I tried Scrapple for the first time. It’s a local (Pennsylvania dutch) edible like substance which was described to me jokingly as and I quote here “Essentially the left over when they’re done making hotdogs”. I thought to myself “No it can’t be that bad…” so I looked it up and according to Wikipedia it, “is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and wheat flour, often buckwheat flour, and spices” haha so maybe not that far off from how it was described. Let me just say that it was actually quite delicious. Whether or not that was due the way my uncle fried it and put into a sandwich or not I don’t know but I do know I am now a fan of Scrapple.
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We went to Philadelphia today for the Phillies game which was quite the experience. Before the game we went to South Philly to get a cheesesteak at a place simply titled Jim’s. It was my first real Philly cheesesteak and it did not disapoint. In Philly I’ve learned that there are in fact two ways with which you are asked to order your steak; the first is “Wit” the second is “wit-out”. This is with grilled onions or without and you better practice ordering while in line because when you get up there you’ve got about 2 seconds before they get frustrated at your inexperienced sandwich ordering skills (a quality I loved about this experience). At the moment of truth I’d like to believe that I held my own as I, in my best Philly accent attempt said to man at the grill, “I want a Whiz steak Wit” *nailed it*.
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The game was amazing, I couldn’t believe how large the stadium was. It was similar to Fresno’s stadium except it was clean, held 20,000 more people and was mostly filled. Phillies ended up pulling out the win despite the fact that they gave up two runs in the first inning (not about how you start, it’s about how you finish #baseballinspiration). After the game we went downtown into south Philly again for round two of steaks but this time we had our pick of Geno’s or Pat’s king of Steaks both of which are treasured landmarks in the Philly cheeseteak Hall of Fame. Ended the day with a nice walk and chat with my aunt Joyce and uncle Brian through their beautiful naborhood (filled with old stone and brick houses) until we got rained out causing us to head back Inside.
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Day three of this post I was in Lancaster County (Amish country) where we headed to a few small Amish stores filled with homemade goods and down to earth friendly people. These stores were sidesteps on the way to the main event, which was Shady Maple smorgasbord (buffet). This is hands down the biggest buffet I’ve ever been to with every type of food and desert being made in house and as good as any home cooked version of it that I’ve ever had. It was simply amazing. Downstairs of this landmark restaurant was the biggest goods store around filled with every kind of toy, accessory or quilt that you could think of. The Amish are always amazing to me. They deal with so many people that go against what they believe and honestly often ridicule them for their convictions yet they stand strong in those beliefs and show love to those people. I’m not saying I agree with their interpretation of certain parts of scripture (I.E clothing and living simply etc.) But as far as living the gospel and showing people in a practical way what they believe in, who Christ is and where they stand in their priorities I can’t help but commend them and be refreshed by them. I love Amish country.
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2 thoughts on “Pennsylvania

  1. Well that’s just awesome! That’s cool you’ve gotten to meet your distant (geographically) relatives ; )

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