Philly’s More Fun When You Sleepover

by Lauren on July 8, 2012

We are back from a wonderful weekend from Philly.

Every year, Toly and I celebrate our “anniversary” of the date when we first started “going steady.”  The official day is July 10th and I can still remember the exact moment when he asked me to be his girlfriend.  It was the summer going into our senior year of high school and we had just started dating each other.  We had been best friends for ears but always had that underlying crush on one another. Anyways, one night towards the end of our junior year, he kissed me and it changed everything.  Now if he tells the story, he will say that I kissed him but to this day, we still argue over it.  Anyways, a few months went by and on July 10th, we were sitting in his room and he asked if I wanted to make our relationship official.  At 17, this was a big deal.  I said yes, and we’ve never parted since.

So if you never knew the love story behind me and Toly, there you have it!

Moving along….as I said, we always celebrate this date by going away or doing something fun and romantic together.  We’ve done Philly for a few years now and enjoy this little tradition very much.

Philly is only an hour and a half from us so it makes a nice overnight getaway where we can play in the city and then see a game.

We left late Saturday morning and arrived a little before noon to hit up the Reading Terminal Market for lunch.

We walked around for awhile before deciding on a place to eat.

Immediately, this little Mediterranean place caught my eye.

They had a “make-your-own” salad option that I was all over.

Spinach, beets, artichoke, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, chicken, hummus and balsamic.  I couldn’t have done it better myself.

After a few of you commented that Dinic’s Pulled Pork sandwiches were one of the best things to eat at the Market, Toly was happy to test out that theory.

We left the Market to check into our hotel. Toly and I usually stay at Marriotts when we travel for the reward points but we happened to find a good deal on a Club Quarters right in Rittnerhouse Square.

We were both impressed with the luxury room for such a great price.

We spent the rest of the afternoon doing some walking around and shopping.  It was brutally hot so we tried to stay mainly indoors and made sure to drink our faces off (in water).

Later on, we headed back to the hotel to get cleaned up for dinner.  I had done some tweeting a few weeks ago and asked what a good local/organic restaurant was in the city and was pleased with the recommendation of Fare from a fellow reader.

After checking out the menu online, I knew I was going to have a hard time deciding.

I contemplated my decision over a fresh mojito made with organic pineapple rum, coconut water, and thai basil.  It was refreshing and delicious!

While we waited, our waiter brought out fresh grilled pita and homemade hummus.  Ummm, this beats any bread basket!  Why don’t more places offer this?

I started with a salad that was on their specials menu.  Watermelon, arugula, feta cheese and ginger.  So delicious!

And for my entree, I decided on the Avocado Crab Cakes. All of the reviews we read confessed that these were one of the best things on the menu so it won me over.

They were amazing!  I shared one with Toly and he agreed.

We both loved this place so thank you all for the tip!

After dinner, we walked around seeking out some fro-yo. After a quick iphone check, I spotted one that was right down the street from our hotel so we made our way in that direction.  As soon as we walked up, I recognized that this place seemed so familiar and then realized it was the SAME exact fro-yo place I was at one year ago at The Healthy Living Summit.

See, here is me at this same place almost a year ago.

My bowl probably looked similar too.

After fro-yo, we tossed up the idea of going out for a few drinks but both decided we were pretty exhausted from the long hot day and decided to just call it a night.

This morning, we slept in and eventually got ready for breakfast.  I had grand plans to re-visit another location I was at during The HLS last year, Farmicia. When I found out that they served breakfast, I was ALL OVER that idea.

I loved this place when we went to dinner here last year and I loved it even more for breakfast this morning.

I chose the homemade granola and berries served with local yogurt.

And Toly went with the BLTE- bacon, lettuce, tomato, and egg on sourdough.

So good!  If you are ever in Philly, I highly recommend this place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu is sustainable fare with fresh, organic and local ingredients.  Oh and it’s always delicious!

We walked back to our hotel after breakfast, got ready and headed over to the field around lunch time.

I don’t really want to talk about The Phillies this year.  We are in a love/hate relationship right now.

Regardless, it’s still always fun to see a game.

Especially when beer and Planet Hoagie is involved.

I had the roasted turkey wrap which was just as good as usual.

We stayed for most of the game only to see them loose (big surprise) but called it a day before the top of the 9th.

On the way home, we stopped for a few groceries and grabbed some sushi at Wegmans for dinner.

Well that was quite a long recap but such a wonderful weekend that I didn’t want to leave anything out.

With all of the traveling I’ve been doing this summer, it was so nice to finally spend some of that traveling with Toly.  We’ve really been all over the place in different directions for the past few months so taking the weekend to enjoy each other was necessary and all together wonderful.

Off to start another full week.  Hope you all enjoyed your weekends!