Exploring Philly // Goldie

Michael Solomonov Beyoncé’d the restaurant world by opening Goldie, a vegan falafel + milkshake fast casual restaurant, without telling the press or, well, anyone. Solomonov, who won “Outstanding Chef” at the James Beard Awards this year, owns a wide variety of the most famous eateries in Philadelphia, including Zahav, Dizengoff, Federal Donuts, and Rooster Soup Co.

Goldie’s menu is short but so good. They offer falafel in pita or on salad, fries, (most excitingly) vegan tahini milkshakes, and that’s it.

I was most excited to try the tahini milkshakes. I tried the decadent chocolate tahini milkshake, which is topped with honeycomb and drizzled with chocolate sauce. While I couldn’t pinpoint the taste as tahini, the milkshake was nutty and rich. How this thick, delicious “milkshake” could be made vegan is beyond me.

Full disclaimer: I don’t love falafel. I’ve been to Israel, and I didn’t even really love the falafel there either. It’s fine, but it always seems dry, crumbly, and bland to me. Goldie didn’t make falafel my new favorite food, but trust me – as a non-falafel person, this falafel is pretty good. It is moist and flavorful, and is paired perfectly with the creamy sauces in the pita.

Overall, I have to hand it to Solomonov. He deserves all his awards and more. I’ll be back to try other tahini milkshake flavors, and for my new favorite falafel.


Exploring Philly // Little Spoon Cafe

My friend and I recently stumbled upon a great new casual breakfast spot, Little Spoon Cafe, on 15th and South, Philadelphia. The cafe is owned by area residents Jeanne French and Julia McMeans, who made sure that the cafe feels home-y and fits in perfectly in the neighborhood.

Everything from the decoration to the food feels comfortable and home-y. The window sills are lined with succulents in different-sized pots, the food is served on mismatched porcelain plates, and the water comes in Mason jars. While the food is not particularly inventive, it is classic and delicious. I tried the sweet potato hash, which came with three types of well-seasoned potatoes, sausage, and kale.

Little Spoon Cafe is a great casual spot for breakfast with friends, and a great addition to the neighborhood!

Little Spoon Cafe
1500 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 587-6559

ChocAmo Cookie Cups

I feel incredibly lucky to announce I am taking some photos for ChocAmo, a Philly-based cookie cup company!

Michelle, the founder, has been a dream to work with, and her enthusiasm for her ChocAmo is contagious. It’s easy to see why – her cookie cups are delicious and so versatile (and way more photogenic than I will ever be).

For this photoshoot, we added berries, regular milk, and even made mini lattes. You can add anything you want – we are planning photoshoots involving beer, champagne, rose tea, and ice cream.