Photos From the Weekend

Well get ready for a long post. We did A LOT this weekend with my parents. On Friday Eric and I got out of work around lunchtime and promptly met my parents at Reading Terminal Market for lunch. The place was mayhem, as usual, but we were all able to find something to eat.

Eric and I grabbed lunch from Basic 4, a vegetarian stand. We had heard “meh” things about it, and I think that’s probably how I would describe it. Not bad, but not good.

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market

The most exciting part about Reading Terminal Market? The PICKLES!

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market

After lunch we walked around Center City and I took my mom to Philadelphia Runner and Lululemon. Then in the early evening we headed down to Citizens Bank Park.
My dad got us tickets for the Friday night Phillies vs. Rockies game, and I’d say he did a pretty good job on the tickets. We were in the 12th row, and also got to enjoy the cheaper drinks and air conditioning of the Diamond Club.

Phillies Game

Phillies Game

Phillies Game

Phillies Game

I’ve mentioned it before, but Citizens Bank Park is consistently voted the #1 veg-friendly baseball park. Eric and I went all out and ate more white flour than we probably have the past 6 months combined.
They had veggie burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches. We weren’t able to decide so we went with a dog and burger.

Phillies Game

Phillies Game

Phillies Game

I also ordered a soft pretzel

Phillies Game

And some crab fries! Which are french fries with Old Bay seasoning. No crabs!

Phillies Game

We definitely had a blast at the game.

Phillies Game

On Saturday we decided to take a big excursion out of the city and to Valley Forge National Park.

Valley Forge

I work close by, but had never actually been to the park.

Valley Forge

Valley Forge

We just drove through and would stop at random points. We also saw a lot of deer!

Valley Forge

Finally the heat got to us, and we headed back to the city. My parents were staying at Hotel Palomar and they had really great things to say about the hotel. We decided to grab a few drinks in the bar before dinner.

Drinks at the hotel

Drinks at the hotel

And then we had dinner reservations at Butcher & Singer. My dad is usually a trooper with going to restaurants I like, so I decided Saturday night would be his night and we would take him to get the best steak in town. I figure I can eat where ever I want anytime, and if I have to suck it up for one meal, then so be it.

Butcher & Singer

Or so I thought…
Eric and I left Butcher & Singer stuffed. They were very accommodating to both of us. Our server was extremely knowledgeable on the dishes, and helped us to veganize a few things.

We started with the Butcher salad, minus the meat and cheese. It has chickpeas, lettuce, radicchio, artichokes, bell pepper, and so many other veggies. This salad was amazing.

Butcher & Singer

And then we ordered a few other dishes for our main meal. The chef was able to veganize the risotto, and it turned out amazing. This was the first time I have had risotto, and gosh, it was yummy. We also ordered the regular french fries and asparagus.

Butcher & Singer

Butcher & Singer has a few specialty cocktails and plenty of vegan wines as well. So all in all it turned out to be a great meal.

Sunday I just wanted to walk around the city some and relax. And by walk around, I mean shop.

So many clothes

We ended up heading back to our apartment right before the big storm hit. We hung out for a bit, then took a cab back to center city for dinner.
My parents both like Thai food, so I wanted to take them to Erawan Thai.
We started with veggie spring rolls and fried spring rolls.

Erawan Thai

Erawan Thai

And I ordered the basil fried rice.

Erawan Thai

And Eric ordered the basil curry.

Erawan Thai

Like the every other restaurant we went to this weekend, we left stuffed. I decided to show my parents the Schuylkill Trail so we could walk around some while our food digested.
Schuykill River Trail

After that we went back to the hotel and said our goodbyes. I am so happy my parents were able to come to Philly for a few days and the weather cooperated. I had a blast hanging out with them and I think they had a good time as well.

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17 Responses to Photos From the Weekend

  1. Glad you had a nice meal at Butcher & Singer and that your parents liked the hotel, it looks like you guys had a blast. I really want to go to Erawan Thai soon!

    • lauren says:

      Great call on Butcher & Singer, our food was fabulous and my parents enjoyed it as well.

      Yep Thai food soon. And Indian food. And so much more food.

  2. mihl says:

    My stupid browser won’t show me all of your pictures…but from what I can see you had an awesome weekend!

  3. Sarah says:

    I heard the “chicken” salad sandwich at Basic4 is delicious from some Philly friends…!
    I <3 the Hotel Palomar in Chicago, the bar/restaurant at the one here is amazing.
    Love the pics, looks like a great weekend.

    • Eric says:

      Yah I have heard that as well. I can’t do any of those chicked/egg/ect. salad type of things. They are one of the only things I can’t get get into. Hmm were heading there soon, might have to check the Palomar out there.

  4. I love Erawan’s fresh spring rolls and the dumpling soup. Definitely going to miss that place. Glad you had a great weekend!

    • Eric says:

      Its really nice to be able to get a non-fried veggie roll since theyre usually so heavy. Havnt tried any of their soups but I really like their curries.

  5. tastymoog says:

    that’s awesome how accommodating butcher & singer was. guess i won’t have to strike them off the list of acceptable places when i have steak-happy company. :)

    i still need to check out erawan, looks yummy!

    • Eric says:

      Yah it was delish, way too much food, and strong/excellent cocktails. Theyre specialty is the sidecar and its dangerous in a good way 😉

  6. Jackie says:

    Risotto is so good. I had a peach and fennel one a while back that was super awesome.

  7. Sounds like a great Philly weekend! I love the Reading Terminal, although sadly I’d have to say the same about the vegetarian place. I didn’t know citizen bank was so vegetarian friendly…sadly I have yet to go to a Phillies game.

    • Eric says:

      Yah we discussed it as well, really nice its there but eh… Someone needs to open a raw place there, it would be quick and you could easily get fresh produce. Well you best get to a phils game soon then right? It is kinda funny to see vegan hot dogs and vegan burger signs.

  8. A raw place at the Reading Terminal would be perfect, kind of like how One Lucky Duck has a stand at Chelsea Market in NYC. It wouldn’t be super expensive, I don’t think? Maybe one day….

  9. Katie says:

    Ow ow, I LOVE your purchases!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Wow it looks like you had such a fun weekend!!! I really love reading your blog and your photos are great!! Hope we can all meet up again soon!

  11. Amanda says:

    While it does appear you guys at like kings and queens this weekend, most jealous of your purchase – way cute! Props to you for making lemon out of lemonade at a steak house. I’ve tried that once, but it was a meal of house salad and potatoes for me :(

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