More Books! More Candy!

Today’s Sunday walk consisted of roaming around my favorite parts of Philadelphia. After yesterday’s visit to the Book Barn and Eclat, I wasn’t planning on entering any more book shops or candy stores for a while……but when life gives you lemons (or chocolates, caramels and books), you make lemonade and give into the universe’s suggestions!   So, I…

Éclat = épatant

Éclat is a delicious local chocolatier in West Chester, founded by Christopher Curtin. I’d seen some of the chocolate bars in DiBruno’s but didn’t realize they were from the area! After the Book Barn and before Gemelli‘s, we stopped by to check out the chocolates and I’m so glad we did! Their flavor combinations are…

Gelato on a hot summer day

A friend and I journeyed to West Chester today, and encountered some lovely gelato at Gemelli. The owner is an Italian who moved to the US after meeting his wife when she studied abroad in Italy (cute!! <3). He has definitely brought the Italian secrets of delicious gelato making with him! I tried the chocolate…

Making Essays, Crafting Cookies

While working through my personal statement drafts (the application season has begun!), I was thinking of cookies (as one does, naturally) and thinking of how essay writing is so much like cookie dough making. Whenever I’m trying to put together an essay, I feel like I’m a crazed witch with a bubbling cauldron full of ingredients that…

Sunflower Seed-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Success! I made yummy cookies! This is an accomplishment only because I attempted the same recipe last week, went a little too haphazard on my measurements, and ended up with a scone-like cookie instead (I think I went too little on the sugar, too much on the baking soda, and potentially too much flour). This…

In Search of a Donut: Journey 2 (after the dentist)

A few days ago, I traveled to the dentist for what was supposed to be a normal check up/clean up. Unfortunately, I had developed a cavity and had to get a shot (my dentist said I took it rather well…what else was there to do but tense up, flinch once and bear it silently? lol) and all…

In Search of a Donut: Journey 1

Although I was never a huge fan of donuts, I’ve eaten many in the past year (probably due to the fact that I live near a pretty good donut place, and that many of my grad class treat/freebie events involved these donuts) and have noticed that shmancy donut places are on the rise. In Philadelphia, I’ve…

The Franklin Fountain

  Next door to the Shane Confectionery, is the Franklin Fountain, an ice cream parlor/soda fountain with antique charm (though it’s only been around since 2004). It’s owned by the brothers who took over Shane’s, and has the same kind of carefully planned and researched decor. Today, Philadelphia was in the mid-70s Fahrenheit with plenty…

Time Traveling in a Candy Store

Yesterday, to celebrate my freedom from spring semester, I decided to finally visit Shane Confectionery. I’d been wanting to visit the candy boutique since my mom had mentioned it to me a few weeks ago. The magical little boutique is located in the Old City of Philadelphia, right next to Penn’s Landing. Shane’s was established in 1911, and…