Sunday, August 26, 2012

Philadelphia firsts.

After our week of orientation, Monday is our first day of classes! Now we’re armed with knowledge and confidence to start the first day of our first year of dental school… maybe? Let’s reflect on this week:

1. First visit to Trader Joe’s

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I had my first ever visit to Trader Joe’s and I was not disappointed!!! Compared to the huge spread out supermarkets in Houston (HEB, Fiesta) Trader Joe’s is tiny and has limited variety of produce compared to those. There are no brand name chips- everything is a variation of the “Trader Joe” brand. But… I love it! I hear it is crowded most of the time though, and I can see why.

2. First overnight oats

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I finally made overnight oats! Kathryn and I had discussed this- have you tried it yet Kat? I soaked oatmeal (use the old-fashioned kinds not instant) in almond milk overnight and in the morning added some blueberries to the mix. I’ve been eating out every day this week while sightseeing and meeting new people, but this is so simple and easy. I think I’ll come back to this recipe again and again. You can add other toppings (peanut butter, nuts, berries and fruits, protein powder) to change things up.

3. First week in Philly

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Lastly this was my first entire week in Philadelphia. I’m still getting used to everything: using SEPTA, Center City and University City, different Penn computing systems, knowing where it’s dangerous… but I love it here so far. It’s a mix of different neighborhoods (walking along Rittenhouse Square feels like NYC, the brownstone row houses like Boston) but so different from Houston or South Tampa.

Oh… and first dental student freebies:

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What’s your favorite thing about living in a new city?
For me it’s finding out where the locals hang out.


  1. Yesle! Philly looks so foreign, but awesome!!! You must try Trader Joe's Box of Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are made from scratch and so yummy :) - MJ.

    1. Ah MJ! I know I want to try everything from Trader Joe's. I bought their version of twizzlers and they're so delicious. It's a bit of a walk from my place but the view is always so lovely.

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