If you've been on our Facebook, you know that we have an April Girls Night Out event coming up at Cantina Laredo. If you didn't know that, I suggest you hop on over and get yourself registered. It's going to be a great time!
Cantina Laredo is connected to the King of Prussia Mall, but has it's own entrance on the third level of the parking garage beside Bloomingdale's. It's a relaxed and fun atmosphere where you can go and grab a drink with girlfriends, watch a game or simply a date night for a quality meal.
My friend Kate and I decided to give Cantina Laredo a try in anticipation of the event next month, and we were so thrilled with our experience. When we arrived, the restaurant was lively with couples who were enjoying a Saturday night drink and families who were intently watching the Villanova basketball game.
Kate and I both don't eat seafood, which in many places means a pretty limited menu or needing to endlessly substitute our options... not here!
Immediately, two bowls of tortilla chips were brought to the table with a mild and a spicy salsa/sauce for dipping. We also ordered the Top Shelf Guacamole (Kate's actually the one who got me guac-obsessed a few years ago!), a signature dish, made table side for us... it doesn't get fresher than that. You literally cannot come to Cantina Laredo and not order this. One of the best parts of this is that you can customize it to your taste - not a fan of jalapeños (cough cough, Kate and I)? Don't include them! Don't like cilantro? No worries! You'll only get the ingredients in the guacamole that you love.
When our drinks arrived we were blown away. Kate loves a good margarita and I'm a rum girl myself, so she got the Salted Watermelon Margarita (I took a sip and even though I don't love tequila, this was super good) and I got the Passion Fruit Colada. I'm thinking Spring over here!
Salted Watermelon Margarita
Casa Noble Crystal Organic Tequila with watermelon puree, Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur, lemon and lime juices
Passion Fruit Colada
Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum with passion fruit syrup, coconut puree, fresh lime and pineapple juice
Our first main dish was an assortment of tacos, which were seriously delicious. I tend to be a little picky with my chicken dishes because I find it bland sometimes, but that was not an issue with the chicken fajita taco. It had so much flavor! The Barbacoa was just as delicious - the brisket was tender and the onion on top was the perfect addition.
Barbacoa Taco (Gluten Free)
Corn tortillas filled with braised and pulled Certified Angus Beef brisket, with house marinated red onion, chopped cilantro, roasted tomatillo sauce and Monterey Jack
Chicken Fajita Taco
Corn tortillas with chicken topped with avocado, pico de gallo, chopped cilantro and queso fresco (also available with skirt steak)
After the tacos came the Carnitas signature dish. Even though Kate and I have a hard time with spicier foods, we were still able to eat these. Most surprising was the portion - even though it looks small, there was a ton of tender meat on these (apparently their 16 oz. Cascabel Ribeye is the same way). Yum! I loved that the pork was complemented with a side of Mexican rice, because it added just that much more flavor to every bite. We were also provided a side of corn tortillas for these, which was genius for those who might want to make their own taco/burrito out of the entree's contents.
Braised pork shanks topped with chipotle wine sauce. With seasonal vegetables and Mexican rice
The food kept on coming... and we weren't sorry about it. Next on the agenda was a variety of enchiladas. We were able to sample both the Mole and the Veracruz, which are two different varieties of chicken enchiladas.
If you're unfamiliar with Mole sauce, it's a combination of cocoa, chili peppers and other spices but it's not sweet in the sense that you usually associate chocolate with. The chocolate is a subtle flavor and complemented the spiciness of the peppers and herbs really well.
The Veracruz, pictured below, was topped with a spicy tomatillo sauce and veggies. These were served with a cilantro lime rice, which was less spicy than the Mexican rice we'd tried earlier, but certainly not lacking in flavor. I actually found that it was nice having a milder rice to complement the spicy sauces!
Two enchiladas filled with pulled chicken, topped with a sauce from a sweet, spicy blend of dried Mexican peppers
Two enchiladas filled with pulled chicken, spinach and Monterey Jack, topped with tomatillo sauce, marinated vegetables and queso fresco
At this point, we were hitting a real wall... but of course we had room for dessert. To finish off our evening, we decided to give the Mexican Brownie a try. It was an excellent decision (Kate said it might have been the best dessert she'd ever had!).
With pecans and walnuts on a sizzling skillet with Mexican Brandy Butter and vanilla or cinnamon ice cream
Our dinner really could not have been more delicious or in a better setting to relax and catch up. I'm so excited that you all will have the opportunity to give Cantina Laredo a try next month! Please feel free to give them a call and schedule reservations in advance if you and your girlfriends think you might want to grab a bite towards the end of our GNO.
Cantina Laredo Website, here.
Cantina Laredo Facebook, here.
Cantina Laredo Instagram: @cantinalaredo
690 W. Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Sun-Thur 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Fri-Sat 11:00AM to 11:00PM
Mon-Fri 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Fri-Sat 9:00PM to Close
Hello my theater-loving friends! Oh do I have news for you.
I've just received word that The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization announced their 2017/2018 Broadway Philadelphia season, including hits such as: School of Rock, Disney's Aladdin and The Color Purple. In addition to this, they've let some other exciting news slip ... the 2018/2019 season will be bringing Hamilton to town!
"Broadway Philadelphia subscription packages are on sale now. Subscribers save up to 25% off single ticket prices and are offered a variety of exclusive privileges, including the first opportunity to select the best seats in the house and the option to renew their seats each year. Subscribers also enjoy a host of benefits, including free exchanges, priority ticket access, payment plan options, and more".
Since the 2017/18 season was just released, those are the ticket packages that are currently available. If you're interested in scoring Hamilton tickets, we highly recommend that you become a subscriber... that's how you'll get first priority and the Kimmel Center has said that if you want priority tickets to Hamilton in 2018/19 you'll need to be a 2017/18 subscriber and renew for the 2018/19 season.
You can find information about subscription packages here or can call 215-893-1955.
The King of Prussia Mall will be getting a special visit from the Easter Bunny who will be hopping over this week! You can catch The Bunny Photo Experience:
Friday, March 17 - Saturday, April 15 Nordstrom Court
Friday, March 24 - Saturday, April 15 Bloomingdale's Court
Additionally, Autism Speaks is one of the sponsors of the event and King of Prussia Mall will be offering Sensory Friendly time-slots as well (Caring Bunny) as Philadelphia Mills. Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.
Sunday, March 26 | 9:00AM to 10:30AM | Nordstrom Court
Sunday, April 2 | 9:00AM to 11:00AM | Grand Court at Philadelphia Mills
Save time and avoid a line (and cranky little ones!) with online reservations.
This afternoon, my brother and I decided to make the most of King of Prussia Restaurant Week and grab some lunch on his day off of work. I'd been to the new KOP Town Center and had spotted City Works and it looked like a really fun location. It was an excellent decision, and here's why:
We arrived to the restaurant around 2:30PM and had missed most of the lunch rush (which worked for me!). This was my first visit to City Works, and so I wasn't very familiar with the atmosphere or the menu, but I was really impressed with both.
Upon walking in, I felt like I'd been transported to a sort of urban mountain lodge with wood and metal/modern details. Though my brother ordered from the main menu (he got the pretzel bites and a burger - loved both), I ordered from the Restaurant Week menu (aside from the pretzel bites, everything on here is exclusive for this week and isn't offered on the main menu... take advantage now!).
My selections were the Philly Cheesesteak Eggrolls, and the Short Rib Tacos.
First of all, I loved the presentation of the food, especially the Cheesesteak Eggrolls. My brother also commented on how unlike a lot of other restaurant's take on Cheesesteak Eggrolls, these actually mimicked a Philly Cheesesteak with all of the tasty toppings.
The short rib tacos were so juicy and full of flavor, not at all dry. And the fries. Let me tell you about the fries. SO. GOOD.
We were full, but decided to order dessert anyway (naturally) and went with the Peanut Butter Snickers Pie after our server recommended it. It was very smooth and rich and all of the things that you hope something called Peanut Butter Snickers Pie would be. Note: You can definitely share this between two people.
Last but not least, let's talk about the beer list. I'm not a beer snob, but I do love trying new things when I get the chance and City Works absolutely offered a unique variety. I ordered the Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider (golden ripe pineapples have been married into a dry cider made of American dessert and European bittersweet apples) and my brother ordered the New Belgium Brewing Co. Fat Tire (toasty malt, gentle sweetness, flash of fresh hop bitterness; perfectly balanced malt and hops). We both loved our choices!
If you know me, you know that I love me some cheese and chocolate (and if you didn't know this, you didn't see my Facebook Live from August).
For years now, I've been a fan of The Melting Pot in King of Prussia but I'd only ever ordered the cheese and chocolate... I'd never actually had dinner there! That changed.
Over the weekend, Dan and I visited The Melting Pot to sample their King of Prussia Restaurant Week menu a little early.
White Truffle Cheddar Cheese Fondue
A savory blend of white truffle oil, our signature cheddar blend, cream cheese, fresh chopped garlic, and white wine.
I died and went to heaven. You can taste the decadent truffle oil in the cheese, and it's just enough to make you swoon. To dip: vegetables, apples/grapes, bread + pretzel bread (personal fave) and tortilla chips.
Fresh spring mix with sliced Roma tomatoes, Feta Cheese, cucumbers, artichoke hearts and Parmesan pine nuts tossed in an Artichoke Vinaigrette dressing.
Dan and I both agreed that this might have been the best salad we've ever had... no joke. The artichoke vinaigrette offered a little bit of a kick (Not too much, trust me. I don't do spicy and I was fine with this!) and combined with the cheese and pine nuts, it was bursting with flavor.
You may choose one of the following:
The Wayne - Jalapeño Filet Mignon, Pacific White Shrimp, All Natural Chicken Breast and Chicken-n-Cabbage Potstickers **This is what I got, except I subbed regular filet for the shrimp since I don't do seafood.
The King of Prussia - Cold Water Lobster Tail, Filet Mignon, and Sriracha Lime Shrimp **This is what Dan got.
The Audubon - Herb Coated Chicken Breast, Pacific White Shrimp, and Sesame Wasabi Coated Ahi Tuna
This was the portion of the evening that I wasn't as familiar with, but it was 100% my favorite. Our server (he was AMAZING by the way) recommended a broth/sauce that he simmered for us. We then were provided our chosen plates, raw. Our server explained that we each had a pair of tongs in different colors so as not to confuse one another's meal. We then had the opportunity to cook our meat to the desired temperature - I eat everything well and it only took about 3-4 minutes each.
Sure, it took longer to get through dinner, but it allowed dinner to be an experience and allowed Dan and I an opportunity to chat. I imagine it'd have been just as perfect with a group of girlfriends because we wouldn't have felt rushed!
When they initially bring it out, the plates look like you're going to be hungry afterwards but the portions are served perfectly. Eating slower allows you to digest properly and not overeat. I actually couldn't finish all of mine!!
Drinks + Dessert
Flaming Turtle Chocolate - SO. GOOD. Served with graham cracker coated marshmallows, fruit, brownies, etc. to dip. We were so full already, but couldn't resist getting dessert. When at The Melting Pot, right?
I tried the Coconut Mojito (er... I tried two). It was muddled really well and didn't seem like overkill the way some tropical drinks tend to. Not too sweet and I couldn't get enough of the coconut rim on the glass.
Dan tried the Jack Berry Smash. He loved it and highly recommends it to any 'fellas who like a good whiskey-based drink.
Philadelphia Housewives returned to Redhound Grille in Paoli (we were there in October!) for our March GNO and everyone had a blast! It was a chilly night, but we had a lot of fun shopping and mingling with all of you.
Below, you'll find the information for our participating vendors so that you can connect with them: