Witty in the City of Brotherly Love

Let’s take a 14 hour flight away from Japan so I can share my other news…Witty in the City is moving to Philadelphia! (Thank heavens I had the foresight to choose a generic-ish name for this website.) Tears have been shed, both happy and sad, about leaving DC– our home for the past 10 very transformative years. Our move is precipitated more by fate than by choice: David graduated from medical school (hooray!!) and was placed at a hospital in … Continue reading

Philly-Style Soft Pretzels

In Philadelphia, soft pretzels are a significant and constant presence in life. Having grown up in that city, their delicious abundance forms the centerpiece of countless memories. Like of my neighbor who made deliveries at pretzel factories, where he would fill up his trunk with sheets of pretzels still warm from the oven. When the kids on my street saw his car pull into the driveway, we’d chant “Sam, Sam, the pretzel man” and run over for our delicious handout. Or … Continue reading

Philly Cheesesteaks, Slightly Improvised

Philly cheesesteaks. I’ve never encountered something so delicious that is horribly impersonated so often. Cheesesteaks have certain qualities that just should not be changed. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen “Philly” cheesesteaks on a menu only to read that they come loaded with bell peppers and other twists that make me crinkle my nose. Cruise ships are the worst offenders. As much as I love authentic cheesesteaks, it’s rarely possible to make them with the right ingredients … Continue reading