Staycation 2016 Day One

Our first full day of Staycation started with a trip to the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market. We usually go to that one as well as the one at Fitler Square, but since we knew we planned on eating out often, we didn’t need much. In fact, we basically just bought fish for dinner and coffee.

That Saturday was cool and a little rainy, but we were not deterred from our plans to walk about a mile and a half to the place we had in mind for brunch. That place said on their website that they opened at 11 but when we got there at about 11:15, the doors were locked, and we had an unhelpful interaction with the staff member who came to the door. The second place we tried was likewise closed even though their site said otherwise. Since we try to keep things positive here on SuperPlus Eats, I’m not going to name names, but it was not the ideal start to our day.

However, we did find a place that was open nearby, Café Lift, which was also on our list of possibilities. It was crowded when we got there, but we got seated within ½ an hour. Needless to say, we were starving after the long walk, the two sets of locked doors, and the wait. But brunch did not disappoint. I had the biscuits and gravy and Holly had Jen’s Crespelle which is an Italian-style crepe stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, and fontina cheese. One of the side dishes they offer is a lemon ricotta pancake, so we had that as brunch dessert. Café Lift also features Rival Bros. Coffee which is always a good thing.

Jen's Crespelle at Cafe Lift

Jen’s Crespelle at Cafe Lift

Jen's Crespelle and Biscuit & Gravy

Jen’s Crespelle and Biscuit & Gravy

Lemon Ricotta Pancake at Cafe Lift

Lemon Ricotta Pancake at Cafe Lift

Since Staycation overlapped with the Philadelphia Film Festival, I had a movie to get to. Luckily, our slow to develop morning adventure didn’t interfere with getting to the festival on time. In fact, we actually had a few extra minutes, so we stopped at Varga Bar for a beer before heading our separate ways.

Bourbon S.I.P. by 2SP Brewing Company at Varga Bar

Bourbon S.I.P. by 2SP Brewing Company at Varga Bar

My festival experience started off well. I saw Toni Erdmann which turned out to be my favorite movie of the festival. You can see my brief recap of the festival on my blog, Being and Formulating.

We planned on having dinner at home on the weekends for Staycation. Partly to avoid the crowds. Partly to save a little money. And partly because we really enjoy getting fresh fish from Shore Catch every week.

We did not have a specific recipe in mind but knew we wanted to use up some of the vegetables we had leftover from the previous week. What we had was broccoli rabe and a sweet potato which, at first, didn’t seem like good options. Either of those could possibly overpower the fish.

We decided to wrap the tilefish we had gotten in prosciutto to give it a stronger flavor that would stand up to the veggies. We sautéed the broccoli and then made a puree out of the sweet potato. We spread the puree on plates, topped it with the broccoli rabe and then placed the fish, which we had baked in the oven, on top. The combination worked exceedingly well, and we were pleased with our impromptu recipe.

Prosciutto Wrapped Tilefish over Broccoli Rabe and Pureed Sweet

Prosciutto Wrapped Tilefish over Broccoli Rabe and Pureed Sweet

Despite the minor aggravations of the morning, the day turned out to be enjoyable and relaxing and a great way to officially begin Staycation 2016!