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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

a fun few days in Philadelphia

It’s been a hot minute since I posted on here. No other excuse than my life got crazy. I have had the strangest, most emotional, roller coaster ride of a year—but also one of the best, wild and most fun years I’ve ever had. I think I spent more time out of town this year than I did at home and I definitely didn’t hate it.

I’ve taken a few awesome trips this year, but as of recently: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 


I had been to Philly 2x’s before (once to see The Eagles in concert and once to see Taylor Swift) so this was my third time visiting the city. Philadelphia is full of history, great food, and an array of different things to do (sports, concerts, museums, the zoo, etc). It’s also a very walkable city which is pretty cool. 


This trip was planned around my boyfriends’ birthday (surprise—I have a boyfriend!) with the main attraction being an NFL game: the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 



We drove down on a Wednesday afternoon and checked into the Four Seasons Philadelphia for the next 3 nights. After taking an all glass elevator up to the 60th floor lobby to check-in, we then went down in a separate elevator to our 59th floor room. 

When we walked into our room the hotel had arranged balloons, champagne, a small cake and a birthday card for my boyfriend—such a special and thoughtful treat. I usually don’t eat cake before dinner but the chocolate cake they had made was to dieeee for—decadent yet light and fluffy.



Our first night we had reservations at a restaurant in the bottom of our hotel building, recommended by the staff: Vernick Fish. And let me tell you, they did not steer us wrong. Known for their oysters and seafood, we tried a good mix of everything. We started with oysters, tuna tartare with dijon and black garlic, grilled black pepper octopus with gooseberry and cashew, hamachi crudo with foie gras and Concord grape, and scallop crudo with whipped buttermilk and osetra caviar. We honestly loved our appetizers more than our actual meal, or maybe because after all of those small plates we were pretty full. I would definitely go back to Vernick Fish again and would recommend it if you’re a seafood lover who loves a restaurant with a hip vibe. 


I am big on getting my steps in even when I’m on vacation or out of town, so the next morning my boyfriend and I did our own walking tour of the city of Philadelphia. We went to the classic “Rocky Steps” in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Washington Monument, then over to Philadelphia City Hall and down towards the Fashion District of Philadelphia. 


We went back to our hotel and grabbed our bathing suits to head down to the 57th floor infinity pool. I can’t say I’m a big hotel pool girl, but this was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Panoramic views of Philadelphia while floating around in a heated pool on the 57th floor of a hotel. It was pretty incredible. 


We planned on having a late lunch that day as the football game was at 8pm that night. We made reservations at JG Sky-high, a restaurant on the 60th floor of our hotel specializing in casual Jean-Gorges cuisine. Maybe one of the coolest views I’ve ever experienced while eating a cheeseburger. A fun pregame meal and special birthday lunch for my guy.  


It was finally game time—and boy was it a cool game. My boyfriend is obviously more of a football fan than I am (and it was his birthday) so he picked out some really awesome seats. We had field seats with access to something called the “Tunnel Club.” It was a room with unlimited access to drinks and food of all kinds, right next to the tunnel in which the visiting team walked out. We saw Tom Brady walk out up close which was pretty special. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up winning (which I was happy about as I was one of the few girls in the Eagles’ stadium with a Buc’s hoodie on) making it a really cool and unforgettable NFL experience. 

Our last day in Philadelphia, we did another walking tour. I wanted my boyfriend to experience the Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s oldest and largest public markets. Basically, an indoor farmers’ market on steroids. It is a very neat experience if you ever find yourself in Philadelphia. 


We had sushi reservations at 9pm that night, so we had some time to kill before we needed to get ready. We ended up having the cutest happy hour at a place called The Lawn at Love Luck, located in Love Park. We sat on a picnic table and my boyfriend got beer and I got a blood orange margarita that came in a pouch. They had live music going on in the park which included a lot of interesting people watching. I would definitely recommend The Lawn at Love Luck with a group of friends for happy hour or just to grab some drinks. 


The final meal in Philly: Hiroki, a Japanese restaurant in Fishtown, Philadelphia where we had sushi omakase style (basically the chef’s choice tasting menu with the best of best quality). The meal started out with an appetizer box of squid, eel, fish eggs, a poached egg, and a whole slew of unusual bites. I understand that most of this is a delicacy, but I remember looking at my boyfriend thinking if the whole meal is like this, I’m never going to make it. Thankfully, that was the strangest thing I ate that night. The sushi that followed was some of the best sushi I have ever had. Each piece of fish was so buttery and served perfectly, one piece at a time, while eaten with your fingers. It was an unreal experience. The atmosphere was incredible, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable, but with a phenomenal meal like that, it will definitely cost you—and it did. One hundred percent worth it though. 


I was kind of sad to leave Philadelphia. We had the best time while we were there. The hotel was incredible, the food was incredible, and the city itself was so good to us. 


Until next time, Philly.

XX, Laura

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