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February 15, 2010

Reading Terminal Market Eats

The last time I went to Reading Terminal Market I drooled my way through the entire place. It was my first time there I was overwhelmed by all the amazing things! Yesterday as part of our Valentine’s Day festivities fiancé and I hit up the market in search of ingredients for dinner. We had plans to make a Valentine’s meal together so we figured the market would be the place to go!

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Reading Terminal Market has been a popular source for unique merchandise and lots of incredible food! It is a popular tourist destination as well because it’s right in the heart of Center City. Over 80 merchants in the market offer fresh (and lots of local!) produce, meats, fish, cheese, wine, flowers, baked goods, arts and crafts and other specialty foods. There’s also a beer garden! It’s a one stop shop!

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We walked around for a while and took it all in. There is so much to see and Sunday’s at the market are BUSY! After perusing all the options, we decided we wanted to have crab cakes for dinner. We got some from the fish market. I love their motto:

“Eat Fish, Live Longer”

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Lots of options here!

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Yum! Homemade crab cakes! Good price too!

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Then we decided we wanted to have some nice wine and cheese before dinner. We decided to hit up Down Town Cheese.

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They had every type of cheese you could ever want!

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So many choices, it was hard to decide! We tasted a few different kinds (ALWAYS TASTE BEFORE YOU BUY!) and finally decided on 2 different kinds we like.

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When we got home we opened one of our cheese choices. We had the Etorki cheese, which is made from sheep’s milk. It was melt in your mouth, creamy and delicious. Just an incredible cheese!

     Do you have a favorite type of cheese? 

We enjoyed our cheese and crackers with a nice glass of red wine. It was pure perfection!

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Then we just had to heat up the crab cakes (350* for 10 minutes) and dinner was ready. Super quick and easy!

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I heated up some Brussels Sprouts with my cakes, fiancé had some rice with his.

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The cakes were ok, sadly it tasted like more filler than crab. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Oh well, I guess you get what you pay for! We saw another vendor who was selling crab cakes that looked like they may have had more meat to them – maybe we will try them next time. I ended up eating only 1 cake because it was very filling.

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It was nice to venture out into the city and find local ingredients for our Valentine’s meal. I had lots of fun and I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer out. I can envision fiancé and I taking many bike rides down to the market for more exciting eats!

Valentine’s in the City of Brotherly Love

Yesterday for Valentine’s Day, fiancé and I took on the city! Our original plans for the day got changed last minute, so we had to improvise. A little birdie told me that there was going to be free parking in the city this weekend, so we headed down to center city.

Apparently everyone in the world heard that there was free parking this weekend, so that on top of the 3 feet of snow on the ground made parking very difficult. We drove around the city for a while until we finally found a spot!

We started walking around and then we passed by Love Park! With it being Valentine’s Day and all we totally had to stop by for some pictures! I love how from this angle you can see the Philadelphia Museum of Art right under the sign! Great view!

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Fiancé and I waited in LINE to get our picture taken by the  sign. Apparently everyone was feeling the LOVE yesterday.

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It turned out to be a cute picture! And we have never had our picture taken there before, so I am glad we did!

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After our photo shoot in Love Park we passed by City Hall. It was looking really beautiful yesterday with the sky all pretty, so I snapped some pictures for the blog.

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I love that we live in such a pretty city!

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The sky was seriously blowing my mind yesterday! I really don’t think it could have been any prettier!

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This picture showcases City Hall on the left and the newer building on the Philadelphia skyline on the left. You got to love the Old & the New

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All the cities I have been to have their own unique charm but Philadelphia will always hold a special place in my heart.

I really had a fun time playing with my camera today!

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Is your city as pretty as Philly?

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Also, check out what my Valentine got me! You can’t go wrong with roses, chocolates and a Valentine’s Day Card!

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Thanks Valentine!

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Did you have a romantical Valentine’s Day?

Reading Terminal Market Eats

The last time I went to Reading Terminal Market I drooled my way through the entire place. It was my first time there I was overwhelmed by all the amazing things! Yesterday as part of our Valentine’s Day festivities fiancé and I hit up the market in search of ingredients for dinner. We had plans to make a Valentine’s meal together so we figured the market would be the place to go!

Snow 210

Reading Terminal Market has been a popular source for unique merchandise and lots of incredible food! It is a popular tourist destination as well because it’s right in the heart of Center City. Over 80 merchants in the market offer fresh (and lots of local!) produce, meats, fish, cheese, wine, flowers, baked goods, arts and crafts and other specialty foods. There’s also a beer garden! It’s a one stop shop!

Snow 211

We walked around for a while and took it all in. There is so much to see and Sunday’s at the market are BUSY! After perusing all the options, we decided we wanted to have crab cakes for dinner. We got some from the fish market. I love their motto:

“Eat Fish, Live Longer”

Snow 213

Lots of options here!

Snow 214

Yum! Homemade crab cakes! Good price too!

Snow 212  

Then we decided we wanted to have some nice wine and cheese before dinner. We decided to hit up Down Town Cheese.

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They had every type of cheese you could ever want!

Snow 216

So many choices, it was hard to decide! We tasted a few different kinds (ALWAYS TASTE BEFORE YOU BUY!) and finally decided on 2 different kinds we like.

Snow 215

When we got home we opened one of our cheese choices. We had the Etorki cheese, which is made from sheep’s milk. It was melt in your mouth, creamy and delicious. Just an incredible cheese!

     Do you have a favorite type of cheese? 

We enjoyed our cheese and crackers with a nice glass of red wine. It was pure perfection!

Snow 245

Then we just had to heat up the crab cakes (350* for 10 minutes) and dinner was ready. Super quick and easy!

Snow 246

I heated up some Brussels Sprouts with my cakes, fiancé had some rice with his.

Snow 247

The cakes were ok, sadly it tasted like more filler than crab. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Oh well, I guess you get what you pay for! We saw another vendor who was selling crab cakes that looked like they may have had more meat to them – maybe we will try them next time. I ended up eating only 1 cake because it was very filling.

Snow 248

It was nice to venture out into the city and find local ingredients for our Valentine’s meal. I had lots of fun and I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer out. I can envision fiancé and I taking many bike rides down to the market for more exciting eats!

Valentine’s in the City of Brotherly Love

Yesterday for Valentine’s Day, fiancé and I took on the city! Our original plans for the day got changed last minute, so we had to improvise. A little birdie told me that there was going to be free parking in the city this weekend, so we headed down to center city.

Apparently everyone in the world heard that there was free parking this weekend, so that on top of the 3 feet of snow on the ground made parking very difficult. We drove around the city for a while until we finally found a spot!

We started walking around and then we passed by Love Park! With it being Valentine’s Day and all we totally had to stop by for some pictures! I love how from this angle you can see the Philadelphia Museum of Art right under the sign! Great view!

Snow 238

Fiancé and I waited in LINE to get our picture taken by the  sign. Apparently everyone was feeling the LOVE yesterday.

Snow 239

It turned out to be a cute picture! And we have never had our picture taken there before, so I am glad we did!

  Snow 240

After our photo shoot in Love Park we passed by City Hall. It was looking really beautiful yesterday with the sky all pretty, so I snapped some pictures for the blog.

Snow 219 

I love that we live in such a pretty city!

 Snow 221Snow 231

The sky was seriously blowing my mind yesterday! I really don’t think it could have been any prettier!

Snow 222

This picture showcases City Hall on the left and the newer building on the Philadelphia skyline on the left. You got to love the Old & the New

 Snow 230

All the cities I have been to have their own unique charm but Philadelphia will always hold a special place in my heart.

I really had a fun time playing with my camera today!

   Snow 233   

Is your city as pretty as Philly?

Snow 237

Also, check out what my Valentine got me! You can’t go wrong with roses, chocolates and a Valentine’s Day Card!

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Thanks Valentine!

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Did you have a romantical Valentine’s Day?

KettleWorX Review & Giveaway

A while back while I was on my trip I was sent a nice, big HEAVY box that fiance was nice enough to pick up for me. He was very confused as to what could be so heavy!

I was pleasantly surprised to open the box to find a Kettle ball and a bunch of KettleWorx DVD’s!

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The lovely people at KettleWorX wanted me to try out their new programs, so they sent me 10 DVD’s and a 10 pound kettle bell! I had my work cut out for me!

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I received this package not even a month ago and I have done a bunch of the workouts so far. The DVD’s have 24 unique workouts and over 6 hours of personal training.

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This was my first time using a kettle bell. My only experience with one was watching the contestants on the Biggest Loser use them! So at first I didn’t really know what I was doing, but after a few tries I got the hang of it!

Fiancé got some good action shots of me working it out!

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The program has a wide variety of exercises and movements with the kettle bell. Some are a lot harder than others!  I really like the KettleWorX program because it is a great alternative to combining  strength training and getting in some cardio at the same time. It was super easy to do at home when I didn’t have much time to work up a sweat!

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With my 2 half marathon races planned for next month I have really been making an effort to increase my strength training, and this has been a great way for me to work on building up some muscle.

I have been working out muscles that haven’t been worked out in a while, and I have been feeling the pain after. You know that good soreness the next morning after a killer workout? I love that feeling!

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My favorite programs so far have been: Core, Cardio, Legs & Thighs and Fast Abs! It’s a whole new workout with a 10 pound kettlebell in your life!

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I also really liked this program because I found there to be a wide variety of exercises. Some I had done before but need to incorporate in my workout plans more often, and others were tough for me and I need to work at improving my stance. I love a challenge!

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The KettleWorX program proclaims “Total Body Fitness in just 20 minutes, 3 times a week.” The program states this because it believes you are simultaneously working multiple sets of muscles at any given time during the variety of exercises.

Since you all know my love affair with running, I am not sure I could only do this workout and have it be enough for me, but I love to come back from a run and do a kettle bell workout! Its a nice incorporation into my exercise routine – and the 10 pound kettle bell has been perfect for me.

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Just kidding! But during the photo shoot, Jackson decided he wanted to get in on the fun, so we had to get a few pics with him!

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All in all I really like this program. It’s very different from any other home exercise DVD I own, and I love the resistance with the kettle bell! There are also so many DVDs with a ton of different exercises! It’s nice to change things up a bit!

The wonderful people at KettleWorX have offered to give an And Her Little Dog Too Reader an “Ultra Package” with either the 5 or 10 lb kettlebell based on what weight is best for the winner.

Side Note: Jackson NOT included 🙂

This package includes: KettleWorx Ultra starts with the "Six Week Body Transformation" – an easy, step-by-step program that guides you through six weeks of personal training. 4 DVDs: Intro, Cardio, Core, Resistance.

KettleWorx Ultra  also includes:

  • A 5 or 10-pound kettlebell – KettleWorx Premium Kettlebell
  • The Ultimate Body Sculpting Collection – on 4 DVDs
  • Fast Abs – 1 DVD
  • Fast Fat Burn – 1 DVD
  • Fat Free in 42 – a 6 week healthy eating guide (e-Book format)

Here’s how to enter:

1) Let me know why you would like to try KettleWorX

2)Follow me/become a  subscriber and/or add And Her Little Dog Too to your Google reader!

3)Tweet about this giveaway and include @HerLittleDogToo

4)Post about this giveaway on your blog

5) Add And Her Little Dog Too to your blog roll

6)If someone mentions they learned about this giveaway from you, you get  extra points, so spread the blog giveaway love!

Giveaway ends Wednesday! Good Luck!

KettleWorX Review & Giveaway

A while back while I was on my trip I was sent a nice, big HEAVY box that fiance was nice enough to pick up for me. He was very confused as to what could be so heavy!

I was pleasantly surprised to open the box to find a Kettle ball and a bunch of KettleWorx DVD’s!

wicked 029

The lovely people at KettleWorX wanted me to try out their new programs, so they sent me 10 DVD’s and a 10 pound kettle bell! I had my work cut out for me!

wicked 028wicked 064 

I received this package not even a month ago and I have done a bunch of the workouts so far. The DVD’s have 24 unique workouts and over 6 hours of personal training.

wicked 070 

This was my first time using a kettle bell. My only experience with one was watching the contestants on the Biggest Loser use them! So at first I didn’t really know what I was doing, but after a few tries I got the hang of it!

Fiancé got some good action shots of me working it out!

wicked 072wicked 074 

The program has a wide variety of exercises and movements with the kettle bell. Some are a lot harder than others!  I really like the KettleWorX program because it is a great alternative to combining  strength training and getting in some cardio at the same time. It was super easy to do at home when I didn’t have much time to work up a sweat!

wicked 099

With my 2 half marathon races planned for next month I have really been making an effort to increase my strength training, and this has been a great way for me to work on building up some muscle.

I have been working out muscles that haven’t been worked out in a while, and I have been feeling the pain after. You know that good soreness the next morning after a killer workout? I love that feeling!

wicked 095wicked 096

My favorite programs so far have been: Core, Cardio, Legs & Thighs and Fast Abs! It’s a whole new workout with a 10 pound kettlebell in your life!

wicked 097   

I also really liked this program because I found there to be a wide variety of exercises. Some I had done before but need to incorporate in my workout plans more often, and others were tough for me and I need to work at improving my stance. I love a challenge!

wicked 101wicked 103   

The KettleWorX program proclaims “Total Body Fitness in just 20 minutes, 3 times a week.” The program states this because it believes you are simultaneously working multiple sets of muscles at any given time during the variety of exercises.

Since you all know my love affair with running, I am not sure I could only do this workout and have it be enough for me, but I love to come back from a run and do a kettle bell workout! Its a nice incorporation into my exercise routine – and the 10 pound kettle bell has been perfect for me.

 wicked 111wicked 110 

After a while I switched to a 12 pound weight!    wicked 080

Just kidding! But during the photo shoot, Jackson decided he wanted to get in on the fun, so we had to get a few pics with him!

wicked 081wicked 082    

All in all I really like this program. It’s very different from any other home exercise DVD I own, and I love the resistance with the kettle bell! There are also so many DVDs with a ton of different exercises! It’s nice to change things up a bit!

The wonderful people at KettleWorX have offered to give an And Her Little Dog Too Reader an “Ultra Package” with either the 5 or 10 lb kettlebell based on what weight is best for the winner.

Side Note: Jackson NOT included 🙂

This package includes: KettleWorx Ultra starts with the "Six Week Body Transformation" – an easy, step-by-step program that guides you through six weeks of personal training. 4 DVDs: Intro, Cardio, Core, Resistance.

KettleWorx Ultra  also includes:

  • A 5 or 10-pound kettlebell – KettleWorx Premium Kettlebell
  • The Ultimate Body Sculpting Collection – on 4 DVDs
  • Fast Abs – 1 DVD
  • Fast Fat Burn – 1 DVD
  • Fat Free in 42 – a 6 week healthy eating guide (e-Book format)

Here’s how to enter:

1) Let me know why you would like to try KettleWorX

2)Follow me/become a  subscriber and/or add And Her Little Dog Too to your Google reader!

3)Tweet about this giveaway and include @HerLittleDogToo

4)Post about this giveaway on your blog

5) Add And Her Little Dog Too to your blog roll

6)If someone mentions they learned about this giveaway from you, you get  extra points, so spread the blog giveaway love!

Giveaway ends Wednesday! Good Luck!

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