San Diego Round 2

I don’t know if you guys remember/know, but I had made a trip to sunny SD in April for a leadership conference. It’s a 3 part conference and part 2 was in June.

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My view from the conference

Hubs and I drove up there Tuesday and had some delicious eats and treats when I wasn’t at the conference.

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For lunch before the conference we went to Big Thyme and ordered a reuben sandwich and salad to share. The hubs loved this salad so much that he ended up going back the next day and getting one for lunch!

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Yes, that is watermelon in our salad and it was actually pretty wonderful! I’m not a big fan of fruit in my salads, but maybe I am??

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Night one, some friends, the hubs, and I went to Barbusa. I was hungry and luckily were able to get seated immediately. We ordered some apps to share: arancini, cheese bread, and burrata.

The hubs and I shared a salad and this salmon dish!

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Afterwards we walked around Little Italy and fell in love with the delicious smells of pizza and pasta and the sweet stores that lined the streets.

I’m guessing we must have been on an Italian food kick because for dinner the next night we went to Isola Pizza Bar. Obviously we had to get the margherita pizza, but for our apps we got the shrimp and polenta along with a roasted veggie dish that was listed under the salads.

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I was intrigued by the dessert menu and while hubs got gelato I got a tiramisu…it was pretty delicious!

After a morning of conferencing the next day we drove home. It was a fun trip and even though I didn’t get too many pictures of everything seeing the ones I did take gives me the warm fuzzies πŸ™‚

I hope you all have such a great weekend! We have family coming in today for some fun celebrations this weekend and I am so looking forward to it!

What’s your favorite Italian food? Have you been to Little Italy in SD?

Austin

Good morning people!

I hope you are all having a lovely day/week/month! I wanted to share with you guys our Austin trip. I didn’t end up taking many pictures so I am able to get 4ish days in Austin into one blog post πŸ™‚

We had decided to do this Austin trip because we wanted to check out the area and see if it’s somewhere we would settle down at. After a series of unfortunate/stressful events we are seeing it as signs from God that Austin is not the place for us!

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We had coffee and snacks at the airport, but I only got the coffee

Even though it’s not the place for us to stay forever (I’ll never say never so who knows), it is the place for BBQ and tacos. So after getting our rental car and dropping of bags at our AirBnB we headed to Terry Black’s for brisket.

We’ve heard that Texas is “cow country” and they have the best brisket in all the land. After having Terry Black’s I do agree…

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We also ended up getting this massive rib which ended up being my favorite part of the meal along with cornbread and green beans. All I can say is that all of the food was delicious. I highly recommend!

We came around 3/4pm and it was great timing because the line was short. The next time I turned around to look at the line we had gotten our food and were in the process of finding a table. Let me tell you that line was out the door!

The next day we headed into Dallas to meet up with B’s little brother and his GF. While waiting for them we (read: I) found myself getting a little hungry so we stopped by Malai. They gave us complimentary sticky rice with this eggplant sauce and we ordered the tuna spring rolls.

The tuna was seared rare and the rolls were so light and fresh! Perfect for a warm day!

We ended up getting tacos with them at Velvet taco, but I wanted to be present and involved and got 0 pictures!

Dinner that night was kind of a fail. The hubs and I were super excited about Austin Taco Project-they had such great reviews on Yelp, but the food was not great.

The next day we started off fresh at First Watch. When we lived in Oklahoma we used to go here somewhat often and sadly there’s not one in CA so we had to have it while we were in TX.

I ordered a garden hash with eggs over easy! I had no idea it would come with fruit and buttered toast (it had been that long since we had been). This hash is something I would absolutely get again if we had a First Watch next to us.

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B got their breakfast protein (power?) wrap and it came with some fruit too. Win for us!!

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We didn’t end up eating lunch since we had a somewhat late breakfast. We hit up a couple of malls and watched Ma before heading to dinner at Bun Belly. We were initially thinking pizza, but the pizza place ended up being too far from our post dinner plans so we switched it up a bit and boy are we glad!

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We ordered the beef belly, the soft-shell crab, and a vegetarian one with eggplant. We also got some shrimp spring rolls to start!

The shrimp spring roll was delicious! It was light and the paired so well with their warm peanut sauce. I have never had warm peanut sauce with the cool spring roll, but wowza was it amazing!

The baos were so yummy too. The bun was so soft and fluffy and the fillings were so flavorful. I loved the contrast in textures with the crab and vegetarian one, but my favorite was the beef belly πŸ˜‹

What I failed to mention was that before dinner we had stopped by Uncle Nicky’s and grabbed a cruller. This was one of the things I had seen on Insta before Austin and pretty much knew I needed to try before leaving. After dinner we headed back to the car and ate this and it was honestly so delicious and sweet and light. I was sad we didn’t have another!

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We walked around till the improv show we had bought tickets for and that pretty much concludes our last full day in Austin.

We woke up the next morning pretty excited to be coming back home. We had already decided on Torchy’s for breakfast tacos before heading to the airport so that’s what we did.

These tacos were really good, but the one I always love is The Wrangler (I think that’s the brisket one).

We had some time to kill so we mosied around the area before heading to return our rental and get on our flight.

That concludes our Austin trip! I am honestly so glad we visited Austin and if you’ve never been I think you should. Besides having great tacos and brisket they have some lovely people and it’s worth it to go for just that.

Have you been to Austin? What’s your favorite taco/bbq spot?

 

Life After NY

We woke up dark and early to catch a Lyft to JFK. Speaking of JFK, what a great airport! I don’t know if it was the time or day of the week that we were there or what, but it was so mellow and there was barely a line-very unLAX.

We grabbed some breakfast and headed to our gate. We could only find Dunkin’ Donuts so I got a egg white veggie sandwich and hash browns and hubs got an everything bagel and cream cheese. I don’t think he was quite ready to let go πŸ˜€ We also got a strawberry glazed donut with sprinkles to share!

We hopped on the plane and had a really lovely 5 hour trip back to LA. I really enjoyed the snack box they gave us that had Chobani vanilla yogurt, granola, apple slices and this flat blueberry muffin thing. I loved that muffin and wish I could figure out where they sold it!

We arrived in LA at 10:50am (nothing like gaining a few hours back) and had all the intentions of going to the beach, but we were exhausted! We instead went to see if we could get movie tickets to Avengers: Endgame and get Chick-fil-a to eat at the park.

We did both and were very pleased with ourselves. After we arrived at home we unpacked, threw in laundry, showered and who knows what else before heading out to Endgame.

It was a 3 hour movie and holy cow was it the movie of all movies! If you’re an Avengers fan…you’ve probably already seen it!

We went home and grabbed some TBell for babes and In n’ Out for me. We had also planned it out and grabbed cake and a cookie from Susie Cakes!

Friday morning we woke up and headed out to our first gym session since Philly. It felt good to be in the gym! I was so hungry after this session and we came up with a breakfast plan.

Yogurt with granola and honey plus a shared PB and banana sandwich!

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We had reserved tickets for The Broad for when we got back from our trip and so we showered up and headed out. The Broad was incredibly cool and saw some really interesting pieces.

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I guess neither of us were ready to let go of NY quite yet because we headed to Langer’s for pastrami sandwiches. We shared a sandwich which was great because each half could have been one sandwich.

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This was a really great sandwich! It was meaty and vinegary from the kraut and mustard…all the good things!

Having not been to Century City in a minute we headed over to check out some stores and grab a little sweet treat from Shake Shack- their strawberry shake.

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After wandering around and finding a skirt we headed off to a free comedy night at a pizza shop we had also been wanting to check out #notreadytoletgoofNY

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We shared a pie and enjoyed some comedy! Can you tell how much we really enjoy comedy?

We picked up some cake on the way home, but by the time we got home we were too exhausted to even bother. Sleep really took the cake πŸ˜‰

Saturday morning was for all the tidying up and touch ups. Since we’re moving, we’re going to be putting our house on sale so we had some decluttering to do before pictures. We spend most of the morning doing this, but before that we had to gather supplies and give ourselves some fuel.

That fuel came in the form of Pascal Patisserie. We got the breakfast burrito (my fave) and the carne asada sandwich (B’s fave). When we got home we had some cake! We finished up our tasks and cleaned up for yet another comedy show…we have a problem…

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We were planning on going out for dinner, but neither of us were feeling like it so we picked up some Panang curry from Jasmine Thai. We had our second piece of cake after and called it a night!

Sunday was our last vacay day and we made the most of it by finishing up our stuff and going grocery shopping πŸ˜€ We also skipped the gym this morning and got breakfast from Pascal. We got a bagel (there’s that NY thing popping up again) and an omelet sandwich.

We also picked up a pistachio croissant and an almond chocolate croissant. We split the pistachio one and saved the almond chocolate.

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We went home after this and prepped for the week and finished tidying up. I started getting hungry later into the evening and so we figured we’d better grab dinner.

Which brings me to another thing we did again was pick upΒ Thai food from another place called Box Thai.

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We got dumplings, chicken satay, and an order of pad kee mao. It was SO good! We will definitely be back here for more Thai!

We ate the almond chocolate croissant for dessert and chilled out for the rest of the night! That concludes our vacation-definitely had some vacation blues, but we were both ready to get back to some normal eating!

Happy Monday everybody!! Here’s to a great week!

What do you do after vacation when you get home?

 

 

NY Day 3: The Last Day

Our final day in NY we had planned to stick around Brooklyn, but instead ended up checking out Brooklyn and heading back into the city! We got to do and see some random things which made the trip come full circle for us.

We started this morning by just getting ready and heading out. If you know me, you know that I need a cup of coffee in the morning to kick things off, but I actually did okay. We made it to Ix’s for coffee, stew, and a sandwich.

We could have probably just had the soup and been fine! The soup was so incredible and the flavors in the broth were warm and savory. It was definitely the star here!

After that we headed to Prospect Park and enjoyed the sunshine and walked around. I won’t lie I think after a few days of being on foot and some lingering jet lag we were both really feeling it because we (I) got tired of the park pretty quick and we went on to another adventure.

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Brooklyn Heights is something we wanted to check out and it’s a beautiful little stroll by the water! After a short sit to hydrate we decided to take the trek over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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I love that the bridge has a place for walkers and bikers so anyone can enjoy the view and enjoy strolling into Manhattan from Brooklyn.

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Once there we rewarded ourselves with a hotdog from Nathan’s. Apparently we need to eat after each trek otherwise we’ll wither away πŸ˜‰

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With a bit more energy we went and saw the World Trade Center. I had no idea there was a Westfield mall there, but it was cool to see.

Afterwards we went to find the NY Stock Exchange and on the way I needed a snack…pretty desperately. We found a biryani truck that also sold Kati rolls. We ordered one Kati roll with lamb.

I was expecting one roll when we opened up the package, but instead we got two little ones-even better! These were so good!! It’s meat and sauce and lettuce wrapped in a paratha and made to eat on the go. We just stood there and scarfed it down, but one of my favorite items we had this trip.

After finally arriving at the NY Stock Exchange we took in all the buildings and took a few minutes to just sit on the stairs across from the stock exchange building just to take it all in.

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Then we headed to Di Fara’s for a slice of cheese πŸ™‚

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And took a short walk for taiyaki at Taiyaki NYC…this was really good, but Somi Somi will always have my heart ❀️

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L’industrie Pizzeria was the last pizza stop of our trip and it was a pretty great one. It was a great slice, but different than a traditional NY slice. The crust was a little flaky and the cheese was lighter despite being topped off with parm before being baked. I really enjoyed it!

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We were both so beat that we headed home to pack up some things before heading out to our evening plans at Union Hall. We love comedy and this particular comedy show combined magic and comedy. We didn’t know it when we bought the tickets, but we were more than fine with it and enjoyed the show!

After our Chinese food in Philly I had been wanting to try some in NY and got the chance after the show. Sadly, I don’t remember the place and I wasn’t a fan of the food sooo…it all works out?

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By the time we made it home we were ready to crawl into bed and get some shut eye before having an early wake up time for JFK!

If you’ve been following along on our travels thank you so much! It’s been fun posting and remembering our trip πŸ™‚

Have you been to NY? What things did you enjoy-food or other?

NY Day 1: The day of 3 Bagels

Our first morning in Brooklyn, we woke up and went for a short stroll for a coffee and some breakfast. We found PLG Coffeehouse and had our own coffees and split an everything bagel with cream cheese.

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We hurried back home to shower and head out for the day! We took the subway into Manhattan and explored Grand Central Station.

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Immediately after we had to stop for another bagel at Ess-a-Bagel. There was a pretty hefty line, but we finally made it to the front and ordered an Everything Bagel with lox, cream cheese with chives, capers, tomatoes, and even some lettuce.

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We knew we’d want something sweet to have post bagel so we also decided to get a black and white cookie.

The bagel was so, so good! It’s one of my favorite bagels of the trip and the cookie was so soft and cakey! I normally am not a cakey cookie person, but it worked so well here…I devoured every last bite!

As we were heading out we noticed that it was downright pouring outside and let me tell you we were not prepared, but we also did not care one bit! We love being anywhere downtown in the rain…there’s something romantic and magical about it (blame rom-coms)!

We had some sights we wanted to see in the area we were in so we started our journey and stopped a few times to take some pictures. There are so many incredible buildings and doors in NYC!

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Rockefeller Center was one of our first stops to look around…

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Our next stop was the NY Public Library and again such gorgeous doors and ceilings! I may have already been a little door obsessed and being in NY made it worse πŸ™‚

Right around from the library was Bryant Park where everything looked so green…

We walked from there to the Empire State Building

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No idea who this guy is!

From ESB to ANOTHER bagel shop (our 3rd)! Best Bagel and Coffee had everything seasoning on the top and bottom of the bagel…we shared another bagel with lox and all the fixings.

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We had stopped by a Lindt shop on our way and picked up some truffles and we had a couple for dessert post bagel.

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We headed out to find the High Line and found these tulips on the way. Besides doors, NYC is filled with so many tulips!

The High Line stretched on forever and we walked basically all of it, admiring the new apartments and taking in murals.

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We hopped off eventually and headed to Chelsea Market where I smelled the most incredible candles (and yes, nearly cried), but sadly we had barely any space in our luggage so I couldn’t get any. A blessing and a curse.

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At Chelsea Market we found a taco shop that we wanted to check out anyway and got a carne asada and a chicken taco to share.

Our dessert stop was at City Cakes where we got 3 cookies. A chocolate chip walnut, white chocolate mac, and a snickerdoodle I believe? These are hefty half pound cookies!

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We walked off our food by heading to Times Square and walking around! We had seen some of it during the day when we arrived, but it was just incredible to be there IRL at night.

After all the bagels we wanted to have at least one slice of ‘za before our day of eating ended so we had a $1 slice…it felt wrong to not have at least one slice of pizza!

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We had some plans for the night-a comedy improv show at Upright Citizens Brigade in Hell’s Kitchen. We made it there and were so happy to finally sit for a bit after all the walking!

The show was great and even though we had thought about grabbing food after-our bellies were full and our feet were exhausted. We found the fastest metro route home and made it home to finally chill the heck out!

Are you guys as obsessed with doors as I am? Or with bagels? Let me know in the comments!

Arriving in NY

Sooo….I think I left off with our last day in Philly! We woke up the next morning pretty exhausted, but gathered ourselves and our things and left for the Amtrak to NY. We arrived a couple of hours later and decided to get an unlimited Metro Pass for a week. We had decided it would not be a good idea to do a rental car and would be much easier to get around through public transportation-which ended up being very true!

We got our passes and came out at Madison Square! We decided to stop and grab some pizza before heading to our AirBnB in Brooklyn. We lugged our luggage around the crowded city in hunt for our first NY slice. We found Joe’s and grabbed a few slices…nothing like eating a slice in the fresh NY air!

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Knowing us you know we looked up desserts and found that donut place we wanted to try-Dough-was just a little ways off. We obvi decided the right thing to do was to head on over and get a few πŸ™‚

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Honestly, by the time we did all this we were pretty much done carrying around our stuff and were ready to unload. We hopped on a subway station, took a little stroll, and arrived at our home for the next few days.

After taking a minute to chill and somewhat organize ourselves we headed back out to explore. B was born and lived in Brooklyn for a while in his young life so he wanted to go check out his neighborhood, school, stores, parks, and such we headed that way.

It was really sweet to see where he grew up and and hear his stories about growing up there. We took some pics to send to his fam and finally decided to find some dinner!

We found Taci’s Beyti Turkish Restaurant-YOU GUYS! Holy cow! The service was SO BAD here, but the food was delicious. I don’t even want to get into the service, but we were in tears laughing at how terrible it was.

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They brought us some bread which was warm and so yummy!

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We ordered a pastrami hummus platter to start…

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And their lamb kebabs for our main. We were able to comfortably share both of these and were both stuffed! I couldn’t even think of dessert…who am I?

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Veggies hidden behind the pita

We caught a bus back home and watched some television until we couldn’t keep our eyes open. That concludes our first night in NY! I’m hoping to get the rest of the posts scheduled soon so fingers crossed!

Have you ever been to Brooklyn? What did you think?

Long Weekend Recap

I love a good long weekend…who doesn’t? We took full advantage of this one and did (and ate quite a bit). Go ahead and settle in for what may end up being a long post!

Friday we ended up making some dinner at home. I don’t like to waste things and we had some potato buns that needed to be used up so we got some Boar’s Head pastrami and made sammies.

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We also tried a couple of more slices of cake from Susie Cakes-one was raspberry and the other was red velvet. I loved the red velvet whereas the hubs preferred the denser raspberry.

Saturday, we started out with a workout, breakfast snack and then a hike. The hike ended up being somewhat of a fail because we were hoping for ocean views and super blooms, but instead got very hot and a few creeks. It’s not a complete fail because any activity is good activity πŸ™‚

We made it home for showers and naps before heading out to Magicopolis for a magic show. It was from 8 to 10pm and ended up being hilarious and magical!

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After much pondering we decided to try Cheesecake Factory out again for late night dinner.

We started with their bread (noms) and Asian lettuce wraps (double noms)

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For our main we got the Tuscan chicken from their skinnylicious menu

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And we had to get dessert so we got their chocolate truffle tower cake. This was pretty fantastic. Our server said this was the “lightest” of the 3 chocolate cakes they offer. I was happy with our choice of the chocolate tower πŸ™‚

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Sunday morning included a workout and a fun little brunch at Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop. This time I got a salmon sandwich and the hubs got a create your own omelette.

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We had ordered their special cookie butter coffee cake of the day, but they ended up refunding us because they were out 😦

Luckily for us, it was a warm day and we thought açaí bowls sounded pretty tasty. We found Ubatuba Acai at a different location that you can have as many toppings as you want!

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They also had a lot of different bases like chia pudding, açaí, pitaya, etc. We ended up ordering one to share and got açaí, chia pudding, and pitaya. I believe we topped it with sweet and condensed milk, honey, mangoes, and two types of granola.

It was refreshing, sweet, and oh so tasty!

We ran some errands and then headed to a couple’s massage. Hubs had gotten this Groupon a while ago and we never had a chance to use it, but nothing gets us more motivated to use something other then it being close to expiring. Anybody else?Β I have never had a massage (crazy! I know) and so I was a tad nervous, but it ended up being a really great experience.

Sunday night means burgers so that is what we had for dinner and we used up all our potato buns so yay for no waste!

After Claudine’s we had walked around and found Sweet Lady Jane Bakery so we stopped in and saw so many delicious sweets. We picked up a slice of triple berry for dessert later and ended up having it after dinner!

This caps our weekend! We definitely had a lot of cake this weekend, but recently it’s been our go-to dessert πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

Philadelphia Day 4

Good morning, afternoon, night whatever it might be!

It’s Saturday afternoon here in Philly as I’m writing this and we just got done with lunch, but to catch you guys up I haven’t done too much today πŸ™‚

We started off with our usual Starbucks. I still haven’t drank the green juice by the way, but always need all the beverages!

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We opted to work out later in the day when hubby gets done with his conference instead of waking up early. We were needing some sleeping in-we were feeling rough!

He went to conference and I decided to catch up on reading blog posts and editing some of my own. I got restless like I tend to do and did a HIIT session in the room. I thought I would be good with using my own bodyweight for some exercises, but I think having used weights and resistance bands for so long-I definitely missed them.

Still got the heart rate up and fantastically sweaty! I cleaned up and realized I was feeling hungry. Remember that salad we ordered with our dinner last night? The spinach one? We took a couple of bites last night and brought the rest home. Excellent for me because I had a lovely nutrient dense snack.

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There was SO much spinach packed into this and I was so hungry I scarfed most of it down before stopping to think about taking a picture. Sorry about the half eaten mess you get to see!

Mid eating the spinach salad hubs texted asking if I would like to grab lunch! Heck yeah I would! Not gonna lie, I was mostly just ready to see him and hang out.

We went to Hershel’s Deli which is in Reading Terminal Market which is a few steps away from our hotel πŸ˜€

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We got a corned beef reuben and a pastrami sandwich. It came with pickles on the side and we got a diet Dr. Browns cream soda to drink. We couldn’t find seating anywhere so in order to eat and get hubby back as quickly as possible we ate in our hotel room.

That worked out pretty well since we had some jalapeΓ±o kettle chips ready for sandwiches in our room.

YOU GUYS! These sandwiches were so incredible! I preferred the corned beef and hubby loved the pastrami. I could only get through my half of the corned beef so we still have a pastrami half in our fridge. I have a feeling we will be munching on that post workout πŸ˜‰

Also, I have never had any Dr. Browns, but this diet cream soda was very sweet and very delicious! I need to find this on Amazon or something.

I’m going to get back to my Love It or List It on HGTV until our workout!

We ended up working out and heading back to our room for a shower and packing session. We head to NY tomorrow (Sunday) so our plan is to do some laundry here and pack up our things tonight so we can have a pleasant train ride over to the Big Apple.

We went to dinner with one of B’s coworkers and her hubby plus a couple of other friends of theirs. We went to a cool little Chinese spot that was recommended by one of the friends who lives in Philly.

I got absolutely no pictures, but the food was incredibly delicious and I enjoyed every bite-we got cumin lamb, mapo tofu (which I had been wanting to try), sesame noodles, a spicy chicken dish, and I can’t remember anything else, but there was a LOT of food!

We walked back to our hotel with everyone and then decided we needed something sweet. B and I decided to check out Mango Mango which was in the same area as the Chinese spot so we walked back!

We were seated immediately and I ordered a mango crepe cake and B ordered a mango strawberry sundae which had so many delicious things like mango and lychee. We walked back home to wrap up laundry and head to bed!

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We were up pretty late so needless to say we were pretty exhausted the next morning. I’ll save our NY trip for another post! I’m hoping to get it written and up soon so bear with me till then!

What’s your favorite Chinese food dish? Share it with me in the comments!

Philadelphia Day 3

I’m only writing this by itself because my last Philly post seemed like it went on forever!

We started this morning off with workout and then Starbucks. I’m pretty sure I was only half functioning till then anyways! I needed all the beverages-green juice, coffee and unseen water.

Post breakfast B showered and headed to his conference. After he left I showered and then proceeded to catch up on emails and life while watching HGTV.

I looked up some Philly cheesesteak spots in the area and even watched a YouTube video about them.

The universe must have lined up because when B came back for lunch break he announced that one of his fellow peeps had suggested a cheesesteak spot. I had not heard of this one, but was excited to try it regardless!

With a name like Ishkabibble’s you don’t know what to expect, but after a 30 minute walk we were greeted with some pretty delicious smells.

Hubs and I shared a cheesesteak with whiz and onions. We also got two tossed salads. I am not an iceberg fan, but I needed some green in my life! I did not get a pic, but it was iceberg, carrots, tomatoes and onion with Italian dressing.

It was a delicious cheesesteak. All the cheese whiz and onions melted into the steak…this is what the cheesesteak guy on YouTube must have been talking about.

I never thought I would be a cheesewhiz fan, but I am a true believer in trying anything once (sometimes twice-just to be sure πŸ˜… ) and trying it the way it was intended before branching out.

I’m still not sure I would eat cheese whiz on the regs, but this is one way I would eat it again without batting an eye.

We walked back to the hotel so hubs and friends could head back to the conference. I dropped by the hotel and headed back out to explore more of thd area.

I won’t lie after 20 minutes I was hot and uncomfortable so I headed back. Lucky for me I saw this gorgeous mural and took a pic that does it absolutely no justice.

Post mural walking I hung out in the lobby writing this post. When B got done there was a little mingling event that we went to. It was starting to sprinkle outside so lucky for us the event was in the hotel!

After chatting it up we needed to eat! We headed out to Cleavers and the rain started coming down. Lucky for us the walk was a “short” 15 minutes, the rain made it feel longer. Honestly, we were just happy it wasn’t cold and raining. By the time we got there we were giddy and ready for food!

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They have cheesesteaks, salads, fries, and dessert so obviously we had to get one of each πŸ˜‰

Hubby ordered their meaty 1lb cheesesteak, spinach salad, garlic parmesan waffle fries, and a chocolate cake. I could not even finish that cheesesteak and I took out half the meat! The fries were garlicky and delicious, the salad spinachy and refreshing, and the cake was moist and chocolatey mmmm…

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We walked back to the hotel and popped into a couple of stores on the way to browse around, but thankfully the rain had calmed down to a sprinkle.

We watched some basketball games that were on while getting ready for bed. We stayed up until I simply couldn’t keep my eyes open for another second and that my friends concludes day 3!

 

 

Philadelphia Day 1&2

I’m writing this from the comforts of our Mariott hotel while watching some HGTV πŸ™‚ By the time you guys read this we will be in the comforts of our own home, but I wanted to write this while things were fresh in my head.

Since hubs is at his conference currently and I am tuckered out from walking around Downtown Philly I thought this would be the perfect time!

Our Philly adventures started yesterday (Wednesday) when we boarded a 5ish hour flight from the west coast to the east coast. It was pretty gloomy by the time we made it here and we were jet lagged between the time difference and the motion sickness meds.

We dropped off our bags in our room, got ready for the gym and did a quick 35 minute cardio session to help us feel a little more like ourselves. We still felt out of it, but returned to the room to shower and get ready for dinner!

We were both starving and ready for some food so we headed to Barbuzzo. We were seated immediately and soon realized it was a tapas type place.

We ordered the Artisanal cheese board and their steak dish. The Artisanal cheese board covered everything from soft cheeses to harder types of cheese and had varieties of jams as well. It all came with this large seeded cracker and some bread!

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The steak was topped with some fun greens and cooked medium rare, I think. It was good, but ended up just being steak, if that makes sense.

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We walked around and found the love sign so obvi had to stop and take a picture! There was the cutest pair of baby sisters posing for pictures for their mom. I had momentary baby fever just looking at them!

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We look so spacey and exhausted here!

It was cold and windy and we are not about that life so we walked swiftly back to the hotel, immediately got cozy and climbed into bed. We watched some TV while falling asleep.

We woke up the next morning with a little more energy and feeling more like ourselves. We decided to grab coffee and breakfast at the Starbucks in the lobby. We both got coffees (I got hot and he got iced), a spinach feta egg white wrap, and sous vide egg whites.

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This breakfast held us over for our workout, shower, and prepping the booth for B’s conference.

We headed to lunch at Reading Terminal Market. It reminded me a bit of Grand Central Market in LA or Pikes Place in Seattle. It’s filled with food (prepped and grocery), places selling bags/clothes, and bakeries. It was brimming with people when we went, but the group divvied up to grab food and meet up.

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B and I got chicken shawarmas and a smoothie. It can be really hard to get in fruits and veggies during travel and we had the intention of getting a salad with lunch, but it wasn’t possible without making multiple stops and with long lines-nobody got time for that!

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Our smoothie had spinach, carrot, mango, strawberries and raspberries. It was not super sweet, but delicious and nutritious.

While the gang headed to their conference I decided to go exploring. I found a cloth and textile museum and took a short walk to get there.

I learned a little bit, but it was a pretty small museum. It was still cool to check out and the lady that works there told me the building had been there for 40 years!

Post museum I wanted to go back and check out Reading Terminal Market. I love wandering around places like this and being able to check it out at a leisurely pace. This time around I bought a couple of dessert items.

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My first stop was Flying Monkey that had some yummy looking cupcakes and whoopee pies. I was intrigued by a few of the whoopees and decided to go for a couple.

I asked for suggestions and she recommended mango passion fruit and the original. I had been eyeing the mango passion and I figured the original would be a good starting point.

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I also got a chocolate chip cookie from 4th Street Cookie Company. Apparently this place was on the Food Network!

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I headed out to see more of Downtown and checked out TJ Maxx and Marshalls while being out and about. I saw Wawa which I heard has good sandwiches and is a great little convenience store.

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I also spotted some cool murals!

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After walking around I was pretty beat and headed back to the room which is where I’m at right writing this post. I’m going to grab an apple to munch on and chill until it’s time for dinner!

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Hubs came back from conference and we sat around figuring out dinner. We decided on a Mediterranean spot, but a few steps in we decided on Luke’s.

They are highly rated on Yelp and are supposed to have delicious lobster rolls so we walked on over. The place was completely empty when we got there. It was a little odd coming from LA and having anything be empty-especially something so highly rated.

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We ended up ordering a couple of their sampler’s which comes with a mini lobster, crab, and shrimp roll plus a side. We got a slaw for one and chips for the other. They were good, but nothing I would return for.

 

After this we wanted to see the Rocky stairs so we walked 40 minutes to get to the stairs. Philly is such a beautiful city with such gorgeous architecture. These pictures don’t even do the buildings any justice, but I had to try.

Once we got to Rocky we had to obviously take some pics with him πŸ™‚

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We also went up the stairs that Rocky climbed…

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View from the top

Plus some more stairs that were a little further off to reach the very, very top πŸ˜‰

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View from the very top πŸ˜€

We sat and reminisced and enjoyed the cool winds until I got to chilly and was ready to head back home. The sun had set so our walk back was much cooler than our walk there. We got back to the hotel and had our desserts that I picked up earlier.

The cookie-just okay sadly! The whoopee pies were good-the original was the best and the mango passion fruit was, again, just okay.

We climbed in bed and planned our days in NY so we’re a bit more organized for where we will be and make the most of our time there.

AND that concludes our first couple of days in Philly! I’ll be back with more as soon as I can!

Have you been to Philadelphia or live in Philadelphia and have any recommendations for food? Let’s chat in the comments!