ask Ginevra about
breakfast and brunch • dumplings • tapas • ice cream shop • donut shop • parks • museums
a bit about Ginevra
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Financial Sales Associate. I spend my days working with clients, helping them be better at what they do. I work at an awesome company and have an amazing group of coworkers.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Never had a bad job- though one year in college I worked as a graduate assistant consolidating expense reports in a supply closet... as in my office was a closet.
Were you born and raised in Philadelphia? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Philadelphia?
It's complicated! I was born in Baltimore, moved to D.C. for a few years, and then moved to North Jersey. Spent 6 years in Orlando for College and Grad School, and moved to Philadelphia for work after finishing my MBA. Most of my family is here actually, though my parents are back in D.C.
What’s your current hood in Philadelphia and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
South Philly! Best thing- it's walkable, has awesome food, and real charm. Worst thing- it can be a little dirty :(
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to everything. I'm a big pandora fan and my top three stations would be Flume, "Twerk" Radio, and "Today's Hits", but sometimes I listen to classical Jazz on the way to/from work to relax. Also a huge fan of stand up comedy- so you can usually find me giggling to myself when working out or driving.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Thankfully I have a sweet ass boyfriend, but in high school when my boyfriend broke up with me I listened to a lot of Coldplay and John Legend. Probably would still be my go-to.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Mindy Project, Modern Family, Broad City, Brooklyn 99- all 30 minute comedies. Life is too serious to watch dramas and too short to spend more than 30 minutes staring at a screen. Although I admit Law and Order SVU is my guilty Sunday binge.
Name some spots in Philadelphia that are good for a Tinder date.
Depends! Stateside in Passyunk is a cool spot to get a drink, Spruce Street Harbor Park is an awesome river-side spot to get to know someone, and Independence Hall is a destination for history-buffs! There are endless places to go, neighborhoods to explore, and things to try!
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Who’s your hero and where in Philadelphia would you take them out for a serious hang?
Honestly, my mom... I would take her for a walk through the city, out for a BYO dinner, and then finish the day on my sister's rooftop deck!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Loft and Gap are my top two. H&M, Forever 21, Ross and Marshals also have a lot of closet-share. I really only wear black and floral print which is confusing, but makes sense for me.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The clubs... does Philly even have clubs?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Happy hour! I work in the Navy Yard and don't get off until 6, so I usually miss a lot of the city's food and drink Happy Hour specials.
Where do you go in Philadelphia for a casual night out?
Any BYO restaurant, Garage bar in Passyunk, the local Taco/Margarita spot around the corner. In the summer there are a ton of cool spots to go to- Pop Up Gardens, Spruce Street, Food Festivals, or Bok Bar- for example.
Where would you go in Philadelphia to celebrate some freaking good news?
I passed a big financial exam and my boyfriend and I went to Audrey Claire- a BYO in Center City that was so delicious. Tria wine bar is another awesome spot to cheers and celebrate. Adobe Cafe if I'm looking for $5 shots of tequila and beer and some karaoke.
What’s your choice of transportation in Philadelphia and why?
Lyft/Uber. I prefer Lyft because it's typically cheaper, and you can get a Lyft line for an even better price. Compared to any method of transportation the time/cost ratio is so worth it to me. Driving/parking is a NIGHTMARE and I wouldn't dream of trying to drive (and parking cost more than a Lyft any day). I don't have much experience with the Subway or Bus system, but I know they're both manageable. In the nice weather, my second choice is always Indego Bike Share. Just make sure you're aware of the pricing and know where the closest drop off station is to your destination.
What are the Philadelphia spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Pats/Genos, Independence Hall, City Hall, Spruce Street Harbor Park (Summer) and Winterfest (Winter), Reading Terminal are the top spots that come to mind.
What are the Philadelphia spots tourists should run from screaming?
Nowhere! Just be prepared for lines in some of the more tourist-friendly spots.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Philadelphia. How do you spend it?
Walking from my house in Passyunk towards South Street, through Bella Vista, into Society Hill, through Old City to Franklin Fountain for some ice cream. I'd end the night eating at Bing-Bing Dim Sum, my favorite restaurant in my neighborhood and a glass of wine on the back porch!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Barcelona. I love that you can walk through most of the city and always find something new on every street corner. The culture and Catalonian Nationalism are so unique as well.