Daily Archives: September 14, 2010

On the Deck at Bourbon Blue

This evening I was invited to an amazing media event in Manayunk. Bourbon Blue was hosting a VIP Deck Opening Party to celebrate the addition of their new outdoor dining deck, which overlooks the Manayunk canal. 

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I had been to Bourbon Blue a few times over the years. Back in the day my sorority held an event there in college and my mom and fiancé’s mom met for the first time here last year as well, so the place does hold a little history for me.

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I am so glad I went to this event tonight for many reasons- the restaurant is under complete new management (who I met and were awesome!) and there is such an easy chill vibe to the place – It’s great

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Part of the media event was that we got to try any of the drinks offered as well as various samplings from the menu. I was very excited to try some new eats and drinks!

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Aside from the amazing complimentary food and drink this evening, I was excited about the happy hour specials throughout the week. This is good information to know! A good happy hour makes me extra happy!

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       After I got settled into the party I decided it was time for a little cocktail action. There were so many amazing signature drinks on the menu to choose from.

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I decided to start off with the cucumber mojito, because I seriously enjoy cucumbers.

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It was delightful and tasted as good as it looks!

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With my cocktail in hand I thought it was time to snap some pictures of the beautiful scenery.

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I love all the little details.

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I love that Bourbon Blue has such a beautiful indoor and outdoor space. Something that’s definitely hard to come by in Philadelphia!

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The canal area in Manayunk is so quiet and serene. There aren’t many restaurant spaces with water views so this is a nice perk!

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After taking in the lovely views it was time to eat! Here are some of the things I had a little taste of.

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Lots of yumminess going on! My favorite thing was the tilapia and sweet potato hash I had a taste of. It was amazing. I must come back solely to eat that dish!

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While we were all enjoying the lovely party, we all got to check out the musical styling’s of Tim Williams. He was awesome!

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Since we were all here to celebrate the opening of the beautiful deck, I figured it would only be right for me to include some pictures.

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Pretty nice space, right? This is only half of it.

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After frolicking around the party some more it was time to try out  another cocktail. This time I went for the signature Bourbon Blue Dirty Martini, since they are known for being awesome! I couldn’t pass one up!

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Remember when I had my first dirty martini not too long ago??

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Blue cheese olives make me happy. Is that bad?

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Drinky drink!

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While I was enjoying my dirty martini the lovely ladies came around carrying the dessert selections.

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One of each for me please and thank you.        

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I would like to do a special shout out to my new friend Aly who invited me to come to the amazing event tonight.  I had a great time chatting with her about Bourbon Blue and about all things blogging and Philly and Philly blogging! Aly you are awesome!

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Fiancé and I were so pumped to be able to come to the event tonight. We had a great time trying out some amazing food and drink and meeting some fun people! I love nights out mid week!

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In other news – Did I show you my cute new orange heels?

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Perfect for the Fall, right?? I heart them!

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Thanks for a great evening out Bourbon Blue!

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We will be back SOON! :)

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My First Kale

I have come a long way in terms of my 2010 resolutions to try out some new food. I remember, back in the day, when I had yet to try Brussels sprouts and tofu– which I now love! All that seems so long ago, and I don’t know why I put off trying those amazing foods for so long. I need to trust the blog world more!

For lunch today I made a recent favorite and a new favorite.

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I attempted a new little tofu twist.

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I used part of the recipe from my spicy Thai peanut sprouts to season my tofu. I felt a little crazy and decided to try it out.

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I also decided to attempt the ever popular in the blog world – Kale Chips – with my kale bouquet.

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 Kale doesn’t look so scary, does it??

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I might have gone a little crazy with the kale photo shoot.

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I had to take some pictures of the kale by Jackson to give you all an idea of the actual size of this bad boy.   

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Jackson is 11.5 pounds. The kale was 1.10 pounds.

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It’s a pretty big bouquet of kale if you ask me. Are they usually this enormous?  The kale was overtaking Jackson!

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Next it was time to wash the kale.

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Did you notice that I really love this little tag with the Eat More Fresh Vegetables writing on it?

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This is one leaf of kale – it’s pretty big.

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Again, with Jackson in the background for perspective.

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Then it was time to slice and dice and put on a baking sheet.

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I topped the kale with a drizzle of olive oil

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And a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for good measure. 

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I baked the kale chips at 375 for about 15 minutes, until the edges were crispy. I baked the tofu per the normal temp and time.

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Looking at this picture makes me so happy. A year ago I never thought I would be eating tofu & kale!

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It’s so crazy how much the kale shrinks in the oven! I feel like I put so much in and not so much comes out.

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Crispy, crunchy kale!

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I enjoyed mine with a side of ketchup.

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I am not kidding you when I say the kale tastes like potato chips. It’s crunchy and a little smoky tasting. They are amazing!

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I am so happy I jumped on the kale bandwagon! These babies just rocked my world.

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It was a lovely little meal.

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The peanut Thai tofu didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. The sauce was amazing but for some reason the tofu never got crispy. Not sure why, but I still enjoyed dipping the tofu in the extra sauce.

Any idea why the tofu didn’t crisp up?

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A Kale Question – Do you use the stalk of the kale or do you cut it off? I wasn’t sure so I didn’t include it in my first kale experience. Not sure it would work or not.

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Are you on the kale train? Do you enjoy it or are you still waiting to try it? Let me know what other kale recipes you have for me!

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Winner Winner, Chicken Dinners!

Good morning! I have a few giveaway winner announcements for everyone. Thank you so much to everyone who entered.

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The winner of the TofuXpress is – Joy

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The Nutrition Now winner is – LawGirl

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And the winner of the Operation Beautiful book is – Jack

Email me your information and the prizes will be sent our your way! Thanks again for entering and stay tuned for another fabulous giveaway tomorrow!

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My First Kale

I have come a long way in terms of my 2010 resolutions to try out some new food. I remember, back in the day, when I had yet to try Brussels sprouts and tofu– which I now love! All that seems so long ago, and I don’t know why I put off trying those amazing foods for so long. I need to trust the blog world more!

For lunch today I made a recent favorite and a new favorite.

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I attempted a new little tofu twist.

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I used part of the recipe from my spicy Thai peanut sprouts to season my tofu. I felt a little crazy and decided to try it out.

DSC_0093

I also decided to attempt the ever popular in the blog world – Kale Chips – with my kale bouquet.

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 Kale doesn’t look so scary, does it??

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I might have gone a little crazy with the kale photo shoot.

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I had to take some pictures of the kale by Jackson to give you all an idea of the actual size of this bad boy.   

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Jackson is 11.5 pounds. The kale was 1.10 pounds.

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It’s a pretty big bouquet of kale if you ask me. Are they usually this enormous?  The kale was overtaking Jackson!

DSC_0110 

Next it was time to wash the kale.

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Did you notice that I really love this little tag with the Eat More Fresh Vegetables writing on it?

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This is one leaf of kale – it’s pretty big.

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Again, with Jackson in the background for perspective.

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Then it was time to slice and dice and put on a baking sheet.

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I topped the kale with a drizzle of olive oil

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And a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for good measure. 

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I baked the kale chips at 375 for about 15 minutes, until the edges were crispy. I baked the tofu per the normal temp and time.

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Looking at this picture makes me so happy. A year ago I never thought I would be eating tofu & kale!

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It’s so crazy how much the kale shrinks in the oven! I feel like I put so much in and not so much comes out.

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Crispy, crunchy kale!

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I enjoyed mine with a side of ketchup.

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I am not kidding you when I say the kale tastes like potato chips. It’s crunchy and a little smoky tasting. They are amazing!

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I am so happy I jumped on the kale bandwagon! These babies just rocked my world.

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It was a lovely little meal.

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The peanut Thai tofu didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. The sauce was amazing but for some reason the tofu never got crispy. Not sure why, but I still enjoyed dipping the tofu in the extra sauce.

Any idea why the tofu didn’t crisp up?

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A Kale Question – Do you use the stalk of the kale or do you cut it off? I wasn’t sure so I didn’t include it in my first kale experience. Not sure it would work or not.

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Are you on the kale train? Do you enjoy it or are you still waiting to try it? Let me know what other kale recipes you have for me!

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