ask Jacquie about
boutiques • walkways • hiking • museums • dance bars • breakfast and brunch • asian food
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am in People Operations at a Digital Marketing Agency. I love working for a company that's innovative and whose values align to my own. In my role, I get the opportunity to support finding, growing, and developing our team. Our team is what makes us successful, and who we are, so I love supporting that function.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Probably a mix of sappy love songs, heart break songs, and revenge songs. There'd definitely be Coldplay, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran on repeat.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Friends is my all-time favorite show. I've seen every episode and even now when I watch one it has me laughing or crying.
Name some spots in Philadelphia that are good for a Tinder date.
If it was me I'd want an activity to break the ice so I'd suggest Buffalo Billiards, it's a relaxed bar that has pool and darts, or North Bowl a funky, retro bowling alley that has a full bar & snacks.
Who’s your hero and where in Philadelphia would you take them out for a serious hang?
My parents are my heroes - and I would take them The Deck at the Moshulu. The Moshulu is a renovated boat docked on Philadelphia's waterfront. The Deck is their upper deck location that's more laid-back then the interior restaurant. You can catch up and hang out on a couch, order some great food & drinks, all while overlooking the Delaware River.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Anthropologie, Free People, Nordstrom, Zara, H&M, TJ Maxx - these are all of my usual spots, but I am open to look anywhere.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
No where that I can think of... I like to at least try everywhere once!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love to walk the Schuykill River Trail. It's an outdoor trail along the Schuylkill River that runs through the city and actually extends out into the suburbs. It's a nice little get away from 'city life' but you're actually still in the city. Also, they offer fun activities all the time like outdoor movies, yoga classes, and more which I would love to get to more often.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Philadelphia and where did you get it?
The most extreme meal I've ever eaten was at Zahav. It's an amazing Israeli restaurant in old city. I would say the whole thing was 'extreme' to me because it was a completely new flavor profile and type of food I have never had before. Everything was delicious but when I was eating it I typically had no idea what it was.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Philadelphia that you particularly like?
My favorite hole in the wall is Bonner's Irish Pub. It's one of those easy places that's no fuss. You can always go in and get a seat at the bar or an outside table. They have cheap beer pitchers and good food.
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?
The most expensive restaurant i've been to is Vetri. The only menu option is a tasting menu that runs about $165 per person. My parents took me for my 25th birthday and it was the best meal I've ever had. There were about 7 courses, but the almond tortellini was beyond words.
What restaurant in Philadelphia looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
I wouldn't say "looks crap", but Chinatown always has hidden gems! The outside may not look like much, but Dim Sum Garden has some of the best soup dumplings in Philadelphia.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Philadelphia? Which one do you like?
I love Continental's cocktails, especially the Champagne O Rama! It's good and has a pink sugar rim, which just makes it more fun.
Where would you take your partner in Philadelphia if you wanted to really pamper them?
If I wanted to pamper someone, I would take them to Drybar. It's a blowout bar where they wash and blowout your hair! Their typical offering is a wash, blowout, and styling but you can also do add ons such as hair treatments or an extended scalp massage. It is the perfect way to start your day.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
I'm not sure where else you can get these, but I do know they are best in Philadelphia - cheesesteaks. It's something we're known for and we do not take the responsibility lightly. Also, not sure if that classifies as a 'snack', but I think it counts.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Philadelphia?
I think the Liberty Bell can be a bit underwhelming for the hype. Philadelphia has a lot of history to offer and I'd rather spend time seeing something else.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Philadelphia?
I think in general the food scene in Philadelphia is underrated. We have great restauranteurs and chefs who have cultivated a new foodie culture.
What are the Philadelphia spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
First time visitors must visit the art museum & run up the stairs like rocky and do a taste test to decide which cheesesteak is better at Pat's and Geno's (they're across the street from one another).
Tomorrow’s your last day in Philadelphia. How do you spend it?
I would wake up, do a spin or yoga class, get brunch at Parc, then take a walk to Boat House Row. I'd have to walk around the Art Museum and Rittenhouse Square and have dinner at Talula's Garden. From there I'd want to go out with friends and end the night with a late night cheesesteak.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I don't think I can decide - every city has something special to offer a vacation and I have loved every single one I've visited!!