November 2016: The Month in Tom and Holly

Life in Philly

This hasn’t been a great year for fall color, but there’s a little bit more of it:

University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Rittenhouse Square
Rittenhouse Square

They put the “FMC” on the FMC Tower this month:

Walked by where they were staging the
Walked by where they were staging the “M” and “C” near the Walnut St Bridge
FMC Tower, now with branding
FMC Tower, now with branding

We made it over to the new Christmas Village at Dilworth Plaza on our way to Reading Terminal Market to pick up some groceries for Thanksgiving. I liked it better there than at Love Park. I was also glad that we ran into an anti-Trump protest march on the way.

Photo by Tom Ipri
Photo by Tom Ipri

Thanksgiving

This year for Thanksgiving we had two dinners, one for just the two of us on Thursday, and one with the family on Friday.

For Our Thanksgiving, we made:

lemon poppyseed pancakes
lemon poppyseed pancakes
Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving dinner
Baked apples
Baked apples

On the next day, for Thanksgiving #2, Dennis made turkey and cranberry sauce, and Tom’s mom made green beans with peppers and peas with bacon. In addition to cheese and wine, Tom and I contributed:

Thanksgiving #2
Thanksgiving #2
pumpkin stuffed with everything good
pumpkin stuffed with everything good

Thanksgiving #2 had the added bonus of Tom’s cousin and her boyfriend joining us, who were really great to visit with. Overall it was a really nice holiday weekend, some much needed rest, and of course delicious food.

Farmers Market

We only took one picture this month, as we were prepping for Thanksgiving, but this is pretty representative of the season right now:

Pre-Thanksgiving farmers' market shopping
Pre-Thanksgiving farmers’ market shopping

Dining In

We made a bunch of fantastic chicken recipes this month. As usual, the chicken recipes are not very photogenic:

Cranberry balsamic chicken
Cranberry balsamic chicken
Garlic paprika chicken
Garlic paprika chicken

We also made braised fish, pot-roast style, and shrimp Mozambique. Tom made a homemade lamb kofta, inspired by the kofta at Kanella Grill, with dried apricots and pistachios.

Lamb kofta. Photo by Tom Ipri
Lamb kofta. Photo by Tom Ipri

Finally, I tried a Dutch Baby for brunch one day and it worked out really nicely.

Dutch Baby
Dutch Baby

Dining Out

We didn’t get out too much this month. We ordered in another Mexican pizza from Rosario’s – this time, chicken mole. This was very good – in my top three of the pizzas we’ve ordered so far, with the La Mexicana and Choriqueso.

We had an impromptu date night at Tio Flores, which we really enjoyed. It was sad that we hadn’t been to a Mexican place so nearby, but we had been quite skeptical given how much we dislike another nearby bar operated by the same owners. However, at Tio Flores, in addition to some very good food, we had friendly, prompt service, and it was a relatively quiet and mellow atmosphere. Now that we know we like it, I’m sure we’ll be back more often.

Tio Flores
Tio Flores
Margaritas at Tio Flores
Margaritas at Tio Flores

Toward the end of the month, we enjoyed Sunday Supper at Rex 1516. Unfortunately not many people signed up, but it was a fantastic menu and we really enjoyed all the food and drink pairings. The brisket and burnt-end beans paired with Edmund Fitzgerald porter was especially good.

Dessert at Rex 1516
Dessert at Rex 1516

Books

After watching the author’s interview with Patrick Rothfuss, I ended up reading and very much enjoying Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night. I found the story and the characters very engaging, and I thought the second book added a lot of interesting layers. I look forward to the next book, although it will be awhile!

I finally finished reading the third and final book in the Star Wars Dark Lord Trilogy, Dark Lord : the rise of Darth Vader. I had started it months ago, but the writing is not that great, so it was a bit of a struggle. Story-wise it’s an interesting look at the events immediately following Episode III, showing the struggles of Darth Vader as he comes into his own, as well as some Jedi that survived Order 66. It might be the last non-Canon thing I read for awhile. Next up in the Star Wars universe, I want to read Lost Stars, Bloodline, Ahsoka, Tarkin, and Catalyst.

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