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We ate 'em!

I'm eating my way through this vacation.

But we had one from Pat's- with whiz without (onion).

And we had one from Geno's- with provolone without (onion).

Dh and I split one at each place. We liked the (cheese) whiz better than the provolone. But both were good.

Philadelphia is a beautiful city. We just spent 3hrs touring around the city led by my friends who moved here 6 years ago. They took us to a soda fountain that's been there for like 100 years or something. To all the historical sites, which were closed, but it was nice because the streets were basically empty. We ran the stairs of the Art Museum ala Rocky.

My kids are champs. They have done so well being thrown off their schedules. No fighting. No whining.

OH and a Canadian naval ship was docked at Penn's Landing. They let Brendan and the kids board for a picture. Pretty neat. The one guy that they took a picture with was from a city about 40 minutes from us, so he was pretty happy to see some other Ontarian"s there.

I really can't recommend this area enough. We are so centrally located. We are headed back down again tomorrow and will cross over to Jersey to hit the battleship museum. And possibly the aquarium.

My feet hurt. :)
 

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Yay! So glad you're all having fun! Philadelphia is a very nice city and PA a great state, of course I might be a bit biased ;)
 

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Don't know where you are finding those Philadelphia Cheesesteak sandwiches, but it is obviously in the wrong place.

You have to find a dive like place that you aren't sure you want to go in to, let alone eat in. Then you order your cheesesteak. No options! You get it the way they make it, not special requests. It will be greasy, but it will be good, like you can't get anywhere else.
 

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I can hear your arteries screaming from here. Glad you 'survived' two cheesesteaks.

And am also glad you're enjoying yourself. FWIW, the kids may also enjoy the Phila Zoo -- the oldest in the nation.
 

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Glad to hear you are enjoying the Philadelphia so much. It really is a wonderful place to visit, much to do & likely something to please just about everyone.

Like Dan recommended... Philadelphia Zoo rocks. Oldest in the nation, so definitely worth the time.

OH and a Canadian naval ship was docked at Penn's Landing. They let Brendan and the kids board for a picture. Pretty neat.
My feet hurt. :)
What Canadian Naval Ship? Is it a visiting ship? I know the Moshulu (3 masted sailing ship), USS Olympia (WWII battle ship), the USS Bacuna (submarine) are all on the PA side of Penn's Landing. The Aquarium & the USS New Jersey on the the NJ side.
 

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Not sure how old your kids are but the Franklin Institute is fun too....you can touch EVERYTHING!
 

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What exactly is in a cheesesteak ? Funny SU and I were just talking about this

Glad you and the family are having a wonderful vaca.

I would like to know too. Janice and I will be in P.A in October and want to try one.
 

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Very thin sliced beef, onion, green pepper, all cooked on a greasy grill. Slice of cheese placed on top of the pile and then slid onto a Hoagie type roll. First test of a good one is grease dripping onto your chest as you take the first bite.
 

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Mmmmm cheesesteaks! I remember these!! I interviewed at UPenn for dental school years and years and years ago and my brother and I spent the weekend in Philly! LOVED IT!
 

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The secret to a good cheesesteak is all in the roll! Must be an Amoroso's. Crusty and flaky on the outside but soft on the inside. 90% of out-of-Phila cheesesteaks (even as nearby as the Jersey Shore) go wrong w/the roll.

Speaking of touchables at museums, I can't remember how old your kids are, but the Please Touch Museum is fun, too (tends to skew young, say, 5-10 y.os.). And it just re-opened in a new building, converted from a structure in Fairmont Park that was built for the 1876 Centennial celebration.
 

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If you can, get out to Gettysburg where you can see the battlefields and lots of historical stuff. Oh yeah, there's a HUGE mall nearby, too! ;)
 

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Well, the neighborhood we got our cheesesteaks in was not one I'd like to hang out in after dark. I was a little nervous to be honest.. LOL. My friends who took us said both were the best in the area- So have those of you who live here or near here ever heard of Pat and Geno's? They were hopping last night!

The ship was just docked for a few days before it left on a mission to escort a US aircraft carrier through the pirated waters off of the coast of Somalia.

I will admit- I was a little nervous we were doing quite a bit of walking after dark- but my friends were not nervous at all. They lived downtown for several years when they first moved here. And we were not bothered at all. But I'm a nervous nelly. ;)
 

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Genos trumps Pats. IHMO. No question......
 

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Well, the neighborhood we got our cheesesteaks in was not one I'd like to hang out in after dark. I was a little nervous to be honest.. LOL. My friends who took us said both were the best in the area- So have those of you who live here or near here ever heard of Pat and Geno's? They were hopping last night!
Aim... Pat's & Geno's are hopping just about all-day long. I swear there is always a line at one or both.

Did you happen to notice if Geno's still had his sign up about ordering only in English? When he put that up, it caused a huge issue. The City actually tried to take him to court. I think he ultimately won.

Ed as for the greasy cheese dripping on to your shirt, that is why you should assume the Cheese Steak Stance (elbows out & lean forward from the waist, so it does NOT drip on you) before taking the first bite. LOL
 

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The sign was still there at Geno's. My husband got a good laugh out of it.

We did prefer the bun from Geno's and the meat. But we should have ordered it with whiz instead of provolone. Lesson learned. :)
 

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Aim... Pat's & Geno's are hopping just about all-day long. I swear there is always a line at one or both.

Did you happen to notice if Geno's still had his sign up about ordering only in English? When he put that up, it caused a huge issue. The City actually tried to take him to court. I think he ultimately won.

Ed as for the greasy cheese dripping on to your shirt, that is why you should assume the Cheese Steak Stance (elbows out & lean forward from the waist, so it does NOT drip on you) before taking the first bite. LOL

Unless you're sporting a Fluffya beer-gut, in which case you could probably lean forward enough to practically fall over and you'd still drip....
 
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