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August 22, 2017

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Philadelphia: Eat like Obama

The organizers of the 72nd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (tel: 866-290-9910; scientificsessions.diabetes.org) have some sense of humour. This year’s June 8 to 12 conference is in Philly, home of the cheesesteak, a crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed rib-eye beef and melted cheese.

If you’re going, cut yourself (a smidge) of slack and indulge them by having one (or half!) because, really, the irony is too much to ignore. Plus, it’ll practically be summer by then, the season when you’re supposed to be free and easy, and you can burn the calories off by sprinting up the steps of the Museum of Art à la Rocky Balboa afterwards.

For the best, go to Pat’s King of Steaks (1237 East Passyunk Avenue; patskingofsteaks.com; open 24/7), three kilometres from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Pat Olivieri created the sandwich in the 1930s and even President Obama has had one. Others will tell you the best is made across the street at Geno’s Steaks (1219 South 9th Street; genosteaks.com; open 24/7). The choice is yours, but how you order is not. If you’re asked “whiz wit?” answer “yes" if you want the traditional Cheez Whiz and onions or “witout” for just cheese (American and Provolone are also popular). Then, ask for any other toppings you want.

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