Monday, January 22, 2018

Philadelphia for Made In America Festival '17

Alright, so as promised I will be posting some pictures from my trip to Philadelphia last September during Labor Day weekend. I went specifically for Made In America Fest, but also spent a little time walking around and exploring the city.

Oh! Just a heads up, all my food pictures are watermarked with "themiafoodie" because that's the handle for my food IG :)

Day 1
about to enter the festival (before they made me toss out my umbrella!)

Upon arriving, the first thing we did was find a spot for lunch. As usual, I got on my yelp app and instantly found this pretty cool restaurant called The Deck located on the rooftop of a massive ship. The food was alright, nothing crazy. It was the views and overall atmosphere of the place that made it worthwhile.

Parmesan Truffle Fries 

Crab Mac & Cheese

Not sure what kind of Sushi Roll this was (because I forgot lol) but, we didn't enjoy it -_-

That same night we decided to check out a local bar recommended to me by a friend who is currently living in Philly. It was a small 2 floor bar, cash only- top floor had a mix of older hip/hop and pop songs and the lower floor was LIT. Rap and reggaeton songs- If I remember correctly, everything closed earlier than what we're used to in Miami, so by 2AM we were on our way back to the hotel.

The next morning another one of my friends joined us and we headed to brunch before the festival. I had done my research and had a spot called Green Eggs Cafe on my foodie list, I just didn't expect a 2 hour wait. We decided to try going back (earlier) the next day and once again, thanks to yelp, we found a restaurant called Blue Duck on Broad- so bomb.

Blue Duck Fries
Duck and Gouda Cheese fries, fried in duck fat

 Fruity Pebbles French Toast 
(this one was mine, delish)

Sriracha buttermilk Chicken and Belgian Waffles 
with Bourbon Syrup and powdered sugar

My childhood bestie and I being tourists
FYI it was freaking COLD. Like I mention below- I wasn't ready!

Day 1 of the festival was BRUTAL but sooo much fun. The weather was crappy and the temperature dropped, I definitely wasn't prepared. It was raining on and off pretty much that entire day. Luckily we bought some $5 ponchos off someone on the street because the first thing they made me do before going in was toss out my umbrella! Ugh. Besides getting soaked, smacked in the face by violent gusts of wind, and stepping in ankle deep mud- I had a blast. The line up was poppin and the crowd and energy in the festival were insane. I don't know if I've ever seen so many people in one place (except maybe at Ultra? who knows.) Listing the performances I caught below!

Day 1 line up: J.ColeCardi B, Migos, Kaskde, Sampha

Day 2 was so much better! Thinking back on it now, it was the perfect day (weather wise). We even got to start our day with that highly anticipated brunch over at Green Eggs Cafe- it did not disappoint! The festival was dope and honestly, I don't remember much other than enjoying the performances I was able to watch.

Day 2 line up: Jay-Z, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Pusha-T, Little Dragon, 21 Savage

Me, out cheaaa by the main stage

Creme Brulee French Toast
(not mine, but so beautiful I needed a picture)

Red Velvet Pancakes
stuffed with chocolate morsels and strawberry mascarpone layers
(this was my dish, I managed to eat about a corner before I myself was stuffed..)

Creme Brulee Latte

On our last day, we left all our bags ready and went out into the city to explore before heading back to the airport. We walked to Philly's China Town and visited the friendship gate which is located right in the entrance. We also stopped by another spot on my foodie list: Franklin Fountain (cash only), highly recommend this ice cream parlor if you're ever in Philly! They have a variety of unique flavors (I had the Peach, yum.) and its all handmade. 

1 Scoop of Peach in a Waffle cone
(this one was mine)

2 Scoops of Cookies and Cream

The outside of Franklin Fountain

Elfreth's Alley was stunning.
The houses here (and in every other little street we stumbled across) are so beautiful.

It was Labor Day, so there was a lot going on around this part of the city

Friendship Gate
China Town Philadelphia 

China Town

Random Sanrio store because duh.

A picture of me taking a picture.

And last but not least, the Philly cheese steak. By now, I'm sure you all know about the rivalry between the two famous spots for cheese steaks: Geno's & Pat's. Upon asking multiple locals and getting a ton of different responses on which was better and why, I decided to check out a completely different spot named Ishkabibbles that was recommended to me by a stranger and also by one of my friends. I had a plain Cheese steak with whiz, some cheese fries and a drink that was a combination of passion fruit and guava- soo fire.

Over all the trip was a success. I would totally go back again on another year for the festival, maybe a little more prepared this time! Hope you all enjoyed this post.. Now, on to the NY Gen-Beauty blog!


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