A full day in Philadelphia, including a vegetarian cheesesteak at Sabrina’s Cafe.
After blogging yesterday I was so cold, I did the unthinkable – I got on a treadmill past noon.
I’m a morning-only exercise person; the more the day goes on (and the more I’ve eaten) the lazier I get and the less I want to do anything strenuous. But to take the chill out of my bones, I walked about 1.5 miles while watching s’more of “The Big Lebowski.”
For dinner, Wendy set out a make-your-own-salad buffet, filled with all kinds of goodies from Di Bruno Brothers – broccoli rabe, eggplant, mozzarella, asparagus, artichoke, shrimp, potatoes, mushrooms, crab, eggs, and chicken cutlets….
My first plate has a little of everything, plus some hummus. And some terrific bread from Zingerman’s, a gourmet store in Ann Arbor where you can order online (Drew Barrymore is apparently a fan).
Mid-meal, Wendy remembers the porchetta and mortadella – I have a small slice of each on another hunk of bread.
For dessert Anna brings over some hot cocoa and homemade mint marshmallows from her co-worker.
I have some peppermint tea and one of the marshmallows, which is delicious!
We all watch the documentary “Yes Men Fix the World” which highlights the evils of certain corporations. Wendy immediately regrets buying the Truvia (manufactured by one of those companies). So we’re going to return it today.
Before bed I have a cup of cocoa, but this is some Nestle Fat Free Cocoa mix brought from my parents’ home in NJ.
First thing today I finish up “The Big Lebowski” with another 1.5 miler on the treadmill. A lot of you said you haven’t seen it yet – and DUDE – you really should!
Followed by the same breakfast as yesterday (except without the cacao nibs, and I sweetened it with NuNaturals):
Then we were off to food shop! I’m making dinner tonight for the whole gang. First we hit South Philly’s Italian Market so Abe could interview some locals for work.
I pick up some avocados here since they were nice and ripe. Though the woman did yell at another customer for squeezing them, which I thought was uncalled for.
The wait for nearby Sabrina’s Cafe isn’t too bad so we decide to stop there for lunch.
The cozy place is packed to the gills!
I see that the portions were humongous so I ask Abe if he wants to split something. Since we’re having an early dinner tonight. We open the menu and immediately see this!
When else are we going to get the chance to have a Vegetarian Philly Cheese Steak on a Sarcone’s roll? The friendly waitress is awesome about letting us split it – they even bring it out on separate plates for us!
With sweet potato fries and the “daily side” – cabbage and apple slaw. The fries come dusted with powdered sugar, which makes them taste a bit like funnel cake. The slaw is crispy and tasty too, but the real amazement is the sandwich:
So so so so so so so good! Abe is really happy too.
I trade a bite with my father-in-law’s BLT (not on the menu, but they made it anyways!)
After our marvelous lunch (which leave us stuffed, despite the fact that we all shared) we hit Whole Foods to pick up the ingredients for tonight’s dinner.
Eeek! It’s actually already time to start cooking!