HLS Day 1: Frito Lay, the Mah-ket & I May Have Tried to Lick the Liberty Bell

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HI YA’LL!!! Writing this from the fabulous city of Philadelphia for the Healthy Living Summit! I’m writing this frantically because I’m, of course, running late for the breakfast and kick-off. So if you see about ten thousand ! marks and run off sentences, you know why. Hope you still like me.

So first off, Philly rocks. As much as I love living in the city (well, around it, that counts right?) I’m not really a city girl. I love my own space and get a little overwhelmed by millions of people. BUT, this city has such a great vibe and it’s gorgeous. It doesn’t feel as big as it is.

I began my day yesterday at 4:30am, which, as you know, isn’t really my thanng. BUT, I had a fabulous riding buddy who made the time pass really quickly. We arrived a little past schedule so as soon as we got to the hotel, we had to run up, drop our stuff off and get ready for the Frito Lay demonstration. But, before we get into that, I have to say I REALLY lucked out with roomie selection. I honestly couldn’t have asked for better people to spend the weekend with (and share a bed with, bow chicka bow wow).

Ashley, Lisa, myself and Caitlin

The Frito Lay demonstration was really cool, for a few reasons. One, it was in the market (which I pronounce mah-ket because I like to pretend I’m from Boston) and I got to explore around. Two, we got to taste test some great chip flavors and three, I was asked to do a podcast for them! I’ll soon be gracing the cover of Frito Lay’s blog!

So. much. fun. The demonstration lasted a few hours then we had the afternoon free! Katie, Courtney and myself decided to explore the market. Um, guys? This market is HUGE. It puts Eastern Market to shame, DC folks. It has everything you could ever think of, plus more. Like, oh you know, a huge animal bone for sale.

and tons of creepy fishes.

But, of course, that’s not all. The place is filled to the brim with amazing stuff. I can’t wait to go back and buy!

After the mah-ket, where I had the world’s biggest bowl of chowda (you can see it on my FB page!) Courtney and I decided to hit the streets to see the sights. This city has some of prettiest architecture.

Every building is old with incredible design and personality. Love. The one place we had to go, obviously, was the Liberty bell. Now, before we begin, I have to say that I didn’t actually lick the liberty bell. I mean, that’s gross and I’m pretty sure it’s fairly illegal. I just pretended to lick it. Why? Well, because Barney and Ted did on How I Your Mother and I’m pretty obsessed with that show. (Thankfully Courtney loves the show too!) In addition, I also made sexual advances towards George Washington.

I’m pretty sure ol’ George liked it, though. Don’t let his face fool ya.

I’m now learning about how to write a better recipe, so I better go! If you are at HLS, why, come say hey!

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  1. Posted by Lauren on
    Saturday, August 20th, 2011
    Sounds like a blast! love these pics :)
  2. Posted by Emily on
    Saturday, August 20th, 2011
    Glad you're having a good time!! 
  3. Posted by Jess @ Jess Go Bananas on
    Monday, August 22nd, 2011
    Hey! I just discovered your blog! So cool!  
    I think it's a good thing if you were making sexual advances towards good ole george - he's looking a little pudgy around the waist - you better shape him up! lol
  4. Posted by Steph C on
    Monday, August 22nd, 2011
    I just love Reading Terminal Market.. I never got a chance to bring Scot there when I still lived in Philly, but next time we go back we'll definitely be hitting it up. Glad you had such a blast at the conference!
  5. Posted by Sarah Bulmer on
    Monday, August 22nd, 2011
    Great pictures, sounds like a ton of fun :)
  6. Posted by I Can Cook That on
    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
    Isn't Reading Terminal the best? I live in Philly and I had no idea this event was going on, bummer! Glad to see you enjoyed my city :)
  7. Posted by Anonymous on
    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
    My dad's side of the family is from Philly and always talk about how amazing it is... and how much they love the Philadelphia Eagles (which I do too of course!)... but can you believe it - I've never been!  Definitely gonna have to put it on the list of places to go =)
  8. Posted by Kira on
    Saturday, August 27th, 2011
    I love Reading Terminal! So much to see and EAT!
  9. Posted by Katie C on
    Sunday, August 28th, 2011
    Ah - so fun! I wish that I had a market that was half as awesome around here. I'm so out of luck.

    And LOL at the Liberty Bell! "...and by God, we licked the Liberty Bell! You know what it tastes like? Freedom. No, actually - it tastes like pennies."
  10. Posted by 台灣大樂透 on
    Saturday, September 20th, 2014
    Marvelous website, thank You !!