Friday, December 13, 2013

Verde Review

This is part of a series of posts related to Chef Marcie Turney including: VerdeLolitathe Midtown Village FestivalJamoneraLittle Nonna's, and Barbuzzo.

Restaurant Row on 13th Street in Center City is one of the best neighborhoods to indulge in refined dishes in a casual, yet festive atmosphere. Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran dominate the street with a nice variety of restaurants including Lolita, Barbuzzo, Jamonera, and most recently, Little Nonna's - just to name a few!

They're also affiliated with Verde, which offers a creative and cute take on well-crafted women's jewelry, clothes, and home accessories.

And of course, Marcie Blaine artisanal chocolates are on display in the large window in the back. It's also where Chef Turney's famed salted caramel budinos are crafted. When it's time, they're simply taken out the back door to Barbuzzo, which is right next door!

This past summer, these salted caramel budinos were transformed into budino pops. I finally had a chance to taste these at the 2013 Midtown Village Festival and they're a great transportable iteration of the GF and my favorite Philly dessert.
Salted Caramel Budino ($8)
Dark chocolate crust, vanilla bean caramel, sea salt

But back to the original! To celebrate the GF and my anniversary this year, we ended the night with some Moet and a pair of the salted caramel budinos. 

Just look at the layers of goodness! 

The cookie crumbles offer great texture to the smooth caramel and puddings, which has a perfect juxtaposition between salty and sweet. Each bite simply tantalizes your senses - many of which aren't necessarily typical of a standard dessert, but work so well. 

You'll be happy to know that you don't need to eat in at Barbuzzo to get your hands on these bad boys (girls?). If you go to Verde, you can get them to go! A great way to end date night or simply indulge by yourself!

108 S 13th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-8700

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