July 31st, 2008

Jersey Girl

Philly Photos Part 3: Independence Hall

What's now known as Independence Hall started it's life as the Pennsylvania State House, the seat of Pennsylvania's government, including it's judiciary.  The building was renovated in 1949 to restore it to it's state when the Declaration was signed-- including 18th century antiques arranged as it was in 1775 and painted in the same colors.

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Jersey Girl

Philly Photos Part 4: The Great Cheesesteak Wars

At the bizarre X-shaped intersection of 9th Street and Passayunk Avenue in South Philly stands the two giants of the cheesesteak world, long in battle with one another for customers and bragging rights.

Pat's King of Steaks was the first to make steak sandwiches.

Geno's Steaks says they were the first to add cheese to the steak sandwich.

In traditional Wayne and Juli style, we decided to get a sandwich from each and compare.

We went to Pat's first and ordered, as instructed on the Philly Visitors web site, "One Whiz Wit" which means, one cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz and fried onions, the traditional Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.

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Brobee approved


The last thing we did before leaving Philly was stop in at Lush. I was out of shampoo and figured if we were going to be near a store, I'd rather shop there than order online and pay shipping. In the end, we got ripped off $16 for parking but I was able to actually touch and smell and sample, which you can't do online or from the catalog.

Admittedly, I was a very bad girl. I grabbed a basket. That was the first mistake. Way too easy to over-shop when you don't have to juggle stuff in your hands.

I ended up with:
  1. Ocean Salt Scrub-- a product I've used before and loved.
  2. Jungle Solid Conditioner- this is a newish product and I'm curious to try it out. No packaging!
  3. Veganese Conditioner- amazing stuff
  4. I Love Juicy- the most incredible shampoo for oily hair ever
  5. Karma Komba- a solid bar shampoo, no packaging, great for travel
  6. Seanick- another solid shampoo bar
  7. Each Peach Massage Bar- yummiest smelling ever
I am a spoiled, spoiled girl.

I used the Seanick shampoo and Jungle conditioner that night. My hair was fantastic. So soft, lightly scented and CLEAN.

glass_lion, I know you don't often splurge on yourself but this stuff is soooo good.  I think it's totally worth the cost because the stuff does what it is supposed to do, uses no chemicals, it lasts for a really long time AND it's environmentally sound.

So I went ahead and found there's two Lush stores in your area: one at 400 Pine Street in Seattle and one in Bellevue Square.

Wayne manages to take the worst pictures of me but I'll share it anyway