Foodie Paradise: Reading Terminal Market

First, thank you all for your supportive messages on yesterday’s post.  It’s a bummer that so many of y’all have also had frustrating moving experiences, but it’s encouraging to read about how you’ve made the best of the situation.  I’m really looking forward to painting this weekend – a few friends have offered to help so it’ll be one big painting party :)

We spent last night at my momma’s house again, but brought Charlie home with us this morning.  He’s very curious and seems a little nervous, but he is thoroughly enjoying sliding around the hardwood floors/stairs.

Last week I recapped our trip to Philly, but I left out the {delicious} pictures from Reading Terminal Market.  Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market on the bottom level of the Philadelphia Convention Center in Downtown Philly.

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The market is open daily and there are about 100 merchants that sell baked goods {the donuts are to.die.for}, unique cheeses, farm fresh produce, local meats and seafood, ethnic and specialty groceries, overstuffed hoagies and various platters, homemade ice cream, fresh flowers, kitchen ware, and an assortment of knickknacks.

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P.S.  Do yourself a favor, don’t skip the Pennsylvania Dutch merchants – all of their products look, smell, and taste amazing!  But FYI, apparently they’re not at the market Sunday through Tuesday so double check before you go.

Question:  Have you visited Reading Terminal Market?  Who’s your favorite merchant?

Question:  What’s your favorite donut flavor?  Is it donut or doughnut?  My favorites are classic vanilla frosted with sprinkles, cinnamon cake, and jelly filled with a little powdered sugar on top.  And I use donut and doughnut interchangeably.

— Allison

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100 Happy Days: Day 1 – Day 8

Read about why I’m doing the 100 Happy Days challenge here.  Sign up to participate yourself or join me – for just a day or the remainder of the challenge – the more the merrier.  Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #100happydays and #lifesabowlhappydays.  Stay connected with Life’s a Bowl on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Below each picture I copied the caption, minus the hashtags #obvi.

100 Happy Days Challenge Header Evidently Charlie made me happy a lot last week.  He’s been great company this summer, especially while Ryan has been away for work.  He’s such a charmer and cuddler ;)

Day 1

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I love that he loves laying on my baby belly ♥  Today marks day 1 of the 100 Happy Days challenge…  I thought it would be a fun way to countdown to Baby Szed’s due date.  Day 100 is November 13th.

Day 2

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So much to be happy about today.  Today marks 26 weeks pregnant!

Day 3

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Spent this past week in Philly!  I LOVE{d} having the opportunity to travel with my husband {Charlie too} on a business trip and spend the days touring.  Back to VA to start packing for our move next week!

Day 4

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What a WONDERFUL night!  Had a blast celebrating the newly engaged couple and seeing old friends!

Day 5

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I’m incredibly thankful for everything my husband does for me and our growing family.  He’s the hardest worker that I know, is extremely modest, puts the biggest smile on my face, still makes my heart flutter after 5 years, and is gonna be a great dad…  So much love ♥  And yes, he’s showing off my baby bump!

Day 6

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Be the person your dog thinks you are.  Give lots of kisses, seize the day, always be ready for adventure, stick by the ones you love, and love unconditionally.  Love my first baby, my fur baby

Day 7

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Listening to the pouring rain, culling on the couch, and catching up on the DVR.

Day 8

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Happy to have a rich blue sky today after yesterday’s downpours – it’s a beautiful day in Virginia.

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

Question:  What’s the last good thing you’ve done to help someone else?

 

— Allison

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A Few Days in Philly

I can’t write today’s post without mentioning the death of Robin Williams…  Such a tragic loss.  He was one of my favorite childhood actors.  I’ll never forget my dad doing impersonations of him or how much my brother loved Mrs. Doubtfire – he watched it daily while he was in and out of the hospital for much of his early childhood.  It’s touching to read how kind and generous he was, despite his A-list celebrity status.  He’ll always be one of my favorites, a classic, and never will be forgotten.

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Last week I mentioned that Charlie loved the fancy hotel life…  And was bummed when it came to an end on Friday when we drove home.  Since Ryan has been traveling a lot for work the past month, Charlie and I decided to accompany him for a few days in Philly.

I had been there twice before – for a basketball tournament in high school and for a work conference almost two years ago – but never had a chance to tour the popular sites.  And even last week, I ran out of time to see everything.  People were waiting in line for over an hour to see The Liberty Bell!

Every morning we woke up and walked Charlie in a park just a few blocks from our hotel.  This trip made me realize how important it is to have green space.  Charlie struggled to do his business on the busy city sidewalks.

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When Ryan left to go to training, I’d walk down to a nearby Starbucks for a breakfast sandwich {new pregnancy craving, YUM!} and to tap onto their free WiFi.  I get the most work done when I’m at Starbucks and thankfully, I don’t mind the smell anymore.  After a couple of hours of work, I walked back to the hotel for a workout, shower, and to walk Charlie.  Since I was alone for lunch I stuck with salad bars and delis.

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Afternoons were dedicated to touring and by the end of the day my feet and lower back were aching.  Around 5PM I met up with Ryan and his coworkers for happy hour before we were treated to delicious dinners.  Three days of good company, good food, and lots of fun!

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P.S.  I’m saving the pictures from Reading Terminal Market for a separate {mouthwatering} post.

Question:  Have you visited Philly?  What’s your favorite site to see?  Restaurant?  Shop?

Question:  What’s your favorite city to visit?

— Allison

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