the night market

so, last night we walked just a few blocks over to Philly’s annual Chinatown night market. as we approached, i could smell all the great food – both from popular food trucks and restaurants around the city that had come to set up shop in the streets. we started the night off right by scoring some pumpkin habanero BBQ sauce from Square Peg (they were selling fried chicken, but graciously hooked us up with their sauce and we enjoyed it with tempura veggies). it was delicious! i would love to try my hand at recreating that. later, we had an excellent lentil-kale soup from Good Spoon – who we see at our farmer’s market at Headhouse Square every sunday. the feast didn’t end there… we also had an amazing trio of dishes from the Birds of Paradise food truck: “Paradise” salad with mango, pineapple, & fresh coconut; black jollof rice; and a smoky baba ganoush. then, we grabbed a “double” from The Mini Trini truck – Trinidadian street food made with split-pea dough bread and filled with curried chickpeas, pumpkin, & mango. and the night ended at Jimmies Cupcake Company. with one of the best cupcakes i’ve ever had: banana with vanilla cream frosting and cute sprinkles. the base tasted just like delicious banana bread. perfect density and crumb. i’ve had a lot of vegan cupcakes… many of which are excellent, but this was definitely in the “best of” category. all around, it was a super fun night with lots of great local food and community-building. looking forward to next year!


thanks to The Food Trust and Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

[all photos from my instagram]


move-in condition

picked up the apartment keys today. picked up some Sriracha, too. i would call that move-in ready.

also, it hasn’t even begun and on-street parking is already proving to be a pain. hopefully one worth living with…

on the move

“I want to hang a map of the world in my house, and then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won’t fall down.” – Mitch Hedberg

i do actually want to hang a map of the world in my home… and put pins in all sorts of places. in fact, i’ve been eager to do this for a long time (i love maps, evidenced here, here, and here, for example) but i’ve been waiting until we have just the right wall to fit our big old, lovely map. well, it seems that day is almost here, because…at long last… we found an apartment. Philadelphia here we come. soon, we’ll be spanning four states with our weekly schedules. between living, working, and going to school we will access PA, NJ, DE, and NY every single week. four states, y’all. we were a bit impressed. if only we could squeeze Maryland in there…

P.S. is it crazy that i wasn’t sold on our new place until i discovered this cute little market a few blocks down? after that, it was a done deal. i mean, seriously, it’s adorable and makes me feel like i’m shopping at a general store in Nebraska in 1854… that is, if Nebraska imported kombucha, coconut milk, and vegan chicken salad at that time.

*photo by Aaron Huey.