December 23, 2011 at 7:29 AMRelatives draw me to Pennsylvania, but wanderlust draws me to Philadelphia. Twice over the past two years I have been thwarted in my attempt to visit Fred Oster at Vintage: once by an unexpected holiday, and once because of... well, another holiday. I have bad timing, I guess. This time, however, I succeeded in setting up an appointment for an instrument trial. I like to view it as a casual blind date with several potential candidates, with no obligation toward commitment. Also, I'd like to make some East Coast connections for future reference while I'm there. And also, there's a couple of great deli's and bakeries, and who can pass up the perfect cannoli? Not to mention the sfogliatelle...
As an added bonus, I get to head over to my friend Karen's house first, and she and her daughter Caeli will accompany me downtown as my guides. We have such great fun, and even though I've only gotten to meet her a couple of times, each time it feels as though we've always known each other. Philadelphia feels just a little bit more like home because of her.
Cross your fingers and wish me luck!
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