Life-changing food experiences are the best memories. I had one last summer: my very first real Philly cheesesteak. I was tasked with finding a place for dinner, so I looked up restaurants on my phone and found Dalessandro’s. We sidled into a packed diner and found a pair of seats at the counter. The locals next to us practically ordered for us. So naturally, when the cheesesteaks arrived, they were life-changing indeed. Soft bread filled with the perfect ratio of piping hot, chopped rib-eye to melted cheese, and topped with sauces, condiments and grilled vegetables. I’m mostly glad my first cheesesteak was the real deal, but I’m disappointed that nothing will live up to it ever again, unless I find myself back in Pennsylvania. Until that (hopefully just as magical) day, here’s a little Pennsylvania gift guide! // susannah
The Kitchen Road Trip series is a virtual vacation to a different state. Posted weekly on Mondays, each post is a gift guide to items from a different state, in alphabetical order, and features food & drinks, books, home goods and travel items.
Click below to see the Pennsylvania gift guide!
1. Peg and Awl Aldermere Egg Tray* ($68) // 2. The Caramel Jar Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce* ($14) // 3. Hand in Hand Orange Blossom Sustainable Liquid Soap* ($18) // 4. Girls Can Tell Liberty Bell Tea Towel* ($16) // 5. Philly Pennant by Three Potato Four ($24) // 6. Epic Pickles Hot Dills* ($14) // 7. Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food by Jessica Merchant ($29.99) // 8. Snap Ginger Liqueur by Art in the Age ($38)* // 9. Red Raven Porcelain Vessel* ($56) // 10. Quartz Print by Song & Dance Design* ($8)
*Made or designed in Pennsylvania