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Philly, March 2015


Going to give blogging another earnest attempt, because I used to be so good at maintaining one and I miss writing for non-professional reasons. It may be due to my shorter attention span these days — it’s so easy to just throw a snap onto Instagram or drop a link on Facebook — but it’s also because I write for a living, I stare incessantly at a computer screen. When that’s your day job it’s hard to come home after just to sit in front of a computer even more.

But I really miss blogging and I associate the activity with solitude, which I don’t get a lot of these days, so I’d like to carve some time for it. We’ll see how it goes.

To start off, here are a couple of snaps from my trip to Philly in March this year. I miss it quite a bit — I really enjoyed the city and the things I did when I was there with my dude. I also have a couple of extra feels for it this weekend because I watched Creed over Thanksgiving and it absolutely rocked my socks off.

Food at Aya’s Cafe, which served absolutely bomb Mediterranean food. We ended up being one of the last customers there for the night, and had a very long conversation with the owner, who’s a super interesting guy.



Donts from Federal Donuts, which serves fried chicken and donuts. We went over for breakfast, so clearly too early for wings and thighs, so we just got the donuts. They were bomb.

Poisonous frogs at Adventure Aquarium, which is technically in Camden, New Jersey, but is much closer to Philly than it is to New York, so we went as part of our Philly trip. I like aquariums and zoos, mostly because my dude has a ridonk amount of knowledge on stuff like this, so going to those places is always such a great learning experience.


Tommy DiNic’s Roast Pork at the Reading Terminal Market. This was okay. I’m not a big huge-sandwich-with-huge-gobs-of-meat kind of person, but this is on every Philly eats list, so we went. I think you’re better off trying other classics.

Also, Reading Terminal is great in general, because there’s a LOT to eat there. Philly has a big Amish community, so there are a lot of foods eaten within their population I’ve never had before in the city. Pretzels are a huge thing within the community and these are some of the best I’ve ever had.

Tapas for dinner at Tria Cafe in Rittenhouse Square. The food was bomb and prices were decent, for all the dishes we had.

Brunch at Day By Day, which is a pretty standard brunch joint. It was Pi Day when we visited, though, so we got a bajillion pies. The one on the right most side is pear pie with black tea leaves. It was amazing, and the boy and I still talk about it all the time.

Required trip to the Philly Art Museum.

The Rocky steps, hehe.

Cheesesteak from Pat’s King of Steaks. Because of our tight schedule in Philly, we could only squeeze in a cheesesteak the last morning we were there, so we had cheesesteak for breakfast, heh. We really didn’t know whether we should get a cheesesteak from Pat’s or Geno’s Steaks, which is located right across the street and the two have a ton of rivalry between them — but we ended up getting one from Pat’s and then getting cheese fries from Geno’s.

Di Bruno Bros cheese at the Italian Market. We got duck prosciutto paired with the most amazing cheese. I still think about it sometimes.

Our last stop in Philly was to the University of Pennsylvania’s museum, which has a large Egyptian collection.


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