One of the perks of living in an international neighborhood is well, international food. From Mexican, Italian, and Asian, south Philly pretty much can't be beat as far as authenticity goes..
50cent bunches of cilantro? no problem. 15 types of mint? thank you very much. cheap cheap shrimp? yes please.
With good authentic products comes good authentic cooking with good authentic flavor. After Otis and I tried out a new Chinese restaurant in search of quality pork dumplings and were HORRIBLY disappointed, I took upon myself to make my own dumplings the next day. Scary enough, mine had WAY better flavor than the ones made at the restaurant.
I still get a lot of stares perusing the aisles...I'm sure 6'2'' blondes aren't their usual regulars.