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.

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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 (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).

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Crawfish boil from Crabby Cafe // Her Philly

Summertime Dining: Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar

24th June 2014

In my opinion, the best dining experiences are those in which you actually share an experience with others. There are a ton of ways to achieve this in our city: themed restaurants, unique dining styles, and sampling dishes designed to be shared. I am a firm believer that part of the joy of living in our city is going out to eat – you just have to do it to get the full Philadelphia experience.

Last week, I was invited to Media Night at Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar (1050 North Hancock Street, Unit 1) in the Piazza. I don’t make it to NoLibs that frequently, so I was excited to pop on over and see how she looked on a beautifully warm summer evening.

White Sangria at Crabby Cafe in the Piazza // Her Philly
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Matching with Tyrion Lannister on Tinder // Her Philly

Game Of Tindering

18th June 2014

It’s coming up on my one year anniversary on the ol Tinder (this is a judgement free zone), and even with as many troubling, inappropriate and generally cray men I see on the site, someone always manages to top the last. A few weeks ago, I matched with a nice man named Hodor. A week after that, some gorgeous, curly locks graced my iPhone screen. When I finally got matched with everyone’s favorite (SPOILER ALERT) and still living man, Tyrion Lannister, I knew I had to get the scoop on these Game of Thrones inspired Tinder matches. And no, this has nothing to do with the man giving out spoilers on Tinder . . . because, just no sir.

In honor of the recent season finale, and because you guys asked on Twitter, I thought I would share with some tidbits from my insightful conversation with Game of Thrones Tinder man. Enjoy.

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Best Female Childhood TV Characters: Lizzie McGuire

My Childhood Female TV Role Models

13th June 2014

My addiction to TV shows runs deep. When I get in to a show, I am in. it. So it’s not hard to imagine that, before I was obsessing over GIRLSOrange is the New Black and Game of Thrones, I had the Disney Channel, ABC Family, and Noggin (or “The N” during the nighttime hours, obviously) on lock. My TV shows of choice ranged from cartoons (Rocket Power and Hey Arnold!) to “reality” shows, before they were reality shows (Bug Juice and Totally freakin Circus . . . how could you not love?) to plain old dramas filled with teenagers in love (Boy Meets World and Breaker High . . . including a young Ryan Gosling). But my favorite TV shows were the ones who featured dorky but funny, awkward yet smart, female characters who became, basically, my middle school spirit guides.

I guess I have been feeling nostalgic lately . . . but ever since I shared my favorite female TV characters, I knew I couldn’t leave out the ladies who shaped the woman I am today – full of sass, corny jokes and, most importantly, girl power.

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