Philadelphia Day 4

Good morning, afternoon, night whatever it might be!

It’s Saturday afternoon here in Philly as I’m writing this and we just got done with lunch, but to catch you guys up I haven’t done too much today πŸ™‚

We started off with our usual Starbucks. I still haven’t drank the green juice by the way, but always need all the beverages!

20190420_084433

We opted to work out later in the day when hubby gets done with his conference instead of waking up early. We were needing some sleeping in-we were feeling rough!

He went to conference and I decided to catch up on reading blog posts and editing some of my own. I got restless like I tend to do and did a HIIT session in the room. I thought I would be good with using my own bodyweight for some exercises, but I think having used weights and resistance bands for so long-I definitely missed them.

Still got the heart rate up and fantastically sweaty! I cleaned up and realized I was feeling hungry. Remember that salad we ordered with our dinner last night? The spinach one? We took a couple of bites last night and brought the rest home. Excellent for me because I had a lovely nutrient dense snack.

20190420_121335

There was SO much spinach packed into this and I was so hungry I scarfed most of it down before stopping to think about taking a picture. Sorry about the half eaten mess you get to see!

Mid eating the spinach salad hubs texted asking if I would like to grab lunch! Heck yeah I would! Not gonna lie, I was mostly just ready to see him and hang out.

We went to Hershel’s Deli which is in Reading Terminal Market which is a few steps away from our hotel πŸ˜€

20190420_125749

We got a corned beef reuben and a pastrami sandwich. It came with pickles on the side and we got a diet Dr. Browns cream soda to drink. We couldn’t find seating anywhere so in order to eat and get hubby back as quickly as possible we ate in our hotel room.

That worked out pretty well since we had some jalapeΓ±o kettle chips ready for sandwiches in our room.

YOU GUYS! These sandwiches were so incredible! I preferred the corned beef and hubby loved the pastrami. I could only get through my half of the corned beef so we still have a pastrami half in our fridge. I have a feeling we will be munching on that post workout πŸ˜‰

Also, I have never had any Dr. Browns, but this diet cream soda was very sweet and very delicious! I need to find this on Amazon or something.

I’m going to get back to my Love It or List It on HGTV until our workout!

We ended up working out and heading back to our room for a shower and packing session. We head to NY tomorrow (Sunday) so our plan is to do some laundry here and pack up our things tonight so we can have a pleasant train ride over to the Big Apple.

We went to dinner with one of B’s coworkers and her hubby plus a couple of other friends of theirs. We went to a cool little Chinese spot that was recommended by one of the friends who lives in Philly.

I got absolutely no pictures, but the food was incredibly delicious and I enjoyed every bite-we got cumin lamb, mapo tofu (which I had been wanting to try), sesame noodles, a spicy chicken dish, and I can’t remember anything else, but there was a LOT of food!

We walked back to our hotel with everyone and then decided we needed something sweet. B and I decided to check out Mango Mango which was in the same area as the Chinese spot so we walked back!

We were seated immediately and I ordered a mango crepe cake and B ordered a mango strawberry sundae which had so many delicious things like mango and lychee. We walked back home to wrap up laundry and head to bed!

20190420_23315120190420_233204

We were up pretty late so needless to say we were pretty exhausted the next morning. I’ll save our NY trip for another post! I’m hoping to get it written and up soon so bear with me till then!

What’s your favorite Chinese food dish? Share it with me in the comments!

Philadelphia Day 3

I’m only writing this by itself because my last Philly post seemed like it went on forever!

We started this morning off with workout and then Starbucks. I’m pretty sure I was only half functioning till then anyways! I needed all the beverages-green juice, coffee and unseen water.

Post breakfast B showered and headed to his conference. After he left I showered and then proceeded to catch up on emails and life while watching HGTV.

I looked up some Philly cheesesteak spots in the area and even watched a YouTube video about them.

The universe must have lined up because when B came back for lunch break he announced that one of his fellow peeps had suggested a cheesesteak spot. I had not heard of this one, but was excited to try it regardless!

With a name like Ishkabibble’s you don’t know what to expect, but after a 30 minute walk we were greeted with some pretty delicious smells.

Hubs and I shared a cheesesteak with whiz and onions. We also got two tossed salads. I am not an iceberg fan, but I needed some green in my life! I did not get a pic, but it was iceberg, carrots, tomatoes and onion with Italian dressing.

It was a delicious cheesesteak. All the cheese whiz and onions melted into the steak…this is what the cheesesteak guy on YouTube must have been talking about.

I never thought I would be a cheesewhiz fan, but I am a true believer in trying anything once (sometimes twice-just to be sure πŸ˜… ) and trying it the way it was intended before branching out.

I’m still not sure I would eat cheese whiz on the regs, but this is one way I would eat it again without batting an eye.

We walked back to the hotel so hubs and friends could head back to the conference. I dropped by the hotel and headed back out to explore more of thd area.

I won’t lie after 20 minutes I was hot and uncomfortable so I headed back. Lucky for me I saw this gorgeous mural and took a pic that does it absolutely no justice.

Post mural walking I hung out in the lobby writing this post. When B got done there was a little mingling event that we went to. It was starting to sprinkle outside so lucky for us the event was in the hotel!

After chatting it up we needed to eat! We headed out to Cleavers and the rain started coming down. Lucky for us the walk was a “short” 15 minutes, the rain made it feel longer. Honestly, we were just happy it wasn’t cold and raining. By the time we got there we were giddy and ready for food!

20190420_093231

They have cheesesteaks, salads, fries, and dessert so obviously we had to get one of each πŸ˜‰

Hubby ordered their meaty 1lb cheesesteak, spinach salad, garlic parmesan waffle fries, and a chocolate cake. I could not even finish that cheesesteak and I took out half the meat! The fries were garlicky and delicious, the salad spinachy and refreshing, and the cake was moist and chocolatey mmmm…

20190419_201421.jpg

We walked back to the hotel and popped into a couple of stores on the way to browse around, but thankfully the rain had calmed down to a sprinkle.

We watched some basketball games that were on while getting ready for bed. We stayed up until I simply couldn’t keep my eyes open for another second and that my friends concludes day 3!

 

 

Philadelphia Day 1&2

I’m writing this from the comforts of our Mariott hotel while watching some HGTV πŸ™‚ 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!

20190417_182438

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.

20190417_183942

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!

20190417_192235_1555775612449

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.

20190418_090913

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.

20190418_120758

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!

20190418_121341

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.

20190418_135043

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.

20190418_150129

I also got a chocolate chip cookie from 4th Street Cookie Company. Apparently this place was on the Food Network!

20190418_150047

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.

20190418_135803

I also spotted some cool murals!

20190418_142015

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!

20190418_152818

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.

20190418_180630

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 πŸ™‚

20190418_192605

We also went up the stairs that Rocky climbed…

20190418_192907

View from the top

Plus some more stairs that were a little further off to reach the very, very top πŸ˜‰

20190418_193130

View from the very top πŸ˜€

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!