Okay, it’s 12:30 in the afternoon and I’m starvin’ just like you know who over here and there’s nothing in the MBIP World Headquarters Fridge to eat and it’s too early to start drinking. This can only mean one thing: Time for another exciting, hang on to the edge of your socks episode of, “Can I Eat My Lunch In Here?” Lights, camera...lunchmeat!
I've heard nothing but good things about Pottstown Meat and Deli located in the Metro Centre. My mom and dad have shopped here for years and they often run into my friend Jeffrey "Moon" Stokowski who buys meaty ingredients for his famous Jambalaya Stew in here. I just found out that they have fresh sandwiches and soup for lunch everyday, so I thought we'd get a sandwich here and then head over to Suzi Davis Travel, which is located just across the street to eat it.
Let's go inside because it's about 83 degrees below zero out here and my camera has icicles developing on it.
Wow, it's a lot bigger in here than I thought it would be. And while there's cases of all kinds of meat framing the perimeter of the store, there's tons of other stuff in here as well. We'll order a sandwich and then take a quick look around before going across the street to Suzi Davis Travel.
Here's the owners of Pottstown Meat And Deli, Katie and Bob Barth. They're really friendly people and I went to high school with Bob at Bergan High School. Bob was in my brother Jim's class and we traded stories about school and how different times were in the '70's.
Okay, time to order lunch, I decided to get a cold sandwich and some chips. They have hot sandwiches to and homemade soup, but it's so stinking cold out by the time I get over to Suzi Davis Travel it would be cold, so I thought I might as well beat nature to the punch and start out cold. It's kind of my way of saying to Mother Nature: "Bitch...please!"
Wow, look at all the meat in here! If you know me, you're probably thinking that any minute I'm going to be throwing out some sort of, "you can't beat their meat" joke in here. Well, I'm happy to say I'm above that sort of thing. However, this meat looks so good I probably will be masturbating to this picture later today, but that's just me.
They have all kinds of specialty meats in here like these house-made jalapeno cheddar burgers.
And check out the huge beer selection in here! Lots of specialty and craft beers to be had here. Meat and beer, who could ask for anything more?
Well, there is more, they have a large selection of wine in here too, including a variety from Mackinaw Trail Winery. They also have a large selection of cheese, condiments and snacks in here.
And if you're not like me, who's hell-bent on barging in on businesses to see if I can eat in there, you can eat your lunch right inside of here. There's a nice dining area over here with chairs and tables to sit and enjoy your lunch.
Bob and Katie generously comped my lunch and that was so nice of them to do! This is Jenny (I think, I forgot to write her name down, so I hope I remember correctly) and she bagged the lunch up and we had a nice conversation. It turns out she's related to the Needham family, who I know. In fact the aforementioned Moon Stokowski is married to Chris Needham and we've been friends since we were all knee-high to a grasshopper with an out of control thyroid condition. I think we all know what must be cued up now!
Okay, as you can see, it's a short trip from Pottsown Meat and Deli to Suzi Davis Travel. We're here already and I have to admit to an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. It's always strange going in places and announcing I do a blog and can I take pictures, blah, blah and blah. But this is really weird because I'm also going to ask to invade their lunch room and eat my lunch in there. But it's the awkwardness of the whole idea that I love!
Okay, time to take a deep breath and get into character and see if we can eat our lunch in Suzi Davis Travel!
Alright we're inside and there's what appears to be the reception desk over there. Let the awkwardness begin in 3...2...1...
This is Tiffany, the pretty receptionist in here. This begins just the way the first episode did, lots of confusion, some giggling and plenty of awkwardness as she and everyone else in the office is somewhat taken aback by my question of: "Can I eat my lunch in here?" Needless to say, this doesn't happen every day and no one really knows how to react to this. But, after a few long awkward moments...
Tiffany tells me that I'm welcome to enjoy my lunch in the confines of the official Suzi Davis Travel lunch room. Yes! We've done it again!
Here I'm following Tiffany to the lunch room down a corridor loaded with travel brochures. Maybe we'll go to Europe after lunch!
Here's their lunch area, I love it! It's nice and compact, just like the MBIP World Headquarters, so I feel right at home here. Let's get our lunch out and get to business.
Here's lunch, a fresh sandwich, Kitchen Cooked Potato Chips and a bottle of flavored water. Let's dig in!
TIffany took a shot of me eating my lunch at their lunch table. It's a little fuzzy, but let's give her an "A" for effort! Her hands may be shaking a little considering she just let some weirdo barge in and eat lunch at their lunch room.
This sandwich from Pottstown Meat and Deli is so good! I got the Horsey Beef Sandwich, which is their homemade roast beef with Boar’s Head’s horseradish cheddar cheese and horseradish sauce. I also got spicy mustard and this sandwich is really spicy and the roast beef is tender and tasty. The bread is beyond bakery fresh, I'll have to come back to Pottstown Meats for future episodes! You can check out their lunch menu here.
What's this over here?
Sleazy cheese alert! That cracker with the cheese face is freaking me right out!
Look at all the stuff over here! And as I look at the microwave, I just thought of a new thing to do in these episodes and that is to look inside the microwave and see how clean or dirty it is inside of there. Let's go and take a look...
Wow, this is cleaner than Mr. Cleans's left earlobe! Nice work Suzi Davis Travel, color me impressed!
Check out this tray with Mr. Peanut sledding sown a hill with some hapless eek-a-geek peanut running behind him. Mr. Peanut has always disturbed me. He wears a monical and walks with a cane. Yeah, what a great snack mascot, he's half blind and crippled. I guess what I'm trying to say here is: "Go straight to hell Mr. Peanut!" Sheesh!
Let's see what's in the Suzi Davis Travel fridge...
Wow, it's jam-packed in here! Look at that container up top with the pink liquid in it. Is it just me or does that stuff look like liquid Ebola or what? Let's just slowly shut the door and walk away!
After lunch I wandered over to Patty's desk. Patty's a travel consultant here and one of the reasons I wanted to stop in here was I was curious as to who uses a travel agency when you can just book your own stuff online these days. Patty explained that since Suzi Davis Travel has been in business since 1975 they've built relationships with more hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise ships and anything else travel-related than you can imagine. They can get you rates and deals built upon real human relationships and business dealings that have been developed through the years. Check out all the deals on their website and you may never want to book another vacation from a company that uses a former fake star fleet commander for their spokesman again!
For the final photo of this episode of "Can I Eat My Lunch In Here?" I managed to get a group photo of most of the women of the Peoria office of Suzi Davis Travel. From left: Tiffany, Lee Ann, Brenda, Heidi, Patty and Janet. Missing in action is my friend Sheila Maher who works for Suzi Davis Travel out of her home. When I asked the ladies how Sheila got such a sweet deal, they didn't say much, but their collective body language echoed what I said to Mother Nature earlier in this episode. Anyway, HI Sheila! And thanks to all the friendly and pretty women of Suzi Davis Travel for putting up with me and letting me eat lunch in their lunch room! We'll see you all tomorrow!
Bonus Great Nephew Alert!
Yesterday I became a Great Uncle! I like to feel I’ve always been a great uncle, but now it’s official as my niece Mary Beth gave birth to a baby boy yesterday! She and her husband Matt are the proud parents of Steven Mathew “Tupac” Segebart pictured below. Congratulations and lots of love to Mary Beth, Matt and young Tupac!