A new restaurant opened up in Philly this summer! And of course, Jennifer knew all about it; she always knows about the most beautiful cafes, bakeries, and restaurants. She, Victoria, and I were planning to have Sunday brunch, and the two of them recommended Walnut Street Cafe; Jennifer had already been there twice, and Victoria had already been there once (with Jennifer). It was high time for me to make a trip over as well!
To top it off, Walnut Street Cafe has a jazz brunch every Sunday. Jennifer and Victoria arrived before I did and nabbed a cosy corner table right in front of the jazz band. We felt like the classiest ladies and had our “You don’t like jazz??!” moment, inspired by Ryan Gosling x La La Land. My favourite song had to have been “Love” by Nat King Cole (does that make me basic?), which in turn made me want to watch The Parent Trap. Jennifer, Victoria, and I are already planning a movie night!
Of the three times Jennifer has already been at the restaurant (including this time with me), the menu has changed every time, which means that eating at this restaurant will never get old! I got myself a khachapuri, and Jennifer and Victoria shared one carbonara because they planned to fill their stomachs up with Walnut Street Cafe’s renown pastries. Jennifer and Victoria also shared a spelt and raspberry jam scone, and the three of us each planned to get our own pistachio cherry croissants to go. Unfortunately, they only had one pistachio and cherry croissant left (their pastries go out fast because they’re so popular!), but Jennifer and Victoria insisted that I take it and have a blessed experience, because they had both already experienced it. Instead, Jennifer and Victoria both got kouign amanns. For drinks, Jennifer had a grapefruit and white peony soda and Victoria had a watermelon mint soda.
As we left the restaurant, Jennifer and Victoria were educating me about the restaurant and the chefs; they had done their research and read up on a ton of interviews. We were especially in awe of their pastry chef. And of course, we’re fans of her work.
It was a different experience brunching with Jennifer and Victoria. I love all food and sometimes don’t recognise really good food when I come across it because I just simply love to eat. But eating with Jennifer and Victoria, I had a newfound appreciation.
Part of me is like, I should get Jennifer to write guest posts on restaurants and cafes for me once in awhile; they’d probably be a lot more thorough than mine (and she does photography too)! But another part of me is like, Don’t be lazy! Do it yourself! Learn to appreciate food and the businesses behind them! Maybe I’ll do both–have Jennifer write a guest post, and also be more thoughtful on my own foodie adventures. (I love the interviews that Rae does with local restaurants, cafes, and businesses over on Love from Berlin!)
2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104