Wonderful days, wonderful weather, wonderful people. In addition to spending time with our hosts Jim and Bex (who had homemade chocolate chip cookies there for us when we got in…is there any more hospitable way to start a stay with friends?), we got to hang out with the amazing animals that they live with (3 good dudes, to be sure, Griffin, Andy and Jake). As if that wasn’t nice enough, we had time with friends, Drew (who I have not seen in too long of a time) and his wife Laura, and our man Justin.
Our meeting with Drew and Laura was at New Harmony, which is my favorite Chinese eatery in Philly. Kingdom comes in a close second, if you’re keeping score at home. Supper that night of Scallion Pancakes, Sesame Chicken and Pheonix Chicken was balanced out with a few pieces of Walnut Shrimp and Barbecued Glazed Ribs. Honestly, if ya can’t be stoked on the vegan options at a place like that (because, of course, all of those selections were 100% vegan) I simply don’t know what to say. It was a very nice night.
Saturday saw a short but lovely hang out session Justin, then a trip to the Art Museum. I had been to the building before, of course, because the museum I’m referring to are the so-called “Rocky Steps.” I had run the steps with my man Adam Kuthe while people we didn’t know sang the Rocky Theme to us as we did so. It is one of my treasured memories. This time, however, we went into the museum and I was AMAZED at the collection. I had heard for years that they had many masterworks, but I didn’t know the scale to which my informants were referring. It was FANTASTIC. I wasn’t excited about 15 dollars per person to see art that should be free to see, but I was glad to see it nonetheless. Examples?
Me with a Modrain:
Me with a Rothko:
A blurry me with a Pollock:
And me with some nudes descending a staircase:
All amazing to see in person. Their collection is fantastic. PLUS we got see the Gilbert and George exhibit that is there for a short time on loan. I was super excited about that. London’s greatest known performance artists (as “living sculptures”) famous work in my own Commonwealth. It was brilliant.
Dinner (after a bit of shopping) Saturday night was at Horizons. Steak. Vegan Steak. AMAZING four star styled gourmet food. Creme Brulee? Beautiful. Had it. Chilled English Pea Soup? A JOYOUS PHENOMENON to my senses. Again, with vegan food this good…why bother with anything else? Amazing.
An early morning out (after a quick breakfast at Satellites cafe a nice little coffee shop with beautiful drinks and food in West Philly) and we were off…to the LEAST traffic I’ve EVER encountered leving the 5th largest city in this country. AMAZING.
My Missus and I by the stream in York:
Thank you friends.
Our benevolent hosts…clearly wowed by the art:
This was a wonderful weekend.