Restaurant Review: Geechee Girl Rice Cafe, Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA

restaurantGeechee Girl Rice Cafe is a small quaint restaurant that has lots of character, comforting music, and a really warm atmosphere. I found this restaurant on the tizzzzzube (TV) while watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Chef Guy Fieri as the host. If you haven’t seen this show you are truly missing out or just go buy the book or visit the website. (http://www.foodnetwork.com/diners-drive-ins-and-dives/index.html) any hooo… So i was already planning to visit my family in Philadelphia at the end of the week, soooo obviously there was no question as to whether I was supposed to visit and experience this restaurant for myself and then share it with you.  OBVIOUSLY this is what the Lord had planned for me to do!

I grabbed my homegirl aka My Momma and after she got off work Thursday we popped in. Thursday evening around 6pm, visualize three people waiting for their take-out orders and only one group actually dining in. But let me add by the time we perused the menu and received our drinks the dinner rush began, so we just beat the evening dinner traffic.  So remember that they do accept reservations and if it’s too packed for your liking order it To Go!

 

 

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Setting: the restaurant sits right inside the historic shopping area of Germantown where all the nifty shops are; eateries, pubs, retail stores, ice cream parlors, whatever you can think of… on-street parking is available, let me add the street material is cobblestone, so ladies be mindful when stepping out in your stilettos, some walking may be required if the space in front of the restaurant is taken. you’re welcome

 

 

 

 

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There is a large picturesque window at the front of the restaurant that’s really nice to people-watch and brings great light into the restaurant and as the sun goes down it can be very nice environment to enjoy when you’re in one of those moods where you aren’t ready to go home but you’re not really trying to go out!  you feel? I know you do!  Walls are a great butterscotch warm burnt yellow-orange colour and there are nifty pictures on the wall of possible family members are more appropriately “geechy girls” as well as tribal printed cloth that is hung on the walls.  The individual  wooden table settings can accommodate one person to four people without manipulation easily, but of course they can accommodate a large party when necessary.  There was music playing and I want to say it was jazz or maybe an oldie but goodie like Anita Baker or Regina Belle type music playing.

 

 

 

Lets get down to the food!  Which you know is my FAVVVVVVVorite part!   dinner menu

They offer daily and weekly specials such as Fried Chicken Wednesdays. They cater and they offer brunch specials. This is definitely a 1-stop shop! they have homemade drink specials such as Peach Lemonade, Watermelon-lime agua fresca, the title alone quenches my thirst in this scorching summer heat!  So check out the website (http://www.geecheegirlricecafe.com/) You’re Welcome!

 

 

I ordered a diverse array of “starters” because I don’t like to limit myself to one entree when I’m trying to get a feel of a new restaurant.  I ordered  CRISPY HOPPIN’ JON $7.00, CARIBBEAN COD FRITTERS WITH SWEET AND SPICY SAUCE $6.50, a side of SAUTEED GREENS $5.OO, AND SWEET POTATO TOSTONES $5.OO My homegirl aka My Momma ordered an entree of SHRIMP COUNTRY CAPTAIN which is a variation of the Vegetable Country Captain when looking on the menu for $21.00 We both ordered the HOUSE BREWED SWEET MINT ICED TEA $2.00/each. For dessert we took home a slice of NETTA’S SOUR CREAM POUND CAKE $6.00 that we split between the two of us! 

 

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When I tell you this food was delicious, this food was DE-LISH-OUS!  just thinking about the food while I type this review gave me the stank-you -know-you-wrong-for-cooking-such-delicious-food-face that is too ugly to be televised! Hmmmmmmmmmm! this meal definitely got my good-food-shoulder-bop stamp and seal of approval, which is hard to come by!  Yes Hunnti, if you are EVER ever ever in town, even if you aren’t in town make your way there. The portions of food were appropriate for the pricing, the flavors, sauces, and seasoning were just right, and I was full, I couldn’t finish all my food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Breakdown:

Now it was not perfection, hear me clearly but it was delicious! Nothing was over seasoned, the presentation was basic but the food spoke for itself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sweet potatoes

Sweet Potato Tostones: I ate this item first. It was delicious! the sweet potato medallions are paired with sour cream and green tomato relish… the toppings were an extra bonus, because the sweet potato was yummy without the topping but trust me, you’ll enjoy how the sour cream and relish play against one another along with your sweet potato. If I can just be frank with you without you judging me LOL

I almost licked the plate, but I remembered I was in public LOL  I am not exaggerating the entire meal of mine was delicious. 5/5 Stars

 

 

 

cod fritters

Caribean Cod Fritters: I personally thought there was too much fritter on my cod fritter but my mother liked it. The sweet and spicy sauce is everything it claims to be. I give the plate a 2/5 Stars because I never tasted the cod, I tasted breading but the sauce was scrumptious.  But I do understand someone else may love the dish more than me!

 

 

 

 

crispy hoppin jon

The Crispy Hoppin’ Jon: was DOA – dead on arrival! LOL i love hoppin jon recipes. I wouldn’t mind a bit more sauce or bean juice but it didn’t matter because the bowl didn’t last very long in my presence. the seasoning is juuuuuust right. 5/5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

sauteed greens Sauteed Greens: looked delicious but I personally thought it was a little heavy on oil, maybe they used olive oil. but I ate it later on in the evening during round 2 which is only for leftovers and it was just fine! my mother really liked it and suggested I eat the greens with something else. Advice that she has literally given to me all my life, when I wouldn’t finish my dinner as a child. “Taneya if you don’t like something mix it with something else!” I was always last at the dinner table, I am a picky eater LOL 3/5 Stars

 

 

 

shrimp country captain

Shrimp County Captain: my mother ordered this entree. It was delicious. one word: CURRY! yes I know I know you can’t go wrong with curry.  It was delicious, I almost licked her plate too! I know I’m terrible!  5/5 Stars

 

 

 

 

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Netta’s Sour Cream Pound Cake: we took it home and it chilled for about an hour before we were ready to continue riding the Geechy Girl train…. one slice was enough for both of us to have a good serving. The slice they sent home and the icing was a good amount, but then again it’s 6 bucks so it should be a good amount. This cake was creamy and moist and the icing was delectable! 5/5 Stars

 

 

 

Now obviously it was my first time ever experiencing this restaurant and the food, but if the other items are anything like what I and my mother experienced that night, you won’t go wrong with what ever item you select from Geechy Girl Rice Cafe’s menu! The owner did come out and greet us and share a nice story with us and discuss her food for just a few minutes. And she obviously does that often because the patrons sitting at the window seemed very knowing and comfortable when she came to speak with them as well.

You won’t regret your experience at Geechee Girl Rice Cafe.

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You might be asking “What is a Geechee Girl”?

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=geechee
Geechee is another term for the Gullah people who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia including both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. They are Black/African Americans. The origin of the word have a few suggested sources…after the Ogeechee River near Savannah, Georgia; from Kissi, an ethnic group living in the border area between Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia or from a Creek Indian word. Because of geography, climate, and patterns of importation of enslaved Africans, the Gullah are known for preserving more of their African linguistic and cultural heritage than any other African-American community in the United States. The Lowcountry region was know for its rice production. African farmers from the “Rice Coast” brought skills for rice cultivation and the rice industry became very successful. Malaria and yellow fever kept many plantation owners away from the Lowcountry leaving their Black overseers in charge. The isolation from the mainland and little contact from whites fostered an environment where they developed a culture unique to America.

I’m a Trip Advisor

I’m a Trip Advisor

It’s really not as official as it sounds. I’m definitely not a professional Trip Planner or Reviewer. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve processed and dwelled on how I can become a travel reviewer person. I actually may need to do that after my Doctoral Degree is finished. (I capitalize Doctoral Degree because it’s important to me.) But all I really want to do is travel and spread the word of my experiences.  I should have been an English Major, but then I probably wouldn’t think the way I do now.

But I have several reviews on this website and I’m highlighting M Bistro/Wine Bar in Richmond, Virginia. I had a fabulous time at this restaurant and the food was scrumptious!  Please check out my review, hit like if you liked it or helpful it is was helpful, that helps me a lot. The link is below.

Happy Sunday Everyone,

T

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60893-d2329685-r157600954-M_Bistro_and_Wine_Bar-Richmond_Virginia.html

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Sparking the world traveler in me…..

I’ve always wanted to travel the world. The desire was burning deep inside of me wayyyy wayyy way before I actually went anywhere. I did go to my father’s homeland of Jamaica when I was a young bombena but obviously I dont remember that trip. Technically speaking I’ve never been off the East Coast of the States up until this trip I’m going to tell you about. For my 28th birthday, I went to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. When I tell you that I was beyond ecstatic about this trip. My Mother doesn’t know, but I can die a peaceful death now that I’ve been able to see something different from the United States. We went in early October of 2012. Mommy paid for the entire trip but I know that for two of us to go on the all-inclusive resort including plane tickets it cost just about $2000. I’m going to take my time posting pictures, but within a week, everything that I want to show you should be up. We stayed at the Majestic Colonial Resort from Thursday to Sunday. I’m currently dancing between the ideas of becoming a beach bum on the island of Dominican Republic or just increasing my income so that I can visit several islands that provide a similar experience. But I am a lover of sun and calm (emphasis on) CALM water.

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I’m glad I went with my mother on my initial trip to the islands because there were so many things that I was unsure about and she’s traveled several places. The fees that come with traveling across the water, the scanning of international flights, etc etc. Plus my Mommy is my bestest friend so who else would I want to travel with, initially speaking! The resort was beautiful, the food was delicious, the staff were friendly, the water was beautiful, there was an abundance of activities, and my experience was pure delight. I did not enjoy myself because I was fresh out of Virginia, I enjoyed myself because there was no way to get there, stay there, than experience this island without having a good time. Food was endless, drinks were endless and ohhh soooo yummy. We were greeted with a drink that I cannot remember the name but it was scrumptious… Moms and I were hooked after our first sip, we ordered dozens of them for throughout the trip, with and without alcohol. (We aren’t heavy drinkers.) I spent hella money on things to remember my trip, photo album, key chain, pictures, painting, I also took a lot of nicnacs from the hotel. And I’m constantly dreaming about how soon I can get back to this beautiful island and experience it once again.

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sooo yummy

The resort is located on the beach, so you have an option of pool or beach. We did experience the beach but the pool gave us the option of laying in the water and sun at the same (damn) time. If you go to the beach, people are walking past, the water changes with every tide, it’s just not convenient to lay around and catch the sun rays at the same time. We did not do any activities outside of the Resort but the price range for those events were from $$ to $$$. I absolutely enjoyed myself and I thank my Mother from the bottom of my heart for the experience. Please if you have any questions or comments, I encourage you to share. I’m posting hella pictures for your enjoyment and for me to remember all those good times.

Please enjoy
T

Organic Handmade Soap that you’ve got to see for yourself

Hey guys and gals! I like unique products and I have a product line I want to recommend to you. I actually found this company on, what else but………(singing) INSTAGRAM! See I told you, you can find anything on Instagram! Ok so the name of this product line is CreamandCoCo. Black owned-Woman ran-Company. So I’m extra excited to promote this! Customer Service was exceptional! Received my product before expected due date and the products are way better than I could have imagined. I haven’t tried her other products such as body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, hair products, etc. but if the quality is anything like the Artesian Soap Box I’m sure she’ll have a life long customer.Here’s my review. I chose to purchase the Artesian Soap Box to pass out for Christmas presents to my family and in particular my brother because he has really dry skin. She makes the soaps out of her home. If you would like to see for yourself I highly recommend you follow the product line on Instagram @creamandcoco. She posts several pictures of her choosing ingredients, making the ingredients, shipping, & any detail you would want to see; which is why I was convinced I needed to try this for myself.

I received the Artesian Soap Box within 2-3 days of placing my order; it came in a pretty red box and the soaps are wrapped individually in tissue paper with the labels on them so that you know what soap you are using. She has over 8 different categories of soaps, not to mention several different “flavors” under each category. I paid like $23 or $24 for the 2lb sample box, which was a holiday special. In the box there were 15 different soaps which were in trial sizes so maybe 1/2 the actual size of a full soap bar. The box was humming in beautiful fragrance. I used one bar already and it was wonderful on my skin. I’m on my 2nd bar of soap and it’s the Hawaiian Volcano “flavor”. This bar is soooo smooth, lathers well, and doesn’t have a heavy smell to it. I’m really enjoying it! I have two more bars of soap left; the “Berry Mudslide” and the “Grasshopper”. Descriptions of ingredients and it’s benefits are found on the website. I believe most of her products can be tested in trial sizes and trial prices before you commit to a full size product. Please check out her website at www.creamandcoco.com I think you will really appreciate the level of professionalism and quality that she puts into every product.

I would love to hear your own experiences with this line or any other handmade beauty product. I appreciate unique things.

my remaining soaps.

 

which I am currently using

which I am currently using

smells yummy

smells yummy

Thats how the box was wrapped

Thats how the box was wrapped

just arriving the day before Christmas

just arriving the day before Christmas