We had a friend with us for this week’s Thursday in Philadelphia, so we introduced her to one of our favorite Chinatown foods: Soup Dumplings at Tom’s Dim Sum (we also love their scallion pancakes and cucumber salad):
Then, a new Chinatown adventure: Eskimo Kisses at the new N2 Sweet Cafe. Crunchy banana flavored snacks soaked in liquid Nitrogen – spear them, eat them and watch the smoke come out of your mouth (a science lesson and culinary adventure all in one). We also had one of their nitrogen frozen ice-creams with peanut butter and Oreo, which was super creamy and delicious.
Since we had an Eskimo theme going, we stopped by the old Art-Deco post office at 9th & Market for a look at the Eskimo, Caribbean and Cowboy mailmen:
Tobey says this was the best Thursday EVER. An hour petting the kitties and sipping lattes at the Kawaii Kitty Café (759 South 4th Street):
2 ice cream treats – a bourbon peach pie milkshake from Magpie (a piece of pie blended with vanilla ice cream – way better than pie a la mode – 1622 South Street) and a Salted Pimp cone (vanilla soft serve, dulce de leche, sea salt and a chocolate coating) from Big Gay Ice Cream (521 Broad Street):
The Salty Pimp – vanilla soft serve, dulche de leche, sea salt and chocolate.
And a new (to us) food – poutine – a Canadian fast food meal of French fries, gravy, cheese curds – ours topped with BBQ pulled pork. From Smokey’s Poutinerie (411 South Street).
Plus, a mini-photo shoot by one of South Street’s fun murals:
Dip your toes or get soaked at one of Philly’s splash fountains (Sister Cities Park & City Hall):
Sister Cities Park
Or, a wader-friendly fountain with a great view (Logan Square):
100 years ago, Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” scandalized the art world. An exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (which, thanks to a relationship between Duchamp and a previous director of the museum, has one of the world’s best collections of Duchamp’s work) highlights the importance of this event. I came across this photo-op by accident (luckily, not literally):
“Fountain” in the first floor women’s room
It’s located in the women’s room on the first floor of the museum. No idea if there are others located in the museum – or how long it will be around. But, for the moment, anyone with access to the women’s room can create their own “Fountain” photo.
Duchamp’s Fountain on display in the galleries
http://philamuseum.org/exhibitions/855.html (through 12/3/17)
After you pose with the statue; after you hum the song and jog the steps – then you can (literally) stand in Rocky’s footsteps. This plaque is located at the top of the “Rocky” steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art – note how small his feet are (Tobey is a women’s size 7)!
To finish your Rocky pilgrimage, head over to Laurel Hill Cemetery for a photo of Adrian’s headstone:
A slightly dingy plaza across the street from City Hall houses the public art installation “Your Move.” Giant dominoes, bingo chips, Parcheesi and Monopoly pieces are scattered across the courtyard of Philadelphia’s municipal Services building, providing a great photo-op with City Hall or the Masonic Temple in the background. Installed in 1996, “Your Move” is meant to juxtapose childhood memories with adult responsibilities.
Although it’s hard to see his name, there is no missing the pennies that cover his grave. In an ironic twist to his “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned” proverb, tossing a penny on Ben Franklin’s grave is a Philly good luck tradition (although not for the stone, which recently required repairs to fix the pits and cracks caused by the impact of thousands of pennies each year). Franklin was famous for the proverbs he wrote and printed in his “Poor Richard’s Almanac.” My favorite? “Guests, Like Fish, Begin to Smell After Three Days”
Tip: You can take photographs for free from outside of the fence at the intersection of Arch Street & 5th or (from March-November) pay $2 to go inside Christ Church Burial Ground. In addition to Franklin and his wife, you can see the graves of 4 other signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Privy = Toilet
Located behind the Franklin Printing Office at 322 Market Street