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Philly in Photos 2

Sunday we slept in late. I took some time in the morning to read my newest selection, The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. I am only 80 pages in and already hooked. My goal for 2011 is to read 25 books and so far I have finished two.

After our lazy start, we went for tea at the Rittenhouse Hotel. It’s a spectacular and classy old hotel in Philly. Kel and I always try to do one event where we get to dress up when we visit each other, so afternoon tea at a nice hotel has been on our list for a while. The Rittenhouse did not disappoint. The tea service was $25, and well worth it. They allowed you to take your time to enjoy the atmosphere and chat. We sat there for hours and slowly enjoyed our indulgence. The afternoon tea service included:

Assorted finger sandwiches, black currant scones, and assorted pastries.

Close-up of the sandwiches.

Your choice of a pot of tea.

I choose vanilla and it was so soothing.

After tea, we wasted time in the  mall until Kelley’s non-profit had a meeting. I picked out some new measuring cups and a food container in a cute kitchenware store. We went to Kel’s meeting and then after, I was so hungry, I vetoed us making us dinner. Instead, Kelley introduced me to a local favorite: Wawa. Not the healthiest choice on our parts, but the tuna sub was yum.

Today, we didn’t have much time before I caught the bus. We stopped by the Whole Foods and hit up their salad bar and shopped around a little. I picked up some Siggi’s that will make an appearance in my breakfast tomorrow.

A big salad and a part of a bean buritto from Whole Foods.

Then it was off to the bus, NYC, and finally, Chris and Hadley. Thanks Kel for a great visit!

Philly in Photos Part 1

I just returned from a fabulous trip to Philadelphia to visit Kelley. Here is our  trip told mainly through photos:

Work let out early for the long weekend. I eagerly awaited the bus to come. Before boarding, I got the idea to create a “luggage pocket square” to mark which black suitcase was mine.

My luggage looked so dapper.

I took the Bolt Bus for the first time. I highly recommend it. The seats are all super comfy and there’s free wi-fi.

My chariot has arrived.

When I got there, Kelley and I decided it was time for dinner. Kel had scored a deal coupon for a local brew pub that she really enjoyed.

We started with a draft each,

Mine is the darker one.

shared a flat bread app, and I ordered the special: Spaghetti Squash Parmigiano. This is the first time I have ever seen spaghetti squash served as a main dish in a restaurant, so I had to try it out. It was amazing, and I thought the idea of preparing it Italian style was great. I think I will try to recreate this recipe on my own in the future. It was also so huge that the leftovers themselves were  heavy to hold!


We went back to Kel’s house – it was my first time seeing it and it’s really nice, especially her room which is full of her personality (and bunnies) – and exchanged holiday gifts.

A notebook laptop notebook cover! One of my gifts to Kel.

Over the knee socks. One of Kel's gifts to me. I'm wearing them now!

We started Saturday by visiting Reading Terminal Market. It’s a huge indoor market that reminded me of a mix between a farmer’s market and a flea market. It was basically incredible and it was hard to decide what to eat for lunch and what to buy to bring home. I recommend stopping by if you are visiting Philly.

Kelley bought everyone Amish-made pretzels for our dodgeball tourney.

Some produce I have never seen sold before.

I went with the Euro for lunch.

I wish we could have spent even more time at the market, but we had to make it to the dodgeball tournament Kelley’s non-profit organization was participating in. I haven’t played dodgeball since I was in elementary school. I learned several things: there is such a thing as a professional dodgeball player, professional dodgeball players can throw a ball really hard, when said ball is being thrown at you it is really scary, and all boys teams take no mercy on girls. We did our best.

When the tournament was over (we made it through the first rounds of the playoffs!), we went to a legit Mexican restaurant and nursed our black and blues.

Much needed. Adorable glass is just a bonus.

I choose fajitas, because they were one of the healthier options on the menu.

Kel and I ended the night with a Greek marathon – my current favorite show. Good weekend so far!

Working for the Weekend Trip

This weekend I am lucky enough to go visit my best friend from college, Kelley, in Philadelphia. I’m leaving tomorrow and will return on Monday. I will do my best to post from there, but seeing that I don’t want to lug my laptop to work and on the bus, I may not be posting until I get home. I promise lots of pics of all our fun activities – dodgeball tourney, pub visit, high tea, and more! – when I return. Have a great long weekend everyone!