Staycation 2016 Day Eight

For the eighth day of our Philadelphia Staycation, we started the day like a usual Saturday by going to the Fitler Square and Rittenhouse farmers’ markets to shop for our weekly groceries.

For brunch, we walked all the way down 19th Street (almost 2 miles each way) to Taproom on 19th, in Girard Estates. We had never been to this part of Philadelphia before – we’re thinking of coming back so we can walk around and explore some more (and try Philip’s cheesesteaks!).

Taproom on 19th

Taproom on 19th

I had a breakfast burrito that was very tasty but very untraditional – I think I would lose some California cred with my friends by having it “wet” with sausage gravy (as opposed to enchilada sauce). Tom had pork belly benedict that was really delicious – I liked that the pork belly was really meaty.

Breakfast burrito at Taproom on 19th

Breakfast burrito at Taproom on 19th

pork belly benedict with hash browns at Taproom on 19th

pork belly benedict with hash browns at Taproom on 19th

After brunch, Tom went to the Philadelphia Film Festival and saw Abacus, which included a post-movie discussion with several of the cast members. (I was supposed to go, too, but unfortunately was still stuck at home grading papers!)

Vera Sung, Chanterelle Sung, and David Lindorf from Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Vera Sung, Chanterelle Sung, and David Lindorf from Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

We cooked dinner at home using some fresh cod and green beans we had gotten from this morning’s farmers market. I seasoned the cod with za’atar and sumac, and the green beans with sumac and cumin, inspired by our breakfast earlier this week at Cafe La Maude. We served this with a bottle of Tablas Creek Roussane.

As I mentioned in our Staycation Prologue post, I think it worked really well to plan to cook dinner at home on the weekends, so that we didn’t get burned out from so much dining out. Something we didn’t plan on that ended up being a nice bonus is, on this last weekend of Staycation, both of our evening meals were inspired by places we had been to during Staycation – tonight’s meal inspired by Cafe La Maude, and the following evening’s meal inspired by Kanella Grill. So meta!