Destination: Philadelphia

Two weeks ago a few of us popped up to Philadelphia by way of Amtrak from DC, which in itself is a wonderfully civilized way to travel by not dealing with the I-95 corridor on a Friday. The City of Brotherly Love is a hybrid of classic and cool, along with being less than 2 hours from home. You can’t help exploring the city’s land-marked buildings and cobblestone streets, along with checking out the booming food scene. Our first stop was in the midtown village, where we had dinner at a vegan restaurant called “Charlie was a Sinner”. It’s a swanky cocktail bar that serves meals on “small plates” with a menu that showcases a variety of cultures, such as Mediterranean, Korean, and Italian. We ordered a few plates to share and ended up taking a few items back to the hotel.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a must, outside of seeing the “Rocky” steps. You have to check out the adjacent Rodin collection, it’s the largest public collection of the sculptor’s work outside of Paris and when you walk into the gallery the first item to view is a copy of Rodin’s The Kiss. Carved in marble in 1929 the artist focuses our attention on the couple’s heads, while using their hands to convey the sensitivity of the moment.

Don’t forget adding The Barnes Collection to your itinerary. They have a stunning assemblage of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso.

Travel stylishly,

February Favorites

OK, is it me or were the holidays a complete blur ……then in the blink of an eye the month of January was over. Yesterday while prepping Sunday lunch and gazing out the kitchen window I noticed daffodil shoots pushing through the ground in a few beds. And, if this wasn’t enough while reaching for onions from the larder they too had begun sprouting.

There is so much to enjoy with spring just around the corner; days are becoming longer, friends are sharing such cool information about food, music or art, and nothing beats learning something new.

A good friend from work shared a childhood treat from Korea called Dalgona. Its candy made with melted sugar and baking soda. Hyun said it was a popular street snack back in the day and is considered quite “retro” and these treats taste phenomenal!

Place parchment paper on counter and spray oil on bottom of a measuring cup. Add 2 tbsp sugar and 1 pinch of baking soda to a metal ladle and place over medium heat—-stirring constantly with a wooden chopstick until the sugar is melted and becomes a light amber color. Remove from heat, add baking soda……then incorporate well. Pour the mixture onto parchment paper in two equal circles then use the measuring cup to press into thin layer. Let measuring cup rest for about 8 seconds then remove and press in a cookie cutter.

Have a safe and Happy Valentine’s Day,