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March 27th, 2019

United By Blue, Coffee Shop, Retail Store, Accessories, Apparel, Camping, Online Shopping, Old City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,


A coffee shop experience is different for most everyone. I remember when I used to be petrified of going into Starbucks. How in the world do you order? I learned quickly…..A Venti, Cafe Mocha, Extra Hot, No Whip. That is my standard.

People watching is a must. Some are relaxing checking their texts. Others are rushing by.

When I was young I remember my grandmother always had coffee in the balcony in Puerto Rico, accompanied by the neighbors. It was a time to relax and talk. Really talk! You had to. There were no portable phones yet. Not even in the imagination of us mortals.

I was in Philadelphia last month and this city is perfect for foodies. It is also a paradise for good coffee shops. Are you a coffee snub? Then you are in the right city.

United By Blue started in Philadelphia in 2013. My son told me he was taking me to a very interesting coffee shop. Indeed it was! It is located at 205 Race St., Old City, Philadelphia 19106. Tel. 267-457-3114. Website? https://www.unitedbyblue.com/pages/flagship

United By Blue is local, so you probably won’t see too many tourists yet. Another location on Walnut Street.


Their coffee was excellent. You can do a little online shopping if you want to try something delicious.

A Breakfast sandwhich with home fries. The menu is online, as well. It was perfect for a cool morning in the City of Brotherly Love.

We all call our planet home and United By Blue is doing its part to help keep it clean. Their Mission? “For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our World’s ocean and waterways.” To find out why please log onto the website above referenced.

Besides being a coffee shop, it is also a retail store. Apparel for men, women, including shoes. Camping gear too.

In the store there is copperwear to buy. I particularly liked the straws. I think you can see them in the following photo, inside the mugs.

Very interesting indeed. Read about them, join a cleanup and check past cleanups as well.

In the meantime, if you are in Philly and want to really be a neighborhood local, by all means stop by. Remember this company offers coffee, food, retail shopping but in their hearts it is an “enviornmental conservation organization”.

Follow them on Instagram ubb_phila and on FB as United By Blue.

Have a great day.

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February 21st, 2019

Stir, Restaurant, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lunch, Brunch

On my previous post I mentioned that day tripping to Philadelphia is an easy one from the Delaware Beaches. It only takes a few hours and if you casually plan it well, you will have a fun day. A change of scenery, as well.

The Philadelphia Museum of art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Our quest was to make it to the Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now exhibit. It is there until March 3rd. You can check the museum’s website by visiting https://philamuseum.org.

I was trying to see what dining experience we could have at the museum. In order not to be rushed it would be perfect to eat there. I found out that a new restaurant called Stir had opened in October, 2018. There is the restaurant and there is also a Cafe. My interest was Stir, the restaurant.

Stir was designed by Frank Owen Gehry. His is considered to be one of the most well known architects in the world. Some of his buildings, including his home in Los Angeles have become world-renowned attractions.

The day it opened Metro wrote an article about Stir and Mr. Gehry. Very interesting. Please check https://www.metro.us/things-to-do/philadelphia/philadelphia-museum-of-art-new-restaurant-Stir

We, actually, made a reservation through Open Table. The restaurant’s ceiling looks like it is floating. The chairs were so comfortable and the lighting was perfect. The Executive Chef is Mark Tropea who is a Philly-born guy with 20 years of experience.

Stir is managed by the Philadelphia’s Constellation Culinary Group which was known as the STARR Catering Group.

The moment I saw the Roasted Duck on the menu, I knew that would be my choice. Served with Vadouvan carrots, wheat berries, sour cherry and port reduction. Vadouvan is a French Masala Curry Powder with a little kick. The blending of classic curry spices with aromatic onion, garlic, and shallot. It is ground to fine powder. Medium rare and chrispy on top is how it was presented. So delicious, I want to go back.

The Grilled Venison Loin also caused a “Stir” because just like the duck it was perfectly cooked, as well. A currant and pink peppercorn gastrique, castle valley grits, and brased rainbow chard complemented the venison.

We did not have dessert. But, we did have wine. Our server was friendly and his suggestions were on point.

But we had a tour to catch. Isn’t it great when a restaurant delivers such a good experience?

Anyway, remember that there is an AboutMyBeaches FaceBook page and if you like it will be much appreciated.

Until then…..Spring is around the corner.


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August 30th, 2017

John Merryman, III, Husband, Father, Friend…Always will Celebrate his Life, Temple Health, Philadelphia, PA

“I have had a good life.” john merryman, III…Those were my late husband’s, John, words a few days before he passed away on August 31, 2013.  I will keep this post short as he did not want his family to dwell on his passing.  He wanted us to move forward and so we have, one foot in front of the other.  I always say that 10% is what happens to you and the rest 90% is how you react.  It does not matter how prepared we are for a loved one’s departure eternally from our side, it is still an adjustment.

Our friends mention him a lot.  He was hard to forget.  A dry sense of humor, quiet, and a true gentleman.  My good friends are always at my side.  Tomorrow they will be there, as well.  We will have dinner and remember the good times we had with him.  He was a foodie when the word was not even in the dictionary.

He loved Michael and John above all else. John is 33 and Michael is turning 30 on 9/4.  Getting together with friends was priceless.

Our friends, Annie, Cathy, and Ron he would be so thankful for all the help they have given me.

One person that he would have enjoyed immensely would have been our granddaughter, Sophia.  She is something else.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning how to dance in the rain….”  So, life continues, as it should, one step at a time.

 

Note:  Close to my heart is the research currently under way at Temple Health for Pulmonary Hypertension.  If you have someone in need of help please contact Dr. Anjali Vaidya, MD, FACC, FASE, FACP, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant 215-707-7636 or write anjali.vaidya@tuhs.temple.edu.  If you would like to contribute, please contact Katie Beddis, Senior Director of Development, Medical Education and Research Building. 215-707-9459, or write Kbeddis@temple.edu.  Ask for information and mention my name, Gloria Merryman.

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July 12th, 2016

Ants Pants Cafe, La Colombe, Draft Latte, Out & About in Philly, City of Brotherly Love, Saturday, Summer 2016, Sights & Scenes of the City, Philadelphia, PA

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Everyone was driving south as I took for Philly driving north from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  The DE beaches are so crowded.  It is the height of the season.  Hot summer days get everyone out of town.  I love a Saturday and Sunday in a city.  You can walk around with ease.

Such was last Saturday.  I arrived at Rittenhouse Square.  This is one of the prettiest squares in Philadelphia.  Quickly we took a walk to South St. looking for a cafe that is very popular and very understated.  Called Ants Pants Cafe, located at 2212 South St.  Tel. 215-875-8002.  The Cafe has a small terrace in the back if you want to eat al fresco.  They offer breakfast, brunch, and lunch.  They take cash only but there is also an ATM machine inside.  Website? http://www.antspantscafe.com

The Ants Pants Cafe has offerings that could be found in any cafe in Australia.  The coffee is from Australia’s Tobbys Estate.  Ants Pants mean outstandingly good person.

Not knowing what the other table was asking I found out that they had ordered sweet potato fries.  They looked amazing so I had to have them.  They were brought in with sour cream and sweet chili sauces.

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A Spinach Salad with baby spinach, goat cheese, green apples, walnuts, red onions with a balsamaic vinaigrette, dressing, topped with crispy bacon.  An order of yogurt with fruit was also enjoyed.  All good and fresh with very friendly service.  Ants Pants Cafe offer smoothies, milkshakes and juice. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Walking back to Rittenhouse Square I could not believe how quiet the streets were.  People usually do not see Philly this way.  The beautiful streets with its grand row houses and flowers.  The city is getting ready for the Democratic Convention and the Equality Forum.

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Rittenhouse Square has so many shops, restaurants and cafes.  This particular children’s shop caught my attention.  I am putting it in the post because I have so many friends becoming grandparents.  Check it out ladies.

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From tailoring, reconstruction, and custom design, Irina Sigal is on Locust Street.  Dressmaker Irina Sigal…www.irinasigal.com.

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These people were having fun discovering the city. Exploring Philly like never before.  It is a 15 guest bike. An open air tour bus. You are among other riders who might want to pedal around Philly during the day and during evenings stop at favorite bars.  They offer history tours, food tours, fitness rides, kids’ parties, and a new history tour with Ben Franklin.  Please visit http://www.bigredpedaltours.com

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Time for coffee.  The daily addiction.  I remember not that long ago in Puerto Rico, they thought that Americans did not know how to drink coffee.  Not strong enough, they would say.  Well that has certainly changed with amazing coffee shops found all throughout the nation.  One coffee shop being mentioned as one of the bests nationwide is La Colombe.  I arrived at this coffee shop located at 130 South 19th street in Philadelphia.  Tel. 215-563-0860.  It was packed with customers drinking the most incredible coffee.  This is not the only spot in Pennsylvania.  They have opened coffee shops in Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York.  Check their website at http://www.lacolombe/blogs/cafes.

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La Colombe takes an iced coffee to a different level.  First ever Draft Latte, a take on the draft beers, except it is coffee. It even has the foam.  Now you can even find it in a can!!  It certainly was delicious sipped among others in this coffee shop which reminds me of a coffee shop in Europe.

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Things cannot be that bad in the world as long as there is coffee…lol.

We could not get into this tiny bar called the Graffitti Bar.  Through the alley way we went only to find it completely full.  Oh well, another time.

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There was a bit of thunder and a few sprinkles.  Time to head back home but not before I saw this couple.  Yes, romance is still in the air.

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April 12th, 2015

Destination? STReat Festival, Manayunk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Restaurant Week, 4/12-4/24, Philly Trucks!!, Beast & Ale, Restaurant, Philadelphia Dishes Delicious!, Beautiful Spring Day!

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Indeed it is a beautiful spring day through the Mid Atlantic.  Manayunk in Philadelphia, PA, will be hosting the first of two STReat Festivals and Restaurant Weeks beginning today, Sunday, April 12th.  Twice a year these events are capturing foodies throughout the Mid Atlantic because as we all know Philadelphia can Dish Delicious!!

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Oh by the way, I would have been there just like I was in the fall but I have an HOA meeting…thanks to my neighbor Mark.  Glad I can help.

Manayunk is located on the banks of the Schuykill River and in the northwest section of the City of Philadelphia.  It has a long history.  For many years it was not popular but just like the trend in many cities….some of these Main Sreets are being celebrated and renewed.  Restaurants, shops, the river, sports and a hip place to live, are making Manayunk a destination.  For more information, please visit http://www.manayunk.com.

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Main Street will be closed off.  Parking around town will be available.  Info. on parking can be found on the above mentioned website.  Like about 11 a.m. you will see visitors strolling Main Street looking for their favorite Philly Food Trucks….50 of them for the event.  Food trucks are mobile restaurants and some traditional restaurants are a bit threatened by them.  Usually reasonably priced, the food is cooked on the spot and very good

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Mama’s Meatballs Truck will be there.  This is a favorite and you will find a line to get these delicious meatballs.

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Last year we tried:  Mama’s Meatballs on the left hand side with beef, pork, veal mix, topped with arugula and Parmesan.  On the right, the Apple Bomb made with 100% turkey mixed with sauteed spinach, Granny Smith, stuffed with roasted red pepper, Asiago, and topped with spicy Fresno Chili Apple Chutney.  These meatball sliders were…Yummy!  They are working on their website, but you can find Mama’s Meatballs on Facebook.

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The only Mac ‘n Cheese food truck in Philly is MacMart.   Just as popular as the meatball truck, you will find people waiting in line.  If you do not make it to the festival, this food truck is usually parked by Drexel University.  More info?  http://www.macmartcart.com.

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A Latin Food Truck called Delicias was a bit more expensive but it was worth having the arepas.

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On the photo:  The left arepa was filled with shredded chicken tossed in guacamole and mayo.  On the right, was the shredded beef, sweet plantains, b lack beans, and Cotija cheese.

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Up close to the Shreeded Beef Arepa…

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I had never seen a Fashion Truck….all girly, glam and funky.  It was called Smak Parlour.  Just climb up and shop.  More info?  http://www.smakparlour.com.

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Restaurant Week Begins Today, Sunday, April 12th through Friday, April 24th.  Restaurants that you might not have tried before for one reason or another….try them at great prices!  Check http://www.manayunk.com/signature-events/spring-streat-food-festival/restaurant-week-menus.html

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I have been thinking about the Whipped Cauliflower that I had at Beast & Ale, located at 4161 Main St. in Manayunk.  Tel. 267-437-3936.  Website?  http://beastandale.com Very casual restaurant.  Not an extensive menu but what they have is soooo good.  Plenty of craft beers and spirits.  This is a brother restaurant to Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz, and Taqueria Feliz.

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The Whipped Cauliflower with black olive tapenade, parsley, and served with toasted bread.  Something so simple and good…can’t wait to have it again.

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Baby Beast Burger….The baby was plenty big.  American cheese, pickles, avocado…the works on a Brioche.   If you are looking for a good burger in Manayunk, this is the place.

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Fried Bologna Sandwich?  Oh yes!!  Fried Egg on Top?  Bring it On!!  American Cheese, tomato and a dijonnaise sauce.

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Enjoy this gorgeous day…we deserve having a day like today!!

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March 29th, 2015

Historic Churches, Chapels, Architectural Wonders, It’s Sunday, A Day for Worship, 13 Churches on My Travels

Always look forward to visiting churches on my travels.  Not necessarily on a time when religious services are taking place.  I like them when they are totally quiet.  For me is a time for reflection; to pray for my family and friends.  I usually stop at churches of all denominations, even though I am Catholic.  I thank for our religious freedom.  Historic churches and chapels…I am in awe of their beauty and of their strength.

Here are some of my favorite churches and the list is getting longer.

NEW YORK

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a New York Landmark.  In 1785 there were only 200 Catholics and one priest in New York City.  The doors opened in 1879.  The newspapers hailed the New Cathedral as “the noblest temple ever raised in any land to the memory of Saint Patrick, and as the glory to Catholic America”.  When I have visited New York with my friend, Shelley, who is Jewish…she always makes a point to stop at St. Patrick’s.  So beautiful.

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St. Paul’s Chapel was built in 1766.  It is the oldest public building in continuous use in Manhattan.  It survived the Great Fire of 1776 and the attacks on 9/11.  George Washington prayed here after his inauguration in 1789.  It is located at 209 Broadway, between Fulton St. and Vesey St.  Still standing against all odds, this church has been a place not only for spiritual healing but for physical refuge, as well.

PUERTO RICO

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I grew up in the Island of Puerto Rico.  When you see my posts from there is because that’s where my formative years took place.  Old San Juan is the Capital and it is over 500 years old.  La Catedral de San Juan is formally known as the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, named after the Puerto Rican Patron Saint, San Juan Bautista or Saint John the Baptist.  It is located on Cristo St. between Luna St. and San Francisco St.  It was built in 1540 and it is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere.  The Cathedral contains the tomb of Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon.  And, the mummified remains of Roman Christian Martyr, Saint Pio.

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Capilla del Cristo or Christ’s Chapel is located at the end of Calle del Cristo, which is also where the Cathedral is located.  The Chapel was built to commemorate a miracle.  Local lore has it that as a young man lost control of his horse and galloped down Calle del Cristo over the cliff at the end of the road, he prayed to a Catholic saint and his prayers were answered.

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Parroquia San Francisco de Asis is located at San Francisco Street #301 in Old San Juan.  The Crypt – As in old colonial churches, the remains of Christians were buried in catacombs.  This can also be seen at the entrance of the Parish.  They are called catacombs similar to the Roman catacombs but they are crypts.  In the crypt are the remains of personalities of Puerto Rico.  They are considered of important historical heritage.

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Iglesia Dulce Nombre de Jesus is located in the town plaza of Humacao.  This is where I grew up.  It is on the eastern side of the island.  I went to primary school at Academia San Jose which was across the street.  My family went to church here, my parents were married in this church, and I also made my First Communion there.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Originally, it was a single structure built in 1769.  A second church was built from 1825-1826.  The present church was built in 1868-1877.  It was designed by Don Evaristo de Churruca in the Gothic Revival style.  Further renovations have taken place since then.

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Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Carmen is located at 33 Marina, in Punta Santiago near my hometown, Humacao.  Punta Santiago is a fishing village.  Nuestra Senora del Carmen is the patron saint of Fishermen.  The official Feast Day is July 16th.  I have fond memories of this church.  It is always kept in pristine condition.  My late husband, John, and I got married here.  We chose this church because it was on the beach and it really is pretty, small and cozy.  It was the second wedding….first one in Orlean, Virginia and then this one in 2 complete different years.  One was not enough!!

SHOWELL, MARYLAND, EASTERN SHORE

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Saint Martin’s Historic Church and the importance of historic preservation.  For so many years it stood neglected, just waiting for those who would take over the mission of its restoration.  It is considered by many historians “to be the finest preserved, most significant piece of American history on the Lower Eastern Shore”.  It is an Architectural gem, built in 1756, and a museum located at 11413 Worcester Highway in Showell, Maryland.  For more info., please visit http://www.historicstmartinschurg.org.

LEWES, DELAWARE

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St. Peter’s Church is located at 2nd & Market Streets in Historic Lewes, Delaware.  Lewes is the First Town in the First State.  Since 1680 this church has served this community.  The early settlers who were members of the Church of England formed its first congregation.  The graveyard which surrounds the Church has stones dating back to 1707.  Stop by while strolling Lewes.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

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The Baltimore Basilica’s is America’s First Cathedral.  I have a deep connection to Baltimore.  My late husband was from Baltimore and many years ago, I lived and worked in Baltimore.  Love the City.  The Basilica’s construction started in 1806.  George Weigel, the biographer for Pope John Paul II said “No other Catholic edifice in America can claim to have seen so much history inside its walls”.  At least 15 saints or potential saints have prayed in this Basilica.  The Crypt inside the Basilica holds the tombs of Archbishop John Carroll, the first Bishop of the United States of America, Archbishop Martin John Spalding, and James Cardinal Gibbons.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

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Philadelphia has 4 Catholic shrines:  St John Neumann, St. Katherine Drexel, Miraculous Medal and St. Rita of Cascia.  Philadelphia is considered a city where the foundations for our right to freedom and religion were laid.  The National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia is located at 1166 S. Broad St. and it was built in 1907.  I came to know it during my stay in Philadelphia the summer of 2013.

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

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St. Michael’s Catholic Church is located at 71 Broad St. in Historic Charleston.  A National Historic Landmark.  Pewes are made of native cedar and remain the same as they have always been.  The altar is Victorian.  The chancel rail is made of wrought iron.  It dates to 1772.  George Washington worshipped at Governor’s Pew #43.  This church is gorgeous and the docent was so amazingly inspiring.

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St. Philip’s Protestan Episcopal Church is located at 142 Church St. in Historic Charleston.  The original building was completed in 1724, destroyed by fire in 1835 and finished the rebuilding in 1838.  Porticos and columns remind visitors of Roman porticos.  This church is also a National Historic Landmark and has the tallest steeple in Historic Charleston.  The docent was so nice and proud of her church.

I am looking forward to this list getting longer.  These churches welcome us all.  Many of them are so simple.  Some are architectural wonders.  You don’t really have to look for them, some times they find you.

Another magical Sunday….but waiting for summer is what I am doing.

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October 1st, 2014

Destination? Manayunk, Streat Food Festival, Restaurant Week, Until Friday, October 10th, Philadelphia, PA, Food Trucks, Vendors, Entertainment…Philly’s First Fashion Truck!

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Manayunk is located in the northwestern section of the City of Philadelphia and on the banks of the Schuykill River.  For years it was just there and in need of TLC…not anymore.  It is a city capturing the young professionals, single and with families, moving to this town that has shops, restaurants, bars, and a place to enjoy the outdoors….just a few miles from everything Philadelphia has to offer.

Main Street is long covering more than several blocks.  Restaurants have outdoor seatings, perfect for when the weather is nice.  To know more about Manayunk, please visit http://www.manayunk.com.

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Manayunk’s Annual Streat Food Festival was Saturday, September 28th.  This was also the opening of their Restaurant Week, which will go on until Friday, October 10th.  Restaurant Week offers 3 courses and 3 prices.  Visit the website above mentioned for more information and to find out the participating restaurants.

I arrived at the Streat Festival early so as to find parking which, actually, ended up being very easy.  Everything was very well organized.  Saturday’s big event was the Food Trucks.  Philadelphia is known for its amazing food.  There were about 40 food trucks lining Main Street.  Some people knew exactly where they were going….they had their favorites.  I had my son, Michael, to show me the way.

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Food trucks are mobile restaurants, or mobile cuisine.  The trend continues to grow and there are no signs of them slowing down.  They say that food trucks are restaurants’ worst nightmare.  In Philly you can find them around all the universities, feeding those hungry students.

Yoga on the Street…..Was I supposed to join them before hitting the food trucks?  Plenty of others did.

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Musicians were available to entertain the crowds.

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And, as soon as the Beer Garden opened…the crowds followed.  It was such a gorgeous day.  Perfect for a festival.

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Mama’s Meat Ball was a winner.  That’s the first Food Truck we hit….my son said that their slider meatballs are just awesome.  Their address is 1426 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125.  Tel. 267-530-1493.  Website?  http://www.mamasmeatballphilly.com.  You can also find them on Facebook.

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The following photo shows what we ordered:  On the left is Mama’s Ball…beef, pork, veal mix, topped with arugula and Parmesan.  On the right is my Apple Bomb made with 100% turkey mixed with sauteed spinach, Granny Smith, stuffred with roasted red pepper, Asiago, and topped with spicy Fresno Chili-Apple Chutney.  Totally the best.  People sitting around were raving about them, as well.

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The smallest Food Truck was the Korean Truck Kami….small but popular.  You can find Kami at N. 33rd St. at Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.  Tel. 215-555-5555.  On Facebook, as well.

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Another most popular food truck and one we did not try was Mac Mart.  It is Philadelphia’s only Mac ‘n Cheese Food Truck.  They are usually located by Drexel University.  Tel. 267-908-5662  Website?  http://www.macmartcart.com Find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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We decided to stop at Delicias.  Their specialty?  Latin Food and Arepas.  Arepas are grilled corn patties that can be filled with almost anything you can think of.

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The first photo shows on the left an Arepa filled with Shredded Chicken tossed in guacamole and mayo.  On the right is my own which had Shredded Beef, sweet plantains, black beans and Cotija Cheese.  This was an expensive Food Truck.  Both of those, which by the way, were completely filled and heavy, plus 2 waters…..a total price of $26!!

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You can take a peek at mine…a close-up.

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We were totally satisfied, but continued walking Main Street.  I found Sweet Elizabeth’s Edible Art to be at the perfect location on Main Street at 4409 Maint St…… I will have to visit them another time.  In the meantime, their edible art looked beautiful.  You can find them on Facebook as Sweet Elizabeth Cakes.  Tel. 267-331-8949.  Website?  http://www.sweetelizabethscakes.com.  They make everything from scratch, with a specialty on custom designed cakes.

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Philadelphia has its first Fashion Truck….it was also mingling with the Food Trucks.  It is called Smak Parlour Fashion Truck.  http://www.smakparlour.com.

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This is a girly, glam and funky truck.   The Boutique is on 219 Market Street in Old City.  The Fashion Truck travels to events throughout the city, but it can also come to your home, office or party.  It is a fun shopping extravaganza.  Smak Parlour has also its own line of in-house designed clothing.  Visit the above mentioned website to see where they will be going next.

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It was time to head back to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware…..Main Street was so crowded and I wanted to have a head start….the Eagles were playing, NASCAR was also in Dover….Yikes….it took me a long time to get home but not as long as the ones that were heading north.

Note:  The Streat Festival is around the same time each year.  Save the Date…it is worth going, especially if you like to Eat…On the STREAT!!

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September 26th, 2014

TGIF, Crawling Philly, Talula’s Daily, Restaurant, Starr Restaurant Group, Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is located only about 2 hours and 20 minutes from Philadelphia.  Crawling Philly for the day is no big deal.

We arrived at Talula’s Daily in the afternoon.  Come to think of it…..right before 5 p.m.  Perfect timing, right?  It is located at 208 West Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19166.  Tel. 215-592-6555.  Website?  http://www.talulasdaily.com.

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Talula’s Daily is part of the Starr Restaurant Group in Philly known for quality of food and unique restaurants.

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Washington Square is part of the Washington Square West and Society Hill neighborhoods of Philadelphia.  It is a U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Walking around these squares and neighborhoods is always a treat.  Residents do enjoy the outdoors.

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Talula’s Daily is not a big restaurant but when you come in you can see how cozy it is.  The Farm Table or Communal Table is in the middle of the room with smaller tables around it.  It is the “it” table to grab.  We, actually, did but I can see that for dinner it might be a quest.

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The restaurant offers a wide range of foods….from soups to nuts and anything in between with drinks to accompany your choices.

We were fixed up with a variety of cheeses.  That’s all we wanted.

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Great presentation.  All cheeses delicious with my particular favorite….the Beemster Goat Gouda.

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St. Agur, a French Blue

Vintage Gouda, a Holland, Cow’s Milk

Truffle Gouda, another Holland, Cow’s Milk

Ossau Iraty, Basque, Sheep’s Milk

Beemster Goat Gouda, Holland, Goat’s Milk

Moses Sleeper, Vermont, Cow’s Milk

Note:  Please check the website.  If very informative with plenty of dining events that look so much fun!! And, “Like” them on Facebook.

Have a great week-end!!

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