For a girl like me, the return of spring means much more than open windows and increased amounts of Starbucks’ passion tea lemonade. I’m celebrating the arrival of this long overdue warm weather with, you guessed it, food. Each turn in season provides a plate-full of mouthwatering treats most appreciated during a select few months of the year. Although winter is not quite over and spring has not quite sprung, I present to you 4 foods your taste buds have been patiently waiting for all winter long.
1. The Ice Cream Cone
A little fun fact about yours truly, I always order my ice cream (red raspberry chocolate chip, preferably) “in a sugar cone with rainbow sprinkles, please!” Now that’s not to say I always get what I ask for (why some ice cream shops only carry chocolate sprinkles, I will never know), but I always ask.
There’s nothing quite like the first lick of an ice cream cone after a dark and gloomy winter. Winter coats hang abandoned in the closet and flip-flops are retrieved from under the bed, where they’ve lived for the past seven months. The sun shines warm on your face and your taste buds are the happiest they’ve been since summertime. If you’re an ice cream lover like myself, you know just what I’m talking about. The first signs of spring indicate that summer is near. Why wait empty handed? Grab an ice cream cone and enjoy the sunshine.
Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth in Philadelphia? Check out The Franklin Fountain located in the heart of Old City on Market Street. An ode to Ben Franklin, this ice cream parlor mixes a little bit of history into each and every batch of it’s hand-made ice cream, a combination that is surprisingly, sure to please.
2. Ballpark Franks
I am a Red Sox fan, don’t be mistaken, but when you attend a university 6 hours away from the legendary “Green Monstah”, you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got. Luckily for me, Citizen’s Bank Park is a great alternative. Home of the Philadelphia Phillies, this ballpark has tons of 7th inning snacks to satisfy your every craving. From Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks and Bull’s BBQ to Philadelphia’s beloved Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries and of course a classic ballpark frank from Phanatic Phood, CBP has got it all (including Turkey Hill ice cream; sugar cone and rainbow sprinkles available upon request).
While the choices may not compare to Boston’s famous Fenway Franks (in my eyes, anyway), even at a baseball game, you’ve “gotta eat!”, no matter what city you’re in or what team you’re routing for. The return of springs means the return of baseball, one of the tastiest sports to watch!
Don’t feel like spending money inside the gates? Pack your own meal and head down to the Philadelphia Sports Complex well before the first pitch to enjoy hoagies in FDR Park, a great place for free parking and a quick bite to eat!
3. Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
If you’re like me and missed it in the fall don’t fret! The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival, and many others just like it across the nation, return this spring! Saturday, April 12th walk the length of Main Street in Philadelphia’s quaint neighborhood, Manayunk, to enjoy meals and treats from some of the city’s best food trucks. What could be better than an entire street lined bumper-to-bumper with food trucks?
Local chefs and restaurants take over the neighborhood from 11-5 to provide food-lovers with a taste of some of their greatest creations, at prices any college student can handle! Following the delicious festival, stick around town because Manayunk Restaurant Week begins Sunday, April 13th and lasts for two weeks until Friday April 25th.
Add a little shopping and a little music into the festival’s mix and you’ve got yourself the recipe for a flawless spring day.
4. Burgers (or veggies!) on the Grill
One of the best things about living at home in High School was the certainty of a home-cooked meal, just about every night of the week. In the spring, when the days grew longer and the sun shined brighter, dinner was almost always served on the patio in the backyard. Mom would make her neighborhood-famous macaroni salad, dad would stand patiently at the grill tending to the burgers, and my brothers and I would sit at the table enjoying the last few hours of blue sky and sunshine. Any meal tastes better outdoors.
Sadly, however, this weather won’t last long. Soon enough we’ll be back inside, windows up, Air Conditioning on low. So while you still can, grab some friends and throw something on the grill. Whether it’s burgers, dogs, or veggies your taste buds (and hopefully your friends) will thank you.