Conshy Celebrity – Joy Manning

How did you come to live and/or work in Conshohocken?

I’m a native Philadelphian, and I have lived in South Philly for the last five years. In January, I took a job in Emmaus, PA, outside Allentown, without realizing just how much I would hate commuting 3 to 4 hours everyday, much of it stalled in traffic on 76. I needed to find a place to live that worked both for me and my husband, who works in Newark, Del. We got out the map, and it was pretty obvious Conshohocken was the place for us. Now we both can get to work in under an hour with no chronic traffic delays. Plus Conshohocken has two things we really need to have in terms of quality of life: walkabilty and good places to eat.

What do you do (career wise)?

I’m a writer and editor. I wrote a cookbook, Almost Meatless and I’ve worked at Philadelphia magazine as a restaurant critic and Philly Style as senior editor. Now, I work for Prevention magazine as nutrition editor.

What are you involved in outside of work?

I love my work and it doesn’t leave a lot of time left over for much else. I try to make a point of spending time with my friends and watching movies with my husband. I really love to cook for family and friends and I blog many of my recipes at I also like checking out new restaurants, of course.

What do you love most about Conshohocken?

I really appreciate how convenient it is to get to so many places so easily. I am grateful I didn’t have to move that far away from the city to have a manageable commute to work. I like that Fayette Street feels like a real main drag, with places to shop, eat and drink.

What are your favorite places in Conshohocken?

Blackfish is my favorite place to eat, with Chiangmai and El Limon close behind. Scoops has delicious ice cream and my all-time favorite ice cream accompaniment: pretzel cones. I also like walking in Sutcliffe Park and taking classes at Ryah Yoga.