Many of my friends, who often give up their evenings to be my +1s at various blogger and media events across the city, know this to be true: I rarely know what I’m getting us into. It’s definitely a risk, but just saying yes (with limited details) is how I’ve gotten to experience many of the super cool things this blog has allowed me to do. So when I got the invite for Dietz & Watson‘s #ChooseTheTable dinner, I, again, wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Except, this one minor detail: Nick Elmi would be preparing us dinner.
I’m always up for excuses to get a little fancy and head out to a nice dinner. I haven’t been to Fogo de Chão (1337 Chestnut Street) in quite a bit (they were definitely on my original top Center City Restaurant Week picks back when they still did Restaurant Week . . . gosh I need to update that list. #RIPsalento), so when they invited me in to try some things from their new spring menu, I was obviously all for it (#meat).
Being off on a weekday is really amazing for me for three main reasons: morning Netflix in bed, no lines at my apartment’s laundry machine, and less humans at the grocery store. My grocery store of choice is, of course, the brand new and beautiful Philadelphia Whole Foods (2101 Pennsylvania Avenue), and being able to swoop in and out of that place as crowd-free as possible is a true #blessing. In addition to adoring everything about the Philly dining scene, I’m always fascinated by what people buy at grocery stores (I shared my things you gotta try at Whole Foods three whole years ago and the obsession has not ceased). So, after one particularly indulgent midday trip, I thought I’d share what I have going on in this fridge of mine.
I’m not really what people would call “a good cook.” I am usually good for one thing (that I find on Pinterest, that’s made with tater tots and cheese and bacon, and pretty much impossible to mess up) to bring to a potluck brunch, inevitably causing me to seek validation from my cohorts at every turn. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy cooking from time-to-time, but it’s just not a natural thing for me. So, when I was asked to participate in The Florida Keys‘ Philadelphia Cookoff earlier this month, I was sliiiightly nervous.Continue Reading…
A long time ago (last May), in a land not so far away (actually, it was here), I turned 27. I’m big on birthdays, so I knew I wanted to head into my late 20s with a treat. As you all very well know, pizza rules everything around me. So, for this special day, I took on the quite ambitious task of planning my own damn pizza crawl. To sum things up: yes, it was wonderful and satisfying and delicious and so gram-worthy. However, having lived through all the crawling and all the bites, there were some things I would have done differently. From one pizza loving lady to many others, I’m here to share what I learned.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been the self-proclaimed “planner” for my groups of friends. Of course, the types of things I’ve planned have changed dramatically (prom, sorority mixers, and college dance marathons laid a nice foundation), but the essence is still the same: finding a unique way for my friends and I to have as much fun as possible. Also: food.
As the season has now officially changed and we’re all looking for an excuse to get out of the freakin house and see our buddies, it’s my time to jump straight into group activity planning mode. There are so many fun things happening again this spring that I’ve been trying to do forever, and luckily, they’re all appropriate for groups of pals ready to hit the warm weather town together! Here are some of my favorite ideas you can impress your buds with by planning this season.
Way back in 2013, when I was just a baby Philly blogger and new-ish Philly resident, I wrote a post documenting some of my favorite foods in Philadelphia at the time. Looking back on my selects, I’m pretty proud of how far my Philly food explorations have come over the years. Between checking out new neighborhoods and trying different cuisines, to learning that something called a sweetbread is not really sweet bread (don’t look it up) and later giving it a try, I’ve come a long way.
But today, I thought it was time to update that little list with 5 of my new absolute favorite Philly foods that I would definitely and most certainly rather be eating right now.
Since I’ve moved to this city, my mind is constantly consumed with various running lists of my favorite places in Philly. Plus, my lists of “places I must try ASAP” seem to be never-ending (to the dismay of my bank account). I think these unconquerable lists always come back to the fact that there are simply so many places to fall in love with, and once you find a gem, it’s hard not to keep coming back.
Some of you may be familiar with a little local bloggers group I’m a part of called PHLBloggers. We recently participated in a fun event where each of us compiled all of the reasons why we love Philly, and the lists came out great! I wanted to share with you my list of current Philly favorites (plus: two bonus spots I’ve fallen in love with since our lists were published). Enjoy!
I don’t know many people who can say they’re not all about that “food truck life.” Working outside the city, I don’t get to hit up as many trucks during the lunchtime hour as I’d like, so festivals and markets are usually my best bets to check out the scene. I had heard of the Vendy Awards for years, but had never known anyone who attended. When they reached out with tickets, promising I would taste 15 of Philly’s best food trucks, I was (OBVIOUSLY) excited to check it out for myself.
Just so we’re all on the same page before we start: brunch is great. Waking up late on the weekends is a joyous thing, and we’re lucky that our city has so many great places to feed us as soon as our eyes open. I, like many other Philadelphians, are on a constant search for Philly’s newest gems in the brunch department. So, despite not wanting to give away my latest discovery, I must share adorableness that is: Little Spoon Cafe (1500 South Street).