The Advantages of Wandering: A Medieval Herbal And The Best $10 Lunch In Philadelphia

I’m a planner, so most of our adventures are planned out – after all, we usually have only 4 hours to explore, but sometimes we let fate guide us. Today was one of those days.IMG_20171109_115425677~2Find #1: The Philadelphia Horticultural Society Library.  Who can resist an poster for “Two Herbals: Picturing Nature from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance”?  Not me (although Tobey says that she can… easily). Currently on display at the library are two of their oldest books – a Medieval Herbal (from 1517 – the oldest book in their collection) and a Renaissance Herbal (from 1542). In addition to these, they have a computer showing artwork from other herbals of the period.  As Harry Potter fans, we enjoyed the images of the mandrake plant:

Find #2: The Octopus Food Truck. The long line and delicious smell led us to this unique culinary adventure.  During our 45 minute wait, we had plenty of time to learn the proper protocol (leading to many comparisons on the Yelp site to the “Soup Nazi” from Seinfeld):

*No ordering.  Gus prepares one meal and that’s what you get.

*No napkins or utensils or bag.  Bring your own or stop by the Starbucks on the corner.

*One meal per person. No exceptions.

*No chit-chat. Unless Gus initiates the conversation.

*Serving starts at 12:00 and continues until mid-afternoon when the food runs out.

There is a reason people come from all over the city and use up their entire lunch hour waiting in line – the food is fantastic.  All prepared (using wood charcoal) while you wait, using the freshest ingredients, each meal usually includes a few falafels and grilled chicken – after that, the menu changes daily.  Our lunch included: char-grilled brussel sprouts, greens, blueberries, honey dew/mint, rice, sauce and a spicy grilled pepper.  We have now been initiated into the club and will join the rest of the fans who happily spend their lunch hour waiting in line for the best $10 lunch in the city. Yum.  Yum. Yum!

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https://phsonline.org/resources/the-phs-mclean-library/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/octopus-falafel-truck-philadelphia?osq=food+cart

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