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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Fast Vegan Philly

Jarrod and I made a quick trip down to Philadelphia for a Burn/American Nightmare show. Philly is mad close but I've never been there! A friend gave some tips on where to eat but none of them really worked out since the transportation system is a little confusing (sorry but the NY mta has spoiled me) and we needed to be in certain areas at certain times...
We got into Philly at 11, stopped at an antifa demo (a counter-protest to some 3%ers that was sort of a flat mess) and walked down to Blackbird, where we met a friend I used to work with.

                                                 Jarrod got the vegan philly cheesesteak

                                                which he was kind enough to let me taste...

                                                                I got a vegetable wrap
my friend gave us a ride over to the Eastern State Penitentiary, which is a pretty wild looking jail built in 1829 and closed only in 1971. Al Capone was locked up there for a while, we saw his restored jail cell.

Pretty dark, pretty depressing. But they've done some interesting art installations in a few of the cells and a good amount of history. Some exhibits are kind of critical of the criminal justice system, which is cool. An interesting place to visit, if yr nearby. And the audio tour is narrated by Steve Buscemi, ha.
We stopped across the street to warm up/wind down with coffee, reading, and two vegan loaves:

                                                                     banana bread
                                                           pumpkin bread with walnuts
Then we walked around, found Chinese food for dinner that I missed a photo of and went to the show. Burn was sick. American Nightmare was cool, too. I had never listened to them before. Back to the AirBnB and then out early this morning. Like I said, a fast trip. If we go back, we'll see more.
J and I stopped at Toad Style when we got back to Brooklyn.

                                               He got the jackfruit pulled pork sandwich

I got a Casino Dog, which is a Yea Dawg on bread with cheeze sauce, mustard, onions, and home fries.

                                                         I also got some hot dawg revenge.


  1. I kind of got the chills looking at that cell! The casino dag looks delicious!

  2. I've never been to Blackbird or the prison. There's so much to see and do in Philly — if you go back try to fit in a visit to Old Philadelphia, especially Ben Franklin's house. Or the outdoor outsider artist mosaic works. And eat at V Street — the cheaper, but no less amazing, cousin of Vedge.

  3. Ooooh, the jail looks creepy and awesome. And those loaves sound so good. I'm really into bready desserts right now (okay, all the time! But I've been craving some sort of sweet bread for awhile).

  4. I've always wanted to visit Eastern State Penitentiary! It's so creepy but very cool at the same time. Oh if those walls could talk. Pumpkin bread is sounding pretty great right about now! Looks like a great trip!

  5. Well at least you got to try Blackbird. I lived two hours from Philly practically my whole life and never saw anything but Reading Terminal a couple years ago. supposedly lots of good vegan options.

    You two practicing for when you smoosh vegan wedding cake in each other's mouths?

  6. What a fun trip! I'm glad you were able to exact food face revenge. ;)

    I love Steve Buscemi. Exactly the right voice for that narration!

  7. I still haven't been to Toad Style, but I definitely would have recommended Blackbird. How did neither of you get some za?


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