White Dog - Philadelphia Lunch Cafe Review

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Last week Bill and I had ourselves a romantic lunch-date at White Dog Cafe, in University City Philadelphia. This is a very popular spot in U City. While we waited for our seats, it was clear that the White Dog staff was accustomed and prepared for the hustle and bustle. If you’re visiting or if you’re from the area and have not yet tried this adorable restaurant I highly recommend you make the time. I’ve detailed our whole experience below in a comprehensive review for you.

The Atmosphere

White dog has so many fabulously decorated rooms! But the latest of their renovations is their Solarium, which is where we were seated. Between the bright colors, the playful patterns, and all the beautiful plants, I was ready to re-model my whole apartment to match. They even had a fun swing seat! I must have rambled on to Bill about how much I loved the decor for a good 20 minutes.

The Drinks

We started off our White Dog experience with two signature cocktails. I ordered the “Go See A Man About A Grog” which was a mix of sailor jerry spiced rum, laird’s applejack, apple cider, rainwater madeira, chai, maple, lime, and ginger ale. It was tall glass of sweet autumn air. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a light and sweet cocktail. Bill ordered the Bacon Pugkin which featured bacon infused knob creek rye, pumpkin, date nectar bitter truth allspice dram, angostura. Like mine, this drink also embodied the fall season but had a thicker consistence and stronger flavor. We ended up sharing both like we always do!

The Food

While we waited for our food the waiter brought out an assortment of cake compliments of the chef: one pumpkin, one almond, and one chocolate chip, but all delicious! However, they didn’t hold a candle to what came next. The Harvest Squash Bisque and the Yellowfin Tuna Tartare were two of the best dishes I’ve had in a very long time! This warm bisque, which featured spiced pumpkin seeds, was both sweet and savory. It was a creamy bowl of heaven! Speaking of creamy, the tartare came topped with a heap of deliciously smooth guacamole. Meanwhile, the fresh taste of the yellowfin was complimented by the sweet sesame soy glaze. We will definitely be heading back to White Dog so that we can indulge in these two dishes again. And lastly, we couldn’t leave without dessert! So we shared the Singing Dog Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée and the Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding. The brûlée, which is one of our favorite desserts to order wherever we go, was topped with some tasty molasses cookies and did not disappoint! Meanwhile, the bread pudding was topped with pumpkin sorbet and cranberry orange sauce. The main pudding was baked to perfection; it was moist but cohesive. And the best part was the pumpkin sorbet because it added remarkable flavor. Suffice it to say, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at White Dog Cafe and look forward to dinning there again. For more photos and videos of our experience, feel free to flip through the Instagram “FOOD” Highlight I posted from that day!

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Planning A Private Party In Philly? Check Out Wax + Wine!

Last week my friends and I booked a private party with Wax + Wine to celebrate the birthday of our good friend, Marie-Elena. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Wax + Wine, it's a candle bar located in downtown Philadelphia, where you can create your very own candle while enjoying BOY wine.

Upon arrival, Jordan, the owner of Wax + Wine, escorted us to the private room and introduced us to the process of candle making. Jordan and his co-worker Robby were both charismatic and welcoming, which set the tone for a lovely night! During Jordan's informative introduction, we enjoyed the wine and snacks that we had brought with us. After getting settled, we spent some time in the "cellar," smelling and picking out our favorite scents. This was by far my favorite part! My friends and I all helped each other decide on the best combinations of scents for each of our candles. We then picked out our containers and made our way back to the private room to start our creations. We stirred our scents together and took turns measuring/pouring the hot wax. While we waited for Jordan to cool our candles, the girls and I explored their products in the main room and continued drinking our wine. After some time, we made our way back to the back room so that we could sing Marie-Elena Happy Birthday and enjoy some decadent cake. Once our candles were ready, Jordan and Robby packaged them up in boxes/gift bags. And before we left, Jordan gave us a chance to win some free products via a trivia game. He also generously provided a free gift to the birthday girl! By the end, we all walked away with two beautiful candles, knowledge of the candle making process, full stomachs, and a memorable experience. Everyone agreed that it was even more fun than we had expected! 

If you're interested in booking a private event, simply visit the "Contact Us" page on the Wax + Wine website to get in touch with one of their event coordinators. By the way, Wax + Wine is not just for private events -- make a reservation with a friend or two for a fun night out, or come by yourself and make a candle as a gift for someone. They offer three different packages to choose from which you can find by clicking here!


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P.S. I'd like to give a huge shout out to my friends for letting me photograph them for this blog post. Love you guys!