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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Of course when one is in Philly one has to have a Cheesesteak sandwich, or two.

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    These were massive. The thing in the middle back picture was a Mac & Cheese Burger, the unfortunate thing was they forgot to mention it included Bacon, which my daughter discovered half way through and she cannot eat. So I swapped with her. She got my steak sandwich and I got a half eaten Mac & Cheese with bacon monstrosity.

    And then we managed to visit the home of Philly Cheese steak sandwiches, Geno's.

    Slightly more understated, but the taste was good. Paired nicely with an IPA (not pictured)

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    The size of those portions! I was just looking at a pic with my missus holding up a burger with some extras on the side from a few years ago and it's almost bigger than her head.

    I love a trip to the States. An amazing place.

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    ^Yes, the portion sizes! They are huge!

    I remember that I ate a combo meal at a food court (I think it was in Wash DC train station). It was a combo meal: calzone + veg salad + soda. I knew how big the calzones were, since they were on display. I didn't expect that the salad would be good for 2-3 ppl and the soda was in this huge glass! Secretly, I thought - no wonder these ppl are obese.

    I only ate a portion of the calzone (took the rest home). I finished the salad but couldn't finish the drink. (In PH, sodas in combo meals are usually 250 ml. That drink was maybe 500 or 750 ml).

    Great pics, willy. Keep 'em coming.

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    What I don't get is the drink cups are huge, but the soda is free flow. You could just have a normal glass and get up each time you need another one... Oh I get it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I've been in places with 50 plus on tap- all well kept from what I was able to surmise
    Seattle is really the apex of it all, too. We have 174 breweries in and around the city, and many of them have brewpub attached to them. I have over the years often asked myself how the hell they all can stay in business but they seem to find a way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Yes, the portion sizes! They are huge!
    That ain't nothing. You should see the all-you-can-eat buffets. Dilly would be the size of a piano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Mendy's airline spoon came in real handy then!
    Just imagine how handy a complete set would have been!

    I'm sensing a convert! Welcome to the wonderful world of airline cutlery collection. Not only a fascinating hobby but useful as well.

    This is a great thread. I've never been to The States other than transiting through LAX one time but will now have to think about a trip sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    And then we managed to visit the home of Philly Cheese steak sandwiches, Geno's.
    Christ that takes me back, last time i had one was in the Volcano Club on Ascension Is in 2002.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    That ain't nothing. You should see the all-you-can-eat buffets. Dilly would be the size of a piano.
    Would be?!??!?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    And then we managed to visit the home of Philly Cheese steak sandwiches, Geno's.
    Pat's Steaks is the original home of the Philly Cheesesteak. Geno's is a wannabe pretender.

    You should have taken the time to visit the Franklin Science Museum, I do believe that's where Rocky's statue is.


    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    We have 174 breweries in and around the city,
    There's one up in Poulsbo that me and the two waitress's has a very special relationship. I've forgotten the name of the brewery, but Shari and Grace I remember vividly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Just imagine how handy a complete set would have been!
    The young fella was eating spaghetti bolognese with a spoon. A fork would have been most useful.

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    I'm sensing a convert!
    No.

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of airline cutlery collection. Not only a fascinating hobby but useful as well.
    You're beginning to sound like Sheldon Cooper now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Pat's Steaks is the original home of the Philly Cheesesteak. Geno's is a wannabe pretender.
    Haha, I was waiting for a Pat's Steak's fan to chime in. Friendly rivalry or more to it?


    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post

    You should have taken the time to visit the Franklin Science Museum, I do believe that's where Rocky's statue is.
    We did visit the outside of the Science museum, but I think the kids had already had enough of museums by this stage.

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    We enjoyed a pub meal, the bacon burger and brisket burger were both quality.

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    The kids and wife shared a vegetarian pizza. Not pictured, because vegetarian.

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    After the pub food we felt like going slightly more upend of dinner and chose to visit the Oyster House. Oyster House "Oyster House is an East Coast seafood restaurant and raw bar, serving Philadelphia'sfreshest fish and shellfish."

    It was superb. They were so good we had seconds. And had a nice IPA or two on the menu.

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    Willy, they aren't showing

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Willy, they aren't showing

    Oh ffs. Thanks.

    ETA: how about now?

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    yep, good now

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    Looks like a nice family trip!
    Those oysters look fab! I spent four days in Washington D.C when I was with the high school band. Went to all the museums which are quite cool.
    Enjoy your time! In regards to the portions sizes and buffets you can see why obesity is so high in the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarilynMonroe View Post
    In regards to the portions sizes and buffets you can see why obesity is so high in the USA.
    How are you doing with your weight loss program?

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    Top thread Willy

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    Having had a few days in Philadelphia it was now time to go inland for a bit. While transport between the big cities is easy, there was not the same train network going to smaller American towns and Uber was quoting me at $270 for a two hour trip!

    I checked for a hire car and discovered that I could hire a car in Phily, drive it for 4 days and then leave it in NYC for less than the one Uber.

    Problem solved!

    As I was traveling without internet I had downloaded Maps.me USA Trip-screenshot-2022-08-01-3-18-a a handy little app that has roadmaps but does not require an internet connection to work. You can download the areas you want to visit and then use it offline. I think it pings telephone towers to find your exact location so it works much the same as Google Maps, but a few seconds behind real time. I've used it all over Eastern Europe and SE Asia without a problem and without maps fuckking me.

    However, the turnpikes and roads and 13 different exits around Philadelphia was a different story, after a few wrong turns, lunch then a few more wrong turns I managed to commandeer my son's phone (who did have roaming data) and then got it sorted, albeit a few hours late.

    Lancaster is home of the Amish, they don't use electricity, internal combustion engines, iPhones or other modern conveniences. But they are happy to take your money with their farm produce and give you a horse & cart ride around their homes.

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    A one room school house. They go to school up to the age of 14, because they they get to work the farms.

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    You can book online. Who makes the webpage and monitors it for them, I don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    As I was traveling without internet
    Who exactly does that in 2022?


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    ^ Went all Amish on us, I reckon.

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    After Lancaster we drove onwards to Scranton to visit some family.

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    We stayed in an OK AirBnB. But it was small, I think they took a small townhouse then cut it in half to make it into two townhouses. But it was comfortable none the less. This is the house across the AirBnb, but you can see they are small to start with.

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    A few nice decorations made us forget the size of the rooms... not really. But they had wifi, Netflix, a coffee maker, kitchen, washing machine. So all good.

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    We chose a local Mexican take out for dinner.

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    While we were waiting for our food there was some kerfuffle that started with a customer angry she was waiting too long (and it was a hot day) and demanding her money back, but because she paid on card the staff said she needed her supervisor to come in to authorise it and could she please wait 30 minutes? Some telling and swearing and threats and then police called as the dispute escalated.

    We just wanted our tacos.

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    And some IPAs I'd bought from a supermarket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Who exactly does that in 2022?


    I was supposed to have roaming. But I didn't.


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