Philly recap (finally)

18 Nov

Alex and I drive through Philadelphia every year on our annual trip to the Jersey Shore.  But aside from the quick pit stop for a late night cheesesteak or Chinese food,  it had been ages since I had actually walked the streets and truly experienced all there is to do in Philly.  When we told all our family and friends of our upcoming weekend excursion, we were surprised by the number of food/bar suggestions that we received.  There was so much to do, so much to see, so much to eat!

Here is a recap of what we were chewing on (please note that not all food items are pictured, to view all of the pictures please visit our twitter page):

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When we arrived in Philly late Thursday evening, we checked into our hotel and immediately hit the town.  We first stopped at Jon’s Bar and Grille for a couple of IPAs (Alex’s new favorite style of beer) and then went to Lorenzo & Sons for a giant pizza slice! Ok so this isn’t the best picture of Alex, but the shining star here is definitely the pizza.

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But wait, the evening didn’t end there.  After eating a giant New York Style slice, we went to Copabanana for more IPAs and an order of Spanish fried (curly fries sauteed with peppers and onions, topped with melty provolone cheese). THEN we went to Jim’s Steaks on South Street for a classic cheesesteak with cheese whiz.  Yeah, that’s how we roll.

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You would think after a long night of pigging out that we would try to eat lighter breakfast the following day, but that’s just not our style.  Instead we went to the Reading Terminal Market for a DiNic’s Roast Beef with long hots and aged provolone.  Followed by an order of Thai red curry chicken.  Followed by a cream filled, chocolate glazed doughnut.  Followed by fried chicken.  Followed by IPAs.  That all occurred before 3pm.

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After a quick nap, we were back out on the streets in time for Happy Hour at Triumph Brewery.  It was definitely a really cool establishment with a solid beer selection.  Alex and I had the sample flight, which included everything from a pumpkin stout to a ginger pale ale.   Then we had what we considered to be the best Spanish meal outside of Spain at Amada (owned by Iron Chef Jose Graces).  Upon being seated, we were served a complimentary hors d’oeuvre of crispy tortilla chips with a tuna and balsamic spread.  Doesn’t sound too good, but tasted amazing.  We ordered lamb meatballs, garlic shrimp, white anchovies in pine nuts and olives, Wagyu Beef Brochettes, and Berkshire pork ribs.  We also ordered 3-4 extra plates of bread for dipping into all of the delicious sauces.  This meal was followed by a romantic carriage ride through Philadephia’s Old City District (not Alex’s favorite part of the weekend lol).

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We finished off the night with some late night Chinese food at David’s Mai Lai Wah.  We first discovered this place on one of our trips to the Shore and Alex has been craving the pork dumplings ever since.  So we trekked down to China town at 2am.  The sign of a great Chinese restaurant? It is packed solid with happy patrons at 2 in the morning.

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And the eat fest continues 10am the next morning (aka 7 hours after eating at David’s Mai Lai Wah) back in China town for a “light” breakfast at Dim Sum Garden.  This was not your traditional Dim Sum restaurant with the push carts filled with steaming hot bamboo baskets of dumplings, but it definitely was not a let down.

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We ordered the marinated sliced pork, potato pancakes with curried beef, pork soup dumplings, and pork with sticky rice dumplings.  Everything was delicious.  We wanted to keep it “light” to save room for more snacking. Alex has been obsessed with Asian pastries lately and being around so many Chinese bakeries was his heaven.  He had 2 (or was it 3?) pastry snacks right after our Dim Sum meal.

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Then we ventured over to the Italian Market.  At first we tried to keep our snacking to a minimum because we had plans to meet up with some friends for dinner at an old school Philly Diner.  But when we walked by Anastasi Seafood, I just couldnt pass up an order of Baltimore-style Blue Crabs.  Alex patiently sat there while I slowly devoured my three crabs, paying careful attention to get as much meat as a could.  Poor Alex and his shellfish allergy.  Oh how will he ever get over it?

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Oh yeah, with this Daddy Wad sandwich from Paesano’s Philly Style.  Obviously Alex loved this because it was stuffed with arugula, which he is mildly obsessed with.

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And 2 hours later…we met our friend Sean and his mom at The Dining Car and Market in North East Philadephia.  Alex and I both ordered the chicken croquettes since it was featured on Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives.  The breaded shredded chicken balls were served over creamy mashed potatoes, gravy and two side dishes.  We finished the meal with a slice of apple cake.  Yum!  Definitely a must-try if you are in the area and want to experience a good diner meal.

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Last but not least, our last meal before we hit the road…a steaming hot bowl of noodle soup at Ting Wong’s.  Asians love eating big bowls of noodle soup for breakfast cause its hearty and soothing.  I wish I could eat this everyday.

And that recaps our 3 night stay in Philadelphia. There are some additional cheesesteak and “snack” food pics, but I think you all get the gist here…we are fatties.

Ok fine, one last picture of Alex’s beloved Asian sweet bread.

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