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Paris Baguette Cafe

Inside the H Mart building in Elkins Park, there are a bunch of little shops, including Paris Baguette. It’s a korean chain that you may find around the country, in neighborhoods that are heavy on the korean.
It’s a bread and pastry shop… but they don’t sell hoagie rolls and macarons. It’s a korean-french bakery so mostly, it’s a bunch of sweets. There’s some loaf breads but lots of individual cakes and pastries. There pan and filled breads, donuts, pies, and such.
Here are some of the really pretty cakes.
They also have some loaded waffles.
Here are just a few of the dozen random breads I picked up. They’re all good in their own way. It’s a good thing I don’t live near here because I would probably eat way too much of it!

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Korean Church Food

My mom’s church was trying to raise some money so they sold a bunch of hot food and prepared food. Here’s a crapton of kimchi. Each of these giant bags was only $10 and my mom made me buy some. And then, she took it from me so she could keep some more and give some to her friends. So basically, she made me go to her church and buy her kimchi. But it was some damn good kimchi. Seriously.
They were also selling some greens. Did these come from their garden? I’m not sure. I think this is lettuce. I can’t be sure though.
Some fish cakes for sale… which she also made me buy. So now it’s sitting in my freezer. Some day, when it’s cold out again, I’ll make some ddukbokki with it.
They were also selling big bottles of kochujang and what are these… some kind of mochi?
Ok, let’s move onto the hot prepared foods. Here’s the haemulpajeon (seafood pancake). Very good!
Here’s some kimbap. You know why this was so good? Because there was no damn cooked spinach in it. That always ruins it for me. So this was definitely a winner in my book!
And here’s a big container of ddukbokki. It was pretty good, but not great. But you know what I do when someone puts a plate of ddukbokki in front of my face? I eat the hell out of it. I don’t care how good or bad it is, I’ll still eat it. In addition to the food, they also had some traditional korean cultural performances. It was pretty entertaining. If it involves food and music, then this is the only kind of churchgoing I enjoy.

Whole Foods Taco Tasting

I got invited earlier this week to go to Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting and try their new tacos. So they have a taco truck now, called Blue Route, and it’s on their roof. Yeah, you heard me right. It’s a taco truck. But it’s on the roof. For real. So they took a taco truck, without an engine, and hoisted it up onto their roofdeck with a crane. Apparently, they did it at 4:30 in the morning. Some lady just told me this. It’s going to be open pretty much every day, so anyone can get taco truck tacos, even in the burbs! The official grand opening is Friday, April 15. That’s today!
The menu is simple – tacos! And some drinks.
From left to right we have the fish taco, carne asada taco, and the pork carnitas taco. The tecate fish taco with chipotle mayo is typically made with haddock but on this night was made with halibut. There’s also a slaw made of cabbage, carrot, lime juice, and cumin. This was my favorite of the three. So good! The carne asada is of course hunks of steak with queso frseco, onion, and cilantro. The pork carnitas is spiced pulled pork with tomatillo salsa, tomatoes, garlic, and spices. These were also good, but the fish taco ruled. T
hey are all served on white corn soft tortillas. Some have one tortilla, some have two, there didn’t seem to be a pattern. They also have a spiced chicken and a veggie taco. If the three that I tried were any indication, the other two are probably also very good. Considering the lack of other real taco options out there (maybe besides La Michoacana in Norristown), I’m quite excited about having this permanent truck in the burbs!

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