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Monday, June 28, 2010

Philadelphia History Teacher Vacation Without The History

This is Andy. I don't post enough. Amanda tells me to, and then she does it before I get a chance. So now I am posting. I should be more active. Ok, enough of that.


I'm a teacher. I teach high school. U.S. History. One of the districts near me was awarded this amazing grant that basically allows the district to bring in college professors and authors to the district to give us lectures and other professional development opportunities. And I get paid to go. It is amazing. Every summer, we go on a group trip somewhere. I didn't go last year, but they went to New Mexico. This year we all went to Philadelphia and surrounding areas. I took a bunch of pictures of historical stuff which I won't bore you with...or maybe just a little. But we went to some pretty cool places in both New Jersey and Philadelphia as far as food( and drink!) go. So here we go!


This is meant to be ironic. Or hilarious. But you'd have to know about Ben Franklin and his religious views to get it.


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In any event, history is whack.


In Philly we went to a place called Monk's Cafe which is a Belgian Beer Bar. I had Braised Veal Cheeks. And an amazing Double IPA from Stoudts, which I think is Pennslyvania based. Both were fantastic!


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We were in the land of the Fresh Prince as well.


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Also went to an amazing ice cream joint that a colleague of mine wanted to go to called The Franklin Fountain. I just had a simple ice cream cone, but he had a giant sundae called The Franklin Mint. The pictures didn't come out well, but I wanted to give the place its due, because it was amazing.


When in Philly, you get cheesesteaks. We went to:


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And I'm not going to lie, it wasn't amazing. Maybe that isn't the right thing to say, but it is greasy meat with greasy onions covered in cheese whiz. It kind of sucks, but I'm happy to say I did the deed.


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I'm sure I would feel different if I was drunk at 2 in the morning, but I was hot with a bunch of teachers trying to catch a tour bus. The exciting thing was that Food Network was filming there and at Geno's. A new show with Michael Symon and Marc Summer. They asked us to stay for the taping but we had to catch the aforementioned bus so yet again I miss my opportunity to ask if I can get slimed or tell him that I will take the physical challenge. Curse my luck.


Lastly we went to Princeton, New Jersey. Our bus broke down outside the university, so we did what good students do and went to a bar. This is noteworthy because they had Dogfish Head IPA on tap( I don't recall if it was the 60 min or 90 min).


I love Dogfish Head.


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Great IPA if you like it.


And that was that. I want more time to explore the amazing food of Philly, but alas this was on tax payer money so we had to stick with history hotspots which are decidedly not food oriented.

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13 Comments:

At June 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM , Blogger the actor's diet said...

i'm not too impressed with pat's either. or was it geno's?!

 
At June 28, 2010 at 6:58 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

I've seen the cheesesteak place on the food network before- looks like great drinking food!

 
At June 29, 2010 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Lori said...

Oh my, what a bummer to miss the taping. I have yet to have a real cheesesteak, but I completely understand how it could be classified as drunk food. I'll have to remember that when I get the opportunity.

 
At June 29, 2010 at 7:22 AM , Anonymous Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

As usual Andy you never fail to crack me up! Lordy! :D I totally understand the BF picture. Also? Great cheesesteaks have provolone cheese on them, none of this sauce business. If someone wants to fight me on this, then BRING IT. Cheesesteaks are just about amazing.

P.S. I totally spelled it "cheesestakes" which is another thing entirely because that is used to battle vampire mice. Which clearly you are not talking about in this instance.

 
At June 29, 2010 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Andy said...

I can see why provolone, or any cheese that actually tastes like something, would be better. Cheese whiz tastes like liquid plastic. And I wish I was refering to vampire mice.

 
At June 29, 2010 at 8:33 AM , Blogger Mo Diva said...

i would have taken the physical challenge if i had the opportunity to. boo

I have been to genos... its okay. its nothing to write home about. I get it.
i think your pics are funny : )

and wifey is rigth you dont post enough. there i said it.

 
At June 29, 2010 at 10:29 AM , Anonymous homecookedem said...

Too funny, my BFF was just telling me all about her trip to Philly last week. So cool that Food Network was taping!! I wish my school paid me to go do fun stuff like that!!!!!! That's awesome!! :)

 
At June 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM , Blogger One Healthy Apple said...

What an awesome opportunity! I would love to go to Philly to see all of the historic landmarks. You were brave to eat the cheesesteak on a sober stomach :)

 
At June 29, 2010 at 11:09 AM , Anonymous brandi said...

thanks for sharing :) I've never been to Philly, so now i have a few more places to add to my list when I DO get to visit.

 
At June 29, 2010 at 11:55 AM , OpenID anutritionisteats.com said...

And I've always wanted a Philly Cheesesteak!!! That is so disappointing!

 
At June 29, 2010 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Mari said...

Yay I heard Pat's was great but I am happy to hear that you didn't think so...now I don't feel like I am missing out on something yummy lol

I love the Obama and Smith picture lol

 
At June 29, 2010 at 10:03 PM , Blogger h-factor v 2.0 said...

i live up by new york, but i'll go to the "other city" to go to de'allesandro's-i can't remember the correct spelling but i assure, it was an amazing sub. it takes some getting used to; after a while cheez-wiz is part of the charm of eating a real philly!

 
At July 1, 2010 at 3:17 AM , Blogger Erica said...

What a fun trip! My husband loves dogfishhead IPA! And cool that you got to see the start of a Food Network taping. Hope you two are doing well!!

 

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