Philly Day Three: food, art, and food

Just a quick entry for now– I’m doing a little laundry in the hotel this morning and it’s time to switch the load. This is what I get for bad planning and packing. Anyway:

* Had breakfast yesterday in the Reading Market at Jack “Food Network” McDavid’s Down Home Diner. I got there at about 7:30, and by 8 am, the place was completely packed, and with good reason. Excellent diner food with a slight gourmet twist: fresh buttermilk biscuits, homemade fruit spread, etc. Very worth it.

* After we were both done with conference stuff, Annette and I went out to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was great, of course– I mean, it’s one of the premiere art museums in the country, if not the world. But to tell the truth, it was kind of overwhelming. It’s just so huge. Of course, the other problem was neither Annette nor I had had the time to have lunch and we were both pretty tired from the conference, so shelpping around a museum for a couple hours was kind of taxing. I did get a very cool snowglobe, one depicting Rodin’s “The Thinker” sitting out in front of the museum.

* We had an early dinner at Le Castagne, an absolutely excellent Italian place around the corner. Everything and everyone there was pretty: the food, the dining room, the servers. Annette and I splurged a bit and split what amounted to a five course meal, which was highlighted for me by the gnocchi served in a cream and white truffle sauce.

Today it’s off to the “Constitution Center” (the liberty bell, Independence Hall, etc.) and then tomorrow we have to be out at the airport by about 5:30 AM at the latest.

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