October 31, 2012
Così, Philadelphia PA
Spinach Florentine Wrap
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Rocky Road Brownie
White Chunk Walnut Cookie
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Turkey & Stuffing Sandwich
Steak and Cranberry Chili
Chipotle Lime Chicken Salad
Happy Halloween! Instead of trick-or-treating out in the cold, especially after the passing of Superstorm Sandy, I decided to eat at a very cozy café. It started with breakfast and my day included many sweets and savory items. I had a lot of leftovers but I enjoyed treating myself to make up for all the candy and chocolate that I did not indulge in this year.
The Spinach Florentine Wrap was smaller than I expected but a lovely start to the day. It was toasty warm with a savory artichoke spread that went well with the Swiss cheese. The cheese was gooey and lovely. There could have been a lot more of the wilted spinach but the flavors were comforting. The eggs were also very flavorful and soft… absolutely lovely in the morning.
They had a promotion on Halloween, offering a medium Pumpkin Spice Latte for only $0.99. It was nicely spiced and sweet. The steamed milk was great but I was disappointed that although I forgot to specify I prefer skim milk, they failed to ask me. I think it is important for restaurants and cafes to ensure they offer their customers all the available options. The coffee was good though it was nothing special since every coffee shop nowadays has the pumpkin spice latte.
The Blueberry Muffin was not good. It was dense and fresh but not sweet enough. Rather, it was very buttery that it got a little too much near the end. Just greasy flavors without sweetness are not good in my opinion. The blueberries were very small and neither juicy nor sweet. Even the sugar on the crust was not enough to give the muffin more flavors.
The Blueberry Scone was not great either. It was crumbly but very dry. The blueberries were not even whole berries but rather tiny bits. They were not sweet and the scone was just buttery. However, it was not moist, so it was dry and buttery. I never cared for just plain butter flavor so it did not appeal to me. There could have been so much more blueberries in this.
The Blondie Brownie was okay at first. It was chewy and soft, with great chocolate chips mixed into the very dense brownie. However, after a while, the artificial almond flavor really got to me. More vanilla and chocolate would have been okay in this case but that fake nutty flavor was not the best.
The Rocky Road Brownie was delicious – chocolate-y and nutty. The walnuts were crunchy, adding texture to the otherwise chewy and dense chocolate brownie. It was nothing special but it was a very good brownie. If it had been fresh out of the oven, it would have been even better. However, it was fresh and sweet.
The White Chunk Walnut Cookie was absolutely delicious. I love white chocolate and there were plenty of chips in this cookie to satisfy my sweet tooth. There was not that much chopped walnuts. Actually, I could barely find any. However, just white chocolate chips embedded in a soft and sweet cookie dough is enough to make me happy.
The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie was also great. It was soft and sweet, with plump juicy raisins throughout the cookie. I love the oat texture of the cookie dough as well. The edges could have been softer and chewier, but the middle was definitely great.
The seasonal special, Turkey & Stuffing Sandwich, was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. The turkey was super tender, a nice contrast to the crispy and chewy flatbread. The sweet cranberry sauce was absolutely lovely. It was not bitter at all but rather refreshingly sweet and comforting. The stuffing was nicely seasoned and moist. All together, the ingredients complemented one another and it was very fitting for a chilly day as dinner by the fire.
The Steak and Cranberry Chili was a nice pairing with the sandwich. It had cubes of steak that were perhaps a little dry and tough. The vegetables and beans in the chili were nice, though. I loved how the chili had a spicy kick yet also included the sweetness of cranberries.
Finally, the new Chipotle Lime Chicken Salad was very refreshing. A mix of salad greens, pineapples, corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and chicken tossed in an avocado citrus dressing, it was crunchy, juicy, sweet, sour, spicy, and light all at the same time. The chicken was extremely tender and flavorful. This would be the perfect salad if you were looking for something light but not dull.
Perhaps I went a little overboard with my orders that day, but considering how I normally eat so much candy and chocolate on Halloween, it was not too much of a stretch. After any storm – thankfully we did not lose power or were largely inconvenienced – it was nice just to go into a cozy little restaurant and order comforting food.