Well get ready for a long post. We did A LOT this weekend with my parents. On Friday Eric and I got out of work around lunchtime and promptly met my parents at Reading Terminal Market for lunch. The place was mayhem, as usual, but we were all able to find something to eat.
Eric and I grabbed lunch from Basic 4, a vegetarian stand. We had heard “meh” things about it, and I think that’s probably how I would describe it. Not bad, but not good.
The most exciting part about Reading Terminal Market? The PICKLES!
After lunch we walked around Center City and I took my mom to Philadelphia Runner and Lululemon. Then in the early evening we headed down to Citizens Bank Park.
My dad got us tickets for the Friday night Phillies vs. Rockies game, and I’d say he did a pretty good job on the tickets. We were in the 12th row, and also got to enjoy the cheaper drinks and air conditioning of the Diamond Club.
I’ve mentioned it before, but Citizens Bank Park is consistently voted the #1 veg-friendly baseball park. Eric and I went all out and ate more white flour than we probably have the past 6 months combined.
They had veggie burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches. We weren’t able to decide so we went with a dog and burger.
I also ordered a soft pretzel
And some crab fries! Which are french fries with Old Bay seasoning. No crabs!
We definitely had a blast at the game.
On Saturday we decided to take a big excursion out of the city and to Valley Forge National Park.
I work close by, but had never actually been to the park.
We just drove through and would stop at random points. We also saw a lot of deer!
Finally the heat got to us, and we headed back to the city. My parents were staying at Hotel Palomar and they had really great things to say about the hotel. We decided to grab a few drinks in the bar before dinner.
And then we had dinner reservations at Butcher & Singer. My dad is usually a trooper with going to restaurants I like, so I decided Saturday night would be his night and we would take him to get the best steak in town. I figure I can eat where ever I want anytime, and if I have to suck it up for one meal, then so be it.
Or so I thought…
Eric and I left Butcher & Singer stuffed. They were very accommodating to both of us. Our server was extremely knowledgeable on the dishes, and helped us to veganize a few things.
We started with the Butcher salad, minus the meat and cheese. It has chickpeas, lettuce, radicchio, artichokes, bell pepper, and so many other veggies. This salad was amazing.
And then we ordered a few other dishes for our main meal. The chef was able to veganize the risotto, and it turned out amazing. This was the first time I have had risotto, and gosh, it was yummy. We also ordered the regular french fries and asparagus.
Butcher & Singer has a few specialty cocktails and plenty of vegan wines as well. So all in all it turned out to be a great meal.
Sunday I just wanted to walk around the city some and relax. And by walk around, I mean shop.
We ended up heading back to our apartment right before the big storm hit. We hung out for a bit, then took a cab back to center city for dinner.
My parents both like Thai food, so I wanted to take them to Erawan Thai.
We started with veggie spring rolls and fried spring rolls.
And I ordered the basil fried rice.
And Eric ordered the basil curry.
After that we went back to the hotel and said our goodbyes. I am so happy my parents were able to come to Philly for a few days and the weather cooperated. I had a blast hanging out with them and I think they had a good time as well.