Philly: Sunday Brunch At Beau Monde

My family and I were in Beau Monde on 6th and Bainbridge for brunch this weekend. Although it has been a few years since our last visit, walking through the curtains into the main floor felt familiar. I have a few fond memories of coming here including one special night when the man I had started dating gave me – point by point – all the reasons he was husband material. It worked – he convinced me – and years later, we were back for a small family celebration. This traditional Breton creperie was founded in 1998.  Not much…

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Philly: Chinese Lantern Festival

Last week, while driving down Vine Street, I spotted an unusual sight. It was a massive and colorful dragon sitting on Franklin Square. It turned out to be the centerpiece of the Chinese Lantern Festival, the first-ever of its kind in the Northeast, which debuts tonight. The dragon, along with illuminated flowers, panda bears, and lanterns will delight people of all ages until June 12. All photos below are from http://historicphiladelphia.org/chineselanternfestival/          

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When Pope Francis Came to Philadelphia

Philadelphia was graced by the visit of Pope Francis this past weekend. Although I did not get a chance to see him in person, watching and listening to him in the comfort of my home moved me nonetheless. I appreciated his gentleness, kindness, and humility. Philadelphia was in a rare form as well. Despite the influx of visitors from all over the world (unless you were in the heart of the scheduled events) the city has never been as quiet, still, and peaceful as it was during the Pope’s visit. The streets were open only to pedestrians and cyclists.…

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Philly Cheesesteak

Philadelphia is getting ready for Pope Francis’ visit next week. Banners, murals, and “special deals” (there was a cheeky sign “Look Dope for the Pope” in front of the salon I go to today) commemorating the Pope’s visit are everywhere. For non-Philly residents coming to the city for this monumental event, I found this article from the June/July issue of AFAR Magazine about one of the things this city is known for — cheesesteak.

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Philly: Terrain at Styers

We were out shopping this weekend for an outdoor planter to replace one that we bought from Terrain at Styers a few years ago. The planter will stay outdoors all year round and will have to be durable to withstand the cold and frost of winter and the heat of summer. I was hopeful to find an exact match to the planter that needed replacing but knew – with inventory tending to change each year to keep the selection fresh – that it would be unlikely.     Nevertheless, it’s always a treat to go to Terrain. A visit…

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Philly: Spruce Street Harbor

Source: Delaware River Waterfront I could not wait to visit Spruce Street Harbor when I first saw its beautiful canopy of lighs while driving on Delaware Avenue one night. Captivated at first sight, this waterfront paradise on Penn’s Landing has to be one of the most exciting things to happen to the city of Philadelphia. Open from May 22 to September 27 this year, there are so many things to see and do on the park including barges with seating and nets suspended over the water, floating gardens, hammocks galore, flea market, light and music shows. There are concession…

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Philly: Washington Avenue Green

There’s still a slight chill in the air but the days are definitely longer. The outdoors was calling so we went for a walk on Washington Avenue Green. It’s nice to be next to the water, tucked away from the zipping cars on Delaware Avenue, with views of the city and the ships. It’s definitely an urban scene with a promise of becoming a green oasis for walkers, joggers, and runners. In addition to the restoration work to make Washington Avenue Green a place for people to enjoy the waterfront, it is also the site of a historical study…

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Winter and Spring: The Philadelphia Flower Show

It was winter in Philadelphia and spring at the Flower Show. We met Simbala Drammeh, owner of Ti-a Baskets, and could not resist getting a couple of the colorful and functional handwoven baskets made by the indigenous women of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. Her company pays its weavers 23% above Fair Trade requirements per basket. We certainly did not need more baskets but we were drawn to Simbala’s story as an entrepreneur and the work that she’s doing to teach skills and create jobs for women in Northern Ghana. Photo Source: ti-a.com

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Philly: Sunday Brunch at Sabrina’s Cafe

Philadelphia is having its coldest weekend in twenty years but we decided to brave the chilly and blustery weather, walk several blocks with the wind blowing tiny icicles on our faces, for a hearty and delicious brunch at one of our favorite spots, Sabrina’s Cafe, in the Italian Market on 9th and Christian. We went early enough to beat the usual Sunday morning crowd but were still surprised to see the place already almost full with people who were apparently more determined and perhaps hungrier than us! My husband had the Huevos Rancheros while I had the Bella Vista…

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