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Silk City Diner

I’ve been quite lazy in the last week or two about posting blogs. I’ve been busy at work so by the time I get home I’m exhausted. Plus I’m planning my trip next month. Back to Philadelphia posts…

Silk City Diner

I first heard about Silk City on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives. I’m a mac n cheese fanatic and they had baked Mac n cheese with gold fish crust. I love gold fish as well. So this sounded like a match made in heaven. My parents and I finally decided to go. It was packed!! There were only a couple of booths so it doesn’t take much to the pack the place. I got my mac, my dad got either a veggie burger or crab cake sandwich, and my mom got a chicken sandwich. My mom didn’t like her sandwich. She thought it was too exotic, but she liked her fries. My dad loved his sandwich. I loved mine!! It was heaven. It was also huge! I went to buy a t-shirt, but they didn’t have my size. By the way, the first time we went we got super lost and wound up driving into Camden. So get clear directions because it is confusing.

We went back a couple months later. My mom got a grilled cheese with fries, which she liked. My dad and I got what we had before. Again everything was good. I finally got my shirt. We learned our lesson and went early so we got a table easily. The neighborhood was a little sketchy.

A couple months later we were back again, but the menu had changed. No more mac with gold fish. 😦 It was replaced with a tiny portion of mac with garlic bread crumbs. I was very sad. To equal the previous portion size I would need to order 3 of the new one. The first half of the Mac was good, but once the garlic layer was gone it got bland. I told them that they needed to double layer the bread crumbs. They need a layer in the middle and one on top. I got a grilled cheese as well and that was really good. My dad’s sandwich was gone. I can’t remember if it was the veggie or the crab. If it was the veggie then he switched to the crab if it was the crab then he switched to the veggie.

We went back again and got the same things. This time we went for dessert as well. We got the Chocolate Banana Brioche Bread Pudding which was recommended to us and I believe it was on DDD as well. It was very good.

We stopped going to Silk City because they changed the menu again. My dad’s sandwich got cut and the mac was just too small for me. That being said I would definitely recommend that people check it out. The menu is great for people that eat meat. My dad doesn’t eat meat (except for fish), my mom doesn’t eat red meat, and I rarely eat meat so that limits our choices.

I sadly don’t have any pictures because I went there before taking pictures of food became popular. 😉

Current Menu

The DDD Video

You can see a postcard of it by visiting my Philadelphia Postcards Page

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Love Park/JFK Plaza

I had been to Philadelphia probably 25 times before I finally got to Love Park also known as JFK Plaza. There really isn’t much to do except to pose for a bunch of pictures. There is a gift shop in the park, but I didn’t feel the need to visit it. Everyone wants their picture taken with the giant LOVE statue. Even though it was freezing out there were several groups of people waiting to take a picture. We waited and finally were able to be alone with the statue. Every time I have walked by since then I always see groups of people huddled around the statue. The spot is also very popular with brides who like to pose with their grooms and bridal party in front of the statue.

Across the street there is a municipal building with a plaza outside of it. The plaza is filled with boardgame parts. There are pieces of Monopoly, Sorry, Dominoes, Chess, and Checkers. The plaza is a lot of fun and we enjoyed posing with the different pieces. Sometimes there are homeless hanging out here, but they don’t bother anyone.

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Liberty Bell

When I was a little girl you were able to walk right up to the Liberty Bell and touch it. You could walk all around it and see all the detail. In a post 9/11 world the Liberty Bell is now super roped off. The Liberty Bell has its own building across the street from Independence Hall. Depending when you go, the line for the bell can be very long. Once you get to the front of the line you can only spend about a minute or two taking it in. Unlike Independence Hall you do not need a ticket to see the bell. I highly suggest visiting when it isn’t busy so you have time to really examine the bell. This bell is the replacement bell for the original one that cracked after reaching Philly. The funny thing is this bell also cracked. Then it was repaired only to crack again. It originally hung in the bell tower in Independence Hall.

1995

1995

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Penn Museum

As I have previously mentioned I am studying for my certificate in Egyptology. So I try to see as many museums as I can that have Egyptian exhibits. I had never been to the Penn museum so we decided to go and take a look. The Penn Museum is on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania so we got to look around as we walked to the museum. The museum has a discount for AAA members, which shaved off a couple of dollars.

We started with the Egyptian exhibit. They have a great timeline that I took pictures of and still refer back to. There was a giant sphinx and there were several architectural pieces that belonged to Merenptah. There were numerous statues of the gods. They also had several mummies, some had undergone the artificial mummification process and some had gone through the natural mummification process. Additionally, there were artifacts from the Amarna period. There were some large busts but some were replicas. There was a copy of the Narmer Palette and of the Rosetta Stone.

After looking at the Egyptian exhibit we walked through the rest of the museum. There were some great pieces from Asia. I enjoyed looking at the dragons and Buddhas. There was also a copy of Hammurabi’s code. I spent a lot of time looking at the Greek statues. They also had a large collection of Greek Pottery. There were so many that it reminded me of the museums in Greece that were filled with them. The gift shop is small, but it has an entire room dedicated to Egypt. Many of the items were expensive and that was because many of them came from Egypt. I owned several pieces so I only bought some postcards. We eventually ran out of time in the Mexican and Central American section.

The museum is definitely worth seeing and is easy to get to via public transportation. I would allow at least two hours here.

King Tut

Akhenaten

Neferkheperure-Waenre
Akhenaten
Nefertiti

Ptah

A serekh

Sekhmet

Osiris

Replica

Ramesses II

Canopic Jar
Duamutef
Contains the stomach

Copy of the Narmer Palette

Hercules

That’s a big nail

I’m with the replica of Hammurabi’s Code

Penn Museum

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reading Terminal Market

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this place. This is food heaven!

I first saw Reading Terminal on Food Network. Bobby Flay was having a throwdown with Delilah. It was a mac n cheese throwdown and it took place at her stand in the market. I have had her mac n cheese and I can see why Bobby won. It’s just ok. It’s expensive for very little. Oprah says it’s the best mac, but I’ve had better. I found it a bit dry and it wasn’t hot enough for my taste. If it wasn’t so expensive I would get it once in a blue moon just to satisfy the urge.

There are several other places in the market that have mac n cheese. The Rib Stand sells a version that is coated in a nutmeg like substance that’s pretty good. Tootsie’s in the back has some in their buffet. The mac is also just ok. It tastes more like Kraft Mac.

I love the Amish bakery (Beiler’s Bakery) that’s along the far left wall when you enter. They have cakes, whoopie pies, cookies, breads, buns, etc. Everything is good and they often discount right before they close. Saturdays after 4pm everything is on sale. They also have a little candy store (Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe) where you can buy fudge. The fudge isn’t cheap, but it is good. It is worth getting if you can only go once. They also have a pretzel stand (Miller’s Twist) where you can see them make the pretzels. I have had several pretzels and they are all good. There are other pretzel places in the market that are also very good. Just make sure you don’t get a well done one/burnt one.

As for chocolates. When you first walk in and head to the far right there is a row of a chocolate and Italian pastry cases. The chocolate cases belong to Chocolate By Mueller and the pastry cases belong to Termini Brothers Bakery. Sometimes you can even see them dip the chocolates. They often have free samples and that’s what I usually go there for. I can’t afford the chocolates and pastries, but from the samples they are good.

The Greek place (Olympia Gyro) in the market is quite good. We’ve brought back spinach pie several times to my Greek grandparents. Again it is expensive, but try to have them pick out the biggest piece.

There is a New Orleans style place in the market (Beck’s Cajun Cafe). I got a king cake roll from them and it was fantastic. The roll was like $1.50. It was my first king cake so I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but my mom and both enjoyed. I’ve been wanting another since my last visit.

There is a bread stand (Market Bakery) that has bagels, rolls, baguettes, etc. The breads are great. I haven’t had a bad one yet. They sell out of the good stuff early in the day.

Many people buy their cookies from The Famous 4th Street Cookie Company. However, I find them absolutely awful. They are expensive, often burnt, and are just not worth it. Their location at the front of the market brings them a lot of business. My favorite cookie place is actually at the back of the market. It is the Pennsylvania General Store. The cookies are out of this world!!!!!!!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about them. There are about a dozen varieties. The cookies are filled with m & m’s, butterscotch chips, nuts, Reese’s pieces, chocolate chips, cinnamon, etc. Some are even dipped in chocolate! They are pricey, but they are worth every single penny!

Other places that are popular in the market are: DiNic’s (Home of the Travel Channel’s pick for Adam Richman’s best sandwich in America!) and Dutch Eating Place (for their pancakes).

Delilah’s Mac n Cheese

Tootsie’s Mac n Cheese

Delilah’s

The famous Reading Terminal pig

Pennsylvania General Store Butterscotch Cookie

Pennsylvania General Store M&M Cookie

King Cake

 

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Philadelphia City Hall

My parents and I usually stay near City Hall so I have been staring at this exquisite building for as long as I can remember. The architecture of the building is incredible. I could look at it all day. I always take a million pictures of it because I just can’t get enough of it. About 2 years ago I was reading one of the Philadelphia guide books that was in the hotel room and I read that the building had a limited number of tours. The tours even included a trip to the top of City Hall which is an observation tower. The tower is right under Ben Franklin’s feet. The problem was that the tour is only given at 12:30pm on weekdays. We are usually in Philly during the weekend or on holidays. Last year when our Dallas trip got pushed back at the last minute due to weather my mom and I had 4 days off with no plans. So we went to Philly and City Hall was on my list.

I booked the tour over the phone the day before. We paid $12 each and picked up our tickets in the gift shop. The gift shop was expensive, but I bought some postcards. We looked around for a bit and were called for our tour. The tour starts in the gift shop. Then it explores the bottom floor and explains all the details of the architecture. Then we are taken upstairs. The staircase is a giant spiral staircase. The rooms inside are incredible. We got to see the City Council Chamber, the Mayor’s Reception Room, Conversation Hall, and the Supreme Court Room. The tower portion only allows 4 people in a small elevator up at a time. The elevator ride was very cool because you got to see the inside of the top of the building. The tower was fantastic! The view was beautiful. We went on a clear day so we could see everything. The tower is definitely not for people that are claustrophobic or afraid of heights. It was strange to look up and see the huge statue of Ben Franklin. My mom and I had a great time! The tour was worth every penny. Glad I got to finally see the inside of this beautifully ornate building.

View from the tower

View from the tower

View from the tower-Masonic Lodge/Temple

Ben Franklin

View from the tower

 

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Philadelphia

I love Philly! It is in my top 3 cities in the world (NYC and Vegas are the other two). I’ve been going there since I was a little girl. We go about two or three times a year. Philly has great shops, restaurants, and sites. We have been to so many different restaurants and historical sites yet I still have a list of places I want to go to. Since I have been so many times I’m not going to post a travel journal instead I’m going to post reviews of all places I’ve been to. I’ll also do a top 10 post at some point. Below you will find some photos from over the years (more will appear in the other Philly posts) and a link to my postcards from Philly.

Postcards from Philadelphia on Picasa
Postcards from Philadelphia Post

Back in 1995-Liberty Bell

Back in 1995-Independence Hall

January 2012-Love Park/JFK Park

January 2012

March 2012-Top of City Hall

March 2012-Masonic Temple

March 2012-Penn Museum

1995-Betsy Ross House

Delilah’s at Reading Terminal Market-Bobby Flay had a Throwdown with her

University of Pennsylvania

Maggiano’s

Reading Terminal Market

1995-City Tavern

Philadelphia Pretzel

2010-Chinatown

2010-Penn’s Landing

2009-Outside the Real World Philadelphia House

Real World Philadelphia House

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Postcards from Philadelphia

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