• New Harvest Weekend: Part 4

    June 6, 2010

    Last night, the New Harvest folks treated us to dinner at James, an upscale restaurant that serves modern American cuisine in Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood.



    The menu at James focuses on local, seasonal produce, humanely raised meats, wild seafood, and artisan cheeses. Because James selects only fresh locally-grown ingredients, the menu changes with the seasons. I love places like this. Plus, the food always tastes better!


    The decor inside the restaurant was stunning– modern, intimate, and boutique-y.



    New Harvest and James planned a special 4-course menu for us bloggers.


    As soon as we were seated, the chef sent a complimentary appetizer to the table: shredded carrots coated in a ginger sauce. It was quite fancy served on a single spoon. It was refreshing and summery.


    I also enjoyed a glass of white wine with dinner. After last night, I took it easy on the booze.


    For the first course, I enjoyed a Seasonal Garden Salad with a hazelnut vinaigrette. The greens were very lightly coated in vinaigrette (I hate it when greens are drenched in dressing) and pieces of chopped fennel were mixed throughout. Very good.


    The next course was Potato Gnocchi Gratinata, which was easily the highlight of the meal for me. I love gnocchi and cheese, so I was basically in heaven while eating this dish. I savored each and every piece. Holy delicious!


    Obviously, I hated it. 😉


    My entree was Scottish Salmon, bathed in extra virgin olive oil, with artichoke barigoule. The salmon was basically poached in olive oil, which gave it a very sushi-like texture and flavor. I’ve never eaten salmon like this before. I liked it a lot.


    Dessert, of course, was also one of my favorite parts of the meal. I chose the Espresso Mousse, which was served with hazelnut daquoise, blood orange, and Grand Marnier sauce.


    Mmm! Loved it! The mousse was so smooth and creamy. It practically melted in my mouth. The combo of espresso + hazelnut + orange citrus was incredible. I love interesting flavor combinations like this– they keep my tastebuds guessing!


    My dinner dates: Tanya, Maridel, and Jenna.


    Monica and me! 😀


    Another wonderful meal! New Harvest really knows how to wine and dine us! 😀

    Packing up and heading back to Beantown. I can’t wait to see my guys. I’ve missed them so much!

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    Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 6, 2010 at 8:02 am

    James looks delicious- you’re discovering so many places in Philly that I’ve never even heard of!! The salmon especially sounds great, lots of healthy fats 🙂 And that dessert…I’m not even a citrus person and I know I’d love it! Glad you enjoyed Philly, have a safe trip back to Boston!


    Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 6, 2010 at 8:08 am

    You are all being so spoilt, what an amazing meal! I especially like the sound of the mousse; it looks divine too 🙂 lucky you!


    Wei-Wei June 6, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Gnocchi looks amaaaaazing. Cheese 😀 And that salmon sounds really cool? Wasn’t it a little greasy, though, bathed in olive oil?? Your meal looks sooo good. 😀

    Have a safe trip!



    shelly June 6, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I have had a craving for gnoochi for weeks! That looks so good!


    Erin June 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I love the lounge-y decor in that restaurant. Very nice.


    Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets June 6, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Wow I need to get there asap! I definitely thought I knew of all the restaurants in Philly that serve local focal, but I’ve never heard of James. I have a lot of exploring to do when I move into the city 🙂


    Helen June 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

    All of that food looks absolutely delicious! I love restaurants like that, seasonal food is always tastier as it’s so fresh. Your gnocchi looks fab, I love cheesey pasta. I hope you had a great time in Philly, you have definitely been busy! I bet you are so looking forward to seeing M + M soon!


    Evan Thomas June 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

    That sushi sounds heavenly! I don’t eat any fish(I know, my omega 3’s must be awful) except for sushi or very rare salmon/tuna


    Ann @ Appalachian Appetites June 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I love restaurants like that too! Glad you had a good weekend 🙂 Fly safe!


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 6, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Looks like a great time! I think that mousse would be my favourite part of the meal too. 😀


    VeggieGirl June 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

    James is SUCH a special restaurant. I love how they poach their fish in olive oil – I had their halibut and it was the best fish I’d ever eaten. Hope you enjoyed Philly, its a fun place!


    Marissa June 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

    That looks good! I actually picked up potato gnocchi yesterday in the store, but ended up putting it back. Gnocchi’s on my bucket list of food to try!


    Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear June 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

    That restaurant looks awesome!


    Hannah June 6, 2010 at 9:42 am

    That gnocchi looks to-die-for. Golden grilled cheesy goodness… Darn it, I’m hungry again, and it’s almost midnight here in Australia…


    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) June 6, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Gnocchi!! It is my FAVORITE. I found gnocchi in Mozambique for the first time EVER last week, and I am making it for my birthday on Wednesday. I can’t wait 🙂


    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 6, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Espresso mousse? That sounds divine!


    Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 6, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Oh YUM!!! That gnocchi dish looks out of this world!


    Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 6, 2010 at 10:43 am

    That’s practically like sashimi salmon. That’s my favorite type of sushi- just plain raw fish. That whole dinner looks fabulous, though! Glad to see the good times are still rollin with all the bloggers! 😀


    Amber K June 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Oh, sounds incredibly fabulous! And to get to chat with all of those fabulous ladies? There are no words!


    Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 6, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I loooove gnocci. and cheese. haha. Sounds like a great meal.


    Evelyn @ cheers2healthy June 6, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I’m loving the atmosphere of the restaurant!


    Meghan@traveleatlove June 6, 2010 at 11:11 am

    That looks like a great restaurant! I will add it to my list for the next time we are in the Philadelphia area!


    Lynn (The Actors Diet) June 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

    what a great place – i will let my family know – it sounds right up their alley.


    suki June 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

    that dinner looks absolutely amazing! 🙂


    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 6, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Wow what a great meal and unusual salmon. It does look like sushi.


    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life June 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Looks like a fun restaurant! Very fancy dishes, yummy! 🙂


    Julie June 6, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Wow!! What an amazing meal!! Look’s like you are having a wonderful time!
    Oh, and that deep navy blue color is absolutely stunning on you!
    Can’t wait for your next update!


    Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Lovely! That potato gnocchi looks amazing. Yummm 🙂



    Heather @ Side of Sneakers June 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    What an amazing dinner/restaurant! –I love seeing fancy meals like that since I’ve never eaten anywhere fancy!!


    Heather June 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    wow it looks so fancy, that cheesy dish looks so good!


    Brynne June 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    All that looks delicious – so jealous!


    Alycia @ Fit n Fresh June 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    What a fun night!! The food all looks delicious – I’m addicted to gnocchi! I don’t like to brag, but I make some mean spelt rosemary gnocchi (;

    Have a safe trip home!


    runnerforever June 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    What fine cooking and eating, yum! Have a a safe trip home.


    Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Wow – what another fabulous evening!!!


    Devon June 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Wow, that restaurant looks fantastic! I love the green damask sign out front 🙂 I’m a sucker for damask.


    Clearly Composed June 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks for such great recaps of the trip. I feel like I had a vicarious trip to Philly! 🙂


    Katherine June 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I am loving all of these parts of the new harvest. the updates and details are great to read about. I’m with Clearly Composed about the vicarious trip!


    Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy June 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Your New Harvest trip looks like it’s been a blast! And all of the food looks so good!


    Wendy Irene June 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Love that you have created a job for yourself that included Espresso Moose and Wine! Go Tina!


    Cynthia (It All Changes) June 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Oooh Hunni and I are going to be in Philly a couple of times this summer and we might need to try this place out.

    You always show such amazing restaurants in places that I go for work all the time and it is so hard to choose. I always refer to your blog for restaurant reviews.


    Faith (gracefulfitness.wordpress.com) June 7, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Yum! That salmon is making my mouth water just looking at it! I have been in developing countries way too long, I need some salmon!


    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 7, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Wow, you always seem to go to some really great restaurants!


    Tricia Kuchler June 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

    That gnocchi looked amazing!!


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