Monday, April 19, 2010

I've lived in Philly for over 7 years now and just recently made my first trip to Atlantic City. I know, I know, why did I waste so much time? As a friend put it, "What's next? You're going to tell us you've never been to Pat's or Geno's?"

My only defense is that I'm glad I waited to visit Atlantic City until I was invited by the good folks at The Borgata. I had a stellar time, and have not had a day off since the gluttonous Saturday I spent tasting dishes from each and every one of the restaurants housed in The Borgata. Needless to say, I'm remembering my experience there very fondly and I'm excited to return.
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So aside from being driven to AC in style by a delightful driver named Francis, the room I stayed in at The Water Club was totally luxurious and beyond any expectation I may have had. A king sized bed, a TV that knew my name, a view of Trump Marina and a shower that rains down on you from the ceiling were just a few of the many touches that made me feel like a queen for the weekend.
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After arrival and check-in, I was feeling a little peckish, so I ducked into The Sunroom, conveniently located by the front desk for a little snack and a drink.
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The cheese plate was overflowing with cheese and some of the most luscious pitted dates I've ever eaten. Along with toasted bread, the cheese plate came with a delightful apple pastry, I assumed to be eaten the dark yellow aged cheese in the center of the plate. It was the perfect kick-off to the eating binge that was to follow in the evening as well as the next day.
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Pretty soon it was time for dinner! And what a dinner it was at The Old Homestead Steakhouse where there was a big celebration as the restaurant served it's 1,000,000th customer! That is really quite a thing for a casino that hasn't been open for decades. As the one-millionth customer, Eric Schepp will receive dinner for two at the restaurant once a year for life from owners Greg and Mark Sherry. What a lucky guy! I hope he gambled a little bit after dinner to see if his lucky streak held!
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We were treated to a delicious dinner with some of The Old Homestead's most popular menu items. I especially enjoyed the lump crab cake and the mapled pork belly.
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During the fish course, we had a VIP guest who shared a very nice scotch with us. By the end of dinner I was stuffed and drunk, exactly how I wish every meal ended!

The Water Club at The Borgata is a separate hotel from the original Borgata Hotel and Casino, but it's just a short walk away from all the shopping, dining and gambling that The Borgata has to offer to guests. Stay tuned for another post devoted entirely to drinking and dining at all of the restaurants inside The Borgata.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

We're just days away from The Great American Bake Sale benefiting Share Our Strength. The event is being held on April 17th from 10-3pm at A Full Plate Cafe, the restaurant where I work and bake every day! April 17th also happens to be my birthday, so you really should come out to the Bake Sale and eat something sweet to raise money for kids who are in need of nutritious food and to celebrate my last year in my twenties! Oy vey.

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Since we're just a few days away I thought I'd give you a little peek at to donation list to get your tastebuds going!

Hazelnut Anise Biscotti & Savory Cheese Crackers from Tastebuds & Tidbits

Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip & Raw Macarons from HelloPa

Snickerdoodles from Fries With That Shake

Casbah Cupcakes & Carbomb Cupcakes from Sweet Swallows

Peanut Butter Cookies & Lemon Sugar Cookies from Love Of Oats

Margarita Cupcakes from The Sunday Flog

Black Cocoa & Orange Zest Brownies from No Counter Space

Pints of Homemade Granola from Food in Jars

Vegan Peanut Butter Cinnamon Frosted Blondies from Living on the Vedge

Whole Grain Apple Pie Pockets from Apples & Cheese, Please

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels from Rhodey Girl Tests

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Nut Cookies from Mac & Cheese

Elvis Cake, Cookies 'n Cream Whoopie Pies and maybe Cinnamon Rolls from Foodaphilia

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

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On April 17th Food Bloggers from Philadelphia will be gathered with goodies for sale from their home kitchens in order to raise money for Share Our Strength. Funds raised through Great American Bake Sale support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America. Nearly 17 million— almost one in four—children in America face hunger. Despite the efforts of governments, private-sector institutions and everyday Americans, millions of our children still don’t have daily access to the nutritious meals they need to live active, healthy lives. Click for more information on Share Our Strength.

Philadelphia's Great American Bake Sale is being held on April 17th from 10am till 3pm at A Full Plate Cafe on Liberties Walk (1009 N. Bodine St Philadelphia, PA 19123) in Northern Liberties (yes, this is the restaurant where I bake full-time) and snag goodies made by some of Philly's most beloved food bloggers! I'm donating some Cookies 'n Cream Whoopie Pies to the event and I know Sabrina of Rhodey Girl Tests is going to whip up some of her delectable chocolate and candy covered pretzel rods.

So, if you're a fan of food blogs, or just want to do your part to ensure kids across the country are getting the nutritious food they need, come on out to the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale and spend some money! All proceeds benefit Share Our Strength. If you can't make it to the bake sale, but would like to donate to the cause, please visit this link to make a safe and secure donation.

If you're a food blogger in Philly or the surrounding area and would like to donate a goodie to the bake sale, please contact Julie at jmdenouden@gmail.com and visit her post of the Great American Bake Sale here.