Friday, May 14, 2010


After sleeping in a bit we checked out and drove into the city for brunch at Sabrina’s. The service was outstanding and the food was even better. I got an egg white omelette with balsamic leeks, strawberries, and goat cheese. It was a unique combination of ingredients but it really worked. Dan got a mountain of pumpkin pancakes with rum raisin pound cake sprinkled on top with peach-molasses syrup and apple-cinnamon butter. I stole quite a few bites but he needed probably six people to help him with it anyway!

Next we visited the Mutter Museum. It was fascinating and disturbing. No photos were allowed so you’ll have to visit or take my word for it.

Our next stop was also in the area; The Eastern State Penitentiary. They had a fantastic audio tour, narrated by Steve Buscemi! This was one of the highlights of our trip - such a fascinating piece of history.
 Al Capone's cell:

Speaking of cells, after our museums we headed back to check into our hotel, Aloft. It's a pretty snazzy hotel that smells like fresh-squeezed orange juice and we got a good deal!

We had planned on going to Amada for dinner but they were booked. A quick search for other tapas places turned up Chick's Cafe and Wine Bar. This dark and cozy place was a superb find. We got some drinks, a couple small plates and three cheeses accompanied by different jams. For dessert Dan and I shared a dark chocolate creme brulee with carmalized bananas as well as French Market beignets with nutella and honey butter to dip them in. FANTASTIC. I wish this place was tucked away in one of our neighborhoods.

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