May 12, 2015 § 2 Comments
Philly, you will always have a special little place in my heart, even if we were to move a million miles away, I'd still love you and think of you often. Especially the food. Oh, the food.
Me and my husband have always made our dates about good food. Ever since we were dating, we were excited to finally be able to experiment with food, and after growing up in a rural area where TGI Fridays are considered fancy, we could choose to indulge ourselves with an incredible meal. We've essentially eaten our way through Philly, and what I love more that anything, is that we never seem to run out of amazing new spots to try.
Whether it's super fancy, or casual bars with some kick-butt food, Philly has literally got it all, I swear. If you live around Philly and haven't tried some of the amazing eats it has to offer, well shame, shame, I know your name.
This past weekend I had something crazy, and totally unexpected happen – I three days off in a row. Amazing, I know. I'm still basking in the glow of it.
Saturday, Frank and I decided to spend the day together and enjoy the city. We quickly realized that going anywhere past Broad street was pure mayhem. Between the Rittenhouse Festival, and all the events at the Art Museum, it was crazy. But that's fine with us, because we adore East Philly. Walking through Old City always feels like I'm at home, and I think it may always feel that way to me.
We had lunch at Revolution House. We sat on the roof deck and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I had grilled cheese, he had a cheese steak (which he snagged a bite of before I had a chance to snap a picture. I don't blame him at all though, it smelled amazing). Our food was delicious, the view was lovely, and the service was great. I spotted several diners around us with delicious looking drinks that still have me kicking myself for not getting one (next time, though).
After lunch we wandered through Society Hill. If you ever see two kids in their mid twenties walking around society hill, pointing and commenting on all the of the historic architecture, well, that's us. We're geeks.
We were excited because we were finally able to grab a tour of the Physick House, which we've been wanting to do for some time, but it always seemed to be closed when we were around.
It was lovely, and interesting. We were lucky to get on a tour with only two other ladies, so it was intimate. They have so much of the family's original furniture too, which is fascinating. I also loved getting to meet the great great (great great great?) grandson of Dr. Physick which actually lives in the house today!
After the tour we did a little more walking, and got some drinks and relaxed a bit. PS - if you're ever in the area and looking for your coffee fix, I love Menagerie Coffee, although Old City has plenty of other great cafes as well.
I've talked about before how I feel Old City has some of the best small boutiques in the city, and I still stand by it. So, of course, I couldn't help popping in Art in the Age while I was in the area.
Last time I was in I wanted to check out their Warby Parker collection, but it was pretty packed. I was lucky this time though, and the shop was nice and quiet. I went ahead and tried on basically every pair, and fell in love with the ones below. I'm thinking I definitely need to order them, right?? Besides my obsession with a new pair of glass, I just always love to check out what brands and artist's their carrying currently, because they're always interesting.
I need to stop and mention something here, my husband has a killer talent for finding the best places to eat. Seriously, don't ever give me credit for finding the good food, because it's always him. While I was goofing around in the shops, he found our dinner spot.
How to explain Pizzeria Beddia? The whole operation seems to be two guys – one makes the pizza, the other takes the orders. They don't have a phone, they don't deliver, and they only make so many. You come in, you pay cash, and they tell you when your pizza will be ready. It was a Saturday night, and we got there around 6:30 and we're told to come back at 7:40 for our pizza. It's not fast food, it's not convenient food, but it's damn good pizza. Pardon my french.
They have two standing tables to eat at if you really want to dig right into your pizza there, but instead we grabbed some drinks from the grocery store across the street (which also looked pretty amazing, and I could see myself wandering around in and spending too much money at someday), and headed to one of the parks on water. We grabbed a bench, and munched on our pizza. The cheese, by the way, is just plain incredible, I may dream about it for weeks. We made some doggie friends, and were greeted by some unexpected, but totally welcomed, fireworks.
I couldn't complain if I tried.
February 16, 2015 § Leave a comment
Philly is such a great city. It's literally packed with a ton of absolutely incredible restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, and cafes. Not to mention the shopping, all the history of the city, and some really fun tourist attractions and parks. Even after living there, and spending a large amount of days off in the city, we still are always finding new things to do, restaurants to try, or going back and revisiting some of our favorites.
I know that sometimes the hardest part of planning little day trips are figuring out what to do, so I decided I would start blogging about some of our little adventures (or sometimes just mine:) when we visit. Hopefully these posts will give you some inspiration if you live in the area and are looking to change things up, or if you're just visiting and maybe looking for other things than just want you'll find on the basic tourist websites. I also love the idea of just doing it for myself to be able to look back at all the fun things we've done!
On Valentines Day Frank flew back in from a job he was away for, so he suggested having lunch in the city and making our own little dinner that night. I loved that idea! Personally, I'm not huge on going out for dinner on Valentines Day. Restaurants are always packed and most do specific (more limited) menus. I just don't feel like I get the true experience of the restaurant on days like that. But lunch is a much more relaxed affair.
Pub and Kitchen sits only a couple blocks away from Rittenhouse, but in a spot with a much more neighborhood feel to it. It was lightly snowing as we walked up to the painted brick exterior and turned the charming little antique door knobs. The bar is clearly a main attraction of the space, and it greets you immediately. We sat at a quaint little table between several other couples right off the bar. I love that their brunch menu (which is only served on the weekends) includes a good mix of breakfast and lunch and isn't just heavy on one or the other. Of course, I couldn't resist getting actually breakfast, and Frank tried one of their burgers. For how busy this little place was, our food actually came out fairly quickly. Frank let me steal some of his fries, which made me kind of wish I just had a whole plate of them. I love those shoe-string extra crispy fries like they have! Yum yum yum.
I was glad we had come at the end of the brunch rush though, since it was quite loud when we first got there, but quieted down as we ate. It's definitely a place I would go back from brunch to again though, my eggs and bacon were especially delicious, and I would love to try a burger too. It's also in a pretty great spot too, since it's not right in the middle of the Rittenhouse craziness finding a parking spot wasn't too bad (which is always something to consider in Philly!).
Termini Brothers Bakery is one of those places that just oozes with vintage charm. From the old school neon sign that greets you a block away, to the antique counters piled with traditional Italian sweets. Since we decided to make our own Valentines dinner we thought we would treat ourselves and bring home dessert!
This was our first time at Termini's and decided to go right to their flagship store in south Philly. Of course, the whole feel of the store stole my heart, with its original tiled floors and tin ceiling. We did a lap around the bakery to survey the goodies, and I had a hard time deciding between their amazing looking Tiramisu or a cupcake. But it was Valentines Day after all, so how could I pass up something covered in pink and red and topped with a heart? Frank got a slice of their classic cheesecake, and while one of the sweet girls was ringing us up an older man insisted we take one of their unique chocolate covered bananas, on the house. Needless to say, everything was delicious and had that perfectly unique Italian bakery taste. I was actually a little scared to try the banana, but it ended up being amazing! Color me smitten.
Since it was snowing, we headed home to enjoy a quiet Valentine together, but I've already been thinking up a long list of things I can't wait to do this summer and new places I want to try! Oh summer, come a little faster, won't you?
July 8, 2013 § 1 Comment
Even though we no longer live in Philly, and it's a little under and hour away, we definitely still consider Philly "local" and I feel like it will always feel like another home when we're there. We try to take my best friends kids there every year or two for a little fun and since they're whole family is moving to Haiti this summer we decided to pack our day full this year. We had so much fun, and it got me thinking of all the great places in Philly I love, and thought I'd share some of my favorites!
Some fun tourist-y things…
Top of City Hall – this is so much fun! You can literally stand right underneath giant William Penn and see the entire city.
Philadelphia Museum of Art – One of my favorite places, I could just wander around all day.
The Franklin Institute – My husband's favorite! Also, the kids too. Even if you're not huge into science stuff it's really fun and interesting.
Franklin Square – It may not be as big or famous as Rittenhouse and Washington Square (both lovely parks, by the way) but it's my favorite. Not only is it just plain adorable, but you can sit at one of the tables by the fountain and munch on some Square Burger, putt at the miniature Philly mini golf, and there's a gorgeous carousel too. And it's just a short walk from the National Constitution Center too!
Favorite places to eat…
Honey's Sit and Eat – We just recently started coming here on mornings we're in the city, but it's easily our favorite place for breakfast now!
Franklin Fountain – If you're in the city during the summer you must stop and get ice cream! Yes, the line will probably be out the door, but I promise it's worth it:)
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse – My favorite for a super-fancy splurge dinner. You look right over the park, and all the food is amazing. Of course, my husband's more fond of Smith & Wollensky, which is just downstairs – both are great though, it's just a matter of preference.
Elixr – So glad my friend introduced me to this place! It's right around the corner from the Starbucks that's close to Rittenhouse Square, so it's nice to have an alternative that is way better then the same old Starbucks.
Favorite place to shop… Old City! It's our old neighborhood, so I'm biased, but there are a ton of adorable little shops. Rittenhouse area and Broad street are good if you want the fancy big stores, but Old city is all local-owned stores, and they're all really different and adorable. Most of them are on 3rd street but there's also a few on 2nd and also Market.
Favorite street… Elfreth's Alley. The oldest street in Philadelphia. It's short but packed with neat old homes people still live in today. A coincidence it's also in Old City? maybe…
Favorite place to people watch… Rittenhouse Square takes the cake for that one. Last time I was there there was a man slopping paint on another mans back while he layed on the sidewalk, he then proceeded to tell all the passersby that it was his masterpiece. There's plenty of interesting people to be had!
So there's just a few of my favorite things in the city. Philly is such a great place though, even after living there and going there regularly for a long time we still are always finding new things we want to do, and there's always great new places to eat at too. Like I said, I think it will always feel like my second home:)
If you've been before or are local I'd love to hear your favorites!
June 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
Me and my sister's first jobs were both in this little village of stores. I worked at the coffee shop and she worked at The Hope Chest, this cute little botique that sold all sorts of girly jewelry and hangbags. It was so much fun to work so close to each other. We'd visit each other on slow days. I have a lot of really fond memories of running over fresh cookies or cappuccinos to her, or when she'd bring me the new magazines and catalogues.
Unfortunately my little coffee shop closed so (so sad!), but over the last year The Hope Chest has moved to a beautiful new location and expanded to selling a lot more acceories as well as some really lovely and fun clothes too. Kim, who owns the shop, invited me to come in and take some photos and try on some clothes this week and I couldn't resist having my sister come out too. Even though we stop in and see the shop whenever we can it was still a nice little reunion and we had way too much fun trying things on and hanging out in the shop!
The area that in South Jersey we live in you mostly just find malls and Wal-marts so it's great to see an amazing small business like this growing! I really think it's exactly what we need. I look up to Kim so much for everything she's accomplished with it, she's definitely a huge inspiration to me!
(All clothes and products from The Hope Chest)
May 30, 2013 § 2 Comments
The Devon Horse Show is one of the few places where "country fair" means shopping at a miniature Anthropologie, eating gourmet tea sandwiches for lunch, and a ladies hat contest that makes you feel like you're attending a royal wedding. It's also one of the few places that has totally unique horse classes where kids hunt teams are encouraged to "bribe" the judges and ride in full costumes (my favorite team this year was the Powderpuff girls who's horses each had flouresent colored hair to match their costumes). I just adore it. Me and my mom (that's her in her adorable hat by the fence!) spend all year talking about it now. It's aboslutely something to add to your "bucket list" if you're a horse lover:)