20 March 2012

Growing Old

My friend, Abby, sent to me this collection of the endearing love stories of the old couples from "When Harry Met Sally."  If you haven't seen these in awhile, they are worth listening to...... they'll make you smile.

I often think of growing old with Danny.  We are just coming up on our two year anniversary, but honestly, it seems as though we've always been together.  And I tell you what.......I want our days & years to be as long as possible...................

What do envision life being like when you're old? 

I hope we'll be busy with family life.  And I hope we can still be doing some version of what we do now.  :)  And I have high hopes that we can be full of even more wisdom and love than we have today.  I don't think there's an end to what we can learn in this life....and I hope to always seek after more....


P.S.  Speaking of growing older :), Danny's birthday is coming up and we will be in Philadelphia!  To all of our dear Philly readers, what are a few things you'd recommend?  Where should we eat for a birthday dinner?  (We love just about any type of food.)  Thx, guys!   [This reminds me....we have our NYC guide coming for you all in the near future!!]

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    1. AHHHHH!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!! Thanks SO much for this list. SO helpful. You are a dear to write this all out. thx thx thx.

  2. Mara, I love your blog and the fact that you two are coming to Philadelphia makes me so happy to hear... Here are some restaurants in the Rittenhouse area that my husband and I go to:

    Good Italian: Melograno AND Porcini (we can never decide which one is better--we love them both.)

    Good people-watching/Parisian vibe: Parc

    Crossing Broad Street and going into Old City:

    Good tapas: Amada

    Good brunch (in case you're staying overnight): Farmicia

    Close to Broad Street, you'll find great choices in Midtown Village:

    Good vegan: Vedge

    A place we are dying to try: Jamonera

    Oops--I got carried away and made errors, hence my deletion… Hope that helps though. Have fun and happy early birthday to Danny!

  3. Things to do in Philly...

    I already mentioned the Curtis recitals in a previous comment (seriously amazing) - http://www.curtis.edu/performances/student-recital-series/.

    Check out the Steven Starr restaurants: http://www.starr-restaurant.com/. They're pricey, but SO worth the food, atmosphere, all of it! We've only gone to two of them (saved for special occasions only!), but they were both amazing (Buddakan and Continental Mid-town).

    A walk down Walnut Street is always fun, if you're wanting to do some shopping. If you love Anthropologie, you HAVE to check out their flagship store on 18th and Walnut. It's seriously incredible! I go just to look at the displays and the building itself inside. It's right on the edge of Rittenhouse Square, so you could chill there listening to some street music and dog/people-watching. Bathroom in Barnes & Noble right next to Anthro. :) (I've got a mommy bladder...)

    The Italian markets are so fun to see and go shopping. On 9th street.

    For Danny, at least, a cheesesteak is a must! (Plain old cheesesteak, mushrooms, onions, and whiz. Trust me on that last ingredient.) Our favorite isn't the most touristy of them. Carmen's at Reading Terminal Market. SO good! Go to Reading Terminal Market anyway, even if you can't eat half the stuff there (sad...:(). Go Wed-Sat when the Amish and Mennonite booths are open.

    If you're taking the subway and walking around the city, make sure you walk by the City Hall building. You really couldn't miss it. It's just gorgeous.

    Of course there's the LOVE statue and some weird giant clothespin, too. Those things are right near where the new LDS temple will be built - at 1739 Vine. It's right next to the fountain at Logan Square.

    Sheesh, sorry! There are a million things to do in Philly, but these are my favorites. I hope you have the best time!

  4. I echo the recommendations for Farmicia and the Steven Starr Restaurants are always fun. He just opened up a seafood restaurant on North Broad, which is not in the middle of all the action of center city, but the food is truly out of this world and it's an amazing space. Their signature brewed beer is really good too: it's called Route 6. http://www.route6restaurant.com/

    An amazing dinner spot that has good farm to table fare is Audrey Claire. It is a block or so off of Rittenhouse Park and is super charming. BYOB. http://audreyclaire.com/

    Last food thing: All of the Jose Garces restaurants are a sure bet. If you love oysters, The Village Whiskey is the place to go. http://villagewhiskey.com/

    Other attractions: Obviously, the Museum of Art. Also, the Mutter Museum. http://www.visitphilly.com/museums-attractions/philadelphia/mutter-museum/ Rare and strange.

    Happy early birthday, Danny!

  5. You must go to Chloe. It's amazing. Dinner there is one of my loveliest and yummiest memories.

  6. I second the nominations for Vedge

    the space is gorgeous, classy and elegant and still modern. Food is healthy and yum, cocktails are to die for!!

    I also agree with Cecelia's recommendation for Audrey Claire, amazing flavors and modern casual vibe. They are cash only though. http://audreyclaire.com/

  7. Since the weather is becoming lovely, the outdoor garden/courtyard at Talula's Garden has the perfect balance of whimsy and delight in the spring. http://talulasgarden.com/

    There's also Bindi which is this incredibly special blend of farm-to-table and India cuisine.

  8. I second the Amada recommendation. Also there is the most fabulous "pleasure garden" located on the Main Line called Chanticleer. It is perfect for a romantic picnic and a stroll.


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