I’m going to combine days five and six (Wednesday and Thursday) of Staycation into one post since Thursday turned out to be a little more low key than most days. Staycation was a little longer this year, and we actually felt like we needed a bit of a break.
Wednesday was the one rainy day of the week but that didn’t deter us. We walked to the Italian market to go to Sabrina’s Cafe. When I worked at Drexel University, Holly and I went to the University City of Sabrina’s frequently, but we haven’t been back since the summer after I changed jobs. We love Sabrina’s, but the Italian Market location is usually packed for brunch on the weekends, so we took the opportunity to go there during the week.
I had one of my favorite go-to dishes, the huevos rancheros. It is a far cry from being authentic but delicious nonetheless. Holly had the Blue Cheese Frittata.
Wednesday was also a day that Holly went with me to one of the movies. Unfortunately, that movie was Quitters, one of the lesser films of the festival.
After the movie, we went home and relaxed for a bit because we had big plans for the night. It was a special occasion for us, marking the sixth anniversary of when we met. We started the evening off with a trip to our locale favorite, Jet Wine Bar.
However, the big event of the night was a trip to Victor Cafe, which is a place I had wanted to go to for a long, long time. Victor Cafe has been around since the 1930’s and specialized in Italian-American food (You can read a good history about it at Philly.com). But the real novelty is that the wait staff are also opera singers. We went expecting decent food and entertaining singers. What we got was excellent food and magnificent opera.
We started by sharing an order of mussels. Then, I got the Spaghetti Rustica, which came with Meatballs, Sausage, and Braciola. Holly got the Cannelloni. We finished with a couple of Cannoli and snifters of Sambuca. We were totally smitten with Victor Cafe and can’t wait to go back.
As I mentioned, Thursday was low key, especially considering the feast we had the night before. We just had breakfast at home, and then I went off to see a couple of movies. One, Much Loved, wasn’t so loved by this film-goer. However, I did really enjoy A Rising Tide, about a chef working in his family’s Atlantic City restaurant who tries to piece his career back together after Hurricane Sandy.
That night, we headed to Rex1516 where we often go on Thursday nights and had our usual enjoyable experience.