The city of brotherly love!
We splurged and got a hotel in the heart of Philly, a block away from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, a jaunt away from city hall. It made for excellent chances to tour the city despite three interviews back to back to back, and thankfully the rain stopped our first night in the city.
Wow, Philadelphia is cool. So much history, so much food. I'm not kidding about the food. There were more restaurants per block than I have seen since NYC last May! And we took full advantage of it - I'll put the full list of where/what we ate at the bottom.
The craziest part of the trip is that by the end of it, there are just two interviews left. Before Philly, the interview trail was beginning to feel a bit daunting and exhausting. Now, it feels like the actual end. I'm so thankful (like usual) for Andrew and his company during the interview trail, and for good weather and food and overall just excellent experiences even though the last few months have been the weirdest, busiest time ever. I haven't exactly put all my feelings about match, the end of medical school, and the future in general into organized words yet, but give me a few weeks and hopefully I'll have some of that sorted out in a little bit.
Hope you enjoy some of these scenes from this past week!
My first interview didn't start until 10 am, so Andrew and I opted to skip sleeping in and get up a little early anyways to speedwalk over to Federal Donuts! I got their blueberry pancake, and Andrew got a fresh cinnamon sugar donut - literally steam was coming out of it as he bit into it. I've never had a cake donut so light and fluffy, normally they are dense so this was such a pleasant surprise. Given that it was 8:30 am, we didn't get the fried chicken with our donuts, but the donuts were incredible even without it.
Andrew had a chance to visit the Reading Terminal Market the first day while I was on an interview, so he got what is touted as the best pork sandwich in the U.S. at DiNic's and had a little solo lunch. Don't worry, he took me back to RTM on our last day because he wanted me to appreciate the sheer overload of food and smells.
He got a little East Coast attitude for taking this picture. It's okay though, part of the experience maybe?
City hall! And we couldn't help but be a little cheesy.
Liberty bell. Self explanatory. And below is the rolled ice cream we had on our last day - really Asian with the black sesame, grass jelly, sesame crackers, and a condensed milk drizzle. A+. Totally recommend.
We are back in Indianapolis for a week, then flying out to Phoenix for our last interview on Monday! Will update with more travels and thoughts soon. For now, time to enjoy home. Stay warm and cozy this week.
What/where we ate in Philly:
- Classic cheesesteaks at Tony Luke's in South Philly - when in Philly, eat a cheesesteak. Andrew got his with cheese whiz, I got mine with american cheese, and I don't think either of us regretted our decisions.
- Donuts from Federal Donuts - the fluffiest cake donuts I've ever eaten. We plan on going back someday for their fried chicken too!
- The best pork sandwich in the U.S. at DiNic's in the Reading Terminal Market. Andrew recommends getting it with both the broccoli rabe and the cheese.
- The most amazing dinner at Zahav - incredible Middle Eastern food, and by far our favorite meal of the trip. They recommend booking two months in advance, but pro tip: go right when they open at 5 pm and ask to sit at the bar where they do full dinner service and no reservation needed! We even had a chef sighting and saw Michael Solomonov - I was practically hyperventilating out of excitement.
- The trenton tomato pie and the arugula con proscuitto at Nomad Roman Pizza. Extremely friendly service and amazingly thin crust - we took down two pies easily.
- Rolled ice cream from ICE NY Philly! I was eyeing it in Chinatown and even though it was right before dinner, we decided to go for it! Especially since it isn't a thing all over the states yet. This is one of those places where I would recommend going pretty Asian with the flavors. It's awesome.
- Ramen at Hiro Ramen House for dinner. For some reason we went super Asian on our last day, but I totally don't regret it. Lots of noodles and amazing pork belly.