Friday, January 7, 2011

A Little Taste of France in Philadelphia

During July my boyfriend Alex and I made an excursion to Center City Philadelphia to finally try Stephen Starr’s French brasserie Parc in Rittenhouse Square. Beforehand, we stopped by the coffee shop La Colombe also in Rittenhouse Square. We both enjoyed a cup of coffee in their original mugs and mosaic inspired seating. 

What I loved about Parc was the authentic feel of being swept away to a small café in Paris. We sat by the open window which provided great view of Rittenhouse park and people watching.

Eating with Alex is always an experience because he understands food and all that goes into it. We had the charcuterie for appetizer and it was perfect with all of its elements of cured meats and pâtés. After our trip to Mario Batali’s Eataly in New York recently, Parc’s charcuterie won hands down. We next had the onion soup gratinee (a.k.a French onion soup), and for our main entrée we had the Steak Frites.

I always look forward to restaurants that provide their patrons with a dining experience. When it gets warmer I can't wait to return to Parc for their charcuterie and a glass of wine.

Getting ready for my close-up

Coffee cups at La Colombe

Pure bliss

Rittenhouse Square Park

Dance class in the middle of the park

The scene outside Parc
Deliberating over the menu

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