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2018 Mercedes E400 Coupe

 

 

I’m excited to share another beautiful car with all of you.  Meet the 2018 Mercedes E400 4Matic Coupe. This car is super stylish, as if it came off of a car runway.  The interior is stunning, providing you with all the latest luxury.  Beautifully comfortable seats that even massage your back and an excellent Burmester audio system make it even more noteworthy.  You would think that a coupe wouldn’t be comfortable for 4 people but I️ was surprised at the leg room the backseat had and how comfortable it was.  It’s roomy and perfect for backseat passengers.

The E400 Coupe excels on wide, open highways, where it maintains speed effortlessly. Providing you with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque in the E400.

Let’s breakdown some of the other amazing features. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth are the standard smartphone connectivity tools. Other highlights include ambient interior lighting with 64 color choices (may we suggest a calming Cerulean during the day and daring Magenta at night?), heated armrests, and a rockin’ Burmester sound system.


Every 2018 E-Class Coupe comes standard with a backup camera, electronic stability control, active braking assist, and two Pre-Safe® technologies that activate before an impending crash. When the vehicle senses it will be T-boned, the front seats automatically push driver and passenger three inches towards the center of the cabin. The intelligence of the car is outstanding. Also can’t forget to mention the panoramic roof, leather trim, 12.3-inch widescreen. Make sure to checkout my video below. All and all I give this car a 9 out of 10. For more information visit https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/index
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Manna Pie in the Sky

 

 

The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)’s 21th annual Pie in the Sky event, presented by American Airlines, is MANNA’s largest fundraiser with a host of exciting pie events leading up to Thanksgiving. Funds raised through Pie in the Sky enable MANNA to provide a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal for four to a MANNA client. MANNA serves individuals battling life-threatening illness in the Greater Philadelphia region. Buy a Pie, Feed a Family!
Pie sales begin October 1 and end November 17. Pies can be purchased at http://www.mannapies.org. The interactive website makes buying and pie selling easy.

 

The 2017 Pie in the Sky season is more competitive than ever – with a goal to sell more than 8,600 pies in six flavors. Pie flavors include: Aberdeen Standard Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Pecan and American Airlines Sky Pie which is a delicious cheesecake pie with caramel, chocolate, and walnuts. A brand new Berry pie makes its debut this year and is available in a very limited quantity.
Pie selling teams are led by Presenting Sponsor American Airlines, and are the heart of MANNA’s Pie in the Sky campaign. Dozens of teams and hundreds of individual pie sellers participate from all over the Philadelphia area.

 

Pie in the Sky gets bigger and better each year, thanks to the tremendous support from the greater Philadelphia community.” – Sue Daugherty, MANNA CEO. MANNA proudly recognizes American Airlines for celebrating their 10th year as Presenting Sponsor of Pie in the Sky!
The event is generously sponsored by – American Airlines (Presenting Sponsor), Aberdeen Standard (Premier Sponsor), Sysco Philadelphia (Premier Sponsor), and CBS 3 (Media Sponsor).
Pie in the Sky Highlights:

Saturday, October 1 – Pie sales officially begin. Thursday, November 2 – The Mayor’s office, along with other dignitaries, declare “Pie Day” through an official proclamation at MANNA. MANNA shares delicious pie samples throughout the festivities. Pie Man and many of the Pie Teams are on hand to celebrate. Friday, November 17 – Pie sales end at midnight on MANNA’s pie website. Tuesday & Wednesday, November 21-22 – Distribution and pie pick-up days, where hundreds of MANNA volunteers are on hand to distribute and deliver pies to 50 pick-up locations. Pick-up locations will open from 4pm-8pm (November 21); 10am-2pm (November 22).

Check out the event’s website here http://www.mannapies.org

ABOUT MANNA MANNA prepares and delivers delicious nourishing meals and counsel, empowering individuals to battle illness and improve their quality of life. A small professional staff and 4,500 dedicated volunteers bring more than 95,000 nutritious, home delivered meals each month to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses. MANNA dietitians promote wellness through nutrition education and counseling. Through these services, MANNA provides opportunities for caring people to extend loving support to families, friends, and neighbors.

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Oriental Trading Birthday Party

This past weekend was my daughter and husbands birthday. Since their Birthdays always fall near Halloween we always do a Halloween theme. Planning a party at home can sometimes be stressful for people. Luckily I love to entertain but sometimes I have a vision and can’t find certain items at the store. But not to fear that’s when Oriental Trading comes in to play.

Oriental Trading has everything you need to plan that perfect gathering. Below I listed all the items we got for our event. The hit of the party was the Eyeball drink dispensers. Both kids and adults loved it.

Party supplies
Halloween Silhouette Plastic Cups
Eyeball Drink dispenser
Jumbo corner spider web with spider
Creepy cloth
Black and Orange polka dot napkins
Black and Orange polka dot plates
Orange and Black polka dot straws
Halloween fringe table skirt
Mini squeeze jack o lantern stress toys
Orange and Black party kits (which came with table decor and balloons)
Black and Orange polka dot banners
Halloween pinwheels

These supplies were perfect for our Halloween birthdays. I can’t wait to get some things for my holiday parties/get togethers. They have some fabulous holidays items that will make those table settings stand out.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates 10 Years as Official Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles and Launches New Game Day Offer for Fans

 

In honor of the tenth consecutive season as an official partner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dunkin’ Donuts today announced the launch of its new Eagles Game Day Offer to help keep DD Perks® members and Philadelphia Eagles fans running throughout the regular season.

Beginning Sept. 10 as the Eagles take on the Redskins, DD Perks members can score a $1 medium Hot or Iced Coffee on all Eagles game days when they pay with a DD Perks enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts card. Additionally, with the “Cheers, Eagles Won!” promotion, DD Perks members can score a $1 medium Hot or Iced Coffee the day following an Eagles regular season win when they pay with a DD Perks enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts card. The offers are valid at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the greater Philadelphia region throughout the 2017-18 regular season. Fans can become DD Perks members by enrolling at DDPerks.com or through the Dunkin’ Mobile App®.

“For 10 years, fans have come to rely on Dunkin’ Donuts to fuel their passion for the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Jessica Weissman, Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are excited to launch the new Eagles Game Day Offer to reward our most loyal fans, our DD Perks members, with the chance to score $1 medium Hot or Iced Coffee on all Eagles game days, and look forward to keeping our Dunkin’ Donuts guests and Eagles fans cheering loudly throughout the regular season.”

As the Official Coffee, Breakfast Sandwich, and Donut of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer fans a chance to show their team pride with the official Eagles Donut, a yeast ring topped with green dipping icing and white drizzle, available today through Nov. 19 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the greater Philadelphia-area. Dunkin’ Donuts hot and iced coffee, and hot chocolate will continue to be served in various locations throughout Lincoln Financial Field, while Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Pods will be served in each of the stadium’s suites.

“We are excited to celebrate 10 years of partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts,” said Ari Roitman, Eagles Senior Vice President of Business. “Their ability to engage with Eagles fans through unique, season-long promotions continues to fuel the city and our team. We are humbled to know that our on-field performance this season will once again directly benefit our community’s youth through the ‘TouchDDowns for Kids’ program.”

Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts will once again partner with Good Sports, Inc. for the 5th annual Dunkin’ Donuts “TouchDDowns for Kids” program, where for every Eagles touchdown scored, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $250 to Good Sports. Philadelphia Eagles’ Tight End Zach Ertz will return as the program’s spokesperson, donating an additional $250 for each touchdown he personally scores this season. The funds donated through the “TouchDDowns for Kids” program will directly support Good Sports’ mission to increase youth participation in sports and recreation by providing sports equipment and apparel to youth organizations in need. To learn more or to apply for an equipment grant, visit www.GoodSports.org/DunkinPhilly.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter @DunkinPhilly.

 

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Diner en Blanc Philadelphia 2017 Picnic ideas

Diner en blanc in Philadelphia is almost here.  I’m beyond excited because it’s the most magical night. Here is a little inside scoop on what to expect.

At the last minute before the event begins, the top secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where “Dîner en Blanc” will take place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in that public space.
 
Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city’s public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamor of high French society, and guests engage one another, knowing that they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic—only amazed and astonished looks from passersby observing the scene before them. And participants, like spectators, wonder whether it’s all not a dream…
 I wanted to share some ideas for my last minute friends who have no idea what to pack in those picnic baskets. Diner en blanc is all about elegance so a P&J sandwich will not cut it. Below I have some appetizers, a main course and dessert that will make guests next to you want to try. I hope you enjoy and for more information visit https://philadelphia.
Appetizers:
Watermelon and Feta skewers 
Ingredients:
  • 2 lb. seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into cubes
  • 4-6 oz of Feta cheese cut into cubes 
  • Mint leaves 
  • Wooden toothpick or Bamboo skewers 
  • Preparation:
Thread a piece of watermelon onto a skewer, followed by a chunk of feta and a mint leaf, Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Store covered in the refrigerator for up 1 hour, if desired. 
Cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto 
Ingredients:
  • 1 cantaloupe – seeded, rind removed and cut into cubes 
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto, cut into slices 
  • Preparation:
  • Remove the flesh from the rind of the cantaloupe; wrap each piece of cantaloupe with a slice of the ham. Serve cold.

  • Main course 
  • Roasted shrimp with orzo salad 
  • Salt & pepper, to taste 
  • Evoo
  • 2 cups orzo
  • 2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup seedless cucumber, cubed
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup tarragon, finely chopped 
  • Feta, cut into large cubes or you can use crumbles 

  • Preparation:
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Fill a large pot with water, bring it to a boil add salt. Next add orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it’s cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Let cool. Whisk together the lemon juice, red wine vinegar, 2/4 cups olive oil, 2 salt and pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well. Set aside.

    Now place the cleaned shrimp in a large bowl and drizzle with evoo, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread out on s baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Let shrimp cool. 

Add the shrimp to the orzo and add chives, tarragon, cucumber, salt and pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and toss together. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight.
Finally the dessert 
Apple baked rose 
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 sheet thawed puff pastry 
1/3 unsalted butter, melted 
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
2 tablespoons water
1 large red apple, cores and thinly sliced 
1/4 cup white sugar 
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375 F degrees 
Grease 4 cupcake tins. Set aside.
Cut the apple in half and remove core and thinly slice apples. Place them in a microwave safe bowl toss with lemon juice and water. Set in the microwave for 2 minutes until the apples have soften.
Next mix together cinnamon and sugar. Roll out the pastry dough and cut into 4 pieces. 
Brush melted butter over dough; top with a cinnamon-sugar. Place apple slices along 1 long edge of dough, about 1/4 inch beyond edge of dough, overlapping slices slightly. Fold bottom half of dough over the apple slices to form a long “folder” of dough with rounded edges of apple slices exposed.
Brush painted surface with a little more butter and sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar.  Starting from one end, roll dough not too tightly to form a rose shaped pastry. Place in muffin tins and set in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Remove and serve. 
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Monsoon Indian Restaurant

I have been on the hunt for a delicious Indian restaurant for the past 2 years.  I hadn’t had much luck, but recently that has changed.  When I was invited to Monsoon in Cherry Hill, NJ it more than met my expectations for fine cuisine.  The restaurant is located on the corner of a cute little shopping center. During the summer months they have outside seating on the patio, and inside the décor is contemporary with a little Indian flare.  They also offer a private room for parties or business meeting dining.

As we sat down and started to browse the menu, the options were endless with delicious choices.  The owner, Ray, was kind enough to chat with us about the different dishes.  I told him I loved spicy food, and he was quick to mention how authentic Indian food is not typically “spicy,” but flavorful with “spices.”  There are plenty of dishes that don’t have any heat at all, but will leave the taste buds wanting more.  Many people hesitate trying different foods because they don’t know this.
We didn’t know what to go for on the menu, so we left the options up to Ray and I’m so glad we did.   My kids also enjoyed the experience and had their very own favorites dishes.  They are 7 and 8 years old, so if they are trying it out and loving it, then you should too.  Below you will find a list of all the dishes we got to try.
Hands down this place has now become my go to place.  We will be returning soon.  If you are new to Indian food or love it, this is the place for you.  It will not disappoint.
Let’s start with the appetizers.
SAMOSA (These have always been a favorite of mine, they also make the dough in house fresh everyday. This is a plus in my book)

Crisp pastry stuffed with spiced peas and potatoes

EGGPLANT CHATT (This was the families absolute favorite dish, so delicious)
Eggplant wafers topped with spiced onions, tomatoes and a perfect blend of sauces.
SALMON RAITA ( I could have had this dish as a main dish, very flavorful)
Salmon with yogurt and mellow spices.
Moving on to the main courses.

LAMB ROGANJOSH (The lamb was seriously melting in my mouth and the spices were on point)

Lamb curry cooked with cardamom

BUTTER CHICKEN ( Ray suggested this dish for the kids and boy was he right the kids loved it)

Tandoori chicken simmered in a creamy tomato gravy

MALAI KOFTA (these marvelous clouds were packed with amazing flavor)

Vegetable dumplings stuffed with fresh basil and herbs

SAAG PANEER (if you love cream of spinach this side dish will take it to the next level. The creaminess and flavor was out of this world)

Cubes of paneer in an herb enriched creamed spinach

We also received some NAAN bread which I’ve only tried plain. But Monsoon kicks it up with different flavors. My daughter could have eaten the whole thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSEMARY NAAN 

GARLIC NAAN 

ONION NAAN (this was my favorite)

KASHMIRI NAAN stuffed with dried fruits and nuts

And of course we can’t end an amazing meal with dessert. At this

point I was so stuffed, but I knew I wanted to try the desserts.

GULAB JAMUN (full of flavor, cardamom is so under used and I love how they incorporated it into this dessert)

Scrumptious deeper fried milk and flour drops soaked in a warm rose water syrup infused with cardamom seeds

ORANGE KULFI (The kids were

obsessed with this dessert. Perfect for the summer time)

A popular Indian style ice cream made with fresh oranges.

GAZAR HALWA (Carrot pudding but it also reminded me of a deconstructed carrot cake)

Made with milk and carrot sprinkled with nuts and sweet raisins

RASMALAI (This dessert was very delightful. If your not into something so sweet this is perfect)

Delicate sponge cheese patties, smothered in a pistachio, cardamom seeds and saffron cream

KHEER ( I grew up eating rice pudding but the flavors in this pudding were outstanding)

Made with rice and milk, flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios and almonds
My mouth is actually watering while I finish this post and share this experience with you. I also forgot to mention its a BYOB which is a plus. For more information visit http://monsoonindiancuisine.com/
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Taste of the Nation NYC

New York City’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, the signature tasting event featuring NYC’s best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists, takes place Monday, April 24, on the East River Waterfront at the stunning 180 Maiden Lane. The evening is led by Honorary Chair Danny Meyer (Union Square Hospitality Group) along with Culinary Co-Chairs Anita Lo (Annisa) and Bryce Schuman (Betony), and Host Committee members Eli Sussman (Samesa), Chris Jaeckle (Uma Temakeria), William Elliot (Maison Premiere and Sauvage), Jack Logue (Betony), Flynn McGarry (Eureka) and Oskar Kostecki (Union Square Wines). United for a cause, these and other culinary tastemakers lend their talent and time to ensure a future where every child in this country gets the healthy food they need, every day. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

Taste of the Nation 2017 will feature more than 40 of the city’s most popular eateries, offering guests bite-size fare, craft cocktails and inventive desserts. Participating restaurants and bars include Lalito, Union Square Cafe, Atoboy, Massoni, Pig Bleecker, Dead Rabbit, Black Tail, Pig & Khao and Daily Provisions, among others (full list below).

 

This year, Taste of the Nation is introducing new special culinary programming such as The Candy Carnival featuring a colorful selection of local, handmade candies and cotton candy making from Brooklyn Floss. The event is also bringing back favorites from previous years such as The Donut Derby with creations from the city’s best donut shops and the always-popular Rosé Garden.

In support of No Kid Hungry, alt-rock chart topping band The Strumbellas will perform a special acoustic set during the event, presented by Citi.  Listen to their new single “Young & Wild” here.

Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry tickets start at $250. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/nyc-taste-nation

Every Kid, Healthy Food, Every Day

One in six children in this country struggles with hunger, including 22% of children in New York. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast in the classroom, have access to the food they need in the summer, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids facing hunger to more than 500 million meals.

In 2016, New York City’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to help feed children in need more than one million healthy meals. Local beneficiaries include: City Harvest, Hunger Solutions NY, Food Bank for New York City and Hunger Free America.

New York City’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is supported by national presenting sponsors Citi and Sysco®, national media sponsor Food Network, national sponsors OpenTable and The Glenlivet, and local sponsors Bazzini, Empire City Casino, Fenton Models, Lifeway, Loacker USA, Moishe’s Moving and Storage, Nobletree, Prosciutto di Parma, PTG, Shawmut Design and Construction, S. Pellegrino, Tito’s, TouchBistro, Virgil Kaine and Zwilling J.A. Henckles.

The best eateries in the New York City area will be represented at the event, including: 21 Greenpoint, A&E Supply Co., Acme, American Cut, Atoboy, Bay Kitchen Bar, Bessou, Blacktail, Cafe Clover, Cafe2 & Terrace5 at MoMA, Cienfuegos, CUT, Daily Provisions, Davio’s, Dead Rabbit, DOE Mobile Meals Truck, El Atoradero, Fifty, Finback Brewing, Freek’s Mill, Fresh Kills, Huertas, Karasu, Lalito, La New Yorkina, Le Compagnie, Le District, Maialino, Maison Premiere, Marta, Maialino, Massoni, Oddfellows Ice Cream, Pig & Khao, Pig Bleeker, Samesa, Talde Brooklyn, The Jones, The Vnyl, Union Square Cafe , Union Square Events, Up & Up,

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Diner en Blanc Philadelphia picnic food ideas

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One of the biggest events of the year is finally here. Diner en Blanc happening in Philadelphia on August 18th, the location is a mystery revealed just moments before the picnic begins. In honor of the event’s fifth anniversary, the très chic picnic will expand to 5,000 guests in 2016, tying New York City as the largest in America and one of the largest in the world.

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Dressed in white from head to toe, attendees will celebrate and re-purpose an unexpected public space that is revealed only moments before the event begins. Past locations have included Logan Circle, JFK Bridge, Avenue of the Arts and The Navy Yard. Where will Diner en Blanc Philadelphia pop-up in 2016? Stay tuned for the biggest secret of the summer!
Guests will bring their own gourmet feast, table, chairs and table setting. Over the course of the evening, they will eat and celebrate amid music, entertainment and dancing.
This is where I come in to give you a couple of ideas on what to bring. Below you will find 3 delicious dishes that are easy to pack and bring along on this magic night. 
Asparagus pesto crostini 
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Ingredients:
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cooked and blanched in cold water.
1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 cup raw almonds
1-2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 1/4 cups evoo
1 French baguette, sliced and toasted
Parmesan Reggiano, garnish optional
Baked Prosciutto slices, garnish optional
Ricotta, garnish optional
Baby arugula, garnish optional

Preparation:

Slice the French baguette and place on a baking sheet. Take 1/4 cup of evoo and brush it over the slices of bread. Sprinkle a little salt over the slices. Once toasted set aside.

In a food processor add, asparagus, almonds, parsley, Parmesan cheese, garlic and s&p. Pulse and slowly add evoo until desired consistency.

Spread over slices of bread and top with desired toppings

Mini tea sandwiches 

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Brie and apricots tea sandwiches Ingredients:
 
4 slices rye bread
4 slices Brie cheese
2 tablespoons apricot jam
6 sprigs mint, chiffonade
 
Preparation: 
 
Take the four slices of bread and spread the apricot jam on 2 slices. Next lay cheese on top of jam and sprinkle mint, place the other 2 slices on top. Cut into mini squares and serve or pack up. 
 
Chicken, cucumber and chives cream cheese tea sandwich ingredients; 
 
1 cup chicken breast, shredded 
2 tablespoons chive cream cheese 
4 slices cucumber, angled 
4 slices pumpernickel bread 
 
Preparation: 
 
Take 4 slices of bread and spread cream cheese. Next top with chicken and cucumber. Take last 2 slices; top and cut into mini squares. Pack and enjoy. 
 
No Bake marscarpone cheesecake cup 
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Ingredients:

2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
8oz  package cream cheese, room temperature
8oz package marscarpone, room temperature
6-8 scoops apricot preserve
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2/3 cups powdered sugar

Preparation:
In a mixing bowl add cream cheese, marscarpone, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Mix for about 2 minutes until everything is well incorporate and smooth.

Take serving cups or bowls and layer some graham crackers then cream cheese filling and a scoop of apricot preserve. Repeat until desired amount.

If you don’t have time to cook anything don’t worry. This year’s official caterers are 33rd Street Hospitality Catering (who also own Revolution Taco, Street Food Philly, Say Cheese Philly and Taco Mondo).” 

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1) 33rd Street Hospitality 

Option 1 – Premium Dinner 

HORS D’OEUVRES
Asparagus & Beef Filet Tip Salad
with baby greens, blood orange, & chipotle vinaigrette

Horseradish Pimento Spread
with toasted  baguette

ENTRÉE
Filet of Smoked Rainbow Trout
with corn succotash, roasted potato & baby carrot romesco and salsa verde.

DESSERT
Salted Fudge Brownie
with macerated berries
 

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Option 2 – Standard Dinner 

HORS D’OEUVRES
Marinated Chargrill Shrimp
with papaya salad

Vietnamese Summer Roll
mango, cucumber, lettuce, mint, cilantro, vermicelli noodle with sweet chili sauce.

ENTRÉE
Lemongrass Cured Smoked Salmon Banh Mi
with cilantro cream cheese, pickled vegetables, cucumber

DESSERT
Trio of French Macarons

Option 3 – Vegetarian Dinner

HORS D’OEUVRES
Greek Watermelon Salad
feta, red onion, cucumber, olives, and red wine vinaigrette

Smoked Mushroom Pate
with crackers

ENTRÉE
Roasted Cauliflower Eggplant Caponata Sandwich
with smoked mozzarella, & garlic parmesan aioli

DESSERT
Trio of French Macarons

I look forward to seeing you there. 

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For more information please visit http://philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info

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Lizzy Jays Juice

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As some of you may know, I love to try different cleanses and juices. I love to make my own as well. This time I got to try Lizzy Jays juice. I was super excited to see what blends they had. I have to say these juices are super refreshing and the smoothie for night time was the perfect way to end the day. Like I have mentioned before, cleanses are a great way to eliminate toxins from your body. I’m no health expert but I know that for me I feel energized and healthy.  Cleanses are mind over matter. I have never done something longer them 3 days. I think 3 days is perfect to jump start getting back to eating healthy. 

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This is a little note from Founder, Casey Sabol

“As a personal trainer, coach and instructor for 20 years, it has been my goal to help people find balance; become less toxic, more energized and in control of their bodies, their weight and their lives.

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Real energy comes from real, live food. That’s why I developed these programs. Everyone should age beautifully with glowing skin, a lean body and calm inner balance.

Juicing is fun and empowering. We’re here to make it easy for you. Commit to this healthy juice journey and LizzyJays fresh pressed juices will make you feel alert, happier, younger and more alive.”

Here are the flavors that I tried and also had to share some because my kids wanted to try them. 
Smooth Cashew
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Balanced dose of healthy unsaturated fat, protein and antioxidants!

Rich in Vitamin E, K and B6.

Use this for your morning cereal, coffee or as a daily dose of an easily digestible protein!

Ingredients
 Raw Cashews Vanilla
 Agave
 Sea Salt
 Cinnamon
Veggie Mix
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Miracle Juice! Power packed with Antioxidant and anti-aging benefits!

A liver and kidney detoxifier!

Drink any time of day to fuel your cells and hydrate your body!

Ingredients
 Kale
 Spinach
 Romaine
 Celery
 Cucumber
 Parsley
 Beet
 Carrot
 Lemon
 Ginger
 Apple
 Pineapple
 
Crisp Greens
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Get above and beyond your recommended daily dose of raw fruits and vegetables! Packed with Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants and more!

Provides more true Energy than any caffeinated drink!

Enjoy 1st thing in the morning on an empty stomach to nourish your cells with real LIFE FORCE nutrients!

Ingredients
 Kale
 Spinach
 Romaine
 Celery
 Cucumber
 Parsley
 Lemon
 Ginger
 Apple
 Pineapple
 
Watermelon Cooler
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Lycopene rich to help protect your heart, skin and body from cancer. Also helps fight inflammation!

Contains Citrulline that converts into arginine, an essential amino acid for improving blood flow and relaxing blood vessels! Natural stress reducer!

Perfect for Workout Recovery! Helps remove lactic acid from muscles.

Ingredients
 Watermelon
 Apple
 Mint
 
Carrot Twist
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The Ultimate Beauty Elixir for glowing skin!

Helps reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure!

Loaded with Vitamin K, essential for the protein building process in the body!

Ingredients
 Carrot
 Apple
 Ginger
 
Spicy Lemonade
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Rev up your metabolism with this delicious lemonade!

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A Platter of Thoughts · Food!! · Travel

The Twisted Tail

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Philadelphia has become a great foodie destination.  We have so many amazing restaurants.  I went to a media event a couple of weeks ago and got to sample some stuff at The Twisted Tail. After leaving I told my husband we have to go back to try this place, and a week later we took the kids there for lunch.

The staff is super friendly and very knowledgeable about their menu.  The brunch menu offered delicious varieties from omelettes to sandwiches.  I think what I really loved were the cocktails.  They are insanely good and refreshing.  The cheese board variety is also outstanding.  I’m obsessed with a good cheeseboard.
This is what we ordered (of course we had to start with 2 cocktails for myself and the hubby.) One of my favorite drinks at twisted tail would have to be the thyme after thyme.  It’s super light and fresh.  Another would have to be the geisha (an egg white frothy cocktail.)  Next we moved on to an Artisanal Cheese Plate, which included 3 cheeses, jam, pecans, and crostinis.  We also had some of their prosciutto, which was the perfect accompaniment.  Now for the main course.  My husband got the smoked turkey sandwich which had avocado, rosemary mayo and lettuce this sandwich was huge and delicious.  My kids both decided to split the praline french toast, which was perfect for them to share.  It was with Brioche bread, Pecans and Bourbon Pineapples. YUM! I wanted something light so I went ahead and had the Big eye tuna which was with Radish, Avocado, Jalapeno. It was the perfect size and very refreshing.

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On to dessert.  You can’t finish a delicious meal without having something sweet.  The kids loved the homemade Popsicles and we enjoyed the bourbon peach Panna cotta.

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If you live in Philly or are planning on visiting this is a must try place. They have lots of fun things going on right now in July including a Christmas in July bash on the 23rd.  It’s free to attend with holiday beers on tap (including Troegs Mad Elf) live music, Santa Claus and….snow!
For more information visit http://www.thetwistedtail.com