I’m from San Francisco – what do I know from cheesesteak?!?  First cheesesteak I ever had was May of 1978 when I was back here with a buddy of mine on a 2-week east coast vacation that included Labor day Weekend at a “Little Summer House” in Cape May. (“Whaddaya mean I can’t buy wine on a Sunday?  How am I supposed to make the shrimp scampi without wine?!?”)

It was the first time I had ever been east and actually set the gears in place for my move to Boston in 1980.  But I digress…

I had either a Pat’s or a Geno’s cheesesteak that trip.  I don’t remember which it was, but I do remember being a bit underwhelmed.  I mean, it was okay, but living at Lake Tahoe, I was heavily into the avocado, tomato, and sprouts on nine-grain bread back in those days.

Fast-forward almost 31 years and I’m in the Philly suburbs making cheesesteaks at home.  I’m still heavily into the avocado and tomato and sprouts on nine-grain, but I also have a paninni maker and have learned to appreciate cheesesteaks a lot more.  (Still not crazy about either Pat’s or Geno’s.  Jim’s on South Street is my personal favorite in the city…)

Tonight’s sandwich did what it was supposed to do, but all of a sudden I am craving that avocado, tomato and sprout sandwich – with thick slices of bacon on thick hand-cut slices of homemade 9-grain bread…..

Maybe this weekend…..