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Monday, January 15, 2018

Why I Love Philly {Restaurant Week Edition}

There are so many reasons to love Philly. The art, the culture, the fact that I live two steps away from a bar. That's all great and lovely, but I'm here to bless your eyeballs with some food porn that Patrick and I experienced during Restaurant Week last weekend. We chose Common Wealth Old City but I'm convinced there is not a single bad restaurant on the list.

If you don't know what Restaurant Week is, here it is in a nutshell. Dozens of incredible restaurants offer a prix fixe menu for lunch or dinner at an amazingly affordable price so you can try an otherwise expensive three-course meal. You get to choose from a handful of options for each course, so there's seriously something for everyone to enjoy, blah blah blah...get ready for the food!

I appreciate a good whimsical tin cup filled with adult beverages.

Round One: Hushpuppies with crawfish and a spicy smooth delicious dipping sauce that I want to lather all over my body okaybye. OH and scallops served with collard greens that used a savory pancake as their serving vessel. Here for it yass. My GOSH those scallops were seared perfectly.



Round Two: I picked the roasted carrot and beet salad over cottage cheese with pistachios. It was perfectly light for a second dish. But the real show-stopper was the crab soup that Patrick got. We agreed that we wanted a gallon of it. If you go to Common Wealth for just this soup, you wouldn't regret it.

Round Three: Okay you can't tell how amazing these mushroom and oyster ravioli are from the picture. Also who knew that was the ravioli combination that we all needed?! Seriously I would swan dive into that bowl right now, mouth wide open. Can you tell that was my favorite dish?? The fresh peas were such a welcome textural addition to this as well (yes I watch too much Chopped and think I sound like Alex Guarnaschelli. Girl, you want a personal assistant to taste test recipes? I'm here for you!) Patrick got the braised short ribs over cheesy polenta and yes, it was delicious! But I'm little busy fan-girling over the ravioli okay? Let me live my life.

Finale: These ballssss. They were a mouthful of airy, slightly sweet dough perfectly mixed with ricotta and topped with a raspberry glaze that oozed over them oh so sensually. A very welcome surprise dessert of the day.

We finished the night at Blue Cross River Rink where we realized that 1) ice skating is easier said than done while tipsy and 2) we're pretty awful at ice skating. Seriously, we grabbed one of those plastic walker things that children use...I think it made things worse. But...I have never smiled so hard in one night. I think we should sit fireside sipping hot spiked cider more often :)


Thank you, Philly. I really do love you.

xoxo,
Kiera


Monday, August 28, 2017

Weekend Update - Pup Snuggles and Blue Apron!

It's time for my weekend update! I'm genuinely sad that's it's already Monday so I'm going to look at this throughout the week to get me through to the next weekend. And it's a long weekend with Labor Day YAY! 

Friday
I'm not very fond of going out every weekend - I really enjoy a night in just relaxing with Patrick and the Magster with a glass of wine and some Netflix. Work seriously drains me! Last week Patrick and I decided that we're going to try out different food delivery options like Blue Apron, so Friday was time to try out our first recipe! Side note: we got the promotional price and plan on doing this with all the other delivery services like Plated and Hello Fresh to try them all without having to pay full price. Life hacks!


We picked the sirloin steak, mashed potatoes and green beans with crispy shallots first. It was seriously delicious! Patrick was in charge of cooking the steak since I still don't have the hang of it after being vegetarian for four years. Oh and he absolutely nailed the crispy shallots (beautifully sliced by yours truly). 
I would say this is like a medium difficulty recipe haha. Okay I love cooking but does anyone else have trouble managing the different times everything has to cook? I was constantly checking the directions to make sure I didn't mess up! But they give you step by step instructions (with pictures for those of us visual learners) so it really wasn't that hard. I'm excited to make our next one tonight: sweet and sour pork over jasmine rice. Also I'm convinced jasmine rice is just a scam to make us think we're eating fancier white rice. Let me know. 

                                                 
Saturday 
Maggie and I started our day at 7:00am (she let me sleep in!!) and went on a nice walk around Manayunk. She carried this leaf with her our entire walk lol

           

Then it was time for some pumpkin spice coffee. Yes I am fully ready for pumpkin spice season and I'm not ashamed. I'm over summer and humidity. Oh and this omelette looks lame but it was full of Swiss cheese and it was heavenly cheesy. I've been really into turkey bacon with breakfast and of course Maggie got a little taste test.

                     
Oh and I actually dragged my butt to the gym?! This is so rare anymore- once I get home from work I want to spend every minute with Maggie after leaving her all day. I had some overnight oats leftover so I topped it with a little more blueberry yogurt from Wegmans and it was the best post gym snack!
Literally the rest of the weekend was so relaxing and spent snuggling the pup. Oh and eating pizza from Couch Tomato Cafe. I didn't take a picture of it because I don't want to show how much pizza I actually ate by myself. There's no shame in my game, I had some leftover 'za for breakfast Sunday morning too.
And here's some pictures of me and Maggie on our walks! 

Oh my gosh I almost forgot! I had my first laundromat experience on Sunday haha my washing machine broke and I needed clean towels so I headed to my closest laundromat and awkwardly attempted to work machines.
First I completely forgot to bring detergent (whoops). Luckily they had some in a little detergent vending machine. Speaking of which, I had no idea you need a laundry card to work anything, so I tried for 5 minutes to get detergent until the attendant told me about these magical cards.
I felt like Rachel in Friends trying to do laundry for the first time. 
Thankfully nobody tried to steal my cart. Although I accidentally stole someone's at first. But never mind that.
So that's a wrap on my relaxing weekend. I can't wait to make some Blue Apron tonight and day dream about next weekend already. We're going to a pig roast and I know there will be Jell-O shots so I can't wait.
Have a great week!!

Xoxo
Kiera

Friday, August 25, 2017

Favorite Reactions to Taylor Swift's New Single

If you don't live under a rock you know that TSwizzle dropped her new single: "Look What You Made Me Do," throwing some major shade (prob in Katy Perry's general direction?), but I'm here for it.

I'll admit, this is an awesome song for a spin class - it's boppy and repetitive and could really get you going during those sprints. As a whole this song is
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NOT.

Sorry about it. I miss country TSwift, I'm all about her dulcet tones singing about teardrops on her guitar. This is a major thumbs from me - how can you sing to this in the shower?! You can't. I'll stick with BeyoncĂ©, thank you very much. With that being said, I'm here for what everyone has to say about it on Twitter (shameless, follow me @kstach). So without further ado, here are my favs. Let me know yours!



She sure did.

Love me a good Bring It On reference.

You can check out the lyric video here.

xoxo,
Kiera