Philadelphia, United States
Heather, 50
Clinical Psychologist
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Clinical Psychologist. I love to connect with people and to help them lead more satisfying and effective lives.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

The National, while drinking wine alone. Or Adele if I'm really feeling masochistic.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Northern Exposure. I know I"m really dating myself here, but it was amazing. A Jewish doctor, recent graduate, has to move to a tiny town in Alaska to fulfill his commitment. The town is full of wonderful characters, and the doctor is so out of his element. It was beautifully filmed, and the writing was wonderful.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Lie in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park. They're always taken. But there is a new reservation system.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Philadelphia and where did you get it?

Spinach gnocchi- Vetri Ristorante. It sounds simple, but it is amazing. This dish feels like a hug from the inside. It makes you feel warm and loved.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Philadelphia? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Vetri is amazing for a special occasion. The food is incredible, and you are treated so kindly. The spinach gnocchi feel like a hug from inside. I can't speak when I eat them. Everything else is delicious as well, but these are special to me.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

When in Philly, you should try water ice. It is kind of like a thick slushy that comes in many fruit flavors, and it's a Philly treat. It's especially good on a hot summer day. John's Water Ice is one of the places people love for water ice (at 7th and Christian). Also, this is a town of pretzels. Not the good, crusty, seed- encrusted ones you get in Germany but big soft ones. You can get them at many food trucks and all over the city. My favorite one is at Reading Terminal Market- handmade at Miller's Twist.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Philadelphia?

Parc at Rittenhouse. Everyone thinks this is the cool place to see and be seen, and perhaps it is, but the food never changes, and the restaurant is huge. I prefer smaller, chef-driven places with more focus on food and the experience.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Philadelphia?

Bistro la Minette. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Philly. I always have a lovely evening when I am there. The space is beautiful- you feel like you are in Paris. The food is delicious, French bistro food that changes seasonally. The service is great. And they have one of the best baguettes in the city!

What are the Philadelphia spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Independence Hall. It's really the birthplace of our country. I find it very moving to be in that space and hear about the history. Rittenhouse Square. Possibly some cheesesteak place, depending on who you are. And definitely Reading Terminal Market.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I love London. I've been there several times and always love it- the history, the food, the beauty. Borough Market is one of my favorite places (must have flat whites at Monmouth Coffee), and the museums are always special to me.