Vegan Asparagus Soup, Phila Flea Markets, Hindu Gods & Husker Du
This weekend was the first in a long time that we did not have any scheduled trips or other obligations so, on Saturday, we took advantage of that blessing to spend some time tooling around Philadelphia. Our fist stop was to the Philadelphia Flea Market at 9th and Spring Garden.
Lots of interesting goods and friendly vendors; there is tons of industrial vintage if that's your thing. We didn't buy much, but we had a fun time browsing and meeting people. Our children were especially well behaved (meaning neither one of them broke anything) which always makes for a pleasant thrifting experience for everyone!
The flea is inside an old warehouse that also hosts a roller derby league and most of the vendors encircled the embanked track. The cheeky wallpaper in the women's bathroom made gave me a giggle.
The next stop on our trip was to the Please Touch Museum. The grand Beaux Arts style building, called Memorial Hall, which houses the museum was formerly a part of the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Sadly, it was abandoned after the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art left and it was not in use until Please Touch took residence. Amazing! Read more about the Memorial Hall building here.
Our next stop was to the antique furniture store, Material Culture. We've been looking for an Indian-style armoire for some time now, and this spot boasts a large and interesting curated selection of vintage Indian, Asian, and African furnishings. Though we did not find what we were looking for, we were thoroughly entertained just perusing. I think the table above would be a nice set up in my secret lair, you know, for clandestine meetings with my cohorts.
Me and my best friend in an antique Indian mirror. Selfies, so dorky, but so fun.
If you need a life-sized deity of Sita, Hanuman, and Laksmana or Radha and Krishna, or even a Siva lingam, you'll find many at Material Culture.
All that shopping and museuming made us pretty hungry, so after stopping off to see some friends in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, we stopped off at Earth Bread and Brewery for dinner. They have an impressive wood fired pizza oven and seriously make some of the best pizza (or as they called them, flatbreads) I have had in a long time. Since I am trying to be good, I had the vegan asparagus soup. Nom! Even though I thought it would have an Italian flavor, it actually had more of Asian profile. I detected a base of pumpkin or sunflower seeds; so I'm going to have to give making it at home a try!
And I have to say, a restaurant that offers a kids' appetizer of celery, apple, grapes and apples with natural peanut butter gets a thumbs up in my book. It is a super child-frienly operation and was packed with large groups of families with very well-behaved little ones.
After a full Saturday, we took it easy on Sunday and went up to visit my in-laws in Reading. The kids enjoyed their craft day with Grandmom and loved playing board games with her, like this vintage 70s Husker Du memory game!