As I mentioned when I left off, our next stop was to visit my sister in Philadelphia! She lives in the hilly neighborhood of Manayunk (I went for a run there and it was seriously so hard; I was always going up or down!). Since J and I have been to Philly many times before, we weren’t as focused on seeking out certain foods or experiences as we were on just relaxing and having fun with my sister.
But there was still some yummy stuff! J and I wandered down Main Street in Manayunk because we had time to kill before the train to center city. It was a hot day, so when I saw Whirled Peace, a self-serve frozen yogurt place, I knew it would be the perfect snack.
This was original tart yogurt and some chocolate yogurt with mini peanut butter cups, almonds, and I believe also some crunchy toffee candy. Mine looked so good that J decided to get some too (I was surprised, as he tends to prefer salty, more substantial snacks!). It’s so much fun getting to pick all your own flavors and toppings and I’m bummed that I only get this treat once a year :(.
Later that night, after my sister had gotten off work and we’d returned to Manayunk from center city, my two companions took me out to dinner as a belated birthday gift! Aww. We decided to go to a BYOB place– this was a great idea because it would be cheaper, but we did have to drive about 10 minutes to the nearest liquor store (and speaking of alcohol, did you know that you can’t sell liquor and beer in the same store in Pennsylvania? I went to college in PA and my sister lives there now, so we can attest to the fact that such an arrangement gets annoying really fast). After our detour for a bottle of wine and then parking back at my sister’s and walking down the hill to Main Street we were all famished… and then we discovered the Mediterranean BYOB we’d chosen was closed. FAIL. Luckily there was a Chinese BYOB about a block away, and that was open. Yay.
We started with potstickers– look at those lovely crispy bottoms! They were very good, as was the rest of our food:
The food was truly good, much better quality than the fast food-type Chinese food you find all over the place. We were having a great time enjoying our food and our 1.5-liter bottle of wine in the otherwise empty restaurant, right up until the waitress started hinting that it was time to leave. And by hinting I mean telling us straight out “We’re closing soon, and I don’t get paid extra if I stay late, so…” We also saw her making out with the guy behind the bar, so we have a pretty good idea of why the two of them wanted to close up shop and get home, if you know what I mean. The girl was nice and friendly but the way she hustled us out of there (forcing us to pretty much chug the last of our wine) was so incredibly unprofessional, I think we were all a little shocked. (She even said to us, “You guys are so nice! A lot of people give me a hard time when I tell them it’s time to go!” I just gave her a smile knowing that yes, we were being nice and polite to her face, but also talking about her in Estonian so she wouldn’t understand it. I’m passive-aggressive like that). Overall it was still a great night, though!
On our last day in Philly we visited the Mütter Museum, ate a cheesesteak (of which I have no photo… I really forgot about this blogging thing during the summer :P), and enjoyed happy hour at Public House. It was all great, but after the final stop on our 4-city tour both J and I were happy to be heading back to Maryland and the relative peace and quiet (um, and free food!) of my parents’ house!