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philly for 2 days - south beach diet friendly, but i'm a foodie, i swear!

jungirl | Jun 19, 2008 07:14 PM

ok, let me preface this by saying that i am a ridonkulous foodie from NYC, and usually my mantra is if it's healthy or low fat, it doesn't taste good. it's a bit of a harsh view, but it's worked for me most of my life. i eat what i want, when i want. i love nothing more than a plate of pasta, a bowl of asian noodle soup or a well done paella. unfortunately, i have made a promise to myself that i will really stick with the south beach diet phase 1 for the allotted first 2 weeks. or else i will have to spend the summer avoiding all beaches and everything bikini related. surprisingly, i've been pretty good so far, finding great options that don't involve carbs or sugar. i usually cave in by day 3 and drink a whole bottle of wine.

so me and my S.O. are looking to get out of NYC for a night and we decided to drive to philly for the weekend. i know this is a strange request, and i'm almost embarassed to ask it. but we are looking for the best food stops - where we have low carb options...

so this is our itinerary so far. any rec's and commentary is greatly appreciated.

walk around reading terminal market. any rec's here for snacks? we were thinking tommy dinic's for the pork sandwich, sans bread. (i know, please don't stone me) we are staying at the loews, so we will be hungry from our car ride as soon as we get in...

dinner at amada? it looks like it has a lot of good options for our diet. i love tapas, but have had some of the best in spain and nyc. are the tapas really good here? it looks like they have some creative nouveau dishes.

brunch at lacroix. this seems to be a chowhound unanimous. i am looking forward to cheating slightly for this one :) are the bloody mary's and sparkling wine cocktails all included? if this is the case, and the food is as good as everyone says it is, i think there will be a field trip from NYC with my fellow chowhounds planned very soon. any standout dishes here that are not to be missed?

italian market area? snacks? cheese, sliced meat? olives?

luke and tony's. worth stopping by on the way out? or will tommy dinic's satisfy my pork sandwich hanker?

pat's? i guess if you don't eat the bread on the cheesesteaks, i could actually sample a few places. :) there is an advantage!

this is totally random, but has anyone been to melange cafe in cherry hill? it's on the way back to NYC. the menu looks interesting... any must have's there?

any other rec's are greatly appreciated. i have read the philly boards extensively, but between all the advice it's a bit of a whirlwind to pick for planning for 2 days. help me philly chowhounds!!! i will be eternally grateful :)

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