Queer history, vegan food, a trip to prison and a drag show all in the City of Brotherly Love. This past July, I turned 25 and decided to take a few days off and hop a plane with my roomie from Boston to Philadelphia. Honestly, the reason I went was to go to the renowned vegan restaurant Vedge – but more on that later.
During our first day in Philly, we saw the typical tourist attractions, like the Liberty Bell and Independence National Park. It was a hot 95 degrees, so we were super tired after walking around the city all day. We checked into our hotel and crashed for a 2-hour nap. Later that evening, we went to a drag show – my first!
On the day of my 25th birthday, I went to my now-favorite café in Philly called P.S. and Co and had an amazing piña colada smoothie and a slice of gluten free, vegan banana bread. After breakfast, I enjoyed a nice massage at Eviama Spa, the only all-organic spa in Philly. If you are ever in the area, definitely stop by. The experience is well worth the money.
For dinner, we went to the holy grail of vegan restaurants, Vedge. If you are a vegan you have probably heard of it by now, but for those of you in the dark, Vedge is an all-vegan, upscale vegetable-focused restaurant located in Philly’s famous ‘gayborhood.’ I had the roasted maitake mushroom with a side of brussels sprouts and, for dessert, blueberry cheesecake. You MUST go – even my meat-eating roomie liked his food!
After dinner, we headed to see a documentary entitled Do I Sound Gay? It focused on gay men and their thoughts about ‘sounding gay.’ It was an interesting, funny and thought-provoking film about the feelings and social stigma gay men face regarding ‘sounding gay.’
Our last day in Philly was spent in prison. I got in a bit of trouble… just kidding. We visited Eastern State Penitentiary. It opened in 1829 and once housed Al Capone. Eastern State was a revolutionary prison that valued principles of reform over punishment but closed in 1971 due to deteriorating conditions.
After our trip to prison, we headed back to Boston. Philly is a great city and one I hope to visit again soon (during the cooler months)!