Weekending: Philly in Phebruary!

Happy Monday one and all!

This weekend was the rescheduled day for Boyfriend’s niece Molly and I to go to Philly. We had planned to go a couple of weeks ago, but big ole scary blizzard Jonas kept us house-bound. My goal was to check off 5 things from my 101 in 1001 list. While I only managed to get to 3, it was still an incredible day.

We got on the road early, since Philadelphia is about 90 minutes from our houses (Molly and her family live right down the street from us). We made sure to grab some coffee so that we would be well-caffeinated for our drive to our first stop…a coffee shop.


According to The Daily Meal, one of the 50 best coffee shops in the country is Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia. I will say that their coffee was quite yummy, but I should have gone Molly’s route and gotten one of their pretty lattes.

Now that we were full of caffeine, we were ready for one of The Daily Meals 25 best donuts in America. And it truly changed our lives…at least as far as donuts are concerned. After accidentally passing the small donut shop twice, Molly and I were able to have hot cinnamon sugar donuts from Federal Donuts. Honestly (and this is not an exaggeration), it was the best best best donut I have ever eaten in my life. We even considered going back for another donut because we didn’t want the deliciousness to end!

Before our next scheduled stop, we did have to pop into Barnes and Noble because it was a really pretty one in an old Philadelphia building. But then it was onto the zoo!

Fodor’s dubbed the Philadelphia Zoo as one of America’s 10 Best Zoos, so I knew I had to go there. We started out by seeing some small mammals, including a baby monkey that had just been born that day! Well, we could only see his feet and tail but the teeny-tiny feet and tail were ADORABLE.

The monkeys curled their tails together <3

Next we were on to the reptile house, where we definitely thought this guy was fake (he wasn’t).

We saw some brightly-colored flamingos.

Peacocks were EVERYWHERE!


Coldilocks (riiiiight??) the polar bear was so adorably huggable–and a little sassy 😉

But my favorite, of course, were the red pandas.



On our way home (still on a red panda high), Molly and I stopped for hot chocolate before realizing that we had only consumed caffeine and sugar that day. Oh well, that’s what weekends are for!

I linked up with Biana for Weekending!

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