Life in Philly
This hasn’t been a great year for fall color, but there’s a little bit more of it:
They put the “FMC” on the FMC Tower this month:
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.
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
- cranberry wit sauce
- root vegetable gratin
- pork tenderloin stuffed with apples and chestnuts
- spinach salad
- baked apples with ginger
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:
- warm winter vegetables with fresh ricotta
- pumpkin stuffed with everything good
- warm olives with gin
- carrot halwa
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.
We only took one picture this month, as we were prepping for Thanksgiving, but this is pretty representative of the season right now:
We made a bunch of fantastic chicken recipes this month. As usual, the chicken recipes are not very photogenic:
- Moroccan spiced chicken with dates and shallots
- Sweet & spicy roast chicken
- Cranberry balsamic roasted chicken
- Paprika garlic chicken
- Milk chicken
Finally, I tried a Dutch Baby for brunch one day and it worked out really nicely.
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.
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.
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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