ANOTHER WEEKEND VLOG | Let’s chat: fitness & facials

HEY THERE FRIENDS of the interweb. What’s crack-a-lackin’? I need to write this fast as my husband is on his way home from a weekend trip and I need to clean the house LOL – this past week includes some gym time, yoga, food (as always), and we chat about my first facial experience!

hope you enjoy this and as always thank you for spending time with me xoxo

MENTIONED IN VIDEO:
Kalyn Nicholson lower body strength training routine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox58FHI7jMI
Yoga with Adriene (yoga in beginning of video) https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Facial was from Lather Up http://www.latherhairstudio.com/lather-up/

MY RECENT CONTENT:
WEEKEND VLOG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgwj56ZSLIo&t=1201s
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BS…
DATE NIGHT MAKEUP https://youtu.be/UAIvXaQfU6w

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Wanderlust Wednesday: El Camino Real

“BBQ & Mexican food – what an incredible combo.”

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Located at 1040 N. 2nd Street in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia is this phenomenal Mexican/Texas BBQ restaurant called El Camino Real. I have had just about everything from this menu, and now I can say I’ve been there for brunch!

They offer BBQ, they offer Mexican, they even offer a combination of both! Think: pulled pork in a quesadilla (ie: “Pulled Pork-a-Dilla”). It’s a combination sent from above. Image result for praise emoji

For this particular post, I visited El Camino on a Sunday morning for brunch while my family was visiting. Thus, I have a few plates to share – and boy, were they delicious.

First and most importantly, my meal. LMAO. No but really, we’re starting with me. I got the brown sugar french toast, with bananas and sweet cream. This was so good. It was a large portion and filled me up, but did not overdo it.

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My mom also got the same plate – and totally enjoyed it.

My fiance went a little more “classic brunch” and got the huevos rancheros. This dish is topped with a fried egg, cheddar, scallions, and “crema” sauce. He loved it! Our expectations were definitely exceeded once we began to dig in.

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My dad was probably the most venturous of all and ordered sausage gravy over sausage and biscuits, eggs, and potato hash. And tbh, this looked the best OF ALL. So savory and delicious. He cleaned the entire plate.

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So that was our brunch! I would certainly return to this location – it was a hit with my family. On another note, prices are also reasonable. If you’re willing to do some brunchy boozin’ that option is also available with Bloody Mary’s and margaritas!

El Camino is well-rounded and should receive praise for being that way.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Devil’s Alley

“Just… so delicious. And FAST service.”

Bringing you another foodie article on a go-to Center City Philadelphia restaurant, this time featuring Devil’s Alley! Located at 1907 Chestnut St, it’s an easy walk from Center City. I’d like to add we went on a Tuesday evening around 6:00 pm, and walked right in to be seated. This place had a great atmosphere, killer inside décor, and super friendly staff. The inside felt like you were outside, despite it being the middle of winter. Green all around, potted trees, and garland strung throughout the upper level provided for a cozy, yet casual setting.

We started off the dinner with two ciders, considering they were only THREE DOLLARS for happy hour. Insane, right? So obviously we each ordered one. Then taking a look at the menu, this place has a lot to offer as far as American food is concerned. Great-looking sandwiches, tasty starters, and a variety of burger options. My friend had been there before, and knowing how good it was, she couldn’t stray far from the buffalo chicken sandwich (bleu cheese on the side).

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Being a sandwich person myself, it was between the pulled pork and crab cake sandwich. I’m a big fan of asking the waiter’s opinion, regardless of them being biased or not. He informed me the crab cake was his favorite, so crab cake it was! And honestly, I was not disappointed, I’m a proud seafood lover (even though I live in the land of the cheese steaks!). So I ordered the crab cake sandwich, topped with lettuce, tomato, and sriracha aioli sauce.

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When it comes to food, I’m not hard to please, but this was delicious. Prices were on point too. Overall, I had a wonderful first experience with Devil’s Alley, and can’t wait to go back!

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Cantina Los Caballitos

“Best margaritas in South Philly.”

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As far as I’m concerned, Cantina Los Caballitos has mastered the Mexican cuisine in South Philly. Located at 1651 E. Passyunk Ave, this restaurant offers a bar inside as well as spacious seating, with the opportunity to be seated outside, weather permitted.

To start off, you need a margarita in your hand. If you were me, it would probably be frozen and mango flavored (can’t go wrong). And don’t worry about ordering chips, that and two varieties of salsa will be hand-delivered to your table within minutes. I know it’s tempting, but do your best to not fill up on chips and salsa before your tasty meal arrives.

I ordered the pork carnitas taco, topped with onion and cilantro. I added cheese and sour cream for an additional $1/each. So worth it. My friend ordered the quesadilla de pollo, topped with peppers, corn, and quest fresco. My tacos were incredible, and I could only manage two of them. I saved the third for lunch the following day, and I swear it was even better.

Along with good eats and fabulous margs, Cantina provides a casual and fun atmosphere, perfect for catching a drink/bite to eat after work. Great happy hour too! This is definitely a place to hit if you’re in the neighborhood for a fun outing.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Barbuzzo

“This is definitely classier than most, and the price is right!”

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Located at 110 South 13th Street

Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean bar and grill which specializes in unique tastes and flavorful dishes. It has quickly turned into our spot for special occasions. First it was my birthday (which, I might add, was New Years Eve with a superb set four-course meal) and the second visit was for our anniversary. Both times were not a letdown. This restaurant serves to impress and is accompanied by incredible waitstaff.

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As I previously mentioned, the first time we visited there was a set menu. We started with the sheep’s milk ricotta paired with country-grilled bread, and followed with our individual choices for dinner and then an amazing, absolutely must-try, caramel dessert.

The second time around, we ordered that sheep’s milk ricotta again, and it did not disappoint. I love that they give you more than enough spread to dip your bread. They do not skimp on portions for those of us who come with a big appetite.

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On NYE, I had asked our waiter if my main dish (campanelle) was a feature on their usual menu, and he said, “No, not typically.” BUT… little did he know, or maybe the menu changed to incorporate it, campanelle was on the menu as a dinner dish and ya girl here was so. so. stoked.

This is HANDS DOWN the best pasta dish I have ever eaten in my entire life.

Okay, yes, I know. Bold statement. And I am a huge pasta fanatic… anything noodles and believe me I’m there. But I stand by this. The flavors of this dish with tiny veal meatballs and a truffle cream incorporating kale and parmesan are everything a pasta-obsessive person is looking for. Please make sure that when you go, someone at the table orders this.

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My boyfriend chose to devour an entire margherita pizza, and I don’t think he thought twice about his choice.

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Lastly, we enjoyed one of the greatest desserts Philadelphia has to offer, the salted caramel budino. With a chocolate “cookie-like” crust on the bottom, followed by layered vanilla bean and salted caramel goodness, this dessert will not disappoint you AT ALL.

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I was really excited to write this feature and I’m happy I could make it to Barbuzzo twice in a couple months. It will definitely be a place I return to as I don’t think we’ll be able to stay away!img_20170208_183539

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Pub on Passyunk East (POPE)

“That cheeseburger though…”

This week’s wanderlust feature centers around The Pub on Passyunk East! Located at 1501 E. Passyunk Avenue, this pub is a must-visit on your list. If you haven’t gathered by now, I moved to South Philly about five months ago. Alas, my blog is accompanied by Philadelphia food articles, which I’m sure many of you can appreciate.

When it comes to exquisite pub food, I am all ears… and also hungry. I’m talking big burgers, crispy fries, homemade dipping sauce, and great brews on tap. I have been to the Pope three times, and have had the burger twice and the Reuben once. I’ve also watched three of my friends down the Reuben and have no problem doing so. This is a place you will clean your plate, even after eating an order of nachos or fries as an appetizer.

The Pope Burger is juicy and topped with melted cheddar cheese, grilled red onions, and basil mayo. O.M.G. Then the Reuben is loaded with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. You can’t miss when you order either of these items, and you won’t walk away hungry!

The feel inside the Pope is very casual, as you seat yourself anywhere you can find a table and a server will be right with you. I’d actually like to pause and really address the wait staff at this place: SO FRIENDLY. I have never met kinder servers. They answer every question, are super patient with you, and even clued me in on their fry dipping sauce (which I’m obsessed with).

I would also describe the interior as rustic-looking. With brick walls and an old-timey wooden bar, the atmosphere just screams pub, in the best way. Speaking of the bar, I haven’t been to the Pope yet on a weekend night to drink, just for dinner, so I’d be curious as to what that atmosphere turns into as well. Each time I was there I tried a cider on tap, and I wasn’t disappointed. I should also mention their happy hour during the week ends at 6pm, so if you can get there beforehand, your drafts are ½ price.

To end on a foodie note, you need to go and try that burger, and the Reuben, and the nachos, and the Chesapeake fries. Everything is cooked to perfection and will curb any hunger. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere casual, and the food is bangin. Definitely worth stopping by the next time you’re in the area. To end this note, I’m just gonna leave a picture of the Reuben here.

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