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My Little Vacay Part 1: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia!

I haven’t actually seen It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the American FX sitcom, but I can say that I will probably give it a shot after my weekend visit to the city of brotherly love.

I went to visit my lovely friend Lindsay who is a graduate student at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania, a small college town in the middle of the nowhere. I had been telling her for almost a year that I would come up and visit her, but I was always a little apprehensive about going to the boonies for a weekend. Plus, the cost to fly there was twice the price of going somewhere else and nearby, like Philly. So she met me there and we played turistas for a long weekend.

Before I even got there, I could only think about how much everyone told me they disliked the city. They would all ask, “Why are you going to Filthy-delphia?” Well, everyone, I will have you know that Philadelphia is not that filthy and looks and feels like any big city with more than five million people: nice parts of town, check; dirty and scary pockets of town, check; homeless people, check; not homeless people, check. And yes, some parts smell like a giant toilet. However, everyone we bumped into, tourist or Philadelphian, was extremely friendly and nice. We did happen to run into a few hairy cheese steak vendors, but I think they were pretty harmless. Overall, Lindsay and I saw a lot of great art, ate a lot of delicious food, and made some new friends. Before I get into everything, know that all parts of this weekend review are mostly positive and I will definitely be making future visits to Philly.

We stayed in the Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel, a historic yet modern downtown Philly hotel just off Rittenhouse Square, which is kind of a fancy shmancy area of town with a lot of shops, fancy bistros, and cafés. The lobby was probably the most beautiful thing about the hotel with mod furniture and huge chandeliers. The room was also nice, but I never would have paid the price on the hotel Web site. We booked our room through Travel Zoo for about a third of the price and it was well worth it due to the location. The staff was perfectly nice as well.

The Lovely Radisson Warwick

The Lovely Radisson Warwick

Radisson Warwick Water with Natural Berry Flavors

Radisson Warwick Water with Natural Berry Flavors

We spent the first evening getting settled in and familiar with our surroundings. I haven’t spent much time in the northeast, so the narrow and busy city streets always put me in a state of disbelief, especially when they do not have crosswalk signs and people jaywalk like crazy. These fools would get arrested in Germany.

We took a nice walk and spotted some of the fancy bistros that my travel book mentioned for eating around Rittenhouse Square, but we settled on a mid-range vegetarian restaurant called Mi Lah Vegetarian. We kind of splurged for our first night in the city (entrees ranged from $13 to $17), but the portions were very generous and completely vegan. It was a tough decision, but Lindsay settled on the Thai yellow curry with tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, green beans, and seitan, also known as wheat gluten. They also gave her these delicious fried bread triangles that were flaky and melted perfectly in your mouth after dipping them in the curry. I feasted on the African peanut stew with chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and carrots with brown rice. My dish was extremely orange and filling, but I quickly became tired of the sweet potato taste. There was just a lot of food and, sadly, half had to go to waste because I absolutely could not eat anymore and our hotel didn’t have a mini-fridge. Maybe that’s just a Texas thing.

The Mi Lah Vegetarian ... yum

The Mi Lah Vegetarian ... yum

Photographing our food.

Photographing our food and trying to be polite about it.

African Peanut Stew

African Peanut Stew

After napping off the food babies, we decided to check out a local bar for some cocktails. We passed the Continental Mid-Town during our walk and the giant green olive on the roof made the place look fun and intriguing. We decided to check it out and luckily we even got in because the bouncer almost denied me due to my Texas ID, but I gave him one of those “you’ve got to be kidding me” looks and he let us in. The place was packed, mostly small-to-medium-sized groups of young men and women who looked like they were attending girls’ night out or bachelor/bachelorette parties. It was also extremely cute with really modern furniture and bamboo swings on the second floor. But drinks were priced out the whazoo, especially coming from Texas – we ordered two gin and tonics for $18.50. I later found out from some punks (I mean like punk rockers, not like obnoxious punk kids) at a dive bar called Tattooed Moms that the Continental is probably the most expensive bar in town and anything around Rittenhouse Square isn’t far behind. Thus, we decided to stick with the dive bar the rest of the weekend. The punks were more fun anyway.

I’ll get more into the city sights in Part 2. I know you can’t wait.

Oh, and this is Lindsay, by the way, smiling pretty in front of a carpet wall hanging at the Continental.

My Lindsay

My Lindsay

Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel
1701 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-6000

Mi Lah Vegetarian
218 S. 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 732-8888

Continental Mid-Town
1801 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 567-1800

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A Girl and Her Blog

Today I begin my blog called Bird Fly Good. You can find a short explanation as to why I chose to name my blog Bird Fly Good in the About Bird Fly Good section. (Are you tired of saying that yet?) If you are absolutely dying to know the full story of the name, don’t worry; I’m saving that for a future blog post.

But I would like to give an overall welcome to my blog and thanks for taking the time to read my blog. This is something I have been wanting to start for a long time and I have finally gotten the itch and urge to just write. The topics on this blog range from all spectrums. When I actually started my WordPress account, I thought this would be a travel or poetry or food blog. Now, four months later, I’ve decided start a blog about all three and then some. I like writing about all sorts of experiences and I’m using this channel to dive a little deeper into some of these topics and share a little bit about what I’ve learned, hopefully in a humorous and entertaining way.

Some recurring themes you might encounter in my future blog posts:

  1. My new puppy, Simon: My boyfriend and partner, Kyle, surprised me with a puppy for my birthday this year. Simon is a sweet and loving miniature poodle. He is a parti poodle, meaning his coat is pure white and with deep black spots. He has the sweetest face and I am sure he will be a popular topic for future posts because this is the first creature I have ever cared and been responsible for. Plus, he is a puppy and puppies always makes for interesting stories that have to be told.
  2. Food: Food and cooking in general are two topics that I have finally learned to appreciate within the last two to three years. Throughout college I bounced from omnivore to pescatarian to lacto-ovo-vegetarian and back again. I have returned to eating meat in all forms with the exception of beef and pork, but the idea of veganism and raw food diets continue to fascinate me. And as for cooking, I have never been able to do much of it … until now! I love baking: cookies, cakes, and pastries (oh, my!) It has definitely become a wonderful hobby and I think my experiences cooking, hopefully all positive, will become topics of future posts. Just think … tantalizing words about lemon butter cookies, banana peanut butter cupcakes, and bread. In the event that I don’t feel like writing about cooking, there is always Miles of Chocolate.
  3. Music: I live in a land of music. Not just because I live in Austin, the music capital of the world and home to the largest music, film, and interactive conference in the world, South by Southwest, but because I am a general fan of music and my boyfriend is the bass player in three very active local bands. We go to shows a lot and we often have an interesting time. So, these posts should be pretty interesting too.
  4. Places: Do you care about where I go on a daily basis? Probably not, but if I particularly love or hate a place, whether it be a restaurant, park, party, or store, I will probably find the urge to write about it. If you work for or own an institution that could be defined by the last few items mentioned, don’t worry, I rarely hate places, and if I do it’s for good reason in my opinion. I will never bash a place just for kicks.

That seems like a pretty hefty list to start. I also look forward to posting photos and videos any chance I get. And your comments are always appreciated.

Just to get things started, here is a photo of Simon:

Simon

Simon

and another:

Simon loves close ups

Simon loves close ups

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