Hot Pot at Nine Ting, and the Reason You Should Go on Your Birthday

My friends and I are avid hot pot eaters, and our favorite place is a stylish restaurant deep in Chinatown called Nine Ting. Since my birthday was Wednesday, and Chinese New Year was Saturday, we went for hot pot to celebrate. (I credit my friend K. for introducing me to Nine Ting. K. has the ability to polish off an extraordinary amount of hot pot and is an all-around food enthusiast.) If you eat at Nine Ting on your birthday, your hot pot is free! They require proof of your birthday and a little post on Facebook. Otherwise it is about $22 a person.

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Smith College in the Winter

 

 

During winter vacation, my parents and I visited Northampton, Massachusetts, home to Smith College, another Seven Sisters college. Smith is almost twice the size of Bryn Mawr. The campus is right next to the town’s business district. Northampton is a lively and trendy but still elegant old New England town with warm colors and plenty of good restaurants, with aromas wafting through the air.

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Lil’ Pop Shop 

Artisanal Popsicles and Italian Coffee

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La Marzocco/ H. Novak

Walk and walk and eventually you will stumble upon a gem. A case in point is the delightful residential neighborhood just below Rittenhouse Square. The apartments are made of bricks, some painted white and black, and the doors feature every color imaginable—scarlet, aquamarine, sky blue, navy blue, and sage in a single street! (The window shutters match.)

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The 2016 Philadelphia Marathon

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Rounding Logan Square/ H. Novak

The annual Philadelphia Marathon took place on Saturday, November 19. I live with three other friends in a hall group—that is, we occupy four comfortable rooms next to one another. My wonderful hall-mate Carissa, who is also my hell mom, had been training for weeks and weeks . . . and weeks. I have never been the athletic type, but I admire anyone who has the devotion and drive and patience to run. I was simply in awe of Carissa’s endurance in running a half marathon. (Plus, besides training for the marathon, she bikes from Bryn Mawr to her UPenn classes in Philly!)

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Hand-Drawn Noodles, Anyone?

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House and Spice C

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Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House/ M. Ye

My friend says she goes to Chinatown whenever she needs a “taste of home.” Steaming hand-drawn noodles, stir-fried vegetables, roast pork buns, hot pot . . . Chinatown has it all. How glad I am that Philadelphia is a city with a Chinatown! Fresh noodles are not common in our everyday cuisine. They are difficult to acquire and even more difficult to make.

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