Friday, October 10, 2008

Philly Phridays #10: Reading Terminal Market

There is nothing nothing nothing like Reading Terminal Market. I hope I can portray how immensely cool this place is. It’s so massive, the first time you enter it, it can be a tad overwhelming. It’s a maze, it’s loud, it’s confusing, it’s crowded, it’s incredible.

Here’s cool thing #1: it’s within walking distance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center!

Here’s cool thing #2: not only is it within walking distance, it’s less than 2 minutes!

Cool thing #3: While everyone else is schmoozing in the booth, we’ll be pigging out!

This is the place to get tons of food to bring back to the hotel. This is the place to grab food from the night before the demonstration for the sign making party. This is seriously the coolest place in Philly.

The Reading Terminal Market has, at any one time, anywhere from 70-90 different merchants selling clothes, books, art, crafts, groceries, and tons and tons and tons and tons of food.

This site has been around since the 1800’s, and two merchants inside are descendants of original booth holders. I think that’s too cool.

The food is insane. You absolutely must be sure to get a shoofly pie from one of the Dutch vendors.

And also pack an empty suitcase, to bring dry good groceries home. You think I’m joking but I’m not, when you see this place, you’re going to want to bring stuff back with you.

Besides the awesome foodage and shopage, there’s live music, really fun cooking classes, and you can sign up for an hour-long tour of the history of Philly food, if you’re so inclined.

Everyone loves this place!

There were two Reading Terminal videos on YouTube that I kept going back and forth on over which one to post. So at the end, I decided to post both.

This one was made for a film class. They had to capture the essence of a place in a few minutes set to music:

And this one made me smile:

That wraps it up for this week’s review of places to visit during next year’s Adoptee Rights Demonstration. Next week: the zoo!

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