Wicked and Max Brenner

Last night I went to Philly to see Wicked. My mom and I drove up early parked and walked around her old stomping grounds. When she finished High school she went to Business School at 1516 Spruce and at the time it was the Levitan School of Business. So we found the building and it was amazing to just picture that my mom used to go to school there and imagine how things must of looked back then.

My mom in front of her old school

We were not quite sure where to go for dinner so we walked into Fido Irish Pub and it was seat yourself and it looked cool and relaxing, but I was not liking the vibe of the place. I did not like how your had to search for your table. My mom and I are not big drinkers so we were not going to be ordering any drinks.

We walked down the street to a place I found online, but was not sure about. I really wanted to try it because they have places in New York, Australia, Philippines, Singapore, Israel and Philadelphia. How lucky are we to have such a unique restaurant near us.  

Max Brenner is the most amazing restaurant in the WORLD!!! It was so cool and I can not wait to go back soon. I love hot chocolate and well any chocolate at all is great. As soon as you walk in the smell of chocolate over whelms you. My mom did not have much time to wait so we sat at the bar which I think was the best place to sit. We got to see all the drinks being made and got more one on one connection with the people behind the bar. Everyone was really friendly and it made you feel so welcome. I had a hot chocolate that was so creamy and thick and delicious. I had dessert for dinner. I had a banana, chocolate, hazelnut crepe.  Afterwards I went into a chocolate coma…haha. I can’t wait to take Sam back as soon as possible.

Different Chocolates for the drinks

Hot Chocolate in the Hug Mug

We saw wicked at Academy of the Arts which is an old beautiful theater.

Wicked was absolutely amazing and it makes you look at the Wizard of Oz in a whole new light. I love this new spin on the old classic more. I was always a fan of the Wizard of Oz and this was even better then expected.

The show starts out with the Elphaba who becomes the wicked witch of the West being born green. She is an outcast and you find out that her mother was killed while having her younger sister. She cared for her sister all of her life because she was born with her feet crossed which left her in a wheel chair and lead to their mothers death. Elphaba was always blamed for her sisters disability and her mothers death. Elphaba and her sister Nessarose go to Shiz University. Make a long story short Elphaba is actually good and becomes friends with Galinda who becomes Glinda the Good Witch. Glinda falls in love with a prince who doesn’t love her, but instead falls in love with Elphaba. Elphaba is trying to save all the animals in the Emerald City because the Wizard is trying to harm them by caging them up and not allowing to talk or teach at the University. In the end she fakes her own death so they stop trying to find her and she spends the rest of life with the Prince she earlier put a spell on him and made him into the scarecrow.

The show was absolutely amazing, the music, the actors, the set was great. I would highly recommend that everyone see it if they get the opportunity.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Erika (Dr. TriRunner)
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 00:31:20

    Awesome review on Max Brenner… my dad lives in Philly and is a chocoholic, so I’ll have to recommend it to him!

    p.s. THANK YOU so much for the soup! Can’t wait!


  2. Christina
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:16:18

    sounds like a fun night! wanna know something funny? danielle and mary live literally across the street from that chocolate place haha


  3. Christina
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:16:46

    oh and that hot chocolate looks great- i will have to get some the next time i go home to philly!


  4. Mary (Food Fit & Fun)
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:42:31

    Stef! Ahhh!!! You were right across the street from me!!! I wish I had known! Glad you had a good time in Philly with your mom! I have to go see Wicked…it looks great!


    • Stef Simon
      Jan 14, 2010 @ 21:03:29

      Oh WOW! Wish I would have known. I knew you were in the city, but not sure where. I pictures you living near PENN campus. Now I have another excuse to go back to Max Brenner. You are so lucky to live right across the street. It would be dangerous for me to be that close.


  5. lhatala
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 22:31:26

    i have been talking a bout going to this place to my boyfriend for months since i first heard about it! im glad to hear a good review and i think we will finally got maybe for his bday coming up! how exciting!


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