Monday, February 18, 2008

Weekend Adventures

There was much to see and do this weekend in New Jersey & Pennsylvania!

Friday we went to a wine tasting at the Hopewell Valley Winery (and bought three bottles - Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Rosso della Valle 2005, Sangiovese 2005) and then to dinner at The Brothers Moon - a cute little place in downtown Hopewell. A far cry from NYC, but we were looking for low-key and we found it!

On Saturday the adventure began with a 45 minute ride into downtown Philly to visit the famous Reading Terminal Market (pronounced 'Redding')- Pennsylvania's version of the Eastern Market in Detroit. It was bustling and busy and beautiful! We stocked up on fresh seafood, sausage and produce to make some gumbo for dinner. But first we had to eat! We devoured some brunch at Profi's Creperie - bacon, egg, & cheese filled crepe for starters and then banana nutella for dessert! Heaven. I can't wait to go back and try one of the other fabulous smelling restaurants we passed along the way.

The seafood gumbo? We spent most of the day cooking, drinking wine, and eating gouda. When the meal was finally ready I discovered that I don't like okra...especially not 1/2 lb. of it in my gumbo - I was just following the recipe. It was yummy (it's our leftover dinner tonight), but I am going to be in search of a better recipe. The cornbread - sad to say - was a box-mixture from Target (Archer Farms) - but sooooo good. When you put that much effort into the main course - there is hardly any energy left over for the sides.

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