Reading Terminal Market & Magic Gardens

A few weeks ago I was able to visit Reading Terminal Market with other people in my college at Drexel.  A Drexel alumna, named Layla El Tannir, works in Special Projects at Reading Terminal Market.  She spoke to us, and answered an abundance of questions, then gave us a quick tour of the market.  I learned so much about all the vendors and the hard work that goes into the market daily.  This market opened in 1892 (fun fact: Drexel opened it’s door in 1891!) and is still an amazing place to visit when in Philly.

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Wow, if that doesn’t defy gravity, I don’t know what does

 

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Cold brew

Pig ears, with my head as a size comparison to these massive “ears”

 

 

An array of spices, the selection here is amazing.  I am told it is the best variety/selection in Philly

This is one of the newer merchants at Reading Terminal Market.  Their cinnamon sugar pie fries inspired me to make my own recipe for them!  I always use the leftover pie dough to make cinnamon sugar sticks, but why not skip the pie, and just make the sticks?!

Fast forward a few more weeks and Reading Terminal Market now has more new vendors (including a vegan merchant!) and new hours (every day 8-6)!  I have stopped by with friends a few times since the initial tour, and I love buying the $1 “grab bags” from the produce stands to have with hummus.   I also have bought great sweet potatoes to cook in the microwave or roast in the oven if I have time.

One of my favorite things to do is grab a coffee from Old City Coffee, along with a 1/4 lb of grounds to make coffee for the week.  On Friday, I got a coffee with my friend, Troy, to warm up while we made our way around the market to pick up the other things we wanted – it was perfect!  Drexel shuttles and septa make trips to Reading Terminal Market quick and easy, but walking there is always nice if the weather is accommodating.

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We visited Magic Gardens before heading to Reading Terminal Market
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Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens was created by a mosaic artist named Isaiah Zagar

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If you want to learn more or visit Philadelphia Magic Gardens, go onto this website for more information

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All different types of peanut butter! Butterscotch is my favorite.
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Troy ordered the dumplings from a stand across from Old City Coffee.

Even with my busy schedule, I love to take time to explore or do a fun activity each weekend.  Reading Terminal Market is always a fun stop to make during these trips out with friends. Philly is an amazing and exciting place to be going to school in!

 

 

 

 

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