Despite the snow and cold, Dottie and I did quite a bit of trudging around near the convention center in Philadelphia. Near, being a relative term. Everywhere we looked there was something interesting to see.
Elfreth's alley did not disappoint. In addition to getting to see the oldest residential neighborhood in the United States we also made the acquaintance of two cats , both direct descendents of the original alley cat, who established himself there in 1772.
We had intended to see the Liberty Bell as well but when faced with the choice of seeing the bell or being on time for our dinner reservation we chose the latter.
If your dinner reservation had been at Bistrot La Minette you would have done the exact same thing. The lighting prevented photographs that would do justice to the incredible meal we had here. I started off with a lovely french cocktail that contained sparkling wine and blood orange nectar, followed by a salad of the tenderest bibb lettuce imaginable lightly dressed with a mustard tarragon vinaigrette. I then had my first ever Boeuf Bourguignonne experience. I say experience because to call it a main course would not really do it justice. The chunks of tender beef braised in a rich red wine sauce with crimini mushrooms and fingerling potatoes made me weak. And if that wasn't enough already, we finished the meal with a poached pear in creme anglaise and cups of capuccino.
If you live near Philadelphia or intend to visit anytime soon, you MUST go there to eat. This meal is on my list of top ten best eats.