Do you ever have one of those moments where you’ve thought about something for so long and built it up in your mind to find that you end up disappointed? Well, I had been trying to get to Bolete for years — 10 years to be exact — and couldn’t have been further from disappointed. I was elated.

Bolete is a rustic-chic restaurant located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that serves seasonal farm-to-table American cuisine run by Chef Lee Chizmar and Erin Shea. Lee grew up in Boston, and studied at the Culinary Institute of America. It’s been 10 years since they opened Bolete and it’s been named one of the top restaurants in the US and he was a semifinalist in the category of Best Chefs in America through the James Beard Foundation in 2015. Needless to say, Chizmar is making his mark. You can read more about their story here.

1740 Seidersville Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 868-6505

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I’ll be honest. I’d never heard of The Dabney or Jeremiah Langhorne before my most recent visit to DC. I normally spend a lot of time scoping out the food scene, but knew that I was meeting up with a friend of mine in DC that is also a food blogger,  The Capital Gourmand. I’m so glad that he introduced me to the cuisine of Chef Jeremiah Langhorne who earned a Michelin star in 2016 for the work he has done at The Dabney.

When you walk into the restaurant you feel like you’re walking into the quintessential southern home with welcoming interiors; upscale classic southern decor including an open kitchen that allows you to see everyone at work.  I am completely charmed by southern style and hospitality, so I knew I would love this spot. The Dabney specializes in mid-atlantic cuisine that is sourced from local farms. Some of the ingredients are so local that they are picked from a garden on their very own roof!

The Dabney
122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

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ITV Philly opened in July 2016 and is Chef Nicholas Elmi’s second restaurant concept featuring bistro-style small plates, snacks and a wine bar. I have been dying to try ITV Philly for a few months, but wasn’t able to get a reservation that worked into my schedule. Well, it finally happened and I am so excited that I’ve decided to do my very first Instagram giveaway because I want you to try ITV Philly too. Check out the rules below!

ITV Philly
1615 East Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 858-0669

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Res Ipsa is a small cafe located at 22nd and Walnut, just past the coveted area of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. I had heard rumblings of a new cafe open in that area and found myself needing lunch on a Saturday after work. I took a walk on a brisk Philly afternoon to find respite at the neon red triangle.

Res Ipsa
2218 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 519-0329

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I spent the day exploring the neighborhood of Old City and had a complete love affair with Philadelphia. Sometimes when you live in one place for awhile you forget the amazing sites that are in your backyard and accessible all the time. I wandered through the cobblestone streets, window-shopped in the carefully curated independently-owned stores and caught glimpses into some American history including the first bank. I also happened upon a small eatery called FRIEDA, which turned out to be one of the highlights of the day.

What I Ate:
  • Mushroom Bisque
  • Oeuf á la Coque
  • Almond Orange Cake
  • Coffee
320 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 600-1291



There are so many restaurants in Pittsburgh that I had a really hard time deciding which ones to prioritize since I had such a limited time in the city. After perusing menus I decided on The Butcher and the Rye, which is run by chef Richard DeShantz.

What I Ate:
  • Rustic Bread – pan gravy, lard, black pepper and sage
  • Pig Candy – pork belly, apple kim chi, miso caramel, and cilantro
  • Brussels – brown butter, dill, parmigiano reggiano and preserved lemon aioli
The Butcher & The Rye
212 6th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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This wasn’t my first trip to Wm. Muhlerin’s Sons. I stumbled onto it by accident a few weeks prior for brunch (post coming soon) and was so taken with the restaurant that I needed to give it another try. This time I dragged along a good friend of mine who is my Philly restaurant partner-in- crime. She happens to be a pesco-vegetarian so our meal is light of meat. This is not my normal style, but it made me look at the menu in a different way and try things I might not normally if I were by myself.

What I Ate:

  • Seafood Mixto – mussels, octopus, rock shrimp, calamari, lemon

  • Pumpkin Pizza – fall squash, mountain gorgonzola, truffle burrata

  • Porcini Cavatelli – fontina and taleggio fonduta

  • Coffee Pot de Creme – dulce de leche caramel, chocolate ganache, hazelnut crunch

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
1355 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 291-1355

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It is no secret that I love Mexican food. I could eat some version of it everyday of the week. This love was only solidified when I moved to Texas and was surrounded by some delicious Mexican and Tex-Mex food! Once I relocated to Philadelphia I immediately began seeking out different options to satiate my need for some good Mexican food. I’m so glad I stumbled onto Besito in Ardmore!

What I Ate:

  • Sangria (red) – a blend of red wine, Cointreau, peach liquor, fresh fruit and juices

  • Iced Tea (unsweetened)

  • Queso Fundido – baked queso Chihuahua, rajas, chorizo, cilantro, white onion

  • Tacos de Camarones – crispy shrimp, salsa chipotle crema, salsa molcajete, queso fresco

105 Coulter Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
(484) 417-6825

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I found myself in the suburbs of Philadelphia taking care of some errands and went out of my way to try the Malvern Buttery. I have attempted to go before, but they were closed! I was thrilled it could finally work in my schedule. It’s a cafe with serve yourself food and communal seating.

What I Ate:

  • Pork, bean and kale soup

  • Bread + Butter

  • Canelé

  • Sea Salt Sable

  • Cafe au lait with vanilla

233 E King St
Malvern, PA 19355
(610) 296-2534

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I couldn’t decide where to go to dinner on Saturday night before seeing Matthew Morrison with Seth Rudestky at the Kimmel Center. I was debating between a few different spots and finally settled on Barbuzzo, a Marcie Turney restaurant.

What I Ate:

  • Burata from Puglia :: grilled heirloom carrot :: pickled rainbow chard :: arugula pesto :: marcona almonds

  • Roasted Bone Marrow :: fennel mostardo :: grilled bread :: radish-parsley salad

  • Salted Caramel Budino :: dark chocolate crust :: vanilla bean caramel :: sea salt

110 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-9300

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