Restaurant Review: Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat

Tall Guy and I walked past Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat on South a few weeks ago when we were seeing apartments in the Graduate Hospital area of the city. So a week later, when I begrudgingly scheduled an apartment showing in that area for 9 am on a Saturday, I decided brunch would be a good consolation prize if the apartment wasn’t what we were looking for (and of course, it wasn’t).

I’ve never been to either Honey’s location, and I’m not sure what the other one is like, but Honey’s on South was so cute! The decor was fun (think old southern charm with a splash of hipster), and there was a lot of seating packed into a small area, but it was somehow still very open and spacious.

We got there on the early end of brunch, aka before 10 am, so we were seated right away, but it filled up quickly and I know I’ve walked by when there’s been a line out the door before, so you’ve been warned if you go at “normal” brunch times (11 am – 2 pm).

Tall Guy started with a grapefruit juice, which was fresh-squeezed and really yummy. We both got coffee, which is La Colombe perfection and bottomless- can’t go wrong there.

The menu options are along the lines of an old-fashioned Southern diner. The food is all of your typical breakfast diner fare, but with the freshest ingredients you can find, meaning it’s not “diner-greasy” like you might get at other places.

Tall Guy ordered Biscuits and Sausage and Gravy. It was a pretty big portion. He liked it, but said it could have used a little bit more sausage. At only $9, the amount seemed pretty reasonable to me. The biscuits, which I sampled, were as flaky, buttery and delicious as you can imagine. I would have taken home a whole basket of biscuits if I could have… And hell, you might be able to if you ask nicely. (I refrained, what with it being bikini season and all…)

biscuits and gravy

I ordered a Toad in the Hole, which is a piece of hollandaise soaked challah bread with a poached egg in the middle of it, covered in cheddar jack cheese and truffle oil with a few sprouts on the side for good measure. I wasn’t all that hungry, which is partly why I chose this dish, and was happy to see that the portion size was exactly what I was looking for. The egg was poached perfectly and the jack cheese gave the dish a nice little kick. You can definitely tell they use high quality ingredients in their dishes. So good!

toad in the hole

We had a great time at Honey’s. Our waiter was fairly attentive and on point with my bottomless coffee. He also emphasized that we didn’t have to rush and could take our time finishing our drinks after we paid the bill, which is always appreciated. I will definitely go back there if I have the chance, and I’d love to check out their other location.

Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat, 2101 South St, Phila., PA; open M-Sat 7 am – 10 pm, Sun 7 am – 7 pm; BYOB; CASH ONLY; Reservations not accepted.

Restaurant Review: Hickory Lane

Hickory Lane is a hop, skip and a jump away from my apartment. Tall Guy and I LOVE going there and are friendly with quite a few of the waitresses (shout out to Sarah, who always takes great care of us!). I can tell you right now that I have nothing negative to say about it, but since that alone doesn’t make for a very good review, allow me to go into detail…

We went there for brunch this past weekend. I felt like I hadn’t been to brunch in forever and was so happy to be back, especially at Hickory Lane. I love their brunch because they have standard brunch fare like omelets, pancakes and yogurt with berries, but they also have more adventurous brunch dishes (think cookies and cream french toast and pork belly eggs benedict), all of which are delicious.

We started off with coffee, of course, and a couple drinks. Their coffee is superb, which is essential for any good brunch place, and their drinks are equally satisfying. They have a variety of mimosas and a fun cocktail menu. I got a pomegranate mimosa, which I loved. While that wasn’t Tall Guy’s favorite, he really liked the Veruca Salt Lemonade (and so did I!). Both drinks were fresh, and refreshing, and perfect for a Summer morning.

drinks

Since it had been so long, Tall Guy and I both wanted eggs benedict (have I told you that’s his favorite brunch item, too?). We first had the pork belly eggs benedict way back when it was still an item on the specials menu, and were pleasantly surprised to see it on the regular menu.

Pork Belly Benedict

Pork Belly Benedict

Since we didn’t want to be boring and order the same thing, we decided to split the eggs benedict and the pork belly benedict. Both are out-of-this-world delicious. The pork belly is, obviously, a little more fattening and greasy, but so, so worth it. The traditional eggs benedict might be my favorite eggs benny in the city (and I am not an easy critic)!

Traditional Eggs Benedict

Traditional Eggs Benedict

Tall Guy and I go to Hickory Lane fairly often and I’ve never had a bad experience or a meal I didn’t like.. I can tell you that they have a mouth-watering delicious burger (something about the mix of meats they use makes it extra good) and a creative, but not too overwhelming menu. If you haven’t been to Hickory Lane yet, go there asap! (And take advantage of the nice weather with their outdoor seating!)

Hickory Lane, 2025 Fairmount Ave, Phila., PA; open M-W 3:30 pm – 10 pm, Th/F 11 am – 10 pm, S/S 10 am – 10 pm.

Memorial Day Weekend in Philly

Growing up, Memorial Day weekend never seemed like that big of a thing to me. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I grew up in a place that was a vacation destination (why go on a long weekend beach vacation when you live 10 minutes from the beach already?), but whatever the reason, we never seemed to go anywhere and I can’t particularly remember my friends going anywhere either. So when I came to Philly and suddenly everyone took off over MDW, I was kind of surprised. I mean, I get it- it’s the kick off of the Summer and everyone wants to go to the beach, naturally. In college, a day off from classes meant another day to work at my part-time job and, unfortunately, even though I now work a 9 to 5, I still haven’t managed to go anywhere for MDW.

Don’t feel too bad for me, though! I had a great time this past MDW. I spent my days lounging in the sun in my backyard and nights barbecuing with Tall Guy. Not a bad way to spend the weekend, if you ask me.

I hope you all had a relaxing and BBQ-filled Memorial Day weekend. Let me know how you celebrated in the comments!

Broke Girls Love Philly

Everything great about Philadelphia! (According to me.)

Broke Girls Go Out

How long have you lived in the city? I moved to Philly in Fall of 2008 to attend Drexel and have lived here ever since. What is that, almost 6 years now?!

Where in the city have you lived? I pretty much stayed near Drexel’s campus in West Philly for my entire college career (shout out to my apartment on Lancaster, right across the street from Lemongrass!), but have since moved to Fairmount, which I am obsessed with.

What made you fall in love with Philly? Walking through Society Hill when my mom and I came down on a college visit trip during my Junior year of high school. It was beautiful weather, we had just picked up cheesesteaks at Jim’s (where we met the coolest lady from DC in line) and were wandering to this “little park” that we had sat in the day before. We really had…

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2013: A Year in Pictures

Disclaimer: I hate New Years. Don’t get me wrong, I love the spirit that the New Year brings and thinking about resolutions, but I hate the hype surrounding everyone’s New Years Eve plans. It’s right up there with birthdays and Valentine’s Day- everyone wants to have the perfect day/night and do something SO SUPER FUN that you’re almost always disappointed that things usually end up being so-so.

Now that that’s out of the way, I wanted to take this opportunity to look back on all of the adventures I had this past year!

I had some good times this past year. What’s your favorite memory of 2013?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! x

Broke Girls Go Out… for Halloween!

As promised, more about Terror Behind the Walls and what I did for Halloween!

Broke Girls Go Out

We Broke Girls love celebrating pretty much anything, so it should come as no surprise that most of us love Halloween! From costume changes to haunted houses, we all had a blast yesterday. 

What did you do for Halloween?

“Since most of the Halloween season I’ve been busy with Terror Behind the Walls (but what better way to celebrate than a haunted house in an abandoned prison), I only had one night off the weekend before Halloween that I could dress up and celebrate! One of my best friends held a party at her house where my boyfriend and I dressed up as an angel (me) and devil (him). While not the most unique costumes ever, we added a twist to it… masks! We also realized he was more of a classy devil in a suit while I was more of a naughty angel, so to speak. My costume was…

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Free and Fun: Fall Festivals Around Philly

My latest piece on Broke Girls Go Out… Fall is festival season in Philadelphia!

Broke Girls Go Out

There are few things I like doing more than perusing the aisles and food trucks at an outdoor festival on a sunny Saturday morning. Luckily for me, Philadelphia has a plethora of Fall festivals to choose from, and most of them are free to attend (delicious food truck fare and craft/art/vintage purchases will cost you, though).

Uwishunu is a good one-stop-shop for all things Fall festivals in Philly, but I’ve highlighted a few of the ones I’m most looking forward to below.

Night Market –  Happening TONIGHT!

nightmkt The Food Trust holds its final Night Market event of the season tonight in Chinatown! Come hungry because this outdoor food truck festival has over 60 of the city’s best food trucks, plus some local brews and bands. Although this one isn’t right outside my front door (see below), I still expect it to be a great time. Single serving portions are $5…

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Month in Pictures: May

Month in Pictures: April

A Little Bit of This

Let me start off by saying that I can’t believe it’s May already! Where did April go? And while we’re at it, why hasn’t it felt like Spring until just now?

April was a really tough month for me. I couldn’t really bring myself to do much of anything for the better part of the month, much less write a semi-decent blog post. Despite that fact, there is a lot that I want to talk about, so let me just jump right in…

BOSTON

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My dad sent this to me today. Copley Square, Boston, MA.

The Boston Marathon Bombings left me pretty numb for a good two weeks, and I still haven’t fully recovered. Being from the area, most of my friends and family were at the Marathon, many close to where the bombs went off.

The attack hit really close to home, both figuratively and literally. The worst part, for me, was experiencing it all from 6 hours away. I was so emotionally invested into what was happening in Boston that it was hard for me to focus on anything. All I wanted to do was curl up under a blanket and watch the news, like so many of the dearest people in my life were doing. But life goes on, and most people here didn’t seem phased by the events that happened. I, on the other hand, couldn’t stop thinking about them.

For those of you that don’t know, “Marathon Monday,” as it’s called in Boston, is also a holiday: Patriot’s Day. So, it’s kind of a big deal (if for no other reason than that it always marked the beginning of our Spring vacation week). I used to go into the city to watch the Marathon every year. Up until April 15 2013, the worst thing that ever happened (to me) at the Marathon was having to buy a really awful pair of Gap wind pants and knowing that I looked less-than-stylish all day (clearly tween Martine had her priorities straight).

Luckily, family and friends were all ok. Unfortunately, one of my mom’s friends cannot say the same. He and his girlfriend were standing right near where one of the bombs went off and are still in the hospital today. His colleagues set up a GoFundMe campaign for them and they’re very close to their $100,000 goal. Even if you aren’t in the position to donate anything, I encourage you to go to the campaign site and read the updates from him. Today, he was visited by the EMS crew who saved him, and gives some insight into what exactly his ambulance ride to the hospital was like. Scary stuff.

My Ink to the People t-shirt!

The light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak, is how truly amazing it has been to watch Bostonians and Americans come together to support our great city. Emerson students created a Boston Strong t-shirt that can be purchased at the Ink to the People website. Net proceeds from each order will be donated to The One Fund. Professional sports teams from all over the country gave special tributes to the city of Boston intheir own ways, which, as a sports fan, was especially nice to see. Even the Yankees, the number one Red Sox rival, played Sweet Caroline after the third inning at their game on the day after the bombings. And runners in cities across the country honored Boston Marathon runners with runs of their own. We even did a Boston Solidarity Run right here in Philly. My favorite, by far, was the Boston Red Sox tribute video, which I unfortunately wasn’t able to properly embed on the blog, but it’s worth the click, I promise!

In the wake of tragedy, the true American Spirit shines. I think, as a country, we can be proud of our resilience in the face of terror and know that we all are Boston Strong.

BEING (A) WHITE (TWENTY SOMETHING) IN PHILADELPHIA

At the beginning of April, I went to a town hall style meeting at the National Constitution Center. The meeting was hosted by Philadelphia Magazine and was a discussion about their then-recent piece titled “Being White in Philadelphia,” written by Robert Huber. If you haven’t read the article, and especially if you live in the Philly area, it’s worth the read. Not necessarily because it is such well written, hard hitting journalism (because it’s not), simply because it was a very hot topic when it was released, and it’s good to stay in the loop with things like that. Well… I think so, anyway.

The meeting was really interesting. It did get heated (if only I had popcorn!), and it wasn’t exactly super productive, but I think it was at least good that people came together to try to talk about the race issue.

As for the substance of the meeting and the article… Since the main point of the article was to get people talking about race, I think Huber did a great job. Was the article balanced? No. Did he step out of his comfort zone to get a different perspective on things? Absolutely not. But that’s one of the main reasons people talked about it. And it certainly did get a conversation going, even if that conversation was mostly accusing him of being a bad journalist.

One thing that someone said at the meeting that really stuck with me was something along the lines of the “if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck” saying. Basically, don’t dress like a thug and act like a thug and then be offended when people think you’re a thug.Now, that might not be the most PC point someone could have raised, but still… Yes. So. Much. Yes. If you want to be taken seriously in this society, you have to act the part. Now I’m not saying it’s ok to judge a book by its cover, but come on, people. Be smart. It’s kind of like when women get whistled at when they walk down the street. If I’m in sweat pants and a sweatshirt, then, yeah, why the fuck are you whistling at me? But I would expect nothing less for the woman I was walking behind the other day, who was wearing a skin tight dress that barely covered her ass and unbelievably tall heels. See what I mean?

As a white twenty something living in Philly… I can’t say I’ve ever been too concerned with black people. Not because I haven’t ever encountered a black person while living here (hopefully that wasn’t what you were thinking), but because I don’t really look at people as black or white, they’re just people. To me, it really doesn’t matter what race you are because by now I know that if you’re a good person, you’re a good person and if you’re not, you’re not. Race doesn’t have anything to do with character. Sure, how a person is raised has a lot to do withthat, but how you’re raised shouldn’t have anything to do with race. One of the panelists at the meeting kept trying to communicate the difference between race and class. Class, she suggested, is the real issue. Whether someone is black or white (or asian, hispanic, etc. etc.) doesn’t have as much to do with how someone is brought up and acts as much as class does, since class is dictated, in large part, by wealth and education. Changing the conversation from race to class is important, I think, because in order to make any progress with the issue, we need to first understand the issue.

I took a lot away from the meeting and I’m really glad I went. The older I get, the more I appreciate doing things that are a little bit out of my comfort zone and out of the ordinary eat, sleep, work, repeat. What different things have you done lately? 

Here’s hoping your April was better than mine. All I can really say is, bring on May!

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