Favorite New Summer Foods

Even though I didn’t make it to the Fancy Food Show in New York last week,  I’ve managed to find some new favorites edibles here and there in my travels this summer. I came across Bissinger’s Pink Grapefruit Gummy Pandas in the mini-bar of my hotel a few months ago. The hotel package came with a ten dollar per day allowance from the mini-bar and since I’m not one to let things like this go to waste, I downed a San Pellegrino or two and a bag of these Pennsylvania made gummies. Oh, they are delicious. Tart and soft, not very sticky and sweetened with organic tapioca syrup rather than corn syrup (if anyone cares.)  The light pink color comes from black carrot juice and not some creepy dye. I love these little pandas.  Next on my list of new obsessions is the Blood Orange Sorbet   from Anthony’s at 915 S.9th Street  in South Philly.

The Candy Counter at Anthony's

If you can’t get there, here is a link to a great recipe for blood orange sorbet.(http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2008/02/blood_orange_so.html)I’m buying a new ice cream maker this week, just to make this . . oh,  and to make Mario Batali’s Cantaloupe Ice Cream, too. Number three on the new favorites list, the Blackberry Mojito Spritzer from Barefoot Tea in  Cape May Courthouse,  New Jersey.  It’s a mix of  their Blackberry Infusion herbal tea, mint, lime, seltser and ice.  So refreshing on a hot day. And last, but not least, the Vietnamese Bahn Mi from the street vendor who sets up her grill and table between 20th and 21st Streets on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.  This sandwich, loaded with grilled chicken, hot chile peppers and pickled vegetables makes you sweat just enough to feel cool on a sizzling day. Yum.

Bahn Mi Assembly

9 comment on “Favorite New Summer Foods

  1. Margot

    Hi, I need to make a trip to the Strip this week – thanks for suggesting Bahn Mi! I’m usually full of Enrico’s cookies and Peace Love and Little Donuts and don’t usually get to the savory stuff. 🙂

    1. Staff Mary

      Try the chicken at Chicken Latina on 31st street, too. It’s sooooo good.

  2. Cathy S

    LOL — I’d follow you to food anywhere!

  3. Cynthia Helffrich

    Just wanted to let you know that the Vietnamese food stall has moved a little further down the Strip towards Lawrenceville. She is currently setting up near the Firehouse Lounge, which is at 2216 Penn Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd Streets)

    1. Staff Mary

      Thanks you so much for that info. I’ve been out of town for a bit and was going to go looking for my bahn mi this weekend. Your comment is very much appreciated!!

  4. Jake Zigler

    Is it the place that sells chinese food? aka the huge egg rolls and lo mein? I swear I’ve never seen a Vietnamese sandwich stall in the Strip and I’ve been there so many times.

    1. Staff Mary

      No, it’s not that place. It’s just a woman who sets up a little grill and her ingredients. Read the comments to find her. . . I guess she has changed her location.

  5. Jake Zigler

    I’ve heard so much about Bahn Mi in the Strip and have never seen it before. I live just down the street so I’m going to have to get it next time I’m down, probably this weekend.

    1. Staff Mary

      It’s a perfect lunch for a hot day. Then walk on down to La Prima Espresso and get a Bitter Combo.

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