Story, video by Whitney Ullman
EXPLORE PHILLY: Tell us about the inspiration behind writing this particular book?
EXPLORE PHILLY: Do you think that your experience in the PR industry gave you an advantage to find some of the cooler places on the list?
EXPLORE PHILLY: Speaking of that, what are some of the “things to do” that stand out to you the most?
EXPLORE PHILLY: The book is broken up into different categories, can you touch on that and tell us the reasoning behind it?
BAKER: This book is one of the “100 Things” series. Philadelphia is #40 – can you believe it?! They all have the same format and I think it works very well, making it easy for you to find things that might be of interest to you. In the Philadelphia book, the culture/history section is the longest with food/drink right behind it.
EXPLORE PHILLY: I’m sure there are way more than 100 fun things to do, if you could realistically write a book with all of the things you found out on this journey, what would the actual number be? And to that point, if you could write 100 more things, would you consider doing another book?
EXPLORE PHILLY: What are some of the “things to do” that didn’t make the cut, but wish they did?
EXPLORE PHILLY: I’m sure you ate a whole lot during this journey, how do you stay so in shape?
BAKER: Aw, thanks! I gave up my car so I do a lot of walking. Plus, every weekend I walk either the Schuylkill River Banks or I pick a east/west street and walk river-to-river. It’s a great way to get to know the city and … discover new places to eat. I also do interval training at Orange Theory.
EXPLORE PHILLY: What advice would you give to someone who wants to try all of these 100 things?
EXPLORE PHILLY: Do people contact you now with all kinds of tips and fun things to do and if so, what are some of them?
BAKER: Yes, and I love hearing about new things. The gelato flight was a recommendation from a friend. Someone else just told me I have to try the cheesesteaks at Dalessandro’s and I’m happy to do that “research.” I love discovering new things in Philadelphia and, who knows, maybe there really will be a book 2. Last week I had dinner at 2 new restaurants – Lou Bird’s and Mission Taqueria – because I feel a responsibility to know about new places when someone asks. And someone will undoubtedly ask.
EXPLORE PHILLY: What would an expert traveler/travel writer be surprised to see during their visit to Philly and what is something that they have seen everywhere, but it’s just a little different in Philly?
EXPLORE PHILLY: You’ve been in public relations for awhile now, are you taking on new clients and how can someone become a client if they need your services?
EXPLORE PHILLY: Are you available for questions about the book? And what are some of the most common questions people ask – along with the answers?
BAKER: Sure, the best way to ask questions is to attend a speaking engagement. I take LOTS of questions and I’m told they’re pretty entertaining. Speaking engagements are listed at www.