I’m writing this from the comforts of our Mariott hotel while watching some HGTV 🙂 By the time you guys read this we will be in the comforts of our own home, but I wanted to write this while things were fresh in my head.
Since hubs is at his conference currently and I am tuckered out from walking around Downtown Philly I thought this would be the perfect time!
Our Philly adventures started yesterday (Wednesday) when we boarded a 5ish hour flight from the west coast to the east coast. It was pretty gloomy by the time we made it here and we were jet lagged between the time difference and the motion sickness meds.
We dropped off our bags in our room, got ready for the gym and did a quick 35 minute cardio session to help us feel a little more like ourselves. We still felt out of it, but returned to the room to shower and get ready for dinner!
We were both starving and ready for some food so we headed to Barbuzzo. We were seated immediately and soon realized it was a tapas type place.
We ordered the Artisanal cheese board and their steak dish. The Artisanal cheese board covered everything from soft cheeses to harder types of cheese and had varieties of jams as well. It all came with this large seeded cracker and some bread!
The steak was topped with some fun greens and cooked medium rare, I think. It was good, but ended up just being steak, if that makes sense.
We walked around and found the love sign so obvi had to stop and take a picture! There was the cutest pair of baby sisters posing for pictures for their mom. I had momentary baby fever just looking at them!
We look so spacey and exhausted here!
It was cold and windy and we are not about that life so we walked swiftly back to the hotel, immediately got cozy and climbed into bed. We watched some TV while falling asleep.
We woke up the next morning with a little more energy and feeling more like ourselves. We decided to grab coffee and breakfast at the Starbucks in the lobby. We both got coffees (I got hot and he got iced), a spinach feta egg white wrap, and sous vide egg whites.
This breakfast held us over for our workout, shower, and prepping the booth for B’s conference.
We headed to lunch at Reading Terminal Market. It reminded me a bit of Grand Central Market in LA or Pikes Place in Seattle. It’s filled with food (prepped and grocery), places selling bags/clothes, and bakeries. It was brimming with people when we went, but the group divvied up to grab food and meet up.
B and I got chicken shawarmas and a smoothie. It can be really hard to get in fruits and veggies during travel and we had the intention of getting a salad with lunch, but it wasn’t possible without making multiple stops and with long lines-nobody got time for that!
Our smoothie had spinach, carrot, mango, strawberries and raspberries. It was not super sweet, but delicious and nutritious.
While the gang headed to their conference I decided to go exploring. I found a cloth and textile museum and took a short walk to get there.
I learned a little bit, but it was a pretty small museum. It was still cool to check out and the lady that works there told me the building had been there for 40 years!
Post museum I wanted to go back and check out Reading Terminal Market. I love wandering around places like this and being able to check it out at a leisurely pace. This time around I bought a couple of dessert items.
My first stop was Flying Monkey that had some yummy looking cupcakes and whoopee pies. I was intrigued by a few of the whoopees and decided to go for a couple.
I asked for suggestions and she recommended mango passion fruit and the original. I had been eyeing the mango passion and I figured the original would be a good starting point.
I also got a chocolate chip cookie from 4th Street Cookie Company. Apparently this place was on the Food Network!
I headed out to see more of Downtown and checked out TJ Maxx and Marshalls while being out and about. I saw Wawa which I heard has good sandwiches and is a great little convenience store.
I also spotted some cool murals!
After walking around I was pretty beat and headed back to the room which is where I’m at right writing this post. I’m going to grab an apple to munch on and chill until it’s time for dinner!
Hubs came back from conference and we sat around figuring out dinner. We decided on a Mediterranean spot, but a few steps in we decided on Luke’s.
They are highly rated on Yelp and are supposed to have delicious lobster rolls so we walked on over. The place was completely empty when we got there. It was a little odd coming from LA and having anything be empty-especially something so highly rated.
We ended up ordering a couple of their sampler’s which comes with a mini lobster, crab, and shrimp roll plus a side. We got a slaw for one and chips for the other. They were good, but nothing I would return for.
After this we wanted to see the Rocky stairs so we walked 40 minutes to get to the stairs. Philly is such a beautiful city with such gorgeous architecture. These pictures don’t even do the buildings any justice, but I had to try.
Once we got to Rocky we had to obviously take some pics with him 🙂
We also went up the stairs that Rocky climbed…
Plus some more stairs that were a little further off to reach the very, very top 😉
We sat and reminisced and enjoyed the cool winds until I got to chilly and was ready to head back home. The sun had set so our walk back was much cooler than our walk there. We got back to the hotel and had our desserts that I picked up earlier.
The cookie-just okay sadly! The whoopee pies were good-the original was the best and the mango passion fruit was, again, just okay.
We climbed in bed and planned our days in NY so we’re a bit more organized for where we will be and make the most of our time there.
AND that concludes our first couple of days in Philly! I’ll be back with more as soon as I can!
Have you been to Philadelphia or live in Philadelphia and have any recommendations for food? Let’s chat in the comments!