In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear I Heart Mario and review I’ve Just Developed A Theory That Proves I’m Not A Nerd by Made With Awesome,Â a brand started in 2009 by Evan Ferstenfeld and Roni Lagin that specializes in original, off-the-wall slogans and cool tee designs that aspire to make you think just a little bit while you’re laughing your guts out.
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I’ve Developed A Theory That Proves I’m Not A Nerd by Made With Awesome.Pros: Shirt comes packaged in a clear plastic bag and included with the shirt were a few Made With Awesome stickers. The T-Shirt is printed on an American Apparel tee so you know that I am a fan of the sizing and fit. The print is nice and large, and more importantly, it’s soft. The shirt features a screen printed neck label with the name of the shirt and its creators.Â Cons: There is truly nothing that I disliked about the Made With Awesome tee or my Made With Awesome experience. Made With Awesome is in fact … awesome! They put out an excellent product and I think you try them out it you haven’t already. Price: $20.
Some random artwork spotted as we walked to around the awesome city of brotherly love, Philadelphia!
So in Philadelphia I’ve been told that there are three main places to get Philly Cheesesteaks: Pat’s, Geno’s and Jim’s. Jim’s Steaks is the best of the three in my opinion by a mile! They’re cheesesteaks are so mouth watering good that they’re awesome! beyond belief
IÂ Mario New York by Nintendo.Pros: A nice alternative to the basic I Heart NY tourist T-Shirt. When I first saw this shirt at Nintendo World in New York, my eyes just gravitated to it and I knew that I just had to have it. The shirt is screen printed on the front and back and is also tagless and features a screen printed label inside the neck.Â Cons: What cons? Well, the only con is that maybe you won’t be able to find this shirt anymore since I picked it up nearly three years ago. Price: $22.99.
Unlike yesterday, Day 4 started off with a nice chunk of sunshine. That was a relief. We were able to do a few of the things that we missed out on yesterday when it was pouring cats and dogs. The day started by walking to City Hall, which is located just a few blocks from the Loews Hotel. We signed up for the tower tour and went to the top of the City Hall clock tower, just below the large William Penn statue that overlooks the City of Philadelphia.
After taking a few pics from the top of City Hall, we walked over to Love Park, where Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture stands. We took a gazillion photos and then moved on to the Comcast Center. The Comcast Center has a neat (and very huge) HD video wall, with short videos playing throughout the day. Below the lobby you’ll find a small market. We made a pit stop there, where I picked up a drink and a small croissant. The croissant served as a warmup to our Pat’s and Geno’s pilgrimage.
(Top: Genos is all glitz and glamour but lacking in the taste department. Bottom: Pat’s, good but not as good as Jim’s Steaks)
My frist experience with a Philly Cheesesteak came to me at Jim’s Steaks. After that first cheesesteak, my mind was blown and I was ready to experience the much hyped Pat’s and Geno’s variety. We caught a taxi from the Loews Hotel to the Cheesesteak mecca of the world. For the uninitiated, Pat’s and Geno’s are located right across of each other and are considered rival cheesesteak stands. So of course, we had to experience both Pat’s and Geno’s. Pat’s was alright, and Geno’s felt a bit too generic (though, their fries were good). My conclusion, Jim’s Steaks dominates both Pat’s and Geno’s. If you want a Philly Cheesesteak, then know this: Jim’s Steaks is the center of the universe.
Despite the disappointing Pat’s and Geno’s experience, dinner more than made up for it! In our attempt to hit up the restaurants of all of the Iron Chefs, we just had to experience the newest Iron Chef Jose Garcia’s restaurant, Amada. Garcia’s Amada specializes in authentic Spanish Tapas. We settled on three different dishes, theÂ LECHÃ“N CON QUESO (Braised Pork Shoulder, La Peral, Pine Nut, Apple & Fennel),Â ENTRECÃ”TE A LA CATALAN (Prime Sirloin with CatalÃ¡n Spinach, Membrillo & Goat Cheese), and the ARROZ DE LANGOSTA (Lobster Bomba Rice with Clams, Lemon Zest & Golden Pea Shoots). The dishes were nicely proportioned, and, more importantly, tasted oh so good.
We decided to pass on dessert at Amada and opted instead to get some ice cream at the famed Franklin Fountain. This old school ice cream fountain is like a time warp, as evidenced by the decor and the staff who were dressed as if it was the 1920′s. You might recall that Adam Richman of Man Vs. Food had the Mt. Visuvious here. I decided on the Franklin Mint and Michelle had the Banana Split For My Baby. Both were very indulgent choices. We honestly should have shared one, but, I was intent on mint ice cream. Needless to say, we tried as hard as we could, but in the end, neither of us ate more than half of our ice cream dishes.
And as I’ve been doing, here’s a video slideshow of some of the photos that we took during this lovely day in Philly!
With the Philly skies becoming increasingly angry, we hopped on a taxi to the Mutter Museum on 22nd Street. The Mutter Museum is something that I’ve been looking forward to since a friend of mine told me about it. The Mutter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. Some might say that it’s a museum of medical freaks. I was so there. Some of the oddities featured included Chang and Eng, the world-famous Siamese twins; the skeleton of a 7-foot, 6-inch giant from Kentucky; a collection of Civil War photographs showing injury and recovery, the effects of diseases not yet conquered in the 19th century,and oodles of pathological anomalies.
Once we got the Mutter Museum out of our system, we decided to do a little shopping at Trader Joe’s as well as some of the shops that lined Walnut Street. And since our breakfast was a hearty one, we decided to skip on lunch. The lunch skipping led to a first, but I’ll get to that a little later.
Our night time plans included catching a 76ers game at the Wachovia Center. We jumped on the subway and got on the Broad Street Line to the Wachovia Center, the home of both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Flyers. The 76ers dominated for maybe a quarter and then the Magic took it from there, as expected. Dwight Howard had some nasty dunks, which was also expected. Still, it was a fun game and I got to see some big name players play, including Vince Carter, Elton Brand, and Andre Igoudala. The one thing that sucks about Hawaii is the lack of professional sport teams. I love watching sports live in the arena, with all of the noise, cheering and jeering.
Monday night was dollar hot dog night at the Sixers game. I had two and Michelle had one. The original plan was to head to Geno’s and Pat’s for some late night cheesesteaks after the game, but the weather sucked, so we decided against that.We thought that the hot dogs would hold us off till the next day. We were both wrong. Remember when I said that skipped lunch led to a first? Well, that first was having room service at 1 am in our hotel room. Room service was an experience., an expensive experience, but an experience no less – Quarter pound burgers with bacon and fries at 1 am delivered to our door. What could be better?
And finally, here’s a video of a few of the photos we took on Day 3.
This is the first of a couple day-by-day updates that Iâ€™ll be doing during my trip to Philadelphia and San Francisco. I thought it would be cool to keep you guys up to date Â on what Iâ€™m up to and what tees I’m wearing! If you want to check out the tee that I wore, just click on the orange links.
The thing about flying from Hawaii to the east coast of the United States is that it takes a very, very Â long time. It took us 5 hours to fly to from Honolulu to San Francisco and then 5 more hours to fly from San Francisco to Philadelphia. We left Honolulu at 6:45 am Saturday morning and arrived at our final destination at 1:00 am the next day. After an eventful “taxi ride” from the airport to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel and despite our hunger, we quickly … fell … asleep.
Despite an uneventful first day spent flying the friendly skies, our first full day in Philadelphia was action packed. We started the day at 9:00 am by walking from the Loews hotel to the Independence Visitor Center to pick up our tickets to tour Independence Hall. With a 10:20 am tour time, we had some time to spare, so we headed to Mrs. K’s Koffee Shop for a classic diner breakfast. I had one of their specials, which consisted of pancakes, sausage and two eggs. Michelle had the same, minus the eggs. The pancakes were so good, fluffy and oh so tasty.
After breakfast, we rushed off to Independence Hall to make our 10:20 am tour time. We just made it. Actually, we were a minute late and the tour had already started. One of the park rangers (yes, it’s a National History Park), had to usher us in to meet up with our tour. The tour was an interesting one with a lot of historical facts intertwined. The State House is where the dream of a free country of independent citizens materialized. Here, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were scribed. I was totally channeling the inner Benjamin Franklin in me.
From the Liberty Bell, we headed to the final resting spot of Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Ground. We both tossed a penny onto his grave, as it was akin to tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain. After we tossed our pennies, a worker came to collect the coins and we overheard him mention that they annually receive $4000 worth of pennies. Neat! When someone asked him why people tossed pennies versus other coins, another visitor recounted one of Benjamin Franklin’s thoughts: A penny saved is a penny earned.
By this time, our hunger had been growing, so we set out for Jim’s Steaks which is considered to be better than the famed Geno’s and Pat’s by many locals that I’ve spoken with. So to South Philly we went, in search for my first taste of a real Philly Cheesteak. I was excited. The line at Jim’s was, as expected, very long. It took us about 20 minutes before we were able to place our order. Michelle and I shared a Philly Cheesesteak with Wiz and Mushrooms. I’m not the greatest onion fan, so we left that out. The restaurant was packed so we ended up standing and eating at one of the counters upstairs. The cheesesteak was amazingly good. The bread was soft and the cheese wiz was the perfect complement to the very tasty steak. I now know why Philly Cheesesteaks are world renown. They’re so good!
And as if we needed more food, we then headed to Isgro’s Pastries where they’ve been making cannolis for over 100 years. The bakery was filled with so many baked goodies that I almost went into a sugar shock before taking a bite into my cannoli! We ordered some cookies (Cherry Garcia, Rocky Road and Chocolate Chip Ricotta) and of course, two chocolate chip cannolis!
With no place to sit and enjoy our cannolis we decided that we’d make Reading Terminal our unofficial Isgro eating spot, as we had also gone to Chinatown. We’ll be visiting Reading Terminal on another day for a more thorough visit. Today, we just needed a place to eat our cannolis! Once we devoured the cannolis we went straight to our hotel for some rest before dinner at Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant. On a side note, while we were totally enjoying our delicious cannolis, an inquisitive wanderer stopped by, wondering where in Reading Terminal she could purchase the same cannoli. Unfortunately we had to tell her that we picked them up at Isgro’s. She left sad. And without a cannoli.
Alright, you might think that with all the food we had up to this point, we would be quite stuffed. Rubbish! We were both so excited to dine at Morimoto, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s sleek namesake restaurant on 7th and Chesnut. The food did not disappoint. Michelle decided on the Morimoto tempura to start and the seafood toban yaki. I decided on the 7 course Morimoto omakase, the chef’s choice multi-course tasting menu designed to allow you to experience the essence of Morimoto’s menu. It was worth the 80 bucks because at the end of the day, I’m not a raw fish fan but somehow, Morimoto made me fall in love with raw fish. I left full and satisfied.
And finally, Michelle and I put together a little photo slideshow of our first full day in sunny Philadelphia! Enjoy. You can also check out these photos on my Flickr.
Our friends over at Kosher Ham recently released a slew of awesomely funny T-Shirts in its latest release. Two shirts caught my eye, Team Get A Life and the Experimental Jet Set look-a-like Always Sunny In Philadelphia parody tee. If you’re like me then you haven’t seen or read any of the Twilight books or films because like me, you believe that movies about vampires and werewolves should not involve horny teenagers.
The Always Sunny In Philadelphia shirt is the Kosher Ham take on the Experimental Jet Set phenomena. For a review of Experimental Jet Set shirts, check out this list of 25 from Andy at Hide Your Arms. What better subject to tackle than the cast of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia? Some might argue that they are almost as influential as the original Experimental Jet Set tee that featured The Beatles. OK, so the cast of It’s Always SUnny is nowhere as influential as Ringo, Paul, George and John – but they are funnier!
Pick up both shirts from Kosher Ham today for $17.99 a piece and don’t forget to use the coupon code “COTYFANS” at checkout to save an additional 10% at checkout! Tip: Buy 3 shirts from Kosher Ham and score a Â free Kosher Ham tee!