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Good afternoon and happy Friday!ย 

The days of the week don’t mean too much to me nowadays since every day is like a weekend (be jealous but not too jealous…it gets old I promise).

But not every day feels like a vacation, however. Today definitely did though! I acted like a tourist and explored Philadelphia all day.

I was originally planning on waking up at the same time as Max (~7:30am) to go running while he heads off to work, but I had an insomniac night and was exhausted in the a.m. So I chose to sleep in instead ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been meaning to condition my body to acclimate to early morning runs but training myself to wake up early has been ridiculously (and pathetically) difficult.

Instead of running when I later woke up at 9:30, I headed out to get some breakfast.

The Green Line Cafe was my intended destination and I already knew what I wanted.

Coffee+ a Vegan Chicken Sandwich (tempeh & Veganaise on a whole wheat bun)= YUM!

Post breakfast I felt the need to go exploring (and visit Trader Joe’s…it’s an addiction I know…shhh!) so I made the ~2 mile walk to the main part of the city.

There was plenty to see along the way! I mainly walked through the University of Pennsylvania campus but I also visited part of Drexel University.

It was hot hot hot out! Rehydration was crucial ๐Ÿ™‚

Iced Passion Tea from Starbucks= one of my fav cold drinks eva!

The walk was filled with luscious greenery as well…definitely a perk in my book!

Soon I crossed the bridge into the main part of Philadelphia.

Now I was a full-blown tourist taking pics left and right non-stop.

I just couldn’t resist!

The Comcast Center was the tallest building in the entire city.

Maybe I’m a bit bias but in my mind nothing and no other city even comes close to comparing to my beautiful Chicagoย โ™ฅ

Philadelphia is still a gorgeous city though! Very homey ๐Ÿ™‚

Soon enough I reached my destination:

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Crazy I know right.

Groceries:
yogurt
green protein drink
electrolyte water
coconut water
strawberries
blueberries
2 apples
dark chocolate

Afterwards, I briefly met up with Max (he works a couple of blocks away) and handed the bag off to him so that I wouldn’t have to lug it the 2.5 miles back home.

Food was on my mind once again so when I passed by a vegetarian/meditterranean food cart I knew I had to stop.

Lunch was half of a whole wheat pita with some freshly made hummus and a garden veggie salad.

Strawberries for dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh and I also found LOVE on the walk back home!

Yes, it’s been a perfect touristy day indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

“Grace brings contentment”

~From Russia With Love~

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Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Hello From…

Philadelphia!

That’s right…just a mere 2 hours ago I flew into Pennsylvania. Why, you may ask? Well, I’m paying Max a little visit! He has a 5-week long summer job here in Philly and I simply couldn’t resist not visiting. I’ve never been here before so it’s even more exiting ๐Ÿ™‚

This was also my first time ever flying alone! Man oh man was I excited…I slept so poorly last night! Everything went quickly and smoothly. Hmm I think flying alone is my ideal method of travel…I loved it!

Packing last night was quite a chore though. I had to fit in Max’s gift (the shoebox) for our upcoming 3 year anniversary (!!!). I bought him a pair of gorgeous blue suede Kenneth Cole shoes, I just hope he likes them! Otherwise back to Chicago with me they go ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

In the end I was incredibly proud of my packing job:

I’m getting good at this!

My pre-flight fuel was none other than a buckwheat bake. I’ve been getting creative with them and I added in some oats into the mix for added chewiness. The result was fantastic!

Strawbery-rhubabrb buckwheat bake with cacao nibs:

FYI- putting cacao nibs into these makes them rock x10. Try.it.now.

It kept me full for a good 3 hours.

Upon arrival I was starving, so after settling in I used my magical phone to research some nearby restaurants and came upon an ideal contender only a block away: Green Line Cafe.ย They offered plenty of vegetarian sandwiches which was exactly what I was craving.

The options were limited (many were already sold out) and my #1 choice was MIA so I chose the next best thing:

A veggie sandwich filled with cucumbers, green peppers, tomato and spinach with hummus on rye bread.

Obviously I couldn’t resist trying the vegan cookies! This was my first time ever eating a vegan dessert.

Apparently today is a day of firsts!

The sandwich was pretty standard and even a bit plain but the cool bread made it much better.

The cookies were fantastic! I’m not sure what flavor they were but one appeared to be cranberry-oatmeal and the other was a mix between a sugar cookie and a chocolate chip cookie.

Somehow I managed to restrain myself from eating both cookies so that I could leave some for Max. Awww

Okkaaayyy I’m off to take a quick nap while I wait for Max to get off work.

“Open up to infinity and you become infinity”

~From Russia With Love~

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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