My final day in Philly was delicious. I was on my own while Adam took an 8 hour practical exam so I walked, ate, and read. It was perfection. I had to park the car in an all-day spot to save money but since I love to walk I was able to explore a large area on foot.
The Reading Terminal Market didn’t have as many vegan options as I’d hoped. In fact, we learned on Sunday that the vegan cheese steak place was temporarily closed which was a good thing because it gave me a day to deal with my massive disappointment. There were plenty of fun things to look at though.
Since I had trouble finding breakfast I went straight to dessert (and stayed there pretty much all day!).
Bubble tea for breakfast? Why not.
This was a red mango tea with strawberry popping bubbles. It was the best tea of the trip, popping boba is just so flipping good.
I spent some time at Au Bon Pain with the latest Kathy Reichs book and sipped a coffee with soy milk.
By the by, Reichs’ latest book was great.
Then froyo happened.
I have no regrets. Vegan Challenge or not, Emily Wax does not walk past self-serve eggnog frozen yogurt. I wanted to feel guilty, but this ended up being the best bowl I’ve ever had. Eggnog yogurt and cream cheese yogurt (even better than the eggnog!!) topped with salty peanuts, shredded coconut, caramel, and butterscotch chips.
Ridiculous. And now I have to spend the rest of my days searching for more cream cheese froyo.
The rest of lunch needed to be a little healthier – enter a green smoothie. Almond milk, banana, kale, and cacao.
I did a “design your own elixir” and was very pleased with my combination.
We needed to get on the road quickly after Adam’s exam so we headed to Whole Foods again for dinner.
Bbq seitan, collard greens, curry “chicken” salad, sesame seaweed, garlic pasta, and wheat berry salad.
Plus a vegan cookies and cream cupcake was split for dessert.
We did 50/50 but I got 100% of the frosting and Adam got 100% of the cake.
I also grabbed a coco libre coconut water + chia raspberry lemonade for the car.
It was awesome. I love chia drinks and this was the best I’ve ever had.
The rest of my car snacks (for the 8+ hour trip!) were decidedly less healthy.
I wasn’t even hungry by the end but I had to keep eating to stay awake and I woke up the next morning with a stomach ache. No matter, nothing was going to take away from how wonderful our Philly visit was.
All in all, we had a fantastic trip!