Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today's post is about the food I had on Thanksgiving. We (my family) drove eight hours to my aunt and uncle's house in Cincinnati. We see this side of the family only a few times a year and Thanksgiving is the highlight! My cousin Stephen is a chef and he lets me help him cook, so we are never disappointed with the food and we always have a great time crackin' jokes and having quality family time! Here is what I have been up to...
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! What did you get up to? Happy Sunday! xoxo
I love to eat, and nothing comes in the way of enjoying a good meal or a scoop of ice-cream but this post is what one should eat before and after a workout. The gym I belong to is called Sweat Fitness and I love it! There is something for everyone, including a pool, a track and various kickboxing bags.
Eating Before a workout
Eating After a workout:
1. Stretching or 10 minuites light cardio
2. Circuit training (max 30 mins)
3. Free weights/machine weights
4. Light cardio
This would be a typical whole-body workout. This seems to be showing great results and is working for me!
Start moving and what motivational tip will you be using? Happy Sunday! xoxox
The Big Apple, where dreams come true, New York City... I visited New York City last weekend to see my sister and we went to the East Village, Upper West Side, Upper East side, Chelsea, and Queens. My camera and I had a great time...
_(click the down bar to the left)
"N.Y.C, Too busy, Too crazy"...Too wonderful <3
Hope you enjoyed my taste of NYC and felt the love I have for this incredible city. Comment below of future places for me to visit next time! Happy Sunday!
People who know me, know that I am an eater. I think about food all the time, even when I am eating it. Now, put my family in one room, add a holiday to that, and look below to see what that looks like!
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a sweet new year. We eat apples and honey to represent the sweetness of the year to come. Traditionally my family and I would go to synagogue and hear the Shofar and then go throw bread in a flowing body of water to cast away our sins. (look it up here_) Most importantly, it is a time to get together with friends and family and celebrate together with food and love.
Yom Kippur (for info, click the link_) occurs eight days after Rosh Hashanah (yay another party). This is the day of atonement and to think about your sins through a 24 hour fast. On Yom Kippur, the family gathers around for a big meal at sundown to start the fast. Then we come together again on the following sundown to break the fast with a breakfasty type meal (bagels, lox, eggs, etc).
I hope everyone is having a great start of the year and whether you celebrate or not, think about what you are sorry for and what you want to gain in the new year. My goals for the new year are to indulge and relax in bubble baths and to exercise. What about you? Happy Sunday xoxo
Now, Lansdale Pennsylvania (where I grew up and still live) is not a mecca for food. I certainly do not think of food when I think of Lansdale. In fact I think of this...
However, if one searches deep and long (jk, it's not that bad), there are some great restaurants to try out! I will be recommending five here, and I hope you give them a taste!
#1: Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant_
1460 Bethlehem Pike
North Wales, Pennsylvania 19454
Iron hill has their own brewery inside the restaurant and provides daily tours of its facility. The food selection is incredible. They have everything from egg-rolls, to cheese boards, to gluten-free options. They can be a little pricey, but to me, it is worth every bite.
#2: Pumpernicks Deli_917 Bethlehem Pike | North Wales, PA 19454
Mmmm..Pumpernicks...(*mouth drools*) If you like jewish-style and comfort food, and wraps and salads then come to Pumpernicks. The staff is welcoming and makes you feel like your part of their family. Everything is made with love and home-made and you can get almost anything here, including a pickle bar!
909 SUMNEYTOWN PIKE
SPRING HOUSE, PA 1947
Arpeggio offers daily specials of exquisite Mediterranian cuisine! Fresh ingredients and food such as hummus, calamari, pizza, and pasta, I always leave happy and full!
#4: Bonefish Grill_27 Airport Square
North Wales, PA 19454
My aunt wanted me to mention this place, she loves it! I have never been but she recommends the pistachio encrusted tilapia. She told me that this restaurant will/can pair a wine with every dish as well. They can cook any dish to order, including sauces and preferences. Bonefish serves steak and chicken as well as fish, but they are known for their fish dishes, as per the name.
#5: William Penn Inn_
1017 DeKalb Pike, Ambler, PA 19002
William Penn Inn cannot be described in just one photo. William Penn Inn is one of those magical places that you go to once a year. If you can't already tell, it is expensive. However, the food is top-notch, plated as an art piece and the atmosphere is grandiose. William Penn Inn goes back to the 1700's when our founder of Pennsylvania stayed and dined here between his travels to Philadelphia. How bad can that be?
Well, I guess Lansdale isn't that bad after all, and hey, ACME comes in handy for a midnight run. I hope you try one of my hometown eateries and report back! What place do you recommend I go to next in the Lansdale area? Happy Sunday! xoxox
"The Steel City", aka Pittsburgh has a diverse mecca of food, people, shops, and buildings. Growing up, visiting my Grandma in Shady Side/Squirrel Hill, I only knew the wealthy, high-end shopping area of Pittsburgh. My most recent visit of Pittsburgh opened my eyes to how beautiful, unique and delicious the city of Pittsburgh is.
The restaurant Kaya_, located in the strip district on 2000 Smallman street was a wonderful trip to paradise. The drinks were fruity, the music was in island flavor and the food was fresh and flavorful. To the left is an appetizer of plantain hummus with plantain chips and my entree was a salmon salad with manchego, granny smith apples and candied pecans. I licked the plates clean!
Nicky's Thai Kitchen_located in Downtown Pittsburgh and The North Side was voted in Pittsburgh magazine as one of Pittsburgh's 33 top-notch eateries. Walking into Nicky's Thai kitchen, I felt like I was in Thailand. Although I've never been, it is what I pictured it to be. Elephants and gold and lush greens, and not to mention, the food. I have never had crab ragoon so crisp and delicate and not greasy at all! We waited 45 mins to get a seat and it was worth every second of it.
Mon Aimee,_ located on The Strip, offers chocolate from over 26 countries and also from Pennsylvania. Not only is there an endless buffet of truffles, licorice, and decadent treats, the store offers gelato as well. I bought hot chocolate, and several European chocolates and I was a very happy girl!
Una Biologicals_ offers beauty products, home cares, and teas that are good for the body as well as the environment. I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely lady at a craft show on The Strip who has a passion for natural, organic ingredients, free of chemicals and petroleum and fragrances. I bought a lavender mint body lotion, so rich and thick that I feel it working on my skin immediately. The lavender is very relaxing and soothing at the end of the day. I also bought a spray for one's yoga matt. She said it can be used to erase any sweaty, bad odor so I figured why not use it on my shoes! She also threw in a mint Chapstick as a gift, which was very sweet. It is very moisturizing and the mint provides a tingling freshness to the lips.
Look down to see some more fun in Pittsburgh!
Pittsburgh is a wonderful city of culture, history and food! I met some great people while visiting family and I am still feeling the Pittsburgh love. What city should I visit next? Happy Monday xoxo
So, I just came back last night from an amazing trip to Dallas to visit my friend! We had an amazing time! We heard some Blues, met some cowboys, saw some sights and most importantly dug into some good ol' Texas cuisine. Without further ado....I bring you "Becki Eats Dallas"!
Above are $5.00 cupcakes. Not just any $5.00 cupcakes, they are Fluellen Cupcakes!_ Click the link on the left to learn more, but they are known as "The best cupcakes on the planet". I got the wedding cake one and boy, did I want to marry that thing! It was dense but light and not too crumbly and the icing was so creamy and rich...need I say more. Go to Frisco, TX and get a bite of that thang!
The Twisted Root Burger _ states that its the "original chef-driven burger joint". We ate in the Dallas, Texas location. With burgers like "Southern Comfort", "The Spicy Goat" and "Sexy Hawaiian", the combinations of flavors are endless. They have rabbit meat, deer, and other types of game as well. Pictured above is my burger to the left, which is the Southern Comfort. In this, I got to experience the tastes of fried green tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese and a sweet bourbon glaze all on top of a moist turkey burger. I am still salivating over this bad boy...it is safe to say I will fly anywhere and back to get another bite of that! In the middle is the shake I had the pleasure of drinking. I got the roasted marshmallow smore milkshake and they literally roasted those marshmallows, creative eh?! I just thought the sign to the left was funny and also true...
P.S: Guy Fieri loves this place and mentioned it on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives".
PPS: They have a Gluten Free Menu
I also ate some locally made tamales for the first time from a Farmer's Market. They were so delicious, we tried the vegetarian ones (spinach and feta, black bean and corn). On my last lunch in Dallas, I ate at a chain called Jason's Deli_ that my friend was raving to me about the whole trip, so you know we had to make a stop there. Jason's Deli actually first opened in a little town in Texas and in 1976, the Founder Joe Tortorice Jr. was the first to ban trans fat in the U.S. and eliminate high fructose corn syrup. Jason's deli has loads of choices, from soups, to salads, to sandwiches and every meal comes with ice-cream. I was definitely pleased and was glad I went.
As you can see, it was a short trip to Dallas but I enjoyed every single bite! Have you ever been to Texas? What do you recommend us travel buffs to do and eat? Happy Tuesday Ya'll! xxoxoxx
Ya know those syrupy, almost medicine like smoothies that you sometimes come across in your life, and they claim they use fresh fruit? Well, this is not that kind of smoothie. I make smoothies every single day (weekday) for breakfast. I use either organic yogurt and fresh fruit or I use pure fruit juices with no added sugar and fresh fruit. My smoothies are so fresh, filling and delicious that I decided to share one tasty example with everyone. Also you get your serving of fruit for the day. I am a veggie lover and I eat veggies throughout the day, so I do not need to add greens and veggies to my smoothie. If you are one to not eat your vegetables, then throw in some greens!
I hope you enjoyed my weekday smoothie addiction. It is officially my breakfast of choice and I will begin to explore dessert smoothies and fruit and veggie smoothies. What smoothie combination rocks your boat? Happy Saturday! xoxox
I love Spring! It's the time of year when the earth re-awakens; people go outside, flowers and plants bloom, and everyone just seems to be in a better, happier mood. The fashion takes quite a change; pastels, muted neons, creams, and dresses too! Ladies start wearing their pink lips and peachy cheeks. Everything is good again in Spring! Well, I always feel that Passover is the beginning of spring; a re-birth if you will. Since Passover is soon ending and Easter is beginning I wanted to share this year's experience with Passover and inspire healthy eating for the Spring. This Passover I enjoyed quite a few seders; one where I teach, one at my house and one at my sister's house. Although I'd love to speak about each Seder, I don't want to bore you until the plagues come home. The Seder that was really special was hosted at my sister's house. I helped make beet borscht, kale salad and fried matzoh. There were several mistakes (which only created funny memories) such as too much salt in the kale salad. My sister told me to massage the kale with salt to break it down. First of all, she had sea salt which is stronger than table salt, and second of all, I thought that I had to massage each and every layer of the kale. The kale salad ended up being the "salt-water" of the Seder. Before the seder, my sister made a point in saying that there is a difference between symbols and sacredness. She mentioned how in some cultures spices are sacred and represent G-D. Which got me thinking about cooking, among many other things, and how each spice and flavor when I cook means something. They add to the story of the food. Food is sacred to me, and a religious discussion at the table brought me to realizing that food is like my religion. Let's welcome spring with healthy greens, fruits, whole grains and of course sugary treats! What is sacred to you? xoxox
Want to know what a Mescal is? Or how to make a Gaufre? Or what if you're in the mood for purchasing copper cookware? This is the book for you! Right when I spotted this book in my local Barnes and Nobles a few years ago, I knew I had to have it! I fortunately got it for my birthday that year after mentioning it to my sister. I love this book so much, it is my cooking bible. It is an encyclopedia of cooking essentials and everything you need to know about prepping, cooking and using the correct ingredients. I keep this by my bed so I can keep reading and learning (re-learning) information. This book provides so much information: from knife identification and a master grocery list (I know, awesome) to an A-Z food encyclopedia. You can impress any dinner guest with your fine knowledge of Jarlsberg Cheese, Perch, Quail and so much more!