Mt. Airy Street Fare 2014 // Her Philly

{Sip, Savor, Stroll} Mt. Airy Grub + Street Fare Preview

15th September 2014

Exploring Philly neighborhoods is really the best. Since Mt. Airy is such a unique area of our city, I love getting a chance to pop up there, while, of course, eating all of the delicious food they offer. Some bloggers, foodie folks, and I took a little media tour last week in preparation for the neighborhood’s upcoming event, and I’m pleased to report that Center City certainly does not hold all of the great food our city has to offer.
Where to eat in Mt. Airy // Her Philly
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Learning to make beer cheese sauce with Goose Island // Her Philly

Goose Island Migration Week

9th September 2014

My journey to the craft beer side of the world has been a long, and at times, hoppy one (I’m sorry). After one too many hangovers from my sugary hard cider obsession, I started giving some new brews a whirl. And, for the most part, so far, so good! I was really excited when Goose Island Beer Co. invited me to their Migration Week event in Philly. On top of being able to try beers from a great brewery, it’s always a fun event when I get to hang with the Fashion of Philly duo and the hysterical Bacon & Legs.

Learning how to make beer pretzels at Goose Island Migration Week // Her Philly How to make soft pretzels // Her Philly

We started our tour off with a lesson in cooking with beer. {This part of the event was held at MANNA (2323 Ranstead Street), a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers meals and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Amazing, right?} While we sampled so. many. beers, we twisted pretzels (that little beaut below was done on my first try!) and made a beer cheese sauce. Hello lady. 

Learning how to make pretzels with beer // Her Philly Learning to make beer cheese sauce with Goose Island // Her Philly Homemade soft pretzels // Her Philly

My favorite beers from our first bunch were the Sofie (a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale that is light and great for non-beer drinkers) and the Matilda (a Belgian Style Pale Ale), but then, we were really in for a treat. Goose Island brought along a bottle of their Bourbon County Vanilla Stout (a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Vanilla Stout), made in 2010, for us to try. At 14% ABV, it was like nothing I had ever had before, but it was so unique and delicious and I will definitely be tracking down the regular Bourbon County Stout when it goes on sale for one day each year: Black Friday.

Learning about Bourbon County Vanilla Stout // Her Philly Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout Review // Her Philly Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout // Her Philly

Next, we headed over to The Bards (2013 Walnut Street), where we tried the Endless IPA and got to talk all things Goose Island with their team. The beer was a little hoppy for me, but I loved learning about other Migration Weeks across the country and what the team was doing during their visit to Philly (Art Museum steps and cheesesteaks, obviously!).

Goose Island American IPA Review // Her Philly

Our last stop was Pub & Kitchen (1946 Lombard Street) to try our final beer, the 312 Urban Pale Ale. I was a fan – and it was perfect to accompany some of the delicious Pub & Kitchen eats.

Goose Island 312 Pale Ale Review // Her Philly

I had a great time on the tour and I’m so thankful to the team for inviting me! Since the event, I have been ordering and buying Goose Island whenever I see it. It’s definitely made its way into my rotation, and I hope you ladies give it a try next time you see it (come on, it doesn’t hurt that they have the prettiest bottles, too!).

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Fun in Philadelphia as an Adult // Her Philly

{Having a Moment} Finding Happiness As An Adult

2nd September 2014

Growing up, in what I would now consider a small-ish town, I had a really lucky life. Some good years (I peaked in 6th grade), and some bad ones (10th grade comes to mind), but I was still a very outgoing and friendly human being, so I survived. College brought some more happiness (sophomore year) and some ups & downs (senior year), and then graduation, and there I was. And there was this city.

Fun in Philadelphia as an Adult // Her Philly

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How to Conquer Philadelphia Restaurant Week // Her Philly

How To Conquer Philadelphia Restaurant Week

29th August 2014

I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about Philadelphia Restaurant Week, but I am not one of them. I thoroughly enjoy any excuse to get out to some of my favorite places in Philly. Restaurant Week dinners become traditions amongst friends, simple date ideas, and an easy way to further explore our city. Several years and many $35 dinners later, I have figured out a few ways to get the most out of one of my favorite times of year.

How to Conquer Philadelphia Restaurant Week // Her Philly
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Squid & Corn Salad at High Street on Market // Her Philly

Chef’s Tasting Menu at High Street on Market

19th August 2014

Checking off a restaurant that’s been “on your list” for awhile is a great thing, but what makes it even better is when that restaurant is everything you could have hoped for (and, hopefully, more). Last week, my friend Kelly and I ubered on down to Old City for dinner at High Street on Market (308 Market Street). I’ve been crushing on High Street since I had dinner at a.kitchen (135 South 18th Street) and was really impressed at Eli Kulp‘s ability to get me to eat things I wasn’t entirely sure I would like, or even fully know exactly what I was eating, to be honest (I am a disgrace . . . this is why I am not a food blogger).

Review of High Street Market Chef's Tasting Menu // Her Philly

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5 Tips for Diner En Blanc // Her Philly

5 Tips For A Fantastic Dîner en Blanc

5th August 2014

So Diner en Blanc is less than three weeks away, and while I might not have it all together (like if any of the four outfits that are currently being expressed shipped to my doorstep will work), I do know a thing or two about how to enjoy it. Last year was my first year at DEB, so I was really just making some educated guesses about how to make the night as successful as possible. But this year, I’m taking what I learned and making a few changes in my process – and, sharing with you, of course. The majority of these tips were written by me a few days after DEB 2013 and have been sitting in my blog drafts ever since, so you know they’re the real deal.

5 Tips for Diner En Blanc // Her Philly

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The Not Wedding Philadelphia held at Power Plant Productions // Her Philly

Philly Girl Summer Life {2014}

23rd July 2014

I have really been loving this summer. The sunshine makes me so happy. I don’t think I have done this season’s update post (see last summer), where I just get to talk about all of the fun and random things going on in my life . . . so here we are.

The Single Life
We all know I’m single (because it seems like I announce it every chance I get), but I don’t let that stop me from attending the things I want in the city. Last week, I posted a guest blog for Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia all about attending Diner en Blanc as a single woman. Check it.

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Garden of Flavor Juice Cleanse Review // Her Philly

My First Juice Cleanse

15th July 2014

If you personally know me, or have ever seen me out around the city, you know I am not . . . how can I say this . . . a “health nut.” I like pizza, and pulled pork, and really just carbs in general. I enjoy white wine, and beer, and double vodka tonics. Yes, I work out and do enjoy it, but to me, life is more exciting like this. For the most part.

After a weekend in Avalon last month, filled with a few too many brews, bagels etc., I needed to calm my life down a bit. I had always heard of “cleanses,” and asked a few of my nutrition pals for their thoughts (which were mixed). I did some more research on my own and decided to give one a go. The team at Garden of Flavor (which you can buy in this area – keep reading!) had kindly sent me a three day cold pressed juice cleanse to try out. Seeing as this was my first time cleansing, and I had pretty low expectations for myself, I decided to give it a try for two full days.

I kept a little “diary,” if you will, about my three days (two days of drinking juice + one easing my way back to real food) and thought that would be the best way for me to share my experience with you.

Garden of Flavor Juice Cleanse Review // Her Philly

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What To Do In Philadelphia In The Summer // Her Philly

Summer in the City

8th July 2014

This summer in Philly has really been so exciting to me. I just spent my 4th of July weekend here, frolicking around the city with my sister, her puppy and some friends and had the best time . . . dining outside, laying around in the park, enjoying our city’s walkability factor, shopping for fresh flowers, making the best froyo combination that hit the spot, and just taking in all Philly has to offer.

What To Do In Philadelphia In The Summer // Her Philly
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The new Spruce Street Harbor Park // Her Philly

{It’s Worth The Hype} Spruce Street Harbor Park

30th June 2014

If you’ve been on the internet in the past, well, month or so, you’ve definitely heard of the city’s new Spruce Street Harbor Park (Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street) over on the Delaware River Waterfront. It seems like everyone is talking about this place, so I couldn’t wait to check it out. As soon as I heard this year’s #WhyILovePhilly party was being held there (the night before it opened to the public!), I snatched up a ticket. And let me tell you, it is worth the hype.
Spruce Street Harbor Park Hammocks // Her Philly

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