A Platter of Thoughts · Food!! · Travel

Philadelphia Phillies Family Fun Day!

I can’t think of a more American way to spend summertime with family, than to watch a good old baseball game.  On the 4th of July I took my family to see the Philadelphia Phillies host the Baltimore Orioles, and what a game it was.  We arrived about an hour and a half before first pitch to enjoy the stadium and all its goodies.  Citizen’s Bank Park here in Philly is more than just a ballpark.  It’s built to bring the whole family together.  Young and old

and everyone in between have plenty of options. 

There’s something for everyone in the gift shop and vendors scattered around the main level.  Ashburn alley has mini games for the kids to play including a hotdog launcher, wall climb, pitching cage, and a mini home run derby.  On the day we went it was extremely hot outside, but a quick walk through the water misting area and the family fun were enough to make it comfortable. 

Then we were off to grab some food and drink.  When we arrived at the new “Boardwalk Eats” area, we were surprised that there were so many more options than just hotdogs, peanuts, and cracker jacks.  Now wait.  I know you’re probably thinking that those are crucial baseball necessities during a game, but why not have more options?  There were large smoked turkey legs, brisket tacos, vegan and regular cheesesteaks, edible cookie dough, pulled pork sandwiches and more.  The foodie in me was having a hard time deciding, but ultimately I went with “the big dog”, which was a kielbasa sandwich. 

After our bellies were full, we grabbed some lemonade for the kids, and a beer for my husband and I.  Then we were off to watch the game.  The Phillies won, but Baltimore put up a great fight for one of the most entertaining games I’ve seen in a while. 

We grabbed some snacks throughout the game, a few refills, and made some great conversation with people who we met around us in our seats.  Oh, and speaking of seats… we were behind the Orioles dugout on the third base line.  The view was spectacular, but Citizen’s Bank Park does not have a single bad seat.  Even the ones all the way at the top provide a great view of the field.

All four of us in the Pipito household are eager to return again soon for another fun day of baseball, family, and eats. 

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Chicken in Peanut Sauce Bowl


We love a good Asian dish in our household from fried rice to lettuce wraps and so on. This dish was perfect for a weeknight meal or for anytime for that matter. It’s a Chicken in peanut sauce bowl topped with the perfect toppings. This chicken in peanut sauce is also great to use for a lettuce wrap or if you want to get crazy put it in a taco. 

This sauce is the perfect creamy consistency for a rice bowl. I used the Elmhurst Peanut Milk. This milk worked out so well I didn’t even need to add peanut butter. My kids loved this dish so I guess I can say it’s kid approved. 


1 red pepper, julienned 

1 lb chicken breast, cut into cubes 

Salt & pepper, to taste 

1 large garlic clove, minced 

2 tablespoons peanut oil 

Zest of 1 lime


On a medium skillet on medium to high heat add oil and chicken. Cook chicken for 8 to 10 minutes until golden. Next add garlic and peppers. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes. Add zest and set aside. 

Sauce ingredients: 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons flour 

2 cups Elmhurst Peanut milk, warmed through (this prevents lumps from forming in the sauce) 

Salt & pepper, to taste 


In a small pot on medium to high heat melt  the butter. Next add flour and cook for about 1 minute or so. Finally whisk in the peanut milk. Whisk for about 3 to 4 minutes until sauce thickens. Pour over chicken and peppers. 

Serve with rice and add desired toppings. I added crushed peanuts, cilantro and green onions. Enjoy! 

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Beer!! · Events

Philly Beer Week 2018




​Philly Beer Week (PBW) ​will celebrate their 11t​ h year on ​Friday, June 1 with Opening Tap​, their signature kick-off party featuring more than 60 breweries and cideries, at ​The Fillmore Philadelphia​. Opening Tap will be followed by 10 days of lively beer-soaked events in America’s Best Beer-Drinking CityTM. Hosted by 501(c)(6) non-profit ​Philly Loves Beer (PLB)​, PBW2018 is the culmination of 11 years and nearly 11,000 events, and remains the 10 most important days on Philadelphia’s beer calendar.

PBW stands alone as the largest beer celebration of its kind in the United States. The 10-day festival (seven days weren’t enough for America’s Best Beer-Drinking CityTM, a name trademarked in 2012) features hundreds of dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights, and highlights the region’s top-notch breweries, neighborhood taverns, trendsetting restaurants and masterful home brewers. PBW is the “Founding Father” of Beer Weeks, and continues to evolve and grow amid a crowded field of friendly imitators, with ​77 Beer Weeks held annually in the United States​, and almost 100 worldwide.



Opening Tap

Opening Tap is PBW’s signature event, bringing the entire craft beer community together for a ritualistic “first tapping” of the festival – followed by a raucous party with endless samples. A highly-anticipated night, Opening Tap features rare and limited pours from 50+ breweries and cideries and live entertainment.

In addition, guests will have the opportunity to sample the country’s best ​ciders and chat with cider makers. Hard ciders have been gaining popularity in recent years, thanks to new fermenting methods, including the use of big, bold hops and dry hopping.

Opening Tap will take place on Friday night, ​June 1​, from ​7:30 p.m. until 10:30p.m.​ (​click for tickets​) General Admission​: $46 includes a souvenir glass and complimentary beers from 50+ local and national breweries in 4-oz. tastings, including the debut of ​Saison de Pale​, a collaboration saison brewed with Pilsner, blended with 15% Petrus Aged Pale, and balanced with Saaz Hops created by ​Dogfish Head Brewery​ in Milton DE, and ​Brouwerij De Brabandere​ in Belgium.

VIP Admission: $66 includes a specialty souvenir glass, and an additional hour of access, ​beginning at 6:30p.m​ featuring rare pours from brewery members.
There will be live DJ sets, and a live performance from Philadelphia favorite ​Chill Moody​!

Visit http://www.phillylovesbeer.org


2018 Mazda 6


Today I guess is a day full of Mazda reviews just for you. The 2018 Mazda 6 has to be my favorite from the line.  It’s such a stylish vehicle in my opinion. As some of you may know I am an extra on the new Creed 2 movie coming out in November.  About 3 weeks ago I was on set for a whole week going back in forth to my house and the studio.

It was a lot of late nights and early mornings and I have to say that the Mazda 6 really gave me the comfort in needed for the commute. I even had lunch in the car a couple of times with the sunroof open. It’s my husband’s favorite car as well. You can’t go wrong with the room, comfort and safety this car brings.


I remember a couple of people on set asking me which Mazda type this was and they thought it was such a sharp looking car. I don’t want to keep rambling about the same things, but this is up there with some high quality ones in my opinion.  This was perfect for my family of 4 with plenty of room for the kids and great trunk space.

Here are few other features

LED headlights with auto-leveling
LED Daytime Running Lights
Auto-off headlights
Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
Body colored power side mirrors with integrated turn signals
Body colored door handles and bumpers
Integrated rear-window antenna
LED Combination Taillights
Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips

Dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter
Power windows with one-touch auto up/down
Power automatic door locks
Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
Electronic parking Brake
Remote keyless entry system with “answer back” feature
Remote release for trunk, hood and fuel door
Push-button start
And much more

5-passenger seating
Cloth-trimmed sport seats
6-way manual driver’s seat with manual lumbar support and height adjustment
6-way manual front passenger seat
60/40 split fold-down rear seatback with remote trunk operation
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Leather-wrapped gear selector
Carpet floor mats


Visit https://www.mazdausa.com for more information on all of their models


2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD


Back in March I had the opportunity to try out the . I thought that I had this review ready for you guys but it seems as though my computer decided not to save my work. So here goes.

I had a couple of family gatherings which meant a lot of grocery shopping & picking up all those party needs.  The Mazda CX-3 only had a limited amount of space for all my goodies and the kids. Keep in mind this is a smaller SUV. It has a pretty cool look but has small headquarters where you feel closed in. The seats are always comfortable which makes up for the lack of space. No one wants to be in a small cabin and not have comfortable seats. If you are looking for a smaller SUV with pretty decent gas mileage this may be the car for you.


Below you will find some other details on the 2018 Mazda CX-3.

•       Air Conditioning
Climate Control, A/C
•       Seat Trim
Leather Seats, Premium Synthetic Seats
•       Windows
Power Windows, Rear Defrost
•       Seats
Bucket Seats, Rear Bench Seat, Heated Front Seat(s), Pass-Through Rear Seat

•       Safety Features
Traction Control, Stability Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Cross-Traffic Alert, Child Safety Locks, Brake Assist, Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors, Daytime Running Lights, Headlights-Auto-Leveling
•Air Bags
Front Side Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag, Front Head Air Bag, Rear Head Air Bag, Driver Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag Sensor
29 MPG

Cargo Shade, Navigation System, Telematics, Heads-Up Display, Engine Immobilizer, Back-Up Camera, Rain Sensing Wipers, Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers, Intermittent Wipers, Automatic Headlights, Fog Lamps, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Bluetooth Connection, Trip Computer, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Leather Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Keyless Start

Remember to visit https://www.mazdausa.com for full details


Easy Homemade Churros


Here is a great dessert to share with guests tomorrow for your cinco de mayo party. They actually serve these in Brazil as well. I do love my churros with dolce de leche but I didn’t have any for serving. People also love to serve these with jam or Nutella. But they are delicious just the way they are regularly with cinnamon. here’s a super easy recipe that takes no time. You can also prepare the dough the night before and refrigerate. But before piping to fry make sure to let dough come to a room temperature. Enjoy!


2 tablespoons for dough (plus 1 cup sugar for coating)
2 teaspoons cinnamon, for coating
1 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour


Fill a medium to large pot with 2-3 inches of vegetable oil and preheat to 340ºF. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.

In a shallow dish whisk together 2 cups of sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the water, vegetable oil, remaining amount of sugar, salt, vanilla, and bring to a simmer. Add the flour and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. Make sure no remaining lumps of flour are visible. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe dough into the preheated oil. Fry until golden brown on all sides and cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove to paper towel and cool slightly. Roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture until fully coated. Repeat with remaining dough. Serve with favorite dipping sauce or ice cream



Strawberry Salsa




It’s almost party time. Cinco de mayo is Saturday and we always love to have people over to celebrate. This salsa is full of flavor and trust me you will not want to share. I have made sweet salsas before with mango and watermelon which I have recipes on here as well. But this has now become my all time favorite sweet salsa especially because now strawberries are in season. Some people may think this is a weird combo.  My kids did too but the freshness with a bit of heat from the jalapeño make it out of this world delicious. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts. Enjoy!


1 pint of strawberries, cut in half and diced
Juice of 1 lime and zest

1 small shallot, diced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 jalapeño, cut in half, seeded and diced
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup cilantro (or parsley), chopped


In a large bowl mix all of the above ingredients together. Let marinate for 30 minutes before serving. Store in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.



2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited

As we all know by now the Philadelphia Eagles are the Super Bowl champs. A memory that will last a life time for us Philadelphians. I was able to experience the parade after the big win. I drove down with the 2018 Hyundai Sonata.

The Sonata is a great midsize sedan perfect for my kids who are 7 and 9, giving them plenty of room in the backseat without any fighting. It was great on gas as well especially driving back in forth from the city and the parade.

After all the excitement I had some tv segments lined up. I was impressed with the trunk size and able to fit all my props and bags with no problems.

Here are a couple of other features that I really enjoyed. Standard features in the Sonata include Bluetooth, a USB port, a 7-inch touch-screen display, and Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Available features include a power sunroof, a nine-speaker Infinity premium audio system, satellite radio, an 8-inch touch screen with navigation, and wireless device charging.

The Blue Link infotainment system is intuitive and responsive. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, meaning every Sonata has easy-to-use smartphone connectivity features.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Hyundai Sonata the highest rating of Good in five crash safety tests. Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist. Available features include adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

Visit http://www.hyundaiusa.com



Roasted Sunchokes


Some people have never heard of Sunchokes. It’s just one of those vegetables you might walk by because of the way they look. Sunchokes look like ginger roots so make sure you’re double checking before purchasing. They aren’t the prettiest vegetable, but have great flavor. Like I mentioned before in my posts, roasting veggies will bring out the sweetness in any vegetable. This will also help with the picky eaters in our lives. This is the perfect side for dinner.


1-2 pounds small sunchokes, peeked, scrubbed and halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons evoo
Salt and Pepper, to taste
4 large garlic cloves,
6 sprigs of thyme
Crushed red pepper, optional for garnish
Parsley, chopped optional for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees

Combine cleaned sunchokes with EVOO, salt and pepper in a large bowl; toss well to coat. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange sunchokes, cut side down, in pan; cook 5 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Arrange garlic and rosemary evenly over sunchokes. Place pan in oven; roast at 375° for 35 to 40 minutes or until sunchokes are tender and deep golden. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper and parsley.

A Platter of Thoughts · Food!!

Think Local Give Local


Think Local, Give Local: An Evening Benefiting the Garces Foundation



Garces Foundation presents Think Local, Give Local, an event with tastings from the area’s most acclaimed chefs and a food-themed silent auction to benefit the lives of Philadelphia’s immigrant community.



In a year when the rights of immigrants are more important than ever, the sixth annual Garces Foundation Benefit has gone all out with making this the best event yet. Chef Jose Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to deliver an unforgettable epicurean experience, highlighting Philadelphia’s unique culinary talent. Throughout the evening guests will enjoy everything with a local twist – cocktails made with local spirits, regional handcraft beer, design and décor made by local artists such as Petals Lane and Event FX and more. Additionally, Entertainment will be provided by American Deluxe

Guests will participate in a live auction featuring exciting and unique experiences, including a New Year’s Eve overnight package at LUMA Hotel Times Square. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is matching the first $5,000 raised for each live auction item.


The Chefs’ After Party will feature cocktails made exclusively with Tito’s Handmade Vodka.



Friday, April 13, 2018

VIP Preview 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

General Admission 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Chefs’ After Party 9:00 p.m. -midnight

Stage program including video and live auction will occur at 8:15.


Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia


Stations from Garces restaurants including: 24, Amada, Buena Onda, Distrito, Distrito Moorestown, Garces Events, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic, Olón and Okatshe located at Tropicana Atlantic City, Ortzi NYC, The Olde Bar, Tinto, Village Whiskey, Volvér

  1. Kitchen, Eli Collins
  2. Abe Fisher, Yehuda Sichel
  3. Baba’s Brew, Olga Sorzano
  4. Bing Bing Dim Sum, Ben Puchowitz
  5. Cake Life Bake Shop, Lily Fisher
  6. Cheu Fishtown, Ben Puchowitz
  7. Ela, Jason Cichonski
  8. Gilda’s Biscotti, Gilda Doganiero
  9. La Peg, Kenneth Bush
  10. , Nicholas Elmi
  11. Mission Taqueria, Andrew Sabin
  12. Osteria, Jeff Michaud
  13. Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears, Holly Harter
  14. Food & Drink, Greg Vernick
  15. Zeppoli, Joey Baldino

Guests will enjoy drinks from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Patron, Beam Suntory, Yards, Brooklyn Brewing and Estrella, Bluecoat Gin, Coca-Cola and wine from Winebow.


Leading up to the benefit, Tito’s Handmade Vodka will be donating $1 per cocktail sold at each of the participating Garces restaurants.


General Admission – $150
VIP Admission – $285 receive exclusive access to the after party on the 33rd floor and a preview tasting.
Cocktail attire.



In 2012, the Garces Foundation was founded to support Philadelphia’s immigrant community, particularly employees of Philadelphia’s hospitality industry and their families. The foundation raises funds to provide this community with medical and educational programming. The goal is to help Philadelphia’s immigrants take advantage of these resources so that they may actively contribute their talents to making this city truly world-class.

The foundation currently runs two of its own programs that improve the health, language, and cultural skills of this community. The first is a quarterly Community Health Day where uninsured patients can receive free dental care, physicals, and medical screenings. The second is an applied learning English as a second language class for restaurant workers, English for the Restaurant and Everyday Living, which aims to narrow the language and cultural gap in the workplace and beyond.

  • Tickets: https://garcesfoundation.org/events
  • Early Admission – $200
  • Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Andy Satinsky
  • V Street, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
  • Oyster Bar, Brett Naylor
  • On Point Bistro, Juan Lopez
  • Maison 208, Sylva Senat
  • Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, Jon Cichon
  • Hungry Pigeon, Scott Schroeder
  • Fork, John Patterson
  • Dim Sum Garden, Sally Song
  • Capofitto and Capogiro, Stephanie and John Reitano
  • Bistrot La Minette, Peter Woolsey
  • Bank and Bourbon, Thomas Harkins
  • Amis, Brad Spence