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!


27 thoughts on “Philly’s More Fun When You Sleepover”

  1. Karen says:

    Looks like you had a great weekend! Its hard to believe that it has been one year since we were running around Philly at HLS!

  2. Kate says:

    I went to school at UPenn so it was fun to see your recap! I think Fare must be new…haven’t heard of it, but looks awesome. Definitely love Farmicia and Reading Terminal. Also a big fan of all of the Starr restaurants.

  3. All of your meals look so great! I love that black and white dress too…so cute!

  4. Melissa says:

    Looks like you two had a wonderful time! Loved this recap, as I’m heading up that way to run the Philly Marathon in November. Will definitely need to check out the Reading Terminal Market while I’m in town!

  5. Marilyn says:

    Looks like you had a great time! I enjoyed reading your recap.

  6. aw, how cute is your “going out” story?! Adorable, thanks for sharing 🙂 looks like a fun weekend in philly! those avocado crab cakes look especially tasty!

  7. Cait's Plate says:

    Everything looks so delicious! Club Quarters is where I always stay in Boston, I’m always so happy with it – both in price and accommodation! Glad you had a great weekend!

  8. tempesst says:

    you are so cute! i love your black & white dress

    1. Lauren says:

      Aw, thanks! 😉

  9. I am so glad you guys had a good time! We were at the game Friday and it was just awful…seriously Phillies, where are you?!
    Jealous you went back to Farmacia! Great memories and great food from there last year!!!

  10. jessie says:

    What a fun-filled anniversary getaway. It looks like you guys had such a great time.. eh i’m so happy for the two of you

    1. jessie says:

      please let me know if you got the rest of my comment.. bc I’m not seeing it anywhere 🙁

      1. Lauren says:

        Hey Jessie,
        I think I go it. Was this your comment?
        “What a fun-filled anniversary getaway. It looks like you guys had such a great time.. eh i’m so happy for the two of you”

        1. jessie says:

          Well that was part of it, haha. I also had added in about the phillies. I’m not sure what’s going on w/ them right now, but the hubs and I are not happy. Here’s to hoping that with my gorgeousss utley and howard back they’ll pick it up. Hopefully these couple days off will help them, and maybe they’ll realize hey if we want to have any hope at playoffs still, we better win the 2nd half of the season lol.

          1. Lauren says:

            Oh I know! I can’t even talk about the Phillies right now. I just want this season to be over. At least Utley was nice to look at. 🙂 Always a good reason to see a game.

          2. jessie says:

            Mmmm that he is girl 🙂 haha… The hubs and i both can’t get over that for once the PIRATES are having a better season.. i mean what!!!

  11. Looks like you had a fabulous weekend; I love Philly!

    Ugh, the Phillies… My husband told me I can’t be a fair-weathered fan, though, so I’ve gotta stick by them! 🙂

    I’ve never been to the Reading Terminal Market, but it looks amazing & I really want to check it out!

    1. Lauren says:

      Yes, I know we need to stick it out but I just want this season to be over already.

      Oh wow, you have to check out Reading. It’s such an unreal experience.

  12. Katie says:

    Happy anniversary! What a fun weekend. Loved following it on Instagram!

  13. What a great weekend!!! Your eats at the Fare look amazing…all of my favorites in one place. Living in Jersey, I’m thinking we may take a trip there just to try that restaurant.

    Happy Anniversary! Ours is today. 🙂 One date, and we haven’t been apart since.

    1. Lauren says:

      Happy Anniversary to you as well! 🙂

  14. Lisa says:

    That sushi looks like the best! I love your dress, cute outfit! I just love your relationship story, that is so cute haha. Sounds like you had a super fun weekend! Happy Anniversary to the both of you!

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks so much Lisa! 😉

  15. What a fun way to celebrate your dating anniversary! John originally asked me to be his girlfriend on April Fools Day. Thankfully it was for real. Haha!

  16. Leah says:

    Hi Lauren,

    Can I ask how you do your curl/flicks in your hair, it always looks lovely!

    1. Lauren says:

      Aw you are so sweet! I actually had my stylist teach me this so many times before I learned how to do it myself. It’s not really hard once you get the hang of it but it takes a little practice. I use a 1 in curling iron, section it off and wrap my hair around the barrel so that it’s always curling away from my face. It’s all in how you hold the iron. I should probably just do a tutorial sometime because it would be so much easier to show you rather than try to explain. 🙂

      1. Leah says:

        Aww thank you for trying to explain hun, i think i understand what you mean about twisting it away from your face. A tutorial would be great if you get the chance to do it :-). Thanks again Lauren xxx

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