Philly in 16,000 Calories: A Photo Essay

June 28, 2008 · 16 comments · Print This Post

in Erin Cooks On-The-Go

Cheesesteak wasn’t the only dangerously delicious food CK and I sampled in Philly.  Our weekend both began and ended with food coma inducing extravagances.  Consumption of beer and ice cream with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park led to pretzels, cookies, and smoothies at the Reading Terminal Market and finally ended with our first Water Ices at RIta’s Water Ice mere moments before we were dropped off at the airport. The calorie count for this trip had to have tipped the scales at levels none of us would want to admit to or coherently think about ever again.  Ladies and gentleman, please loosen your belts as I present to you the food of Philly in all its glory:

Beer at the Phillies Game Ice Cream in a Hat
Beautiful Basil Plants at Reading Terminal Market Peppers for 99 Cents Per Bag

I don’t think there’s anything quite as good as a cold beer on a warm night at a ballpark. Even though the Red Sox are my true love I have to admit that I felt pretty pampered at the Phillies state of the art stadium.  The highlight of my evening though was this adorable rainbow sprinkle topped sundae.  The next day our adventures in the Reading Terminal Market brought me face-to-face with the most goregous basil I’ve ever seen.  You have no idea how much I wished I could smuggle two of those lush plants home with me on the plane.  Then I turned the corner and ran smack into a table full of perfect peppers sold by the bagful for only 99 cents.  This made my jaw drop since we usually pay more than a dollar for a single red pepper.  Oh what I could have done with just one of those packages…

Chocolate Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie at the Famous 4th Street Cookie Company Chocolate Feet at the Reading Terminal Market
Chocolate Covered Onions...Yeah I Think It's Revolting Too Almost a Complete Rainbow

CK and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to eat one of these sinful chocolate covered Chocolate Chip cookies at the Famous Fourth Street Cookie Company.  Than we chased our shared sugar shock with a glass of whole milk.  I honesty haven’t drank whole milk in probably 15 years.  You have no idea how good this combination was.  The next few items we thankfully just admired from afar including these bizarre chocolate covered onions made famous at the Custom Made Chocolate by Mueller shop.  Apparently they also make anatomically correct chocolate hearts as well but I unfortunately missed that photo op.

Who Wants a Smoothie?! Nasty Bits
The Cookbook Stall: My Personal Highlight at the Reading Terminal Market Crab Trying to Escape

Doug insisted on ordering a smoothie made with wheat grass.  As a group we all collectively agreed his drink at the Four Seasons Juice Bar tasted like dirt.  Not being particularly fond of such earthy flavors CK and I drank a much less offensive banana and pineapple version.  Some of the kiosks sold pretty nasty stuff like these turkey necks.  My absolute favorite part of the market was a small area called The Cookbook Stall.  I could have stayed there all day looking at the books.  I honestly think working in that store would make me the happiest person in the world.  I took an embarrassing amount of photos while browsing the shelves.  The clerk probably thought I was a complete and total nut.  Here’s a crab waiting to be someone’s dinner.  He tried to make friends with us but I don’t really care for crab.

Everyone Loves Bacon Shrimp, Shrimp, and More Shrimp
Crowds at the Market Banana Water Ice

Everyone loves bacon so I had to include this image of what probably amounts to twenty pounds of the fatty stuff.  All of the seafood looked so fresh and inviting.  This shot of the masses eating is a good indicator for the level of business that this market has.  It was absolutely packed.  We concluded our trip with various flavors of RIta’s Water Ice.  I had banana and vanilla.  Water ice is similar in texture to a 7-Eleven slurpee but comes in a much more varied array of flavors.

So were you keeping track?  How many calories do you really think we ate over our three day excursion?  I don’t even have pictures of all of the fabulous things that Jen and Doug fed us at their home including some of the best pecan waffles I’ve ever had.  Please send me the recipe Jen!  It was so great to have someone cook for me for a change.  A girl could really get used to that.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 PaniniKathy June 28, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Gee, what was I doing at the Liberty Bell on my trip to Philly?? I should have been indulging at the Reading market!!


2 Erin June 28, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Kathy – You would love it! Frankly at the Liberty Bell I took one look at the insane line, rolled my eyes, and went on my marry way. I had way more fun in the market stuffing my face.


3 Kerri Anne June 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

More foodstuffs should be served out of a Phillies’ hat, amen.


4 Cze-Johnson Carrie June 28, 2008 at 3:19 pm

absolutely fantastic, Erin. seriously.. EVERYONE should recap their trips in food pictures.

and PS… I know when you say everyone loves bacon, you were REALLY thinking about me. so THANK you. I do love me some bacon, and market-style can NOT be beat. 🙂


5 Erin June 28, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Food served out of helmets is excellent! At Angel stadium they have the same ice cream mini-helmet (although ours didn’t have rainbow sprinkles!) and also the bigger helmet served with french fries. Yum!

Great pictures! I miss that you’re not hosting them on Flickr here though, I have so many I want to favorite! ;D


6 Lys June 28, 2008 at 5:54 pm

Do you realize how homesick I am right now after seeing your fabulous photos. I haven’t been to the Terminal Market in YEARS (too many years) so I think I’ll be heading back there next month. And you saw a Phillies game?!?!?

Sounds like you had a fabulous trip and, yes, there’s a reason why I don’t ever try to count calories when I’m home. The food there is just too much to resist!


7 Amanda June 28, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Oh man, I can feel my pants tightening by just looking at it. But that’s why its considered vacation right! No restrictions 🙂


8 Emily June 28, 2008 at 10:44 pm

Mmm, yes, I love Reading Terminal Market! Next time, try out a cannoli from Termini’s or roast pork sandwich from DiNic’s…and also try out Capogiro’s gelato (not in Reading Terminal Market). Yea, calories in Philly add up quite quickly. 😀
Also, I responded to your comment, but in case you don’t read it… I got my lemon oil from King Arthur Flour:
I’m not sure what the difference would be between that and lemon extract, but maybe more concentrated? Anyway, I love the stuff! 🙂


9 Sarah June 29, 2008 at 8:06 am

Rita’s is my favorite! Now I am craving a Mango Gelato. Looked like you had a blast!


10 Donald June 29, 2008 at 9:48 am

Erin, the liberty bell is a big bell with a crack in it; that is all! Frankly, Betsy Ross’s house is a better place to visit.

Your pix bring me home! Great market isn’t it? Did you get to 9th street; the Italian market?


11 ttfn300 June 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm

ah, philadelphia 🙂 gotta live it up my last couple months here!


12 Jeff D June 29, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I hate going to other parks, it just makes me realize what a dump Fenway is and how uncomfortable it is for a 6’3 person.


13 Dylan June 29, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Would you really have to smuggle that gorgeous basil on board a plane, or could you have walked brazenly on to the plane with it in your hands? I mean, I long to smuggle British sausages into the US, and I understand why I can’t, but Philly to Boston with a couple of plants can’t be a problem surely?!

Or was your hand luggage already stuffed full of goodies from the market?!


14 NIKI June 30, 2008 at 10:29 am

Wow those chocolate covered chocolate chip cookies look great!


15 Doug June 30, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Everyone does say my veggie juice tastes like dirt, but I didn’t have wheat grass! Just spinach, carrot, celery. Mmmmm.


16 Cate O'Malley July 2, 2008 at 3:09 pm

I love that cookbook stall – bought many a cookbook there, including The Reading Terminal Cookbook. 🙂


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