Spur of the moment is sometimes a great thing. On Friday we decided to take a trip to Philadelphia for 24hrs or so. I wanted to see the Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show – was
the last days – it ended yesterday March 11th. I was looking for some touchstones of Spring people – been a long cold winter around here. I could use some good food so Tommy Dinics @ Reading Terminal was on the list and the famous MORIMOTO restaurant for sushi. #bucketlist I have wanted to go here for years! I adore Chef Morimoto and heard only great things.
So Mike was like yes, and I was like ok! “ON IT” Get Abe a babysitter, done. Now off to www.marriott.com/rewards to see if we had enough points to use and by golly we did. Ritz Carlton Philadelphia people Located right in the heart of Philly near City Hall, Reading Terminal – aka DiNic’s home, the convention center and just 9 blocks from Morimoto! Yeah! #arigatogozaimashita = thank you in Japanese
Mike got us a reservation at 7 pm on Saturday night! What? How you may ask – well we accepted to be at the sushi bar. Not a comfy they said etc… not in the heart of the restaurant and by the kitchen. Well, baby put me here. (more on Morimoto later).
So Saturday morning we dropped the “Abester” off tidy’ed up the house, did a few errands and off to Philly we went. It only took 2hours and 10 minutes. Why has it been so long Philly? Why? More importantly, where have you been Tommy Dinic’s? We arrive at the Ritz, valet the car cause no one wants to drive in Philly major construction fixing potholes, road work and new building everywhere – plus if not frigid we’ll walk a bit. A small bit. We checked in to the old historic bank building which became a coin exchange to become Mellon bank than in 2001 the Ritz acquired the spot. The lobby is lovely huge while marble columns, floors and the center round bar towards the back of the lobby with an adjacent full-service restaurant. I was told this is the place to have your wedding in Philly and by the look of it, there must have been 2 going on when we arrived. They have a full-service spa, steam room, and great fitness room. They upgraded us for using our Marriott points and number (thank you sir!) however our first room had an odor that with my new asthma diagnosis was not gonna fly so in a cool minute we were taken to an even larger suite on the club level ( no club privilege but NP for us) The room was huge. Living room, dining table foyer bathroom, washer dryer, mini bar, coffee, separate closed off bedroom with its own TV large bathroom soaking tub (a must for me) and oversized windows. They were everywhere and we got to watch the stunning Philly skyline. We could see the planes land in the distance pretty cool. Here is the main lobby. The picture below is not mine – unless noted all photos are mine. I found this one on google to really show the beauty and grandeur – I believe this is taken from the balcony above the front street entrance.
Here is a link provided by Ritz Carlton on a more in-depth history of the grand building. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/philadelphia/hotel-overview/hotel-history
Needless to say, I love our room look at these floors and how the room just goes on and on.
A food lovers dream come true and not to be missed when you visit the city of brotherly love. here is the place only a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Now to find DiNics. It was packed of course it’s a Saturday. The Peking Duck looks yummy but we cannot be stopped on our mission to Tommy DiNics.
My TOMMY DINIC’S Roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone! I mean there are no words to describe. Want the secret to getting yours? Beating the lines? Let me know and comment below……….I actually had two in 24 hours….. I had to get another one Sunday after the Philadelphia Flower Show. Yes while Mike waited for a sub-par Philly Cheesesteak – I bellied up to the bar again for more Pork! Mike was like “Now that’s my girl – I was sitting and eating 10 minutes before he showed up. See those smiles? That’s love for each other and that damn good sandwich!
Check back tomorrow for review on the BEST SUSHI ever and the flower show!