car Diner is the golden brown, chunky white meat, savory gravy - Chicken Croquets with mashed potatoes! It's also where I shop for beer as they have over 300 varieties available dining in or taking out, the homemade donuts are a new, delicious addition, the decade old auxiliary ice cream shop out front, was made from an actual vintage Septa trolley car.
|Trolley Car Chicken Satay|
After finishing our Trolley Car Strawberry Wheat Beer, Strawberry Ice Cream Floats, we mosied a little ways down Germantown Avenue to the pop up shop for Little Jimmie's Bakery and Cafe. His actual location is 6669 Germantown Ave.
I have to admit, I was not familiar with Little Jimmie's, which features bakery goods like Sticky Buns with cinnamon raisins and pecans, Sweet Potato Cupcakes, Cheddar Biscuits, Rugelach, Biscotti and more. After the event, I drove home past his shop and it's adorable! I'm really looking forward to checking out Little Jimmie's reasonably priced breakfast sandwiches and Southwestern Burrito, Tacos, Taco Salads and Rice bowls.
|Little Jimmie's Cheddar Biscuits|
Our next stop - Avenida (7402 Germantown Ave), this restaurant features Latin American Cuisine. I have been here before for dinner and enjoyed the meal and experience, but the thing that stands out in my food memory was the Sweet Potato Upside down Cake for dessert.
|Our Media Group at Avenida Outside Dining Area|
Avenida has a lovely outdoor patio, perfect atmosphere for sipping their popular Margaritas and Housemade Sangria, both of which we sampled.
Chef and owner Kim Alvarez, treated us to Tostadas: Pulled Pork with Red Mole (variety of Mexican chilies mixed with chocolate and honey) and a Pulled Chicken with Green Mole (cilantro, tomatoes and mix of green vegetables).
Our taste buds already happy, got a bit happier at our next stop - Jyoti Indian Restaurant (7220 Germantown Ave). This family run business is designed for mostly take out. We were treated to a demonstration of their Mumbai Paninis, both vegetarian and chicken cutlet versions, Kati Rolls - Fried Indian bread (Poori) rolled with chickpeas (Chana Masala) cheese (Matar Paneer) topped with lettuce, onions, cilantro and chutney.
|Sampling of Jyoti Kati Roll|
For dessert Gulab Jamun, which is sorta like bite sized pieces of bread pudding made with butter, nuts and saffron - so much better than it looks and sounds!
|The Wine Thief Cavatelli|
|The Wine Thief PEI Mussels|
Our final stop - Earth, Bread + Brewery (7136 Germantown Ave), I have been meaning to dine here for years. Husband and wife, Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver have a charmingly rustic Brew Pub and Pizzeria.
|Earth, Bread Brewery Upstairs Dining|
The upstairs dining/bar area is spacious and great for groups. Their real claim to fame is Tom's talents as a brew master. From what Peggy described and from what we tasted, he's like a mad scientist constantly trying to top his last creation. Tom brews 225 gallons each batch and for the most part, introduces a new beer weekly.
This summer they featured Saison's which are Belgian and French beers, naming each brew after a favorite vinyl album, for instance the Tea for Tillerman Saison is named for a Kat Stevens LP. I'm not a fan of ice tea, so this honey infused beer really wasn't to my liking, because it was almost like having a spiked glass of TAZO. The Up in Smoke Saison, was wild - like have a beer and BBQ all in one. Earth, Bread + Brewery also features wines on draft, when did wines on tap come about? Apparently, this keeps the wine from ever spoiling and leaves no carbon footprint. I enjoyed the red, made from an Albariño Spanish grapes grown in CA. And I was particularly surprised to find out their supplier is a winery close by in Fort Washington, PA. called Karamoor Estates.
|Earth, Bread +Brewery Seeded Flatbread|
We only got to taste one pizza or what Earth, Bread Brewery calls flatbread. This one was made with Pine nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, garlic and shredded mozzarella. As you can see, it's one of those bubbly, nicely crusty type brick oven pizza's.
|Group 1 Mt. Airy Tasters|
Thank you Aversa PR and Mt. Airy USA for the invitation and to all the participating restaurants. It was fun getting to know more about the good eating available in my own back yard.
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