I Moved!August 08, 2016
I moved! Alex and I live in Philly now, and a lot has changed since my last post. Things have been extremely hectic, both good and bad, but...
I moved! Alex and I live in Philly now, and a lot has changed since my last post. Things have been extremely hectic, both good and bad, but now we're here and I'm looking forward to building a new life in Philly. We just started exploring our new neighborhood in the past couple days, and it seems ripe with vegan options, and I do plan to eat all the vegan cheesesteaks at all the various locations across the city (and the options are plentiful), and I intend to start with Blackbird because everyone says it's the best. I already ordered (and got delivery!!) from there a few times, but so far haven't tried the cheesesteak, and no, I don't know why not. I ate at V-Street and basically cursed the whole time because it was so good. I am anxiously anticipating my upcoming reservation at Vedge later this month for our first wedding anniversary dinner, and I plan to eat everything on the menu. I will go into debt for this dinner if I have to. It's that good. Plus, I'm dying to give it a chance to remind me that it knocks Dirt Candy on it's ass, because as you remember, Dirt Candy got high marks from us when we went in February. My outfit that night was on point, so I think it makes my memory of our dinner there even fonder, but anyway- we're coming for Vedge and we're going to eat all its tofu and give zero fucks.
So in my new apartment, I was bestowed a new kitchen, place of cooking, plentiful counterspace, a vent(!), and most importantly, baby's first dishwasher. What it lacks in natural light, it makes up for in gorgeous countertops over 2 feet deep, magical cabinet real-estate and enough space for a tiny table, on it's merry way from Amazon. I made this salad in it, my fave salad probably ever, buffalo tempeh with super perfect summer cherry tomatoes, from a Whole Foods I now live dangerously close to, and Terri Ranch, because I obviously wouldn't leave town without grabbing a bottle to bring to the new land of PA.
When we were driving to Philly in a moving truck, I remembered that my favorite beer is from Philly, and we couldn't get it in NYC, so I was super psyched to remember that we could have it again and loudly exclaimed, "YARDS!" and perilously freaked Alex out, who was driving during the very early morning hours in the pouring rain, and made him think we forgot our keys or something. Nope, just remembered about beer. False alarm.
Not a very vibrant photo, but the frosting is colorful too. Again with the bad lighting and unedited photos. Duly noted.
Frosting game needs work. Also I brought my cake frosting turntable back to Massachusetts to leave in my mom's basement and now I want it back! Also, I never make enough frosting! I wanted to write something on the cake, but didn't have enough frosting left and it started melting. More cakes soon, more practice, more better.
I've made a couple things from Isa Does It in my new kitchen, mostly because they are easy and old favorites. This one is Seitan with Broccoli and Pantry BBQ Sauce. It's one of Alex's favorites, which works out well for me because it is so easy.
I want to be blogging more during this transitional phase of my life, in addition to doing more of the things I love to do but hardly found time for when I was in New York. I am looking for jobs, but also taking my time to find the right one, change fields, try new things, meet new people, and use this move as a way to start over and work on changing the things about my life I don't love and fill my life with more things that I do love. Can't wait to see all the new sights, eat all the vegan food (which there is tons of here), and hang with all the Philly vegans and punx alike, so hit me up if you are nearby, passing through or know someone who is.
More soon and with more frequency,