In between conference #1 and conference #2, I was fortunate to spend time with the lovely Jen of My Kitchen Addiction. She lives near Hershey, so you know where we *had* to go…
For those of you who don’t know the history of the town, here it is in a nutshell…
We did not go to the actual theme park (my choice!) but instead went to check out Hershey’s Chocolate World.
We took the (hokey but it has to be done) Chocolate Tour Ride, where according to the website, “your tour begins in the tropical rain forest where cacao beans grow. As the beans are harvested, follow their journey across the ocean to America, where they are delivered to THE SWEETEST PLACE ON EARTH-Hershey, Pennsylvania. Then, engage your senses as the cocoa beans continue through a simulated HERSHEY’S Chocolate Factory. Here you will see, feel, and hear the processes that deliciously transform the beans into milk chocolate.”
Well and there were singing cows:
(no I did not buy the 5lb chocolate bar).
After all that excitement, we headed to the supermarket for a little shopping. Anyone who knows me will know that I *love* supermarkets in other countries, especially when there are cool things like this hamburger cake for the 4th July. Uh huh.
And what’s this? Cheese in a can. Or should that be “cheeze” in a can? Oh my.
And the cool retro packaging on the Utz chips.
And then I was asked, ever so politely by the store manager to stop taking photos. Even when I explained that I have a food blog (in retrospect, I guess I should have just said “food writer” since the word “blog” tends to elicit blank stares from much of the non-blogging population) and that I am simply interested in foods that are different from those in Canada, he respectfully asked that I refrain from taking any more photos. Luckily for me, I have an accent – he actually said “Oh I hear that you have a little accent and that you’re not from around here” – or else I think he might have asked me to delete the pictures.
I *get* that maybe competition might sneak around and take photos of their competitors’ displays and prices but there was nothing secretive about me and my photos. I was clearly NOT up to no good. This has only ever happened once before, in Laos last summer (where the security guard was mighty scary…) though I know my mum has been asked to stop taking photos in food stores in Sydney, Australia too.
Apart from helping me with my Kitchen Bootcamp submission for this month, Jen also seemed to magically produce goodies out of thin air at all hours of the day..
Gorgeous zucchini muffins…
It was such a pleasure getting to know Jen (and Darron and Yellowodg!) and watching her at work in her kitchen. Thanks again Jen!
Back in Philadelphia for conference #2, I really did not have much time to do anything once the conference started but my friend and I managed to squeeze in a Big Bus double-decker tour of the city. I love these types of tours since you get to hear a lot of information and cover a lot of ground in a small amount of time. Plus you are sitting which is important in the hot, humid weather Philly was experiencing.
(yes, it’s Le Penseur/ The Thinker)
And that would be Jeanne dArc/Joan of Arc…
(sadly I did not make it to the Renoir exhibit ad the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
Yes, yes, it’s the famous “Rocky” statue, near the “Rocky steps“!