I have just completed week two of living and breathing in the greater Phildadelphia area. It just keeps getting better and better. I think my friend Amy had something to do with that. She took the Chinatown bus from NYC. I took my first train ride from the Main Line (that is where I live) to the center of Philadelphia to pick her up! I was proud of myself because this was a brand new thing for me and something very foreign to me as a midwesterner. We don't use public transportation very willingly.
We came back to my apartment and went out to eat with Tim at a local pub in our neighborhood, The Grog. It was fantastic. We had an appetizer of Hot Crab, Artichoke, and Spinach served with cut warmed pitas.
Saturday, I gave Amy a tour of my area...as much as I could...you know, where I buy groceries, my library, my Starbucks...Then, we hopped on the train again to go to the city where we walked through Antiques Row, the historical district with Independence Hall, but we did not get to tour it since they were all sold out of tickets. We took shelter from a down pour in a touristy building where people were dressed in period costumes.
The true treasure of our adventure was the Reading Terminal Market. Like most markets, they offer deli meats, cheeses, produce, and more, yet the food vendors impressed me. Pakistani, Sushi, Cheesesteaks, and so much more could be eaten to your heart's delight. We were taken with the fresh Crepe counter. We agreed on and shared a sweet crepe with delicious Nutella, strawberries, and bananas sprinkled with powder sugar. This is my new favorite thing in Philadelphia. I adore the market and plan to make many trips there.