This year Jason and I spent our New Years Eve in Philly! It was such a good time from start to finish, that I just wanted to share a little about it.
As you know from my previous post, a fabulous new vegan restaurant opened this fall in Philly called Vedge. Not only is the food amazing, but the atmosphere cannot be beat. Jason, myself and a friend of ours, Tim, had gone to dinner at Vedge earlier this month, and fell in love with the place. Be sure to read my full write up, The Vedge Edge, when you get a chance.
So one night a few weeks before Christmas, I jumped on Facebook to see what was going on. The most recent post in my news feed was from Vedge saying that they were now excepting reservations for New Years Eve. Jason and I had talked about wanting to get out this year, and what better way to do it then to go to Vedge! I called immediately, so immediately that the girl answering the phone did not even know that they were excepting reservations yet 🙂
With reservations made, a game plan was starting to form. We quickly went online and booked a hotel room and started to plan our extravagant evening and fun filled weekend. We decided to stay one night down town so we did not have to worry about driving any where on New Years Eve.
We drove up in the morning and checked into our hotel. We were getting dressed up and I had found a place to get my hair done for the evening. Jason and I walked down to the salon and he waited for me a in small coffee shop around the corner. It came out great! The only tough part was I finished getting my hair done at 3:30pm and our dinner reservations were not until 9:00pm. Sitting with my head not touching anything for 6 hours was not easy, lol.
We arrived at Vedge a little early and hung at the bar for a while. I got a Kyoto Sour and Jason got a gin and Tonic. The Kyoto Sour is a refreshing drink made with Sake, cucumbers, and grapefruit, and it tasted so yummy! not too strong and not too sweet! Once our table had opened up, we took a seat and let the evening or food and fun begin. What I really liked about NYE at Vedge is that the atmosphere was perfect. It was calm and quite and just really nice to sit and enjoy a fabulous meal.
The menu for the evening was a pre-fixe five course meal. It was really well designed and everything tasted amazing! And when I say amazing, that is an understatement! Below are a few photos of the food throughout the evening.
After we ate, we moved to the bar where they were preparing a champagne toast.
3,2,1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! It was official, it was 2012. Both Jason and I are very excited about the new year for many reasons. One of mine that I will share is that January 1st marks the start of my third year as a vegan! I am so happy to have started this blog and to be sharing my passion for being vegan, my love for animals, and all that I am with all of you!
After midnight Jason and I made our way back to the hotel. I am not going to lie, we were exhausted and quickly passed out. We wanted to make sure we were well rested to get up and hit the street of Philly for the annual Mummers Parade!! The Mummers parade has been taking place in Philly since the 1800, and has officially been a city eveny since 1900. To define them simply, Mummers are costumed entertainers that welcome in the New Year. There are five divisions of entertainers in the parade (Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands, and Fancy Brigades). They travel along Broad Street from South Philadelphia straight through Center City. The climax of the parade takes place at City Hall and the PA Convention Center where the official judging takes place.If you have never experienced a New Years Day in Philly, I would recommend that you do so, at least once in your life. It truly is the spirit of the city and a really fun and entertaining way to welcome the new year.
We grabbed lunch at Govinda’s to Go and then made our way back to the hotel to get our car and head home. It was a fun filled, relaxing weekend and a great way to ring in 2012!
Happy New Year to all of you and may 2012 be a successful, compassionate, beautiful year for you all!