I love Philly. And that’s saying something, considering realistically, how little time I’ve actually spent in the city. Growing up, there were field trips, of course. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, classic destinations for any Pennsylvania school student. I’ll admit, though, it was the closest city to me so, like anyone who lived in some sort of Philadelphia suburb (or anywhere nearby), I claim it as my own.
Since I’ve grown up (to the ripe old age of 24? It’s a process), I’ve gotten to experience a different side of Philadelphia. I’ve been there for New Year’s Eve celebrations, foodie visits, a bachelorette party, numerous other random parties, and, of course, the Healthy Living Summit last summer.
But it’s a very rare occasion I get to go to Philly without a real “reason”, an event or some sort of scheduled activity. That’s why this past weekend was such a treat.
I flew into PHL on Friday night and took the train to Ryan’s stop, where he met me, bundled up in my “puffah” (the pet name of my Michael Kors puffy coat, one of my very favorite Christmas presents) to brave the Pennsylvania freeze. We enjoyed a beer, we snuggled, we watched some goofy movie about the Rock who plays a chef and el gato and Stifler is a mobster’s son and there’s lots of guns? I don’t know, it was awful, so [inevitably] Ryan loved it. (EDIT: Looked it up, it’s called The Rundown. In case you’re into ridiculous films like that.) Despite the cinematic fail, it was a perfect, relaxing night.
The morning just took it to a new level of wonderful.
Bob’s Diner, in Roxborough. I would’ve taken a picture of the adorable outside, but that would’ve been risking my life in the middle of traffic, and I hate being hit by cars. It was perfect, though, like a little trailer cafe met one of my favorite, long-menued diners in Jersey. I originally ordered French toast with bacon, and then I saw it. The Holy Grail of breakfast meats, in my opinion. PORK ROLL! I quickly replaced my bacon order, and was soon greeted with a warm plate.
The French toast was so light, it was like a cloud. A cloud I doused in syrup. The pork roll was the star of the show, though, thick, charred, and salty. I made quick work of my plate, forking up a combination of French toast and pork roll together in each bite. It didn’t stand a chance.
Ryan enjoyed a giant chocolate chip pancake, which I enjoyed too, because I’m his significant other, and that’s a rule in the dating world, right?
Trust me, there were plenty more chocolate chips in the pancake. And then, they were in my belly.
While at breakfast, we spotted a fraternity brother (one we’d seen just a week before at GC!) I stayed true to myself by obnoxiously asking his dining buddy, who was definitely NOT someone we knew, to take a photo of us.
I love the ease of Philly. I love the chance to chat it up with all the waitresses at the diner, I love strolling around and seeing the historical mixed with the modern, I love the food, I love the Regional Rail system, and I love the people.
Maybe I’m biased because my boyfriend lives there (oh, and I met him there 4 years ago), my friends live there, and it’s the city I’ve been to the most. But if you can’t love your city, what can you love?
…well, you could love pork roll, I guess.
What’s “Your” home city?
What’s your favorite aspect of it?