Philly Again: Mexico, Horizons, and Fairmount Park

I had a short trip to Philadelphia for the second time in a month. This trip was to attend the Mexico’s Aerospace Industry Conference. It was produced by MEXICONOW with help from a host of industry sponsors. The conference was informative and I had a chance to network with several people. Horst Engineering’s business development efforts are accelerating. This week’s focus was on Mexico and the aerospace industry, whereas last week’s focus at the OMTEC conference in Chicago was on the medical device industry (orthopaedic implants and surgical instruments).

I arrived in Philly late on Wednesday afternoon, but in time to check out Horizons, a fabulous vegan restaurant. I found a parking spot in a funky neighborhood and walked several blocks to find the place. As restaurants go, Horizons is fabulous. As vegan restaurants go, Horizons was spectacular. It offers the kind of food I like, but with a gourmet touch, and in a great setting. This isn’t a plain pasta, white rice, or salad kind of place. Their food was unique and innovative.

I often struggle to eat good healthy food when I travel, so I was thrilled to have the time to try a great vegan restaurant. Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau, a husband and wife team, have run the joint at the current location for the past four years, but they founded it 16 years ago. They have a couple of cookbooks, a great menu, and a helpful staff. I only had one meal there, but I was impressed with the legacy they are creating. I owe Debbie a trip to Philly now.

I got up early on Thursday and ran through Fairmount Park. It was an extremely warm and humid morning, but the park was fabulous just after sunrise. The Fairmount Park system is huge. I ran in the section by the Japanese house and garden. It was a very nice place to run and was only a few miles from my hotel.

As the conference came to a close on Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia was hit with some wicked thunderstorms. This same storm system did serious damage in Queens, New York, on Long Island, and in Bridgeport, Connecticut. I drove home and fortunately, avoided any heavy rain, but it was still slow going on the New Jersey Turnpike. The worst traffic was on the George Washington Bridge in New York, which almost forced me to ditch the car and start walking. If I had my bicycle, I would have ridden home. Despite the traffic, it was a good trip.

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