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Trip Report Another Great July 4th Weekend in Philadelphia - 2010

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We had such a good time in Philadelphia last July 4th that we decided to do an encore. Despite the heat, dh and I had a great time; this might become a ritual!

Saturday July 3rd – We headed down from NYC in the morning. Despite the fact that we can drive in Europe and not get lost, we always manage to have difficulty entering Phillie – too pathetic to dwell on here! We headed straight to the Sheraton City Center on 17th and Race to see if (despite using spg points for an average room) they would give us a room on a high floor facing the fireworks. Like last year, they were very accommodating and gave us a room on the 25th floor with unobstructed views of the PMA. The room was ready and I was happy.

On to serious eating! We parked our car and walked over to Reading Market. Somehow this gem escaped me last year. We made an unscheduled stop in the AIA Bookstore and Design Center on Arch Street. This is an interesting shop with lots of great books and gifts relating to design. We bought some blank notebooks and interesting cards. When we entered the market, we walked around a bit and then got on the line at DiNic’s. I had a bit of a low blood sugar issue, left dh on line and found a small Pa Dutch stall with fresh OJ – perfect. The wait at DiNic’s was a good thing because we got to see what the sandwiches looked like. We are eaters and they were huge. We decided to share a hand carved pulled pork sandwich with broccoli rabe on top. It was sensational! (I hate to say it, but it’s better than the pork sandwich from the truck at the SF Ferry Bldg on Saturday mornings – and that was good!). After lunch, we just had to sample a cannolli at Termini Brothers Bakery. I’m not a huge fan of cannollis but I know a good one when I see it. The shell was amazingly crisp because they filled the cannolli for us. I had one bite. We then headed to Famous 4th St. Cookie Co. to pick up a double chocolate chip cookie – for later! We continued to wander around the ‘eye candy’ in the market and picked up a bottle of my favorite fig vincotto vinegar.

www.readingterminalmarket.org

After lunch, we walked on Sansom and Walnut Streets past Rittenhouse Square. We made a stop at Naked Chocolate Café to share a sipping chocolate which is basically room temp melted dark chocolate served in a medium size espresso cup with a lot of fresh whipped cream on the side. For serious dark chocolate lovers only – you’re palate will be begging for a water chaser! It was beautiful out and we sat in Rittenhouse Square for awhile, people watching and chatting by phone with one of our offspring. On the way back to the hotel, we passed Capogiro Gelato and had to sample a taste – we again shared a small pistachio and peach gelati – like being in Italy! (and talk about low blood sugar!)

www.capogirogelato.com
www.nakedchoclatecafe.com

After a rest and watching part of a ball game, we walked to dinner at Tinto Restaurant. We loved it last year and it didn’t disappoint. We shared 7 small plates (one too many) including olives, aged asiago cheese served with quince paste, lamb brochettes (served in shot glasses), sensational scallops with shaved apples, black cod, wild mushrooms and baby artichokes with meyer lemon. No dessert! Just a well-needed walk back to the Sheraton.

www.tintorestaurant.com

Sunday, July 4th – Longwood Gardens (to be continued).
Monday, July 5th - Philadelphia Museum of Art (ditto).

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