great lunch at Garces Trading Company
just had a great lunch at garces trading Company (GTC) between 11th and 12th on Locust Street. All three of us had the soup and sandwich combo -- mine was turkey&bacon w/french onion soup; second was grilled cheese w/creamy tomato soup and the third was ham&cheese w/ fr. onion. came with fries or salad or chips --it was generous portions, a nice full cup of soup, and it also came with your choice of non-alcoholic drink. We had hot, bottomless cup of really good strong coffee --that made the $14 price really worth it. We also enjoyed a really good profiterole/creamy, puff pastry dessert and were comped on our side of a cheese choice, b/c it came out a bit late. (very nice gesture! unasked for but appreciated) service was friendly and fun. after lunch, you can be tempted to purchase most of what you ate at the take-out cheese, charcuterie and dessert counter... along with balsamic vinegar, olives and coffee. felt like a special experience; will def go back and recommend!
Just got back from Amiens in NW France where they make a cocoanut macaroon that will knock your socks off, one of main reasons to visit the town besides the cathedral. The macaron with one 'o' is a different beast. But to make it interesting the mignardaises that Pierre serves at Bibou is the cocoanut one and it is wonderful. It is why l skip dessert there and bring a very good dessert wine.