The random findings & babblings of a twenty-something living in Philadelphia. I graduated college in 2009 and I'm still getting used to this thing we call the "real world."My favorite things include Philadelphia (the city, the sports, the food), traveling, ice cream, giraffes, taking pictures, & finding recipes online that I'll probably never actually get around to making. It's an interesting mix, but so am I.
friday never looked so good.
i’m sure i’m not alone when i say this felt like the longest week ever (although, doesn’t every week?).
therefore, despite eating non-stop carbs for the last few days i canceled spin tonight in favor of a manicure.
it’s the little things.
free lunch is the best lunch.
2nd annual wine & cheese party.
we had well over 50 people and it was another huge success!
(you wouldn’t know since i only took pictures of cheese…)
all of the cheese was delicious and there was plenty of wine.
this year, instead of using brown paper as a table covering, we made little flags for people to write their cheese (& name) on.
i’m so glad everyone had a great time. my roommate and i invited all of our friends (high school, softball, work, college, life) and everyone got along and mingled well together!
we have a ton of cheese left over and i’m pretty excited about it…
(oh, and that apple cinnamon goat cheese is from trader joes and it’s amazing)
brandywine valley wine trail.
yesterday was the perfect “sunday funday.” we headed up to chester county (PA) to check out the wineries as part of their “harvest festival.” tickets were $15 for all 6 wineries (we only made it to 5) and you get to keep the souvenir glass.
we started out at black walnut winery where we sampled 7 of their wines. afterwards we sat outside (gorgeous weather!) and enjoyed some birthday cupcakes for the two birthday girls and some cheese that we brought from trader joes.
our next stop was patone cellars about a half hour away. their building is under construction (the building will be beautiful once it’s complete but apparently it’s been like this for a while) and they have tables set up where you can taste wine. it was okay - probably one i would skip in the future.
the next winery, paradocx vineyard, was just a mile away. they were a little more generous with their wine pours and it was much appreciated! after sampling some of their wines outside you can head into their shop and try any of the ones you might want to buy. they sell bagged wine (~2 bottles) as well as wine that comes in PAINT CANS (~4 bottles). yes, paint cans. my roommate bought one (whitewash) for our wine & cheese party this weekend. (the wine is delicious, too!)
moving on! our second to last stop was borderland vineyard. the views were gorgeous. in addition to wine we were actually able to sample their cider which was amazing. if we weren’t in a hurry to get to the last winery in time i might have bought a glass to enjoy by that fire! they also had vendors & live music.
headed back towards philadelphia we stopped by our last winery, penns woods winery. we made it just in time for their last tasting. the wine was pretty good & the views weren’t bad either! it was a great way to end the day.
overall i think we all had so much fun. i just read that the brandywine valley wine trail offers another tasting in march (every weekend) called barrels on the brandywine. it’s a passport situation again and includes tastings at all 6 of their wineries. sign me up!
majorly delayed photos from my weekend in DC (9/19-9/21).
we visited the white house (6 month wait list!), drank bloody mary’s/had an amazing brunch at founding farmers, and partied until the wee hours of the morning celebrating these two.
such a fun and beautiful wedding.
this past weekend was pretty low key, which was nice and much needed after the rush of weddings. but, fall is now here and there are lots of events planned! most importantly is the 2nd annual wine & cheese party next weekend! (see last year’s here - the post says we had close to 30…we’re looking at closer to 50 this year!)
scenes from this past weekend’s wedding.
the wedding was beautiful, the food was delicious, & we had so much fun. i rented my dress from rent the runway and got so many compliments. it’s such a fun experience if you’re looking for trying something new!
now, time to gear up for the last one this month in dc.
taking tomorrow off to head down early. we already have a reservation at founding farmers on saturday for brunch. where else should we go? the wedding is saturday night so i was thinking of a fun (& healthy) dinner on friday and brunch on sunday (hotel is near the white house). suggestions please!
has anyone tried aerial yoga?
a bunch of my friends and i are talking about trying one of the classes here in philly.
we were thinking that if we fill up a class and/or get a private session we won’t have to worry about making fools of ourselves in front of everyone else. chances are, with my awesome coordination & upper body strength, i’ll be the one flat on my face.
or, just sitting there like ramona, screaming internally, “what the eff did i get myself into!”
i don’t think i can pull off any kind of blazer…but, everything else, yes.
diner en blanc.
last thursday was philadelphia’s annual diner en blanc. this year’s location was amazing - they lined up all 3500 of us down broad street with an awesome view of city hall. (luckily the torrential downpours that were scheduled miraculously missed us)
last year my friend and i really had no idea what we were doing nor what to expect. this year we actually knew to request to be with our friends! while last year was still fun, it was really nice to be around everyone we knew.
there were mummers, marching bands, a real band, a dj, & sparklers. for dinner i stopped at dibruno’s and picked up caesar salad, lobster stuffed potato, steak, broccoli rabe, and an amazing cheese selection (big ed’s gouda, little darling, & a soft cheese i can’t remember) with cotton candy grapes (yes, they’re a real thing). drink of choice was clearly sofia coppola’s blanc de blancs. stuffed is an overstatement - although we did pass around the grapes for everyone to try.
everyone looked to be having the best time ever and i haven’t heard one negative review by someone that was there. (the outside commentary on the other hand… haters gonna hate)
definitely an event to remember. can’t wait for next year!