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Do You Believe in Magic? | Magical Weekend in Philadelphia


I recently had the pleasure of spending a weekend in the City of Brotherly Love - Philadelphia. My friend Asia and I bought tickets to the Roots Picnic this year, and decided to make a weekend out of it. Over the weekend I enjoyed a magical cheesesteak, magical brunch and a magical place!



On the Hunt for Cheesesteaks

I am a little familiar with Philly, I was working there four days out of the week for a few months in 2015. Unfortunately I was alone most of my off hours and a little hesitant to leave the neighborhood that I worked and stayed in. I found some great food places (Philadelphia is a food lover's dream) but I missed out on all of the wonderful cheesesteak options that were too far away. I was determined to get a good cheesesteak during this trip.


Saturday was solely dedicated to the music festival. Promptly after we headed back to our rental for the weekend to figure out our next move. After searching Yelp for some food options we ended up going to Jim's Steaks on South Street for... you guessed it... cheese steaks!

We hopped in an Uber and headed over to Jim's. Little did we know, South Street is a hotspot on Saturday nights and was super crowded. We ended up waiting for about an hour but the friendly staff and good food made up for it. We also met a few NYers on the line with us. My photo does the sandwich no justice... It was tender, juicy, and had the right amount of cheese whiz and onions.

Sunday Brunch


The next morning we woke up refreshed and prepared for our trip back home. We once again took to Yelp to find brunch. (Sidetone - I Yelp search for EVERYTHING, especially when traveling). We found the cutest little diner called Sam's Morning Glory Diner which is located in Bella Vista on South 10th Street.

After a little bit of a wait we were seated inside and I instantly fell in love with the restaurant. It had a large outdoor seating area which was great for larger groups and small tables and bar seating inside.

I ordered the Monkey French Toast, which was amazing (thanks Yelp reviewers!). My friend Asia had a chorizo and egg scramble. We both kept commenting about how great the food was. It was also very reasonably priced!

Magic Gardens

We then walked over to one of Philadelphia's classic tourist attractions - Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. It is a museum/art space/courtyard by Isaiah Zagar that is located on South Street. The entire space took 14 years to complete (1994-2008) and is covered in mosaics and other objects.

We did not have any issues with crowds when we arrived. We walked right in to purchase our tickets (adults are $10) and were told to come back at our slotted time. While we were waiting, we headed to a Starbucks right down the street and found one of Isaiah's many public pieces that are scattered throughout the city. The brochure they give you will show you were his artworks are located throughout the city. I was able to record some footage of the South Schell Street alley that is in my video below.

Every inch of the space is mesmerizing and photograph-worthy, but I tried to snap a couple of photos then enjoy the space and take it all in. You can probably walk the entire area in under 10 minutes, but you will definitely spend a lot more time there.






It's safe to say that this is one of my favorite places EVER!


Interested in seeing more? Check out my vlog that I recorded while I explored the space!

Where is your favorite place to visit? Chime in below!

As always, thanks for reading,

Do You Believe in Magic? | Magical Weekend in Philadelphia



I recently had the pleasure of spending a weekend in the City of Brotherly Love - Philadelphia. My friend Asia and I bought tickets to the Roots Picnic this year, and decided to make a weekend out of it. Over the weekend I enjoyed a magical cheesesteak, magical brunch and a magical place!



On the Hunt for Cheesesteaks

I am a little familiar with Philly, I was working there four days out of the week for a few months in 2015. Unfortunately I was alone most of my off hours and a little hesitant to leave the neighborhood that I worked and stayed in. I found some great food places (Philadelphia is a food lover's dream) but I missed out on all of the wonderful cheesesteak options that were too far away. I was determined to get a good cheesesteak during this trip.


Saturday was solely dedicated to the music festival. Promptly after we headed back to our rental for the weekend to figure out our next move. After searching Yelp for some food options we ended up going to Jim's Steaks on South Street for... you guessed it... cheese steaks!

We hopped in an Uber and headed over to Jim's. Little did we know, South Street is a hotspot on Saturday nights and was super crowded. We ended up waiting for about an hour but the friendly staff and good food made up for it. We also met a few NYers on the line with us. My photo does the sandwich no justice... It was tender, juicy, and had the right amount of cheese whiz and onions.

Sunday Brunch


The next morning we woke up refreshed and prepared for our trip back home. We once again took to Yelp to find brunch. (Sidetone - I Yelp search for EVERYTHING, especially when traveling). We found the cutest little diner called Sam's Morning Glory Diner which is located in Bella Vista on South 10th Street.

After a little bit of a wait we were seated inside and I instantly fell in love with the restaurant. It had a large outdoor seating area which was great for larger groups and small tables and bar seating inside.

I ordered the Monkey French Toast, which was amazing (thanks Yelp reviewers!). My friend Asia had a chorizo and egg scramble. We both kept commenting about how great the food was. It was also very reasonably priced!

Magic Gardens

We then walked over to one of Philadelphia's classic tourist attractions - Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. It is a museum/art space/courtyard by Isaiah Zagar that is located on South Street. The entire space took 14 years to complete (1994-2008) and is covered in mosaics and other objects.

We did not have any issues with crowds when we arrived. We walked right in to purchase our tickets (adults are $10) and were told to come back at our slotted time. While we were waiting, we headed to a Starbucks right down the street and found one of Isaiah's many public pieces that are scattered throughout the city. The brochure they give you will show you were his artworks are located throughout the city. I was able to record some footage of the South Schell Street alley that is in my video below.

Every inch of the space is mesmerizing and photograph-worthy, but I tried to snap a couple of photos then enjoy the space and take it all in. You can probably walk the entire area in under 10 minutes, but you will definitely spend a lot more time there.






It's safe to say that this is one of my favorite places EVER!


Interested in seeing more? Check out my vlog that I recorded while I explored the space!

Where is your favorite place to visit? Chime in below!

As always, thanks for reading,

Tiffany Arlene
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