Taking Some Time Oat in Philly

On any given weekend in Philly, there are so many fun activities to do it can be overwhelming! As a college student in Philly, it can be hard to balance school work and going to festivals and activities all around the city.  Luckily, I am only a week into classes and I can afford a mental break from studying and doing work.  That is why I titled this post “Taking Some Time Oat in Philly”.  Sometimes it is good to force yourself to take a break!  Out of all the food I ate this weekend, my favorite was the home-y, comforting, simple bowl of oatmeal I ate on a brisk Autumn morning in Olde City.  This bowl inspired me to share my favorite oatmeal recipe with all of you!

Before they are cooked — trust me, there are oats underneath the apples….

For my mental break(s?) this past weekend, my friends and I did a bunch of food related trips! (no surprise, they were traveling to these places because I was talking about it all week).

To start off the weekend, we walked to Reading Terminal Market in Center City.  Almost everyone in the group had never been before, so it was great seeing their face as we walked into the enormous, bustling market.

Made everyone take a picture before we started eating our way through Reading

Legumes and lentil, all different varieties and colors, perfect for fall soups

Their first Philly cheesesteaks!

Samosas and giant dill pickles


A little windy

Almost forgot the fudge we bought!

So after this fun (aka food) filled afternoon, we headed back to the dorms and finished up some of our homework!

The next morning my parents drove into the city to visit, so my parents, sister, my sister’s boyfriends and I ate a wonderful brunch at High Street on Market.  This is now my favorite brunch spot in Philly (there are so so so many good places for brunch so I am sure my favorite place is going to change almost every weekend…). Here are some photos of the sandwiches, yogurt, oatmeal, and baked goods we devoured!  Prepare for your mouth to start watering.


The baked treats – we got the pumpkin coffee cake which was yummy, but next time I am going for the chocolate almond croissant

Baked oatmeal with granola, cherries, and maple
Ginger yogurt with cardamon honey, pistachios, and grapes
The Hickory Town – lancaster bologna, cheddar, gherkin mayo, fried red onion, and egg
Breakfast Rueben on Rye – pastrami, kraut, mustard, and scrambled eggs

After this delicious brunch, I headed out with my roommate, Riya, and two other friends, to the Federal Donuts Block Party.  This place was PACKED.  So packed, that the Fire Department made them stop serving donuts because there were too many people in one spot.  Despite this, I managed to buy a Federal Donuts book, get a free t-shirt, and get both Zahav and Federal Donuts signed by the authors! (yes, I met Mike Solomon, Steven Cook, Tom Henneman, Bob Logue, and Felicia D’Ambrosio)

The new Fednuts book!
So excited to make some donuts from this book! Stay tuned!

Since I had the wonderful, comforting bowl of oatmeal from High Street on Market, I decided I should share my all time favorite oatmeal recipe to make in the fall.  It is an apple spice oatmeal (tastes like apple pie).  Hope you like it!

Side note: I am an oat snob, so I have a hand crank oat roller, (picture on the top left photo), that I roll groats in, to make rolled oats (Shout-out to my Aunt Diane for getting me it 🙂 ).  But, no worries, rolled oats from the container work just as well!

We keep it simple with toppings (cinnamon and a sprinkle of brown sugar), but things such as granola, sliced apples, banana, nut butters, and toasted nuts would be great!

Apple Pie Oatmeal


  • 1 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water (more if needed)
  • 2 apples, cut into roughly 1/4 pieces
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 allspice
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch ginger
  • pinch salt
  • ADD ONS (optional): granola, more cinnamon, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, nut butter, toasted nuts, dried cherries, dates, raisins, banana, apple slices, or chopped chocolate


  1. Mix everything together in a heavy bottomed sauce pan, except for the add ons
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium, medium high heat, mixing the oats occasionally so they do not stick to the bottom of the pan
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 15 minutes, until creamy and a little thinner than you like — as the oats cool they will thicken.
    • You can always add more water if the oats are too thick, or cook longer if they are too thin!
  4. Serve the however you prefer (See add on list for ideas)
  5. Enjoy!

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