If you want to know how to make me happy, surround me with food.
I'd never been to RTM and a friend was not only kind enough to invite me to go, but also encouraged me to take my time and take everything in. That's a sure sign of a good friend because anyone who's ever been to the farmers market with me knows that I can be pretty pokey when I'm faced with amazing food...
Anyway, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
I'll be honest, I was tempted to just eat cheese for lunch, but was easily persuaded into a roast pork sandwich from DiNic's.
I couldn't ask for a more perfect sandwich. Slow-roasted thin slices of pork cradled by melted provolone atop a cushion of soft, fresh-baked bread and covered in steamed broccoli rabe. So simple and yet so good. It was a big sandwich and though I was disappointed that I couldn't eat the whole thing in one sitting, I'm really glad I took the rest home and get to eat it as soon as I post this. (I also apologize for not taking better pictures--sometimes my stomach gets too impatient to take good photos when its hungry)
Though tempted by Bassett's ice cream (America's oldest ice cream company and yes, that link takes you directly to their deliciously extensive flavor list), I had a hankering for cupcakes, so we headed over to Philly Cupcake, which is conveniently located right around the corner.
I went for the sweet potato cupcake, which has a moist, cinnamony pecan cake and is covered with a cinnamon caramel drizzle, pecans and cream cheese frosting. Probably more suited for fall, but it's one of my favorite flavor combinations and it tastes good in every season.
My friend Ben opted for the chocolate coma, a decadent chocolate cupcake topped with a dallop of a whipped chocolate buttercream and then dipped in chocolate ganache. I took a bite and definitely needed a minute before I could think clearly. It was just that good.
Taking in the sights and smells of food from all over and eating cupcakes in the park? My idea of the perfect summer day in Philly.