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STRAIGHT UP – SALTY DOG

Or…a really good cocktail with the grossest name ever I am horrible at ordering drinks at bars. Put me in a restaurant and give me an incredibly complex menu of artisan cocktails, a five page wine list with an entire … Continue reading

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THE CLEANSE – SPRING LENTIL SOUP WITH TARRAGON & THYME

Growing up in the middle of absolute nowhere definitely has its perks (…though my claustrophobic, city-obsessed 13-year old self would kill me for even thinking that). Aside from an idyllic childhood spent riding around on horses and most high school … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – BLACKBERRY SANGRIA

  I know…two cocktail recipes in a row but it’s been a really rough week, guys White sangria is one of the few instances where I will bend my “no-fruit-in-cocktails” rule and also my “don’t-order-drinks-that-scream-‘Girls-Night-Out!!’” rule*. My tolerance for sangria … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – MINT JULEP

As an avid horseback rider and having been thrown off a few jittery ex-racer Thoroughbreds, I usually have an issue with horseracing (see: Barbaro ☹). But while the “sport of kings” may be morally questionable, there’s no denying my love … Continue reading

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BRUNCHING – PEAR & PANCETTA WAFFLES

For someone who lives in an apartment the approximate size of many peoples’ closets, I’ve had to spend a lot of time prioritizing what I consider a “necessity” and what can be kept in boxes* in my parents’ garage (I … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – FRENCH 75 & THE CLASSIC CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

Not to sound like a total white girl (I promise I won’t include any Marilyn Monroe quotes in this post) but it was probably around my fourth or fifth glass of champagne* at a friend’s birthday party a few weekends … Continue reading

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RESERVATIONS – THE BURGER @ PARC

And so begins the second installment of the Philadelphienne where I basically eat every burger in the city that has at one point been dubbed the “best of Philly” until I die a slow and painful death at the hands … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – THE CLASSIC VODKA MARTINI

In addition to the smell of Sharpie markers and going on WebMD, one of my absolute favorite things in life is the very first sip of an ice-cold, straight up, extra-dry, Ketel One martini with olives. Because I treasure martinis … Continue reading

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(NO) RESERVATIONS – PHILLY FOOD TRUCKS

Last Tuesday, Craig LaBan, the much-revered restaurant critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, held an open chat on Philly.com. This was a chance for literally anyone to ask him anything about any restaurant or food trend currently gracing our foodie city … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – PIMMS CUP

If there’s one cocktail that I look forward to once the weather begins to warm up, it’s the English staple, Pimm’s Cup. Created in a London oyster bar in the early 1820s, Pimm’s cup has lasted through the ages and … Continue reading

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