Day 4 of our Philadelphia Staycation was such a fun day!
We started by walking down to the Pennsport neighborhood for brunch at The Dutch, which is known for its Dutch baby pancakes. It was a very cute place, with bright colors and lots of natural light flowing in. Tom ordered the savory Dutch baby, and I ordered the savory scallion waffle with chipped beef and asked for an extra egg on top. Everything was delicious. We enjoyed our coffee and probably would have lingered longer but we were a bit coffee-ed out, so it was time to move on.
It was also a relatively nice day outside; we saw more fall color in South Philly than we do in our neighborhood.
We had a little time to kill before our movie at the Philadelphia Film Festival, so we headed to Khyber Pass for a beer. I got a Founders Oatmeal stout, which was a nice transition from coffee and low ABV considering it was still early in the day. People at the bar were talking about the film festival, so that was fun and helped get us excited for our next film.
We went to the Ritz East to see Lost in Paris, which was the first film of the festival that we got to see together. It was goofy, sweet, and pretty hilarious, with lots of physical comedy. I would definitely recommend it!
After the movie, we went home for a little bit, and then our next big excursion was afternoon tea at The Dandelion. We figured eating late in the afternoon would take the place of dinner, and if we needed to we could snack later. We ordered the “Royal Occasion”, which included a pot of tea, assorted tea sandwiches & canapes, scones with Devon cream, lemon curd, raspberry jam, and assorted pastries & tarts. Neither of us had done afternoon tea anywhere in Philly before, so it was a really special experience. It wasn’t too crowded, and we got a nice seat near a window. The tea sandwiches were all interesting and creative, a few of them with some Indian spices. The scones were perfect with cream, lemon curd, and raspberry jam. We couldn’t finish all the pastries & tarts, but we did at least try all of them. Afterwards we treated ourselves to a few tea-infused cocktails. We look forward to doing this again sometime!
After tea, we headed over to the Liberty Place Observation Deck to see the views of Philadelphia from 57 stories high. Each staycation we’ve talked about going to the top of the Loews or the top of City Hall but never got around to it. Now that this new observation deck is open we definitely wanted to try and make it, and we’re so glad we did. It was a little late in the day so there was a lot of glare from the setting sun to the southwest, but there were great views to the north and east. We’ll have to go at some other times of day to get some different views some other time.
Finally, we ended the day by going to a Halloween-themed “Orange and Black” wine tasting at Jet Wine Bar. The tasting consisted of three orange wines and two dark red (not quite black) wines:
- Malvasijica, Roxanich, Croatia
- Ramato XL, Scarbolo, Italy
- Pinot Gris, Fossil & Fawn, Oregon
- Salice Salentino, Leone de Castric, Italy
- Enclos de Graves, Château Fantou, France
Neither of us had had orange wines before, and we quite enjoyed them. We ended up buying a bottle of one of the red wines to take to a BYOB dinner later in the week. The classes at Jet are always so worthwhile, with lots of information and good company, and it’s even better now that we can buy some of the wine.