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Sunday was the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, held on Germantown Avenue. Have you been to Chestnut Hill? It’s friggin cute. I’ve only been there once before, and that was for a work dinner at the Melting Pot, so I never even got to see the adorable little town and the main drag. Trust me, seriously, it’s cute.

It was a beautiful day out, and people came out in droves. It was much more of a neighborhoody gathering than, let’s say, the Manayunk Arts Festival, which seems much more fancy. As far as food, there was actually quite a lot to choose from. There was chinese, barbeque, indian, burgers, fondue, all kinds of stuff. But don’t think they only had fancy stuff, as they also had funnel cake. At this particular stand, they also had deep fried oreos. Eek. E wanted some funnel cake. There were actual flavor choices, but she wanted it plain.

On Saturday, I had been craving cotton candy. Why? I have no idea, but I had. Lo and behold, they had cotton candy!!! They were switching back and forth between blue and pink flavors, and I ended up with blue. It was delicious. It was probably the last warm and sunny weekend we’ll be having for awhile, so it was nice to enjoy it outdoors with all the peeps.

Fun in Manayunk

I spent Sunday at the Manauynk Arts Festival. I go every year, and it’s really fun. It’s big, it runs for quite a long stretch of main street, and there are many actually talented artists. Much of it’s ridiculous and expensive and unattainable for us regular folk, but there are many things that are affordable. I picked up a few necklaces this year, and even my frugalness wasn’t too upset by it.

There’s not much food actually at the festival. There’s some juice and water booths, a smoothie place, some chinese, some burgers, and some of the local restaurants set up something right outside their places. There are plenty of restaurant on main street that have outdoor dining though. We ended up browsing for much longer than planned, and a smoothie and a giant water ice just didn’t do it for us. We stopped at the Couch Tomato Cafe, an adorable pizza / salad joint just off of main street on Rector. They have all kinds of crazy pizzas, as well as regular ones, with a thin crust. I had a slice of bbq chicken, and it was damn good. They also have lots of specialty salads. On a previous visit I had a Strawberry Fields Forever salad, and it was basically candied lettuce in a bowl. So damn tasty. The service is a little spotty. They forgot about our slices being in the oven, so they got overcooked a bit, so the dough ended up a bit more crunchy than I would have liked, but it still tasted good. They are expanding though, and will have a new second floor full of dining. As of now, there is limited dining on the first floor and a few tables outside.

Walking back to Roxborough, we passed a mini park with a playground that had this cool soft pretzel sculpture. Now this is art I can get into. Is there other food related art in Philadelphia? If so, I want to capture them all for this here blog!

Manayunk Food

After a morning of fence painting (totally Huck Finn-ish), we skidaddled over to the Manayunk Brewery to get some grub. You know places like the Manayunk Brewery, it’s a microbrew that brews their own beers. You’ve really been to em all if you’ve been to John Harvards, Iron Hill, Victory, and so on. What set this place apart was that it was a beautiful day out, bordering on hot, and we got to sit outside and overlook the glorious Schuylkill river. There is plenty of indoor dining as well.

So the food, well, it was alright. I got the chili con carne and a side of fries. I think at first I thought it was good because I was so starving, I would have eaten napkins. After I got a bit fuller, I realized that it wasn’t really all that good. It was much too barbecue sauce tasting. I don’t think there was any chili flavor in there at all. The fries were ok, again, nothing great. Now the beer! I did enjoy my beer immensely. So the Manayunk Brewery gets to redeem itself. I had the hefeweizen, which was a fresh batch, made 1 day before. It was really fresh and just want I needed. S got the beer sampler. You’re all familiar with these, all brewpubs have them. She was talking about getting this all day long! See guzzled these down like a true champion.

J got the mahogany wings. Now that I’m looking at them, they look damn good. So you only got like 5-6 of them, but they were good sized. She seemed to enjoy them. A got the veggie wrap, doesn’t it look good. Also, look at this beautiful sesame crusted tuna salad. It’s gorgeous. The fish and chips also looked pretty decent. So I do have to warn those of you who want to visit the Mayaunk Brewery and sit outside on the outdoor seating deck. They played some of the most horrible music I’d ever heard. It was just bizarre. We figured it was some kind of bad satellite radio station, but I swear, it was lost one-hit wonders from the late 70’s and early 80’s. We all just found it unlike anything we’d heard before. It was so strange, it was laughable. Other than that though, sitting outside on a beautiful day while drinking cool brews, it was all quite lovely. The service was also good.

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