A Food Network Week in Philadelphia

I’m still in Philadelphia, but my coworkers and I are making the best of it. In addition to Dinic’s where we ate lunch the other day, we’ve been trying hard to visit other places featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives or Man vs. Food. On Sunday night, we ventured out to the Silk City Diner on Spring Garden Street. It was a beautiful evening, so we sat outside in their eclectic beer garden.

The food there is excellent. Last time I was there I had truffle fries, but I didn’t see them on the menu. All it took was a request and I had truffle fries with my meatloaf along with some wild mushroom gravy. This is all there was left. Can you tell I don’t like peas?

The beer garden was colorful and lots of fun.

My happy, hard-working co-workers

Then, on Monday night, we headed out to the Good Dog Bar and Restaurant. Kudos to my co-workers for tagging along to help me get blog post number 29 out of 30. This place fell into the Dives category of DDD, but the food was good. We tried the duck pot pie, the BLT with a fried green tomato in it, the baked macaroni and cheese, and a goat cheese, tomato quiche. For an appetizer, we tried the fried cheesesteak and truffle empanandas. Yumm.

The place is really cute, too, but it’s really loud! After spending the day in a technology trade show with competing booths with huge sound systems, it might have been nice to eat in a quieter place. The walls are covered with photos of dogs.

The bar at the Good Dog Bar and Restaurant

I also made sure I made it to Bassett’s Ice Cream in the Reading Terminal. That was featured on the same episode of Man vs. Food as Dinic’s was. It’s always been one of my favorite spots in the Reading Terminal Market.

I’m now wishing I had brought my camera along on this trip with me. Everything since I’ve come to Philadelphia has been taken on my iPhone or my coworkers iPhones. You never know when it’s going to be worth packing along the extra camera.

This ends my Food Network foray into Philadelphia. I have work commitments the next two nights and then it’s home for me. I promise to get back to the Kendall adventures soon.

My New Traveling Companion

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I do a lot of traveling for work. That means I have to leave Kendall, Heimey, and Rico (and my hubby) home to fend for themselves. Yesterday I was in the Denver airport and visited a great little store, Mosaic, that features unique and fun stuff from artists around the world. I found a group of plush animals called Peculiar Pets and fell in love with this little guy. I was going to give him as a gift to a friend who has a 2 year old, but now that he’s been sitting on my bed in my hotel room looking cute as ever, I think I’m going to keep him. He won’t eat much, really. And I promise to take care of him. Can I keep him, pleeeeeeaaaase?

The Peculiar Pets are made out of old, repurposed chenille bedspreads and stuffed with recycled water bottles. I love the way the chenille on this dog makes it look like he has spots. The eyes and cat are made out of felt. They have a whole range of Peculiar Pets from cats to mice to pigs, and more.

I usually travel with my own little pillow, but now I think I’ll need to travel with this guy. He needs a name. What should I name him? How about Pinot?

We’re participating in the Saturday Social Blog Hop today.

If you’re stopping by from the blog hop, please take the time to say “Hi,” so I can come by and visit you, too.