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Philly. Farmers. Fork.


It’s that time again! “What time”, you say?

Time for more Philly, more food and more farmers.

Off we go…

 

Riley’s ready.

And off we venture, while taking in the sights.

Destination: Headhouse Farmers’ Market.

A small market in Philly, but one of the best I’ve visited.

We did a little perusing. I always like to view all that the market’s vendors have to offer, prior to buying any items.

 Hello, gynormous watermelon.

  

  

My boyfriend loves peppers and ultra spicy items. I was so excited when I saw this beauty — referring to the plant, of course 😉 Isn’t it so neat? I’ve never seen a pepper plant before and I just loved the various colors. Consider it purchased!

 

 I lugged the plant home, along with my other produce on my shoulder.

 

 Farm fresh eggs, peaches, a mix of baby tomatoes & pluots.

If you have not tried a pluot, please do. It’s a hybrid of a plum and an apricot.

Simply delicious.

 

After our trek to the market, we headed off to brunch at a restaurant called Fork in Old City.

 We couldn’t resist yet another wonderful Philly restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 I ordered the house-smoked salmon. Typically, I never eat bagels, but I was clearly obsessed with smoked salmon this weekend. 

Introducing the same wonderful company as last night: my older sister Hilary, Scotty Ce and my oldest sister, Missy.

 

 

 

 Aren’t they precious? Now, let’s eat! 

 

 See the fries in the middle of the table? Hil and Scotty Ce love fries.

They order them at almost every meal to share. Cute, right?

 

And so ends our wonderful weekend together.

Sisterly love in the city of brotherly love.

 

Oh, and for those of you who were wondering… Miguel loved his pepper plant 😉 

Laura and I have some exciting ideas we’re brewing up. We’ll see you soon for the unveiling!

 Clean kisses — xoxo — Natalie

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It’s a French Kind of Day


10:30am and the Philly adventures continue! We slept in. Don’t judge us – we were on vacation 🙂

      

On a leisurely walk with Riley and Hilary to my car with the intent to move it to avoid a ticket, we, ironically enough, found a ticket placed lovingly on my windshield by the local traffic cop. Happy Saturday from the Philadelphia Parking Authority! Good thing we didn’t let it ruin our day. What’s $36 anyway? Yeah, we’re cool like that.      

Off to the creperie! A good crepe and a yummy latte will band-aid anything in my book. And if they won’t, please don’t let me encounter that wound.     

Why hello, Beau Monde. So happy to meet you.      

      

What a delicious way to start off the day.    

Smoked salmon crepe w/ leeks and creme fraiche.      

      

Enjoying time spent with my best friends and my best beverage…      

      

      

Then our lovely waitress, my new favorite person, delivered the requested goods.      

 

Hilary's banana and berry sauce crepe

 

Missy's mushroom, egg and goat cheese crepe

 

My smoked salmon, leek and creme fraiche crepe

 

 Hello heaven. Goodbye heaven. It’s been real.     

     

Off to do some really important things. You know. Change the word type things. Like shopping at Anthro and visiting a farmers’ market and patisserie. My life is hard. Well, it will be next week when I continue graduate school and two jobs, among other daily life responsibilities. I’m not complaining!     

Since I’m watching every penny due to my return to school, I just took in the sights at Anthro, as well as the other two stops.     

Anthro’s decor never ceases to amaze me…     

Can I please live here?     

     

     

     

I’m feeing inspired. How about you?
Next stop: Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market.

Ry and I waited for mommy and Aunt Missy prior to heading to the market

 

The flowers were breathtaking. Please enjoy.     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Local & fresh produce, baked goods and meats:    

    

     

    

     

    

     

    

     

    

     

    

     

    

     

    

My boyfriend’s obsessed w/ meat. Seriously – he eats a pound of steak every. single. night. He’s made attempts to eat grass fed & organic. That’s why we’re dating. Ehhhh – I suppose he has a few other good traits. Sorry that my cheap self didn’t purchase the meat, Migs.    

I hope you enjoyed the picture slide show of the farmers’ market. On to Miel Patisserie, where we quenched our thirst w/ a jasmine, green tea, peach nectar iced tea.    

     

    

     

My sister Missy’s real name is Melissa. Miel means honey in French. Melissa means honey bee. One year my mother was so obsessed w/ Missy’s name that every gift Missy received had a honey bee on it. Missy didn’t care for honey bees all that much. It was funny. I suppose you had to be there.    

    

     

    

     

    

     

   

    

We chatted some more. I think this serious conversation entailed contemplation regarding Sammie Sweetheart and Ronnie’s ultra-healthy relationship on the Jersey Shore. “She didn’t look dumb… she didn’t know he was making out w/ a new girl every night after he called her the b-word and went out clubbing.” I don’t know what’s more pathetic. Young women’s lack of respect for themselves (and having it splashed all over the media), or our lack of respect for our own intellect ;).  [Speaking of women’s lack of self respect & esteem… please visit two blogs that have certainly earned my support: www.operationbeautiful.com & http://facesofbeauty.org]   

     

    

     

Poor Riley Rooter was exhausted (as were we), so we walked to Hilary’s boyfriend’s apartment to drop him off to play with his brother, Toby, who you may have met here.    

     

    

     

    

     

    

     

    

     

Tober Lobes is a cutie pie. He requested that I show you all his happy self and his new haircut. You like?    

After we put Riley to rest, we went on our way to FINALLY find Brown Betty, a popular cupcakery in Philadelphia.    

Part deux coming soon. Au revoir mes amis!    

Clean kisses – xoxo – Natalie    

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FARMiCiA


I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for what feels like a long time.    

What weekend you ask? Sisters’ weekend. In Philly. Smiles all around :).    

Welcome to FARMiCiA, our new favorite Philly restaurant.    

Eat, drink and live better.    

A fabulous restaurant which focuses on local, organic and artisanal producers. Yum.    

I have two big sisters. Missy, the oldest, lives in New York City. For years and years we have gone to NYC and considered it our second home. A few months ago my other older sister, Hilary – the middle sister – moved to Philadelphia.    

    

    

Guess what that means. An entire city to explore and eat our way through. Enter FARMiCiA. What a happy life ;).    

    

   

    

After much debate over which delicious menu item to order, I settled on the “Mega Dose of Vegetables & Grains”.    

    

Wine, plus simply wonderful company and eats equals…    

Cheers!

 

Hildy Mae

 

Me & Missy

 

Very happy sisters!    

After a little catching up, our food had arrived.    

Missy & Hilary's Crab Cake

 

Missy's Lentil Salad -- we're obsessed!

 

Mega Dose of Veggies & Grains

 

As soon as my plate was placed in front of me, my sister Missy and I proceeded to drool. Missy is a vegetarian. Hilary is a meat eater. I’m somewhere in between. Hilary, jealous of our veggie daze, inquired, “Are you guys done making love to the vegetables now?” We love vegetables… we love them a lot. I think you all understand ;). Once, when Missy, Hilary and I were eating at Market Table in the city (when referring to “the city”, I mean NYC), Missy ordered a vegetarian plate b/c there was no non-meat option on the menu. The waiter brought her a beautiful plate of veggie sides. Hilary opened her big mouth and said, “That… is my worst nightmare.” We died laughing. Such a Hilary thing to say. So, we relived that moment for a few seconds last night. Ahhh, I love my sisters.    

If you have read my “About Natalie” page, you know that I have an outrageous sweet tooth that is hard to tame. So, to feed the beast, we headed to… Phileo Yogurt!    

Phileo Yogurt

 

     

 For those of you that aren’t familiar w/ Phileo Yogurt… it’s all self serve :). This was my first time.    

Step 1: Grab a cup.    

    

Step 2: Select fro-yo flavor. Sample if you’d like. Reese’s and chocolate flavorites won my heart.    

    

    

 Step 3: Go nutso-bongo w/ toppings!    

    

    

Step 4: [Pay for product] Consume!    

    

…and get out so they can close up shop! Geez. Quit taking your sweet time.    

    

We leisurely walked back to the apartment, parked our booties on the couch and continued chatting while polishing off our yogurt.    

    

After a belly full of fro-yo, some puppy lovin’ and a quick pajama change, it was bedtime.    

    

    

It’s off to slumber land to dream of tomorrow’s adventures!

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