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Easter and Philadelphia

Easter and Philadelphia

Vintage postcard and doily from Philadelphia

Happy Easter! We just got a surprise package from Mr Zissou’s mum of some traditional British Easter fare including lamb and Simnel cake, which means we will be eating something besides chocolate today.

If anyone noticed the long gap between my previous two blog posts it’s because I was in Philadelphia for a chemistry conference, followed by some tourism in New Orleans (cannot wait to share those pics!). I bought the Easter postcard above from Shane Confectionery in Philly, a sweet smelling old-timey candy store:

Easter and Philadelphia

Shane Confectionery in Philadelphia

Whenever I travel I try to buy a vintage doily for my collection from around the world. I’m planning an epic craft/DIY project with them once my collection is big enough. I got the one pictured from a lovely ramshackle antique shop near Shane, where I could have spent days digging. Seriously, this is how I imagine heaven:

Easter and Philadelphia

Heaven

I was really nervous about the conference because it was the first time I spoke at an international conference about my work. My background is in engineering so speaking to a roomful of chemists about chemistry is always pretty stressful, but my presentation went well in the end it seemed I had worked myself up into a state of panic for no reason.

There wasn’t that much time for sightseeing and the weather was pretty freezing, but my colleagues and I did manage to see a bit of the city. Philly is the “City of Brotherly Love” but I reckon it could also be called City of Murals because so many walls and sides of buildings are canvasses to some epic murals. After our talks we triumphantly jogged up the “Rocky Steps” in front of the museum of art. We also went to the IHOP for Red Velvet pancakes with icing.  I can imagine that Americans are pretty bored with IHOP but to us Londoners it is a wondrous thing. Chicken and waffles for breakfast, that’s cray-cray!

Easter and Philadelphia

Rocky Steps
Red Velvet pancakes
All the coffee I drank during the conference

I’m glad we tried out the famous Philly Cheese-Steaks but I think American Cheese/processed cheese/Cheez Whiz is an acquired taste. Most interesting about the cheese-steak expedition though was the people watching:

Easter and Philadelphia

Geno’s: Press 1 for English, press 2 for deportation/ This is America, when ordering speak English/If you can read thank a teacher, if you can read English thank a marine

In the great debate over who serves the best cheese-steak I’d have to say I prefer Pat’s because it had a friendlier atmosphere than Geno’s, probably because there was no threat of deportation there.
Hope you all have a relaxing Easter Sunday, and check out my ever-growing bunny collection which I photographed last year.