What We Ate – Reading Terminal Market


Philadelphia was fun. It tasted good too.


I love spontaneous excursions especially when you don’t hold yourself too much to a plan and just go with the flow.

I hate stressful vacations that include strict time schedules and checklists of activities.

That’s not a good time if you ask me.

I didn’t rush us out the door but I was up early enough to get some work done and squeeze in a workout before we left around 8:00 am.

pure barre dvd

This Pure Barre thing from home is getting fun. We will discuss it more in-depth soon.


I packed my son a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread for breakfast to eat in the car.

peanut butter and jelly raisin bread

I was already on my second breakfast so it was the usual oatmeal in a cup with coffee for the road.

coffee and oatmeal

Eating oatmeal and yogurt while driving <– not easy or recommended unless you love it like I do and in that case, you do anything for love and spoon it into your mouth when you are stopped in traffic. Although, we never really had traffic so I am not sure how I ate it.

Snacks packed for the car which were never touched but necessary in case of a hunger emergency.


An apple, Quest Bar, Trader Joe’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, popcorn cakes, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, Annie’s Chocolate Chip Granola Bar and a container of mixed cereals with raisins.

We made fabulous time to Philly with only one stop to use the bathroom.

We were both really excited to see a Roy Rogers (and couldn’t believe the line at like nine in the morning) because rest stops on the turnpike seem to be the only place to find a Roy Rogers these days.

roy rogers

I used to LOVE Roy Rogers fried chicken back in the day only I didn’t even eat the chicken part, I ate the fried part. Oh, and the pickles bar. Remember they had a pickles bar?

We were smart and saved ourselves for what we would find to eat at Reading Terminal Market.

reading terminal market

If you haven’t been to Reading Terminal Market, let’s just say it is a jam-packed market place filled with every kind of food you can imagine.

Except sushi, I couldn’t find sushi.

I did seek out the bakeries first. Of course.

flying monkey bakery

If I had it my way, I would eat dessert as lunch.

monster cookies

There must be some nutrition packed into a Monster Cookie, don’t you think? I mean, it’s flourless so that must count for something.

flying monkey bakery

Since I am a parent trying to raise my son to understand the importance of a balanced diet, I made sure we had real food for lunch followed by a lunch dessert quickly after.

philly cheesesteak

You can’t go to Philadelphia for lunch and not have a cheese steak unless, of course, you are a vegetarian like me. In that case, you get the cheese steak for your son and something else for yourself.

philly cheesesteak

Rumor has it the cheese steak was amazing.

There were lots of meat-eater options at the market which is great if you eat meat. I did see the Mediterranean spot Tina told me to check out but I ended up at Tootsie’s making my own salad.

salad from tootsies express

I don’t even know everything I loaded into my box. I recall a ton of chick peas, a black bean salad, a kale salad, quinoa, tomatoes and the  best sweet potatoes on top that reminded me of Thanksgiving.

I think I may need to replicate those sweet potatoes at home.

On to lunch dessert:


One Brownie Batter Truffle and one Vanilla Cake Truffle from The Flying Monkey. I figured I would go with two bites after lunch and then come back for more after we walked around the city.

There were so many cakes and cookies to choose from but my son wanted ice cream.

ice cream

In a sprinkled cone.

ice cream

This gigantic ice cream cone (peanut butter swirl ice cream) was so large that he required at least fifty napkins. And, by the time he gave me a bite, the napkins had sogged their way on to the cone so you didn’t know if you were eating the cone or the napkin or a little bit of both.

chocolate liberty bell

I would have been satisfied with the chocolate liberty bells but still took him to see the real thing.


I had a coffee from the market on our walk over to the Liberty Bell.

What’s nice about eating at the Reading Terminal Market is that it is super close to all the educational/historical stuff so you can walk off your indulgences while you learn something and then walk back for cookies.

liberty bell

The Bell.

We walked around the sites and picked up some water and apple slices in a random Subway.

apples and water

The whole walk had me thinking of which afternoon dessert I would need back at the Market.


So many chocolates and candies and cookies to choose from and believe me, I took my time deciding.

I did not go with the chocolate onion.

chocolate onion

Chocolate onion?! I don’t even understand but it was on Bizarre Foods because, well, it’s bizarre.

With so much to choose from, I usually end up with good-looking original chocolate chip cookies because they own my heart.


Especially covered in chocolate.

chocolate covered cookies

I couldn’t resist.

chocolate covered cookie

I wish it would have been bigger. That was my only complaint which really isn’t a complaint, it’s a compliment.

chocolate chip cookie

I asked my son to take a picture of me eating the cookie but instead he took my phone and took selfies.

So I took a piece of his peanut butter chocolate chip cookie before he could take the bag away from me as punishment.

peanut butter chocolate chip

Would you believe we had no traffic heading home either? I only stopped on the turnpike for gas simply because the price was so cheap that I could not resist.

If it made sense, I would drive to New Jersey every week to fill up my tank but that makes no sense although I wish that I did.

We arrived home hungry for dinner which didn’t involve much preparation since I was tired and had no patience or energy to deal with cooking.

Whole Wheat Pizza Bites for my son…


Steamfresh vegetables + Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley + Chick Peas + Avocado + Sweet Chili Sauce = five-minute delicious and healthy dinner for me…


We are already planning our next road-trip-for-lunch excursion. I have my sights set on Chicago for some shopping and Gino’s East pizza but that would involve flying rather than driving to do it all in one day.

Don’t put it past me.

Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!


If you have been to Reading Terminal Market, what is your favorite food to order?

What are your emergency travel snacks?

If you had to pick just one, brownies or cookies?



Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

28 thoughts on “What We Ate – Reading Terminal Market”

  1. OMG. All of that under one terminal? how did your sweet tooth not go ballistic!

    I would definitely go brownie, only because I’ve spent the weekend experimenting with cookies. Stupid reasoning but c’est la vie.

  2. UM YOU BETTER BE COMING TO CHICAGO. Gino’s plus then we have to go to Hot Chocolate and Black Dog Gelato. With a stop at Glazed and Infused. And then finish it off with Scoops. That market is so cool, and what I think is so interesting is the fact that so much of it is dessert–in my experience, often times markets are more concentrated on the savory side.
    I love that you eat the batter off the fried chicken. I love the batter. I need a pickle bar in my life.

  3. Okay, I read it. Incredibly jealous, and I can’t believe you didnt try hopes cookies, but you did make good choices! Reading terminal is heaven isn’t it? I miss it a lot. I should have told you to try the butter bars from flying monkey too. Forgot about that one. I am glad you saw the onion too…..I want to do that someday!

    Glad you enjoyed the day so much 🙂

    1. Haha I just saw your tweet a few minutes ago after my run lol. I wanted to try Hope’s for the Reeses Piece’s covered cookie but after careful consideration, the other chocolate chip cookies were just made and much fresher. I don’t mess around with my cookies! We had a great time! Next time you will come with us.

  4. Ohh I can’t wait to hear how you like doing the Pure Barre DVDs at home! I’m definitely considering that, since the classes are a tad out of my price range.

    Hahah I’m cracking up at that giant ice cream cone! I got one at the Twins game on Sunday and it seriously melted so badly I think I only ate half of it!

    1. I am waiting to do more of a review of the DVD’s as I get in the routine. So far I have used it three times and love it. It is a lot like the class yet still missing segments like the arm routine. I think I do love it though since it keeps me on track with all of the work I put in during the live class as well as keep up my core strength and muscle tone I definitely developed from just 12 classes.

  5. I seriously can’t read your travel recaps because they make me super jealous. I’ve never been to Reading Terminal Market, but even if I had, I still probably wouldn’t have been able to enjoy any of those amazing desserts, unless you happen to have come across an allergy friendly place. Booo urns. And I’m currently thinking up some travel snacks since I have to start packing for my trip… No matter what, chocolate will be involved…

  6. Ahhhh I LOVE reading terminal market! They have the best food. The best. You really managed to hit up all the stops that day. I’m drooling just looking at those pictures. You know how I feel about those desserts, so I don’t even need to say anything. As for travel snacks, I try to be more flexible these days and if I’m hungry, I’ll grab pretzels or something at a rest stop. But sometimes I do travel with carrots or grapes because fresh foods are harder to find on the road.

    1. I was quit surprised actually to see some fresher options at the rest stops like salads and fruit. I would still pack my own snacks just in case. Like my road trip to the Runner’s World weekend? I will pack A TON of snacks and oatmeal and peanut butter lol. Can never have enough fuel.

  7. Reading Terminal is the best ever. I always pick up a bunch of snacks like jerky from the amish people and different nuts and jams. I like the Olive Oils from the tubby olive for cooking with and to use as salad dressing. And I usually pick up groceries from the organic grocer. For lunch the cajun place has an amazing sandwich called the trainwreck Po’boy and Hershel’s makes the best pastrami I have ever had. So fun that you took your son there for a food-cation 🙂

  8. You’re making me hungry for philly!!! I actually think it’s going to be tough to set a good example for future kids because I want to eat all the sweets all the time. Got years till I have to deal with that though 😉

    1. I hope you had a very Happy Birthday! And believe me, my sweet tooth is something my son has learned he has to deal with. He has gotten used to the random nights out for dessert. One day he will appreciate it rather than make fun of my needs. lol

  9. OMG wayy too much food porn before my eyes here! ha!

    I remember when I was younger and my mom tried to make me eat Ezekiel. Yeahhhh that did NOT go over well, AT ALL!

  10. I live a block away from Reading Terminal in Philly so I’ve been there kind of a lot, haha. Actually there is Sushi, though. It’s right across the central seating area from flying monkey bakery so I’m surprised you didn’t see it!

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