Eating Adventures Abroad: Philadelphia!

One of my most dearest friends (whom I’ve known a very loooong time) just recently had a baby. Such a crazy moment you realize you are old enough to actually want to have children :) Ha! But seriously, I knew this girl since we were in 1st grade, playing on the playground together. Swimming in her pool together.  Having sleepover parties together. Chasing boys together. It was a bittersweet moment when she got married and moved to Philly (miles and miles from cold Minneapolis!). Sweet as she met such a wonderful guy to share her life with. Bitter as the only time I see her now is when she comes home for the holidays (or another friend’s wedding!). However, it is a good excuse to go visit (even though it took her having a baby for me to get there!). And that’s exactly what myself and a couple of friends did. Took a long weekend to go see our friend and her darling little girl. And darling she is!

Besides hanging out with baby, drinking wine, and watching the Vikings vs. Packers game (I won’t divulge any more on that one), we did make it out to downtown Philly one day. Had to get us some Philly sandwiches! And not to mention the weather was in the mid-forties (heaps warmer than it was back here in MN during that time!) and perfect for seeing the sights.

If you have been to Philly and never been to Reading Terminal Market (or are going to Philly in the future!), I highly recommend checking it out the next time you’re there. It’s this crazy market full of seafood, and produce, and bakeries, and restaurants, and flowers, and loads more! Everything a decent market should have.

Photo courtesy of readingterminalmarket.org

First stop, Molly Malloy’s gastropub. 24 beers on tap. Pretty much all local. Love it! I had Troegs Mad Elf Ale. With 11% alcohol content. You can imagine how spectacular I was feeling after that beer :)

Next stop, DiNic’s, Adam Richman of the Travel Channel’s pick for best sandwich in America. Pulled pork with spinach, hot peppers, and sharp provolone. Mmm. No Philly with Cheez Whiz for this girl!

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Some of the girls got yummy looking crepes, some freshly baked cookies. One had a smoothie. Honestly the food selection there is outstanding! Again, if you’re heading to Philly, make sure to stop at Reading Terminal Market. Grab a local beer at Molly Malloy’s and a famous Philly sandwich from DiNic’s. You won’t regret it, I promise :)

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