Top Ten Things I Love About Philly

Top Ten {Tuesday} So awhile ago I did this post about why I love living in Texas.  But I spent thirty years of my life as a Philly girl, so as much as I love Texas, there are a lot of things I love about the city of Brotherly Love. 

1. History.  Philadelphia is the cradle of the Revolution.  The birthcity of Independence.  Everywhere you turn is deep, rich history.  Not just the city either, but the suburbs and rural countryside of Pennsylvania...there is history everywhere. 

2. Attitude.  Philadelphians are tough and gritty people. This really can be a good thing. Especially since the violent crime rate is astronomical compared to Houston.  A Philly girl needs to know how to protect herself.

3. Italian food.  Philly is chock-a-block full of Italians, and the food is the best benefit to that.  Italian food is my favorite, especially pasta and pizza.  There are mom and pop pizza and hoagie joints on every corner.  You cannot get a good pizza in Houston.

4. Yuengling Beer.  The oldest brewery in America, and my fave.  Not yet available in Texas...come on Dick, buy another brewery and set up distribution to Houston!

5. Farms.  There are a whole lot more small farms in Pennsylvania, and consquently more opportunity to buy fresh, local food and visit animals with your kiddos.  I have found a few places in TX, but I have to drive an hour to get to them and they aren't always open.

6.  Hoagies.  This is similar to number 3, because the key to a great hoagie is the roll.  The right kind of hoagie rolls does not exist in TX, because there are not so many Italians there.

7.  Cheesesteaks.  See number 6.  Again with the roll. 

8. Penn State football.  When we lived in Philly we were surrounded by the Penn State community. And we still drove up to home football games.  Bliss.

9. Higher education.  I'm sorry, Texas, but there is a serious lack of quality universities here.  Call me a snob if you like, but I enjoyed the diversity of exceptional schools in the northeast.  In Philly alone there is Penn, Drexel, Temple, and the University of the Sciences among others.  In the burbs and within a few hours there are infinately more. 

10. The Philly mom blogging community.  I love them. They rock.  It's not that Houston doesn't have our own awesome blogging community, but it's not the same.  And I can't wait to see some of my fave blogging girlfriends at a BlogHer style event this weekend. Woot!


Robyn said...

Wow! I want to come and visit it Philly! I've never been for a long enough visit - just an overnighter for business years ago.

I'm glad you joined in on Mingle Monday! I loved following along with your highlighting experience Sunday. My husband gives me crazy looks, too!


Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Yo, I absolutely love this post, as you might have guessed. (But shouldn't #2 be "atty-tood"? :)

Mainline Mom said...

Melissa, I love it! Yes, it should be atty-tood!

Robyn, thanks for visiting and glad you liked the highlighting post LOL

running42k said...

Thanks for not mentioning the Eagles.

Elz said...

Sacrilege! No diversity in higher education- Rice, UT, A&M, SMU, Trinity all could not be more different or more diverse. Texas is home to some of the largest and most active researchers in the nation! Just look at Texas and A&M to see how involved and ground breaking our research is. In fact, a big reason the BIg 10 wanted both UT is the research and high ranking within academia.- You knew I had to come out and comment on that, right?

Jen @ BigBinder said...

Love it!! I will go anywhere there is good food and a good blogging community (although, I have to say we have both here!) - but we're Midwestern and with the exception of Detroit, we have no toughness whatsoever, because we might come off as rude which is totally the worst thing that can happen.

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