Find Your Blizzard Bae {On Craigslist…}

Craigslist is a strange place, folks, and not just because the owner of the perfect vintage bar cart you’ve been stalking won’t answer your 3rd email. In case you didn’t know, there should be some snow on the ground right now (but as I’m writing this at 11pm on Monday night, it’s not looking very promising). And during that snow, you may be stuck in your apartment, depending on the kindness of Instacart and Grubhub to get you through the day. But some people are taking a proactive approach to their snowed in status, and reaching out for a companion from the only reliable source they know: Craigslist.

After seeing this Business Insider article titled “New Yorkers Are Flocking To Craigslist To Find ‘Blizzard Boyfriends’ And Girlfriends,” I decided to take a peek at what Philadelphians were looking for last evening. And here’s what we got:

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{Philadelphia Restaurant Week} Barbuzzo

Today I’m coming to you with a little mid-Restaurant Week post to tell you about the glory that is Barbuzzo (110 South 13th Street). In all of my Philadelphia dining experiences, I had only been to Barbuzzo once for lunch. I knew this year I was making my reservations early, and I was so happy this little place did not let me down.

Joined by my friends Eric and Frannie, we stopped by for dinner on Thursday. I’ve heard that Barbuzzo can feel crowded, but we were seated towards the front and were just fine. The cocktails and wine list looked great, but after glancing at the menu, I knew it was going to be a brew night for me. We were greeted with complimentary grilled bread (a common theme of my meal) and sheep’s milk ricotta drizzled with EVOO. I don’t fight these things.
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Philly Girl Winter Life

Happy Tuesday! I truly have not been properly dealing with the cold this month, so the below updates will sure be a whole lot of digital, and for that, I am sorry. ;) In case you haven’t seen it yet – something pretty darn cool happened to me this month: I was featured on CBSPhilly! I think Kristina did a great job summing up the blog and I am so grateful to be featured. So with that . . . on to the rest of the updates on this Philly girl’s winter life!

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Small City Living Spaces {Pinspiration 5.0}

I’ve lived in my current apartment for almost three years, and it’s time to purge. I have been feeling super claustrophobic lately – I just have too many things for my space. It’s not that I’m a hoarder, I just . . . like to decorate. So, to help me get a reality check and share this winter cleaning bug, I decided to bring back an old series I know many of you loved – small city living spaces pinspiration!

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Philly Parking Problems (That Really Grind My Gears)

Do you know what’s the worst? It’s the worst when you drive past the parking spot approximately five blocks from your apartment and decide, OK, I am not going to be selfish tonight (even though it’s 20 degrees out) I will take you, spot. Because it’s winter in Philadelphia, and the pickens SURE ARE SLIM. But then, on your walk home with freezing ankles because your sweater only looked good with booties and your jeans rolled up today (even though it’s 20 degrees out), you spot not one, not two, but three parking spots closer and better and warmer. And you slam your fist down in anger and curse under your breath as you hurry home.

As long as I’ve lived in Philadelphia, I’ve worked not in Philadelphia, and situations like the above are some of my daily struggles. Whenever I tell people where I live, truly, one of their first responses is – oh, parking must be tough there. Well folks, it sure is. When my commute was ~an hour, some evenings, upon returning to this little city, I would look for over an hour for a parking spot. This includes metered parking and permit parking, and some nights, I cried. Yep. I said it. Tears.

You know I like to keep this blog positive, but I’ve just about had it, and I need to let this out. Stay with me, now, and learn a little bit about the world of a reverse commuter.
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How To Spend A Weekend In Philadelphia With Your Parents

My parents have been big fans of Philly my whole life. We’ve been taking hour long car rides for overnight stays in this pretty city forever, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that now that I actually live here, things really haven’t changed. My parents recently came up to spend the weekend in Philadelphia, and instead of winging it and/or hitting up our favorite places like we normally do, we put together a few plans that provided us with an awesome weekend itinerary. First stop: boozing it up with my buddies!

We headed over to Yards Brewing (901 North Delaware Avenue) with a few of my girlfriends to tour the brewery. Yards offers free tours on the weekends, and even if you only have a tiny interest in beer, this stuff is pretty cool to see.
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Happiness in 2014

Since my last declaration of happiness one year ago today, life has still been pretty lovely (at least from the way I see it). This year, I started a new job. I began working out again and really loving my body even more. I started reading (well, listening to) books again, something that had been sincerely missing from my life. I learned a lot about myself through dating, and more recently, by deleting all of those dating apps I had become sliiiightly dependent on. I learned how important it is to empower other women. And I grew with my friends and family, celebrating occasions that were worth celebrating and helping each other through tough times and mind boggles to spare.

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The Merriest Christmas!

Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days of the year. I’m spending the holidays at my parents’ house in South Jersey. I’ve been here for less than 24 hours and I’ve already ate some delicious meals cooked by my mama, stopped at my favorite thrift store, annnnd done four loads of laundry. Tonight, we’re hosting a Christmas Eve get-together and I am still in need of an outfit decision . . . time is ticking.
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My sister’s puppy, Ellie, is pretty much my BFF normally, but not when we were getting her into this sweater. We recreated last year’s photo shoot (and risked losing our fingers/hands) to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas. Enjoy your week! xx

{C-CAP} Firing Up Philly’s Next Chefs

Last month, I was invited to attend Ignite: C-CAP Firing up Tomorrow’s Chefs at The Dorrance H. Hamilton Enterprise Center for Culinary Arts. Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) has been working with public high schools in the area (& across the country!) for 25 years to prepare underserved students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industries. I was so impressed with the goals of the organization (because like, seriously, the cause is great), so I was thrilled to attend.
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