I was born & raised in Philadelphia. I LOVED my neighborhood! We never locked our doors. I was within walking distance of all of my friends yet had a huge yard where my dad had an enormous garden, cherry tree, apple tree, swimming pool and more. We had bats at night, snakes in the strawberry patch and the occasional surprise critter visit since we backed up to a wooded area. I loved it!
When you think of Philly, you think of The Liberty Bell, The Reading Terminal Market, Rocky, Cheese Steaks and Hoagies...right?? But right up there with all of those are soft pretzels and water ice....Oh water ice, how I love you! I have to say that water ice is at the top of my list when it comes to a dessert...actually any time of the year! If you have never had it you will be in for a treat!
25 years ago a now famous water ice company, started by a Philly fireman, opened their first and second shops not far from where I grew up...lucky for me their second shop was within a 15 minute walk from my house AND my friends and I walked right past it on the way home from high school! It was love at first bite for me! Recently I decided to try to make my own DIY Philadelphia Style Water Ice...I though it would be a fun project to do with the kids over the summer...and boy was I right about THAT!