Zama is a top-notch Japanese restaurant that has been wowing Philly diners since it opened for good reason: they truly get the beautiful simplicity of Japanese cuisine. Chef Hiroyuki Tanaka has been one of the leading lights in the food scene here for years, and when the news broke that he was opening his own restaurant, there was a predictable stampede for reservations. Things have calmed down a bit, but diners here always go away satisfied by the clever, perfectly-prepared food on offer. Some of the menu’s highlights include the market fresh nigiri plate, composed by the chef each day of the best of the fishmonger’s offerings – you’ll be presented with some new taste experiences here, but it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone. Zama's rolls are also excellent, with diners recommending the Bronzizzle – a cucumber and avocado inside-out roll with branzino and yuzu-soy sauce. It’s a unique creation that will wow your palate.
While you might think of apple pie when you think of the fall season, there are also a number of autumn recipes that use apples in a more savory way. From salads and roasts to warm, creamy soups, these fall-ready recipes will breathe new life into everyone’s favorite seasonal fruit.
Chicken, Apple, and Fennel Salad [bonappetit.com/]
Packed with protein and loaded with mustard flavor, this unique salad is the perfect light lunch on a chilly fall day. It uses julienned apples and sliced fennel instead of the usual greens, and the toasted almonds and homemade mustard dressing give it an exciting flavor and crunch.
While the name seems complicated, this Hungarian dish of pork and apples in a cider cream sauce is really anything but. Because marjoram is the main spice, this dish has a unique, fragrant flavor that makes it feel truly special.
Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup [marthastewart.com]
Make a rich, creamy soup without the extra calories of something cream-based with this squash and apple version. This recipe contains fewer than 10 ingredients, but once pureed in a food processor, they create a complex flavor that is perfect for a cozy afternoon at home.
Graeme Park is imbued with a special kind of history. Once a place of residence for colonial governors, Graeme Park is now a 42 acre historic landmark featuring verdant gardens, scenic views, and a bit of history. The area around the home is just as beautiful as the home itself, with ample hiking and walking trails, as well as areas for picnics or just admiring the view. Originally known as the Keith House, Graeme Park was once a governor’s home. When the original owner died the home was passed onto his daughter. Unlike other women of the age, Elizabeth Graeme was well educated and helped foster this interest in learning among other well to do ladies via salons and intellectual gatherings. For its scenic views and much more, Graeme Park is well worth a visit!