Philly Eats: Matyson

I know it’s a little after the fact, but I didn’t want to leave out the best meal we had all weekend in Philly during marathon weekend.

Matyson, another small BYOB, was one of my favorites when I lived in Philly. While the food can get a little pricey, I remember loving everything I had ever tried there (and saving money on wine was a huge plus). It was also way too convenient being only two blocks from my old apartment!

I didn’t know what to expect going back after not having been there for years and years, but I was totally blown away. It was even better than I remembered.

Cauliflower Soup

I started with the Cauliflower Soup with black garlic, grapes, curry, and mint. The thick, creamy base was enhanced by all the different textures and flavors of the toppings, and the black garlic paste gave an unexpected (but awesome) flavor when stirred in. It was delicious and really fun to eat.

Shaved Tuscan Kale

We shared the Shaved Tuscan Kale Salad with quinoa, fermented squash, pepitas, and parmesan. It had a lot going on, but every component added something special to this salad. (I’m glad I’m finally writing about this, because it reminds me that I want to recreate this at home!)

Niman Ranch Pork Tenderloin

I ordered the Niman Ranch Pork Tenderloin with potato, coffee, broccolini, chorizo, and pickled onion. It was beautifully presented and, like the other dishes, each component was perfectly cooked and it all just worked beautifully together.

Long Island Duck Breast

My mom and her friend Candace both ordered the Long Island Duck Breast with smoked coconut curry, leek, sweet potato, and bitter chocolate. When they both claimed this was the best duck they had ever had, I of course had to try a bite. They were right – it was phenomenal.

Almond Tart

We all shared the Almond Tart with caramel ice cream and dried apricot compote for dessert. I’m not easily blown away by desserts, but this one was very memorable. At the time I remember likening it to an upscale pecan pie, which is one of my all time favorite desserts.

This was basically my ideal type of meal out: flavor combinations that I wouldn’t think of myself, but also perfectly executed. Matyson definitely exceeded my expectations!

Thai Vegetable and Tofu Soup

I’ve been wanting a good Thai cookbook for awhile now, so I was thrilled when I recently received a copy of Everyday Thai Cooking by Katie Chin to review. The first section of the book is dedicated to the basics – Thai cooking techniques, tools, and ingredients – which is perfect for someone new to [read more →]

Cauliflower and Black Olive Gratin

I made such an effort last week to eat so healthily – fruits and vegetables galore – only to end up with a nasty cold this weekend. Perhaps the weeks before that of traveling and celebrating the holidays have finally caught up with me. Oh well…I guess if there is a good time to get [read more →]

Three Bean and Corn Chili

Happy new year! I’m back from my unintentional blog hiatus…and my new year’s resolution is to blog more regularly. I’ve missed it. I can’t believe what a whirlwind year of change 2013 was for me. In the very beginning of last year, Matt and I were living in Somerville and not quite sure what the [read more →]

Philly Eats: Osteria

First of all, thank you so much for all of your nice comments on my last couple of posts! It has been a busy, but exciting past few weeks. I never even got a chance to write out the food we ate during Philly Marathon weekend. Knowing we would probably want Italian food the night [read more →]

I haven’t really talked about it here because I didn’t want to jinx it, but I’ve been very nervously waiting for the past two months to hear back from NYU’s master’s program in Nutrition and Dietetics. Well, I got some big news last week. I’M IN!!! (I’m a little excited, if you can’t tell.) I [read more →]

The 2013 Philadelphia Marathon

Whew, what a whirlwind week! Two midterms…and a marathon. I was totally spoiled last year when I was able to take the entire week of Thanksgiving off after the marathon last year for rest and recovery. This time, I had to take an orgo exam. Now I can finally breathe and relax for a couple [read more →]

Matt and I usually split up dinner duty. He’ll cook Monday and Tuesday, for example, and I’ll take Wednesday and Thursday. Last week, I had plans for one of “my” nights to cook a bok choy and noodle stir fry. I had gone to the Japanese market on my way home from class to pick [read more →]

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