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5 Day Staycation in Philly

5 Day Staycation in Philly

That recent Philly Airbnb tax that passed has got us thinking. People are flocking to Philly, and no wonder. It’s an incredible place, and was recently ranked as the top 2015 travel destination in America by the New York Times.

Ironically enough, it’s tough to take advantage of all Philly has to offer when you live here – how often do you go to work, head straight to spin class, and  drive straight home?

Let’s skip the insane airfare prices, traffic, and long waits that usually accompany summer vacations. Here’s a sample of what you could experience on a 5 day staycation in Philly.

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The Best Cooking Classes in Philadelphia

The Best Cooking Classes in Philadelphia

Get ready to  fill up your Granary Apartment with the aroma of delicious homemade dishes.  There are so many wonderful cooking classes in Philadelphia and near the Granary, that there is no excuse to be getting takeout every night! Impress a date by learning to cook some gourmet cuisine. Here are some of the best cooking classes around you.

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Memorial Day Events in Philly

Memorial Day Events in Philly

The roots of Memorial Day are sobering, but as we honor those who laid down their lives for our country, we also celebrate a life of freedom with our families and friends in the United States. There’s no better place to celebrate this national holiday than the nation’s history capitol when your luxury apartment in Philly is close to everything! Now, for the best Memorial Day events in Philly:

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A Day in Philly’s Chinatown

Chinatown Philly

If you’re dying for a day trip, you don’t have to go too far – Philly’s Chinatown is one of the most entertaining (and full of delicious food) destinations you’ll get to this year. From Zagat-rated asian restaurants to art exhibits and beautiful, elaborate China Gate – by the time you return to your luxury Philly apartment, you may be a little breathless. Ready to spend the day in Philly’s Chinatown?

Here’s a roundup of the most authentic food and entertaining scenes:

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Easy Ways to Incorporate More Potassium Into Your Diet

While most people think of bananas when they think of sources of potassium, there are actually a wide variety of other foods that contain even more of the beneficial mineral. Potassium helps to keep your heartbeat regular and your muscles, kidneys, and other organs working to their fullest potential, and it’s even been proven to work better than sports drinks at providing energy before a workout. These great foods can help to ensure that you get enough all-natural potassium.

  1. Sweet potatoes. Along with their numerous other health benefits, sweet potatoes are also very high in potassium. Just one average sized potato contains an impressive 646 milligrams, making it one of the absolute best sources of this mineral. At just 131 calories per sweet potato, they also make a low calorie side dish that won’t derail your diet plans.
  2. Tomato sauces. The zesty marinara sauce that you toss on your linguine is an even better source of potassium than a fresh tomato. Just 1/4 cup of tomato paste contains 664 milligrams of potassium, and plain old tomato juice offers over 400 milligrams.
  3. Beans. Whether you prefer fresh green beans or kidney and lima beans, all types of these beans are wonderful sources of potassium. Half of a cup of white beans contains just about 600 milligrams of the necessary mineral, and they’re good for your heart as well.

Top 10 Foods Highest in Potassium [Healthaliciousness]
15 Foods That Are High in Potassium [Health.com]
Foods With More Potassium Than a Banana [Huffington Post]
Potassium and Your CKD Diet [National Kidney Foundation]


How to Make Fondue at Home

Going out for fondue is usually a luxury reserved only for celebrations or special date night dinners, but did you know that it’s actually easy to make your own fondue at home? Use these recipes to create a restaurant-worthy fondue station at your next dinner party.

Cheese Fondue [foodnetwork.com]
Classic cheese fondue is the cornerstone of this trendy culinary style, and this recipe incorporates a blend of shredded Swiss and flavorful Gruyere with a few basic seasonings to create a creamy cheese dip. Keep some fondue forks or wooden skewers on hand to dip crusty bread or blanched veggies into the homemade cheese sauce.

Chocolate Fondue [marthastewartweddings.com]
If you prefer to experiment with at-home fondue for dessert instead of dinner, this simple recipe will surely be a crowd pleaser. Dip fresh fruits or even marshmallows into the chocolate-y finished product.

Garlic, Spinach and Cheddar Fondue [kraftrecipes.com]
For a more casual gathering, this creamy mix of spinach and cheddar with a hefty dose of garlic is simple to make, but just as delicious as fancier fondues. Pair it with fresh veggies and a variety of crackers to avoid the mess of fondue forks. This cheesy dip can even be served in a slow cooker if you don’t own a proper fondue pot.

The Top Five Places to Eat in Philly

Attempting to name every eatery in the city of Philadelphia would certainly be a mouthful. It could take a week just to get through restaurants that begin with the letter A. The competition is fierce and the Zagat ratings are voluminous. Here at the Granary Apartments, we’ve taken out some of the guesswork by highlighting five of the most noteworthy. From savory sandwiches to thrilling entertainment, here are five of the best food destinations in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia RestaurantsImage: Flickr

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Pizzeria Vetri: A Taste of Italy in Philadelphia

The rich cultural heritage in Philadelphia is evident, especially in regards to the food. No matter what you have a taste for, it is almost guaranteed that you won’t have to travel far to satisfy your eager taste buds, and Pizzeria Vetri is just one of many authentic Italian pizzerias within walking distance of your Granary Apartments residence.

Pizzeria Vetri Philadelphia

Image: City Center Team

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The Finest Eateries in Philly are Just Minutes from The Granary Apartments

When people come to the Philadelphia, they always claim they’re here to see the Liberty Bell and other historical sites. Truth be told, they really just come for the food. It’s no secret that Philly knows how to serve up a mean cheesesteak, an awesome hoagie and we’re also home to some of the creamiest cannolis in the nation. What many tourists never realize until they arrive is that all of our food is delicious. Here are four of the finest eateries you can find in the city, and they’re all just minutes from your Granary Apartments home.

Kite & Key - Best Mussels in Philly! - Buffalo Mussels

Image: Urban Spoon 

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