WEEKEND DISTRACTIONS: modern art, vintage clothes and a cinnamon bun!

by charline von heyl

1. a visit to west philly - institute of contemporary art/ICA...
this museum, on the university of pennsylvania campus, is FREE...FREE!! and a few of the exhibitions are closing in early december. how could i not go? plus, it is only a 10 minute bike ride from where i work. no excuses.

2. yummy cinnamon buns from sweet freedom bakery...
i never developed much of a sweet tooth because i am allergic to basically all delicious baked treats. but, it just so happens that i am currently reading a book called "don't kill the birthday girl: tales from an allergic life" (which i LOVE and will talk about in a later post) that has inspired me to take advantage of allergy-friendly changes in the culinary world to eat the type of food i would never normally get near my face, but have always craved: cinnamon buns. (why do i want to giggle every time i write the phrase "cinnamon buns"?)

luckily, i have access to a newish bakery called sweet freedom, which caters to people like me: the allergic consumer. their bakery products are vegan (dairy-free, casein-free, egg-free) and gluten free...they also avoid the use of corn, peanuts and soy as well. so after my intense saturday morning workout, i am going to bike on down to sweet freedom and indulge in a delicious cinnamon bun or if those are unavailable, then i could get a cupcake or a cookie or a doughnut or whatever the heck i wanted!

i am intrigued by shopping for vintage clothes warehouse style...i am not sure what to expect really. i suspect that i am going to have to invest some time digging, but (fingers crossed) hopefully i will find a winter dress coat that covers my rear!

i will also be distracted by a rock concert on saturday night and planning for a couple upcoming trips...new york and massachusetts...bring on the busy! are you up to anything fun?

(ica painting - aaron igler/greenhouse media)
(cinnamon roll image by kaleyann)
(jcrew coat)


  1. so what's actually in the cinnamon buns, dare i ask? ;)

  2. magic! well, i actually could not find the ingredients for the cinnamon bun, but they listed the donuts makings as:
    garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, sorghum flour, fava bean flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, sea salt, cinnamon, lemon extract, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, applesauce.
    that garbanzo bean is so versatile!