Philadelphia, United States
Yasmine, 22
College student, Temple University
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a student at Temple, studying Political Science with a double Spanish and French minor. I am intending on pursuing a career in journalism after college and as a huge political nerd, I want to be able to discuss different issues around the world as well as having the ability to communicate with lots of different people.

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

The entirety of Jorja Smith's newest album "Lost and Found", Blame Game - Kanye West & John Legend, (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano - Sampha, Timmy's Prayer - Sampha, Love Drought - Beyonce, all of the rest of LEMONADE.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Parks and Rec, Jane the Virgin, Mad Men, SNL

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

Bar Hygge, Mission Taqueria, Wells Fargo Center for a 76ers game

Who’s your hero and where in Philadelphia would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero is Michelle Obama and I would probably take Michelle to Federal Donuts at the University of Pennsylvania. Federal Donuts is just so dope because where else can you find fried chicken and hot, delicious, affordable artisan donuts?

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

Oh, this is a hard one. Probably El Vez. I try to stay away from overpriced, mediocre guacamole and margaritas.

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

I love going to art and cultural events! Anything outside really, whether it be the flea market in Rittenhouse Square, a concert, or the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill. I am usually busy, broke, or wake up too late, but when the opportunities arise, I'm there!

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

The most decadent dish I ever ate was the beef tartare and côte de boeuf from Townsend.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Philadelphia that you particularly like?

La Mula Terca!

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?

Townsend.. over $200 for dinner. I had beef tartare, escargot, roasted bone marrow, and côte de boeuf.

What restaurant in Philadelphia looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Definitely La Mula Terca or Varga.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Philadelphia? Which one do you like?

The best cocktails in Philly are at Bud and Marilyn's! I love the Gin Rickey or O'ahu! There are honestly few things I love more than having brunch there with cocktails. They also have frosé right now and while I am not a fan of rosé, it is quite delicious.

Where would you take your partner in Philadelphia if you wanted to really pamper them?

If I really wanted to pamper my partner, I would probably take them to Suraya for brunch, Yards for lunch, Spruce Street to relax, the LUSH Spa on Walnut, followed by dinner at Townsend.

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

A highly overrated place is definitely the Magic Gardens. The entirety of South Street is covered in mosaics, so the Magic Gardens are really not that special.

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

University City. All of it. It is overshadowed by Fishtown and South Philly, but also Baltimore and Lancaster Avenue do not receive enough attention because they are too obscured by the pristine appearance of Penn and Drexel.

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

A first-time visitor can't miss strolling through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum, which includes the Rocky Steps and a view of the Schuylkill that includes Boathouse Row. Also, I would suggest a trip to Old City, which is where you can see Independence Hall. It's a beautiful area where you can have one foot inside of the past and another inside of Franklin Fountain, which you MUST go to after sightseeing. The ice cream comes in a plethora of flavors and it is served in Chinese takeout boxes (so super Instagrammable). The line is worth the wait, especially on a hot day.

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

Cassis, France. It is between Marseille and Nice, quiet, and the view is incredible. I am eager to go back as soon as possible.

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