This picture feels like forever ago instead of just a week. When we were full of hope instead of sorrow. When the baby we affectionately called Myrtle was someone we longed to meet instead of someone whose loss we mourned.
Before my little sister was hurting in such a way I can't understand again.... I wish I could fix it.
Tonight we went to Bobby's Burger Palace for dinner which is Bobby Flay's "Fast, casual burger Concept." Yes we just went to Bobby Flay Steakhouse this weekend during our overnight to Atlantic City. Yes, I'm still a vegetarian. But Bobby's Burger Palace is SURE to have a veggie burger, right?
But I did have a delicious salad filled with beans, chedder cheese, Kalamata olives & strips of tortilla chips. And sweet potato fries with Honey Musturd sauce!
(That Prickly pear Marg is David's!)
It was cheap, delicious & fast which is not a combination we've found much of in Philly.
And it was those things because it was in an entirely different section of Philly- University City- the section of West Philly where all the colleges are. The section of the city where the streets are the cleanest & scream "Mommy & Daddy this city is safe- send your kids HERE!" Bobby's was across the street from University of Pennsylvania. THAT's why it was cheap. THAT's why it was fast. And THAT's why we felt like the oldest people alive when we walked inside & didn't get carded for our drinks. Because we looked so much older than everyone in there (except for my high school choir teacher, who I literally ran into inside).
But seriously, when did college kids get so young? When did I become the person who during a 20 minute burger/salad dinner, can't stop remarking that all the college kids look so young? It was quite depressing.
But needless to say it was nice to get to another neighborhood in the city that we rarely visit. We had a good dinner & got to deposit some checks because, shocker, there's actually a Bank of America in University City. And as we were driving home to our neighborhood, which is much less clean & pristine than the areas with the Universities, this was our view:
And that was quite okay with me. Because Philly is a great city. Even our neighborhood without cheap college eats & more trash on the streets. And while reminiscing about college & regretting we didn't go to a "real, big school" is nice from time to time, it's also nice to deposit checks because we're grown-ups with real jobs that pay us real money. And drive away from where it's so clean & pristine. Because that's our life. It's what we chose. Because we can. Cause we are old. Well, maybe not old yet, but we're not 18. And I'm okay with that.
I'm NOT okay with Bobby Flay not having a veggie burger on his burger menu though. Come on, Bobby.
(Yes, I'm going to ignore that I haven't blogged for a month & just pretend I do this daily)