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15 Things Journey Women Taught Me About Philadelphia, USA

Evelyn Hannon

It's cool to be part of the Journeywoman Network because ... if you're a Journeywoman and you need any kind of special travel information all you need to do is ask all the other 68,000 women in our group. This time we asked about Philadelphia and this is some of what we learned ...

1. Michelle in Smithfield, USA writes ...
I grew up in Philadelphia. The city has much to offer visitors in terms of restaurants, cultural sites and other attractions. One resource that makes it easy is The City Paper, a free weekly indy newspaper that can be picked up around the city. There is also the Not For Tourists website which provides great insiders information. I personally recommend that other JourneyWomen visit Reading Terminal, an indoor farmers market that has a great history behind it. Also, GeeChee Girl Rice Cafe has great food although I must admit I am friends with the owners.

2. Jasmine in Toronto, Canada writes ...
One place I definitely recommend to eat (I am a natural nutritionist so I love food) is the Reading Street Market. It is sort of hidden in the convention centre area; I happened to stumble upon it. Inside this large market are rows and rows of individual vendors who sell things such as Amish made baked goods, delicious coffees, teas, fresh cream cheeses, or other cheeses, meats, sandwiches, old fashioned pickles and lots of other delicious foods! Click here.

3. Diane in Philadelphia, USA writes ...
For women who love fine arts, the new Barnes Foundation Museum is a must see for Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Dazzling new building in Philadelphia on Ben Franklin Parkway, and interesting and complex back story of epic legal battle to move collection from estate of founder Albert Barnes in Merion PA to central Philadelphia, breaking the covenants of Mr. Barnes' endowment. Information and tickets at www.barnesfoundation.org

I Heart Philly!

4. Terry in Washington, DC, USA writes...
Are you a vegetarian? Then you have to check out Vedge, 1221 Locust Street, in Philadelphia, PA. This is upscale vegetarian food (vegan, actually), so tasty and beautifully presented that even a carnivore would be happy. The restaurant is walking distance from the convention center. It's a bit of a splurge, but well worth it. Be sure to make reservations, or you could be looking at a long wait to get in. Website: www.vedgerestaurant.com

5. Sara in Lansing, USA writes ...
I grew up in Philadelphia and I definitely recommend the Eulogy Belgian Tavern located at 136 Chestnut St. They have a huge, wonderful beer list (over 300 choices), Belgian food (moules frites, etc.), and a very cool atmosphere. Check out their website: www.eulogybar.com

6. Diane in Philadelphia, USA writes ...
For dining, I recommend the White Dog Cafe near the University. They use only organic ingredients and the wines they serve come from organic vineyards. And, for those JourneyWomen who want a colonial tavern experience, make sure to try the wonderful City Tavern. Website: www.citytavern.com P.S. check out their award-winning children's menu. Impressive!

7. Roz in Chicago, USA ...
I recommend Noord restaurant (Scandinavian and American cuisine). You will have a wonderful dining experience. Chef owner JonCarl and his staff will make you feel at home whether you're with a group or by yourself. The food is spectacular and it is BYOB (bring your own wine). While the menu changes frequently because chef JonCarl makes great use of seasonal and local foods... here are some of his specialities -- all of which I have tasted ... (1) Bitterballen... (fried pork meatballs), nutmeg, mustard, salad. (2) Smorrebrod... house smoked fish & open faced sandwich board (changes daily), (3) Grilled Lamb Burger.Suriname curry, and (4) Amsterdam Style Mussels.beer-steamed, garlic, fennel, star anise, dried basil, house potatoes melted gouda, roasted tomato, greens, aioli, house potatoes.


Did you know?

Betsy Ross US Flag(1) Philadelphia is the birthplace of America's first-ever daily newspaper. "The Philadelphia Packet and Daily Advertiser" ran for six years, from 1784 to 1790.
(2) Philadelphia was where the first American Flag was designed, sewn by Betsy Ross out of her humble upholstery shop.
(3) Philadelphia is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States of America, and has one of the highest densities of haunted houses.

(Source: http://www.10-facts-about.com/Philadelphia)


My Fav Coffee Shop in Philly...

I Heart Coffee!

I love my neighborhood coffee shop. Nook is located at 15 So. 20th Street. Owned and operated by a warm and very interesting young couple, Mike and Edna always greet you by name and with a smile. Edna does all the baking in-house and also presents a delicious light, healthy menu. Mike manages the coffee and tea drinks. Located walking distance from the museums on the Parkway, it's a great place to start your day or to pause between activities. I often meet friends there, sometimes for a quick cup of tea and other times to knit or read. Nook is open Monday thru Saturday.
(Source: Susan in Philadelphia, USA)

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