This post was written by my foodie sister Robin, who is now sharing all of her favorite recipes and kitchen tips regularly on the new “Make It and Love It – in the KITCHEN” portion of this blog. Try a few of her recipes…your belly will thank you! -Ashley
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Hey guys, I know, a little hiatus….but I’m back! :)
But I want to tell you about the first time I visited Philly. While I was living in Boston (several years ago), I went on a little weekend trip to Philly with a few friends. We all wanted to check out the famous “Rocky” steps (and maybe reenact the famous boxing training scene…ha!) and of course partake of the famous and delicious, “PHILLY STEAK SANDWICH”. We decided to stop by a pretty famous steak sandwich restaurant in the city — I want to say it was called “Jim’s Steaks” (any locals want to help me out with that?) — and the line to order was out the door of the restaurant, and around the block. Yes, we waited outside, a block away, to give these steak sandwiches a try. Yum!
I remember when I ordered my sandwich, the guy behind the grill asked “Do you want whiz on that?” I had no idea what he was talking about so I said, “uh….Wiz?!!” The guy (probably quickly realizing I wasn’t from around there) pointed to a squirt can of nacho cheese and said, “Whiz!”
Oh my word, really?!?! Cheez Whiz? (I know what you’re probably thinking….processed and gross!) However, for this to be authentic, I guess had to go with the “whiz” — so I had him add it to my sandwich. (And this is when I made the connection that this is where the crazy slang name originated when “whiz” was added to steak sandwiches back east. Do they even sell this out west anymore? They probably do, but I haven’t paid attention.) But let me tell you…..I’m not a fan of Cheez Whiz AT ALL, but after eating my sandwich in Philly with “whiz” on it, I’m a follower. It really is delicious!
But, you can also skip it….and it’s pretty amazing too! (And if only you could smell this guy…)
Tender strips of seasoned steak, grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms, a layer of melted cheese (and