Love. Restaurant Review – Morimoto Phila. – Quality Time

Friday – Love.
I wanted to talk about my weekend a bit. Schools out for summer so the children spent the week visiting family which meant Seth and I had Friday night all to ourselves. The perfect night for a Date night!
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Relationship Advice
To my fellow readers continue to date your spouse, significant other, husband/wife or partner. Don’t allow your life and relationships to become stagnant or stale. Don’t settle for the monotony of the day to day. You and your relationship(s) are better than just ‘going through the motions.’ Keep that passion that brought you together. I love my husband intensely everything about him – his great mind and intellect, smile, friendship, his heart, I love the way he looks at me, love our conversation. We have Passion. Loyalty. Trust. Devotion. Friendship etc. 🙂 Okay okay I’ll spare you all of my mushy loving thoughts about my hubby. Before we go get a room…I’ll just get back to my original thoughts as I’m googly eyed and can easily get lost in my thoughts. So please go out on Dates, Flirt, show affection towards each other, talk – it’s so important to converse with one another keep an open dialogue, Respect Each Other. Love each other the same way you have since day one.
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So about Friday night…
It’s nice to live so close to a big city, Philadelphia, if you’ve read my ‘Cheesesteak’ post than you’ve already read some things about the great city of brotherly love. My husband and I love dining in the city. There’s something about dressing to the ‘nines’ and going out that excites me. The ambiance and great service of an upscale restaurant along with good company and good vegan food, its perfection. Yes good Vegan Food – it’s wonderful that most of the more upscale restaurants very easily accommodate a vegan diet these days. A quick ‘shout out’ to R2L one of my favs – 500 feet above the city on the 37th floor of Two Liberty place boasts an amazing view of the city, love it at night. Or how about Vedge – Upscale and all Vegan – I love beautiful food.
Restaurant Review – Morimoto: 723 Chestnut St. Philadelphia. PA 19107
This Friday night we dined at Morimoto. Yes, that would be Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant. 🙂 This restaurant has an open atmosphere, it didn’t exactly have that intimate feel but still has the ambient lighting. Speaking of lighting… the table light seemed a bit phallic-like or more similar to a vibrator.. :-/ (sorry for the honesty) but in hindsight I’m sure the idea was to maybe express something similar to an adult lava lamp. The waves along the walls had an oceanic feel, which paired well with the Japanese menu. Contemporary and sleek with Stephen Starr’s name written all over it. We love and have eaten at most of Stephen Starr’s restaurants. While at Morimoto’s we sampled several items from the menu – I always get multiple items to provide a proper and fair review upon my first time visiting, plus I love vegan food!
Hot Appetizer: “Edamame – Fresh Soybeans with Sea Salt” (Pictured below)
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Noodles: “Cha-Soba – Chilled Green Tea noodles with chopped scallions, fresh wasabi and dashi-shoyu sauce for dipping.”
Soup: “Yasai Ramen – Vegetarian broth, rice noodle, Japanese vegetables.” Our server was gracious enough to let us know that one of the components of the soup (eggplant) was fried in the same fryer with the fish. We opted to have ours without the eggplant.
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IMG_6793 Entrée: “Ishi Yaki Bop – Rice dish prepared at our table in a hot river stone bowl” – we subbed the meat protein with tofu. (Pictured below)
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Vegetarian Rolls: Seasonal Vegetable Maki.

Overall each dish was seasoned perfectly, the flavors were fresh and bold – the veggies and ginger really popped. The portions served were very filling and the presentations were beautiful. All the moving parts of the restaurant from the host to the server were cohesive. The service was superb and I will definitely dine here again.

Saturday
My cousin celebrated her 30th Anniversary on Saturday, so beautiful. I love to see the longevity and pure happiness. Her eyes still light up when she talks about her husband still. 🙂

Sunday
With the kids back home – we missed them dearly so we spent some quality time together this day. I love making a big breakfast – I made cinnamon toast. 🙂 We enjoy playing family games together Jasmine chose Scattegories. I always get very competitive against Seth especially. He’s so damn smart and kicked our arse of course. So afterwards I challenged him to a game of cards, I always beat him at cards. Hehe.
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