Seasons greetings! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday this year. I’ve come down with a cold but not before enjoying a chill Christmas at home playing games. I’m still trying to get over it, so this entry will be a quick one.
I managed to edit the pictures I took during my work weekend in Philly earlier this month. Besides Wordcamp US, it was a relatively uneventful trip. It was mostly me visiting my old favorite places and trying out new places to eat. It did feel good to be back for a few days.
I took the bus from the valley to Center City. We passed by Bethlehem Steel on the way, now the SteelStacks. Mad Men mentioned it in one episode. That was neat!
The first thing I did when I arrived in Philly was go to my favorite food truck. These halal food trucks are everywhere, and their food is delicious! I had less than half an hour to catch them before they closed. I consider myself lucky since I had to go from my Airbnb room in the Italian Market to City Hall! Worth it.
On my first day at Wordcamp, my boss treated me to lunch at Reading Terminal Market. Look at all that cheese! Mmmm.
We had grilled goat cheese sandwiches from Meltkraft and pretzels from Miller’s Twist. We also got a cookie from Hope’s Cookies. My boss wanted me to try their chocolate sea salt cookie. Their last one was crumbled, so they gave it to use free of charge. It was gooood.
For dinner, I headed to my favorite ramen place, Hiro Ramen House! I’ve blogged about it before, but here’s my usual: Portofilio bowl with karage on the side. It was a lot of food, but I ate it all coz I’m a bottomless pit.
On my second night, I tried out Burger Fi. I love cheeseburgers, so I need to try out every burger joint I see. It wasn’t too far from Wordcamp’s venue either!
I had their Twenty-Eight burger, onion rings, and peanut butter shake. The onion rings are huge! They were my meal’s highlight. The burger itself was all right. I also liked the shake, but it could be nuttier in flavor.
The closest subway station from Burger Fi was closed, so I had to walk to City Hall for the next available station. Christmas Village happened to be on the way, and I decided to stop by. It reminds me of the night markets we have back at home. Lots of boutiques and food stalls, plus a stage for local performers. I ended up purchasing a knit hat and earwarmer from this very lovely lady.
Here’s a wish wall close to the stage. I didn’t write one myself, but I thought this was cute.
I didn’t bring my Sony camera. I just relied on my phone the whole way. I was trying to pack light, and I was confident that my phone’s camera would be enough. It certainly was for Snapchat, although I wish I did have it for Christmas Village. Oh well, there’s always next time!
I had to go back home the next day after Wordcamp ended. Leaving Philly is always bittersweet, but I’ll be back.