Month: April 2012

Breakfast, The Most Important Meal of the Day


Legal Secretaries
Edia & Gina
Greenberg Traurig, LLC

This week is National Secretary’s Week as it was originally called when it was created in 1952 through the works of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubican. He recognized the importance and value of the position to a business and his goal was to encourage more women to become secretaries. An effective campaign indeed, because here I am today, 60 years later, proud to be a secretary! We go many job titles in this age, but at the end of the day, we are all support the administration of business. At the law offices of Greenberg Traurig, all business staff is acknowledged in this celebration. In fact, the business staff is held in such high esteem that we are celebrated all this week, each day, a special treat. And I’m the unofficial secretariat food blogger of the weeklong fare. Just doing what I do best, taking notes…on the eats. Today (Apr. 23, 2012) is the Staff Appreciation Breakfast.The staff excitedly awaited for the LawChat (an internal instant messaging program) to announce that the “Appreciation Breakfast is ready in conference room 20”. In the boardroom no less. 27 floors above the ground, you get an amazing view of Center City, with the Benjamin Franklin bridge as the focal point from the eastward facing windows. The most important meal of the day was catered by the tried and true, Pagano’s Market. It’s located on the main level of Two Commerce Square on 20th and Market St. in Philadelphia, PA. It’s in the same building as the law firm, a 41-story tower, with a twin building comprising over two million square feet. So you can imagine the number of people that work between the two towers and the demand on Pagano’s. The restaurant is cafeteria style, yes, but not your elementary school food by far. We were lavished with a hearty breakfast buffet, the “President” catering package. It was first class all the way, complete with French toast, pancakes, sausage, smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, homestyle potatoes, fruit salad, fresh orange juice and hot coffee. A classic breakfast delightfully presented in the 20 person boardroom. For me, the homestyle potatoes were the hit and is what differentiates this cafeteria style caterer from others.

The perfect bite-sized, cubed potatoes, were baked with onions to a golden crisp while maintaining a soft, almost cream like texture inside.  Atop the subterranean vegetables were cheddar and Monterey

Pagano's Market - Presidential Selection

jack cheeses melted to a gooey, stringy accordion of deliciousness.  I went back for more, but by then, they were all gone!An all important task for most administrators, is event planning. To do this this well, one must know who in town to contact to cater your meetings and social functions. Convenience, quality, cost effectiveness, variety and service are all key attributes to consider when selecting a caterer. The office receptionist and hospitality coordinator are in charge of catering at Greenberg Traurig and I would say that they get a check plus for delivering on each attribute. Excellent choice ladies!

And, as if all of this weren’t enough, around mid-day, after the excitement died down and the presidential amounts of food was consumed, digested and settled, the business director walked around and individually handed each business staffer a coffee tumbler with a gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts.  We’ll be off to another great start tomorrow!

Thanks GT, for the most important meal of the day and for kindly appreciating your business staff .

Yummily yours,

Gina a.k.a. Honey L’Amour

Business Staff Appreciation Week Treats
Coffee Tumbler & Dunkin' Donuts Gift Card





Power Trippin’, Day 1: The Taste of Love

Dearly Beloved,

As you well know, Philadelphia is nicknamed the City of Brotherly of Love. 

City of Brotherly Love
"Les Belle Dames"

I guess this is because of the alliance that William Penn made with the Natives of this land when he and the other Quakers arrived in the “new” found world.  There is a lot behind the story and I don’t proclaim to know the half of it, but the name is catchy and can be applied to any scenario where love is involved.  My daughter, Lovely, and her beautiful step-mother, MR Hassien, came out for a visit.  The purpose of the trip was multi-dimensional, but it was mostly about Lovely and supporting her dream.  She has great aspirations to build a beauty and fashion conglomerate.  She is a creative writing major at the Denver School of Arts, a model, an actress, a makeup artist and has a natural head for business.  For her birthday, she asked for tickets to the International Makeup Artists Tradeshow (“IMAT”) in New York City and that’s how the three of us came together for this 3-day “Power Trip”.  It is filled with amazing stories and memories that we will each hold dear in our hearts.  As such, what you eat on a trip, for business or pleasure, or both in this case, can define your experience in that city.  Day 1 eats on this Power Trip was nothing but love.

Philly, Born and Raised

Peanut Chews
Chewin' it Old School

I greeted my Lovelies with gift bags full of Philadelphia treats.  I figured they would need a snack after traveling three and one half (3.5) hours from Denver to Newark, not to mention the additional two (2) hour drive to Philadelphia.  Tastykakes are a Philadelphia tradition.  The baking company makes krimpets, cupcakes, pies and other snacks, the first taste of Philly was the limited edition lemon cupcakes (Lovely’s favorite cake flavor) and the classic Philadelphia candy, Peanut Chews that have been an east coast favorite since 1917.  There were other goodies in the bags too, but no pretzels though, or ice-water…

Honey’s Sit n’ Eat

Acclaimed by some as an eatery where you can order blindly from the menu, this Northern Liberties

Honey's Sit n' Eat
Philadelphia, PA

neighborhood restaurant sets the bar high for delicious homestyle cookin’  with an infusion of Jewish and American tradition.  A place where you can have buttered challah with your grits!  It puts you in the mind of eating out of your neighbor’s kitchen, the one who can throw down and who sells “dinner plates” out of her kitchen.  The sounds of old school east coast hip hop played in the background, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys only added to our east coast experience as we damn near licked our plates clean.  Lovely ordered the  Honey Cristo which is a cross between the traditional Monte Cristo and a Croque Madame.  The sunnyside up egg atop the ham and Swiss cheese French toast breakfast sandwich was perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious, I don’t know if it was the human beat boxing or the sandwich that had me dancing in my seat.    

The Honey Cristo

The Breakfast Bomb, a giant pancake stuffed with scrambled eggs and sausage (or another breakfast meat of your choice), at the request of MR Hassien was yummy, the sweet maple syrup combined with the savor of the sausage, the fluffy pancake and texture of the eggs was groovin’ just like the beats that had my head nodding.   I had the Enfrijoladas, yes, a Mexican dish.  My taste buds wanted to breakdance and cha cha.  A flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, topped with salsa verde, black bean puree, sour cream, queso fresco, radishes and mixed micro green salad, had my buds poppin’  all over my mouth.  Yo, everything was good, the service, the food, the location, the vibe, a perfect welcome to the City of Brotherly Love.  This cash only spot is where it’s at!

Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies

After touring the city, from Northern Liberties to West Philly to Center City we took in the culture around us, the murals on the walls told it all, but not in the same sweet way as Insomnia Cookies.  Sweet mother of God, in the center of the city of Brotherly Love we discovered these unbelievable cookies baked to perfection.  Lightly crisp, yet soft and a little gooey on the inside.  Umph, umph, umph.  We ordered a dozen for our slumber party back in the room as we wrapped up day 1.  4 sugar cookies for my suga, 4 chocolate chip cookies for the cookie monster, MR Hassien (I had no idea J) and 4 peanut butter cookies for me.  Insomnia Cookies has a wide variety of cookies, is open late, delivers, ships and is the best cookie you’ll ever taste.

Philly tastes good, my taste buds love it! 

Tastily yours,

Honey L’Amour

P.S. For more on Power Trippin’ from Lovely’s fashion and makeup perspective, check out her blog at