Following our week-long stay in Beantown, The Astronomer and I flew to Philadelphia for the Swarthmore Cross Country Alumni Meet. Living in Los Angeles, we rarely get the chance to see our former teammates who’ve settled on the opposite side of the country. This annual pilgrimage gives us valuable face time with our bestest friends, all while running on the most dreadful 5K course ever. Oh, and we get to eat hoagies and pizza and acquire cheesy “Swarthmore Alum” flare, too. It’s a fantastic time. Really!
On the morning of the race, The Astronomer and I went out for breakfast at the Dutch Eating Place located inside Reading Terminal Market. When we were greeted with a packed house, it seemed like my dream of an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast wasn’t in the cards. The line fortunately moved fairly quickly, so we were able to grab a bite without missing our train.
Inside Reading Terminal Market, there are dozens of merchant families from Lancaster County of Amish and Mennonite background, as well as more secular strains of Pennsylvania Dutch. One of the more popular “Amish” stalls is the Dutch Eating Place, which is known for its blueberry pancakes, egg sandwiches, apple dumplings, fresh cut fries, deli sandwiches, and scrapple.