Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Saturday, April 18, 2015

2015 A- April Challenge - P is for Philly Cheesesteaks



Today, my P is for Philly Cheesesteaks.  I can't say that before my trip to Philadelphia I ever really liked this sandwich.  My favorite sandwiches were pastrami on rye or a Russo's sub.  These were the best and there was no need to venture.  Yet, here I was in the City of Brotherly Love for a convention and believe me I was on culinary overload.  Everywhere I looked there was some kind of place we wanted to try out for one meal or another. The Pop Shop, in Cherry Hill,  was one of our first stops.  It was close and it was cute.  It truly was a blast from the past and they were playing Trivia the night we visited.  We ate everything from pecan crusted chicken to a good old Americana Burger.  The food was great.  While in Philly we ate Italian, we ate Armenian, we ate just about every ethnic group you can find....but the one thing we had not had was a philly cheese steak and we had two days left to get that in.  The mayor of Philadelphia spoke at our meeting that morning and told us to be sure and try the cheesesteaks.  It seems that there is a major competition between Pat's and Geno's  for who makes the best cheesesteak sandwich.  We discovered that Geno's was close....so after the conference we headed off to find it.  It was hard to miss.  The neon on the restaurant would light up the whole city.  We discovered two places....across the street from each other.  The lines were about the same length...so we parked in front of Geno's...and walked up to order.
We ordered our sandwiches just like mayor told us to...."wit onions and whiz"  I did not know what to expect....but it was not the humongous sandwich with enough meat on it to feed an army, gorgeous caramelized onions, and CHEESE WHIZ!  It was a heart attack looking for a place to happen.
I asked for some ketchup.....and it was as if E.F. Hutton had spoken.  The place grew silent.  The man waiting on me asked in surprise..."KETCHUP?"  I smiled, pointed, and said...."for my fries?"...and the world grew noisy again.  He showed me where the condiments were....asked me if I was sure I did not want whiz on my fries....gave me my order and I hid on the side at an outdoor table where no one could see me eating a small bead of ketchup on my SANDWICH!  I ate about a third of it.  Ate another third later that night....and finished it off for lunch the next day.  I was hooked.....before we left Philly I had eaten yet another one.  I loved these things!  Where had they been all my life?  I came home prepared to replicate them for Frank....but....never could.  I had the ingredients right....they just did not taste the same.  So if you are ever in Philly and want a philly cheesesteak sandwich to die for....find Geno's and throw cholesterol caution to the wind, order one wit onions and whiz and enjoy.  I promise you won't regret it. My only regret is that I didn't get to try one from Pat's place.  Next time....and I promise you there will be a next time.

Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 A-Z April Challenge - O Is For Only You



Today's letter is O and since I am a huge fan of Doo Wop I thought I would share one of my favorite songs from the early 1950's by The Platters.  "Only You (And You Alone)" (often shortened to "Only You") is a pop song composed by Buck Ram.   It was recorded most successfully by The Platters, with lead vocals by Tony Williams, in 1955.  I remember watching my parents dance to this song in our living room.  My mom would be wearing her taffeta dress with the full circle skirt and my dad would have on dress pants, a white shirt with the sleeves rolled to 3/4 length, and a tie.  My parents were a beautiful couple. (They are the ones on the right..my Uncle Bob and Aunt Betty are on the left.) 
I loved to watch my mom croon the song in my dad's ear while they danced to the music....right there in our living room.  I guess why this song has always been so special.  Nobody can do this song like The Fabulous Platters and even today when I hear this song it makes me smile.  It is one of those song you just want to dim the lights, grab a partner, and slow dance to.  When I hear it I close my eyes and I can still see them smiling and dancing with each other....because with them they had something very rare....it truly was......

Only you can make this world seem right
Only you can make the darkness bright
Only you and you alone
Can thrill me like you do
And fill my heart with love for only you

Only you can make this change in me
For it's true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand
I understand the magic that you do
You're my dream come true
My one and only you

Only you can make this change in me
For it's true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand
I understand the magic that you do
You're my dream come true
My one and only you

(One and only you)