Sunday, November 1, 2009

Overview: The Philly Cheesesteak Review

It is often said that if God truly loved Adam, rather than creating an apple-mad woman like Eve, he would've have grilled that tender rib and created the Philadephia Cheesesteak. Instead, it took humanity ~6,000 years (1) to refine their culinary palettes in preparation for Philadelphian prophets Pat and Harry Olivieri (Hey that rhymes!). Their early 1930s creation involved chopped up steak served on a hoagie bread roll. The Olivieri's holy hot dog stand did not reach its true potential, however, until the stand's manager/divinator Joe "Cocky Joe" Lorenza added the third and all-important ingredient in the Cheesesteak... cheese. In the sandwich world, this rare culinary feat of savory perfection is called The Shot Heard Round the World, because all three of these young geniuses were subsequently shot to death by their impassioned and jealous brother, Cain (2).

In loving tribute to this remnant of Eden, I have created what will inevitably be heralded as "original" and "not at all like those stupid blogs about inferior sandwiches" (3), a blog devoted to reviewing and critiquing Philly Cheesesteaks across America, with a focus on the midwest and more specifically Rochester, MN and Madison, WI. So come along with me as I pioneer the blogosphere in a quest to taste as many Philly Cheesesteaks as possible in an attempt to find the best French--I mean-- Philly Cheesesteak I can, and to honor the sandwich we all love: The Philly Cheesesteak.

Post script:
Some of you may complain that citing wikipedia incessantly tarnishes the credibility of this otherwise flawless weblog. In response, I can only quote Philly Cheesesteak enthusiast Oscar Wilde, "Your brain is a garage where I park my bullshit, for free."

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