New Harvest Weekend: Part 4

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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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!



  1. 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!

  2. 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!


  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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! 😀

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

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