Our trip to Philadephia was really good despite my getting sick on Sunday, of all days, our anniversary. We had left Atlanta on Thursday morning and stopped in Charlottesville, VA and met my mom, dad, cousin and her husband for dinner. We had a great time and lots of laughs and then my cousin graciously let us stay with her for the night. We had a nice low key evening which ended with she and I enjoying a nice glass of wine in front of the fireplace. Doesn’t get any better than that.
We got to Philly Friday afternoon and despite the confusion of where we were supposed to park to check in, etc. (there IS no where) we got checked in and settled in. The hotel was wonderful. Thanks to #2 we got a great rate at the Palomar because she works for Kimpton Hotels. It was a very nice room and since we were “family” the front desk employee upgraded us since hubby is so tall. Our room was on the 20th floor and we had a nice view of Philly.
We decided to walk around a bit and see if we could find any of the restaurants from Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives. The front desk told us how to find Good Dog and it turned out it wasn’t too far from the hotel so we walked down there and had a nice dinner.
We got the beef empanadas and meat loaf, both of which were featured on Triple D. The manager told us it had been crazy busy since it had aired. He said he wished it had aired in early summer when they are usually slower instead of when they were already busy but they’d take what they could get. I think hubby’s biggest beef was the fact that of course we couldn’t find sweet tea anywhere. Well, we were not in the south anymore so….
We walked around a little bit after dinner to try and get our bearings so that we wouldn’t be so lost the next morning trying to find our way to the Convention Center. The only complaint I really had about the hotel was that there was no coffee maker in the room. I guess since it’s a “boutique hotel”? They did have free coffee in the “living room” (lobby area) in the mornings but I definitely don’t want to have to put my face on before I get coffee so hubby was gracious enough to get up and walk a couple of blocks to Starbucks to get me coffee in the mornings. He’s such a sweetie pie. Guess that’s why I’ve kept him all these years. I have no idea why he has put up with me!
We walked down to the Convention Center which was a good brisk walk, emphasis on brisk since it was quite chilly. At our lunch break we walked across the street from the convention center to this really neat little market area which to me was like a cross between a food court and a farmer’s market. They had everything there. We walked around until we finally found some southern cooking. I don’t remember the name of the stall but they had greens and fried chicken and mashed potatoes, and mac n’ cheese and cornbread. Yum Yum.
They even had a shoe shine stand so during the afternoon session hubby walked back over and got his shoes shined. Made his day. We walked back over after the convention because my mom loves jams and jellies and he wanted us to get her some good “home made” jam from the Lancaster PA Jams and Jellies stand. It’s not open on Sunday’s since that stand is run by the Amish.
The funny thing was that the first stand when you came in was an Amish Bakery and he had found out that they mark everything down to $2 at 4 pm. We got back over there about 4:10, walked over and got the jam and walked back and the shelves were completely empty. Apparently all the locals know that they marked everything down at 4 and it sold out in no time flat so we didn’t get any Amish baked goods. Oh well. We got the jam and that was what was important.
Then we got to go meet Ron and we had a blast. I am usually nervous when I meet someone for the first time but having read his blog for the last 8 or 9 months, I felt like I already knew him. I think we could have talked for hours and hours and hours more. More later.