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Oh Joy

Happy Friday guys! What are you up to this weekend? We flew into Philly yesterday to visit our parents, so I’m excited to be in my hometown for a bit. If you Philly folks have any suggestions for new things we should do or see while in town, please let me know!

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots from upcoming videos we shot earlier this week. I’m loving that it’s summer, it feels a little more laid back, and I’m embracing the outdoors as much as possible right now.

Have an amazing weekend, and I’ll see you back here Monday!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}


  1. The new Cezanne exhibit at the Barnes is amazing! Talula’s Daily is a cute place for a coffee, sweet, or quick bite-very Anthroesque too! My favorite place for dinner, though, is Vernick Food & Drink. Always delicious!

  2. Check out Tyler Arboretum’s Annual Tree House Festival, the pop up garden at 1438 South Street or the Art Star Pop up Market at Harbor Park!

  3. Oh man…I have sooo many places to recommend. I was also going to suggest Spruce Street Harbor Park. If you make it to northern liberties (my hood), I’d highly recommend Jerry’s bar for Sunday brunch. They have fantastic food (especially the stuffed french toast or bagels and locks), live music which is great for kiddos, and a beautiful courtyard. Another hidden gem in no libs would be the random tea room on 4th street. It’s small and eclectic, and they make their own chai. If you haven’t been recently, I’d check out shopping, food/drink along Frankford Ave in fishtown. That area has changes soooo much over the past few years. There are a lot of great boutiques and yummy places to eat. If you make it over to west philly, you must go to lil pop shop. They have the most unusual flavors, and the popsicles are just beautiful, like blog-worthy beautiful! Have a fun trip, I love Philly in the summertime soo so much!

  4. Welcome back to Philly, Joy!
    I also support the Spruce Street Harbor Park, it’s delightful! And on Saturdays they have the Artstar Bazaar popup (I have yet to go on a Saturday). I’d suggest you go later in the afternoon and stat after dark to see the beautiful lights
    Saturdays, Rittenhouse Square has a great outdoor market.
    The Philadelphia Horticultural Society has a popup garden that should be fun. I went to last year’s (at a different location than this year’s) and can’t wait to see it this year
    Tomorrow I’ll be checking the Franklin Flea Market
    Have a safe and fun trip!

  5. I’m not from Philly but from visiting my BFF there a few times, my favorite place to eat would have to be Zahav. And on my most recent visit, I had Taconelli’s pizza and it was probably the best pizza I’ve ever had!

  6. I fifth the Spruce Street Harbor Park. You will love the colorful chairs and hammocks. For a grown up meal, Serpico on South St is incredible Asian inspired food. Foam Floaterie, also in that neighborhood which is generally horrible, has creative ice cream floats with home made sodas. The East Passyunk restaurant scene has really blown up in the past few years with many great options!

  7. We drove by the Spruce Street Harbor Park at night when we visited last week and it looked magical! I wish we would have stopped!

  8. We went to the Oval opening night, Wednesday, and it was amazing for adults and kiddos alike: food trucks! beer garden! neon pink sandboxes!

  9. Nomad for the best pizza this side of Rome! On Sunday nights they play movies during dinner (upstairs at their 7th and Kater location). And I always hope I’ll run into you at a Lithe class when you are visiting!

  10. Ruby would love splashing around in the boar pond and fountain at Sisters Cities’ Park. Pack a picnic lunch and blanket to enjoy in the shade afterwards. It’s our favorite!

  11. I just moved from Philly and the thing I miss the most is the pop-up gardens everyone has mentioned. There’s one on Spruce St, Independence Hall, Penn’s Landing, PHS pop-up on South Street. Eakins Oval near the Phila Art Museum is probably the most kids-friendly. Every summer they get better!

  12. Cheu Noodle Bar on 10th and Spruce right by Jefferson!!!! Amazing noodles (never pass up the dumplings), very kid-friendly, and healthy hometown dosage of 90s hip-hop (think old-school Roots, Jurassic 5, & A Tribe Called Quest). Great to support two young guys doing something different!

  13. Joy:
    I was just introduced to your blog and L O V E!! If you are still in Philly, see my Philly Travelogue at
    xx Lottie Dottie

  14. Hi Joy!
    Seeing this post late, but I second Nomad pizza and Lil Pop Shop! Right next to Lil Pop Shop is also great burrito place, Honest Tom’s, they make great beef or pork burritos. Day by Day in Center City (21st/Sansom) is a great place for brunch! Really good, simple food, fresh ingredients, delicious pastries, and only a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square. And if you’re interested in checking out food trucks, Cucina Zapata near Drexel serves Thai/Mexican fusion (great tacos and tilapia burrito), and SpOt Burger makes delicious hamburgers (sometimes Drexel, sometimes 30th St. Station). Check them out next time you’re in the city!


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