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An Afternoon in Philly // Pub and Kitchen + Termini Bros

Termini bros philadelphia

(A cupcake and cheesecake from Termini Bros)

Philly is such a great city. It's literally packed with a ton of absolutely incredible restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, and cafes. Not to mention the shopping, all the history of the city, and some really fun tourist attractions and parks. Even after living there, and spending a large amount of days off in the city, we still are always finding new things to do, restaurants to try, or going back and revisiting some of our favorites. 

I know that sometimes the hardest part of planning little day trips are figuring out what to do, so I decided I would start blogging about some of our little adventures (or sometimes just mine:) when we visit. Hopefully these posts will give you some inspiration if you live in the area and are looking to change things up, or if you're just visiting and maybe looking for other things than just want you'll find on the basic tourist websites. I also love the idea of just doing it for myself to be able to look back at all the fun things we've done!

Pub and Kitchen Philadelphia

On Valentines Day Frank flew back in from a job he was away for, so he suggested having lunch in the city and making our own little dinner that night. I loved that idea! Personally, I'm not huge on going out for dinner on Valentines Day. Restaurants are always packed and most do specific (more limited) menus. I just don't feel like I get the true experience of the restaurant on days like that. But lunch is a much more relaxed affair. 

Pub and Kitchen sits only a couple blocks away from Rittenhouse, but in a spot with a much more neighborhood feel to it. It was lightly snowing as we walked up to the painted brick exterior and turned the charming little antique door knobs. The bar is clearly a main attraction of the space, and it greets you immediately. We sat at a quaint little table between several other couples right off the bar. I love that their brunch menu (which is only served on the weekends) includes a good mix of breakfast and lunch and isn't just heavy on one or the other. Of course, I couldn't resist getting actually breakfast, and Frank tried one of their burgers. For how busy this little place was, our food actually came out fairly quickly. Frank let me steal some of his fries, which made me kind of wish I just had a whole plate of them. I love those shoe-string extra crispy fries like they have! Yum yum yum.

Pub and Kitchen Philadelphia Burger
Pub and Kitchen Philadelphia Brunch

I was glad we had come at the end of the brunch rush though, since it was quite loud when we first got there, but quieted down as we ate. It's definitely a place I would go back from brunch to again though, my eggs and bacon were especially delicious, and I would love to try a burger too. It's also in a pretty great spot too, since it's not right in the middle of the Rittenhouse craziness finding a parking spot wasn't too bad (which is always something to consider in Philly!). 

Termini Bros Bakery Philadelphia

Termini Brothers Bakery is one of those places that just oozes with vintage charm. From the old school neon sign that greets you a block away, to the antique counters piled with traditional Italian sweets. Since we decided to make our own Valentines dinner we thought we would treat ourselves and bring home dessert!

This was our first time at Termini's and decided to go right to their flagship store in south Philly. Of course, the whole feel of the store stole my heart, with its original tiled floors and tin ceiling. We did a lap around the bakery to survey the goodies, and I had a hard time deciding between their amazing looking Tiramisu or a cupcake. But it was Valentines Day after all, so how could I pass up something covered in pink and red and topped with a heart? Frank got a slice of their classic cheesecake, and while one of the sweet girls was ringing us up an older man insisted we take one of their unique chocolate covered bananas, on the house. Needless to say, everything was delicious and had that perfectly unique Italian bakery taste. I was actually a little scared to try the banana, but it ended up being amazing! Color me smitten.

Termini Bros Bakery Cupcakes Philadelphia
Termini Bros Italian Bakery Philadelphia

Since it was snowing, we headed home to enjoy a quiet Valentine together, but I've already been thinking up a long list of things I can't wait to do this summer and new places I want to try! Oh summer, come a little faster, won't you?

Hello New England

New England Lighthouse Coastline
Portland Maine
New England Historic House
New England Coast
Mark Twain House

(Eastern Point, MA // Enjoying the streets of Portland, ME // Pretty details in Hartford, CT // Gloucester, MA // The Mark Twain House)

If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you already know, but me and Frank snuck away for a long weekend to New England! We did Boston twice together while we were dating (once was mostly just to see the Red Sox game that was rained out the first time we were there) and we loved it, and have talked about doing other parts of the area for a while.

It was sort of a whirlwind. He picked me up right from work on Thursday and we drove straight to Portland, Maine. The next day we hit Salem, and Gloucester in Massachusetts. Then Boston the next day, and hit the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT the last day. We mostly just ate and toured historic houses, like the old people we are, but I thought it'd be fun to share some of our favorite stops!

Portland, Maine - Portland in itself gets a mention because, helloooooo, it's stinkin' adorable! Seriously. It's got a great vibe. It's historic, right on the water, and packed with some amazing places to eat and shop. 

Victoria Mansion // Portland, ME- So gorgeous! It's a mansion with not only a crazy amazing staircase, but some incredible painting throughout the house. 

Fore Street // Portland, ME- Frank has a gift for finding amazing restaurants, and did not dissapoint here. We were worried when we tried to make a reservation and it was already booked, but it turns out they keep 1/3 of the restaurant tables open for "walk ins" each night. And by "walk ins," I mean you wait in a line outside before they open to try to snatch one! It's actually pretty fun. The menu changes every night, and is incredible. The bread is from Standard Baking Co.which is downstairs - and it's amazing (PS. they got some tasty coffee too:). I even had an amazing drink too! The pound cake for dessert though.... UGH. That's all I can say.

Eastern Point // Gloucester, MA- We ended up coming here on a whim, when Frank found the Beauport House (which is amazing, and a must see!). We had some time until the next tour, so we drove down to see the old lighthouse. It wasn't open but we were able to walk out to the end, which is such a picturesque view.

The Phillips House // Salem, MA- One of our favorite house tours. The house itself has a great story, and is packed full of the original family's items. It's a gorgeous house and has so many fun quirks:)

Some other favorites... Flatbread Company in Portland, The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Debbies Diner in Salem. 

Philly Favorites

Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia City Guide

It's been rainy, and just plain nasty here all week, which means no outfit posts (bummer!). But I thought I'd do something fun and share a more in-depth list of some of my favorite spots in Philly! I'm always finding new things to do int he city. It is seriously packed with some great stuff, and there seems to be a never ending list of amazing restuarants to try. 

I won't pretend I know every bit of the city, so I decided to make more detailed list of my favorite shopping and eateries in Center City and Old City, and then a seperate list of some intersting other spots! 

Center City

Shop

Anthropologie - If you come to Philly you have to stop in the Anthropologie! It sits right across form Rittenhouse square in what was once an incredible estate. You can still see some of the amazing original fireplaces, as well as an insanely cool ceiling in one of the rooms. Oh, not to mention, it's Anthro, so it's always packed with fun things to buy and some incredible displays. 

Shopping on Walnut - If you're not from the area it's good to know that most of the higher end shopping in the city is right on Walnut Street from 19th Street down to Broad Street. You have everything from Juicy Couture, Jack Wills, and Free People and a ton more. There's also some on Chestnut Street (the next street over).

Eat

The Dandelion - So the food is really good, but the decor is amazing. They left all the original fireplaces and what-not from when it was just a home, so it feels super cozy, but is also packed filled with really fun and interesting art, wallpaper, and nick-nacks!

Estia - We make it a point to come here every winter. It's definitely a "splurge" restaurant, but it's the best Greek food I've ever had, and has such a cozy atmosphere. 

Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia City Guide

MagPie- Who doesn't love pie? It's the best. This little spot is dedicated to some pretty kick-butt pies and is totally worth a little extra walking from Rittenhouse to get some!

Di Bruno Bros - Need a quick, to-go meal, or some super fancy groceries? This place is it. It's a grocery store that also has quick meal options that are pretty amazing, and some places to sit inside too. With Rittenhouse Park so close, it's a perfect place to grab a picnic to-go and relax and people watch in the park.

Old City

Our old neighborhood! Old City is one of my favorite parts of Philly. It has it's own unique charm. Most of the shops and boutiques are locally owned, and is home to some amazing historic buildings.

Shop

Art in the Age - A very "Philly" little boutique! They work with and sell pieces from a lot of local artists, which is great. They also carry a selection of Warby Parkers, so it's always fun to stop in and try a bunch on:)

Lost + Found- I love Lost + Found because they have a great, unique selection of clothes (especially dresses!), but are pretty reasonable when it comes to price too. 

Vagabond - Another great little boutique. I love that they carry both interesting and unique designer pieces, as well as some really fun vintage pieces.

Eat

Franklin Fountain - It's really not a proper visit to Philly without a little ice cream from Franklin Fountain (or A LOT if you go with the Mt. Vesuvious). It's an authentic ice cream parlor that only takes cash, and makes some of the best ice cream around. 

Positano Coast-  Me and Frank have been coming here since we started dating. We especially love eating in the lounge during summer. They open all the doors, and it's just beautiful. Not to mention, the food is really tasty!

Nick's Roast Beef- One of our little go-to spots for lunch when we lived in the city. They really do have great roast beef. It's definitely not a "fancy" spot, but good food always wins. Tip - make sure you bring cash, that's all they take:)

Museums + Spots to See 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art- Sure, any list online of "things to do in Philly" will probably have it, but it really is worth a visit. It's amazing, beautiful, and just plain inspiring. 

The Franklin Institute - One of my husband's favorite places. It's a fun place to go with or without kids, and also hosts a lot of really cool exhibits.

The Mutter Museum - Not for the super squimish, but amazing non the less. It's a museum of medical history, which may sound boring, but is actually beautiful and incredibly interesting. 

Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia City Guide

The Mount Pleasant Estate - We just recently toured the estate and are completely in love. It's so lovely, and it's also part of "the charms of Fairmount Park" and we're really excited to check out the rest of them. 

The Top of City Hall Tour - I was so suprised at how awesome this was! It's really amazing to get a whole 360 degree of the whole city from right under good ol' Mr. Penn:)

There's still a ton of places I have on my list to visit, and new restuarants I want to try, so I will occasionally be updating this list:) Oh, and feel free to share any of your favorites in the comments!  

Pumpkinland

            J.Crew Shirt (similar) // Buffalo by David Bitton Cords (Marshall's) // Anthropologie Belt

                          Minnetonka Moccasins // Scarf made by my mom // Bag made by me

Yesterday me and Frank sneaked up to Terrain for the afternoon. He'd never been, so I figured it was high time. I was so excited to see all the pumpkins out! Even back in the days when I wasn't so fond of fall, I still loved pumpkins. I love them all - huge ones, tiny ones, orange ones, white ones, squashed ones. There is just something about pumpkins I go a little nuts about. I have yet to get some for the house, I am trying to make myself wait until the "technical" start of fall, but I'm already planning what colors and types I want to get and where to put them - I can't wait!