Philadelphia, PA
November 12th  2014
A Weekend Where it's Always Sunny

This October I flew down to Philadelphia to visit my friend Alex to celebrate his birthday. I took an early Friday evening flight, which meant I was in town just in time for dinner. He took me to a modern sushi restaurant on UPENN’s campus called Pod.

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Our friend Kevin drove down to meet us in Philly, but didn’t get in until late Friday night. When he arrived, we had just enough time to get Pretzels and beer before calling it a night.

The next morning we headed downtown to Philadelphia’s historic city center to sign up for a “hop-on, hop-off” bus tour. I’ve seen this style of tour in countless cities across the world, but I’d never actually taken one.

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It was actually a very fun way to see the city; the tour guide was - as you’d expect - entertaining, informative and a bit corny.

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For lunch we stopped in what a Bostonian would call the Faneuil Hall of Philadelphia; it’s essentially a huge collection of small shops and restaurants selling homemade food and baked goods. The donuts were particularly delicious.

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That afternoon, we had a few drinks on Alex’s apartment building’s roof and enjoyed one of the last warm suns of the season.

We made dinner reservations at Butcher and Singer an excellent steak house downtown. The meat was cooked perfectly and the drinks (Manhattans were their specialty) were all fantastic.

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The next morning we grabbed breakfast on UPENN’s campus at a great little place called The White Dog before heading back to Boston.

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