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Vacation Day 1 – Philly

Well, we made it to Philly to be greeted by the crappiest weather possible – grey, cold and drizzly. But we braved the weather and made out way down to South Philly to consume one of the most iconic foods of this region–the Philly Cheesesteak.

There is a fierce rivalry between Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s Steaks over who has the best cheese steak. Since we only had time and room in our stomachs for one cheesesteak today, we chose Geno’s. But rest assured, a return trip to try Pat’s steaks will happen..so stay tuned.

I was informed that the only proper way to eat cheesesteak was to smother it with onions and Cheez Whiz…commonly referred to as “whiz with”. And you gotta go with the local lingo or they know you’re a tourist. I gotta say—it was pretty frakking good. The bread was somehow crispy and soft and chewy all at the same time. The Cheez Whiz and the juices from the meat combined to form a magical special sauce. Together with an order of Freedom Fries…it was a perfect meal.

After lunch we waddled over to Reading Terminal Market which is like Disneyland for food. Row after row after row of all different kinds of meat, seafood, produce and restaurant stalls. After much searching, we settled on a dessert of fresh baked cookies, chocolate truffles and coffee. Annnnnnd, we’re spent. It’s been a long day folks and we’ve got lots of activities planned for tomorrow. We’re heading into Manhattan with plans to hit Grey’s Papaya, MoMA, Myer’s of Keswick and dinner in Greenwich Village. I plan on taking plenty of pics so check back for new posts later this weekend!

Cheers!

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