October132012
September272012
Finally went out for lunch during my internship. The Cafe Express is right on the corner of my block and super cute. I paid $5.50 for a small, comforting French Vanilla Cappuccino AND a medium sized Philly meatball hoagie.   Perfection!

Finally went out for lunch during my internship. The Cafe Express is right on the corner of my block and super cute. I paid $5.50 for a small, comforting French Vanilla Cappuccino AND a medium sized Philly meatball hoagie. Perfection!

10AM
Best mojito in Philly! Nick took me out a few weeks ago to Las Bugambilias on South Steet. It was small, but in a quaint and cozy way - perfect for a romantic night out. Everything was authentic, and the various tequilas kept us smiling.

Best mojito in Philly! Nick took me out a few weeks ago to Las Bugambilias on South Steet. It was small, but in a quaint and cozy way - perfect for a romantic night out. Everything was authentic, and the various tequilas kept us smiling.

September262012

Nick came to visit, and we went out for drinks and good food as usual. We were looking for brunch somewhere outside, and neither of us had ever been to Bridget Foy’s even though we’ve both lived within a few blocks of the place. 

We missed brunch, but after checking out the brunch menu anyway, I definitely want to come back again for it. Pear-stuffed French Toast, and Crab Breakfast Burritos? Yes, please. 

Instead, we ordered lunch off their all-day menu.

My grilled cheese and tomato soup would probably be perfect for brunch with a hangover. Packed with a three-cheese blend and served slightly burnt, which I know a lot of people like, it’s a slightly healthier option than the cheesesteak and cheese fries your poor body is crying for after a good night out. However, as I was hangover-less, it was bland at best. 

Nick’s talapia was cooked to perfection, and I would 100% recommend it to anyone who likes fish.  It made me completely jealous that I had not picked one of the other options like Pistachio Goat Cheese Salad, or the Turkey Burger. I always go for the quirky stuff expecting restaurants to wow me with something different, or put unique twists on traditional food. I was disappointed, but that was my own fault for picking the least interesting item on the menu. 

The out door seating wasn’t disappointing in the least, however. Our favorite season is fall, and the weather was beautiful.  Plus, it’s South Street; people watching never gets old.  With a few more glassed of my Strawberry Blonde Sangria, and his Sam Adams Ocktoberfest, we could have sat there all day. 

12PM
Ah! This is the best light lunch: toasted English muffin, sliced tomatoes, and sliced mozzarella. The only thing I’m missing is spinach leaves - and maybe some olive oil. 
Delicious!

Ah! This is the best light lunch: toasted English muffin, sliced tomatoes, and sliced mozzarella. The only thing I’m missing is spinach leaves - and maybe some olive oil. 

Delicious!

9AM

The Headhouse Farmer’s Market on Lombard and Second Streets in Philadelphia is the longest running weekly farmer’s market in America.  Every Sunday I stop over and look around at all the delicious, organic, and local foods.  Last week, I bought the most amazing grapes I’ve ever had in my life.  I didn’t know grapes could be so sweet and juicy. They literally popped in my mouth when I bit into them!

Check out this site for more info on farmer’s markets in the Philadelphia area: http://foodtrustmarkets.org/

September202012
September12012
livelovelara:

Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar! (Taken with Instagram at National Mechanics)

This where I work! There are over 50 sauces, spices, and seasonings. Choose a vodka or even one of National Mechanics’ homemade infusions (jalapeño tequila or my personal favorite, bacon infused vodka)! We’re on 3rd and market. The cool building with greek columns and funky light fixtures.

livelovelara:

Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar! (Taken with Instagram at National Mechanics)

This where I work! There are over 50 sauces, spices, and seasonings. Choose a vodka or even one of National Mechanics’ homemade infusions (jalapeño tequila or my personal favorite, bacon infused vodka)! We’re on 3rd and market. The cool building with greek columns and funky light fixtures.

August282012
livelovelara:

#brokecollegekid omelette: three eggs, one sliced string cheese stick, and three spoonfuls of spinach dip from Wawa (Taken with Instagram)

livelovelara:

#brokecollegekid omelette: three eggs, one sliced string cheese stick, and three spoonfuls of spinach dip from Wawa (Taken with Instagram)

4PM

What did I just eat?

I forgot to pack my lunch for my internship today. Sucks. But that’s okay, I say to myself. I’ll stop at sev (7-11, for you none Philadelphians/Temple kids) and buy something cheap.

As I’m watching the woman ring up my food, I’m slowly regretting everything.

Pork Roll w/Cheese = $2.99; 7-Select Kettle Cooked Chips = $0.99; Fudge Brownie = $1.19; Lipton Brisk Pink Lemonade = $0.99

WTF? First of all, ew. None of that is going to help me lose the 10 lbs. I put on over the summer. Second, ew. None of that is even yummy junk food (i.e. I should have just gone with $3.00 cheese fries). Third, I just spent almost $7 on the crappiest lunch ever.

So, from today forward, I’ll be scouting out all the trucks, restaurants, shops, and cafes for the best quick, cheap, and maybe a few healthy lunches in center city (closest to Philly Mag, at least). Wish me luck. 

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