Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I had not done much research about Philly but to find that it was one of the largest urban area in the United States, which was my criteria for picking it as a destination to clear all of our airlines/rail/airmiles points before our big move to Hong Kong.

May had done some research, food related, obviously...

What a nice surprise Philadelphia turned-out to be; tons of nice little places for foodies to enjoy and a very relaxed atmosphere.

Our hotel, being in the historic old Philadelphia (near Independence park), we obviously visited all the historic site and learned quite a bit about the US that we didn't know. But this area is also home to lots of nice spots for foodies. Here are a few we visited, close and not so close to our hotel.

Di Bruno Brothers at 1730 Chestnut St (above and below). Nice
Italian specialty store with good variety and friendly faces.

We could obviously not go to Philadelphia without sampling the mandatory Philly cheese steak. Which we did, where it was invented, at Campo's. 1 million calories per sandwich... guaranteed!

Smack down in the middle of downtown Philadelphia, the Reading Terminal Market is a must see for any foodie worthy of the name. You will find tons of fresh produce, restaurants, well, anything to make your stomach very happy. If you are a Montrealer an love the Jean-Talon market, you'll feel right at home at the RTM.

Ricotta and chocolate chips Cannoli from Termini in the Reading Terminal. Creamy, rich, very good.

Cuba Libre.
As its name implies, a Cuban restaurant. Very near the hotel where we were staying.
The menu is online as well as some recipes: http://www.cubalibrerestaurant.com
The food was enjoyable and there was definitely an important contingent of Latino patrons in the house.

A sampler of Cuba Libre's dish; pork, beef, beans, soup.

Torta de Chocolate, Flan de vanilla, Natilla de coco

The Franklin Fountain at 116 Market St; very rich ice cream that May liked so much we went back almost every night. The 90F degree temperature helped as well !

As I said before, Philly turned-out to be a nice surprise; it is not a destination we would have picked right away if not for the fact that our stay and flight there were mostly free. But we are glad we did because Philly is rich in history and tastes. We'd suggest you include a 2-3 days stay there if you are planning a larger U.S. East Coast trip.