Philadelphia, United States
Kylie, 30
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I've been an engineer for almost 5 years now. I was always interested in math, chemistry and physics so it felt like the natural path for me. I love the challenges that engineering presents and the difference it can make to solve some of those challenges.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Not sure if I'd describe any job I've ever had as bad. Each taught me something new and helped me grow.

Were you born and raised in Philadelphia? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Philadelphia?

I was grew up in Bucks County, not too far outside of Philly. I moved here for work 4 years ago when the commute got to be too much. My adopted city has been incredibly good to me though, allowing me to learn more about myself. I'm so glad I have the chance to live in the place where so much of our history was written.

What’s your current hood in Philadelphia and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I currently live in Old City and I absolutely love the history of the neighborhood and what it meant to this country. I also grew up with an appreciation for good food and living where I live gives me the chance to walk to some of the best restaurants in the city. I do live right across from a pretty popular bar though and the music gets a little loud in the summer months, but it's a small price to pay for a great location.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I've been a fan of alternative rock as far back as I can remember, band favorites include Bastille, Cold War Kids, Imagine Dragons and the like. I've never really been much for country music though. It's not that I hate it, I just don't gravitate toward it.

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

A lot of AWOL Nation, the Gaslight Anthem, Lorde, etc. Anything that's kind of defiant.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

The West Wing and the Newsroom. I love the snappy writing of both of these shows but especially in the latter, the insertion of some awkward moments that tend to happen in real life. The characters are just developed so well and the intensity of some of the episodes just make it absorbing.

Name some spots in Philadelphia that are good for a Tinder date.

For a laid back kind of date, I tend to favor outdoor spots with something to do. Spruce Street Harbor Park in the summer is a good spot because there's a lot going on. Frankford Hall is also a pretty cool vibe and doesn't feel too stuffy for a first or second date.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I essentially live at Loft and Banana Republic. They can always be relied upon to have something cute in black.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I'm not big into the club scene and while I've been to places like Rumor at the requests of friends before, I try to avoid it if at all possible. Paying a lot for a weak drink, having to scream to be heard and rubbing up against strangers at any point doesn't scream good time to me.

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

I've been dying to do one of those escape rooms. Philly has a few and it just seems like a fun way to spend an hour. I'd also love to go catch more of Philly's outdoor movies that they play in parks throughout the summer.

Where do you go in Philadelphia for a casual night out?

Tria is our go to date night spot without feeling too formal about it. It's a nice atmosphere without feeling like you need to try too hard. Plus, wine and cheese makes any night good in my book.

Where would you go in Philadelphia to celebrate some freaking good news?

Morimoto. It's pricey but for a special occassion, you get a top notch experience and the food is fantastic.

What’s your choice of transportation in Philadelphia and why?

Lyft or Uber are great options for all neighborhoods, but depending on where you are, taxis are everywhere and they work just as well.

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

The touristy spots are worth a look, like the liberty bell and independence hall. However, some of the other museums are also worth a stop. Eastern State Penitentiary is a cool, albeit, slightly creepy spot, but not on everyone's list of must-hits.

What are the Philadelphia spots tourists should run from screaming?

I feel like I'll take heat for this but if you're looking for a cheesesteak, you can do better than Pat's and Geno's. There are so many other places that do it well, without the hype, without the line and without the pressure. It's Philly, pretty much any cheesesteak place here does it well.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Philadelphia. How do you spend it?

Eating. I feel Philly is underrated when it comes to our food scene. There aren't many cuisines I can't get here. From chinese to brazilian steakhouses to spanish tapas to pho, we really have a great cross section of cultures and more than one place doing it right. There are so many new foods I've tried since living here that I'd sorely miss if I left.

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

I haven't been there yet but I'd love to go to New Orleans and try out the authentic version of the cuisine I've been pitifully trying to imitate for a few years. There's a lot of cool stuff going on down there, from Bourbon Street to the French Quarter but anyplace with a lot to see and great food to eat has to be on my vacation list.

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