Philadelphia, PA - This was a very entertaining evening for this mom of two. I decided to enjoy an evening in the city, out past dark and with people older than 15 years old and not my husband. What better way to start my night out than to have a bite and maybe a drink or two. SUGA located at 1720 Sansom Street has an amazing Happy Hour between 5-7pm that can soothe the rush hour beasts. Whether you are walking from work or driving into town, the warm and clean atmosphere of SUGA hits the spot.
Susanna Foo, who has been referred to some as “the mother of fusion” and her son Gabe introduce unique cocktails and appetizers that are a perfect mix of traditional flavors from Susanna's childhood mixed with Gabe's modern take on it...and it works!
There are plenty of options to sample with the new Petite Plates menu priced at an affordable $3-$6 price tag. Sichuan Beef Tacos with kimchi, Scallion Pancakes, Popcorn Pork Ravioli, Spicy English Cucumbers, are just some of the tasty and very satisfying fares. Gotta tell ya, it was a toss up between the Curried Chicken Dumplings and the Popcorn Pork Ravioli for my favorite, took me back to my time in England.
Now, how about the cocktails...well, can I just say, they nailed it. I mean they really did an amazing job of taking Happy Hour to a new level. With drinks like The Sparkling Susanna, a fan favorite is made up of passion fruit and elderflower liqueurs and the perfect amount of bubbles...there was a party of flavor in my mouth, the Foo Fighter...yeah, great play there, this drink is a coconut infused sake, ginger and kaffir lime my first time having sake and it will Not be my last. All That Jasmine is a fantastic twist on gin and tonic, this cocktail is jasmine tea infused gin, Aperol and Q tonic. The most unique cocktail for me, that will having me coming back again and again is the Sparkling Peach Jelly Shot priced at $5. Exclusive to SUGA, this Japanese import starts out like a clear fizzy liquid but has a jelly like texture on your pallet.
The whole experience was fresh and exciting. Susanna and Gabriel Foo's modern Chinese restaurant SUGA nestled in the heart of Center City and well worth visiting.
After my time at SUGA, I drove a very short trip to the Suzanne Roberts Theater to take in a one man show called This Is Not Normal . Mike Daisey, the creator as well as the performer has been hailed as “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” and “the master storyteller“ by the New York Times and I must say, I can not disagree. It was like sitting and talking with your father in law, won’t always see eye to eye, but makes you stop and think. There was a deep connection to the audience where he made you laugh and also made you ponder the political issues that are rampant in our society. With a very basic set, a table and a chair, a simple spotlight shining down...it just works. I found his performance to be an intelligent observation of the state of current events peppered with flashbacks of what lead us to our present situation. A very enlightening and entertaining two hours.
Suzanne Roberts Theater Review - one man show "This Is Not Normal". Mike Daisey, the creator as well as the performer has been hailed as “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” and “the master storyteller“ by the New York Times and I must say, I can not disagree. It was like sitting and talking with your father in law, won’t always see eye to eye, but makes you stop and think.