A hoagie by any other name

I recently worked near Philadelphia, in a place called Chuck-Norristown.  The guys I worked with were locally raised and had that excellently rough attitude and accent that you expect of Philly.  They showed me around and made me try some of their local delicacies like:

– TastyKakes – Packaged, little angel cakes that are surprisingly fresh.
– Tomato pie – It’s like a cold, thick, soft, half-cooked pizza base with lots of tangy tomato sauce and no ingredients except for a sprinkle of parmesan on top.
– Hoagies – An Italian sandwich (deli meats, lettuce, tomato, onions etc.) in a long roll aka hero aka subway aka torpedo aka grinder.
– Zep – A hoagie sandwich with a particular combination of Italian cold cuts and onions.
– Cheesesteak – A roll with sliced steak/meat, onions and liquid cheese.  I still think that cheez whiz is disgusting but the steak sandwich part is tasty.
– Wooder ice – Water ice, aka Italian ice in NYC.  It’s just a ball of shaved ice served in a paper cone with coloured syrup poured over the top.

My surprise favourite was the tomato pie.  Who’d have thunk that I’d enjoy essentially a cold pizza with no ingredients.  We had a long argument about hoagies because they were convinced that hoagies were some kind of unique sandwich.  It turns out that it’s just the same old sandwich that we all call heros or subs, but Philly gave it a weird name.  See the link below for a laugh – “Philadelphia is just making it up as it goes along.”

I like Philly’s accent, attitude and food.  Philly, I think I could live in you.

Map of USA’s lingustic conflicts – http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6/#so-are-traffic-circles-13

25 Philly words – http://www.movoto.com/guide/philadelphia-pa/philadelphia-words/


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