hanging 1 more day here in the tri state area (in my mind anyway) . i have to spend it with my bff jen and the streets of Philadelphia. it is love thursday why not spend it in the city of brotherly love? jen and i met years back far from the city, but now she and her hubs are city living. i will take advantage of her relocation and hop her new home. i was born, and for the most part, raised north of philadelphia. and even being so close my only exposure to it was as a teen to hit JFK and the Spectrum for concerts and a random sporting event (speaking of sports PROPS to the Phillies, new world series champions) other than that philly was a dark scary mystery of murder and mayhem and drugs, at least that is what the media always tells ya. so i never got to know it, it scared me, and i can now say what a shame. i went a few months back to spend a weekend there and wow. i even had my 2 little kids along and still , wow! we had SO much fun and even kid fun! city fountains and parks and carousels and museums and food (oh yessss the food)
so here are a few things if you are traveling in to philly you should take a look.
1- The Magic Garden. an urban fairy tale labyrinth of glass , sculpture and mosaics. the truly magical creations throughout the city by artist Isaiah Zagar.
2- Franklin Square Park to ride the carousel
3- the city fountain system, my 2 faves by far were the Swann Memorial Fountain (we waded in that one!!) and Washington Memorial Fountain
4- "art after 5" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, pack a picnic , bring some wine, bring the kids, and sit on the huge steps (yes the steps, the ones Rocky ran up) and enjoy free jazz and stroll the exhibits after 5pm on fridays. very cool.
5- outdoor summer concerts at the Mann, picnic basket, a blanket , the orchestra for only 10 bucks!
SO many historical sights to see many many more museums, sports venues a plenty, music, everything a big city has to offer.
now food. well being a PA girl, no one make a sandwich like philly. italians, philly cheese steaks, oh how i miss thee!!!! for real people, deep longing. beyond the philly cheesesteak a few faves for food for me are...
Dimitri's (byob) fabulous and more than reasonable and THE fluffiest hummus and fresh grilled pita bread and a plate of grilled octopus, i know, octopus??? yes really. so so good.
Monk's Cafe i had never been til my last trip and wow was i missing out. MUST order the steamed mussels with pomme frites. you get your very own pot of mussels, yes the pot, the fresh cut double fried fries come with their secret recipe bourbon mayo for dipping. let me tell you that stuff is pure heaven. no wonder it is a secret. i would spread it on anything and everything. i am not above licking the ramekin it comes in.
the Reading Terminal Market for just about ANYTHING you could want to eat. DiNics juicy pork sandwich highly recommend and Bassetts ice cream for dessert.
big cities are great for authentic ethnic foods of every variety, a giant melting pot of people = some of THE best food you will ever have. we had mexican take out that could set a fire alarm off it was so hot, good but wow.
and of course South Street for all your freaky fantasies.
this is more a jen and momma playlist (nights out dancing, local live bands) than a philly playlist, so here goes.....
1 word ECLECTIC
What i Got Sublime
Bust a Move Young MC (try not to dance i dare you)
Man in the Box not Possum Kingdom, both by our buddy mike moore's band, 3 Hour Tour. (nights at The Ugly Oyster in Reading or The Cemetery) (don't judge we are really good girls)
Laid by James **** this one i totally forgot about, Jen helped with with some tunes. the chorus, i can't stop singing it. i will jumping around all day today singing this song! love love love this jen.
Fly (by Sugar Ray ) but for us it was the best cover band EVAH, Green Eggs and Spam!!!!! wed nights at the Firehouse oh the good old days.. really good, really old, days.
Tangerine Speedo by Caviar (just because)
anything Ella (Fitzgerald) and Etta (James) 2 ladies of soul, throw in some Al Green, Dusty Springflield, Sinatra, & Black Crows, ok maybe that covers it..... and maybe not.
Tonya Brown aka Queen B (we miss you) awesome local jazz singer but passed away FAR too soon.
and a little song love for my philly friend, You've Got a Friend, i like Carole King's version best, but james Taylor is no slouch either, the words are beautiful."
any spots you love in philly?????
where should we go next?