Staycation 2016 Day Three

Day Three started with another long walk to brunch, this time to Café La Maude, a French-Lebanese restaurant, which is nearly three miles from our apartment. But Café La Maude was well worth the effort, and it was a bright beautiful morning for a leisurely stroll.

I had the N-Liberties, which is a couple of multigrain buns topped with hummus spread, jalapeño, spicy sujuk (Lebanese sausage), avocado, tomatoes & caramelized onions & fried eggs and served with a side of caramelized onion and potatoes seasoned with Za’atar and sumac & fried cauliflower.

Holly had Parisian Zà which is an open-faced croissant layered with French ham, warm goat cheese, avocado, caramelized onions & jalapeño, drizzled with truffle oil and served with two fried eggs, a side of caramelized onion and potatoes seasoned with Za’atar & sumac and a small salad.

The N-Liberties at Cafe La Maude

The N-Liberties at Cafe La Maude

Brunch at Cafe La Maude

Brunch at Cafe La Maude

Both were as delicious as they were unique. Café La Maude was possible the best brunch of Staycation.

After we were done, we stopped and took some pictures since it was a bright, sunny morning. Mainly, we took pictures of St. Augustine Church and The Healing Garden there. Neither of us knew of the latter, so it was an interesting and pleasant thing to discover.

St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church

The Healing Garden at St. Augustine Church

The Healing Garden at St. Augustine Church

Monday was Holly’s busiest day for grading for the class she teaches, so I decided to make Monday my big movies day, seeing three: A Quiet Passion, Parents, and Insatiable: The Homaru Cantu Story. You can see my brief recap of the festival on my blog, Being and Formulating.

Wine at Plenty Cafe

Wine at Plenty Cafe

After the movies, Holly and I planned on a drink at Olde Bar but it was happy hour and crowded, so we wandered over to The Little Lion for pre-dinner beers since we had late dinner reservations elsewhere.

Unfortunately, dinner did not live up to our hopes, especially in terms of the service. As I mentioned for our last unpleasant experience, I’m not going to name names since we like to focus on the positive.

We did make the best of the situation by leaving dinner and stopping at the Plenty Café in Rittenhouse which recently expanded their drink options and their evening hours. We made up for our unsatisfying dinner by having wine, sharing a cheese plate, and finishing with a couple of amari. It was a pleasant way to finish the long day.