Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 648 : When in Philly for the marathon...

Welcome to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love where the marathon is said to be "the best time of your life." A flat, fast course that is significantly smaller than New York's and the last Fall race of the Northeastern marathon season. Sure you can fly south and run the Palm Beaches marathon the first week of December, but don't plan on running up north for a marathon's distance till at least March.

Once you've picked up your number at the Expo at the Philadelphia Convention Center, why not stop into Reading Terminal Market -- prepared foods, sit down counters, fresh local produce, spices, cookbooks, Philly cheesesteaks, sushi, vegan takeout and more are available. If you're looking for a little bit of local cheese to bring home, grab a hunk of Wakefield Dairy's Bouche from Lancaster, PA. A raw cow's milk cheese that has been cave aged -- this cheese is slightly sweet, round and buttery with a nice honest grassy yet slightly nutty finish. A great snacking cheese or great to grate over pasta for your pre-marathon carbo loading. This is a strictly regional product so make sure to grab some to bring home. If cheese is not your thing, I am sure you can find something else fabulous at Reading Terminal Market so go explore.

Here's to a great race tomorrow fellow Philly marathoners!

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