I guess I'm mostly writing to say thanks for showing me much support and good advice for the Philadelphia trip my wife and I just completed. Unfortunately, none of the advice was used.
Thursday, I met friends at Monk's Cafe, which not only has great beer but actually has good food [in DC, you can get great beer, but have to settle for sort of serviceable food].
Friday, I got a box lunch at the conference I attended. Then the wife got into town. Due to her fanatical devotion to the Cubs, we went over to a friend's house and ate leftovers and watched ESPN.
Today, the wife was craving Asian food, so we ate dim sum at Joy Tsing Wah or something -- a dim sum shop on Race street, very ornate, old-school Chinese interior. It was about like dim sum in DC. One noticable thing was that the quality of dishes could vary widely, even within the same dish. I got tofu-skin rolls, which come in a set of three. Two were sort of uninteresting cigars of straight ground pork wrapped in tofu skin. The third, out of the same dish, was well made with bamboo shoot, shrimp, pork, mushroom, and other fillings all balanced nicely. I couldn't really figure it out. Like there were two cooks back there, one competent, one not, mixing it up. The wrappers on the shrimp dumplings seemed pretty thick. Overall, sort of an average place, it seemed.
Got bubble drinks at Saint Honore Bakery [probably screwed that name up too]. Wife got good green tea bubble drink, I got a mango drink made with fresh mango. Were too full to try baked goods.
So thanks again for the helpful advice. I apologize for squandering it. Hopefully we will return to Philly soon, and put it to good use.