Barbuzzo Budino Philadelphia

The Philly Dessert Guide – Cookies, Chocolate, Cannoli – Oh My!

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With all of my talk about how fantastic the Philly food (and dessert) scene is, I’d be remiss not to tell you how you can have a little bit of Philly love delivered to your doorstep any day of the year.  No need to wait for an occassion like Valentine’s Day (my Solo Traveler Anniversary […]

Yering Farm boutique wines

Why I’m Wine & Spirits Woeful in Pennsylvania

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On wine tours in the past few years around the world, I’m often asked if I’d like to buy wine to bring home with me.  For most people, this is an easy question.  For me, I just give the winemaker a sad puppy dog look and reply “Pennsylvania” and immediately they know and instantly feel […]

Metropolitan Bakery at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market – A Philly Food Favorite and Must Eat

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No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a visit to the Reading Terminal Market (tagline Fresh and Local Every Day) located in downtown Center City across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The market is one of the largest and oldest markets in the U.S. with its origin in 1892 as part of the Reading Railroad train […]

Barbuzzo Budino Philadelphia

10 Iconic Philly Foods – Pack the Stretchy Pants and Indulge!

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For a first time visitor to Philadelphia, you will be overwhelmed (and surprised) by the amazing Philly foods available 24/7 (the pretzel bakeries and cheesesteaks are great midnight or 3 a.m. treats).  I always joke to bring your stretchy (fat) pants but the good part is that all of the food (and drink) calories are […]

Urban Farmer Philadelphia Cheese Tray

Urban Farmer Philadelphia at The Logan Hotel – My New Philly Happy Place

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My friends often think me crazy when I get excited by a new restaurant or shop (Primark) that comes to Philly that I’ve experienced whilst traveling.  When I heard that Urban Farmer Philadelphia was making its steakhouse debut inside the new hotel, The Logan, I was pretty happy.  Both are Sage Hospitality properties with the […]

Soft Pretzel baking class

Baking the Bread – The Philly Soft Pretzel

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When I lived with my parents, I didn’t need an alarm clock on Saturdays, I would smell the freshly baked Philly soft pretzels that my dad would bring home, steaming hot from the pretzel bakery.  Years before I knew of calories counters, ingredient labels and generally all the stuff you didn’t really need to know, […]

FriFotos – If you can’t stand the heat….go get a tasty treat!

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The famous quote “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” immediately came to mind with this week’s FriFotos theme of “Heat”.  I’m taking a bit of liberty with the quote’s meaning to have some fun sharing my love of desserts around the world. With three trips in June and July, I […]

My Philly favorites: Cheesesteaks and the Cheesesteak Springroll

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Growing up in Philadelphia, the cheesesteak is as local a food staple as are the soft pretzel, tastykakes and hoagies (back before we counted calories).  I would accompany my mom first to the butcher shop to buy the sliced rib-eye meat and then to the local deli to pick up our Italian rolls (it’s all […]

Parc Philadelphia macarons

My Philly favorites: 5 Restaurants in Rittenhouse Square

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Philadelphia – You may know us for the history,  the Rocky steps (hey, there is an awesome Art Museum at the top of the steps so keep running to explore it!) or the cheesesteak (Jim’s on South Street please). In the past decade, our restaurant scene has exploded with so many options, that you could […]

My Philadelphia favorites: Main Line restaurants and shops

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The Merion Golf Club hosted the US Open last year bringing with it the celebrities of the golf world as well as thousands of fans and media to the small town of Ardmore, Pennsylvania (a suburb outside of Philadelphia).  Ardmore is one of many towns collectively referred to as “The Main Line“.  The Main Line is host to […]