I am committed to life’s simple pleasures. My weekend is made by quality time with the people I love and a visit to someplace new…a place that I can temporarily transport my body and mind to a place free from internal conflict.
This afternoon, after a long separation, my mom visited me in celebration of my birthday a few weeks back. We strolled the streets, chatted about anything and everything, and found our way to a corner establishment that I’ve been meaning to try for close to one year.
Monsu is a Sicilian restaurant that stands small yet proud on the bustling corner of 9th and Christian streets in Bella Vista. Their menu is quit authentic, filled with seasonal dishes with touches of uniqueness. The brunch menu is wonderful and filled with a variety of dishes ranging form egg dishes to roasted duck leg to chicken enveloped in phyllo dough (my choice).
In a close to empty restaurant (we mistakenly arrived 25 minutes before stated closing time), we nestled into a two person table next to fun, Sicilian decor.
We munched on house made focaccia bread dipped in olive oil and rich ricotta cheese.
To start, we enjoyed the Arancia-A beautiful fried rice cake saturated in squid ink with two seared diver scallops. It was fabulous and only made us more excited for the secondi.
Next, we each chose wonderful dishes.
I settled on the b’stilla– braised chicken stuffed in phyllo with an apple endive salad and truffled walnuts.
From the first bite I was in love. the phyllo was perfectly crispy and inside resided spiced, minced chicken. The salad atop the chicken included a lovely orange marmalade type dressing.
My mom enjoyed the Ciambotta– a traditional Sicilian vegetable stew studded with chickpeas and topped with a poached egg and crostini. The broth of this stew was incredible. The combination of spices created a very unique flavor… perfect for a crisp October day.
We ventured home to enjoy a gourmet cupcake my mom brought from a shop in New Jersey. A lovely belated ‘happy birthday to me’.
Goals for this week: Find the lessons in each day; preserve life’s simple pleasures.
Monsu 9th & Christian Streets Philadelphia, PA