On Saturday, I had to travel to Philadelphia
to make a guest appearance at a work event. Since I was going to be there anyway, I decided to make it a one day personal trip as well. My girl has never been and has also never had cheesesteak at all (gasp!), so I was excited to bring her along.
First stop was Chinatown
. We ate at a Sichuan place called E Mei, which I thought was pretty good. However the girl, being from Sichuan Province, was not impressed. Hey, I tried!
We did some thrifty shopping after that. During my browsing, I came upon this shining gem:
He can be my boyfriend I'll never let him go
After a quick tour of Reading Terminal Market
, we walked several blocks over to the famous South Street where we met up with a couple Xangans, Kathy @HollywoodFever91
and Agatha @UnopenedSuitcases
Leaning to the left is what's in, don't you know?
We did some light snacking, since the girl and I were saving our bellies for cheesesteak later on. However, when I came upon a store that was selling cheesesteak cookies I just had to try it out!
It kind of tasted like a muffin. Not bad, but wasn't what I was expecting...Okay yeah, I didn't like it XP
Aren't you curious too?
These sodas were pretty tasty, on the other hand. I have never seen these brands before, so perhaps it's a Philly thing? Let me know if you seen them anywhere else.
Of course, no Philly trip would be complete without checking out the famous Liberty Bell
Photoshopped glasses to cover her closed eyes? Nah...
After a short trip to Franklin Square
(where we shall do mini-golf next time for sure, Agatha!), I was finally off to the work event that was the cause of this whole trip to begin with.
We had to leave the event early though to go grab some authentic Philly cheesesteak at Dalessandro's
. We share a Philly cheesesteak and a chicken version of a Philly cheesesteak (cheesechicken?), both delicious! Admittedly, I still prefer the greasy goodness of the traditional cheesesteak.
SUPER NOM NOM NOM!
Oh, there was another reason why I was looking forward to coming here. I finally met with the mother of Xanga (as I like to call her), the wonderful Beth @SeedSower
I think this was take 49124
We were only able to hang out briefly since I had to drive 3 hours back home, but I enjoyed the time chatting with her and wish we could continue. She was definitely one of my top Xangans left I really wanted to meet, so I'm glad it worked out.
Before we parted, she kindly gifted me a bunch of her amazing cards she made. Aren't they awesome? Thanks Beth!
I really like that perspective shot of the walkway and trees at the bottom right. Which is your favorite?
Overall, I enjoyed Philly a lot more than I expected. I forgot how much there really is in the City of Brotherly Love, so I look forward to the next time I can visit when I'm not so in a hurry. The bench below speaks the truth: P.S. Sorry for being MIA this past month! Moving and work really kept me busier than I thought. I will blog more, I will blog more, I will blog more...