It’s 9pm on a Thursday, and I’m definition hangry. In preparation for my first Dim Sum Garden experience I ate lunch light and early, perhaps overcommitting to the cause. I keep reminding myself to relax my scowl and to stop speaking in fear of ruining friendships.

Upon being served, the gentle touch of scallion pancake, warm em- brace of dumpling and soft pillow of Shanghai fried rice cake instantly healed my hanger. I had about five minutes in heaven before descending down into a deep food coma—five glorious minutes.

Food should make you feel things. It will make a gloomy day brighter, give celebrations something to revolve around and bring people together. I cook to relax, giving me a much–needed break from hectic life at Penn. No matter how you consume it, food is so much more than just sustenance.

In the Fall 2015 Dining Guide, we highlighted two aspects of the ever– expanding Philly dining scene: The newly opened spots that keep our city fresh and exciting, and the go–to places that upperclassmen should know about, but freshmen need to try. We balanced near with far, afford- able with take–your–parents. Lastly, we added a “too long; didn’t read” (TL;DR) note for every review to make it easy for you to find exactly what you’re craving.

Use this little booklet to inspire you. Whether you think an old friend you’ve been meaning to get in touch with would love Tria or you want to recreate a dish from Vetri, I hope this guide brings you more than just a quick scan for photos while bored in class. Although honestly did you see that slice of cake on the cover? We can’t really blame you.


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