Weekend in Philly Pt. 2 (Tour de Lancaster)

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After the TriRock Philly Triathlon, Selma and I headed back to her parents house in New Holland for some delicious grilled food and some much needed sleep. And because I enjoy putting myself through continuous physical pain, I decided to do another short recovery ride with my friend/tour guide Sean around Lancaster because it’s been my dream ever since I first visited New Holland. The roads are clear and flat and the only things you really need to worry about are the Amish buggies and the horse poops. 2014-06-21 15.38.052014-06-21 15.11.172014-06-21 15.01.37

The roads are also nicely paved, something that’s a rare luxury in Boston.

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Nothing but clear and open roads as far as the eyes can see. I could honestly come out here and ride for hours and not get bored.

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After our short ride, it was finally dinner time! We even got in a game of bingo while we were waiting.

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And the moment I’ve been waiting for, the grilled meats….

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The perfect recovery meal – meat, fish and veggies (from their own garden!)

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And immediately afterwards, the combination of all that bike riding and my food coma finally took its toll.

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The next day, it was time to head back to Boston. But not without a quick stop in NYC first. My other brother (yes, I have many), was going to Columbia for summer school so we picked him up from the airport and helped him move in.

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Columbia’s campus is gorgeous considering it’s right next to a rougher part of town. It’s like you’re not even in the city when you’re on campus.

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And of course we couldn’t leave without having brunch first. We met up with Selma’s good friend Maria and her bf and chose Flat Top because we happened to park right in front of it. It got pretty good reviews on Yelp and served a late brunch so it seemed to fit the bill. They even start you off with these little biscuit things!

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And any place that serves drinks in mason jars is automatically a winner in Selma’s book.

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Selma got a mimosa and I got an iced coffee because she is an alcoholic and I have a caffeine problem. Just kidding…but really.

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My brother William got the steak and eggs which looked phenomenal. Nothing beats the combination of a good skirt steak and fried eggs.

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I ordered the smoked salmon eggs benedict which was ridiculously good. They even topped it off with some fish roe which was super fancy.

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And last but not least, Selma got the lemon and ricotta pancakes with strawberry butter. We are definitely going to try and replicate this recipe soon because it was incredible.

2014-06-22 14.35.22And with that, we finally headed off back to Boston for a short week of work and relaxation before my 250 mile ride for charity! Stay tuned for those posts coming up next.

Thanks for reading!

 

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