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Hit the Deck

After the hurricane came and went (meaning we had minimal damage and I probably didn’t need to buy 2 cases of bottled waters and 12 cans of Spaghettios), my parents invited Brandon and I out for a relaxing dinner on the deck at a restaurant called Mr. G’s Waterfront.  I hadn’t heard much about it yet, other than their wings are great and the views…

Mr G's Waterfront Tavern on Urbanspoon
 

well they’re pretty great too.

I got a little experimental with my iPhone camera+ app...

Yep.  Nothing wrong with that.

So on to the food.  To start off we decided to go with some apps, specifically little neck clams and calamari.


Both were very good.  The clams were served in a delicious bath of  olive oil, garlic and butter, and the calamari were battered and fried to a perfection.  I personally  can’t stand when they are over-breaded, or not fresh and get that rubbery texture.  These were spot on.

Then for dinner, Brandon and I both got wings and my parents split wings, a salad and garlic spaghetti.  And unfortunately…it was too dark to take cellphone photos, but let me paint you a picture of our meal:

A dozen deep fried chicken wings, generously coated in the special “house sauce” (bbq and vinegar: oh-so-good) and gently placed atop a bed of crispy french fries.  Wowzers.

They nailed it with the wings.  These were some of the best I’ve had and at a great price!  ($7.95 for a dozen and the fries.)  I almost didn’t want to write this post because I want Mr. G’s to be our little secret so the prices stay the same and there’s always a little spot on the deck just for us.  And just in case good food and a breathtaking view aren’t enough… this happened

Let the Allman Brothers covers BEGIN!  (Check out my man in the Price Is Right shirt.  Swoon!)

As far as the drinks go, they were very fairly priced ($2.50 domestic drafts), however, the wine list is pretty dismal.  I will say I’ve seen worse selections.  I did see they had Blue Moon on draft, except not until I foolishly ordered a Miller Light without perusing my options.

Overall I’d say definitely check out Mr. G’s if you’re in the area, but if you take a table away from me and my family I will cut you.*

*I will not cut you but I’ll give you the stink eye and I might knock your beer over.

Do you have any little gems in your hometown you are afraid to share?


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El Vez and Back to Reality

Don’t you love how I get awesome 90’s songs stuck in your head all the time?  One of my many charming assets, I tell you.  C&C Music Factory should pay me royalties.

Speaking of charming, while on my little weekend getaway to Philly, one of the places that was on my must-go list was El Vez.  I actually really wanted to go here for my bachelorette party weekend, but it was all booked so we went elsewhere. (Which by the way- the elsewhere we went was La Viola in Rittenhouse.  It was BYOB and fantastic.  If you’re looking for really good authentic Italian food at a good price, you will find it there.)  But back to El Vez.  One of the perks was that I finally get to meet Krissie, who could not be any sweeter.

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We started off by ordering Margaritas. 

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See? A margarita glass. One would think I’d wait until there was liquid in it, but there may have been some pre-gaming…just sayin’.
The first round were the El Vez margaritas (Cuervo Gold, triple sec and fresh lime juice) and they were delicious.  STRONG.  But delicious.  The second round were the Grenada margaritas (Gold tequila, triple sec, fresh pomegranate juice and lime) and they were… meh.  As Kacy said, they kind of tasted like tacosMaybe you just had to be there.

Then came my favorite part of the meal: the guac.

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This was phenomenal.  Really fresh, lots of flavor, and my only complaint was that I didn’t order an entire bowl for myself.  Although I suspect I ate most of it.  Sorry, ladies.  For our entrée, Kacy and I split the black bean enchiladas, and once again…. not the greatest.  They were good, but I’ve had better. 

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Also my biggest disappointment had to be the salsa which was really just not very good.  Mostly smoky flavor with little to no cilantro, and tasted  like it could have come from a bottle in the grocery store.  Authentic it was not.  I did have a taste of one of the girls pulled pork soft tacos and it was really good.  Apparently I am not a great orderer.

Overall, I’d say El Vez was decent.  The drinks made me happy and the food was priced very reasonably.  Although next time I’m in Philly I’d really like to try out a different Stephen Starr restaurant, Buddakan, which I’ve also heard great things about.

El Vez on Urbanspoon
Despite getting a decent night’s sleep, yesterday was a little rough for me.  I could definitely tell my body could have used a rest day after the 10,000 miles I walked in Philly between Saturday & Sunday.  (PS when am I going to just accept I’m old and wear sneakers when I walk around cities?  No one cares if my shoes are cute.  Let it go, Jess.  Let it go….)  So as a result from what I’m sure was total dehydration, my legs cramped up like crazy in my noon class at the gym.  In an attempt to try and prevent even more soreness the next day, I decided to go for a run when I got home to shake them out a little.  And I have to tell you, it was really the best run I’ve had in a long time.  I actually felt faster (which for most people is probably still slow) and lighter on my feet.  The weather was unbelievably gorgeous and I felt amazing afterwards.  Will I be able to walk tomorrow like a normal human?  Probably not.  But it will all be worth it once my booty is poppin’ from getting back into running.

And since I finally found my camera, which for a short time I thought was either left on the train, or stolen, here are two more of my favorite picks from the best trip eva:

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Where was the last trip you took?


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Party Crashers

So as you might have heard, there was an epic meeting of the minds this weekend.  Long-lost soul sisters, blog-lovas, if you will, united for the first time, in the wonderful City of Brotherly Love.   You see, when Kacy told me she’d be in Philly to crash a certain healthy living  conference this weekend, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit a city that is already near and dear to my heart, and even more importantly, the chance to meet her.  So did we attend any seminars?  Nope.  Did we hang out with some cool people and have an amazing time?  Yup.

There was miles of walking, hours of talking, some eating, definitely some boozing and even a smidge of shopping.  Multiple photos were taken, however, a. most of them were not great, and what kind of blogger would I be if I allowed less than perfect photos to be shown here?  And b. I feel like the ones below really sum up the entire time that was had to a tee:

Also my camera is still packed inside my suitcase so I may do a little more detailed recap at a later date, including a review of the much-hyped Stephen Starr restaurant, El Vez,  and more shenanigan reports. 

But it’s official:  Jess & Kacy went to Philly and we Drapered that sh*t.

What was the best part of your weekend?

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