Happy As A Clam

August 18, 2011

Give me free Wifi, an outlet, a rocking chair, a view and friendly staff and I’m happy at an airport for hours.

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Love my home base! (Although it is expensive and has no good restaurants – it also has zero traffic and a 3-person maximum security line!)

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I also had a hot chauffer!

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Since we have tons of food in our fridge, I opted for a packed lunch instead of stopping by Whole Foods. This lunch is better than WFSB!

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Dakota bun with black bean coconut dip

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Plus mixed greens salad with cucumber and green pepper, coconut oil dressing, herb salt and goat feta!

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Intend to munch on this mid-flight!

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Excited also that my flight from Cville to Philly is direct!! I don’t know if I’ve been to Philly in my memorable lifetime, so I’m ready to explore!

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1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

That is incredible! Didn’t realize there was a flight to Philly!!

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2 Erika @ The Teenage Taste August 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Mmmm…I hate to admit it, but your lunch does look wayyy better than the WF salad bar! I love the looks of that Dakota bun. Seeds!<3

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3 Cait's Plate August 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Enjoy it! I’ve been once I think – all I remember is how frustrating all the one way streets are! Haha :)

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4 Lauren August 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Lucky you for going to Philly! I’m jealous! But there’s so way I could’ve gone since we are still finishing moving! And what a yummy lunch! Next time I’m in cville, I’m getting some of those buns….wishing I had whence was there earlier!

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5 Lauren August 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Enjoy Philadelphia! It’s my home town and I love it so much.

Here’s a link to a self-guided walking tour. I don’t know if you’ll have time for it but it does highlight some of the must see historical parts of downtown. You can pick and choose too from the map.

http://www.theconstitutional.com/selfguided/index.php

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6 Melissa August 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Philly is great for exploring! Can’t wait to see a pic of you on the Rocky steps! :)

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7 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Safe travels, Kath! I’ve never been to Philadelphia but I can’t wait to see what you and the other HLS-ers get up to!

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8 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life August 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I totally agree I have no problem hanging out at the airport given I have a snack, some WiFi, and some good “people-watching” abilities!!! Have a fun trip!

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9 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous August 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Have fun at HLS! Can’t wait to see the updates.

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10 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites August 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I’ve only been to Philly once about ten years ago and all I can remember is the Italian section and TONS of restaurants everywhere :)

Everytime you photograph feta it seriously pops of the screen with shear deliciousness. Love goat feta! I added some regular feta to millet last night and it was soooo good!

Where oh where did you get that charming shirt!? I love the key hole, black and white stripes, red trim and buttons… too cute!

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11 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

:)

Shirt is Target…I think?

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12 Johanna B August 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Wishing you a good flight. I buy the Multi-Seed Food for Life english muffins (they’re GF and full of seeds) but as good as they are (for what they are) they don’t appear a tenth as good as your bun. Such is life….

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13 Cait @ beyond bananas August 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Travel safely, happy clam!!

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14 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well August 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I love the C-Ville airport! You’re in and on the plane in a jiffy!

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15 sara @ real fun food August 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I love airports! I felt like such a nerd – for my flight in September from London to Newark I actually researched all the terminal restaurants and shops :)

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16 Meghan August 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Kath – If you have time, you should check out the Reading Terminal Market, which is right near the Convention Center downtown (http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/). I was in Philly for a convention last January, and discovering this place was the highlight of the trip. TONS of food vendors (you can pretty much get something from any genre imaginable), all in one location!

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17 Stace August 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm

The HLS cocktail party is being held at the RTM. Those lucky ladies, wish i was going to be there myself.

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18 Meghan August 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Oh nice! That will be great.

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19 Baking N Books August 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Is the HLS always held in Philly or just this year? How do they select where to hold it?

LOVE that close up shot of the bun!

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20 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Yep – we’ll be there for cocktail hour!

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21 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Love small airports! ….Enjoy! …and don’t miss your chauffeur too much!

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22 Susan August 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I love the rocking chairs!!!

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23 Jen@foodfamilyfitness August 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Have a safe flight!!!

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24 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Free wifi at airports is possibly one of the best ideas of all time! It can save your sanity during a long layover or delayed flight! Here’s hoping you experience neither today! :)

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25 Morgan @ moments of mmm August 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Safe travels! Rocking chairs are a pretty neat addition to an airport.

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26 cathy August 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

ahhh! thanks for the happy memory! i had forgotten about the rocking chairs at the airport.
we transferred there one time and i LOVED the homey touch of the rocking chairs.
have a safe (direct!) flight!

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27 katie @KatieDid August 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

wooohoo have a blast at HLS, wish I could attend! I’m looking forward to tons of pictures and recaps from everyone attending though. That’s the beauty of blogging… I can live vicariously through everyone else.

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28 Khushboo August 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

WFSB ain’t got nothing on you, Kath :)

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29 Rachel August 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Hope you have a good time in Philly! I live here and love it, so I hope you will too. As a heads up, there’s a TJ’s at 22nd and market where you can stock up on your sunflower seed butter…

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30 kaila @ healthy helper! August 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Wish I was going to HLS! Have a lot of fun for me !!

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31 kristy @ kristyruns August 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

It’s hard to beat the Whole Foods hot bar, but that looks pretty dang close. Safe travels!

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32 Living, Learning, Eating August 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I need to try a Dakota bun! Though bread here in Germany is *amazing.* I’ve already had 5 slices of two different breads since landing in Hannover this morning :P

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33 Mary Louise August 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

If you are able and weather permits, take a run along Kelly Drive, down boathouse row and along the Schuylkill River, it is one of my favorite places to run!

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34 Sarah August 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Have fun in Philly! I live here and have grown to love the city… There are so many good restaurants to check out (and many are BYO)! Check out Garces Trading Company at 11th and Locust for some deliciousness within walking distance of the convention center :).

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35 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Thanks for the rec – what kind of restaurant is it? Takeaway? Fancy?

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36 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Checking out website!

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37 Sarah August 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Yeah! Its a sit down place that doubles as a high end food market run by Jose Garces, one of Philly’s “Iron Chef’s” so everything is really well done. They have great small plates and pizzas (and some regular entrees as well)… but the coolest part is that it is a BYOB with the wine store IN the restaurant! Anyway, that’s my plug… but there really are bunches of wonderful restaurants in Philly, you can’t go wrong :). Have a great trip!

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38 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I’ve never seen rocking chairs at an airport, how cool!

Safe flight!

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39 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

That’s how I feel about the small airport close to me too. Not a thing to eat that is worth it but so convenient and free internet! enjoy philly!

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40 Kate @ NaturaStride August 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Philly is excited to meet you!

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41 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Have fun in Philly and so true what you said about packing a lunch being better that WFs (and cheaper! and convenient too)

“Love my home base! (Although it is expensive and has no good restaurants – it also has zero traffic and a 3-person maximum security line!)”–
Also, so true! Airport Wifi can be pricey if it’s not a free, but oh, so worth it!

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42 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine August 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Philly is awesome. :) If you like Cheesesteak at all–you MUST get one from Gino’s–a Whiz Without!

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43 Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise August 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Yey! Sounds fun! I need a mini trip asap too! Aloha :)

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44 Krystina (Organically Me) August 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Safe travels and have a blast!

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45 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Nothing like a little terminal privacy! love small airports!

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46 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Sounds like a pleasant travel experience! :) Hope you have a great time in Philly!

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47 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Love those Dakota buns! Your lunch looks way better than what you could possibly get at WF. :)

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48 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I typically don’t have my laptop so the alone time at the airport is BORING, haha.

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49 Nikki August 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Yum! I love seeing how you use your foods differently using up leftovers! I still want to make that Black Bean dip/spread when I come home! Have a great trip, and enjoy HLS… make sure to tell all of us all about it, and the highlights that made YOUR trip.

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50 Devon @FastFoodie August 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm

C-ville is expensive to fly into! I am planning a trip for a race in the Blue Ridge Mtns in September and it is quite pricey! I am super keen on visiting the area though, so I know it will be worth the price tag!

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51 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Ahhh I might have to stop reading your blog just because your bread always looks so delicious and I can’t have it! Ok, I won’t actually stop reading your blog haha but it looks amazing! Have a great flight! I secretly love airports, great people watching.

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52 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Safe travels, Kath!

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53 Emily@SavoryandSavage August 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Have fun at HLS!! I wish my airport had rocking chairs :-)

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54 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Have fun at HLS! I looooovveeee free wi-fi at airports! :)

Your lunch looks delish, ps.

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55 Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) August 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

hope i get to meet you at the HLS!!!! safe travels.

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56 Balancing Sylvia August 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I wish you a much better experience in the Philly airport than I had. I had to deal with far too many rude folks. Maybe the mid-westerner in me can’t hack it? Ah well, have a great flight!

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57 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Have fun!

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58 Jenna August 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

This is too funny, I just started reading your blog and i LOVE it AND I LIVE IN PHILLY!
Are you here for pleasure or is there some type of natural food summit I’m missing out on? Please let me know if so!

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59 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

It’s the Third Annual Healthy Living Summit – an event that 5 of us bloggers founded. http://www.healthylivingsummit.com

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60 Baking N Books August 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I thought it was 6 bloggers? The “Big 6″? …or so I read before…

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61 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

How cute is Cville airport? With only 3 max at the security line?!? :D

There is nothing better than packing your own lunch or snack. Beats airline food for sure!

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62 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Oh yay! So fun to go to a city you haven’t really explored. The hotel is in an awesome location, so you’ll love it! The Plash bus is the way to go if you go out to the art museum!

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63 Hillary August 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I cannot believe I’ve never been to Philly—my dad is a huge history buff, and it shocks me that we weren’t dragged there when we were little! But now that I live in Baltimore, I need to get there—it’s so close! Safe travels!

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64 erica August 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

have a great time at the HLS!!!
i wish my airport had free wifi and rocking chairs!!

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65 Namaste Gurl August 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Have a wonderful time at the HLS– i’m quite jealous indeed :)

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66 lynn @ the actor's diet August 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm

i recognize matt’s shirt from foodbuzz??

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67 jennifer August 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Lovely! I live in Philly as well, and we have tons of amazing local food and beers! If you’re out and about you must check out Capogiro (http://www.capogirogelato.com/), a gelato cafe with several locations. They make everything in house with local, seasonal ingredients! The pineapple mint sorbetto is to die for :)

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68 lani August 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Kath, have fun in Philly! I lived there til I was 10 and it is so underrated.
Too many recs to list, but I will reccomend La Colombe Coffee on 19th if that appeals, and DiBruno Bros. Markets for yummy prepared food. In addition the history galore you get just walking around Society Hill and downtown (where I lived) you could check out the Constitution Center off Market Street, the view from the City Hall building, the Art Museum, and the Rodin Museum (sister to the one in Paris). Have the best time!:)

Lani

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69 Rachel August 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I lived in Philly for most of my life and I must emerge from lurkdom to second the La Colombe and DiBruno Bros recommendations. La Colombe has been a favorite since I was in high school, and the cheese and olives from DiBruno Bros were my splurge when hosting grimy house-parties. You know, to class things up a bit.

If the weather is nice, I recommend taking your La Colombe and/or DiBruno goodies to Rittenhouse Square (a third thing I love about Philly) for a coffee-break or a picnic. I have especially fond memories of sitting on the stone benches and walls in the oval center. Good people-watching, and a lovely (cheap/free) place to catch up with friends.

By coincidence (I swear!), I’m visiting Philly this weekend. I’ll be on the lookout for bloggers. Have fun!

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70 Dani Delicatessen August 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

When I finally made it to a Great Harvest they had JUST run out of Dakota bread- so upsetting…..is the recipe for the black bean coconut dip posted on kerf? : )

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71 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Oh bummer!! call ahead!!!

Recipe is on my Recipage

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72 Hilary August 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Great choices on the lunch…can’t wait to see you at HLS!

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73 allpointswhole August 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

i AM SOOOOOO jealous; I hope you meet my sister, Melody who is the other part of allpoiintswhole. I’ve been following your blog for two years and its changed my life!

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74 Alison (Fueling for Fitness) August 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Yum, I totally have lunch envy! I wish I could try that bread… GH – expand to Canada (more specifically, Toronto). ;)

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75 Alexa @ Simple Eats August 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Hope you have a great trip!

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76 Christine (The Raw Project) August 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Awesome in flight meal! Have a great trip!

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77 Angel7 August 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I like the seeds on the Dakota bun–makes for a little added chewiness :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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78 Allie August 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I live right near Philly as well! Check out Philly Home Grown to get a picture of the local food scene http://food.visitphilly.com/ and I’d reccommend Di Bruno Brothers, Osteria http://www.osteriaphilly.com/ for amazing pizza, any of Stephen Starrs restaurants for a unique dining experience http://www.starr-restaurant.com/ and Yards Brewing Co. http://www.yardsbrewing.com/ for local beer! Can’t wait to hear about your experiences :)

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79 Jennifer August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Welcome to my part of the country! :)

I second the suggestions of visiting the Reading Terminal Market. That’s a must see while you are here. Enjoy the visit!

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80 Ellie@fitforthesoul August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Omgness can I take a chunky bite out of that goat feta cheese?! haha <3

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81 Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

LOVIN those rocking chairs! How cool!

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82 Julia August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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83 Kristen, Sweetly August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Ahhhh! So bittersweet for me leaving. I would be at the exit greeting all the healthy living bloggers. :p Don’t let the dank-ness throw you when you walk outside from PHL. It’s my least favorite airport at the exit area… But after that, it’ll be a blast!!! Have a great time.

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84 Lilly August 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Lunch looks so delish! I lived in philly for a year for ballet… if you have the chance try to make it to Sabrinas, seriously some of the best brunch food (huge portions tho). There is often a wait but it is worth it :) It is pretty popular, for good reason!

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85 Sarah G August 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Hey Kath! If you want a great workout in Philly (and the most fun you will EVER have..), you should check out http://www.phillycircus.com for an intro to aerials class. They often do them last minute if an instructor is available. I have been taking aerial classes for two years there and am in the best shape of my life because of it! I promise you will not be dissapointed ;). If you need any suggestions for some great places to eat/visit/explore, feel free to email me! And, have fun!

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86 Amanda August 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

You’re going to love exploring Philly! If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat that’s a Philly classic, you should try the water ice at John’s Water Ice on 7th and Christian. It’s a tiny little place with a small menu, but it’s totally worth it. And if you don’t want water ice, their butter pecan ice cream is to die for!

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87 Molly @ RDexposed August 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Those are some sexy driving legs!

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88 Hannah August 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Look at those crispy, fresh, glorious seeds! And yes, I always loved Cville airport’s free wifi! Not a single airport in Australia has it that I know of :(

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89 SillySavage August 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I didn’t even know you could bring food on a plane unless you bought it in the terminal AFTER you go through security. Groovy.

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90 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Have a great time at HLS! I can’t wait to read all about it. I’m so bummed I’m not going. :(

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91 Joanne August 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm

What a cutie. Just LOVE the “Food Person” tee. :)

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92 Selena August 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I thought about going as a non-blogger since I’m so close to philly, but we’re headed to the beach instead. I was really hoping to meet you and the other ladies I’ve gotten to “know” from reading your blogs…

Have a great time at the conference and in Philly!

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93 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn August 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Woooo can’t wait to meet you g-fran!!! I love the quietness of airports, other than that I’d rather be at Starbucks ;)

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94 Shayla @ The Good Life August 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm

How cool to have rocking chairs in an airport?! Have fun at HLS, wish I was there to see you all live!! :)

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95 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow! I hope you stayed safe in these ridiculous storms!!

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96 Sharon August 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I’m flying up to Philadelphia tomorrow for the weekend..I’ll be keeping my eyes out for you!

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97 Mel August 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Haha, I think Matt always makes the goofiest faces! Have a good trip to Philly, I would like to go there someday!

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98 Army Amy* August 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Rocking chairs at the airport? What! I’ve never seen such a thing!*

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99 meghan August 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Safe travels, Kath :)

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100 Jane August 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Hey, Kath!

I just read your About page and realized you went to Davidson College! That’s where I go, entering my junior year / fall semester abroad. I’m so excited to find another Davidson girl in the fitness blogging world, especially one with such a fabulous blog!

During the school year I write for Shape Magazine’s website as a college consultant here: http://www.shape.com/blogs/dorm-blogger
and currently I’m writing a blog as I train for the Athens Marathon during my semester in Florence. I’d love to get to know you and network with a fantastic Davidson alum, so come visit me at http://theathensmarathonproject.wordpress.com/!

<3 Jane

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101 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Hey Jane!! Small world after all :) I miss Davidson and all the great minds there!

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102 Jane August 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I know, a lot of my friends who graduated this spring had major panics that they would have a hard time meeting like-minded friends after Davidson. But I know they’ll figure it out. :)
Have a great time at HLS!

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103 Veronica August 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I am so so in love with the Dakota bun, but can’t seem to figure out where to get them! Please share! It looks so yummy and wholesome!

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104 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

They are custom made at our bakery. You could put in a special request to your local Great Harvest?

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105 Aditi August 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Hey Kath! Where do you get your awesome looking buns from?

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106 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

They’re from the bakery I own, Great Harvest Bread Co.

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107 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Thanks for all the Philly recs!

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108 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I’ve never been to Philly either, so I’m looking forward to seeing how you like it :)

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109 The Healthy Engineer August 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Oh my god that bread is so pretty!

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