Adventures in Eating & Cooking
It was awfully cold, snowy, and disgustingly slushy in Philadelphia today… but in spite of the gloom, a few friends and I hopped on the shuttle to Center City on our quest to have a food adventure at Reading Terminal! This bustling little food mall has a very special place in my heart with tons foodie treasure at the turn of each corner.
Today I really wanted to try the acclaimed Miller’s Twist, an Amish-run specialized pretzel and ice cream stand. I got the plain pretzel generously seasoned with garlic powder. It was sooo full of warm doughy deliciousness, a perfect remedy to the coldness and hunger I was experiencing from trekking in the snow.
This was probably the best pretzel I had ever eaten, much better than the excessively oily ones at Auntie Anne’s. Nope, Miller’s greatness stems from its own pretzel perfection, probably achieved from masterful kneading and control of baking conditions. In short, it was awesome!!!!!
Due to my extensive exposure to cold, I was also craving some soup so I wandered around the square seeking to satisfy this desire. I found exactly what i was looking for at Jonathan Best, a gourmet grocer/deli stand. Not only did I get some thick, hearty split pea soup, but I also got a bottle of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (to combat my cold-induced cough). What stood out most to me in the split pea was not the soup itself but the generous chunks of savory roasted ham. I’m usually not a fan of ham and especially hate having it intrude my soup… So this time was a real pleasant surprise. I really liked the grapefruit juice too. It tasted just like fresh grapefruit, only without the bitter pith. Plus, the novelty that comes with drinking a fruit you would normally eat is just really fun!
On my way out, I picked up a loaf of apple cinnamon bread from the Amish bakery, Beiler’s. It was pretty good bread, with a light cinnamony fruity flavor that resembled Pepperidge’s cinnamon raisin bread. And not too sweet to disqualify me from my no-sweets bet! (Yes, I’m off sweets for a month with only Restaurant Week exceptions.) But yes, the apple cinnamon bread is also great toasted with a smear of peanut butter.