Friday, September 04, 2009

Local food nerds descended upon my house a few Fridays ago bearing dishes and drinks to share. Per usual, a good time was had by all and I was stuffed by the end of the night thanks to overindulging in many many mini vegan donuts. Its always fun to get the food community together as it is constantly growing and changing. This potluck I was lucky enough to meet some faces behind some blogs that are fairly new to the scene, but definitely adding more flavor.
Jeff from Unbreaded and his wife brought these mini caprese salad-on-a-stick lovelies. Ingenious idea that I intended to borrow straight away.


Taylor of Mac and Cheese loosened everyone up with a special cocktail mixed with Firefly sweet tea vodka and fattened us up by bringing a plate of her famous pimento cheese sandwiches.
At this point in the evening I'd had two of Taylor's cocktails and pretty much lost track of who brought what to the potluck, forgive me and blame Taylor for her mad cocktail mixing skills. I do distinctly remember the beautiful blackberries in that fruit salad and the large dish of roasted vegetables with pita that Olivia from No Counterspace provided.
Marisa from Food in Jars hooked up the party with a large jar of her homemade pickles. Lucky me, upon leaving the party she poured her delicious pickle brine into a large jar for me to keep. Score! We also had a fair bit of salsa as I made a chunky, cilantro-heavy version to share and Jess from Fries with that Shake made two kick-ass salsas plus a dish of sweet and savory Texas cavier.
You should have seen my dance of joy when the two desserts that showed up both came with fresh whipped cream! I mean, really, who could complain about that or bottle up their dance of joy? Not me, that's for sure. I also made some chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookies because I didn't have time for the chocolate whoopie pies I was hoping to make. The cookies were good, but I was outdone by the master of vegan baking: Mike from the North Port Fishington Cookie Factory.
Mike and his friend Geri could barely walk through the living room without us all ooohing, ahhhing and reaching into the huge bakery box of donuts they brought to share with us food bloggers.
Aside from dozens of mini donuts, Mike and Geri brought cinnamon rolls, mint chocolate brownies, big oatmeal raisin cookies (my favorite!) and peanut butter sandwich cookies. Everything is baked at Philly Kitchen Share and is cruelty free. Mike sells his sweets wholesale to a variety of local cafes, coffeeshops and restaurants. Check out the following list to find the nearest retail outlet for Mike's delicious baked goods.

North Port Fishington Cookie Factory
Mike Landers. 267.235.5538. mikelandersemail@hotmail .com &

Products are available at the following locations:

In Fishtown
Greensgrow Farms (Cumberland btw Gaul & Almond)
{Saturday market table}
Mr Bills Deli (Tulip & Berks)
Rocket Cat Café (Frankford & Norris)
Atlantis the Lost Bar (Frankford & Hagert)

In Northern Liberties
One Shot Café (Liberties Walk)
Almanac Market (4th & Poplar)
Soy Café (2nd & Fairmount)
Higher Grounds (3rd & Fairmount)

In Center City
Grindstone Café (5th btw South & Bainbridge)
The Last Drop (13th & Pine)
Natural Goodness (20th & Walnut)
Good Karma Café (22nd & Pine)

In Grad Ho
Pumpkin Market (South btw 16th & 17th)
Beauty Shop Café (20th & Fitzwater)

In South Philly
Bella Vista Natural Foods (9th in the Italian Market)
Bennas Café (8th & Wharton)
B2 (Passyunk & Dickinson)
Fantes (9th St, in the Italian market also)

In Fairmount
Flying Saucer Café (26th & Brown)

In West Philly
Mariposa Coop (47th & Baltimore)
Satellite Café (50th & Baltimore)
Earth Cup (45th & Pine)

In the burbs
Milkboy Café (Lancaster Ave; in Ardmore and in Bryn Mawr)


  1. Mark Schoneveld said...
    Bummed to have missed the meetup! Next time! Looks like an incredible feast, as always.
    Taylor said...
    Good times, good times! Thanks for hosting, and it was great meeting new faces and stuffing my face with all the great food.

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