The Philly I Love...
Living in New York I walk most everywhere I go, as I believe getting exercise while saving money on taxis and cabs is always a bonus. So when I travel I find it important to keep up the same healthy lifestyle, which means seeking out the best options in food, alternative/preventative healing, and exercise. It's intention like this that helps keep me balanced physically and mentally from day to day, no matter what I'm faced with, or where I'm facing it.
This is my walking journey through Philadelphia, PA... "The City of Brotherly Love" ❤️
I had the pleasure of eating the most amazing meals and meeting the most gracious people at these restaurants! If you get a chance to visit Philadelphia, be sure to stop by and say hi to the lovely people at these fine eating establishments... They all have delicious healthy choices to enjoy!
They have delicious gluten-free & wonderful vegan choices, including a yummy coconut green tea matcha that I love! 🍵 Thank you Kriti & @PureFare!
Dosas at Philadelphia Chutney Company! I loved mine so much though that I almost finished it before I took the photo!
I had the Portobello Mushroom, Spinach, Roasted Onion Dosa with delicious chutney... So so good!
"Dosa is an inexpensive protein-rich food that is also gluten free and has high concentrations of zinc, iron, proteins and amino acids." - LiveStrong.com
Eating Vegan at Charlie Was A Sinner
Charlie Was A Sinner was a heavenly find for tired feet and hungry tummies. That's why it was a perfect place to take my friend Jimmy, and his nephew Bram, to celebrate his first night out after becoming a proud new father!
They pride themselves on their small plates, which thankfully weren't so small and my fav, a vegan and gluten-free menu. Loved their Chickpea Angel Hair Pasta and Potato Gnocchi pictured below. Mouth watering!
Meet Jason Krantz, the wonderful owner of Healing Arts Community Acupuncture, that prides itself on providing "affordable acupuncture for everyone," and rightfully so! Jimmy had never had acupuncture before, so I was happy to treat him to his first experience at Healing Arts this trip. And of course I made sure to get a quick treatment too before catching the train back to the city!
The "City of Brotherly Love" has such a rich history and background, that you can walk through its streets and be continuously met with a fantastic historical story - but without a personal tour guide, you might not even know it! We made sure to take a day to explore Philly's streets and story, and a magical day it was...
This large lovely statue was one of our stops on our walking journey through Philly. It stands in solidarity in honor of Irish immigrants and is very moving to see in person.
"For the 150th anniversary of Ireland’s Great Hunger of the 1840s, Glenna Goodacre created this 30-foot-long bronze set in a park over I-95. With more than two dozen life-sized figures, the sculpture tells the story of the multitudes who died in the old country as well as the hundreds of thousands who crowded onto disease-ridden ships for the Great Migration to America." -VisitPhilly.com
Hearing Jimmy sing in the Temple, it was as if he were calling to the angels from the feet of Benjamin Franklin... 👼🏼 Grateful to have it on video to be able to share the magic with you. ✨
Had an enlightening time exploring and attending a service at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul. Fun fact, this is where Pope Francis visited in 2015! 🙏
Jimmy and I at the national landmark, Elfreth’s Alley - “Our nation's oldest residential street” - dating back to 1702! We met a nice millennial man who lives there now, and a little girl picking up pumpkin seeds who lived down the way. Bless their hearts.
"The State House bell, now known as the Liberty Bell, rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House. Today, we call that building Independence Hall. Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly Isaac Norris first ordered a bell for the bell tower in 1751 from the Whitechapel Foundry in London. That bell cracked on the first test ring. Local metalworkers John Pass and John Stow melted down that bell and cast a new one right here in Philadelphia. It's this bell that would ring to call lawmakers to their meetings and the townspeople together to hear the reading of the news. Benjamin Franklin wrote to Catherine Ray in 1755, "Adieu, the Bell rings, and I must go among the Grave ones and talk Politicks." It's not until the 1830's that the old State House bell would begin to take on significance as a symbol of liberty." -NPS.gov
There is something about mystery that just adds another layer of intrigue, isn't there? And of course the changing of seasons just beautifies this monument even further! 🙌
The Philadelphia City Hall... I recommend visiting it at least once at night, when its beautiful architecture is highlighted further by the spotlights framed against the dark night sky. Just lovely.