As the love for Foodspotting catches on around the world, we've been touched to see that our users have taken the initiative to meet fellow food lovers offline too. One city that has really taken the notion of Foodspotting eat-ups and made it their own is Philadelphia. Today we welcome avid foodspotter Alexis Siemons to our blog today! Here, she tells us about the Foodspotting eat-up Philly hosted just last week. Wish we were there... - Amy
Philadelphia should really be known as the City of Brotherly Love...for everything edible. A few months ago, Philly Foodspotters broke bread and fried chicken at Adsum to celebrate Foodspotting’s first birthday. This simple celebration led us to organize a monthly eat-up group, so that we could dine, spot, and share our love for Foodspotting beyond the Internet.
Since then, we’ve gone on a dim sum outing organized by Shao Zhong, foodspotter and food blogger at Fried Wontons For You. Then, last week, foodspotter and Geekadelphia contributor Dan Tabor had our burger-loving hearts beating fast at a "Baby Burger Tasting" at Philly’s famous burger spot, PYT. Proudly sporting our Foodspotting t-shirts, we gathered to taste from the slider menu PYT created just for us.
With lobster, Korean short ribs, and Buffalo chicken bleu cheese, this tasting wasn’t your average cheese-and-pickle burger bash. PYT’s owner and fearless leader, Tommy Up, even showed his love for our vegetarians with portabella burgers. When paired with the crispy onion rings, fries, chips, tater tots and a milkshake (classic strawberry is my favorite, although others swear by the “adult” alcohol infused sips), we experienced the PYT trifecta. What's more, we were encouraged to buy three sliders and swap them with our tablemates. It worked out great and helped people to get to know one another.
Before we headed out onto the streets of Philadelphia with full stomachs, we made sure to pose in front of the burger wall and smile – some of us now one step closer to earning the sought after “burger expert” title and Philly Burgers! guide badge. AS
Alexis Siemons is a tea marketing consultant and tea blogger at Teaspoons & Petals.
Photos courtesy of foodspotter Dan Tabor