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Philadelphia Firsts

by Courtney on August 19, 2011

We’ve arrived in Philly!

Me and my carpooling buddies, Jen, Heather, and Alicia, all made it down here safely yesterday afternoon right on time.


We had a great ride down and definitely had no problem passing the time with funny stories, lots of chit chat, and some yummy snacks…of course. Winking smile


Once we found our hotel, we were super happy to see that a) it was gorgeous, and b) we could check in early. Double WOO!


The one major downfall is that there is no free wi-fi. Total bummer. But hey, we’ll make do.


At least we have clean bathrooms, right? Winking smile




Last night after Heather and I picked up Julie from the airport, a group of us walked a few blocks out for dinner at Farmicia, which was recommended to us all by Jen.



The inside of Farmicia was super cute and trendy.



So was our group. Winking smile

Jen, Lisa, Julie, Me, Tina, Heather, Diana, Alicia, and Lisa


Farmicia is a BYOB restaurant, but also offers a full menu of their own. I had never heard of before…is this a normal thing? Either way, I can be totally cool with it. So while perusing the menu, I enjoyed a small glass of Pinot Noir which Alicia brought with her.


Shortly after sitting, our waiter brought out a basket of fresh bread and herb butter.


The herb butter was seriously amazing. So much so that I just couldn’t resist a second piece.

For my dinner, I actually didn’t have a hard time deciding for once in my life because the Crabmeat & Asian Pear salad caught my eye immediately.


This salad totally rocked my socks. It was loaded with lots of yummy crab meat and toasted almonds, and came with some of the most amazing creamed avocado.


This salad was definitely a winner in my book!


Our group seriously must have stayed and chatted for over two hours last night. It was so nice to just sit and catch up with so many girls that I already “know” so much about from reading their blogs.


I’m thinking this is going to be one great weekend!


Once we finally got back to the room (after walking almost a mile in the rain…oh yes, that was pretty), me and my roomies (Julie, Tina, and Lisa) stayed up well past midnight just talking some more and having a blast. Julie said it felt exactly like a high school sleepover, and I couldn’t agree more.!

Now this morning, we’re getting ready to figure out some breakfast plans and start our day. Catch ya’ll later gaters!

Questions for the Morning:


  • Walk a mile in the pouring rain -OR- a snow blizzard?
  • Fly an hour -OR- drive four hours?
  • Stay in a hotel with no wi-fi -OR- no air conditioning?

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1 Cait August 19, 2011 at 9:01 am

so glad your having a great time girl :) everything on that menu looks fabulous but good choice on the salad! YUM! xo


2 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 19, 2011 at 9:02 am

No free wifi? boo :(
Clean bathrooms? Yes. :)

Have fun, Courtney!
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3 Hannah August 19, 2011 at 9:02 am

you must go to Honeys for Break fast in northern liberties, or Green Eggs@!

BEST BEST places for breakfast! they have lots of veggie and vegan options.
and local ingredients as well.
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4 Lisa August 19, 2011 at 9:06 am

Oo that herb butter even LOOKS amazing!
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5 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

You girls are going to have!! —slight hit of jealousy. It comes from a loving place, promise— Enjoy every minute of feeling like you are in high school again! Have TOO much fun!
Brining in your own wine?!?! SCORE! (I’ve never heard of that!)
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6 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers August 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

So glad you’re enjoying the city of brotherly (or bloggerly, for this weekend) love. Can’t wait to join you on this lovely day (hoping the rain avoids the city like the plague.)

I’d rather walk a mile in the pouring rain, because snow boots always make my feet feel sweaty and I will simply imagine the rain-walk is in a beautiful meadow on a sunshower day. That must be what you meant, right?

I fly more frequently in a year than most of my friends have flown in their lives, so definitely fly. The plane feels like a second home, I can read a book or trashy magazine, and I can nap (well, I guess I could do that driving. It just wouldn’t be a very long [or safe] drive.)

DEFINITELY no wi-fi. I can’t even sleep without some sort of cooling feeling. And not sleeping in a hotel…. what would be the point?

Perhaps, if I’m lucky, our paths will cross tonight at the cocktail party. I’ll be the 6’1″ blond definitely NOT wearing snowboots.
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7 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health August 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

That really does sound like so much fun! I love that you guys are able to chat away like you see one another all the time! That is something so great about the blogging community :). I’m so jealous of your dinner and roommie group! It includes the bloggers that I desperately hope to meet someday- of course including you, duh :). I hope you have a fabulous time at HLS today! Oh and your top is super cute!
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8 Samantha @ Running and Cupcakes August 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

Oh I hope I can go to the next HLS – I’m so jealous of everyone that’s there!!!!

I would rather walk a mile in the snow – I love snow!
Fly an hour – I hate long car rides!
No wi-fi, no a/c just sounds uncomfortable!
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9 Pure2raw twins August 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

have fun!! looks like you are off to a great start, what a great group of girls to hang out with


10 Khushboo August 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

I bet the no free wi fi is the hotel’s way of ensuring they make a quick buck or 2, which blogger isn’t going to dish out money for Internet ;)! This post really made me smile, have a great day!
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11 Kelly August 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

1. Rain
2. Fly
3. No Wi-Fi

Have a great time at HLS!
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12 colleen August 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

1. SNOW-so much prettier
2. Fly even though I hate flying
3. No wi-fi…I have no AC at home so I expect it when I travel.

Have fun!!


13 Andrea @ Andrea out loud! August 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

Aww! Like I said on Julie’s post this morning I am loving reading all the posts from you gals at HLS because it is so cool to see some of my favorite bloggers all together!!! You girls have fun!
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14 Liz @ IHeartVegetables August 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

Rain, fly, wifi! haha

I’m so jealous of your GIANT blogger meet up! haha I’m sure the summit will be fantastic! Have fun!
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15 Lindsey August 19, 2011 at 10:03 am

Sounds like a lot of fun! I miss high school sleepovers! Now all my HS friends have babies so not sure it would be as fun ;)

Pouring rain, I dislike snow strongly!
Drive 4 hours, I don’t love flying and driving you can see more!
No wi-fi, I cannot sleep if it is too hot and stuffy. PLUS it would be an excuse to find a Starbucks :)


16 Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries August 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

You ladies look like you’re having a blast so far!

Would You Rather’s:
1. Walk a mile in the rain.
2. Drive four hours. (I love road trips!)
3. No Wi-Fi… I hate being hot and sticky, especially when I’m sleeping!
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17 Holly August 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

That salad sounds so good- what an awesome combination!!
Hope you girls have so much fun! Wish I was there :)
1. definitely a mile in the rain
2. fly! I love flying.
3. no wifi. I kind of love being ‘disconnected’ sometimes.


18 Maria@La_Piattini August 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

How amazing is that restaurant?! I went there for a brunch a few months ago and posted about it on my blog because the food was amazing. I’ll have to try it again for dinner soon!
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19 Amanda @ the beauty notebooks August 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

Looking forward to meeting you at HLS!


20 Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique August 19, 2011 at 10:57 am

I love BYOB restaurants. They are the best! One of my favorite things about living in a big city, as I’ve noticed there are few and far between in other locations. Sort of shocking that this one let you bring in your own wine, but still had a full menu of their own? Normally the point of them being BYOB is so that they don’t have to get a liquor license? But, hey..bringing in your own wine is pretty fabulous so definitely no complaints. :) Hope you have an awesome time in Philly! I’m sure it’s going to be a great time. Jealous.
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21 Lizzie August 19, 2011 at 11:18 am

FLY and hour, walk in the rain and go without air conditioning.
your get together looks super fun!! glad you enjoyed it!
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22 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

I would rather walk a mile in the rain, fly for an hour, and go without free WiFi.
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23 Laura @ Unchartered 20s August 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I love reading this experience from all your different perspectives :)

I would walk a mile in the pouring rain
Fly an hour
Stay in a hotel with no wi-fi -sorry- no AC??? are u loca!? ;)
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24 Shayla @ The Good Life August 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm

You girls look like you’re having so much fun!! And I love seeing my two fav bloggers together, so cute! :) Can’t wait to read more!
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25 Aria August 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hope you are enjoying Philly! I live about an hour outside the city but I work in center city! I so wish I could have scored tickets to the HLS! I’m really considering starting a blog but I’m nervous about never gaining readers lol. I’ve been reading your blog plus a lot of others for awhile now. Have fun and enjoy your weekend in Philly! :)
Oh and if you get the chance, check out the continental midtown. It’s a great restaurant in center city. They have an awesome lunch & dinner menu plus a really fun atmosphere. Their Asian chicken salad is my fav!! :)


26 Jen M. August 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Ahhh, you guys are all so pretty! I hope you have fun!

These questions are easy:
– mile in the rain
– fly
– no wi-fi! usually when I’m at a hotel, I’m on vacation anyway and not interested in staying in touch… :) my answer might be different if I traveled for work though!


27 Mallory @ It's Only Life August 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

You guys look so cute together. I’m jealous! I’m a newbie blogger and I would love to be part of HLS next year!
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28 Brittany@ A Spoonful of Peanut Butter August 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

sleepovers are so much fun!! I wish I had done more of them in high school. It’s just so much fun to stay up late with friends and talk about everything.
I would rather walk a mile in the rain (walking in a blizzard is NOT fun), fly an hour, and stay in a hotel with no wi-fi. (I like my peace and quiet sometimes :P )

Have fun at the HLS! I hope one year I can go! :) Can’t wait to hear how it went.
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29 Erica August 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm

wi fi should just be free everywhere!!!!
can’t wait to read everyone’s HLS blog posts!!!

1.walk a mile in the rain.
2. fly an hour
3. no wifi…no ac could be the death of me! lol
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30 Emmarie @ Bananas and Beer August 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I’d walk in the rain, it could be that hot summer rain, right?
I’d rather fly an hour. I’m assuming I’m excited to get to my destination. :)
I’d rather have air conditioning. In fact, I’ve been in very few hotels with free wi-fi, guess I better start upping my game, huh?
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31 Emily @ Relishments August 22, 2011 at 8:51 am

Brian and I checked out Farmicia when we were in Philly a couple years ago for our honeymoon. So good! I’m glad you enjoyed it too.
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