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Honest Tom’s Tacos: food truck turned laid-back taqueria in West Philadelphia's Spruce Hill (Photo: M. Kennedy for GPTMC)

A recent addition to the Washington Square West neighborhood, Mercato has quickly earned a positive reputation among locals and fills up easily at dinner time (no reservations). Located in what used to be a neighborhood corner market, Mercato — which means market in Italian — expands on its namesake theme by emphasizing fresh, local ingredients in its contemporary Italian menu.

I went to high tea at The Ballantyne on Saturday with my mom and sister. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, how to behave or what to wear. Although afternoon tea is technically a formal affair, I found this experience to be approachable, light-hearted and really not stuffy at all. Here’s a play by …