When it comes to love, it seems like there are varying degrees in which it is measured by people. For instance, some people love people. Some people love their house, others love music. Some love shopping or travel. I love animals. I mean really, really love animals, to the point that I don’t eat their flesh or secretions or wear their skin. Whoa! Stop the press! When I speak of this kind of love and my passion starts to gain momentum, I occasionally get hit with what about people? What about them? Love is limitless for me. I love a lot of things simultaneously. It seems like when it comes to love for human animals and love for non human animals, we aren’t supposed to love them both at the same time with the same compassion. For example, someone may say I love my dog so much, but not more than my kids. Huh? I don’t say, I love hot chocolate, but not more than my kids. Or, I love your outfit, but not more than my kids. Limitless love is abound in most of us. Wouldn’t it be nice to honor that endless loving part of ourselves that knows no limits? If we did, we may see it more in others, and that would be a beautiful thing!
I had an opportunity to explore Philly just a few short weeks after my last visit, so I took it! There is always something more to see and do and, more importantly, to eat! I headed to Blackbird Pizza, which is in Society Hill.
One of my most favorite foods is hot wings. And they are even more delicious now that I’m not gnawing meat off a bone (yuk!). The creamy cucumber dip that accompanied these delicious habanero spiced wings was a perfect match!
I’ve had many a cheesesteak in my previous life (before vegan) so I was a little reluctant to try a vegan one. It was incredible!! Rosemary and garlic seared seitan, grilled onions and green bell peppers, melted Daiya cheese on a hoagie. My mouth is watering just looking at the photo!
Now that my belly was full, I headed off to Independence Hall to see the Liberty Bell. It’s free to get in, which is outstanding in this day and age. I think it’s symbolic that I happen to be finishing up this blog on Martin Luther King day. I am truly grateful for the liberties I have because of those that have gone before me.
I love this quote from abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, which is hanging in Independence Hall.
Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant, famously quoted as saying, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
On my way back to my hotel, I walked through Washington Square Park where I noticed a nice lady feeding the birds.
Then this happened!!
It made me chuckle! I hope you did too!! Good day!!
Above quote from Frederick Douglass taken from Wikipedia.
Nothing beats a chilly Fall morning like a workout followed by brunch at HipCityVeg! This little gem in Philly makes me smile every time!
I had to start with the Groothie! It is the most amazing smoothie I’ve ever had!! I try to drink them slowly but it’s impossible!!
Next, I decided to tackle the CrispyHipCityRanch sandwich. It was a m a z i n g!! Normally I would get a salad or something lighter, but this is one of their most popular items so I had to try it! It was deliciously filling and satisfying. Will definitely get it again, plus I just worked out, right??!!
Next I noticed they had hot chocolate with home-made whip cream. I decided I would come back in a bit for that and forgo my usual Soy Latte from Starbucks. Off to find the LOVE park. I have been to Philly many times, but for some reason this park never crossed my path. Once I found it, I was thrilled.
“Located across the street from LOVE Park, Your Move transforms the Municipal Services Building plaza into a giant, fantastical game board. Scattered on the plaza are oversized game pieces, including dominoes, checkers, bingo chips, Monopoly and Parcheesi, all made of Fiberglas and steel. Installed in 1996, Your Move is meant to juxtapose childhood memories with adult responsibilities.”
Walking amongst these game pieces made me feel like such a kid! I will always honor the “young” part of me, the youthful part that has a sense of adventure and optimism!
Back to HipCityVeg for my hot chocolate! It was delightful and I’ve been craving it ever since!!
I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite random pictures taken while walking around this glorious city! Until next time….
Above quote on Your Move from visitphilly.com.
America is my country and Paris is my hometown. Gertrude Stein
From the moment I arrived in Paris for the first time, it felt like home. The seduction, the beauty, the magnitude. It was as though I was taken away to another life, another time and space that I inhabited and it was intriguing. I couldn’t get enough. I could wander around the tree lined streets filled with people and their baguettes for hours.
There came a crossroads though, when it came to meal time. Not wanting to deviate from my glorious Vegan lifestyle, I had some tough choices to make. Fortunately, I found Paris’ only Vegan grocery store, Un Monde Vegan, and it was ON from there! My heart skipped a beat when I saw my choices of cheese!!
A picnic in Luxembourg Gardens is a MUST in my book! Surrounded by gorgeous gardens, the sound of chatter, vivid colors, it’s my personal paradise! I could spend hours lounging on the grass, drinking wine and taking it all in. I imagine I’m in a scene from a movie just watching the world go round.
On our last day, we headed to the Arc De Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in Paris, to take in its awe and beauty. Then we strolled down the glorious Champs Elysees feeling very glamorous! Ducking in and out of shops, people watching, and the hustle and bustle of it all was making me a little melancholy that this was our last night in this divine, delightful place on Earth. And a little hungry!! So we stopped at Pizza Pino (not very French, but vegan friendly!) and I had the most delicious vegetable laden pasta!