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October 24, 2011

The three Flying Monkey treats you must try


My fellow market goers,

I stand in line with you, week in and week out, as you decide what to buy at the Flying Monkey.  I know, the Pumpple is one of Reading Terminal Market’s celebrity dishes, what with being on the Today Show and all. The cupcakes are as cute as a button.  However, you’re really leaving some great options at the counter.  So, as a favor to you, I’m here to tell you about the top three treats, from great to best, you haven’t tried yet at the Flying Monkey.

3. Ginger Molasses Cookies


I get it.  Your eyes are on what’s in the cases, not what’s on top of them, but the ginger molasses cookie should not be missed.  It’s chewy, it’s buttery, it’s got a sprinkling of sugar on top for a little crispness. And it’s not only delicious, it’s cheap — just $1!  Go ahead and add it to what you have already picked.  You’ll be back later for another one.

2. Flourless Chocolate Cake


The Flying Monkey knows chocolate, and nowhere is that knowledge showcased more effectively than the flourless chocolate cake.  It’s chocolate cake, topped with a super thick, super rich layer of chocolate ganache. This is not a dessert you’ll gobble down, it’s one that you’ll savor.  Know you have an long afternoon at work? Bring a slice of this back to your desk, and it’ll get you through.  (My husband and I get a slice Saturday mornings, and leave it on the counter to snack on as we clean the apartment.)

1. Whoopie Pies


Whoopie pies are a Pennsylvania specialty, and nowhere does them better than Flying Monkey.  Someday, I hope that whoopie pies will rank up there with cheesesteaks as “things you must eat when you come to Philadelphia”. Until then, here is your chance to get ahead of the curve.  Start with the traditional styles — two soft, moist cakes sandwiching cream cheese frosting.  Then, give the flavored frostings a try, or go crispy, like my personal favorite, the oatmeal caramel.  (Shown above, from left to right: oatmeal caramel, classic, pumpkin, double chocolate. They have lots of other great flavors that change daily.)

Bonus tip: The Flying Monkey makes all their marshmallows in house.  If you’re a marshmallow fan, you’re in for a treat.


The Flying Monkey is open 7 days a week in Reading Terminal Market, right off center court. I’ll see you in line!


Flying Monkey Bakery
Reading Terminal Market
12th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

September 23, 2009

New and Improved Fair Food!

You know that warm, tingly feeling you get when you buy organic produce?  Well, Fair Food gives you that times 10, since it’s boosted with Buy Fresh, Buy Local power.  Today is their first day in their expanded new digs at Reading Terminal Market.

There’s lots of freezer and fridge space, so you can see the humanely raised meats and local cheeses on offer.  (Try the pork chops.  MMM!)  There’s even a new open fridge for the more fragile produce, where you could find several pints of raspberries when I went by.

All their products come from local farms and producers.  And because they source from a variety of places, Fair Food has an excellent selection, from the expected to the unusual — fresh local gooseberries and emu eggs were both on offer this summer.  Even everyday products get a boost from the Buy Local magic, though.  I once spent about 10 minutes raving about how much better their garlic was.  (Seriously.  It is.  Try it, and believe.)

I’m hoping the expanded space will also allow for a better selection of other local food products, too.  Like….

More John and Kira’s, please!

The new Fair Food Farmstand is in the old Rick’s location, on the 12th Street side, just up from Bassett’s Ice Cream.

Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market
12th & Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107