Philly: Brunch, Garden, and Stroll @Philadelphia Rail Park

My oh my, July is almost over and we have one month of Summer 2018 remaining.  I do hope that summer (or the mid-year) is going wonderfully for you.  Things are humming along nicely in our small corner of the city.  My husband was away for an entire week and when he came home yesterday, we went to Café La Maude for a late brunch.  We’ve often walked by this restaurant on our way to another good brunch place – Honey Sit and Eat – and it was often busy with a line of people waiting to be seated.

Café La Maude, which Philadelphia Magazine dubs “a brunch specialist” serves French and Lebanese influenced cuisine in a setting that is meant to give an authentic Parisian café feel.  My husband went for the Le Chef omelet made of egg whites, hummus, black beans, avocado, pico de gallo, and fried cauliflower and I chose the Beiridge with quinoa, barley, freekeh, oats, sahlab, orange blossoms, coconut milk, mixed nuts & blueberries, topped with drizzled honey.  We thought that the menu selection, flavors, and service were pretty good.

Brunch, Philadelphia

Right next door to the café is City Planter – a storefront in a converted old warehouse for all plant lovers out there.  My husband patiently indulges my need to stop and browse in any and every garden place that has popped up in the city such as the Urban Jungle or Field Plant and Supply.

Last and not least on our “Saturdate” itinerary – one that my husband came up with – was a stroll (we entered through Noble and Broad Streets) along the completed Phase 1 of Philly’s new urban elevated green space – the Rail Park .  The quarter-mile path with trees, plants, benches, and huge swings opened to the public on Thursday, June 14.  I am so excited to see the completion of the The Rail Park’s vision of revitalizing three miles of what once was abandoned rail lines into a beautiful, usable, public space for our city.

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