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Vedge, Philadelphia

Vedge, Philadelphia

Have you ever had something that is the “best ever”? I had the extreme privilege of eating at Vedge in Philadelphia and received a dose of culinary love.

Tucked away on Chestnut Street, in the heart of Philly, is this well respected eatery specializing in the preparation of vegetables, specifically root vegetables.

The chefs are internationally acclaimed as artists in preparing vegetables. These artists make plants the centerpiece of dining instead of a side dish. By blending taste, texture, flavor, and presentation, they are on the cutting edge and have made an art form in their preparation of plants. This is literally a museum of food preparation.

The atmosphere was electric in an older building with the perfect blending of light, sounds, and character. The excitement and anticipation of the diners was palpable.

Vedge is not for routine meals. This is a place for an experience, a special occasion, a place to create a memory.

Our dining experience consisted of a sunchoke and celery bisque, which was surprisingly rich and creamy. This was just the start to warm up the palate. The choices consisted of three courses of vegetables prepared to perfection. I chose the rutabaga fondue, the kimchi brussel sprouts, and their tofu dish.

The grilled brussel sprouts were the most sensational blend of taste, texture and warmth I have ever tasted. Some say this is the “best” brussel sprout in the world.

We also enjoyed the beet preparation—it was prepared in a way that was almost similar to salmon.

Even the vegetable garnishes of cauliflower, carrots, and olives were seasoned and cut to perfection. The sauces especially the celery sauce was far beyond expectations.

For those with a vegan sweet tooth, the ice creams, cheesecake, and were the perfect ending to […]

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Su Xing House

Su Xing House

Let’s be upfront– the parking here isn’t great. But Su Xing House makes up for the time you’ll spend circling the block with a beautiful atmosphere, incredible service, and an incredible range of vegetarian dishes. They know what they’re doing when they shape tofu, seitan, and gluten into favorites like General Tso’s Seitan, Sweet and Sour Tofu, and Teriyaki Steak. The portions are large, as it appears to be family-style dining. From what we ate, go ahead and get the spicier dish, even if you’re on the fence. The textures they got out of traditionally oddly-cooked meat alternatives were incredible. If you’re craving Chinese food or just very good scallion pancakes, Su Xing House is the place for you.

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Crave & Co.

Crave & Co.

This new healthy eating establishment in downtown Harrisburg not far from the state capitol. The place has a homey feel and is definitely cozy. Chalk drawings adorn the wall and the staff is helpful in helping you make the right choice. I chose a sandwich and noticed received a well-seasoned though small portion. I really enjoyed the fresh beets. Numerous selections are available in pita-like pockets. For those with a thirst, this is a place for you. Crave and Co. is new and you definitely have to look for this restaurant to find it. Walnut burgers, black bean and quinoa, and an almond butter and fresh blueberry sandwich were on the menu. If I come again, I will try the chipotle black bean burrito. Prices were around 7 $ All the salads were solid. This was more of a lunch stop and not quite a date night, but in a few years I suspect the eatery will grow.