Whole 30 Diet Prep Day

Tomorrow, John Paul and I are starting the Whole30 diet created by Melissa Hartwig … she is pretty cool. We set up a whats app to remain in constant communication with our third group mate, Amy (John Paul’s sister and my soon to be sister in law) on our daily meals. We are supposed to report everything we ate via social media, but decided food reporting through facebook is a bit to aggressive for this crew.

Whole 30 … Basically meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats ie: oils, nuts and seeds. No sugar except in fruit, no alcohol, no soda, no honey and no grains for thirty days.

We started our day with before shots to measure progress followed by a trip to the store. …. We were there for ten minutes (maybe it was 20, but it was still a very short excursion …. it is counting the time we spent waiting in like at check out) and spent $153 in Acme for two days of food meals …. that seems high, but it’s ok as we will use some items for more than two meals such as small tupperwears for our homemade salad dressing and the two big bags of nuts I got for our protein salads! John Paul and I stocked up on the following: 4 avocados, 4 bananas, 2 apples, pre wrapped chicken, lean red meat, mustard powder, parsley, thyme, paprika, spaghetti squash, almond slivers, cashews, 2 cartons of eggs, tomatoes, celery, diced canned tomato and 1 bag of grapes … tonight, I will prep us for tomorrow:
Breakfast: Fratata, avocado and 1 banana
Lunch: Protein salad with chicken and homemade basic mayo dressing (I am pretty nervous about this part) and one apple.
Dinner: Browned red meat, tomato sauce and spaghetti squash..

I’m not going to lie, I am very excited about this.

Last day of junk eating consisted of scrapple, eggs and toast for breakfast and rib-eye roni sandwich from fresnos for dinner … I had chocolate color pretzels, peppermint patty and a peanut butter smidgen as well 🙂

You will see. I also made the video above in fear I would be unable to finish my blog post, but I was wrong.

Yoga Kicks My Butt

This week, I attended five yoga classes at Sojourn Yoga in Drexel Hill. This happened because I got an idea in my head … Yoga Teacher Training. Core Power Yoga has a class starting in the beginning of October … I love it there. I get my ass kicked every time!!!. However, it’s three thousand dollars to attend … Ugh!! My very sweet parents even offered to help me pay for it. That is ridiculous and I would be taking advantage of their generosity. In reality, I should pretend I’m an adult and sign up for a payment plan, but I just can’t right now. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is a very worthwhile investment and I fully intend on pursuing this endeavor in the near future. However, I have many trips planned, fixes to my house, and so much more, that I need to try to be conscience of my spending. For now, I purchased an unlimited monthly pass at the yoga studio down the street and am going as much as I can. Side Note: I am not going to lie, secretly, I am still thinking about living in the moment, doing the teacher training and worrying about other financial responsibilities later … this back and forth in my head is just a dramatic thing I drag myself through to make myself feel like a responsible person … it’s silly. Stay tuned.
Despite how active I am, I found out this week, I am in awful yoga shape. I didn’t feel it till this morning at my 8:30 Still Class. I was so stiff. I could hardly move … It was so embarrassing. I do think it is in part an afrwe effect of yesterday’s “run.” I learned last week, that the Philadelphia Marathon running from November 18th – November 20th includes an 8k in the weekend lineup. I can do that. I might even be able to do the half, but I need to get training, which entails three small runs a week and one long run on the weekend. I think the pain started yesterday when, two and a half miles into my long run, I suddenly had to go to the bathroom so badly that I could not run anymore. How odd I thought, but now, looking back on the situation, I believe this sudden urge to poo was brought on by the magnesium supplements I have been taking … perhaps it’s time to ease up on my daily intake. Anyway, I was convinced I was going to poop my pants … Recently, I have heard this happen to several people and I know I wouldn’t handle it well so I slowly walked over to Rite Aid, where they graciously allowed me to use the employee bathroom. This was far more embarrassing than not being able to move at Yoga. I felt like I had to purchase something so I go a blue Gatorade. For some reason, holding the bottle while running was an asinine and foreign concept so I downed the Gatorade and started to run. Terrible idea. My stomach was to full to move and I had to walk home. I went some crazy weird way, I don’t know why and ended up walking very very far. I believe this, in combination with being shockingly out of shape, attributed to my disastrous and painful morning at yoga. I took my stiffness as a sign to give my body a running break and went and played tennis with my Dad. But, no more breaks, tomorrow, it is back to one yoga class and one small run. I just have to keep pushing through … it is about to all feel sooooo good!!!

Philly Free Streets. I am a curmudgeon.

Today, I am feeling the effects of 35. My 35 year old self is a curmudgeon and I feel terrible about it. Everyday, small occurrences remind me I am aging, but today, my mid thirties mind set and all its awfulness is heightened by the event,Open Streets Philly. Last year, I would have been elated by this concept. I would have gotten up at 7 am on a Saturday with John Paul in toe for a day jammed packed with physical activity. I would have acquired a bike and gone the full ten miles one way and ten miles back and wandered around until someone kicked me out. This year, I want nothing to do with this event. It sounds awful. Crowded, bikes wizzing by, and people running in front of me at a diagonal … In my old age, I hate all of those things. And, most importantly, what is everyone doing with their cars??? All cars left on the street will be towed after 3am Saturday morning?? Is that even allowed?

I have changed! What has happened to me? This is no way to be, but I couldn’t help it …. All of these negative things thoughts just popped in my head. Fortunately, that is only my emotional side. The side that cried at 50 First Dates the other night!!! I’m nuts. My reasonable side knows this is a fantastic program to get Philadelphians up and moving, which, even at 35, excites me more than I can describe. When I moved back to the Philly area 7 years ago, Philly was in the top five fattest cities in the United States. I remember because I was appalled and disgusted. Now, according to Salon.Com, we are not even in the the top ten … the unfortunate ten are: Memphis, TN, Shreveport, LA, Indianapolis, IN, Jackson, MS, New Orleans, LA, Chattanooga, TN, Mobile, AL, San Antonio, TX, Greenville, SC and Little Rock, AR … Instead, Philadelphia has made it to the fourth best walking city in the United States …. That is amazing!! I still have no intention of attending Open Streets Philly …. I am staying home to paint my bedroom in the suburbs, which, hopefully, will allow my cranky ways to subside enough to wish all the ambitious folks attending a fantastic day … It will be a blast!!!

Welcome Back Post!!!

Oh my goodness! It has been so long since my last post. I have missed my blog, but I have been running all over the place …. I have so many things to discuss, but will keep it short. I went to Longwood Garden’s Nightscape, which was absolutely amazing. I may even prefer it to the Christmas Show … it was a lot less crowded, warm, and there is live music on Thursdays. I cooked a few dishes that I will add to my recipes page, got sick and missed three get togethers … two birthdays and a trip to the Aquarium, went to a some dinners, watched a lot of Mr. Robot, and took some long walks … I decided I have pudged out a bit and my half hour workouts are not cutting it …. I need more exercise, so I walked 7 miles a day all last week … not going to lie, probably the main reasons I have been neglecting my blog. It lead to some early mornings and late nights, but I did it and I felt great. I took one walk after work one night behind the art museum. It was beautiful, however, upon return, I learned, via facebook, a woman was walking on the same path was hit in the head with a fish. It’s under the catogory “weird news” on channel ten … just saying. I can’t even wrap my head around this story … it is totally nuts.

Confession: I didn’t make it through the week. My walking expeditions sort of came to an end Friday. I went to see Adele on Friday night, she is so charming, it is rediculous. I don’t know why she just wasn’t on stage at age five just being awesome. Anyway, that day I only got a four mile walk in that morning. I meant to walk before the show, but ended up at the bar instead … it’s ok. I had fun. On saturday, I slept in too late, guess I had too many drinks at happy hour, and headed to the shore to my Aunts house without walking. She is 84 and looks amazing. Healthy, happy and full of life …please knock on wood. It was a blast. She told me she was borderline diabetic, but lost weight and cut carbs and it all went away … awesome. I did not feel too guilty about missing my walk, I swam in the water for about an hour and a half … the water was amazing. I had to get out because my eyes started burning from the salt. And, walked about 8 miles. 4 in the morning and 4 after a barbeque with John Paul’s family.. I am so impressed with my dedication.

Last night, my ability to walk was hindered by a bowling outing with work. I went bowling with work last night. That was embarrassing, I am a horrific bowler. I bowled a 54 in the second game, which is really really good for me. And, everyone tries to give me pointers, which are the same pointers I have heard a 100 times from other people and just don’t work … Regardless, it was fun. Good food, good drinks, good people. I am very lucky … I have an excellent work crew.

This morning I had to get up too early for work for a walk and tonight John Paul and I are seeing South Pacific at the Walnut Street Theater. We are season ticket holders and bring the age average down by about twenty years. However, last year, while I was in the bathroom, we almost made friends our age … John Paul apotted another fellow in his mid thirties and went over to talk to him in hopes he was also there with his girlfriend and they would be our new theater best friend. Apparently, it was going well until the guys girlfriend / wife came over and boxed John Paul out of the conversation. Needless to say, the new friendship did not amount to much and we have not seen them since.

Tomorrow, I am back on track …. I am walking because I believe it is such an underated activity. I have always lost a few pounds walking and could really use that right now. I am going to start again tomorrow. And go to yoga .. that’s right.

Tomato Caprese Chicken Salad

I found a new website that I love, FIVEHEARTHOME!!! I was looking for something lite to make for dinner … I am pretty sure I googled ‘tomato capreses’ when I came across Tomato Caprese Salad. Perfect quick and easy meal.

What is in it:
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 pounds cooked diced chicken (about 4 cups)
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 (8-ounce) tub fresh mozzarella pearls
1 small bunch basil, leaves washed, dried, & sliced into ribbons (chiffonade)

How I made it:
I am not a huge fan of mayonnaise .. never have been. Plus, I think there is somewhere around 90 calories a tablespoon ad a ton a fat. Not the good fat, the bad fat. So, I used cottage cheese as a replacement. I mixed Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, balsamic vinegar, honey and garlic power. I left out the salt because I try not to add more salt whenever possible. In this case, I tasted the sauce and I felt it needed it. However, I’m glad I held off .. I ended up adding a cup of pistachios to finish the meal and did not need anymore salt. However, before getting to the addition of pistachios, I put the sauce in the fridge to cool.

I seasoned the chicken with garlic and cooked it on a skillet. While the chicken cooked, I diced tomatoes into quarters, cubed the mozzarella … I couldn’t find any pearls at Acme, and mixed the two along with pistachios and full pieces of basil. I never know how to add basil into a dish so, unless otherwise indicated, I use full pieces.
I actually thought this looked really good too! I would also eat this one day, but on this day, I continued onward with the recipe …

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After the chicken cooled, I mixed the ingredients last mixed with the chick and sauce. We just ate it from a bowl, not on a roll or any type of bread. Fantastic. And, was just a delicious the next day for lunch. However, next time, I would add the pistacios last as aa topping instead of in the mixture.

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I continued you to peruse the site … everything looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try another dish!!

Family Trip to Atlantic City

Proceeding my trip to D.C. was a day of rest followed by a mini trip to Atlantic City. Booking Atlantic City was much more challenging then D.C. … 2 hours and 15 phone calls later, we landed at the Tropicana through PriceLine.com. It turns out the prices are much higher when you call the Tropicana directly and going through PriceLine saved us one hundred and eleven dollars and turned our king size bed plus cot into two queen size beds. It was a win / win situation.

Atlantic City started off the same as Washington … a quick three mile run and one of my mom’s green smoothies consisting of spinach, whey protein, lemon, unsweetened almond milk and blueberries … I tried to get my mom to participate in blogging with me as she loves to cook and take pictures, but she has yet to contribute … stand by. We drove down to 58th street beach in Ocean City to spend the day at the beach before heading to the Tropicana, 58th street beach has a bathroom and place to rinse your feet, plus it is never overly crowded. It is just a nice place to be.

The water was perfect … big frequent waves and warm water, but not to warm! It was refreshing! After a day of swimming and relaxing we headed to the Tropicana, which was a bout a half hour drive through Margate and Vetnor .. it was a Sunday night … the highway would have been packed with traffic. Our room at the Tropicana was beautiful … spacious and comfy with an excellent view. The Tropicana is like a small city below. You don’t have to go outside for days, which is a good thing because it started to pour right after we arrived. Despite the small city at our finger tips, finding a place for dinner proved a challenge. We started at Casa Taco where we were squished in a corner next to a large family with a screaming baby. Apparently all the other tables were being held for reservations, we promptly downed our margaritas vacated the restaurant and headed to Carmines … a family style Italian restaurant. i have been to the once in D.C. and loved it, but Carmines is not really a place for my parents … they a finicky eaters. My mom kept saying “we could never agree on one thing.” I explained I would eat whatever they wanted and quickly figured out they did not want anything on the menu. I downed my double glass of wine and we headed to our third restaurant … PF Changs. The wait was too long and we were too tipsy at this point to have another drink without any food, so we left. We ended up grabbing a quick bite at Marketplace Express. We are wackos!! Four restaurants in one night? Traveling with parents presents it’s challenges! But, it was perfect. Everyone got what they wanted and it was delicious. Since it stopped raining, we we exploring the boardwalk … it was a lovely way to end a lovely day!!

The next morning, I was too tire to go running on the beach as I had planned. Instead, we packed up and started our day with brunch at Bungalow Restaurant and Lounge. It was beautiful and tasty. We all got the same thing ….an omelette filled with feta, spinach and mushrooms. My mouth is watering just thinking of it now. Proceeding our meal and a heavy application of sun screen, we headed back to 58th beach in Ocean City for the day. The Atlantic City beach looked just as lovely. It has bathrooms and a shower as well, but I grew up going to Ocean City beaches and it just felt like an Ocean City kind of day.

Upon arrival, I immediately jumped in the water. It was freezing and completely flat from the rain the night before … not a single wave. It looked like a lake. We spent the day lounging on the beach reading, taking walks and swimming! It was such a happy day we didn’t end up home till 10pm that night and I am still yearning for more … Can’t wait for my next excursion, stay tuned!!

Birthday Weekend!! Nectar, D.C.! I am one luckly chick!

Last Thursday was my birthday!! I’m 35. I love my birthday. This year when my aunt sent me a happy birthday text, I got so excited that, instead of saying thanks like a normal person, I wrote “Happy Birthday!!!” back to her …. what a goofball!!! I am like a child, it’s embarrassing …. Anyway, it was a great day. At work, my office made me feel special ….
office
I am one lucky chick!! After work, John Paul, my family and I went to Nectar. Delicious. I love that the website is tastenectar.com … I don’t know why? Maybe because it reminds me of skittles … “taste the rainbow.” Nectar has a shockingly low yelp score that I completely disagree with. It’s not really that low … a 3.5, but I would give 5 stars all around …the ambiance, food and service were fantastic. I would have sat there and tried everything on the menu if that was feasible. Since a tasting of the full menu was not provided as an option, I started with the Grilled Calamari Salad: Chorizo Sausage, Parmesan, Frisée, Arugula tossed in a Lemon Vinaigrette. I need to work on my picture taking .. I think it’s my camera. This is what I have for now:
Calamari Salad
And, honestly, that was plenty for me. The dish was very decieving. It looked small, but was very filling. However, I did not stop there. I continued with the Spider Roll Tempura Soft Shelled Crab, Cucumber, Flying Fish Roe. Soft shell crab is one of my favorites. I try and get it whenever possible. My picture did not turn out that well, which means I’ll have to go back for another picture for the accuracy and thoroughness of my blog!!

To finish I had the Chocolate Peanut Butter Martini:
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That plate behind my martini is the Café Mocha Bento: Tiramisu, Chocolate Caramel Truffle, Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie, Praline Ice Cream … I had a few bites of that as well. It is meant to be shared.

The following morning, I forced myself out of bed super early for a three mile run and one of my mom’s green smoothies (spinach, whey protein, lemon, unsweetened almond milk and blueberries … I’m feeling very happy because I thought almond milk was making my stomach bloated. However, after consuming this smoothie, I learned I was wrong. I am fine. Upon reflection, it’s probably always beer.) before heading down to Washington DC with my family. Actually, it was Tysons corner. My brother was in town from California on a work trip. I took the day off for a quick visit before he headed back to the other side of the country.

I always think I’m in really good good shape until I talk to my brother. During our visit, he told me he runs 40 miles a week. Hahahaha, I’m not even close. Last week, I ran 4 times … one 5 miles and the rest 3 … that’s 14 miles, plus one core power yoga class for strength training. Moreover, I learned, he runs 8 miles am hour. That’s fast. I have decided to resort to a yoga like mentality and keep my eyes on my own mat. In this case, my own shoes.

I love going to DC because I always have ridiculously delicious food. Upon arrival, we grabbed a lite lunch in the Marriott hotel. Couscous, chickpeas and salmon tossed in a lite vinaigrette … scrumptious and light. Note to self: figure out how to make this for my work lunches. Later, we headed to Founding Farmers, a beautiful family owned restaurant … the website has a video explaining the history and purpose of the restuarant… it’s nice. On the way there, we happened by a court yard with games such as corn-hole and over-sized jenga. We stopped to play jenga. It did not last long!

Founding Farmers is known for their breads and dips, as a family, we shared the CLASSIC: pimento cheese, green goddess, romesco and churned butter served with a variety of breads including biscuits. I have noticed biscuits are everywhere in D.C …. I love biscuits. I never find them in Philly? For my meal, I had the BLUE CHEESE STEAK SALAD: bacon, egg, balsamic onion, crispy shallots … fantastic choice. However, again, as I looked around, everything looked delicious. I wanted to try everything I saw. As our succesfull food adventure came to an end, the manager came to our table with Caramel Popcorn and Turtles. Apparently my brother goes there a lot when he was working and we were reaping the benefits … It was an excellent end to an excellent trip!

Beating the heat!! Working out in a heat wave is hard!!

This heat wave has got to go! Usually, I am a summer chick, but 99 degrees feels like 107 is too much. I don’t remember ever having a summer this hot in my entire life. It is really hindering my work outs … I feel awful. Lethargic, lazy, and cranky. Wednesday and Thursday, I skipped the gym because I was so hot, I could not bare the thought of sweating. And Friday, well Friday turned into a mess. John Paul and I went to the Craft Beer store for a flight and ended up trying all thirty beers on tap. It’s as bad of an idea as it sounds. ‘
Finally, today, Sunday, I dragged myself to the gym for a five mile run. It was fantastic. I felt like I could run forever!!
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Running in the heat.

I must remind myself of the following to not fall out of working out in the future …. I know what to do. I just have to do it.
This blurb is nothing scientific, just a few things I have figured out through the years that make me feel good.
1. Drinking lots and lots of water, but not too much water … too much makes it hard to run. I start sipping 16 ounces of water before running and continue with a 24 ounce squirt bottle during my run and as much as needed after to no longer feel thirsty.
2. Electrolytes… water is not enough. A Gatorade or v]Vitamin Water post workout does wonders. The calorie free ones … don’t want to undo my workout.
3. A scoop of peanut butter after each workout, but just one scoop. Not the full jar.
4. Sweating cools the body down. My comment above about not wanting to sweat anymore is silly and ridiculous. Just an excuse to be lazy. I would have felt better in the long run if I sweat more.
5. A cool shower. Always amazing after a hard workout.

Runners Beware!! Put Safety First!!

On my way to work this morning, I was horrified to read of two young women among the running community were brutality attacked, raped and murdered while out running near their homes this past week, one only 27 visiting her family in Massachusetts and the other just 30 in Queens New York …. I am deeply saddened for them and their friends and families. As an avid exercise enthusiast, I love running … it is a time dedicated to me. A time to clear my head and just live in the moment! Any attack is awful, however, to be running, free and happy and suddenly, out of nowhere, stopped by a vicious, brutal attack is devastating and so very scary … I shutter at the very thought.

Over this past weekend, there was a run dedicated to these women in New York. Obviously, I missed that, plus it was a little far, however, I wanted to use my blog, which I absolutely love, to make my own small tribute.

According to the Philly Metro, in regards to running, Philadelphia has not encountered any recent brutal attacks … knock on wood. However, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared with resources available to us as women in the running community.

Mace

Is Mace legal in Philadelphia and in PA, yes! According to the most recent article I could find, Pepper Spray Laws in the United States, PA has no restrictions. Mace kind of scares me … what if I spray myself in the face? I did some research and didn’t find any tips on avoiding self inflicted harm other than common sense … do not point spray at self and keep the safety on at all times. However, in my search I stumbled upon Pepper Spray for Self Defense … no safety tips, but a very thorough article on the history and effects of pepper spray in addition to a plethora of helpful facts … It’s good. Give it a read.

Where to buy Mace in Pepper Spray in Philadelphia

I Goldberg Army & Navy
1300 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 925-9393

Rittenhouse Hardware
2001 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-6311

Dicks Sporting Goods
Purchase online

Self Defense

Self defense classes are frequently offered through out the city. Here are the first nine I found on Google:

Browse around … check them out! Pick what is right for you.

In the interim, stay safe, pick up some mace and, as always, Happy Running!!

Eating, Drinking, Walking, Exploring Williamsburg, NY

John Paul and I just finished a fantastic weekend eating, drinking and walking with our friends through Brooklyn … I miss it all already!!

We began our excursion reuniting with our friends from Boston and settling into an Airbnb in Williamsburg, NY. With no plan except to find food, we set out to see where the night would go … A bit of exploring, landed us at The Brooklyn Star. Excellent find … the food was incredible! As a table, we shared homemade Corn bread with chunks of bacon. For dinner, John Paul and I split fried steak served with creamy mashed potatoes, bacon and cole slaw. It was perfect. I sort of wish we had ordered the mac and cheese as a table .. I was the weirdo staring at another table sharing it … It looked so good. However, honestly, another dish would have been ridiculous. We had more than enough food. No one even finished what we had!!

Saturday, I got up early to go to Abhyasa Yoga, but missed the 8am class due to lazziness and didn’t want to to be the jerk holding up the rest of our group by going to the 10am class. I settled for a run … just a thirty minute jog … it was like a getting to know the neighborhood during the day jog. The morning continued with a breakfast at Bagel Smith, a bagel shop around the corner. I scarfed down lox and cream cheese on an everything bagel with an iced coffee … it was delicious, but, the best part of this stop was the woman handing out cookies at the door. She barely spoke english and wore no type of clothing indicating who she who she worked for and was accompanied by a strange man lurking in the corner. She handed out scrumptious light wafer cookie in the shape of a tube filled with caramel … I have no idea if her presents was authorized by the Bagel Smith, but I am glad she was there.

Following breakfast, we began wandering though the Hasidic Jew section of Brooklyn towards Fort Greene Flea. It was an awesome walk. Being the Sabbath, everything was closed, but it was interesting to take in the culture of the neighborhood … buildings and buses with Yidish writing, heavy traditional clothing even in the heat of the summer and children’s toys strewn through the safe streets of this seemingly tight nit community. After winding our way for about five miles, we took a break at Moot Bar for a round of Megaritas. They were strong. Very strong. So, a now slightly tipsy adventure team made it to Fort Greene Flea. It was alright. A parking lot partly filled with random abandon items. I know that is what a flea market is, but I was more expecting a closed off street with a lot more of something.

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Anyway, after the flea market, we ended up at a record store, where John Paul found a record with a magic eye cover for our Airbnb host … no, we do not know him, but it just seemed like the perfect addition to our hosts decor. And, we purchased a smurf album for 1 dollar that we will hang in the blue room of our house. It is perfect.

smurf

Exhausted, we ubered it to our next stop, Zona Rosa!!! Amazing. I had Tacos De Pollo con Mol, which I selected because the menu description mentioned “chef secret family mole recipe” and I feel like it’s difficult to go wrong with secret family recipes … I was correct!

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We all accompanied our meals with the special, frozen watermelon margarita served in a watermelon. Very refreshing. And, at the end, we scrapped the margarita soaked watermelon from the grind … good idea!

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We spent the rest of the evening in the airbnb drinking Titos and playing games!!

The next morning, we slept in and started off the day with a Bells Two Harded. We weren’t going to carry it around and couldn’t let them go to waste. We continued on with Brunch at 10 Devoe Pizza. Another gem we randomly stumbled upon on our Brooklyn adventure. The whole menu looked fantastic … I went with 10 Devoe Hash: slab bacon, roasted brussel sprouts and onions, and two sunny eggs over a thick slice of spicy toast and washed it down with a mimosa. It was even better then it sounds.

Sadly, the conclusion of brunch, meant the departure of our friends. It was time for John Paul and I to go our separate way. Left to our own devices, we opted to walk from Brooklyn to Penn Station via the Williamsburg Bridge … with our suit cases! Our walk included crazy stares from fellow pedestrians and honks from cabs both perplexed by our decision to truck around the city with rolling suite cases. But none of that mattered … the walk was gorgeous and we had a blast!! It was the perfect ending to a fantastic weekend!

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