Wanderlust Wednesday: La Colombe Coffee Roasters

“This is like a grown-up tea party!”

La Colombe might have just turned into my new favorite coffee shop on weekends. Considering I don’t even live near one, and it’s near my boyfriend’s house, that means I need to leave the comfort of my home to get there – and I’m okay with that! I went to
La Colombe a couple weeks ago, and it didn’t disappoint. We were on the hunt for good-quality coffee and a sit-down experience, we received both.

Even on MLK day, where 50% of people are at work, the place was packed! There was a decent line already formed, but we were alright with that considering we needed time to skim the menu (and it moved fast anyways). La Colombe had an assortment of breakfast pastries, you’ll see my chocolate chip scone above, as well as hot breakfast sandwiches you could order. At 11:00 am, they open up their lunch menu, and you can order hot food for breakfast or lunch, as well as already prepared cold sandwiches!

La Colombe has a very industrial/rustic feel on the inside. It’s awesome. Switching it up from the usual dining settings gives this place a fun edge. The fact that you can see a lot of their machines and behind the counter really sells its authenticity.

Back to the coffee, they serve it to you in coffee mugs as if you’re taking it back to your living room you walked out of *though the place does not have a living room feel lol*. The coffee is delicious, I was a huge fan. I’m not a big coffee connoisseur, however I’m getting there. The coffee tasted really good, as did the scone.

I’m hopeful to find my way back to this place soon, as the girl beside us ordered a scrumptious-looking grilled cheese and tomato soup. The soup had cheese oozing out the sides between two toasted pieces of bread. I thought it couldn’t get any better, then I saw the frozen coffee drink she ordered and wish I’d have known about the frozen beverages! I love iced/frozen coffee drinks.

Nevertheless, awesome place with great coffee/food/atmosphere. I intend to go back soon! Been to a great coffee shop in Philly? Let a girl know in the comments below!

Xoxo,
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Wanderlust Wednesday: Pub on Passyunk East (POPE)

“That cheeseburger though…”

This week’s wanderlust feature centers around The Pub on Passyunk East! Located at 1501 E. Passyunk Avenue, this pub is a must-visit on your list. If you haven’t gathered by now, I moved to South Philly about five months ago. Alas, my blog is accompanied by Philadelphia food articles, which I’m sure many of you can appreciate.

When it comes to exquisite pub food, I am all ears… and also hungry. I’m talking big burgers, crispy fries, homemade dipping sauce, and great brews on tap. I have been to the Pope three times, and have had the burger twice and the Reuben once. I’ve also watched three of my friends down the Reuben and have no problem doing so. This is a place you will clean your plate, even after eating an order of nachos or fries as an appetizer.

The Pope Burger is juicy and topped with melted cheddar cheese, grilled red onions, and basil mayo. O.M.G. Then the Reuben is loaded with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. You can’t miss when you order either of these items, and you won’t walk away hungry!

The feel inside the Pope is very casual, as you seat yourself anywhere you can find a table and a server will be right with you. I’d actually like to pause and really address the wait staff at this place: SO FRIENDLY. I have never met kinder servers. They answer every question, are super patient with you, and even clued me in on their fry dipping sauce (which I’m obsessed with).

I would also describe the interior as rustic-looking. With brick walls and an old-timey wooden bar, the atmosphere just screams pub, in the best way. Speaking of the bar, I haven’t been to the Pope yet on a weekend night to drink, just for dinner, so I’d be curious as to what that atmosphere turns into as well. Each time I was there I tried a cider on tap, and I wasn’t disappointed. I should also mention their happy hour during the week ends at 6pm, so if you can get there beforehand, your drafts are ½ price.

To end on a foodie note, you need to go and try that burger, and the Reuben, and the nachos, and the Chesapeake fries. Everything is cooked to perfection and will curb any hunger. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere casual, and the food is bangin. Definitely worth stopping by the next time you’re in the area. To end this note, I’m just gonna leave a picture of the Reuben here.

Xoxo,
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Wanderlust Wednesday: Green Eggs Cafe

“I’ve been here five times in the past three months.”

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I have nothing but incredibly complimentary adjectives and words to describe this brunch spot. The first time I went to Green Eggs was in October, and I have been back FOUR TIMES since then. It’s cash only, but I’m not mad about it. I think for awhile I had tried every specialty French toast they offered. Most recently, I opted for the savory side of dishes, and tried the Cajun Crab Mac & Cheese. Life changing. I know I’m a bit overdramatic when it comes to good-tasting food, but I have to be. This place is worth the hype, and the wait, whether it’s raining or a blizzard outside.

I really have not had one bad dish from this café, and neither have any of the people I’ve dragged there. The standard French toast options they offer on a daily basis are solid choices, and then the seasonal French toast specials are even better. I’ve had the Pumpkin Cheesecake Stuffed French toast, Salted Caramel Banana Stuffed French Toast, and Crème Brule French Toast. The café is BYOB, but they will serve you a mean specialty latte, which they feature consistently on their specialty menu.

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This time I tried the Cajun Crab Mac & Cheese. Imagine cavatappi pasta drowning in cajuny creamy cheeses with a topping of crab meat.

 

 

 

 

 

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My boyfriend had a specialty sandwich which featured sliced steak with a chipotle cheese mayo topped with onions and peppers.

 

 

 

 

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My colleague had a specialty hash with a combination of diced potatoes, cheese, pork roll, and eggs sunny-side up, with a drizzle of ketchup to top it off.

 

 

 

 

There are three locations of Green Eggs Café in the city of Philadelphia: South Philly (1306 Dickinson St.), Northern Liberties (719 North 2nd St.), and Midtown Village (1301 Locust St). I have been to the South Philly and Northern Liberties locations, both phenomenal. Each time I’ve gone in South Philly, I haven’t bothered waiting for a table and grab a couple seats at their breakfast bar. This saves a lot of time, as the wait for Green Eggs can sometimes be 30-45 minutes – but that’s because it’s a popular spot. In South Philly, there is space to wait inside, whereas in Northern Liberties, you’re stuck out in the elements. Not bad on a sunny afternoon in May, semi-miserable during a blizzard in January. I will say, they are generally pretty quick at turning over tables, as we are usually in and out in about an hour, sometimes even 45 minutes!

Overall, definitely a place worth trying. I mean, I can’t talk it up enough, and it is my favorite location for brunch on the weekends in the city.

Let me know if you have a favorite brunch spot that has a Philly location. Now that I’m obsessed with all things brunch, I’d love to try new places!

Xoxo,
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