Our second day of Staycation started with one of our favorite neighborhood breakfast places, Ants Pants Café. We love their egg dishes, and this day we were in for a special treat. The daily special was sunny-side up eggs over cornbread, with a jalapeño cheddar sauce. Talk about food porn!
We lingered over the excellent Blue Water coffee at Ants Pants, then headed to the Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market for our usual Saturday shopping. We still had a bounty of tomatoes from mom’s garden, but we stocked up on eggs, garlic, peppers, summer squash, summer apples, and chard.
We knew we were going to be doing a lot of eating out during Staycation, so for lunch we decided to stay home and enjoy some of our fresh vegetables while we could. We baked corn-on-the-cob from our CSA and made some caprese with tomatoes from the garden, fresh mozzarella from Di Bruno Bros, and zucchini and basil from the farmers’ market.
For dinner, we walked down to East Passyunk to try out Stateside, which had been on our list for awhile. We got 5 small plates, including:
- House made goat cheese salad: farm greens, house pancetta, strawberries
- Chilled golden beet soup: orange, horseradish cream, house smoked trout
- Marinated broccolini: creamy ginger dressing, bacon crumbles, smoked salt
- Day boat scallops: corn relish, oyster mushrooms, bone marrow butter
- Smoked capon sausage: white bean purée, beer mustard, tapenade
We enjoyed most of our dishes, but by far our favorite was the sausage. We would like to come back another time to try their cocktails, as we are intrigued by their house-made vermouth.
Next we walked up East Passyunk to Southwark for drinks. We had been wanting to try Southwark for a long time, but it always seemed to be closed each time we tried previously. Right away, we really enjoyed the “old man bar” atmosphere. The highlight of our visit was the Martinez cocktail, featuring Hayman’s Old Tom gin and Campari Antica Formula. We’ve enjoyed this drink elsewhere, but the Old Tom gin really makes Southwark’s rendition special.
We closed the evening by heading back to Rex 1516 because we knew they had just acquired Benedictine and Cherry Heering, which meant we could finally have a Remember the Maine cocktail. In addition to the Remember the Maine, we had a few other cocktails that use Benedictine, including the Frisco, Vieux Carre, and Life Sentence.
All in all another wonderful day of Staycation!
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- Staycation Day 5
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