Cupcakes and Beer Gardens: A Typical Philly Weekend
It's been awhile since I've done a photo update of what I've been up to. But to be honest there would be two photos: one of the beach and one of my classroom. July hasn't been much more than hitting the beach when I have a chance and teaching summer school four days a week. Not bad but a little low on the adventure. I decided we needed to remedy that and dragged Nick to Philly for some "wedding research". And by wedding research I mean finding the Milk and Sugar Cupcakes truck so I could dream about having a dessert table. Besides devouring some delicious treats, the weather was too good not to hit up the newest crop of outdoor beer gardens. Like I said, the main mission was to scout out Milk and Sugar Cupcakes and sample a goody or two. They were camped out at the Franklin Flea which was perfect since I could eat some sweets and shop for some vintage. I adore the Franklin Flea which used to be in the old Strawbridge and Clothier location and now seems to be floating around the city. Float away, Franklin Flea, because this time you had me take a stroll with my love through the beautiful tree-lined streets of Society Hill. Yes, we also scoped out where we might have our engagement photo session. I try to pretend like it's not wedding all the time around here but that would be a lie. It's only for a year guys.
My biggest regret about the Flea was seeing a pair of beautiful industrial-style side tables and not springing on them. We went to get a lobster roll from Luke's Lobster's set-up so I had a lobster roll instead of great side tables sitting in my living room right now. Oh well. I found brass hotel numbers in our wedding date to use somehow and tried to find a pair of antlers for our living room wall since I've convinced Nick that it may just work but didn't find anything good. Then I got up the courage to pick just one thing from Milk and Sugar which happened to be my new favorite dessert: coconut pound cake. It was so light and airy that I'm going to special request that for my wedding.
Our next stop was the pop-up Independence Beer Garden which is right off Independence Mall. The only downfall to summer in Philly, the only thing that drives me to spend all my time down the Shore, are the tourists. They are everywhere and so confused. But the beer garden was a nice mix of people, if crowded. I love the design concept and also how huge it is; we just kept walking and walking and finding more things! If there had been less people and better seating we might have been tempted to stay longer but after one beer we were good.
The most anticipated outdoor attraction for me this summer was definitely Spruce Street Harbor Park on Penn's Landing near the Hyatt. Who wouldn't want to check out a bar stationed on a barge? I love the concept but it turned out that we picked a day that was just too nice so there were a ton of people. The barge bar was extremely crowded but definitely something to check out. Rope hammocks hanging over the water and floating plants were amazing to see...but I could definitely get a beer somewhere more relaxing.
Now of course a perfect weather day would not be complete without a trip to Morgan's Pier. While it can be sometimes sketchy, sometimes crowded but I just can't give it up. I always feel relaxed watching boats come in and out of the marina while snacking on some delicious small bites with a beer in hand.
Oh, Philly, my home away from home. While I may neglect you during the summer time, it's adventures like this that remind me how much I love you.