Wicked in Philly

Last Sunday, my buddy Matt and I took a quick trip to to Philadelphia to see ‘Wicked.’  I’ve been wanting to see ‘Wicked’ for years and I was so excited that Matt wanted to go.

We headed for Philly early with one thing on our mind: Brunch. We chose Hawthornes.  Why? Because they had Funnel Cake French Toast and boasted the best Bloody Marys in town.

After a FANTASTIC parallel parking job (IT. WAS. EPIC. I should have taken video), we walked to Hawthorne’s.

Waitress: “Welcome to Hawthornes! What can I get you to drink?”

Me: “I think we’d like to start with Bloody Marys, please,” I stated with a grin.

Waitress: Clasping hands together and looking under and around our table, “Did we bring our own vodka?”

Me & Matt: *puzzled looks* “Ummmm…huh?”

But we were really thinking, “Do we look like we carry vodka with us everywhere? Do we look that shambly? Is this common practice in Philly? Who carries vodka with them on the regular? What kind of place is this?”

Waitress: “We’re a brewery so we sell beer, but do not sell liquor.  You can buy a pitcher of our Bloody Mary mix if you’d like.”

Me & Matt: “Coffee, please.”

Even though we didn’t have a Bloody Mary, I still ate the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had. Ever.

Thankful that I wore a flowy dress for my stomach to poke out, we headed for the Academy of Music venue. The inside was beautiful.


Aren’t our seats good? The show was fantastic. Why did it take so long for me to see it?! If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must see. I have to see it again.  HAVE TO.


^^notice the flowy dress and full-tummy hidden.

After the show, we walked around a bit, but it was super hot.  We found City Hall.


And here is my attempt to take a photo of Independence Hall while driving.



After exploring, we headed home–but not without stopping at the Cracker Barrel. And while I enjoyed my brief time above the Mason-Dixon, I am very glad to be writing this post from a recliner in Texas.

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