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Manayunk Brew Pub, Pat’s & Geno’s and Johnny Manana’s…Oh My!

Hello blogworld! Like I mentioned yesterday, my friend Michelle came up from Virginia to visit me the past two days. I took some time off work and spent some time showing Michelle my city of Brotherly Love! We had a whirlwind two days of fun spending some quality time together, I am so happy she got to come up!

Here is my little recap from our past two days eating our way through Philly!

Like I do whenever I have visitors, I spent the majority of last weekend cleaning the apartment. It has to be spick and span when we have company! I also picked up a little somethin’ somethin’ to spruce up the place at Whole Foods.

Virginia grown tulips in honor of my guest (and my homeland!)

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They are so pretty. I most definitely need to start buying fresh flowers for the apartment on a more regular basis!

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After Mich safely arrived I gave her the compete tour of our apartment. I can’t believe I have lived here close to a year and she hasn’t been up to visit yet! She still hadn’t seen my ring since we got engaged, so we had to fix that right away!

After the tour we decided to sit back and relax and catch up for a bit before heading out for dinner. I made us some blackberry wines to sip on. Mich has a serious love for blackberries, so I picked some up at Whole Foods the other day and decided to just toss some in our wines for a little fruity flavor.

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Red for me, white for Mich.

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Have you ever put fruit in your wine? It’s quite delightful. We enjoyed our drinks while listening to our favorite music in the background. It was happy hour perfection.

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After our drinks (and maybe a little dancing!), fiancé got home and we headed out for a nice little dinner.

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We hit up one of my favorite spots, the Manayunk Brew Pub. Initially I wanted to go here and sit outside on the back deck, like I have done in the past, but it was pouring down rain on Tuesday night, so that wasn’t happening. We had a fun meal inside!

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We had some drinks, a little sushi and some pizza action. The sushi here is always really good, and Mich wanted to try some pizza so we added that to our order.

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We devoured everything in record time. The Brew Pub never disappoints!

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It was a great dinner!

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Friends since high school reunited once again!

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On Wednesday morning, I woke up bright and early to do a dissection in anatomy class. After that, Mich said she wanted to try a real Philadelphia cheese steak. Obviously I knew right where I wanted to take her.

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At the intersection of 9th and Passyunk in Philadelphia, you get your choice of Pat’s or Geno’s Cheese Steaks. These babies are a tradition in the city, and when you come visit, you have to try one for yourself.

Mich picked out her cheese steak at  Pat’s. She was very excited to order. She told me she had watched lots of shows on the Food Network about Philly Steaks.

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I told her she had to order a “Wiz Wit” – it’s the only way to eat a real Philly steak!

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All smiles for her first authentic cheese steak

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Have you ever had the real thing?

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I had a bite or two of her steak, but I wanted to head over to Geno’s.

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I am a fan of the bread that Geno’s uses, so I always lean towards getting my steaks there.

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I also was apparently dreaming when I thought either of these places served chicken. I wanted a chicken cheese steak, but that didn’t happen so I settled for a birch beer and fries.  

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Since Mich had a steak from Pats and I had fries and a drink from Geno’s we were forced to eat in the middle of the two locations, some would possibly call it no man’s land. It was a beautiful day so we didn’t mind hanging out and chowing down.

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I’m glad Mich got to experience a real steak!

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After lunch we headed out to do what we do best: SHOP! Mich and I hit up the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, King of Prussia Mall and some other stores along the way. I got some killer shoes for my engagement party which I am super excited about!

While shopping we worked up an appetite, so when we got back to my place, we headed over to Johnny Manana’s for a Mexican meal! I love this place because it’s so close to my apartment and there is always something fun going on. Last night there was a DJ and the place was packed! It was lots of fun.

I ordered the Johnny Manana’s salad – which doesn’t come with any lettuce. Its chock full of yummy veggies.

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I also love how its served in a bowl form.

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Mich got some tacos. They were pretty good too!

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I can’t believe our whirlwind visit is over already! We did a bunch of fun things and I am pumped Mich got to come up and see some of Philly! I hope she comes back to visit soon!

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Manayunk Brew Pub, Pat’s & Geno’s and Johnny Manana’s…Oh My!

Hello blogworld! Like I mentioned yesterday, my friend Michelle came up from Virginia to visit me the past two days. I took some time off work and spent some time showing Michelle my city of Brotherly Love! We had a whirlwind two days of fun spending some quality time together, I am so happy she got to come up!

Here is my little recap from our past two days eating our way through Philly!

Like I do whenever I have visitors, I spent the majority of last weekend cleaning the apartment. It has to be spick and span when we have company! I also picked up a little somethin’ somethin’ to spruce up the place at Whole Foods.

Virginia grown tulips in honor of my guest (and my homeland!)

March 355

They are so pretty. I most definitely need to start buying fresh flowers for the apartment on a more regular basis!

  March 364March 365

After Mich safely arrived I gave her the compete tour of our apartment. I can’t believe I have lived here close to a year and she hasn’t been up to visit yet! She still hadn’t seen my ring since we got engaged, so we had to fix that right away!

After the tour we decided to sit back and relax and catch up for a bit before heading out for dinner. I made us some blackberry wines to sip on. Mich has a serious love for blackberries, so I picked some up at Whole Foods the other day and decided to just toss some in our wines for a little fruity flavor.

March 361March 362

Red for me, white for Mich.

March 359

Have you ever put fruit in your wine? It’s quite delightful. We enjoyed our drinks while listening to our favorite music in the background. It was happy hour perfection.

March 360

After our drinks (and maybe a little dancing!), fiancé got home and we headed out for a nice little dinner.

IMG_7925

We hit up one of my favorite spots, the Manayunk Brew Pub. Initially I wanted to go here and sit outside on the back deck, like I have done in the past, but it was pouring down rain on Tuesday night, so that wasn’t happening. We had a fun meal inside!

IMG_7941

We had some drinks, a little sushi and some pizza action. The sushi here is always really good, and Mich wanted to try some pizza so we added that to our order.

IMG_7937IMG_7938

We devoured everything in record time. The Brew Pub never disappoints!

IMG_7939IMG_7940

It was a great dinner!

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Friends since high school reunited once again!

IMG_7950

On Wednesday morning, I woke up bright and early to do a dissection in anatomy class. After that, Mich said she wanted to try a real Philadelphia cheese steak. Obviously I knew right where I wanted to take her.

March 377

At the intersection of 9th and Passyunk in Philadelphia, you get your choice of Pat’s or Geno’s Cheese Steaks. These babies are a tradition in the city, and when you come visit, you have to try one for yourself.

Mich picked out her cheese steak at  Pat’s. She was very excited to order. She told me she had watched lots of shows on the Food Network about Philly Steaks.

  March 374

I told her she had to order a “Wiz Wit” – it’s the only way to eat a real Philly steak!

March 375

All smiles for her first authentic cheese steak

March 376

Have you ever had the real thing?

  March 378

I had a bite or two of her steak, but I wanted to head over to Geno’s.

March 379

I am a fan of the bread that Geno’s uses, so I always lean towards getting my steaks there.

March 380

I also was apparently dreaming when I thought either of these places served chicken. I wanted a chicken cheese steak, but that didn’t happen so I settled for a birch beer and fries.  

March 382

Since Mich had a steak from Pats and I had fries and a drink from Geno’s we were forced to eat in the middle of the two locations, some would possibly call it no man’s land. It was a beautiful day so we didn’t mind hanging out and chowing down.

March 383

I’m glad Mich got to experience a real steak!

  March 385

After lunch we headed out to do what we do best: SHOP! Mich and I hit up the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, King of Prussia Mall and some other stores along the way. I got some killer shoes for my engagement party which I am super excited about!

While shopping we worked up an appetite, so when we got back to my place, we headed over to Johnny Manana’s for a Mexican meal! I love this place because it’s so close to my apartment and there is always something fun going on. Last night there was a DJ and the place was packed! It was lots of fun.

I ordered the Johnny Manana’s salad – which doesn’t come with any lettuce. Its chock full of yummy veggies.

March 386

I also love how its served in a bowl form.

  March 387

Mich got some tacos. They were pretty good too!

  March 388

I can’t believe our whirlwind visit is over already! We did a bunch of fun things and I am pumped Mich got to come up and see some of Philly! I hope she comes back to visit soon!

 March 390

The Bride Meets Manayunk

Post shopping yesterday, the bride and I sat back and relaxed for a few. Is it bad this morning we both woke up and are sore from shopping? Ha ha. Its hard work lugging around all those bags! We were out there for like 6 hours! That’s devotion!

The bride brought boyf and I some wine as a house warming present, so we busted that open. It was quite delightful.

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The bride also bought some Raspberry Honey Mustard Dip when we were shopping, and we busted into that too. So yummy! Have you ever had this stuff? Its really tasty.

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For dinner we headed over to the Manayunk Brew Pub. The bride had never seen Manayunk before, so it was fun to show her Main Street, which is super cute. There is so much to see and do there. We started off with the Sampler of all the beers the Brew Pub makes so the bride could pick her favorite.

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I love locally made beer. They are so much more fun to drink than  the other stuff!

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Here we are at the bar, all smiles after our shopping wins!

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We emptied our Sampler and picked our favorites. I got a new beer they had, which was Golden Ale and the bride got the Bohemian Blonde. Both were super yummy.

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We ordered sushi, since we wanted something light and it was really good. I never have had the sushi at the Brew Pub before, so I was pumped when the bride was in the mood for it.

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We got crunchy spicy tuna, a Boston roll…

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and a seaweed salad roll. All three were super yummy and the perfect amount to split. What’s your favorite sushi roll?

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After we were finished with dinner, we walked down the street to Derek’s Vodka Bar. I love this place because it has huge comfy oversized seats at the bar. The seats are like couch cushions. I could sit on it all night! The bride ordered a Pomegranate Martini, and the dude brought her a Cosmo. What an awful bartender! She had never had a Cosmo before and liked it so that was good at least. I got my favorite, which is a Fun Dip Martini. Do you remember Fun Dip? That candy with the three flavors and its all sugar? That’s what it tastes like. I love it. Its so good!

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Here we are with our drinks in our comfy seats!

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The bartender felt bad for screwing up our drink order and brought us these blueberry shots. They were alright, nothing special.

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I then proceeded to convince the bride to sign up for the Philadelphia Half Marathon with me! Woohoo! This is going to be her first half marathon, and I am super pumped she is going to run it with me. We both are doing the Disney Princess Half in March, but this is right around the corner and it is going to be so fun! She even wrote it in her planner when we have to register by and we pinky swore on it!

Who else out there is running the Philly Half?

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I think the bride and I are going to go for a run, and maybe hang poolside for a bit. Maybe make it down to Rocky? We shall see. Happy Friday to all!!   

See Jane Work Giveaway ends today! I shall announce a winner later! Don’t forget to enter before my next post!

The Bride Meets Manayunk

Post shopping yesterday, the bride and I sat back and relaxed for a few. Is it bad this morning we both woke up and are sore from shopping? Ha ha. Its hard work lugging around all those bags! We were out there for like 6 hours! That’s devotion!

The bride brought boyf and I some wine as a house warming present, so we busted that open. It was quite delightful.

blog 086blog 087

The bride also bought some Raspberry Honey Mustard Dip when we were shopping, and we busted into that too. So yummy! Have you ever had this stuff? Its really tasty.

  blog 089 

For dinner we headed over to the Manayunk Brew Pub. The bride had never seen Manayunk before, so it was fun to show her Main Street, which is super cute. There is so much to see and do there. We started off with the Sampler of all the beers the Brew Pub makes so the bride could pick her favorite.

blog 096

I love locally made beer. They are so much more fun to drink than  the other stuff!

blog 098 

Here we are at the bar, all smiles after our shopping wins!

blog 100

We emptied our Sampler and picked our favorites. I got a new beer they had, which was Golden Ale and the bride got the Bohemian Blonde. Both were super yummy.

 blog 102 blog 105

We ordered sushi, since we wanted something light and it was really good. I never have had the sushi at the Brew Pub before, so I was pumped when the bride was in the mood for it.

  blog 107

We got crunchy spicy tuna, a Boston roll…

 blog 108 blog 109

and a seaweed salad roll. All three were super yummy and the perfect amount to split. What’s your favorite sushi roll?

 blog 110

After we were finished with dinner, we walked down the street to Derek’s Vodka Bar. I love this place because it has huge comfy oversized seats at the bar. The seats are like couch cushions. I could sit on it all night! The bride ordered a Pomegranate Martini, and the dude brought her a Cosmo. What an awful bartender! She had never had a Cosmo before and liked it so that was good at least. I got my favorite, which is a Fun Dip Martini. Do you remember Fun Dip? That candy with the three flavors and its all sugar? That’s what it tastes like. I love it. Its so good!

blog 116  

Here we are with our drinks in our comfy seats!

blog 120

The bartender felt bad for screwing up our drink order and brought us these blueberry shots. They were alright, nothing special.

blog 123

I then proceeded to convince the bride to sign up for the Philadelphia Half Marathon with me! Woohoo! This is going to be her first half marathon, and I am super pumped she is going to run it with me. We both are doing the Disney Princess Half in March, but this is right around the corner and it is going to be so fun! She even wrote it in her planner when we have to register by and we pinky swore on it!

Who else out there is running the Philly Half?

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I think the bride and I are going to go for a run, and maybe hang poolside for a bit. Maybe make it down to Rocky? We shall see. Happy Friday to all!!   

See Jane Work Giveaway ends today! I shall announce a winner later! Don’t forget to enter before my next post!

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