Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow Day in Philadelphia

It's been too long since we published a post, so I decided to hop on the computer and share what is going on in our world. Early Saturday morning the snow started falling here in Philadelphia. From our living room window it looked like we were trapped inside of a whirling snow globe. The Snow was light like powder, fluttering in all directions. It was warm and cozy in our small apartment and we were lucky to both be able to be home to enjoy the day together. We can't wait to visit all of our family and friends in the southeast this week. Rosco may be sad though. He appears to be in love with the snow. He pounces around like a puppy when he gets out in it....wallowing around and kicking his feet. Truly adorable. I wish I could give him fun in the snow all year long....but not really. I am ready for tropical weather.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

This must be what the guy from Man Vs. Food feels like

This past weekend, Alana and I were looking for a place to grab lunch and ended up in Queen Village at Famous 4th Street Deli. The deli is your quintessential Jewish Deli. For a complimentary appetizer we were brought three different flavors of pickles, all were good. After looking at the exhaustive menu we finally decided on a Pastrami Reuben and a Corned Beef Sandwich. The sandwiches were a bit expensive and we now know why. THEY ARE HUGE!! I could barely eat half of mine and, honestly, should have stopped well before that. Alana couldn't even finish half. Keep in mind we were both starving when we entered. The sandwiches, though, were phenomenal. Maybe the best I've ever had.

Dessert at Mong Kok Station

After Banana Leaf, we stayed in Chinatown and ventured over to my favorite pastry shop, Mong Kok Station. We had a couple of yummy-good delicacies and a few bubble-milk tea drinks to wash it all down.

At Banana Leaf with Jean

With Alana's Mom in town not too long ago, we decided to grab some dependable Malaysian/Japanese food from The Banana Leaf. As always, the food was good and service quick. Here are some pics.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

More Tattooed Mom...

Here are some of the creatures we found lurking on the walls. This local watering hole attracts in an interesting crowd, but they all appear to be having a good time.

Tattooed Mom

Dan, Maria and Alana dropped into the Tattooed Mom on South Street one summer afternoon to cool off after a day of walking around the city. They stumbled into a play land for old PBR cans! IT was fun and the Watermelon Wheat Beer on draft was rather tasty!

Monday, August 24, 2009

More of the fightin' gamecock

Here are some more pics of Johnny's visit. He was a little mad he had to leave so, being the wildman, he threw a tantrum and busted out the window of our car. Being that we had such a good time, we let it slide. You're welcome back anytime, Battles.

Johnny Battles past the Mason-Dixon line

The one and only Johnny Battles came up to visit us from Charleston, SC a short time ago. He spent an eventful week with us which included visits to The Italian Market, Pat's Cheesesteaks, Reading Terminal, Johnny Brenda's, The Banana Leaf, The Standard Tap, a day trip to NYC, a Mad-Hatter party, The Belgian Cafe, and much, much more--yet not enough. Unfortunately, we didn't take many pictures during his visit. But needless to say, the smoke has just now begun to clear weeks after his visit.

Hiking the Wissahickon

Philadelphia boasts a substantial bounty of parks and trails. The biggest hiking area is arguably the Wissahickon River Trail. This past Sunday we decided to put our city shoes away, strap on our hiking boots, and hit the trails like decent people. Well, we really didn't know where to go so we drove to a spot and started walking. It was nice to be out in the woods, around some greenery. Rosco had a blast, until we found out dogs must be leashed or else a $300 fine. Humans always messing up things, sheesh!!

More Ethiopian Food Pics

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant in West Philly

After a movie, we decided to try an Ethiopian restaurant that has been on our list for a while. There is a significant Ethiopian population in West Philly so we decided to go to the heart of it and try the food. Not knowing what to order, Alana and I ordered two dishes on the menu and shared them on one giant plate (which we learned from our server is Ethiopian custom). The food was delicious. The meal consisted of beef tips with various Ethiopian spices, bbq chicken (really tender), lentils, yams, collard greens, and split peas. No utensils are used. To eat the food, we were given this type of sweet, spongy bread called injera that is torn apart and used to scoop the food, serving as the 'fork'. To top off the excellent meal it was also very inexpensive. Highly recommended.