Way way back in June, when we were all at the HWS reunion, a little group of us agreed to meet up in Philadelphia. It took a few months to get it together, but last Friday, R. and I braved the rain and a completely clogged Lincoln Tunnel and made our way to Laura and Jeff's apartment in Philadelphia. They recently got engaged, so it was fun to congratulate them in person and see some friends we haven't seen in a few months.
Laura and Molly were nice enough to get us some tacos to eat when we arrived at around 10:30, and then after we all stayed up chatting a bit, Molly headed home and we went to sleep in Laura's living room. We woke up bright and early to greet Christine, who was coming in on an early train from Washington.
And then made our way to South Street Philly Bagel (I had an everything bagel with horseradish cheddar cream cheese and bacon, and wondered why I've never put bacon on a cream cheese bagel before - it was delicious!), and then to Ox Coffee, where we ate said bagels and enjoyed their coffee and their excellent bathroom decor:
We wandered around the Italian market, stopping in at Fante's, a great kitchen store where Laura is registered, and Molly's, a used book and record store.
Laura headed out for lunch with her future in-laws while the rest of us went to see Molly's apartment, which was gorgeous and right in the heart of the city. Molly is my fashion/decor/lifestyle idol, possibly against her will.
After resting there for a while, we headed to the Reading Terminal Market, where we got the best donuts ever at Beiler's, which also sells pickles and garlic cheese bread. The donuts were so light and fresh, and I chose mine based on which ones I watched get filled right in front of me. There was a line, but it moved quickly and the end result was worth the wait.
We also tried some really excellent cream cheeses at the Hatville Deli, and I probably would have bought some if there were an easy way to take them home. I never eat sweet cream cheese at home, so this has inspired me to try some here, too. They were very tasty on crackers!
After that, we met up with another HWS alum, Meghan, and checked out Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continually inhabited street in the US. I was really surprised to see some of the houses were for sale or rent - wouldn't it be fun to live there? We didn't have a chance to go into the museum there, but maybe one day. It was still a ton of fun to walk on the alley and see the beautiful houses and their lovely window displays.
After that, we were joined by yet another HWS alum (Philly is the place for HWSers, I guess!), Jenny, and we all walked up to Fishtown to check out some bars and restaurants there. Frankford Hall was probably my favorite of the night, with really tasty German treats and my favorite grapefruit beer still on top.
We hopped from bar to bar and restaurant to restaurant and generally enjoyed ourselves around town. Somehow, I woke up the next morning without a hangover. Ha!
The next morning, Laura made us all incredible Latvian crepes, which I probably enjoyed a bit too heartily, considering I was planning to meet up with more friends for brunch pretty soon after.
I met up with Alison, Leanne, and Sarah for brunch at Chhaya, where I enjoyed even more bacon and cream cheese. It was wonderful to meet Leanne's son (she was pregnant with him the last time I saw her) and we all had a really great brunch.
We closed out our time in Philly in Fishtown at the flagship La Colombe, which was gorgeous, and Pizza Brain, a fun little stop with good pizza and really great Philadelphia-style ice cream (pumpkin speculoos for the win!).
The weekend was over much too soon, but we had such a blast. Can't wait to come back soon!