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Reading Terminal MarketWe admit to being a little bit jealous of Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market. Sure, we’ve got some great city markets in Baltimore, but none of them compare to that 120-year-old smorgasbord in Philly. We turned even a little greener with envy after visiting the market’s recent $3.4 million renovation/expansion, which added a gleaming demonstration kitchen; a gourmet olive oil/vinegar outpost called the Tubby Olive; a fantastic German sausage maker, Wursthaus Schmitz; a spice/nut company, The Head Nut; and Valley Shepherd Creamery, which trucks in 8,000 pounds of milk three days a week from its New Jersey dairy to storage tanks in the market’s basement in order to make its cheeses on-site. Cheesemaking on-site! Several other vendors have shifted spots in the market, including venerable DiNic’s whose lines have only gotten longer since Adam Richman of Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food,” crowned its roast pork sandwich the Best Sandwich in America. C’mon, Lexington Market, are you listening? http://www.readingterminalmarket.org —Joe Sugarman

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