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Food touring with baby Pete

29 Nov

We’ve taken a long break from the blog this year, mostly due to the laziness that I acquired while being pregnant. But now that we are over the newborn hump we wanted to start the blog back up by introducing the newest member of our family, Pete.

In true foodie fashion, we have been lugging our infant son along on all of our food travels and exposing him to the sights and smells (not yet tastes) of various cuisines. Let’s see where Pete has been in his first 3 months.

Pete goes to…

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Cleveland road trip

6 May

Alex and I have been meaning to take a road trip to Cleveland for quite some time now. The drive from Pittsburgh is only two hours and we’ve heard great things about the food scene up there. I’m also mildly obsessed with Michael Symon and have been dying to dine at one of his restaurants (specifically B Spot).

So, we decided to drive up to Cleveland the weekend after Easter with Alex’s brother and his wife. We hit the road right after work on Friday with plans to drive straight to the B Spot for dinner. As a growing pregnant woman, I didn’t think I would be able to hold off on eating dinner for so long but I guess the thought of eating at the B Spot gave me strength to endure the hunger pains.

We finally arrived at the restaurant around 8pm only to find that there was a two hour wait for a table! After some deliberation, we decided to go elsewhere for a burger [insert sad face/crying emoji here].

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Philly recap (finally)

18 Nov

Alex and I drive through Philadelphia every year on our annual trip to the Jersey Shore.  But aside from the quick pit stop for a late night cheesesteak or Chinese food,  it had been ages since I had actually walked the streets and truly experienced all there is to do in Philly.  When we told all our family and friends of our upcoming weekend excursion, we were surprised by the number of food/bar suggestions that we received.  There was so much to do, so much to see, so much to eat!

Here is a recap of what we were chewing on (please note that not all food items are pictured, to view all of the pictures please visit our twitter page):

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When we arrived in Philly late Thursday evening, we checked into our hotel and immediately hit the town.  We first stopped at Jon’s Bar and Grille for a couple of IPAs (Alex’s new favorite style of beer) and then went to Lorenzo & Sons for a giant pizza slice! Ok so this isn’t the best picture of Alex, but the shining star here is definitely the pizza. Continue reading

Road trip food

20 Jul

It’s that time of year again. The end of July is when we always have the annual Lipecky Family Beach Vacation at Ocean City, New Jersey. This is one of our favorite little getaways because we get to spend some quality time with the fam, while also grubbing on some awesome boardwalk food (and working on our tans).

In preparation for our long drive to the Jersey shore this year, I decided to make some road trip snacks.

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We’re back!

16 Jun

Whew! After some exhausting travel delays, cancellations, and a series of lost luggage adventures we have finally settled back into our normal routine (albeit a little jet lagged). We had such an extraordinary time while abroad but are so happy to come home!

Here is a recap of our trip:

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A Short European Sojourn

24 May

This week, Alex and I have been preparing for a much-needed, and highly-anticipated, honeymoon! WOOHOO!! We received some puzzled looks when we told everyone that we were waiting a year to take our honeymoon. But I actually believe that taking a honeymoon immediately after your wedding is a somewhat antiquated tradition. I mean, it’s great if you have the time to plan both a wedding and honeymoon simultaneously, and if you have enough PTO days from work. That really wasn’t an option for us. We only had an 8 month engagement so planning the wedding basically dictated my every waking moment, not leaving much room for anything else. And with having to take time off to fly to Thailand for our second wedding ceremony, I would have had 2 ½ days to allocate to our honeymoon. Super lame.

Actually, taking a belated honeymoon is becoming more of a trend. A belated honeymoon is when couples wait a few days, weeks or even months before jet-setting on their romantic getaway. A lot of times, planning a honeymoon gets put on the back-burner for busy couples who are too occupied choosing which wines to serve and what kind of cake to order. So much of your energy goes into planning what people will continually tell you is “the biggest day of your life” (no pressure) that planning the after-after party just doesn’t seem that important at the time.

Here are a few reasons why couples take a belated honeymoon, according to an article from TLC:

  • They can’t take the time off work.
  • They have their hearts set on a tiny island that gets hammered during hurricane season. (Note: Resort rates are typically less expensive during this time, but you might have to endure nasty weather.)
  • They’re too tired from wedding planning to make the most of a vacation.
  • Their wedding is during peak travel season, and resort rates are much higher than in other seasons. (Summer brides, we’re looking at you!)
  • They’re having a destination wedding, but they want privacy and their entire family is holding court at the resort for a week.

SEE GUYS, we aren’t the only ones waiting to take our dream vacation! It’s a trend, we’re progressive!

This week has just been exhausting. Packing for a European getaway is actually really hard. Should you go with comfortable or fashionable clothes? What color schemes? Brown or black assortment of shoes? Accessories? My solution has just been to bring everything I own with me, and figure out the rest later. I’ll let you know how that works out.

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And while I am extremely pumped to walk the streets of Spain and Germany, the long flight is not exactly appealing. So to help get me through the nine or so hours, my mother–in-law bought me this awesome book that I have been dying to read!

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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise. It’s written by Ruth Reichl, who is a very renowned and well-respected food critic. The book includes tales of her experiences reviewing some of the most high-profile restaurants in the world, as well as recipes. It should be a great read.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates on our eating adventures (there will be many)!

New York, New York

25 Jan

Coming back from New York was bitter-sweet. While I definitely miss all of the great food (available to you 24/7), there is nothing better than coming home and sleeping in your own bed. Not to mention it was starting to get really cold up there and I forgot to pack my ear muffs!

Our trip was amazing. Alex and I basically walked the streets of Manhattan all day, touring through different neighborhoods and exploring quaint little restaurants and bars. We are actually embarrassed to say that we did not go to any of the touristy attractions that one might consider to be the “must see’s” of NYC (like going to the Met, Ellis Island, or the Statue of Liberty). Although, to our defense, some of that stuff was closed at the time. We did take a nice long walk through Central Park and stopped to listen to music at the Bethesda Terrace, where the Gossip Girl series finale was filmed. I feel like that should be in the tour guides somewhere…AND we also did go shopping on Fifth Ave (Tiffany’s = my mothership).

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