Have a Wonderful Weekend.

Martin Luther King Jr, 1956

What are you up to this holiday weekend? We’re thinking of taking a little trip to Philly either this weekend or next, and we would be grateful for any recommendations. (This place looks great.) Also, have you seen The Big Short? It was fantastic. So funny, smart and fast-paced. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

This guy is going places.

I just realized I’ve been wearing this bra every day for EIGHT YEARS. (It’s comfy, smooth, and the underwire never pops out.)

Welcome to the neighborhood.

My new favorite fashion site.

How Jerry Seinfeld, George Clooney and Martha Stewart got their starts.

How cute is this duck hook?

My wife and I are both pregnant.” (LOVED this.)

A woman takes in a Syrian refugee as a lodger and shares her story. (“What does he make of my bourgeois life? He does not appreciate the middle-class obsession with sanded floorboards.”)

This book made me smile.

10 ways you’re making your life harder than it has to be.

31 crazy-strict flight attendant beauty standards.

Snap! Pete Wells knocks Per Se down to two stars in the New York Times.

Wishlisting this cozy winter sweater.

(Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, 1956. 10 things and Per Se links via Kottke.)

  1. I just ordered the Duck Hook and I’m so excited about it :) We desperately need more places to throw heavy winter jackets. Thanks for sharing!

  2. ashley says...

    Try Bud and Marilyn’s. It’s new and delicious!

  3. Ashley H says...

    Philadelphia is such a great city, I never knew I’d love it as much as I do! Every one made such great recommendations already, but I thought I’d chime in, too.

    Zahav (Old City) – you’ll 100% need a reservation, I’d look sooner rather than later as Saturday & Sunday reservations are hard to come by last minute. As many said above, if you are staying downtown, go to their sister restaurant, Dizengoff. Many have mentioned Pizza Brain (Fishtown), which is a great alternative to Beddia, but if you can get Joe’s pizza – do it. It’s worth every penny and the wait. Johnny Brenda’s is right next door and is a great place to wait and grab a drink – kid friendly, too. If the vibe at JB’s isn’t your thing, Fette Sau and Frankford Hall are also fun. Frankford Hall stocks their tables with games, which could keep the kids nice and busy while you wait! Every one will endlessly recommend La Colombe, but they’re not as special as they once were. Try Elixr (Center City), Reanimator (Fishtown), or Rival Brothers (Fitler Square) for true Philadelphia roasted coffee. Grab a delicious, hot bagel at the newly opened Philly Style Bagels (Fishtown) or get an amazing meal any time of day at High Street on Market (Old City). Cheu Noodle Bar was also mentioned, though I’d warn that the spot is small and the wait is usually long; if the kids are patient, then I’d recommend waiting – their ramen is terrific. Stargazy (East Passyunk) is a newish British hand pie spot and is so tasty! Reading Terminal Market (Chinatown/Center City) is a must see, though eating there may prove to be intense as it’s such a tourist destination. Walking through is fun, Beiler’s is always raved about, but the true best donuts are from Frangelli’s Bakery (South Philly) – this isn’t very convenient to get to though.

    The Barnes Museum (Rittenhouse, kind of) really is a must, we’re so lucky to call it our own here in Philadelphia. Buy tickets in advance, as many mentioned. Curtis Institute of Music (Rittenhouse) offers FREE concerts, it’s worth looking in to. I know I read a recommendation for the Love Letter Train tour – this is so worth it and it’s a safe, easy way to see so much of Philadelphia and, of course, something that Philadelphia is proud of. Ice Skating is offered at Penn’s Landing (Old City) and is reasonable at about $13/pp; this is also the historic part of the city.

    There’s a Philly Phlash bus, it’s the easiest and most cost effective way of seeing a ton and getting from point A to B. We only have 2 metro systems, but if you’re interested in getting to Old City or Fishtown, where many of the recommendations above are, it’s super easy and cheap.

  4. Jade says...

    Hi Joanna,

    First, I’ve recently started reading your blog this past year and it’s become a part of my daily morning routine so thank you for always having such inspiring content up!

    I lived and Philly for 6 years and it still has my heart – here are a few of my recommendations:
    -El Vez in Rittenhouse Square: They have the best frozen margaritas and caramelized cheese dip
    -Rittenhouse Square in general: It’s the more high end area of Philly with so many great stores and restaurants. The Rittenhouse park is a favorite for walking through and impromptu picnics.
    -Duross & Langel: This small shop has the best homemade soap and body wash I’ve ever used. You can check out their website online but if you ‘re in the area, it’s a real treat to go in and be able to smell each of the handmade & individually wrapped soaps (Violet, Cucumber, & Thai Tea are a few of my favorites). They make a Horny Drunken Goat Soap every Christmas so I will make that drive every year just so I can go into the shop and pick some up (sorry wallet).
    -Jose Pistola: Just experienced this recently and they have the most delicious and unique nachos & guacamole. One example is their korean style nachos.
    -City Tap House: Over 50 craft beers on tap, and fire pits outside – enough said.
    -The Dandelion: This is my favorite Steven Starr restaurant. You feel like you’ve stepped into a London pub when you go here. All their selections are delicious but I like to go with friends to do a fancy cheeseboard and tea.
    -Del Frisco’s: It’s pricey but it’s the best steak and calamari you’ll ever have. Super swanky place.
    -City Hall just opened up an ice-rink in front of it so you and the family can get some ice skating time in with City Hall as the backdrop.
    -Reading Terminal Market: This is truly an experience and you’ll want to eat and buy everything here.
    -Vintage: It’s a restaurant bar that has a great wine selection.
    -Frankford Hall: Outdoor beer garden with heaters and Jenga.
    -Miel Patisserie: In Rittenhouse Square and in my opinion, has the best macaroons and tea.
    -University City: Drexel University and UPenn’s campus are here. It’s a nice walk through to see the city college life, and they also have a bunch of restaurants and shops in U-City.
    -Comcast Building: It’s an odd suggestion but the Comcast building has the coolest holograms in the main lobby that you can go in and see.
    -Love Park: For your obligatory picture in front of the Love Park sign.

    I threw a lot of suggestions at you but if nothing else, I highly recommend Duross & Langel, and The Dandelion. I hope you all have a wonderful time in Philly and I look forward to seeing a post on it!


  5. Em says...

    Echoing others’ Philly suggestions for Zahav and Federal Donuts. Zahav is a must. So is a stroll through the Italian Market – especially with a stop at Di Bruno Bros. for some cheese tasting. The Magic Gardens are great, and it’s always fun to take a trip to one of the few brick-and-mortar Terrain shops while you’re there!

  6. love finding a great quality bra that will last for years! such a rare find

  7. Alex says...

    Hi, there. I feel very stupid for what follows but I’ve been looking for something for a while on the website and I start really doubting about my sanity so if, by chance, you had the time to answer me, that would be wonderful. I’m pretty sure that you published once a post referencing a painting of a woman in a swimsuit (or a towel). And that was really beautiful. For some reason, this picture is stuck in my head but Ican’t find the post any longer. Is any possibility you would remember it? I’d totally understand that you had better to do than replying to me but as I said, I keep looking for it and can’t find it so I thought this was worth a try. Thanks, anyway…

  8. Lisa says...

    Come on down to Philly, my beloved hometown of more years than I care to admit! In all seriousness, I have two boys approximately the same ages as yours, so I think I’m a pretty good judge of things to do. So many great recommendations already! I would add:

    A (free) recital at the Wanamaker Organ in Macy’s (Wanamaker’s) in Center City: It is a sight to behold (and hear) and it just so happens that the shoe department is right nearby! It is also very close to Reading Terminal (listen to me – get Beiler’s doughnuts!) and Chinatown, so you could easily combine a noon show (1/23 at noon is specifically for kids) with lunch there.

    A mural tour. A really fun way to see the city and will get you to some neighborhoods you may not otherwise see. It looks as if the Love Letter Train Tour may be the only one offered in Jan. I’ve never done the tour, just taken the el myself – they are seriously sweet.

    Fireman’s Hall Museum ( – the boys will love it, guaranteed. Also near this rockin’ toy shop ( And Franklin Fountain for decadent ice cream (

    Smith Playground is really amazing – bundle up!

    Hop Sing Laundromat if you and Alex are able to sneak out for a drink. Perhaps after dinner at Vietnam ( or really anywhere, there are truly so many great options.

    Have so much fun!

  9. I hope you got to try Pizzeria Beddia! If not, it’s worth a trip back, I promise.

  10. Carmen B. says...

    10 ways you’re making your life harder.
    I do some of that :-(

  11. Amanda says...

    If you go to Philly (I live here), you absolutely MUST eat at Zahav. It is an Israeli restaurant and hands down my favorite restaurant of all time. Impeccable service and the tasting menu is a STEAL.

  12. Amanda says...

    Grew up in Philly and my parents are still there.

    Can’t recommend Reading Terminal Market enough. Everyone will be happy with lots of food choices.
    Please Touch Museum is a bit inconvenient with a downtown stay but absolutely worth it. Plan to be there nearly all day with the kids. Truly worth it. Kids also will love the Ben Franklin House and his print shop. There’s an underground museum with info on the Continental Congress, a neat light up puppet sort of theater, his inventions and a chance to see things printed in the print shop. Probably more engaging and less busy than some of the other Constitutional History (Independence Hall, Constitution Center, Liberty Bell, etc.) places.
    Franklin Institute is wonderful but probably better appreciated when your kids are a bit older. I’m a big fan of the Academy of Natural Sciences but your kids might be a bit jaded with the MoNH.
    Stay away from Pat’s and Gino’s. Frankly not very good at all. My favorite cheese steak is not downtown – Chubby’s in Roxborough. If you’re downtown, Jim’s on South Street is pretty good but do NOT get ‘wiz. Despite what everything that stereotypes us says, most of us do not eat ‘wiz. Go with American cheese and choose onions, peppers or sauce based on what you like. ‘wit means with onions, peppers and sauce – just say what you want so you get it clearly.

    Brunch is awesome but includes a wait if you are late at Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat and at Sabrina’s.

    Art Museum and the Barnes collection are also amazing. They used to do a free admission before a certain time on Sunday mornings. Nice way to do it with kids so you don’t worry about only seeing a fraction of it. Then go outside the Art Museum (you can walk up there from the Barnes) and you can do the steps and pretend to be Rocky or go behind the museum and down the hill and walk by the Schuykill (pronounced sch-ooo-kill) River on a fantastic path. Good chance to get kids outside and run around time.

    Have fun!

  13. Rachael says...

    You should try a Philadelphia CityPASS. I bet your boys would love the Please Touch Museum, zoo and aquarium. It’s a great city! Putting The Big Short on my to watch list. Thanks!

  14. Lisa says...

    Im not sure I would agree those flight attendant rules are so “crazy”.. Some yes, but being able to reach a certain hight is required to do their job. And looking neat, clean, not having visible tattoos.. Those rules don’t sound so crazy in that field.

  15. janelle says...

    yep, those calvin klein bras are my favorite too!

  16. Julia says...

    I live abroad but Philly will always be home! Since I only get to visit once a year, these are my carefully planned, all-time favorites:
    I second all recc’s for DiNic’s and Tony Luke’s. The real best Philly sandwich is roast pork with broccoli rabe and provolone.
    If you find yourself in Fishtown, the La Colombe there is the best, they offer tours of the distillery and coffee lab and have a beautiful pizza oven too. Little Baby’s Ice Cream is only a few blocks away. Their flavors are so fun and surprising – if your’e feeling brave try the earl grey sriracha.
    Vedge is incredible, if you can get a table. Their wine list is great. If it’s too busy to squeeze in a meal there, try V Street – same owners, more casual concept.
    Ardmore’s Tired Hands brewery is a little out of the way but fantastic beer – see if you can get it on draft around town (Alla Spina will have some).
    For kiddos, absolutely the Franklin Institute is a win, their Imax features are great and the brain playground is a blast. I think your guys might be too young for the Mutter Museum, although it’s good creepy fun for adults!

  17. Nora says...

    We love staying at the Monaco a Kimpton hotel. They have a complimentary wine hour for their guests in their fabulous lobby.
    Talula’s Garden is a restaurant with great ambiance and excellent food. Also, the Dandelion Pub for drinks or brunch, it’s a very quaint British pub. Finally, Amada for tapas. For the kids, the Franklin Institute with a huge model heart that you can walk through. The Philadelphia Art Musuem. Philly has a wonderful restaurant scene and and so many cultural activities for adults and kids alike. Enjoy and can’t wait to read about your Philly adventure.

  18. Alina says...

    Ahhhh!!! That is the BEST bra!!! I’m with you!

  19. I scanned through some of the comments and wished that I had seen these before our trip to Philly last weekend! We loved the touristy Independence Hall and Liberty Bell. In the winter there is no wait and it’s very inspiring. Reading Terminal is fun- get the Amish donuts! Also, the Magic Gardens is an amazing spot- Google it to get an idea for it, but in person it’s even more…well, magical.

  20. Annelise Smith says...

    The best cheesteaks are actually at a small shop called Dalessandro’s in East Falls part of Philly (even Jimmy Fallon goes there!). My favorite place for brunch is Fitler Dining Room. It’s small, but I’ve somehow always managed to get a table even during peak brunch times.

    PS – Pizza Brain isn’t that great- it’s small and is hardly a museum, I wouldn’t take kids there.

  21. Ange says...

    Go to Vedge in Philly. Even if you are not a vegetarian (I’m not) it is sooooo good. And get the rutabega fondue.

  22. Steph B says...

    Regarding those flight attendants…Oh NO! It is not 1950 anymore. I recently read that our first impression of people is based on their authenticity and their strength; can we trust them and are they caring. Acne, nylons (I shudder), and lip gloss do not come to mind when I consider those things. I’ve been thinking about shaving the side of my head above my ear lately but I’m also about to start touring preschools for my 3 year old daughter and before I read that article I was up in the air because I didn’t want to give the wrong impression. After that article I am making my salon appointment. It’s time to crumble these ridiculous stereotypes and I’ll start with a tiny side shave. :-) Thanks for the article!

  23. So many great places to eat in philly!
    My recommendations:
    -federal donuts
    -rival brothers (get the toast)
    -high street on market (for breakfast- get the ginger yogurt)
    -alla spina (they have a daily poutine)
    -reading terminal market
    -la colombe coffee (i like the one near city hall- lattes + cold brew on tap)
    -cheu noodles (casual, fun, everything on the menu is great)
    -continental (it’s classic)
    -kyber pass pub (bar + food + movies)
    -russet (nice byob resturant)
    -Vedge (vegetarian everything)

    Things to do:
    -Mutter Museum
    -Barnes Foundation (GET TICKETS BEFOREHAND)
    -Eastern State Penitentiary
    -Liberty Bell
    -Elfreth’s Alley

  24. Emily says...

    Joanna I am an ex-NYer but my husbands job brought us down to Philly. Things you must see/do:

    Barnes Museum is an absolute

    Zahav is one of my favorite restaurants
    Amis if you’re in the mood for pasta
    Please Touch if you have the boys with you

    Parc is good just don’t go in comparing it to Pastis ;)

    Are you considering a move????

    If you want the cosiest little French bistro-esque that’s also BYOB go to Cochon

    Take advantage of our other amazing BYOs as well!!

  25. Jenny says...

    Pizzeria Vetri definitely has the best pizza! It tastes like pizza in Italy. Philly is my adopted hometown, and I love it. Rittenhouse Square is lovely and a great place for kids to run around. Other favorite restaurants are: Dandelion (18th and Samson), 20 Manning, and Parc.

  26. Alexandra says...

    Yay Philly! I love our weird, sweet, sometimes cranky little city. :) I’m biased towards my own hood, but South Philly is where it’s at! Noord, Laurel, and Towsend are all incredible places to eat, and E Passyunk in general is great for strolling and shopping off the beaten path. For the kiddos, the Please Touch Museum and Smith Playground are tops. Zahav and Marrakesh are also phenomenal places to eat in center city, and Franklin Park has a great playground complete with carousel and mini golf. Uwishunu and Wee Wander are my go-to blogs for finding fun things to do. Hope you guys have a wonderful visit!

  27. I know you have tons of great Philly recommendations already but here’s a few of my faves:
    -Reading Terminal is a given!
    -Crime & Punishment – Brewery and eastern european grub like stellar pieogies!! Always good art up on the walls.
    -Honest Tom’s – tasty tacos and burritos – try the sweet potato burrito!
    -Jinxed thrift/vintage stores- there’s a few locations but they have amazing wares and odd and ends
    -Eastern State penitentiary – very good tour
    -The Franklin Institute – great science museum
    -Magic Gardens – breath taking exteriors/interiors with mirror mosaics and unique gallery on South Street
    -One shot coffee – cozy coffee cafe with unique twists on your usual caffeinated drinks
    -Various boutiques and shops on 2nd street in old city

    Enjoy! I lived in Philly for a long time and just moved to LA. I miss that city dearly!

  28. Also, breakfast or brunch: Morning Glory cafe is delicious. Theyve got this berry biscuit- it is amazing. Beau Monde is also great if you like crepes cause there’s the option to make your own.

  29. Jess says...

    If you’re in Philly, Max Brenner’s is a restaurant specializing in anything chocolate. SOOO GOOD

  30. Shira says...

    You and your family will love Reading Terminal Market!

  31. Do it! Philly: The Please Touch Museum for the kiddos, The Barnes Foundation for art, Federal Donuts for a cheesesteak alternative. Fishtown or South Philly for some Brooklyn flair, Rittenhouse Square for quintessential Philadelphia strolling, shopping, people watching and main stream fine dining.

  32. Janell says...

    Pub & Kitchen
    Johnny Brenda’s

    • Janell says...

      And Sabrina’s for brunch. Two locations…Italian market is cuter.

  33. Jenica Rose-Stine says...

    My husband is from Philadelphia. I love to go to Reading Terminal Market when we go up to visit his family. There’s like 100 booths with all sorts of different food – just about everything you can imagine! It’s so fun to walk through there and try different things. It’s a foodies dream!

  34. Amy says...

    Philly ideas: The Arms and Armor collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is AWESOME! The Franklin Institute is particularly good if the weather is bad; it’s a good place for kids to let off some steam. Do not miss the Reading Terminal Market, especially the Amish section. Enjoy!

  35. Maria in Maine says...

    I so enjoy your blog. My husband ,his buddies and our girls are watching the Patriots and I’ve snuck downstairs to enjoy your Friday round up. Thank you…winter is so much better with cup of Joe.

  36. Prippy Handbook says...

    SO many Philly recs… because it is amazing. The Barnes Museum is my favorite. Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream are fantastic for kiddos (although a bit out of the way!). The Italian Market is incredible… HIGHLY recommend it and make sure you grab a cannoli at Isgros. I could go on and on… it is such an amazing city. Have a wonderful visit!

  37. jennifer says...

    Definitely try Federal Donuts! Zahav is amazing and Shane Confectioners is one of the oldest chocolatiers in the country.
    Fox Books is an adorable bookshop and there are a lot of charming shops in that area.
    Have fun!

  38. 10 ways you’re making your life harder is brilliant. And so true.

  39. Sarah Spagnoli says...

    Go to Dizengoff! It’s a hummus restaurant by the guy behind Zahav, one of Philly’s most famous restaurants. Just a little order at the counter spot serving the best hummus and pita you’ll ever eat. Plus, it’s across the street from Federal Donuts so…dessert.

  40. Sarah says...

    The Per Se review is so mean spirited. Not impressed with it at all.

  41. yael steren says...

    Have so much fun in Philly!! I went to Penn undergrad and I miss it there!! There are actually a ton of great restaurants in Center City. I am sure a lot of them have changed since I went to undergrad but you really can’t go wrong!! And walking around on south street is super fun! Enjoy! xx yael

  42. Go to Zahav! Incredible Israeli food. Have a lovely trip!!

  43. Maria says...

    Check out Pizza Brain in Fishtown! Not only do they serve amazingly unique and delicious pizzas, but the shop itself is also a pizza museum. And, bonus, there’s an attached ice cream shop as well. Enjoy Philly!

  44. Sara says...

    If you come into Philly it’s definitely worth a side trip into Lancaster. The farmland and Amish attractions are beautiful and fun (especially for little ones- the historic Strasburg steam engine is great!) but the city of Lancaster also has lovely museums, tons of local galleries, breweries, and food (Alton Brown just visited and went crazy for Maison)!

  45. Elizabeth says...

    Definitely go to Reading Terminal market to pick up a pork sandwich from DiNic’s (there might be a line, it’s award winning!) and some biscotti!

  46. obsessed with food52 site! clean and easy to peruse. lost in a dream right now of a re-vamped kitchen…
    thank you!

  47. I loved the Tim Hoch article. Seemingly obvious advice but for whatever reason I really needed to read this today. Thank you for the link!

  48. I say this every week, but I really LOVE these weekly roundup posts you create! Thank you for always sharing the best of the Internet!

  49. Anna E says...

    I, too, wear that same bra. Have been doing it for about 8 years. Nordstrom Rack is the place to find them for $25!

  50. Philly recs– art museum and walking about the grounds very pretty, Reading Terminal market, Han Dynasty (there’s two locations and having lived in China, it’s actually really legit Chinese food, spicy! Sichuan cuisine with a cool vibe), and of course, cheese steaks at Tony Luke’s. Have fun!

  51. Lara says...

    Federal doughnuts is a must!

  52. Jenna says...

    The longer I live in the Philly area, the more I like it. Our favorites:
    - We always bring out-of-town friends and family here for flatbread, salads, beer, and desserts. It’s super kid friendly (they make their own soft drinks) and you can’t beat the deliciousness for the price point.
    - We’ve had year memberships at most of the art museums here, and they’re exceptional, but this is one of my favorites. It’s intimate instead of overwhelming, and small enough for children’s attention spans, with well-written guides to help kids engage with the sculpture.
    - This is a favorite Friday night date–food and drinks on the steps at the Phila. Art Museum listening to jazz from around the world. There are always kids dancing at the bottom:)
    -And I second Honey’s (check out across the street), Monk’s, Mama’s Vegetarian, Reading Terminal Market, Zahav, Abe Fisher, and Fork. Federal Donuts is on our list.
    -Can’t forget Wedge + Fig, a cheese shop/cafe with amazing brunches.

  53. Jackie says...

    Definitely recommend the Please Touch Museum! Awesome for kids! Also, Federal Donut- haven’t gotten there yet myself, but I’m dying to! Have fun!

  54. Esther says...

    you’ll love Philly. you should check out Northern Liberties, Olde City and work your way up the Ben Franklin parkway to the Art Museum (Boat House Row is lovely at night).

  55. Alison says...

    We have been to Philly several times and have tried many of their restaurants. Vernick Food and Drink is hands down the best. We also highly recommend Bakeshop for their amazing avocado toast and scones. Enjoy!!

  56. Katie Larissa says...

    Thanks for the bra recommendation! I’ve been desperately in need of a basic bra for a while, and for some reason the thought of committing to one is intimidating to me. (Also, not completely sure what size I am post-baby, and don’t want to go to a place to get measured, because who has time or $ for that??!)

  57. Jenn says...

    As a Philadelphian for 6 years, I have to second some of the above recommendations of Vedge for blow your mind vegetarian, Honey’s in Northern Liberties for an amazing brunch, Dandelion for a pop in to grab drinks (it’s so cozy and the best in the winter)! The Barnes, Please Touch, or Franklin Institute would all be cool with the kids. There’s also tons of cool new eateries in Passyunk Square!

  58. Robin says...

    I’ve lived in Philly for 21 years in the Fitler Square neighborhood so I’m quite partial to this family-friendly area. We love Ants Pants on 23rd and South and coffee drinkers (I do not partake) love Rival Bros at 24th and Lombard but my absolute fave is Cafe Lutecia at 23rd and Lombard (best soup, pastries, french dishes). It’s tiny and completely unfancy but a neighborhood icon, just the same. From here, you can walk to the Schuylkill River Park at 26th and Pine. It has a playground, a dog park and you can easily access the path along the river.

  59. Tracy Carson says...

    If you are taking the boys definitely go to the Please Touch Museum. It’s amazing, with multiple levels and activities no one will be bored. The grounds are just as beautiful too (although we were there in the summer) but still if the weather is nice you can walk a good bit outside and then go back in for more fun. My boys especially loved the rocket launching room!

  60. Joanna, if you go to Philly go to Sabrina’s for brunch so yummy and you have to share the stuffed french toast. We usually get it for the whole table to share as dessert.

  61. embaddock says...

    knead bagels!
    options like: cardamom w/ blood orange cream cheese or black sesame w/ sweet potato curry cream cheese

  62. We are staying in this weekend. I have seen the Big Short, I work for Paramount-the studio that released it, so we are hoping for a big win this year! It is a great movie-it’s one of those movies people need to see no matter what, so we can all understand what happened.
    Have a great weekend!!


  63. Raj says...

    We lived in Philly for 5 yrs and I so miss the food scene! Luckily, Sacramento, CA is heading in that direction. slowly.
    Some of my fave spots:
    Jose Garces- Distrito
    Continental- shoestring fries & buzz aldrin’s (very kid friendly)
    Parc (on Rittenhouse) for brunch
    farmicia for brunch
    Lolita (byot)
    If you want to head out to Northern Liberties check out Dos Segundos and Brown Betty cupcakes. Best. cupcakes. ever.!

    • LP says...

      Lolita is no longer BYOT, but it’s still great! If you do want a BYOT, Cafe Ynez on Washington Ave is awesome.

  64. For eating – Vedge or V Street. Vegetarian food that will blow your mind. Pizzeria Beddia is awesome but be prepared for no seats and a wait which is not ideal with kids. I am great friends with Joey though and its well worth the agony. I am personally in love with our Zoo in the winter. Animals have been super active lately and its the oldest Zoo in the country so the buildings are beautiful too. If you are looking for some outdoors adventuring – you can hike anywhere in Fairmount Park – it gets more wooded as you get out of the city but its still just a short ride. Or just hang out along Kelly Drive after some time at Art Museum or the Barnes. I hope you guys come ! It is the City of Brotherly Love after all! Enjoy xxoo!

  65. Kirsten says...

    Reading Terminal Market is my very favorite!

  66. Kristen says...

    Speaking on behalf of our city, we’d love to have you! I agree with so many of the recommendations above, especially:

    Charlie Was a Sinner. – Best atmosphere and delish vegan menu
    Monks – Awesome beer!
    Mama’s – if you’re into falafel
    Tria Wine Bar – there are a few locations for the wine lover you are!
    Anything Garces (my fave is Garces Trading Post and the burger and duck fat fries at Village Whiskey)
    Anything Stephen Starr, but I have to say that my all time fave and what I think you’ll love the most is The Dandelion. It has the BEST atmosphere!

    Have fun in the City of Brotherly Love! xo

  67. Kate says...

    Vedge for the most wonderful, innovative vegetarian food! I am a total carnivore and going there is such a treat. Also, the fishtown neighborhood is quirky and fun…check out Kensington quarters, pizzeria beddia (while you are waiting for the pizza have a drink at a nearby pub)!

  68. LT says...

    I LOVED The Big Short and just today recommended it to two friends.
    Room & Brooklyn are also excellent.

  69. Sarah E says...

    I’ve been laughing at the StrangCore tumblr all day. Genius.

  70. While you go to philly maybe we will head to SF because their pizza also does not disappoint and its a worthy cheat meal!

    Loved the links and Kids are so smart (& sneaky)! The flight-attendants rules were hilarious and prehistoric all-in-one. The one where they cant be married (unless…) and the nostril hair! haha! I wonder what Virgin’s rules are? They seem to be the cool dudes on the block.

    Not only does Jenny and her husband have great food, the welcome to the neighborhood is such a great idea. Sometimes an actual gift may seem too instrusive, but you cant go wrong with restaurant suggestions because we all need takeout at some point.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    xo Lendy

  71. Danielle says...

    Continental is a great place to eat! Order the cheesesteak eggrolls. They sound gimmicky but are so delicious. The rest of their food is amazing too. Also, if you’re near the Italian market go to Isgro’s for ricotta cookies and cannoli.

  72. Leah says...

    The La Colombe on Frankfort is gorgeously lit and spacious, plenty of room for little ones to roam while you sip on a flat white (or one of their boozy-er options!).

  73. So happy to hear you’re visiting Philly! I just moved here from Texas and it is truly one of the sweetest and easiest cities to explore. You’ll find hidden gems on every corner. One place you HAVE to try is Bud & Marilyn’s – they have a fantastic winter menu right now with the best biscuits and honey butter I’ve ever tasted (which is BIG KUDOS coming from a Texan!).

    Enjoy the City of Brotherly Love!

  74. illana says...

    Joanna, I WEAR THE EXACT SAME BRA!!!!! :-D

    Happy Weekend,

  75. Julie says...

    It’s been so fun reading through the comments! I too live in Philly… It is such a wonderful (& underrated) city.

    My favorite museum would have to be Penn’s museum of archaeology and anthropology. (

    The academy of natural sciences might be fun for your boys too, usually less crowded than the Franklin Institute & perfect for kids and adults alike. They usually have fun exhibits going on as well! (

    Frankford Hall (beer garden with games!), Winterfest at Penn’s Landing (ice skating) & the Schuylkill banks boardwalk are fun outdoor activities if the weather allows it! There is also an outdoor ice rink in Dilworth Park right next to (literally) city hall.

    The food scene in Philadelphia is just… well, it’s amazing. I’ve listed some of my current favorites – that are mostly kid friendly! Enjoy!!

    Dock Street Brewery (pizza!)
    Dim Sum Garden (soup dumplings)
    Alla Spina (lots’o’pork)
    The Dandelion (British)

  76. Philadelphiaaaaa! Please Touch Museum for sure, Ultimo & Elixr for coffee, Rival Bros for coffee & pastries & toast, Dizengoff for light lunch or heavy snack, Zavino for pizza (I think kids could do well there), Zahav for dinner if kids aren’t in tow, and Paesano’s in the Italian Market for phenomenal, phenomenal sandwiches.

    & the enormous taxidermy and dinosaur exhibits at the Academy of Natural Sciences were my favorite as a kid.

    • Christen says...

      I second Zahav and Paesanos, both amazing. Also, the Barnes is not to be missed!

  77. Jennie says...

    I second the votes for the Please Touch Museum and Franklin Square (weather permitting). There’s also a firefighter museum (we’ve yet to get there during their open hours) that’s big with littles. And a walk along Frankford Avenue to eat and caffeinate (the La Colombe there is a thing of beauty, as are draft lattes). Nomad Pizza (on 7th street in Bella Vista) is another great option for parents + kids, and Serpico (on South Street of all places) just might be my favorite restaurant for adults these days. And if you’re feeling adventurous, the waterfront pop up ice skating rink “Winterfest” is lovely. We rented one of the warming huts for our family over the holidays and had a blast. The ice was a little, um, bumpy – but the treats from Franklin Fountain (amazing ice cream) and Garces made up for that.

  78. Kelly says...

    How exciting is it to see other Cup of Jo readers from Philly? I jumped on here to make a suggestion but was overwhelmed with how many of you have already beat me to it! Meet up, anyone? :)

  79. Tiffany says...

    Philly Native here :) Miles away these days. My recs:
    – Please Touch Museum (for the kiddies)
    – Chickie and Pete’s, it’s a Sports Pub – the crab fries, the mussels (I prefer white, my coworker says red)!
    – Green Eggs Cafe, several locations. Great reviews, I haven’t been able to get in, the line is always cray.
    – Jim’s Steaks, South Street cheesesteaks, it’s a must!!!
    Have a great trip, dress warm, stay safe!

  80. I love philly. Farm and the fisherman is a favorite of mine! Have fun!

    Marisa x

  81. Chelsie says...

    I definitely second the Mutter Museum, it is an amazing experience. And it’s not too graphic just pretty gross medical marvels. As for breakfast I suggest and go with whatever French toast special they have, scrambled with dill, or the lox platter which is my fave. Enjoy my home city!!!

  82. Julia says...

    Philly – yay! If your little ones will tolerate an art museum I’d head to the Barnes.

    If you are in Center City I’d head to Elixir for great coffee and Dizengoff for the best hummus ever. 13th Street (aka Midtown Village) has a ton of great restaurants. Reading Terminal Market is pretty great (tip: many vendors are cash only)

    Also great is quirky South Street. We really like Brauhaus Schmitz because it is a great German beer place / restaurant but ok to bring kiddos.

    Have fun. Philly has really upped its restaurant scene in the last 5 years so there are a ton of great places to eat.

  83. Sarah says...

    The boys would like Franklin Square. The park has a playground, mini-golf course, shake shack, and carousal. There’s a fountain in the warm months and lots of pretty lights in the trees this time of year. It’s right between Old City and Fishtown.

  84. The Magic Garden is an absolute must – the elaborate mosaic has been created over decades by the very eccentric artist Isaiah Zagar. It takes up roughly a full city block and is one of my favorite places in Philly.

    If you end up in Fishtown (I would second checking out Frankford Hall), the Yards Brewery is nearby and worth a visit.

  85. Megan says...

    As always, thank you for sharing the links! As for Philly, my husband and I just took a day trip there (from DC) a few weeks ago: Monk’s Cafe (the burgers! the mussels! the beer!) and Tony Luke’s for cheesesteak — wiz wit. Have fun! xo

  86. If its just you and Alex, go to Charlie Was a Sinner. It is the BEST and happens to be Vegan, though you would never think about it because the food is so top notch. It’s pretty tiny but is my favorite restaurant I’ve ever been to in the city. You don’t have to have a reservation, but you may have to wait or sit up in the “lounge” area, which I actually quite enjoyed.

  87. Mel says...

    Grab a Falafel sandwich from Mama’s Vegetarian (20th St. b/t Market and Chestnut). BEST FALAFEL EVER (second best in marais district of Paris if you end up there). Perfect inexpensive, grab-and-go type meal with kids. Closed on Saturdays so enjoy on Sunday.

  88. That welcome to the neighbourhood package is so sweet! I’ll have to remember that one!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  89. Pizzeria Bedia is wonderful! Totally worth lining up at 5:30 to reserve one of his 40 pizzas a night, and Fishtown is a wonderful neighborhood to explore (I’m a bit biased, though; my fiance and I just moved here from Boston six months ago). If you’re looking for a delicious farm-to-table BYO in that area, helm in nearby Olde Kensington is delicious ( if you can snag a table, and Front Street Cafe (right by the elevated subway) is a nice mix of coffee shop by day and bar/restaurant by night; if you’re in Center City, Charlie was a Sinner can’t be beat for cocktails and small plates. Have a lovely time here in Philly!

    • Megan says...

      Yay! I live above Front Street Cafe and the food is delicious with an amazing beer list. I agree with all of the suggestions for Frankford Hall, especially if you have the boys with you. It’s totally kid friendly during the day. Also, Fette Sau next door that has awesome bbq. And one more Fishtown recommendation, La Columbe flagship cafe on Frankford. It’s a beautiful space with draft lattes and they make their own rum! Have fun in our wonderful city!

  90. If you have the stomach for medical museums (this one can be a bit graphic), you MUST go to The Mutter Museum. It’s amazing. One of the best museums I’ve ever visited.

    I loved the story about Emily and Kate. They were so honest. It was really great. Thank you for sharing.

  91. Amanda says...

    Have you ever been to Philadelphia before? If not, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Foundation are a must, and I think you can make it work with the kids. Smith Memorial Playground can be fun; the Playhouse is open but the Playground is closed until April. High Street on Market is wonderful, especially for brunch with the kids. Also, Zahav. Have so much fun!

  92. Sarah says...

    Bud & Marilyn’s, Little Nonnas, and Zahav are great for dinner. Sidecar, Green Eggs, and Honey’s have a great brunch. Philly food is awesome :)

  93. Barbara says...

    Vernick Food And Drink is a must. Best food and best people.

  94. Lesley says...

    My absolute favorite is a little bar/restaurant at 19th & Chestnut called Devil’s Alley. It’s never too crowded and the bartenders are awesome, plus their veggie burger and fries are to die for! Everybody in my office chooses it over any fancy Center City restaurant if we have a birthday/special lunch event. You also can’t go wrong with any Garces restaurant, the Garces Trading Company does a cool tasting menu/has the most amazing house-made mozzarella. Holy yummm. Have fun in Philadelphia!! :)

  95. Whit says...

    I’ve lived in Philly for two years. Beddia is awesome for pizza. My favorite breakfast/brunch/happy place is Honey’s. Kid friendly, cash only, and basically perfect.

  96. Tee says...

    Please please please go to Supper (restaurant). The food is so good (epic fried chicken).

  97. I live in Philly and here are some ideas for your trip:
    – visit the art museum steps (Rocky steps). They are fun for the kids to climb and you’ll have a great view of the city from the top. If you walk around to the back of the art museum, you will find boathouse row and some great little grass/park area with a view of the river.
    – get a cheese steak… because… Philly
    – Frankford Hall in Fishtown- you can bring the kids and they have jenga and ping pong and other games with a nice outdoor seating area (yes even in the winter! fire pits!) and an awesome beer selection and the best soft pretzels I’ve ever had.
    – For nicer restaurants- Sampan, Parc, Talula’s Garden- make reservations anywhere though, it is like NY.
    – If you are into weird medical oddities- Mutter museum of medical oddities in Philly- probably not the best for little kids (although they might not understand a lot of it) but it is REALLY cool.
    – Check out city hall- one of the most beautiful buildings in Philly
    – Some good hang out bars to rest after walking around and get warm: Kite and Key, Fette Sau, Frankford Hall, Mac’s Tavern
    – Liberty Bell and Independence Hall- you don’t even have to do the tour (although it is free) it is fun to walk around that area and look at it.
    – Redding Terminal Market- if you want some of the best food in Philly, and just to wander around the most awesome indoor market, this is your place. They have all kinds of amish cheeses and meats and little restaurants and sweet treats.
    – If you start at the art museum and walk directly to city hall, you’ll hit LOVE park and all of the center city things to see.


  98. Natasha says...

    I wore those exact bras constantly up until becoming a mom, heralding in breastfeeding boobs. They were amazing during my 32-34 B teenage years… sigh…

    • Ditto – worn every day until breastfeeding rendered my boobs in need of stronger stuff!

    • All those cute brass hooks can be found at Marshall’s/TJ’s for under $10!

  99. Jennifer says...

    I recently moved back to LA from Philadelphia so I am very excited to see you’re making a visit! Cafe Lift is great for brunch – also byob so you can bring some bubbly with you! As other people said you must check out Philly’s amazing BYO scene. Philly really has amazing food!!
    I would definitely stand by this list – some of my favorites are: Le Cheri, Helm, Zahav, Amis, Osteria and Amada. Not on this list is Oyster House which has a great happy hour Saturday (late) nights! Buena Onda for amazing tacos, Pizzeria Vetri for great pizza and Dimsum Garden for wonderful soup dumplings esp for the cold weather you guys must be having over there.

    The Rothman ice rink would be fun for the whole family at Dilworth Park which is very central right in front of City Hall.

    I agree with Please Touch Museum and Franklin Institute. The Art Museum is great as well as the Barnes!

    Hope you have a great time and look forward to your pictures – I have followed your blog for a long time and I love your posts!

  100. Betsy says...

    Thank you so much for sharing “My Wife and I are both Pregnant”. What a wonderful story. After going through years of infertility and problems with breastfeeding, I really identified with Kate. I look forward to your Friday posts every week, this one definitely didn’t disappoint!

  101. lindsey says...

    ice skating and hot chocolate in the adorable pop-up lodge at winterfest (penn’s landing)!

  102. ha, I didn’t find any of those flight attendant rules strict at all, thought they were entirely reasonable. I’m old.

  103. Please Touch Museum is my niece’s favorite, and the Franklin Institute is a fantastic option for something closer to the city center. Favorite places to venture are Reading Terminal Market, Rittenhouse Square, Old City (of course!), and you must run the Art Museum steps. For eats for a family for breakfast, grab some baked goods and coffee at Metropolitan and hang out in Rittenhouse Park and people and dog watch. For a sit-down place, Sabrina’s or Honey’s Sit and Eat are popular spots, but I personally love Ant’s Pants for a real neighborhood vibe. For lunch, gotta hit up High Street on Market and then grab some Franklin Fountain for awesome ice cream. For dinner, Nomad Pizza or Amis. Amis has some pretty amazing Italian food and is one of our favorite places to share plates. Love that you’re visiting Philly and can’t wait to hear about your visit!

  104. Laura says...

    Reading Terminal market has the best donuts by far – it’s called Beiler’s and is run by Quakers. I recommend the apple fritter. They’re closed Sundays, so make sure to hit it up on Saturday. Totally worth the line!

    Other must eat spots include:

    Bar Bombon:
    Little Spoon: (get there on the earlier side, they don’t take reservations)
    Talula’s Garden: (highly recommend for a slightly fancier brunch…right on Washington Square Park!)
    Good King Tavern: (cozy spot for drinks, especially great in the winter…)
    La Calaca Feliz: (fun mexican food place near the PMA and Eastern State Penitentiary)

    • beth says...

      SO GLAD SOMEONE MENTIONED BEILERS! The donuts are amazing. They are actually Amish as are a big number of vendors at Reading Terminal Market.

      Don’t miss Metropolitan bakery, also in RTM, and please try their chocolate cherry bread (when they have it), canalles, millit muffins, fig bars, and really anything else. Metropolitan is my favorite bakery in the whole world.

      Before RTM for dessert, go to Dim Sum Garden like others have mentioned. Tiny and dingy place with super tasty soup dumplings. China town also has delicious hand drawn noodles.

      We also loved eating Pat’s Cheesesteaks (wiz wit), Amada, Osteria, and all the brunch places places people have mentioned (Green Eggs is my fave). They all fill up fast, so make sure you get there early or have things for the boys to do!

      We left Philly 3 years ago and I miss the supurb mix of incredible high and low end foods. They are equally delicious… The Italian bakeries (Isgro!), The roast pork sandwiches (pork, broccoli rabe, provolone), the water ice… All delicious!

      Have fun!!!

      For kids, Please Touch, Franklin Institute, and we love Smith Playground too.

  105. Amy U. says...

    DEFINITELY the Franklin Institute. Your boys will love it. Have fun!

  106. Tricia says...

    You must go to Smith Memorial Playground ! It’s a mansion in Fairmount Park near the art museum, that was built to be an indoor playground. Try Honeys Sit and Eat at 21 and South for brunch, then head to Filter Square and onto the park at 25 and Pine afterward. Great playground and dogwatching, with a new river walk that extends out over the river.

  107. Alyssa says...

    The Dean Strang tumblr page! So funny! He is such a cutie :)

  108. lexi says...

    we’ll be in philly from bk this weekend. see you saturday am at the please touch museum! and thanks for all the recs, commenters!

  109. Maggie says...

    Head to West Philly for popsicles! I know the weather doesn’t really call for cold treats, but these popsicles are to die for, made with local and seasonal ingredients. They have classic and funny flavors too. Their hot chocolate and baked goods are also a real treat. You won’t regret it! You can check out their website here:

  110. Christine says...

    Definitely Please Touch Museum for the kids! My 4-year-old son loves it there. Go early (as soon as it opens) to avoid some of the crowds this holiday weekend. If the weather is mild enough to go outside, try Smith Playground in Fairmount Park. Very cool playground with an awesome wooden slide (don’t miss this!). Also an indoor playhouse on site.

  111. Heather says...

    I live in Philadelphia, and I highly recommend. The Dandelion. They have a cozy fire place, and it’s designed after an English Pub.

    And I second the Franklin Institute! Both within walking distance as well as plenty of hotels.

  112. That kid’s note!! ?

    My parents never had tolerance that kinda thing (100% would’ve made me re-write it lol) but I think I’ll be a parent who appreciates my kids for their clever antics. Give that kid a cookie.

  113. Kristina says...

    Beiler’s Bakery donuts in the Reading Terminal are phenomenal!! The bakery is owned and run by Amish, so check when it is open before you go.

  114. Rachel says...

    Another vote for the Please Touch Museum for the kids. FYI- Philly is right up there with NYC as far as the restaurant scene goes- AMAZING choices. Look up Stephen Starr restaurants- all of his places are insanely good- You also need to experience a real cheesesteak in South Philly- Pat’s!

  115. Maite B. says...

    There are seriously so many great places to eat in Philly! Jamonera and Barbuzzo are great date places. This is often overlooked but I highly recommend the Mercer Museum. It is a quick regional rail train ride away and it is strange and fantastic. And as an art historian I have to give shout outs to the Barnes, Phila Museum of Art, and the PAFA.

  116. Shannon says...

    Omg STRANGCORE! He’s my new random celebrity crush for sure.

  117. Glenda says...

    Thanks for sharing “My wife and I are both pregnant” Interesting read. Have a great weekend!

  118. Patti M. says...

    Please Touch Museum or Franklin Institute and the zoo are great for the kids!

  119. Rachel says...

    The village whiskey! Black bean burger or build your own beef burger are so good. Other great sides and sandwiches. Plus beer selection is great!

  120. Sarah says...

    Fette Sau BBQ is delish, and right near an awesome beer garden (Frankford Hall), although the kids might be a little bored there :) They do have pingpong and firepits, though, so maybe not! Have fun!

  121. I loved the look into flight attendant beauty standards! That article was very interesting, I didn’t realize there were so many strict rules.

  122. Jen says...

    Look at uwishunu, it’s where I go to figure out what’s happening. It’s a great website with a list of things going on in Philly

  123. I highly recommend taking your boys to the Franklin Institute! I grew up going there with my parents and I still have vivid memories of it. It’s a blast! And if the weather is nice you could walk around Rittenhouse Square, that is one of my favorite places in Philly. Have fun!

  124. Hey lady! If you’re in Philly check out Pizza Brain (great pizza and also a pizza museum), the Please Touch Museum for kids and ice skating at Penn’s Landing! If you’re looking for a place to grab dinner I highly recommend Little Nonna’s – it’s delicious and adorable Italian food.

  125. Marie says...

    Your kids are at great ages for the Please Touch Museum, or even the Franklin Institute if the boys are science lovers. Both are great interactive learning museums.

  126. Kim W. says...

    Check out Federal Donuts for the best fried chicken and fresh donuts!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Kim, I was going to say the exact same thing! Federal Donuts is a must when visiting Philly!

      I’d also recommend Continental Mid-Town (18th and Chestnut), lots of different kinds of foods and the decor/seats are really fun (good for kids). A couple really good adult places are Vernick (20th and Walnut), Talula’s Garden (Washington Square Park), or Fork (3rd and Market), though reservations can be hard to get at a short lead time. And last, Philly has so many wonderful BYOB restaurants, our favorite is Porcini (20th and Sansom), a teeny tiny Italian place where the Chef and main waiter are brothers!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Oh! And the Franklin Institute is a great interactive museum that little guys are sure to love. I could go on and on with places to go, I love this city!